traditional mas houses for sale gard in france

Amidst scrubland in the French department of Gard,
a 16th century, traditional Mas house
Uzès, GARD languedoc-roussillon 30700 FR

Location

This traditional Mas house stands in the Golden Triangle of the French department of Gard, between the Cèze and Gardon Valleys, on a wide plateau spanning 3,800 hectares of scrubland, with Natura 2000 classification, and has an unobstructed view over the Cévennes mountains, the Ardèche and the Rhône Valley. It is five minutes from a village with all shops (a grocery, a mini-market, a butcher’s, a newsagent’s, etc.) Uzès is 20 minutes away. Avignon (TGV train station), Nîmes (airport, TGV train station) and motorways are all less than an hour away.

Description

This traditional Mas house appears in the midst of a clearing along a path through the forest, with evergreen oak trees for as far as the eye can see. An old glassworks dating from the 17th century, a refuge for the Camisards (French protestants) and centre of resistance, this old Mas house now keeps watch over an immense stretch of scrubland.
Composed of several adjoining buildings, this traditional Mas house was constructed with its back to the Mistral winds, bordering on the south side a long courtyard which extends westwards. The main entrance, on the east side, features an arcade opening on to the courtyard. Facing the main Mas house, another much smaller Mas house marks the south-east corner of the enclosure which extends as a terrace, surrounded by a low, dry-stone wall as far as a wide contemporary infinity swimming pool, marking the west boundary of the property overlooking the tree tops.
The first two sections of the old Mas house are composed of two levels above a ground floor. They were constructed at the beginning of the 16th century, whilst the last section, spanning a single level, bears witness to a more recent extension which was used for the glassworks activity. The facades of the old Mas house and the small Mas house are still partially covered with old lime rendering, providing glimpses of small limestone blocks. A water recovery system engraved in the facades feeds an old water tank under the courtyard.
The old Mas house features windows in varying sizes, with no hint of any symmetry. The more numerous openings on the south side include a wide arcade, all on a level. Its keystone bears the year 1542. An outside stairway provides access to the first level of the building adjoining the courtyard entrance. The old Mas house is topped with a three-sloped roof, the west gable of which looks down on to a small terrace, on a level with the following two-sloped roof, followed by the old glassworks with a single-sloped roof. All the roofs are covered with old Roman tiles.

The old, traditional Mas house

The oldest section of this traditional Mas house is composed of two buildings. The first spans three levels; the second, two. The ground floor houses a succession of rooms, featuring cross-ribbed stone vaults, whilst the upstairs ceilings are entirely covered with local terracotta tiles, that were also used for the slopes under the rafters. The old floors have been admirably preserved, whilst the rustic, rendered walls are soberly whitewashed. Several fireplaces in good working order are dotted throughout the reception rooms on the ground and first floors.


Ground floor
The rooms on the ground floor of this old traditional Mas house are composed, on the one hand, of a bedroom, with a shower room, as well as a machine room and, on the other hand, of a long room, with three successive vaults, laid out as a dining room and open-plan kitchen. The two areas on this level do not intercommunicate and can be reached either via the courtyard or via the upper level.
First floor
The first floor can be reached either via two interior stairways at end of the old, traditional Mas house or via an outside stairway on the south facade which leads directly to a vast living room, with its ceiling at two different heights, extended by a second open-plan kitchen. A few steps continue this level down, on the one hand, to two bedrooms sharing a shower room and, on the other hand, to a last, west-facing bedroom, with its shower room. A corridor running alongside the south facade leads to the bedrooms and ends at a stairway going down to the ground floor reception rooms.
Attic
A stairway in the living room, with its ceiling at two different heights, goes up to a mezzanine providing access to a toilet and a vast bedroom under the rafters. This bright room has a door leading to a terrace overlooking the roofs.
Outbuilding
The old glassworks, following on from the old, traditional Mas house, currently houses a series of four bedrooms and three shower rooms, reached via a long corridor running alongside the north facade. Laid out all on a level under a high, sloping ceiling, the rooms in this building are illuminated via windows, arranged symmetrically on the north and south sides.
Bread oven
The east enclosure of the traditional Mas house includes a bread oven in good working order.
Meadows
The traditional Mas house is surrounded on the north and east sides by grasslands, planted with evergreen oak and olive trees.
The swiming pool
A contemporary, infinity swimming pool has been installed at the end of the courtyard. It marks the boundary between the enclosure of the traditional Mas house and the surrounding scrubland. A French bowls pitch and several facilities (shower rooms, a summer kitchen and machine rooms) are set out nearby.

The little Mas house

A little Mas house stands facing the old, traditional Mas house and forms the south-east corner of the Mas. It is composed of two separate sections, one spanning two levels, with a gable roof, and the second spanning one level, with a single-slope roof, overlooking the courtyard. The first section comprises a room, with a fireplace, on the ground floor, topped with a room of identical size under the rafters and reached via a ladder. The second section is laid out as a kitchen, preceding a shower room.

Our opinion

“The cost of shining in this world is too high a price to pay. How I look forward to seeking refuge at home! A happy life is a secluded one”, these words translated from the verse of French moralist Jean-Pierre-Claris-de-Florian (1755-1794) can relate better than any others the peace and quiet exuded by these premises, a magnificent haven in the midst of a verdant desert, not only protected from contemporary nuisances but also near to the most beautiful villages on the Provencal side of the French department of Gard (Lussan, La-Roque-sur-Cèze, Uzès). The numerous paths setting off from the property give the impression that there is a new path for every new day. Discreet, respectful restoration works have preserved a number of original features, bearing plain but invaluable witness to the way of life in a traditional Mas house set on the most extensive plateau of the future Garrigues Regional Nature Park.

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Reference 290350

Land registry surface area 6332 m2
Main building surface area 478 m2
Outbuilding surface area 15 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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