FIRST COTTAGE: "LE DUCHE", Uzès, Provence
Just a few steps from the Place aux Herbes, not far from the grand chateau in the historic heart of Uzès, is the quiet cul-de-sac where our house "Le Duché" may be found.
This old stone house, internally renovated,consists of three storeys
and a cellar.
Cool in summer and centrally heated in winter, the house suits up to 6 people.
There is car parking beside the house and a little pocket handkerchief terrace in front where guests may sit and enjoy the fine weather.
A lock up garage is available nearby on request.
* Tiled floors with rugs, white rendered walls and cheery provenal colours.
* Kitchen with a round table (for 6), stove, dishwasher, fridge.
* Bathroom, fully tiled with bath, shower, washbasin and WC.
* Double bedroom off bathroom.
* Tiled with rugs, exposed oak beam ceilings.
* Large living/dining room with view out
to country fields in the distance. Colour TV, stereo, dining table for 6, portable phone with answering machine and books.
The TV has a satellite connection.
* A few steps lead to double bedroom with built in wardrobe.
*Twin or double bedroom with skylight and built in robe.
Wine cave, storage and second WC.
Laundry with washer/dryer.
2ND COTTAGE: "LE PETIT MANOIR", Uzès, Provence
A few more steps down the same street leads you to a our delightful
"Maison de Village", or Village Townhouse, which we have called
"Le Petit Manoir".
Still close to the Place aux Herbes, the grand chateau and the famous Tour Fenestrelle, this traditional three-storey building has been beautifully renovated, making a finely appointed residence suiting couples, or up to four people.
A Provençal rooftop terrace garden, central heating, en-suite bathroom with spa tub, bedroom air-conditioning are just a few of the attractions this house offers.
Car parking is generally available right in front of the house. We can also provide a lock up garage just a few steps down the street.
Tiled floors with honey coloured rugs, arched stone ceilings
Kitchen with professional sized gas cooktop and oven with rotisserie, dishwasher, microwave oven & refrigerator.
Washing machine and dryer.
Dining table for 4 to 6 and sitting area with a sofa.
Television with satellite connection and stereo music system.
Portable telephone with answering machine.
Master Bedroom tiled with rugs, Provençal furniture,
telephone and large comfortable double bed.
A few steps lead to spacious en-suite bathroom with spa -bath, washbasin & WC and separate shower enclosure.
Very attractive living area with divan and rattan armchairs.
Flexible in use: may be arranged as a second double or twin single bedroom if needed.
French windows open out onto the beautiful rooftop terrace garden where you can enjoy en-plein air dining and the bracing air of Provence.
In colder weather you can close the glass windows
but still enjoy the sun and outdoor light.
DORDOGNE: DELIGHTFUL MAISON DE VILLAGE IN CLASSIC BASTIDE OF MONPAZIER, "LA BASTIDE"
"La Bastide" is a traditional stone house located in the heart of the 13th Century village of Monpazier and only a few hundred metres from the central market place. The minute you enter the town by any of its 6 arched gateways you feel there is something special and exciting in the air; a confident charm about the shops and the people that is not lost on any visitor to this ancient bastide.
The House itself
Standing on the corner of a quiet street and a charming "ruelle" (small lane), the house is built from a mixture of ash and honey coloured stone. Solid and imposing, with walls over 2 feet thick, it's façade boasts a beautiful double entrance door
surmounted by a crest, another larger quadruple French door and, higher up, a graceful window looking out onto the street.
There are two storeys, with living areas on the ground level, and with bedrooms and the bathroom upstairs.
You will feel immediately at home as the atmosphere is light and cheerful.
* Terra cotta tiling floors with rugs, rendered white stone walls and exposed oak beam ceilings.
* Large open space comprising the living room, dining area and kitchen at the rear.
* The living room has a lounge, sofas, coffee table, and large open fireplace, colour TV and stereo, telephone and bookshelves with some books in English.
* The dining room has a long table that seats 8 people. You can open the French doors give a feeling of
"en plein air" dining.
* The kitchen has a stove, dishwasher, fridge, cupboards with all utensils and cutlery, etc.
* Polished oak floors with rugs, fabric wallpaper and exposed oak beam ceilings.
* Two bedrooms - one with a double bed and the other with four single beds or one double and two singles.
* Tiled bathroom with washbasin, WC and enclosed shower recess,washing machine/dryer.
Shopping in the town
Monpazier is a "living" village and consequently has a complete range of shops:alimentation
(fruit, vegetables and groceries), butchers, charcuteries (delicatessens), fromageries (cheese), patisseries (pastries), boulangeries (bread), tabacs, newsagents, bookshops, cafés, bars, restaurants, pharmacies, ice-creameries, antiques shops, electrical goods shops and much more are all within two minute's walk from your door.
Sports and Leisure Activities
Swimming, cycling, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, walking and visiting local wineries and restaurants are just a few of the leisure activities available.
We also have an arrangement with the English owner
of the nearby Restaurant des Sources de la Brame - an old converted mill on the Dropt River, whereby our guests may use their (rather sumptuous) swimming pool by paying a small surcharge ($2) on the first drink purchased at the restaurant bar.
FACILITIES IN THE HOUSES
Each house has all the things you would expect in your own home. The fully equipped kitchen has a fridge, dishwasher, and stove. There are basic cooking supplies such as condiments and other non-perishables in the cupboards: you are welcome to use these but we request that you replace them when they are running out. The laundry has a washing machine and drying cabinet.
The telephone can be used for receiving all calls and for making local calls. If you need to make International calls you should take your Telecard with you.
For entertainment there are some books in English, a radio-cassette, a television with satellite connection and some tapes and CDS supplied.
It is nice to stay in and relax with these pastimes sometimes after a busy day of being "out and about".
New things to see and do nearby
Guests at our houses have a better opportunity to seek out those places and events in the vicinity that are not part of the usual tourist trek. Spending more time in one place allows you to make some genuine discoveries and there are two helpful resources you can take advantage of: our visitor's book and the local "Office de Tourisme". At the Tourist office, where many staff speak English, you will find an abundance of maps and leaflets on local points of interest, cultural events and traditional fêtes and festivals. The Visitor's book in each house contains many recommendations by previous guests - please read them and feel free to add your own ideas.
COSTS AND HOW TO BOOK
Each cottage is available for bookings on a weekly basis, from Friday afternoon till the following Friday morning. These arrival times allow our guests to enjoy the experience of the Saturday morning markets and to obtain the week's supplies.
The all-inclusive cost per week is $950.
This price covers everything (including bed linen,towels, telephone, electricity and gas etc) for up to three people. If it is your intention to accommodate four or more people, please advise us so our concierge can make arrangements.
To make a booking please phone us first to verify the week(s) you want are available still. If this is OK fill out the attached booking form and send it to us as soon as possible with a deposit of $450 per week booked per cottage. Your booking is positively confirmed only on receipt of the deposit. If you wish, you may make payments by VISA card over the phone by quoting your credit card details, or faxing them to us.
The balance of $500 per week per cottage is payable 6 weeks before your departure.
At this time we also provide you with maps of how to find the houses, entry codes and any last minute useful information.
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