18th Cent. Stone Mas in Uzes on 5 Acres W/Stunning Sunsets
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Uzes chateau / country house description
In the distance, seen from the road that winds from the village of Arpaillargues eastward to Uzes, across brilliant sunflower fields and emerald-green vineyards, Mas des Patres looms as an authentic emblem of old Provence. Its thick stone walls are a pale beige in the sunshine, its terra cotta tile roof a coppery red, and its hillside terrain, terraced into flat lawns and gardens edged by stone walls, a reminder of the patres (shepherds) who once tended flocks here. Approaching closer, one sees above the windows decorative carvings, now worn smooth by time, that were part of the original house erected some five hundred years ago.
Now thoroughly restored and equipped with modern comforts, the mas' appeal is further enhanced by being close to Uzes, a prosperous and eminently photogenic Provençal town whose genuine antiquity and year-'round vibrant cultural life draw visitors (and movie directors in a search of a ready-made medieval set) from all over the world. Mas des Patres was used as a main setting in a French TV film in 2000. The town is also famed for its colorful open-air market on Saturday mornings, which is supplemented by a produce market every Wednesday.
Mas des Patres is entered through an electrically controlled wrought-iron gate that opens to a long driveway flanked by stands of cypress and bamboo. The driveway terminates in a parking area, bordered on one side by the swimming pool and on the other by flowerbeds planted with roses. Beyond a small stone house (retained for storage by the owners), and across the courtyard of crushed gravel with its plantings of olive and fruit trees, lies the three-story mas with its five bedrooms, five baths and impressive common rooms.
The living room has two seating areas, one with a sofa and armchairs arranged in front of a large white stone fireplace, and at the opposite end a cozy library with a collection of books, videos & games in English and French. In addition, there is a stereo system with a good variety of CDs. An especially pleasing touch to this comfortable room is a small bar, constructed of white stone with a dark wood counter, behind which there is a little tile alcove with running water.
Beyond the living room is a formal dining room, perfect for convivial family meals, with a heavy wood table & tapestry chairs. French doors open onto the courtyard and sweeping views toward the scenic Cévennes mountains in the distance to the west.
On the east side of the entrance hall is the modern kitchen. A large window overlooking the courtyard brings in abundant light, and next to the window is a large breakfast table.
From the living room a broad staircase with wrought-iron railing rises to the first floor, where there are four comfortable bedrooms, all with antique doors, marble or terra cotta tile floors and windows overlooking the courtyard. Each of the bedrooms is warmly furnished with simple but tastefully chosen country antiques. While each bedroom has its own decorative style, all have either an armoire or a spacious in-wall closets, bedside tables with good reading lamps, alarm clock with radio and full-length draperies that frame the south-facing windows.
The master bedroom is especially comfortable, with an extra-large king-sized bed (200 cm., 80 inches across) as well as a discreetly placed single bed. The ensuite bath, tiled in a subdued red and yellow pattern, has a stall shower but no bathtub.
The other three bedrooms on this floor have queen-sized beds that can be separated to form twin beds. Two of these bedrooms share a newly renovated full bath with jet tub just across the hall, while the third has an ensuite bath with stall shower. Guests may also take advantage of an additional bathroom with overhead shower that opens from the foyer on the ground level.
The crowning touch, so to speak, of this practically designed mas is the final bedroom, situated on the uppermost level. Here guests who desire special privacy can climb the wide, curving staircase from the middle level, close the antique wood door and enjoy their own little suite of rooms. The cozy bedroom is furnished with a queen-sized bed ( which can be separated into twins), an armoire and bedside tables with lamps. The ceiling has its original beams, and the terra cotta tile floor has been restored. The ensuite bath includes an excellent stall shower with lateral jets and glass door, marble-top vanity and - as with all of the five bathrooms at Mas des Patres - a Water Closet. From the bathroom there is a lovely view west toward the Cévennes.
No less impressive than its interior features are the outdoor amenities at Mas des Pâtres. The fenced and alarmed 10m X 5m (32' X 16') pool is well equipped with chaises longues, chairs & pool games, and is some 30 meters from the main house, and thus safe for children under supervision. The spacious grounds include numerous fruit and olive trees. On the lowest of the three terraced levels are a hammock and swing set. In warm months meals can be enjoyed in the courtyard, where a wrought iron table and chairs, parasols and a built-in stone barbecue comprise a pleasant area for outside dining. A second table can also be moved over to accommodate larger parties.
Mas des Pâtres has a alarm system for security and is a wonderful house for occupancy at any time of year. Numerous historic sites like the amazing Pont du Gard are within an easy drive. The Uzes cathedral, originally constructed in 1090, destroyed by religious wars and rebuilt in 1652, has one of the finest organs in Provence, and is frequently used for oratorical and chamber music concerts.
NOTE: The English-speaking owners of Mas des Patres have been renting out this property since 2000 and offer guests the choice of having the property entirely to themselves, or in having the owners remain on the property in the stone cottage, in which case they would be available for sightseeing and perhaps even meal preparation.
Keywords: Restored Stone Mas
- 2700 sq. ft.
- Chateau / Country House
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
- Five full baths
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Dishes & Utensils
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- There are many fruit trees including figs, apricots, pomegranates, plums, cherries, pears, oranges, lemons, kumquats and others which are not treated so when in season can be eaten from the tree. Electricity & 3 hours cleaning per week included, Please inquire about long term rentals. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SPECIAL - We will include a case of 6 bottles of Champagne when you book a week during these holidays...moreless
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Medical Services
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Cooking Classes available Yoga sessions available
ReviewsWrite a review
We rented this home to revisit an area we had liked before. Couldn't be more convenient to the village of UZES, and easy rental car travel to the towns of Provence. House amenities were good, comfortable and fully stocked.
- Guest Jeff (Asheville, NC USA)
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children.
Delightful stay in Uzes
Delightful stay in Uzes
We had a wonderful extended family week's vacation at this charming house and location. Bill and Giselle were most welcoming and helpful. The website was very accurate in regard to the house and grounds, and Bill was so helpful in communicating with me ahead of time. The house and grounds were very clean, and we also were pampered with a mid-week cleaning. The apricot trees treated us during the week as well. The kitchen was well equipped, and with 2 little kids in our group, we took advantage of the laundry facilities. The swimming pool was most welcome in the southern France summer weather. We thoroughly enjoyed eating outside and taking advantage of the built-in grill. The house is very close to the charming small city of Uzes, complete with Saturday and Wednesday markets. We were less than 20 miles from Pont du Gard, and, a new discovery for us, there is a really great park just outside of Uzes, complete with the source of the water for Pont du Gard and more Roman ruins. It was also close to Avignon and a nice day trip to Arles and the Camargue. I would highly recommend this property if you are interested in a week in southern France. You would not be disappointed.
- Guest Kathy (Washington DC)
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 07/16/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.
Character and location
Character and location
The Mas is an attractive and comfortable lodging and exactly as described by its owners. They gave us a warm welcome and familiarized us with the house. The kitchen is well equipped. The bedrooms are varied in size - one is large, the others are a moderate size- especially where a bathroom has been included. But this isn't a place to stay inside anyway. An appealing aspect is the terrace, with a shady place to eat and a view over the countryside. The road below the house is occasionally busy but didn't detract from our stay. The pool was clean and sparkling, very inviting and refreshing at the end of a hot sunny day. By car the house is a few moments from the center of town - and a reasonable brisk but hilly walk. Our hosts recommended the Bec A Vin in the town and it was both delicious and atmospheric. The small Wednesday market and larger Saturday market in Uzes were a feast for the eyes and the palate. Nearby St. Quentin La Poterie was also a great place to visit with a nice market and Nimes, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard are close by car.
- Guest cathie m.
- Date of stay 05/26/12
- Review Submitted 06/10/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children.
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|Winter & Spring
Jan 4 - May 2, 2014
7 night min stay
|May & June
May 3 - Jun 27, 2014
7 night min stay
|July & August
Jun 28 - Aug 30, 2014
7 night min stay
Aug 31 - Sep 27, 2014
7 night min stay
Sep 28 - Dec 19, 2014
7 night min stay
|Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
US Dollars will be accepted thru special arrangement but euro prevails
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- Refundable Damage Deposit: €750
- Taxes Included
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Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: A Brief History: The owners of Mas des Patres, Bill & Gisele, bought this picturesque Mas in 1999. Bill is from the suburbs of New York City and Gisele originally from 35 Km away in Avignon. After meeting and marrying in 1994 we decided to leave the hectic pace of a New York lifestyle, take a year(or so) off and search for our second life. We found it in this beautiful Mas in the lively, well located and friendly village of Uzes in the South of France.
Why the Owner Chose Uzes:
Having grown up in nearby Avignon, Gisele is familiar with the area and wanted to be close to her family. When the opportunity to buy this beautiful mas presented itself we couldn't resist. The light reflecting off the old stone gives a feeling of being in an other time. With its location on the western slope of the medieval hilltop village of Uzes the mas presents some spectacular and romantic sunsets over the Cevennes while dominating the valley with it's bright yellow sunflowers, red poppies and fields of vines. We have the feeling of being in the country while having only a short walk or ride(1Km) into town. Uzes has the advantages of a large town, with its many good restaurants, shops and boutiques while retaining it's small town charm & medieval character. A location 20 minutes from the Pont du Gard, one of the most visited sites in France, makes it a popular year round destination. Uzes was constructed around an 11th century chateau still occupied by descendants of the first Duke and to this day retains the title of 'First Duchy of France'.
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View of Mas des Patres from Hot Air Balloon
Mas des Patres viewed from the fields below
Living Room showing stone arch
Hammocks in the garden after a hard day at the pool
One of several outdoor dining areas
Jacuzzi style bathtub in gray bathroom
Mas des Patres entry from Courtyard
Lighted outdoor dining area w/ BBQ built into stone wall
Bedroom with king size bed
16' x 32' Pool with spa area
Entry drive into Mas des Patres
Mas des Patres surroundings approx. 1 km from the center of the Village of Uzes
Top floor suite jetted shower
Top Floor Bedroom
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