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So close to the famous feria, majestic Roman monuments and intense cultural life of Nîmes, and yet so far from everything at the same time. The Bastide de Fabrègues is in a world of its own. Dressed in red and stood in the middle of a walled garden planted with tall trees, the property has the air of a great lady with a fiery temperament. Despite appearances, she patiently cultivates a unique art of living, just as the surrounding vines and olive trees nurture their own fruits. In each room, comfort, privacy and attention to detail show another side to her. This former silkworm farm's hospitality knows no bounds, it seeks to anticipate even the slightest of desires. It's hard not to be enchanted by it all.
My family settled here in the 1950s when irrigation of the scrubland and vineyards became possible after the Bas-Rhône canal was built and the region was set to be France's answer to California. A land of peach, cherry, apricot and apple orchards in which my father, Guy Serres, was the first to invest when he bought the Domaine du Château de la Tuilerie. My husband later took over management of the estate and I was the winegrower for 35 years. Both my children and grandchildren were born here. The land is marked by four generations of our family.
The original owners of the bastide gave it to their daughter as a wedding gift. It was almost named "La bastide des cœurs (The Bastide of Hearts)", as evidenced by the emblem which depicts an orange tree and a heart. The old 18th century silkworm farm was built on two levels. A stylised metal balcony runs the length of the gabled facade. When the silkworm farm was replaced by a vineyard in the 19th century, a cellar was built and a four-storey tower was added to the mansion to accommodate the workers. La Bastide de Fabrègues is nestled in the heart of the Château de la Tuilerie, an estate surrounded by apple orchards and a fifty hectares olive grove.
The name Fabrègues comes from the Latin "fabrica" which means "forges". The property is a real Provencal country house built in the 18th century. This solitary retreat adjoining the silkworm farm was once the main house. In the 18th century, silk made the fortune of Nîmes before its popularity began to decline in the 19th century with the arrival of American nylon. La Bastide de Fabrègues was bought by my father in 1956 when we were children. It was uninhabited for a long time and then served as accommodation for the various managers of the estate. A few years ago, I decided to restore it and transform it into a resort.
La Bastide is a romantic and enchanting getaway where guests come with friends, family or in couples for a stay in complete privacy. It is a unique place, a charming break away from the world but with the city just nearby. The centre of Nîmes is only twenty minutes away. It is neither marble nor silk that makes the luxury of this haven of peace, but rather the space, calm, beauty and comfort!
At the Atelier du Rhum, rum enthusiasts will have the opportunity to discover my fine collection and experience the art of living in Nîmes with me. The Château de la Tuilerie Tasting Cellar is the place to try our wines and learn about our traditional methods. In Garons, five minutes away, the restaurant ''Alexandre", two Michelin stars and the puff pastry bread from the village bakery is delightful. At Caissargues, MMM, La Maison du Mieux Manger offers the best Italian specialties. 500m away is the Nîmes-Campagne golf course, it is open all year round and has agreed a special price for our guest. Our favourite walk is a stroll around the Vaccarès pond in the Camargue at the end of the day. The flamingos come to rest on the water lit by the last rays of the sun.
2450 € - 4500 € per week
With a surface area of 350m², the bastide can easily accommodate eight guests. On the ground floor are a large fitted kitchen, a laundry area, a large living/dining room, a bedroom with a bathroom and sauna, and a guest toilet. Two suites, each with a living room equipped with a television, and two large bathrooms with walk-in showers are located on the first floor. Both suites open onto a romantic balcony overlooked by a bicentennial plane tree. The weekend rate is for three nights with free arrival day.