About this listing
The Barn (as we affectionately call it) has been lovingly restored over the past 10 years. It's located in the midieval hilltop village of Vezenobres, near Nimes, Uzes and the Cevennes mountains. Originally built in 1782, the spacious stone home has a special feeling because we used original old and regional materials in its restoration. The house is decorated with art and furniture from our travels in Europe, Morocco, Mexico and the States, along with family antiques and finishings like windows and doors. Every detail and corner of the house has a story.
The main living room which has great volume with its 6m/20 foot high ceilings and long wood beams is heated with an amazing Canadian wood burning stove giving a warm feel to the room. This big open space brims with light. The open kitchen is equipped with top of line oven, fridge and a special collection of collectible china, stemware, bowls, flatware, etc. The big kitchen opens to the dinning room making the space great for entertaining, both facing east, getting most of the morning sunshine. The house is surrounded by north and east facing decks sheltered from the afternoon heat (in hot Summer months) and great for eating and relaxing outside. We of course have WIFI and Internet phone, a washing machine/dryer and an office area in either the living room or mezzanine.
Up the custom-made staircase appointed with original Moroccan wrought iron grills is the mezzanine that looks out over the main living room, along with a decadent bathroom and two bedrooms. The bathroom has an original claw foot tub, separate standing shower with extra large shower head, original bistro doors and floor length gold-framed mirror. Both bedrooms have comfortable double beds, views of the village, and a special custom closet in the master bedroom.
The property features a huge garden with swimming pool (essential in the hot summer months), two large grassy lawns, olive and fruit trees, an old fragrant rose bush great for cutting fresh flowers, and a beautiful custom iron gate at the entrance. There is parking for two cars on the property.
The Village of Vezenobres
Vezenobres is a picturesque medieval hilltop village with less than 2000 people. Situated in the Languedoc – which borders Provence, Camargue and Les Cevennes mountain range – the pristinely restored village is kissed with sun almost all year and looks out over a valley of vineyards, olive trees and fig trees, the seasonal wild flowers of Southern France. The charming village square – a leisurely 10-15 minute walk from our barn – has a Bar Tabac with fresh salads and tartines for casual lunches (evening live music in the Summer months) and a fine restaurant with large outdoor terrace. We recommend lazy walks from our house up to the village, explore the entire village on foot – it's a treasure – and finish with lunch or dinner and a carafe of rose at the Place de la Mairie (the center square).
At the foot of the village a small commercial center with a basic grocery, pharmacy, bar, news stand and spa/salon. The Thursday morning farmers market at the foot of the village is tiny but a must for its regional traditional butcher and fruit & vegetable stands. For more extensive grocery shopping, and for gas and other basics, take a 10 minute drive toward Ales.
The Surrounding Area
You're less than 1 hour drive from a lot of landmarks. The region is called the Gard, it's right next to Provence and feels like you're still in Provence in terms of lifestyle, open markets, vineyards, wild flowers, and the thick accent of good-natured Southern French people. It's 20 minutes to our favorate village, Uzes, which is world famous for it's Saturday market that takes up the whole village, quite an experience for anyone at all interested in food. You will find all the local products you can dream of. Cheeses, meet, charcuterie, veggies.... everything from local organic farms. Avignon is an important cultural and historical town with music and art festivals and great restaurants.
It's 45-60 minutes from other great towns and cities like Arles, Avignon, Montpellier (where the beach is and the marshlands of the Camargue with wild white horses, bulls and flamingoes all around). When we want to go out for dinner, art or music we usually drive to Nimes (25 min), Arles (45 mins) or Montpellier (1 hour). The Pont du Gard is 30 mins from the house. They usually have free concerts in the summer. The house is also 10 minutes from a town called Ales where you can shop and do errands like getting gas and other basics. Ales also has a great daily covered market (Les Halles) for regional meat, fish, poultry, bread, cheese and produce. Nimes is Spanish influenced, has one of France's greatest Roman arenas in the center of town, lots of restaurants, shops, beautiful public garden, int'l airport, high speed TGV train station with 3 hour trips to Paris and the CDG airport.
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
My husband and I are a Franco-American couple living in our restored barn in a village in southern France for a few years before returning to our city life in San Francisco. We have two 4 year old boys who keep us busy and laughing. Pierre is an artisan who works with decorative concrete. I am a communications consultant to tech companies in the US. We love traveling, music, friends and a whole lot more. We have lots of experience renting our two houses in France and SF to traveling visitors so we're sensitive to renters preferences.