Sweeping views of pastures, foothills and moutains. Step out of the door and walk through the woods. The house offers: large wooden terrace, 2 double bedrooms, one bathroom, large fully equiped kitchen, tranquil large living room with large windows
Thinking about a break this winter? Come enjoy a winter walk in the woods and sit by the wood burning stove.
La Hourne sits atop a hill and has sweeping views of the foothills and Cevennes mountains. It is site of peace and tranquility – one can’t see another house from the terrace, only rolling hills and the twin peak mountains in the near distance. On most days the only sounds are the sheep bells – and in the summer – the cicadas.
There is a hiking trail out the kitchen door - which passes through oak wood, and then descends into the dry zone of wild thyme and bits of lavender, down to a beautiful pristine spring and a stream that runs to Tornac. Wild orchids greet walkers in early summer; wild mushrooms greet the lucky ones in autumn. In summer, I just want to get to the water!
The house, founded in 1635, is full of character, charm and modern comforts. The ancient doors, lime wash walls, old beams, terracotta tiles and granite steps are unmistakably Cevenol. The property comprises 10 hectare, including a small vineyard, woods, prairies and fruit trees.
The house is near many wonderful sites and characterful small villages. It is 10k from Anduze which has a vibrant farmers' market and world class pottery. It's about an hour from Montpellier and Nimes, and the Provence. Arles, Avingnon, Uzes, the beach...all easy day trips from the house.
The house was redecorating in Spring 2011. In January I added a new dishwasher and new living room furniture. I put in a new refrigerator last Christmas. There is a (very basic) washing machine and clothes line in the garden you can use as well.
I prefer to rent it by the week, but am flexible in off-season. The house is currently available until late spring.
guests get the entire house, a wooden terrace with sweeping views and the run of 10 ha of land. The house sits on the edge of good walking paths as well.
Interaction with Guests
I send guests information about the house before they arrive. My neighbor takes care of any questions and shows guests the house in my absence.
Tranquility. Sweeping views. Bird song. Sheep bells in the distance.
TGV to Nimes, bus 3x/day to Sauve. however you really need a car.
I ask for no smoking indoors. There is a clothes washing machine and laundry line in the garden. The garden is a bit wild, and we ask that you water flowers around the front of the house. There is a basic BBQ grill which needs to be returned to the wood shed after use. During July-August, bookings run Sunday- Saturday. Some times there is flexibility, but not always during the most busy part of the summer.
It’s a lovely place to relax, getting lost in the countryside, in beautiful surroundings. The house has a large kitchen with about everything we needed make great meals. The ceiling is high which gives it a nice ancient feeling. The terrace at the front is a good place to hangout. The bathroom is nice but needs some maintenance.
The neighbours are friendly and make you feel at home, without be there too much. Diane is very friendly and helpful and has loads of information and maps about the countryside.
Really beautiful country house with amazing views. Lovely rustic kitchen and bathroom. Spiral stone stair case really shows that the house was build in the 1600s - quite amazing really!
The only downside was the bedrooms and beds. Bedrooms quite sparse and really hard beds. Husband and I have to alternate sleeping on the couch.
The neighbour is the point of contact for the house, she was very nice and welcoming.
Dear Suzy, terribly sorry that you found the beds too hard! That must have been quiet a disappointment. I upgraded the main (e.g. my) bedroom's bed last year, but obviously my preferences in mattresses didn't work for you. If I rent it out next year, I'll add a note that the mattresses is 'hard'. thanks for your feedback.
This is a beautiful, character-laden house in whose history Diane takes an obvious interest. It is very well located, off the main road and therefore incredibly tranquil, yet close to Anduze and several other smaller towns where you can stock up on essentials, like wine. It's not entirely on its own, however; the building is shared with one other family, and there are several neighbours within a croissant toss, all of whom were very welcoming.
The views of the surrounding countryside are beautiful, and access to nature--walks in the woods, swimming in various watering holes, country cycling, driving through the stunning Cevennes--are all easily accessible. We ate every meal outdoors on the terrace, often taking advantage of the barbecue, and soaked up the French landscape.
The house was a good size for our family, two adults and a nearly three-year old. There's a large living room on the second (or first, if you're European) floor. And Diane was kind enough to live a kid cot for us, a thoughtful addition. The spiral staircase might be a trick for some smaller kids to negotiate.
Another reviewer described the house as 'rustic' and we'd agree. If you're expecting a designer-mag like living space, keep looking. It's a country farmhouse that's undergone some smaller renovations but that it many ways is in its historical condition. It suits those looking for a bit of peace and tranquility in a sublime part of France.
Une très belle maison authentique avec une vue à couper le souffle depuis la terrasse. La maison de Diane est située en haut d'une colline, dans un calme absolu. Tout est meublé avec goût et simplicité, la grande cuisine est très accueillante et parfaitement équipée, et un grand salon nous accueille au premier étage pour les soirées fraîches. Mais nous avons passé notre séjour dehors sur la terrasse et dans les promenades et villages aux alentours.
Superbe. Merci Diane de nous avoir ouvert les portes de votre belle demeure!
On peut difficilement rêver plus bel endroit pour passer des vacances au calme, au coeur de la nature, à admirer tous les soirs le soleil se coucher. Vue panoramique inoubliable depuis la terrasse en bois. La maison est très agréable, fraiche l'été, très joliment décorée et meublée. Bref, un petit coin de paradis !
Although surprisingly cold when we arrived we enjoyed a very peaceful week in beautiful surroundings in this atmospheric old property. Particularly good was the feeling of being in a home rather than what can be the rather impersonal surroundings of a regular holiday let. We very much appreciated the store cupboard ingredients and welcome pack of food and drink left for us. When the weather warmed up the terrace was a great place to relax and have meals and the near neighbours were friendly and helpful. A great place from which to get to know the Cevennes region and we would certainly recommend a stay.
Great house! Authentic, large and beautifully situated in the countryside. Close to lots of interesting villages and to the beaches near Montpellier and hiking trails in the Cevennes National Park. A short drive also to wonderful cities like Avignon, Arles and Nimes. Very tiny and peaceful hamlet populated with super nice people. Recommended to anyone wishing to experience this beautiful area in southern France.
Independentl- minded consultant, fascinated by these fabulous collaborative ways to travel and share resources. I live in the Illinois countryside and France.. My work focuses on how we can have economic growth that is delinked from natural resource use. In other words, how can we have a vibrant economy without having to endlessly increase the amount of "stuff" we sell/consume. My other day job deals with Human rights violations in supply chains. I am well traveled and have grown weary of hotels.