18th Cent. Stone Mas in Uzes on 5 Acres W/Stunning Sunsets

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Last updated: 07/18/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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


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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Private ensuite full bath w/ shower...moreless

  • Red Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bed can be separated into 2 beds...moreless

  • Blue Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bed can be separated into 2 beds...moreless

  • Peach Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bed can be separated into 2 beds...moreless

  • Tower Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bed can be separated into 2 beds. Private ensuite full bath ...moreless

  • Additional sleeping: 1 double, 2 baby crib

    sofabed in living room...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) We also have 2 high chairs available for infants., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom on main floor: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This full bathroom is on the main floor...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Ensuite full bathroom for Master Bedroom...moreless

  • Gray Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    This is a full bathroo across from the red and blue bedrooms...moreless

  • Peach Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Ensuite bathroom for the Peach bedroom...moreless

  • Tower Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Ensuite bathroom for the Tower bedroom with a jetted shower...moreless

  • Five full baths

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    Books in English & French...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Approx. 100 music CDs...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Games & toys...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Many video tapes and DVDs for children and adults...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Magnificent sunset views over the Cevennes...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Separate dining area with large table and 'chateau' chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    fully equipped kitchen with large refrigerator and freezer. Microwave. Oven. Full compliment of pots and pans, silverware, glassware and utensils....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Bikes are available for rental in Uzes...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    9 hole golf course in Uzes...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Nearby canoes and kayaks at Collias five minutes away from Uzes...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Approx. 2 hectares on lawn and fruit trees...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Nearby tennis courts...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    5m x 10m (approx. 16' x 32') with jetted spa area...moreless

  • Jetted Tub


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall season
Oct 4 - Dec 18, 2015
7 night min stay

Christmas & New Year
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Apr 16 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

May & June
May 1 - Jun 25, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

July & August
Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 4 - Oct 1, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $794.59
  • Taxes Not included


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Owner info

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

    View of Mas des Patres from Hot Air Balloon

  • Mas des Patres viewed from the fields below

    Mas des Patres viewed from the fields below

  • Living Room showing stone arch

    Living Room showing stone arch

  • Blue Bedroom

    Blue Bedroom

  • Hammocks in the garden after a hard day at the pool

    Hammocks in the garden after a hard day at the pool

  • One of several outdoor dining areas

    One of several outdoor dining areas

  • Jacuzzi style bathtub in gray bathroom

    Jacuzzi style bathtub in gray bathroom

  • Red Bedroom

    Red Bedroom

  • Mas des Patres entry from Courtyard

    Mas des Patres entry from Courtyard

  • Lighted outdoor dining area w/ BBQ built into stone wall

    Lighted outdoor dining area w/ BBQ built into stone wall

  • Bedroom with king size bed

    Bedroom with king size bed

  • 16' x 32' Pool with spa area

    16' x 32' Pool with spa area

  • Entry drive into Mas des Patres

    Entry drive into Mas des Patres

  • Mas des Patres surroundings approx. 1 km from the center of the Village of Uzes

    Mas des Patres surroundings approx. 1 km from the center of the Village of Uzes

  • Top floor suite jetted shower

    Top floor suite jetted shower

  • Top Floor Bedroom

    Top Floor Bedroom

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