Large Provencale family holiday home in the foothills of the Cevennes, near St Hippolyte du Fort in the Gard, near to Provence. A very spacious hill top village house a blend of old stone and new contemporary style with stunning views. There are 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms pool, garden and Wi-Fi.
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Traditional South of France Holiday Gite to sleep 10-13, near to Provence
Mas Sevenne is an ancient stone 'mas' in the heart of the beautiful and very unspoilt Cevennes region, just outside the Cevennes National Park. The holiday villa has pretty views of the surrounding wooded hills and valleys. There is a private and sheltered swimming pool in the garden.
The imposing old stone building has recently been restored and is now a charming and tasteful mixture of old and new. The owners have employed talented local craftsmen to create some unusual effects, for example the fashionable Tadelakt technique from Marrakech which uses lime plaster to give walls and surfaces a luxurious and soft aspect and of course many of the floors are made of the ubiquitous local chestnut wood. The interior is a constant surprise, with secret corners and undulating walls where one might imagine hard angular rooms, and all the rooms seem to have a different, but equally pleasing feeling.
Robert Louis Stevenson, like many before and after, came here to think and to walk. Looking out over the Vallée Française from the breathtaking road that was carved through the Cevennes by Louis XIV's army, you will see little evidence of any change to the landscape since those times. Nothing but tiers of wooded hills fading to the distance with tiny villages huddled around their precious springs and linked by thousands of footpaths, still trodden by local farmers with their goats.
Dramatic gorges with aquamarine rivers cut through the landscape and now of course local companies will hire out canoes to explore these beautiful, secret places.
The owners live discreetly on site. They use a separate entrance and are very respectful of our clients' privacy.
Please note; there are some unexpected slopes and drops from the garden.
South of France Holiday Rental to sleep 10-13
This spacious and imposing 'Bastide', originally built in the 1700's, has recently been renovated and provides 350m2 of inspiring living accommodation. The villa is decorated with interesting and contemporary furniture and artefacts, some from North Africa and some from Indonesia, featuring Tadelakt Moroccan style finishes in the bathrooms. Every room is furnished individually and with panache. The outlook from both house and garden is pretty, with the classic Cevennes view of very unspoilt wooded hilltops and valleys.
Large living room of 127m2 with a beautiful vaulted ceiling.
Fully equipped kitchen with utility room. Door to terrace and garden.
Separate dining area with table to seat 10/12
Reading room with table and chairs and there are several other living areas in the villa.
First floor accommodation can be accessed either from the front door or via exterior steps from the garden.
Bedroom 1 - Suite with double bedroom, living area and en suite shower room with Italian shower, twin wash hand basins and wc.
Spiral staircase to the Mezzanine where there is a sitting area and another staircase leading to 2 bedrooms:
Bedroom 2: double bedroom with one 160cm bed
Bedroom 3: twin bedroom (2 single beds) - an additional 3 Futon mattresses can be made available on request.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a family bathroom with shower and wc
Access to bedroom 4 via exterior steps from garden:
Bedroom 4: double bed with en suite bathroom with shower, wash hand basin and wc. Door to terrace
Added in March 2016 a 5th bedroom (accessible from inside the house):
Bedroom 5: a large, spacious, sunny double room with comfy sofa, attractive wooden bench and french doors out to a private balcony. Ensuite shower room with wc
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Oven with hob
Cafetiere - Filter and Espresso
TV & DVD Player
Wi-Fi & Broadband
Available on request Wooden Cot
The garden, all 5000m2 of it, is mostly wooded with areas laid to lawn around the pool and next to the house. There is a large gravel terrace with views of nearby hills and valleys and there are some peaceful shady areas for escaping the South of France heat of the day.
The pool is 10m x 5m x 0.9-1.6m deep and has steps for easy access. It is protected by a rigid electric cover system and has a safety ledge (there is no fence surrounding the pool). The pool is 'open' from May to September.
By the pool there is an outside shower and wc.
There is plenty of garden furniture, which is very contemporary in style, for eating, reading and sunbathing on the terrace and by the pool - including 4 tables, 2 parasols, 8 sunbeds, 12 chairs, and 4 armchairs.
Plenty of parking
Please note: there are some unexpected slopes and drops from the garden
Plently of South of France resorts to explore from this holiday property as it is situated in Languedoc however very near to Provence and the villages feels very Provencale.
The little town of St Hippolyte, 5 minutes (4km) from the Bastide, is situated close to the Cevennes but only 50km from the coast and from the larger towns of Montpellier and Nimes. St Hippolyte has all the necessary amenities, including doctors, a dentist, a pharmacy, several restaurants, a larger supermarket, bakeries, butcher.
It is less than one hour to Nimes, with its imposing Roman amphitheatre and fantastic street markets, plus the famous aquaduct the Pont du Gard. Montpellier, a bustling university town, is approx one hour away and the beaches of the Mediterranean (Grau du Roi and Grande Motte) are a similar distance away.
There are plenty of villages and small towns in the Cevennes to discover and explore, for example, La-Garde-Guerin, which is fortified and the very attractive small village of Le Pont-de-Montvert . Why not visit Mende, before setting south to explore the interior wilderness around Mont Lozere, the highest peak in the Cevennes. You can get within a couple of kilometres of the summit of Mont Lozère by car, via Le Bleymard.
In the south there is the pretty village of Florac and Mont Aigoual which has views that extend for further than you can imagine on a clear day and is a popular stage of the Tour de France. The pretty towns of Vigan and Anduze are at the southern end of the region too.
The best way to explore the Cevennes is on foot or by bicycle and if you are experienced there are several major walking routes - including the GR67 130km "Tour of the Cevennes". There are bicycles available to hire in many villages and of course this is perfect mountain biking country.
The Cevennes are criss-crossed by rivers and lakes and dramatic limestone gorges so there are plenty of canoeing and 'wild swimming' opportunities locally and the nearest river is only 10 minutes away.
Another very peaceful way of exploring the landscape is on horseback and there are stables nearby from where you can do this.
The villa owners are very happy to help our clients organise activities and will also point guests in the direction of recommended local restaurants and attractions.
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
Montpellier apprx 50km
Nimes apprx 50km
South of France by Train:
TGV from Paris to Nimes or Montpellier
St Hippolyte du Fort (Gard region of Languedoc) is apprx 4km away from the house and has all the facilities one would expect in a small town, including:-
Tennis apprx 4km
Canoe hire apprx 15km
Bike hire apprx 15km
Golf apprx 35km Lake apprx 15km
River apprx 15km
Beaches at Grau de Roi and La Grande Motte less than 1 hours' drive
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|18th Aug 2018||1st Sep 2018||Peak||€3,700||7 nights|
|1st Sep 2018||29th Sep 2018||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|29th Sep 2018||25th May 2019||Low||€2,500||7 nights|
|25th May 2019||29th Jun 2019||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|29th Jun 2019||31st Aug 2019||Peak||€3,700||7 nights|
|31st Aug 2019||28th Sep 2019||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|28th Sep 2019||31st Dec 2019||Low||€2,500||7 nights|