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Côtes du Rhône - 300 year old farmhouse with spectacular view of the Cèze Valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Quiet, rural, picturesque, 3 rooms, 170 m2 on two levels

The Ciste, or Rockrose in English, is a shrub from the Cistaceae family found along the many hiking paths around the Mas, which you will surely discover during your stay with us. The shrub is profusely covered with beautiful white or pink flowers at the time of blossom, from May to July.

The Mas des Cistes forms part of a small medieval hamlet named the Mas de Sellier. Built in 1711, originally as a goat farm, the hamlet sits on a rocky outcropping of the foothills that overlook the beautiful Cèze river valley. The Cèze itself is winding, calm and rugged, and attracts tourists from around the region.

The Mas is quietly isolated, with a spectacular view over the Cèze valley to the East and the Cévennes and Ardèche Mountain ranges to the North, only 1.5 km from the medieval village of Saint André d’Olérargues.

The Location: The Mas des Cistes is ideally located on a hillside with a beautiful view, surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and orchards. It is quiet and restful, close to many historic and interesting sites and activities. Approximately 45 km from Avignon and Nimes, 21 km from Uzès, 36 km from Pont-du-Gard and 100 km from the Mediterranean.

Swimming is allowed on many parts of the Cèze river. Mediterranean beaches are at about 100 km, at le Grau du Roi, or La Grande Motte. Bagnols-sur-Ceze is 14 km away, for supermarkets, museums, and city life. Goudargues, only 6 km away, has excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, medical facilities, banks, shops, and a supermarket.

The Mas is in the heart of the Cotes de Rhone, close to many wine cooperatives Famous vineyards, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, Lirac, and Laudun are all within 30 km.

The friendly village of Saint André d'Olérargues, which has a lovely restaurant and a grocery store, is only a 15 minute walk away

The House - inside: The Mas des Cistes was originally built in 1711, and beautifully renovated in 2011 to modern standards. The house boasts huge bay windows as well as a large, 30 m2 terrace, all with a stunning view of the Cévennes and Ardèche foothills.

The Mas has 3 bedrooms, is tastefully appointed with period furniture, and can sleep up to seven people. The main floor has a kitchen, living / dining area a newly renovated wash room, and a large bedroom with a comfy king-size Thai bamboo bed – ideal for a couple. The upper floor has a large bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a fully-appointed wash room with bath and walk-in shower, and a smaller room with a single bed and two bunk beds – ideal for children.

All rooms have beautiful, exposed beams and stone walls, which have remained essentially unchanged for 300 years. The vaulted cellar caves are fully intact, a testament to the past. The stone architecture keeps the house cool in summer, and warm in winter.

The House - outside: The 30 m2 terrace, with a stunning view over the Cèze valley, and as far away as the Cévennes and Ardèche foothills, is ideal for sunbathing, breezy evenings accompanied by a glass of cool rosé wine from the local vineyards, and to contemplate the stars.

The private, intimate, stone-walled courtyard has an attractive garden and a patio table and chairs, ideal for tasty barbecues.

Guests are welcome to bring their dog, on condition that it stays in the courtyard. As some guests may be allergic to animals, we prefer that they not enter the house.

The mas has immediate access to nature: numerous hiking trails, vineyards and orchards are within a moment's walk, where you will see Rockroses (Cistes) in full bloom from May to July, and fields of lavender in bloom in June and July.

More Details

Annick Cluzel
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, some Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and Vietnamese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018


Saint-André-d'Olérargues Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Upper floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main floor
  • The ground floor bathroom was fully renovated in 2011, has walk-in shower, toilet, and sink, and serves both the living area and the Lilas bedroom. The upper floor bathroom has full amenities, including a bath, a separate walk-in shower, a sink and toilet. This bathroom serves Pivoine and Fuschia rooms. We provide several sets of good quality bath and shower towels. A hair dryer is available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Lilas - 1 king , Ground floor
    Pivoine - 1 double , Upper floor
    Fuschia - 3 twin/ single , Upper floor
  • The Mas can sleep seven people comfortably, with two double rooms and one triple for children. The Lilas room (or Lilac in English), on the ground floor, has a king-size bed, a chest of drawers, dresser / armoire, and a stunning view over the Cevennes and Ardèche Mountain ranges. The Pivoine room (or Peony in English), on the upper floor, has a queen size bed, a dresser / armoire, a lovely chest of drawers, and a full-length mirror. It also has a beautiful view. The Fuschia room has two bunk beds and another single bed, ideal for children. There is storage space under the beds. Several sets of good quality sheets are supplied. A crib, for a child 1 month to five years, is available upon request.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Our property is rural with lots of wonderful walking/hiking available but not too many activities for young children. The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils and small appliances including a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, stove and refrigerator. Ideal for the preparation of Mediterranean cuisine, a variety of local herbs and spices are available, such as thyme, savory and rosemary. The terrace is ideal for outdoor eating, and evening star-gazing, with spectacular vistas and sunsets. Attractively surrounded by vineyards,gardens, and overlooking vines and orchards in the valley. An excellent restaurant is a 15 minute walk from the Mas in the village of Saint André d'Olérargues. The closest town is Goudargues (about 9 km), and the closest city is Bagnols-sur-Ceze (about 14 km). Pets are welcome, but we prefer that they stay in the enclosed courtyard and not enter the house itself. Please, no smoking in the house!


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Côtes du Rhône - 300 year old farmhouse with spectacular view of the Cèze Valley
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

A week with a view!

  • 4 of 5

Booked the house long in advance to meet friends for a week amongst the vines, saw this character property which was just the ticket.

Property was as described in a cluster of buildings loads of character, but the stand out for us was the Terrace. An amazing view down the Ceze Valley we spent as long as we could every night up there watching storms rolling in and stars rolling out!

The area is full of things to explorer with a tonne of tucked away vineyards and the big names all within 10-45min drive. Lavender, Grapes and Olives on the door step.

Car essential, no Wifi\internet connection. Annick and Michel where very obliging hosts, certainly recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location confortable et idéalement située

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine très agréable dans ce mas spacieux, propre, très confortable, à la décoration soignée et bénéficiant d'une vue exceptionnelle. Repos garanti, accueil sympathique et professionnel et accès aux sites touristiques à moins de 30 minutes!

La location correspond parfaitement à la description faite dans l'annonce. Nous recommanderions cette location à nos proches.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Location confortable et idéalement située

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine très agréable dans ce mas spacieux, propre, très confortable, à la décoration soignée et bénéficiant d'une vue exceptionnelle. Repos garanti, accueil sympathique et professionnel et accès aux sites touristiques à moins de 30 minutes!

La location correspond parfaitement à la description faite dans l'annonce. Nous recommanderions cette location à nos proches.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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traumhafter Ausblick und mehr in Südfrankreich

  • 5 of 5

Wir (2 Erwachsene, 3 Kinder (8, 12, 14 Jahre) haben 2 Wochen im Hochsommer 2012 im Haus verbracht - es war ein wunderbarer Urlaub. Angaben, Beschreibung und Fotos im online-Inserat sind richtig und aktuell. Küche und Bäder des in dem alten Gebäudeensemble befindlichen Hauses entsprechen dem heutigen Standard. Das gesamte Haus ist sehr sauber, gut und sinnvoll eingerichtet und ausgestattet. Sowohl die Terrasse im 1. OG als auch der Innenhof bieten Möglichkeiten zum Sonnen und Essen im Freien. Besonders hervorzuheben sind aber der traumhafte Ausblick sowohl von der Terrasse als auch durch die Panoramafenster des großzügigen Wohnzimmers.

Die Vermieterin ist gut erreichbar, sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

Neben Ausflügen nach Avignion und Nimes haben es uns vor allem das nahegelegene Goudarges und Uzes (außer am Samstag = Markttag mit unzähligen Touristen) sowie die Flüsse und Täler der Umgebung angetan. Ob bloßes Genießen, Baden oder Kanufahrten - alles ist möglich.

Gern kämen wir hier noch einmal hin - wir können das Haus uneingeschränkt empfehlen!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greetings AK, many thanks for staying chez nous; we're so glad you enjoyed the Mas des Cistes. Please come again!
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1 semaine de rêve

  • 5 of 5

nous avons passé une semaine dans ce magnifique mas à la vue époustouflante. Situé dans un hameau très calme, proche des commodités, en plein coeur d'une région superbe, ce mas nous a permis de passer des vacances en famille formidables. L'accueil des propriétaires est très chaleureux et le mas très confortable.

Nous le recommandons vivement à des familles qui veulent découvrir le Gard. Séjour inoubliable garanti.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Maravillosa escapada

  • 5 of 5

Mi pareja y yo hemos pasado unos días en el idílico Mas des Cistes y hemos quedado plenamente satisfechos. La casa es muy confortable y tiene una decoración exquisita. Te sientes como si estuvieras en tu propia casa, porque los dueños han tenido en cuenta todos los detalles y las necesidades. Es el lugar ideal para escaparse una temporada. El entorno es fantástico, en plena naturaleza, pero con la ventaja de tener muy cerca preciosos pueblos donde ir a comprar, pasear o tomar algo. Algunos restaurantes de la zona son como de película. Aunque tal vez no quieras salir del Mas des Cistes porque es como un pequeño paraíso, un lugar para quedarse a vivir.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Carlos por su visita, de hecho para estrañar nuestra casa, como primeros huéspedes del 2011! Nos complace tanto que les haya gustado, y que hayan podido disfrutar.
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Saint-André d'Olérargues village
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Golf Club d'Uzès, 9 hole
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Avignon TGV
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A7 at Bollène or A9 at Roquemaure
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Restaurant du Joncas
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Grau-du-Roi, La Grande Motte
Car: necessary

Nestled on a rocky outcropping overlooking the vineyards and olive groves of the winding Cèze Valley, and only 1 km from the medieval village of St André d'Olérargues, the Mas des Cistes is an idyllic rural getaway for up to seven people.

Part of a stone hamlet called the Hameau de Sellier, fully restored to modern standards in 2011, tastefully appointed with period furniture, the Mas has three bedrooms, two wash rooms, and spacious living, dining and kitchen areas -- a total of 170 m2 of living space on two levels. Its extensive stone terrace boasts a spectacular view of the Cèze Valley, as well as the Cévennes and Ardèche Mountain ranges.

Nearby attractions include:

- Goudargues (10 min), the 'Little Venice on the Gard', a lovely village with all shops and amenities

- La Roque sur Cèze (10 min), spectacular river bathing spot

- Avignon (45 min), city of festivals

- Uzès (30 min), medieval city famous for its Saturday market

- Pont du Gard (30 min), famous Roman aqueducts

Other Activities: Wine tasting, white water canoeing, theatre, opera, and music festivals.

Golf: Golf Club d'Uzès is a 9-hole par 36 course 18 km to the west of the Mas.

Golf Grand Avignon is an 18 hole par 72 course, 40 km to the south east, close to Avignon.

Golf de la Grande-Motte is an 18 hole par 72 seaside course, about 100 km south, near Montpellier.

Golf de Nîmes-Vacquerolles is an 18 hole par 72 course, 55 km to the south west, close to Nîmes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $615.31
Cleaning $123.06

The house is available for rent year-round, and long-term rentals are considered. Please contact us should you be interested.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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