On the Provencal side of the French department of Gard, amidst vines and lavender fields,
a traditional, Mas house where time ticks by to the sound of the Angelus
Avignon, GARD languedoc-roussillon 84000 FR

Location

35 minutes to the north of Uzès, 20 minutes from the motorway network, 45 minutes from Avignon (TGV train station), an hour from Nîmes (TGV train station and airport). Alongside the river Cèze and just a stone’s throw from Roque-sur-Cèze, classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Description

A little way away from the road that winds its way through the Cèze Valley, harbouring a multitude of tourist and heritage sites, this old vine-growing estate extends over a wide alluvial plain at the foot of hills, formed by the meandering water courses. This traditional Mas house stands out amidst vines, fruit trees and lavender fields. Surrounded by seven continuous hectares and laid out in a U-shape around an east-facing courtyard, the buildings are partially enclosed by wooden rail fencing for horses. The buildings, typical of the rural housing in the lower Languedoc region, nonetheless, stand out courtesy of a bell-tower, the bell of which ticks off the days to the sound of the Angelus.

The south wing

This fully restored section has now become a house.
It is accessed via a main entrance door off the courtyard or via one of the many doors and picture windows, on the south side, opening on to the surrounding meadow.
The ground floor comprises a first lounge, a dining room, a kitchen as well as a second, much bigger lounge with a contemporary fireplace. These rooms are both functional and harmonious. The polished concrete floors integrate, as on the upper levels, an underfloor central heating system. A stairway, with its suspended steps set in the wall, goes up to the first floor. A corridor on the first level provides access to a first, south-facing bedroom, with a wardrobe and a bathroom, with a toilet. A door at the other end of the corridor opens into a flat, made extremely luminous by windows overlooking the courtyard and facing east as well as south, thus providing a wide view over the plain bordering the river Cèze. It comprises a bedroom, a living room, with an open-plan kitchen, and a bathroom. The second floor has a third bedroom under the rafters, from where it is possible to glimpse the bell-tower. It also has a bathroom and a dressing room.

The north wing

The conversion of this wing, spanning a similar floor surface to that of the south wing, awaits completion. Perfectly weathertight, the carcass has undergone works similar to those carried out on the rest of the Mas.
Opening on the south side on to the courtyard, this section of the traditional Mas house extends over two separate levels. The ground floor is accessed from the courtyard and provides access to several rooms, including a superb barrel-vaulted room. A perpendicular stone stairway, set in the south facade and flanked by two cypress trees, goes up along the north wall from the courtyard to the first floor, where access is provided to the rooms laid out on either side. The old fireplaces have been carefully removed and a great deal of the underpinning, built using dressed stone, has been exposed and enhanced.

The central building

The central building, a link between the Mas’ north and south wings, comprises a 2-storey section. A huge straw barn, adjoining it on the west side, opens on to meadows. The building forming the north-west corner, with a ridge looking down on to the neighbouring buildings, was laid out in the last century as wine storehouses that still contain vats taking up the full height of the building. On the ground floor, accessed from the courtyard, is series of rooms composed of a stable, with two large, recently converted loose boxes, a shed, opening on the west side into the barn and on the north side, and an area currently used as a workshop and machine room below the vats in the wine storehouses. On the first floor, reached via a balcony corridor connecting the two wings, is a vast room under the exposed roofing framework.

The land

Spanning close to seven hectares, the land surrounding this traditional Mas house is entirely bordered by farmland growing vines, fruit trees and lavender. On the north side, a cypress hedge delimits the grassland and the vines whilst, on the east, south and west sides, the Mas is surrounded by wooden barriers that compose a set of paddocks for horses.
The land here is especially fertile. The river Cèze flows past less than 200 m away, consequently the land could be used for all kinds of other crops (olive trees) or activities, just as a pool fed by the borehole could enhance the property.

Our opinion

This land, renowned in ancient times for the growing of chick peas (“cicer” in Latin, “lou cese” in Occitan), gave its name to the Cèze Valley which extends from the Cévennes mountains to the river Rhone. There are innumerable natural, archaeological and historic treasures in this region now marked by the growing of vines and its great tourist attraction. And yet, make no mistake, this is not the Provence found on postcards. The telluric forces here have not succumbed to the holidaying trends of the other side of the Rhone. The people are honest and intense, just like this land marked by the Reformation and its quest for freedom. Great pains were taken during the contemporary restoration work to preserve its authentic character. Said works could be completed with the enhancement of the north wing, the old wine storehouse and the straw barn.

Exclusive sale

1 090 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 538014

Land registry surface area 6 ha 74 a 83 ca
Main building surface area 1100 m2
Number of bedrooms 3

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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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