Ideally located and well equipped property
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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
"La Joie de Sud" is a recently renovated property in a quiet road in the hill top village of Fournès. It has a fresh, airy and modern interior. The house has been recently converted with "La Joie de Sud" occupying the first and second levels with private access.
The location is ideal for Nimes, Avignon, Uzès and Orange - all within very easy reach and steeped in history and art events. You can be in the heart of the Luberon in just over one hour although the lavenders and sunflowers of Provence are on your doorstep here in Fournès.
On entering the street level gate, you climb tiled steps to the main door and also to the 1st of two terraces. On the terrace is a table with 4 tabouret stools. Through the main entrance door, you enter an open plan area comprising 2 large,comfortable, chaise longues settees and a TV (Freeview English channels and French channels), DVD player with selection of DVDs, CD player with someCDs supplied. (There is also an iPOD/radio player located in one of the bedrooms). There is a free WIFI internet connection. French doors in this room open onto the terrace. Behind, the open plan living area is a modern fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar. (Electric oven, hob unit, fridge, dishwasher, coffee machine, toaster). Behind the kitchen is a separate and useful storage room housing the freezer, microwave and kitchen crockery etc. Tea and coffee are provided for an arrival cuppa !
A staircase leads up to the next level where there are two bedrooms both of which have doors linking directly into the shower room (also location of washing machine). There are also twin washbasins. The larger of the two bedrooms has french doors onto the second and larger terrace. There is also a door at the top of the stairs that leads directly to the terrace area.
Sun loungers and a white cast iron table with 4 matching chairs make this the ideal place to relax, dine, read and unwind. It overlooks a neighbour's green and private park; making the top terrace a lovely location to take in the evening sunset or a breakfast of coffee and croissants. (Local grocer and "depot de pain" 2 minutes walk in the village). There is a barbecue facility on this terrace.
The road is very quiet as this is one of the roads in the old quarter and it is not the principal road through the village. Parking is in this lane directly outside, or within close vicinity, of the gate to the property.
Feedback from renters has been great with many referencing the cleanliness and fresh style of the property and, very importantly, that the cost on the web site when you make your search is the price you pay. No additional charges for utilities or bedding. The location has brought a number of renters back for a 3rd or 4th visit.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||River Remoulins(4km)/Pont du Gard(6km) 4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes Garons 25 km, Nearest railway: TGV into Avignon 20 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc is separated into 4 departments: The Gard marks the beginning of Provence and the flora and fauna are similar with sunflowers, lavender and olive trees in evidence. In addition, the Gard is a large wine producing area and fields of vines are a dominant sight in the countryside. The Garrigue (Mediterranean word for the style of vegetation and environment) has wild juniper, rosemary, cistus, thyme and green oaks.
In addition to sampling the many local wines, there is also a wealth of locally grown produce: cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, melons, figs, kiwis, apples, tomatoes, asparagus, beans, aubergines, courgettes, etc. You can decide what you want to eat on the day and buy it fresh and add a touch of olive oil and a glass of wine to make the perfect healthy lifestyle.
The Mediterranean climate has warm, dry summers and mild winters. There are 300 days of sunshine per year, thanks in part to the wind. The Mistral pushes away the clouds and keeps the area free of pollution. Due to the Mediterranean climate, the countryside is always green and a paradise for walkers throughout the year.
The Uzège area welcomes many visitors in summer and in winter. It is ideally located to attract those wishing an activity holiday, a cultural extravaganza, or a quiet place to unwind. Uzès, Nimes, Avignon and Orange are on the doorstep and offer an historical richness. Further afield you can experience the very different scenery of the Cevennes hills.
Beach lovers may head south and take in Sainte Maire de la Mer, La Grau du Roi, or La Grande Motte or further south to the bulls, flamingoes, white horses and salt marshes of the Camargues. The bright lights of the Cote d'Azur are approx 2.5 hours drive.
Local fairs and events are widely held and mirror the area's deep roots in tradition. Many villages celebrate their saints in the summer and bull running in the towns and even the small villages is a local custom. Whether you want to participate or spectate, the atmosphere is always convivial, colourful and a good excuse for the village folk of all ages to get together.
Markets are an equally colourful event. Uzès has one of the most famous markets in the South of France that is held on Saturdays. A smaller and local growers' market is held on Wednesdays. In the property is a map showing where all the markets are held on each day of the week and the local brocante fairs.
The mediaval centre of Uzès, with its beautiful 17th and 18th century town houses, is a popular location for dining due to the many pavement restaurants and cafés. People watching over a croissant and cup of coffee is a very popular pastime and moving on to midday for tapas and a glass of Côte du Rhône.
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4 May 2014
"Un agréable séjour près du Pont du Gard"
La situation du logement est idéale pour visiter le Gard et le Vaucluse.Il est calme et agréable. La literie est bonne.Il faut absolument une voiture pour tout faire.Nous sommes très contents et av… More
1 Nov 2013
"Fantastic place to stay"
My girlfriend and I stayed in this gite for one week in August. It was a lovely, peaceful place to stay, with a local supermarket only a couple of minutes drive away. The gite had everything in it you… More
1 Sep 2013
"Perfect base for exploring"
Clean comfortable and well equipped. Lots of books, guides, DVDs etc and a decent shower, which seems quite rare in France.Pleasant terrace for an evening of good food and wine.Good central location … More
12 Aug 2013
"Lovely apartment, perfectly situated for visiting so many noteworthy sites."
This is a lovely comfortable apartment, plenty of room for us and our teenage daughter. It is ideally situated with so many places within easy reach, if you want to discover all the Gard has to offer, it's perfect, with neighbouring departments such as Bouches-Du-Rhone and Vaucluse just a short drive away.
12 Jun 2013
"great holiday property"
The owner was very friendly and helpful with prompt replies to queries.The property was clean,comfortable and well equipped.The location was very convenient for sightseeing, but a car would be essenti… More
11 Jun 2013
We had a great holiday staying at this lovely Gite in Fournes. The two storey accommodation was just perfect for a relaxing stay in the Rhone region of France. we found it to be well equipped with eve… More
7 Sep 2012
"Very well appointed gite in a lovely quiet location - ideal for exploring"
This is a very well equiped gite with all you would need for a relaxing break. We were met by the owner (Gill) who was very helpful on arrival and also during our stay. Lots of info provided on things to do/see in the area and English TV which is nice if you have teenage children! The owners provided a very comprehensive Information Pack and the only extra thing to add which would have been useful would be the opening times of the Carefour. The gite is in a very quiet village and even though the "motorway" is under half a mile away, you cannot hear it at all! We have a great week and would definitely recommend this gite.
18 Aug 2012
"French village experience"
La Joie de Sud is a very good option for anyone wanting to experience a quaint and quiet French village without the feeling of being on the tourist trail. It is not in the popular town of Uzes, but i… More
Great to receive such lovely comments. Just a note for those not familiar with the area. The drive from Fournes to Uzes takes approximately 20 minutes including parking. In July and August it can take longer due to volume of holiday traffic as it such a popular town.
16 Apr 2012
"Fab little place in the sun."
We had a great break at the flat, it was central for the 3 big antique fairs we wanted to visit ie.Beziers, Avignon and Montpellier, good restaurant for a meal in the evening at Remoulins down by the … More
15 Jul 2011
"A great place to stay"
After travelling to different southern regions of France by car over the years we decided it was time to visit an area we had never been to before and that “La Joie de Sud” in the little village o… More
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