House in Le Mas du Coq, St Roman, Anduze, Gard, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Spacious Well-equipped Self-catering Rental, Private Pool, Lovely Countryside, WiFi Access
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About David Reece
We are a retired but energetic couple, who both speak French. We know France well, but the Gard was a discovery which we believe compares very favourably against other French holiday areas for sun, good value, and interesting activities. When we arrive at Le Mas du Coq, Diane inspects the roses and other plants in case loving care is need, while I keep the paintwork fresh. Then it's on to the serious stuff - walking, swimming, tennis, French cuisine in our great kitchen with all the garden herbs, exploring ever more places of interest, and oh! relaxing. When it's time to leave I have to be dragged away. Judging by the comments in our visitors' book, I am not the only one!
David Reece purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why David Reece chose Massillargues-Attuech
We visited John, a friend who has been helping people renovate old houses in France for many years. Without a thought of buying, when we heard that St Roman was for sale, we went to look. We pushed through the rusty fence, up to the balcony and the views. We couldn't see inside, and the ground floor had only been occupied by the farm animals, but the next day we bought it! For the next two years we worked with John and his very professional builders to make it the lovely house it now is. The plan was always to rent it out, and that concept helped to design it as a great place for holiday-makers. For example, lots of loos and lots of different sitting-areas. And of course a lovely pool. It was only later we realised that this a lovely part of France with lots to do for all ages.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
It is unusual in these parts to have a large balcony on the first floor. This gives us a welcome breeze in summer, shade and sun, lovely views over vineyards, olive groves and the Cevennes, a place for a sunset drink and later stargazing in an unpolluted sky. Guests have commented on the safety of the robustly fenced pool and the enclosed garden, allowing parents with small children to relax. Other guests have enjoyed the layout with large salons and two kitchens which allows two families or three generations to congregate easily but also have their own space. The village 'place' immediately outside allows a game of petanque (supplied) and extra parking (2 spaces within). Our friendly and efficient gardien Passos often gets a grateful mention.
Max guests: 8
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
A gorgeous spot for a large family reunion in the French countryside
Mas du Coq was just as we hoped - a comfortable, well appointed, haven in the gorgeous southern French countryside, well equipped with everything we needed. It is the perfect setup for a relaxing family reunion, with a separate suite upstairs. The instructions and regional information provided were meticulous, and the caretaker greeted us as planned and was helpful throughout our stay.
We particularly enjoyed the saltwater pool, coaxing it through careful "cover management" to 26 degrees! Our three year old grandson improved his swimming while there. We struggled to find the river swimming holes, but did eventually. We visited many markets and agree, Uzes is the winner! The steam engine was a big hit, as was the Mirabel Pic St. Loup wine, and we seriously had to restrain ourselves so as not to clear the cellar!
Thank you for letting us share your home - we may be back if you'll have us!
Wonderful house in a beautiful part of France
Le Mas du Coq is a wonderful old house in a quiet, peaceful hamlet, with stunning views. It is spacious and would easily accommodate two families, but also feels comfortable if (as we were this year) only two are staying.
It has been beautifully restored and maintained both inside and out and really feels like a home. All the rooms are well equipped, but if you want to practise your French cuisine, the kitchen is fantastic - clearly designed and kitted out by a cook (including recipe books)!
The owners - David and Diane - are always quick to respond to enquiries and are very helpful, offering lots of advice on things to see and do and Passos, the house manager, is also delightful.
We love this part of France and have been visiting the area for many years. We have favourite places that we have visited time and again - Uzes, Sommieres, Nimes, Collias (canoeing to the Pont du Gard), the Bambouserie, as well as local vineyards ( several recommended in the house book), and the property is well situated to explore numerous places without having to drive too far. These days we're happy to just relax at this fabulous house doing nothing much more energetic than nipping into Anduze (lovely little town) for a coffee or lunch but always make sure to visit the local potteries to add to our collection.
We are just back from our second visit to le Mas du Coq and have already booked our third for next year - Can't wait!
A Truly Magical Place
A lovely place to unwind and explore the Gard and beyond.
Rural French Idyll
This is far and away the best holiday home we ever stayed in. Just didn't want to leave! Four good sized bedrooms (and 3 bathrooms, all beautifully appointed) easily accommodated the 3 generations of our extended family. The kitchens (there's 2!) are superbly equipped so we lacked for nothing. The gardens and patios are lovely, and there are so many places to sit out (shade is always available). The pool is safe and surrounded by a security fence and gate. Even though it was blisteringly hot when we stayed (high 30s) the interior was cool, all the bedrooms have a fan so sleeping was no problem. David, the owner, is really helpful and approachable and he has a local chap (Passos) who looks after the place and is really helpful and pleasant. Can't wait to go back,
A beautiful property, very tastefully furnished giving a homely feel. It is very well equipped in both kitchens and plenty of extra blankets, if needed, for the beds.
We hadn't visited the area before but we were delighted to discover lots of good walking routes, nice markets and plenty of vineyards.
The owner, David has been most helpful before we booked and leading up to our visit, providing us with good information making the stay a very relaxing holiday.
We have no problem in recommending a stay in this beautiful house.
Our guests had chosen a great time of year for walking in this lovely area, and we have a lot of information available (by app now as well) for keen and less keen walkers! September/October are also good times to walk.
The best beaches are to be found down on the Camargue, which is about 45 minutes away. It is worth exploring but Le Grau du Roi and Les Espigettes are safe and sandy. Les Espigettes is generally regarded as one of the best beaches in France and is worth a visit. It is reasonably unspoilt. Also recommended is the beach at Maguelene south of Montpellier reached via Palavas-les-Flots.
Ryanair operates to Nimes (Garon) and Montpelier; 40/60 minutes by car. British Airways Gatwick-Montpelier. A car is essential: rental from Nimes, Marseilles and Montpelier airports, and Nimes train station. A regular TGV service operates from Paris to Nimes (4.4 hrs), or from Lille, which connects with the Eurostar. Note: timetables are seasonal and need to be checked. By road: the most direct is the A7 Auto route through Lyons leaving at Junction 19 (Bollene).
A good bakery and supermarket: 3km. Market town Anduze (with good shops and supermarkets 5k. Nimes 25k. Uzes 30km. Pont du Gard 33k. Montpelier 40k.
Anduze and Alès have retained their old-world character. In Anduze, there is an excellent market on Thursdays, and a popular flea-market on Sundays. In summer there are free music shows in Alès. The Saturday Market in the provencal town of Uzes is a place to admire the architecture and people-watch while being dazzled by the wares.
From the railway station in Anduze part of the old industrial railway has been preserved and small trains, either steam or diesel, wind up through tunnels and over gorges to the little market town of St Jean du Gard (Tuesdays). Very scenic.
Just outside Anduze the Bambouserie (bamboo collection) and the grotto at Trebuc are famous.
The area is rich in wildlife. For flamingoes, kingfishers etc and horses go to the Camargue, east of Les Espigettes and follow the signs.
For local canoeing go to Collias which is just outside Uzes. You can canoe 8 km down to Remoulin, going under the Pont du Gard, and then be bussed back.
Centre Equestre des Abeilles at Clairan (about 10 mins by car on the Sommieres road). Accompanied hacking at about E15 per hour. There is an equestrian centre outside Ledignan. Direction Ales and then take the Vezenobres turning to the right and the equestrian centre is on the right.
Just outside Bagard, near Anduze, there's a safe but fun tree-climbing circuit for all ages!
Tennis at Anduze and Quissac. The Tennis Club on right just before reaching Anduze is very welcoming. There are four outside courts and two covered.
There are numerous wine co-operatives in the area, notably at Tornac and Massaillargues. Excellent wine and worth taking home! Le Grand Chemin vineyard at Savignargues just SW of Lédignan and the vineyard at Baruel off the D982 south of Tornac have some quality wines and are very hospitable, with tasting.The Pont du Gard is the largest surviving Roman aqueduct, while the Roman amphitheatre at Les Arènes puts on excellent summer concerts.
And everywhere great walking!