Originally a silk-weaver's house, Maison Martinet lies in the picturesque medieval heart of Barjac next to the chateau. It has been sympathetically modernised while maintaining its original rustic stone features. There are 2 spacious ensuite bedrooms and a relaxing living room and kitchen. The panoramic roof terrance is the ideal place to dine or watch the sun set over the beautiful Cevennes mountains. With its bustling weekly market and famous open-air antique markets twice a year, Barjac has a reputation as a cultural centre as well as being at the heart of French organic food. There are busy restaurants throughout the town which is also surrounded by some of the most scenic swimming rivers in France. It forms a great base for visits to Avignon, Uzes and the Ardeche.
Apartment in Barjac, Nr. Ales, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - The Ideal Base To Explore The Food And Culture Of Barjac And The Surrounding Countryside
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- Nov 29, 2018
About Alan Thornton
I bought the house in 2005 from our great friends Richard and Andrew who live next door. It took around 5 years to finally get the place sorted and has been a labour of love for may years. I work in London but escape to Barjac whenever I can. My mum, Brenda, often spends time over the summer in the downstairs apartment so she'll probably be on hand to give you the keys and offer any advise you need on local places to visit.
Alan Thornton purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Alan Thornton chose Barjac
Barjac is a great base for visiting the area. It's a centre for organic farming and benefits from amazing rivers like the Chassezac and the Ceze which you can to swim or canoe in, all within half an hour. I has two huge antique markets every year which fill the town and during the summer you can almost be certain of something going on most weeks, whether it be a bull-run, a music festival, a lavender fair or just the amazing Friday market.
What makes this Apartment unique
Read reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor and www.MaisonMartinet.com.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great apartment. Great senic village.
The apartment was very comfortable, well equipped and located in a wonderful picturesque and friendly village. The only issue worth mentioning was that since this trip was our first trip to Provence and we found Barjac was not centrally located enough in order to easily visit the major sights. Everything was at least a 1 hr. drive. The exception to this were several of the wonderful vineyard estates in close proximity to town. The only other issue we had was that the vast majority of the restaurants in Barjac are closed Sunday through Tuesday. Of course our visit was just outside of their summer tourist season (3rd week of September) and perhaps we should have anticipated that. So eating out those nights was difficult. BUT, we certainly took advantage of that issue by purchasing our meals at the local butcher, cheese store and bakery to cook in the apartment. It worked out great. Thank you Allen, we thoroughly enjoyed your apartment and Barjac.
The property was as promised as shown on the website. Everything was in order and there was a great supply of dishes, cooking utensils and the appliances that are needed. The view is incredible and you get sit for hours just looking out over the countryside.
If you want a laid back town with lots to do nearby then this is a great choice.
The apartment is situated in a beautiful town and located in a fantastic place for restaurants and bars. The property itself has been really nicely finished and has a very nice feel to it. Owner was very welcoming and was happy to help out with ideas of what to see in the area.
Property better than advertised
We stayed at the Barjac apartment in late October and we found it be be perfectly appointed. When we arrived we were very impressed because it was even better than we had hoped- two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and sizeable kitchen/dining area and upstairs/loft entertainment area. By far the best feature of the apartment is the wonderful terrace overlooking the countryside and mountains. There is a propane bbq and it was very convenient for cooking evening meals. You will find every convenience in the apartment and despite the time of year, many restaurants were open. We took the bus from Avignon- it was only 2 Euros- on Le Sept. The bus was a very reliable and inexpensive way to travel to and from Barjac. We took the same bus north to see some of the other close-by villages, but only for a couple of hours because of the schedule. On another route, Edgard, you can take the bus to Ales and then hop on a train to Nimes. We loved the village of Barjac and we loved our stay in this wonderful property! Thank you Alan.
We had a wonderful stay here, the apartment is superb; lovely decor and everything you could need. Diane was very friendly and helpful. We spent most of the time on the terrace which is covered and has lovely views, and sunsets. The gas BBQ was great too!
Barjac itself is a very pretty town with a good choice of restaurants / bars and interesting shops and The Friday market was amazing! We visited Pont du Gard on the way from Nimes airport, and we did a trip to Pont D'arc another day. We found a pretty swimming spot neat Rochegurd and spent a day there with a picnic. There is a little shop in Barjac for provisions, as well as a bakery, and the mini Carrefour on the edge of the town was useful for the bulk of food and drink.
All in all, a great stay, much recommended!
Urgemütliches Apartment im Zentrum einer kleinen mittelalterlichen Stadt
Als Familie mit zwei Kindern (11 und 13 Jahre) haben wir den Aufenthalt in dieser Wohnung sehr genossen. Haus und Stadt sind mittelalterlich und wunderschön, die Wohnung ist sehr geschmackvoll renoviert, sehr sauber, gepflegt und liebevoll eingerichtet. Es fehlte uns wirklich an nichts. Die Temperaturen waren - wie fast überall in diesem Sommer - hoch, und so wurde es auch in unserem Apartment sehr heiß. Die vorhandenen Ventilatoren konnten hier ein bisschen Abhilfe schaffen. Bademöglichkeiten befinden sich nicht direkt im Ort, mit knappen 20 Minuten Fahrzeit zur Ardêche fühlten sich jedoch auch unsere Kinder gut versorgt. Attraktive Ausflugsziele gibt es in ca. 60 Minuten Fahrzeit mit dem Auto reichlich. Gemütliche Cafés, einige Restaurants und ein Bäcker befinden sich in unmittelbarer Nähe des Hauses. Während unserer Urlaubszeit in Barjac fand dort im Ort ein Musikfestival statt. Es wurde daher abends öfter laut, was uns vor allem am besucherstarken Wochenende überrascht hat. Die unterschiedliche Musik hat uns jedoch insgesamt nicht allzu sehr gestört und uns teilweise interessante Eindrücke verschafft. Außerhalb der Festivaltage ist es sicher sehr ruhig. Wir empfehlen diese Wohnung auf jeden Fall weiter.
Special interest holidays:
TV Chef Richard Cawley (BBC's Ready Steady Cook) lives nearby and cookery courses can be arranged during Spring and Autumn by arrangement subject to his availability.
Beaches around Montpellier and the mouth of the Rhone are around 1.5 hours drive.
The most accessible airports are Marseille (Ryanair from Stansted; Easyjet from Gatwick, BA from Heathrow); Nimes (Ryanair from Luton & Liverpool) and Montpellier (Easyjet); There are other regional flights to Avignon. Another option is to travel by train on Eurostar from London St Pancras to Avignon or via Paris or Lille.
There is a bus service available but a car is really essential to make the most of the area. Nimes/Avignon around 1 hr; Marseille 1hr 50 mins.
Pont Du Gard and Avignon - just over 1hr
Scenic Uzes (Wed/Sat markets) - 50 minutes
Les Gorges de l'Ardeche - 20 minutes
Cascades and swimming rivers - 20 minutes
Ales - 20 minutes
St Ambroix - 15 minutes
Barjac has a proud heritage dating back beyond medieval times. The ancient centre of the town has been carefully restored - as has the chateau which forms the cultural heart of the town and is home to a library, cinema and a series of music concerts and cultural activities during the year.
Barjac has two famous open-air antique markets which occupy the entire town over the Easter weekend and the middle of August.
Within a five minute walk of the house you’ll find a wealth of local bars and restaurants. Sip a pastis at the bar Midi, a beer at the Chene Vert or a coffee at the Clos des Capusins. The town has many restaurants which specialise in everything from pizza to tapas and haut cuisine.
There is a large bustling market in Barjac every Friday. The area is a centre for organic farming and is also at the heart of the region’s lavender and olive production.
There are also many vineyards close by where you can sample a glass or two of the distinctive local wines.
You’ll also find many small shops in and around the town selling artisan breads, local meat, cheese and of course lavender products and olives.? Within a short drive there are also other picturesque towns such as Uzes and Goudarges.
There are several nearby locations for caving, rock-climbing, quad-biking, horse riding, donkeys and para-gliding.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: A 50% deposit taken at time of booking with full payment due 30 days in advance. Refunds: A 50% refund of the total cost if they cancel at least four weeks before the start of the holiday. Changeover Day: We aim to be flexible on change-over dates where possible Notes on prices: If the balance payment is not received at least two weeks before the holiday starts, the booking will be automatically cancelled.