Perched on the side of the rising hills bordering the tranquil historic village of Calvisson in Languedoc Roussillon in the South of France this beautiful airy house has stunning views over vineyards, olive groves and fields of sunflowers. Located in the heart of the garrigue in Gard, between Nîmes and Montpellier you will be seduced by the charm of the village streets and the beauty of its surroundings under the generous sun of Provence.
The house is located in the secure gated development of the Domaine de Mas Des Vignes, Calvisson. The domaine includes an outdoor swimming pool with fun slides, a covered heated pool, a sports court suitable for tennis, football and basketball, many Pétanque courts, mini-golf, a bar and café, a launderette, a mini shop, kids club and a friendly and helpful reception service.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Grande Motte 29 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes 22 km, Nearest railway: Vergeze 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The house has 2 double bedrooms; one with a double bed and the second with 2 single beds. The downstairs living space has a double bed settee. The house sleeps 6 comfortably.
The airy open plan downstairs living space enjoys double patio doors at each end and the patios front and back of the house ensure both sun and shaded sitting areas all day long with landscaped gardens and beautiful views.
The kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, coffee maker, kettle and toaster.
Towels and bed linen can be hired from reception.
The house has its own outdoor parking space.
There is a Super U supermarket and a Lidl store a short drive away.
|Further details outdoors|
Relax at the pool and read a book or join in the many organised summer exercise clubs including aqua aerobics and water polo.
An undulating path of almost a mile borders the inside of the development and is perfect for sauntering evening strolls or early morning runs. Dotted among the trees are a range of rustic wooden exercise stations.
In the evening during the summer season you and your family can be entertained at the bar with various shows, games and concerts. Or simply relax on the patio outside the house and sip a relaxing glass of Languedocienne wine from the biggest wine-producing region in the world while enjoying the breath-taking views of the vineyards stretching into the distance below you.
Stay in touch with the outside world with paid wifi available around the bar.
There are many places to visit and lots of things to do around the area. The house is only 25 minutes from the Camargue with its many beaches and wild nature. Why not take boat trip along the canal from the historic walled town of Aigues Mortes and watch the Camargue Cowboys at work. Or visit one of the many local villages to view their street bull running spectacles.
Sete is less than an hour away and hosts many top class fish restaurants along the world famous canal. Closer still is La Grau du Roi with its beautiful beach and canal where sea jousting or Joutes Nautique can be seen.
In Sommieres and other villages the bizarre spectacle of Toro Piscine can be watched in local amphitheatres - a true demonstration of courage and madness but very funny!
There are many high quality markets in the local villages including Calvisson and Sommieres.
The Roman amphitheatre in NImes, 20 minutes drive from Calvisson, was built in 70 AD and is a walk away from the Maison Carree, a Roman Temple built in 16BC. You can swim or kayak in the river at the UNESCO world heritage site at the Pont du Gard.
There are beautiful beaches a short drive away at La Grande Motte, Carnon and Palavas les Flots. A little further away is the ancient palace of the popes and the famous half bridge in Avignon.
You can hire bikes in Calvisson and cycle the 10Km safe green route to Sommieres for a leisurely lunch or why not visit the mountainous Cevennes national park or the Haribo sweet factory in Uzes. The list is endless.
Calvisson is a commune in the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. It lies between Nîmes, Montpellier, the Cevennes and the Camargue.
It is in the northern foothills of the Vaunage, a fertile valley surrounded by a rim of limestone hills rising to 200m. The most prominent hill is the Rock of Gachone, which was the site of an important oppidum, or a fortified town, under the Romans. The natural vegetation is classic garrigue; today the valley is used for vineyards and horticulture. A tiny stream, the Escattes, flows through the village. Calvisson also includes the hamlets of Sinsans and Bizac.
The church of St Saturnin is 12th-century Romanesque and 15th-century Provençal Gothic There is a 19th-century neo-classical temple.The Rock of Gachone rises over the village to the west. There were four windmills there, three have been partially restored.
The beginning of the 21st century saw the old railway transformed into Voie Verte, a 22km safe pedestrian cycleway through the Vaunage: from Caveirac, through Calvisson and Congénies to Junas and Sommières. This is used by horses, cycles, and pedestrians. The two major roads on the route are avoided by means of subway tunnels.
Bull running happens in Calvisson, according the Carmargues tradition, where no bull gets hurt. The annual event takes place around the 20th July over a period of five days. There are four events, the Abrivado where over ten bulls are run together through the street guided by a group of twelve 'guardians' mounted on white Camargues horses, an Encierro where one bull is released outside the foyer and finds his own way back to the pen, the Bandido where one bull is run accompanied through the streets, and the Bandido de nuit which is the same thing but after dark. Boys and men run with the bulls and try and separate them from the horses, stop them, and physically turn them away from the horses
There are many restaurants nearby. In Vergeze Au Veri Gourmand serve a great 5 course lunch with wine for Euro 12 per person and for a more up market evening dinner Les Deux Palmier in Calvisson is exquisite.
Calvisson hosts a lovely market on a Sunday morning and during the summer season have a magnificant bull festival with bull running and marching bands in the village square.