House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Forge is a house converted in 2007 from the original blacksmith’s workshop in the village of Russan close to Nîmes and Uzès. The house sleeps four people in two double bedrooms and there is also a double sofa-bed in the first floor salon. There is parking immediately outside the house or on the square
Situated on the north east side of la Place de la Fontaine, the front of the house gets glorious sunshine from the afternoon until late in the evening. On the southern side of the square is the church and the bridge across the gorge, with views along the river.
Conveniently placed in the heart of the Gard department, Russan is the perfect place to base your holiday in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Like Provence this is the area of shaded village squares, vineyards and fields of lavender and herbs. The local area affords opportunities for outdoor activities including walking, cycling, climbing and river sports. There are also many historical attractions making Russan both somewhere to relax and unwind and a great place to head out and explore this beautiful part of Southern France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Grau de Roi 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes Garons 30 km, Nearest railway: Nimes 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation consists of two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and two salons.
On the ground floor is the large feature bedroom. Converted from the original forge this is a deep cool room in the heat of summer. The vaulted ceiling runs the length of the room and French windows open directly onto the square. Across the entrance hall is access to a large shower room and stairs leading to the first floor.
The kitchen, on the first floor, is fitted with washing machine, dishwasher, cooker and fridge and has a small dining/breakfast area. There's also access to the balcony if you fancy breakfast al fresco.
Adjoining the kitchen is the main salon with two comfortable sofas, one of which converts to a double bed, and additional seating arranged around the fireplace. There's further access to the balcony overlooking the square through French windows.
From the kitchen, an open staircase rises to the second floor dining salon. There is a large dining table which comfortably seats six and will extend to seat eight if you want to entertain. Occasional seating also makes this a pleasant place to read or watch the comings and goings in the square.
Through the dining salon is the second bedroom with en suite shower, a built in wardrobe and one enormous bed.
|Further details outdoors|
Whilst there is no garden at La Forge the property fronts on to the village square where you can relax by the fountain in the shade of the plane trees and watch the locals play boule. The cafe bar, grocery shop and boulangerie are all just moments away. There is parking immediately outside the house or on the square.
Payment in Sterling or Euro (at current exchange rate) by cheque (allow 10 days to post) or preferably electronically (allow three days)
50% payment to secure booking
50% 10 days before booking commences plus the deposit of £50
House available from 4 o'clock in the afternoon of day of arrival. If you want to arrive earlier please ask.
Departure by 11 o'clock on day of departure
You will be met by the housekeeper at La Forge for a tour of the house
Local telephone numbers will be available for last minute communication regarding arrival
Advance notification is required for use of telephone and wi-fi
An additional deposit is required to activate international telephone dialling - please enquire on booking
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Rouissillon region.
The city is forty minutes from Russan on the motorway. Montpellier is a bustling city with much of historic interest including the Musée Fabre and mansions dating from the 17th century. Perhaps the most famous graduate of the medical school founded in 1220 is Nostradamus.
The modern university gives a young feel to the city and there is much entertainment to be had. The main focus point of the city is the Place de la Comédie. One place to definitely visit is the Jardin des plantes de Montpellier which is the oldest botanical garden in France, founded in 1593. There is a wealth of gastronomy from the very expensive Le Jardin des Sens where Gérard Depardieu can often be seen, to marvellous open air restaurants along the esplanade.
Nîmes is the capital city of the Gard department with a rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire. It’s a popular tourist destination and only 15 minutes from Russan. Nîmes may have been one of the richest and finest Roman cities of Gaul. Several important remains of the Roman Empire can still be seen in and around the town. The Roman amphitheater is the best-preserved Roman arena in France. It is still used today for the occasional bull fight and as a concert arena.
The Maison Carrée is one of the best-preserved Roman temples anywhere and today a small exhibition serves as an introduction to the history of Nîmes. If you’re shopping for the flavour of the Langeudoc, Les Halles is a great experience. Over 3000 square meters of local produce in the heart of the historic centre.
Fresh fruit, salad and vegetable available daily, beef reared on the Camargue and seafood from the nearby ports along with everything else you’d expect from a market of this quality. Les Halles is a unique and refreshing shopping experience. The 18th-century Jardins de la Fontaine are a beautiful relaxing place to visit and unwind. Tree-shaded boulevards trace the foundations of Nîmes city walls within which you’ll find shopping, bars and restaurants to suit any tastes.
The Gard department takes it's name from the River Gardon which rises in the Cévennes National Park, a protected area above the plains of the Languedoc. Maps of the district indicating popular walks are widely available. Inspiration can be found in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes’ his book about his 252km hike through the area in 1879.
Russan is one of the four villages of the commune of Ste Anastasie situated in the heart of the Gard department on the River Gardon, part of the Languedoc region of the south of France.
Russan is a beautiful village ideally situated within easy reach of Nîmes, Uzès, Avignon, Orange and the great Roman aqueduct of the Pont-du-Gard. Russan is an authentic working community where there are occasional celebrations held in the square or outside the church. The area is popular with visitors, both French and international.
There is a boulangerie two minutes walk for croissants, bread, savories, and pastries. The Alimentation across the square provides high quality produce to supplement the supermarket and the local organic produce shop in La Calmette 6k away. The cafe/bar on the corner of the square makes delicious coffee from 6 o'clock in the morning and you can buy a British newspaper there too. There is also a hairdresser and a pizza shop in the village.
A short drive over the gorge and into the hills there is an organic winery, Ocre Rouge where you can buy locally produced red, white and sparkling wine by the bottle or the case.
Activities in the area include Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing, Walking, Cycling and excellent restaurantys.
The beautiful medieval town of Uzès, is a short drive from Russan. Lively all year round, Uzès boasts annual festivals of dance, music, pottery, truffles, gardening, and antiques. La Place aux Herbes, the main square, shaded by plane trees and enclosed by alleys and arcades is where you can find the renowned market, one of the most colourful and vibrant in the south of France. With a fantastic range of restaurants to suit all tastes, you can take a break from the sights and shops to sit outside for a tasty lunch or a relax with drink and watch the world go by.