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Beautifully presented Provencal villa set amongst olive trees

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,571 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Sleeps 8

The villa has three beautiful double bedrooms at one end of the house and a fourth sleeping area with a comfortable sofa bed to sleep two adults on a mezzanine floor overlooking the dining room. Each bedroom is well furnished including built in cupboards for hanging and storage purposes. Two bedrooms have double beds and the third two single beds. There is a large bathroom with toilet and a separate shower room. A second toilet is located in the laundry room below the mezzanine. There is a medium sized fully equiped kitchen with table and four chairs. The bright and spacious living room leads out through patio doors to the veranda and terrace and also extends into a large dining area and adjacent laundry room. The mezzanine is situated above the laundry room. Outside the dining room there is a BBQ area with portable charcoal burning barbecue. The villa is attractively furnished and decorated throughout. Parking is available for one car within the grounds but there is additional parking alongside the property.

The area is perfect for swimming and canoeing in the Gardon at Collias (20 mins drive away) and at the Gorges de l'Ardeche which is an hour and a half's drive. The Gorges offer an unforgettable experience not only with the canoeing but also from the scenic drive around the area. It is always best to travel from West to East along the road overlooking the Gorges as this provides the best viewing and easy stop off points for photos.

Uzes itself is a photographer's paradise. There are photos to be taken around every corner. The Saturday market is a must - you will not be disappointed but best to get there early before the crowds. The surrounding villages will entrace you. The village of St Siffret is a delight to walk around. Try not to miss out on the fortified village of Lussan set high up on a hill with its 180 degree views of the surrounding countrside, Gourdagues with its canal and the quaint medieval village of La Roques sur Ceze .

The villa is also ideally situated using a back road via St Maximin (an attractive village in its own right) to get to the Commercial Centre outside of Uzes (8 min drive) where there is a large Carrefour and other superstores. On a clear day, this road offers splendid views to the far off hills of the Cevennes. Incidentally, do not miss out on the fantastic value for money luncheon menus at Carrefour. Maybe not an obvious tourist attraction but for feeding a large hungry family, it can't be beaten for quality,venue and service.

Back at the villa, its quiet, private but not isolated position offers a lovely refuge for the tired sightseer. The pool, attractively positioned amongst the olive trees, will add enormously to the enjoyment of your holiday. At the back of the garden there is a quiet patio with table, chairs and parasol for any member of your party keen to enjoy a quiet moment on their own.

In order to keep the garden tidy, a gardener will come once every 10 days or so principally to mow the lawn. The pool will be cleaned and monitored once a week.

More Details

Owner
Rupert Wiles
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

About Rupert Wiles

Following my early retirement in 1999, I have been living in Chiswick ( West London) but spend a few months every year in Australia and New Zealand where I have close family connections. I am also fortunate enough to have a family cottage in the Cotswolds where I spend most weekends.

I come to France and the villa with members of my family several times in the year but principally in the Spring and late Summer

Rupert Wiles purchased this villa in 2009

Why Rupert Wiles chose Saint-Siffret

I loved the location of this villa the moment I saw it. It is situated on top of a hill with attractive views of the surrounding countryside around the quaint village of St Siffret. It is quiet and private. The garden with its beautiful olive trees and oleanders together with the pool are both the right size to manage. I was also very much attracted to the crazy paving that surrounds the property. The distribution and size of the rooms within the villa provide a great sense of space.

What makes this villa unique

The property is enclosed by a high wall which provides excellent security. The villa is positioned equally between the Zone Commerciale to the west of Uzes and the centre of Uzes itself. So you have a great choice of destination with little traffic to contend with.

Amenities

Saint-Siffret Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1571 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located in laundry room
  • The principal bathroom is attractively tiled throughout with a terra cotta floor. There are tiled steps leading to the bath which has its own shower and shower curtain. Hand rails have been installed to assist getting into and out of the bath. There are two basins with underneath cupboards and a large mirror and a large heated towel rail. A toilet is also situated in this room. The shower room is next door and is also attractively tiled throughout in similar colours to the bathroom. The separate toilet at the other end of the villa has a basin and is located in its own private area within the laundry room below the mezzanine. As a result it is of particular use to any guests using the fourth sleeping area in the Mezzanine.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Principal
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The attractive bedrooms are tiled with soft coloured terra cotta flooring. The principal double bedroom is very spacious and is located at the front of the property. The second of the two double bedrooms is smaller and together with the third bedroom look out over the terrace leading to the swimming pool and garden. Although there is no air conditioning all the bedrooms remain comfortable as the villa is situated on top of a hill and attracts cool breezes. There are nevertheless fans available in the villa if the need so arises. Each bedroom window is equipped with adjustable mosquito netting as required. The sleeping arrangements in the Mezzanine are provided for by a comfortable 'clic clack' ( ie sofa bed) which will sleep two adults. There is a wardrobe with shelves for storage and bed side tables with side lights. There are windows which provide plenty of light and air. The Mezzanine looks over the dining area and is very private and quiet once other guests have retired to bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The TV attracts both English as well as French TV stations. The wireless internet facility has good reception. The telephone is connected but is available for emergency use only. The garage houses the freezer and certain garden equipment, bottled gas, boiler and oil tank. The pool measures 8mX4m and is suitable for swimming only. For security purposes, the pool cover is mecanised using plastic slats. It is heated. The Central Heating system has been fully modernised and is most effective during the winter months. However, the central fireplace can be used to provide supplemental heating if required. The external garden area measures around 1,200 sq meters. There are attractive olive trees set in a large newly established garden lawn offering a safe playing area for children and providing welcome shade . The patio area surrounding the villa is extensive and ideal for relaxing on garden furniture under either a wonderful mulberry tree or next to olive trees.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautifully presented Provencal villa set amongst olive trees
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5

Magic French Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Following a 30 hour journey from Melbourne we were greeted to a beautiful villa with heated pool and all mod cons required of tired travelers. The property is well maintained with a helpful management team to answer your questions and give advice, even down to providing some much needed snacks on arrival. The house will easily accommodate 3 couples and is very private and secure. A high wall surrounds it with lockable gates, not that we saw any undesirables in the area.

St Siffret is a delightful rustic French village with a café bar and other eateries nearby. Good shopping for provisions is within 10 mins drive as is the much larger settlement of Uzés, which hosts markets and many fine restaurants.

There is plenty to do in the area within an hour’s drive, whether that be visiting the hill top town of Lussan for lunch, going down limestone caves (which abound), or crossing the highest of roman aqueducts at Pont du Gard. Avignon and Nimes are both in striking distance and well worth a visit.

In our 2 weeks we only scratched the surface and we plan to return.

Loved the villa, loved the area, loved France!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fabulous stay in St Siffret

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying in Les Olivettes. The property is spacious, clean and has all the facilities you would need. The heated swimming pool was great for the kids and the gardens are beautiful. The house is located a 5 min walk from the local 'epicerie', where you can buy fresh bread and croissants each morning, as well as plenty of other staples. It is also only a short walk into the centre of St Siffret village where this is a very nice bar and a restaurant. There is a large Carrefour supermarket less than 10 min drive and just beyond that is the charming old town of Uzes.

Less than 20 minute drive is the famous Pont du Gard (definitely worth a trip - and remember to bring your swimming things for a dip in the river and some great rock jumps).

All told, a thoroughly relaxing week at a fantastic property in a great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

A lovely clean and quiet cottage for a relaxing break, lovely location and a hassle free booking process. Would definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Ideal base for exploring the beautiful region

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a wonderful stay at Les Olivettes. Having never been to this region of France before, the house provided an ideal base for our exploring. It's brilliantly located for a huge number of nearby attractions (Uzes, Nimes, Pont Du Gard, Les Baux to name just a few) and we were never lacking things to do or places to visit during our ten day stay.

The house itself was much more spacious than the photos would suggest. Living areas are more than ample and the house is lovely and cool despite not having A/C (trust me, we were there in 40+ degrees c!!!). The pool, though small, provided welcome relief from the heat every day and we managed to find shady spots under the gorgeous mulberry tree and beneath the various parasols available. There was even a paddling pool for the children, which was fab.

A special mention must go to the ladies from Keysitting, who manage the property day to day on the owner's behalf. They were super-responsive and really helpful in terms of tips during our stay. A plumbing issue was dealt with very quickly indeed and they were very friendly too.

Well recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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The perfect holiday home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in Les Olivettes.

It's in a lovely part of France and we had a fantastic week exploring the area.

The weather was great and we spent a lot of time around the pool. The house is very well equipped and it feels like home away from home. Great food, wine and relaxation, just what we needed from our holiday.

I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Wonderful relaxed holiday

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house lots of space inside and out with plenty of terraces .

Nice big fridge and separate freezer to get more than a few days shopping in.

The pool is lovely and the property is very secure with a high wall going around the house .The neighbours were very friendly and there is a local shop near by for all the bits that you need .

At the back of the house there is lots of footpaths perfect for mounting biking /running .

Collias is great for canoeing spent a lot of time along the river on the little beaches .

Thank you Rupert your home is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nîmes
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nimes
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
A 9 Remoulins J23
Nearest Beach
43 Miles
Grau du Roi
Car: necessary

St Siffret is a quiet and charming ancient village with its own supermarket and two quality restaurants nearby. From the village you can enjoy lovely views of the surrounding hills. Our villa is situated on a small hill above the village and only 4 kms from Uzes, a renowned medieval town with a population of around 8,300. The town hosts one of the most colourful markets in the South of France and offers charming streets, cafes, restaurants and two museums to delight children of all ages. It is situated about 20 miles from Nimes and 30 miles from Avignon. The attractive town of Montpellier with its open and pedestrianised shopping centre is a mere hour's drive away.

There is plenty to see and do in the area including the magnificent Pont du Gard, the Roman amphitheatres of Nimes and Arles, the Palace of the Popes at Avignon and the fortified town of Aigues Mortes and the region of the Camargues. The river Gardon and the Gorges de L'Ardeche offer good swimming and canoeing. Cycles can be hired in nearby St Quentin La Poterie so as to explore the multitude of attractive villages in the area; and there are also walking and horse riding facilities

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $399.73

The 25% deposit is payable at the time of the booking and is non-returnable. Cancellations made more than 3 months prior to the arrival date where the full amount of the rental has been paid will be refunded in full.

Rentals include the provision of linen ( including towels for the swimming pool) and cleaning costs on departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.