Vue du Pont
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
'Vue du Pont' is the perfect spot if you want a holiday in a traditional working French Village with a boulangerie, boutique hotel with coffee garden, family hotel with restaurant, a quiet bar, hairdresser, church, Mairie and boules pitch - but no clubs or discos. It is on the first floor of a traditonal 'maison du village' with private entrance, courtyard/garden and parking. (The ground floor is our private holiday home and is not let out). The Gite has been awarded 'deux cléfs' by the Clévacances registration body. The village is in the midst of working vineyards and olive groves, but you are just 10 minutes from the motorway and 40 minutes from the airport, providing easy access to superb countryside, historic sites and the heart of the Cote du Rhone wine country. On clear days the world famous Pont du Gard is visible from the bedroom windows (and at night if it is illuminated). Nimes with its complete Roman ampitheatre, Avingon with its 'pont', Arles, Orange and Uzes are all within easy access. For the more active you can canoe, cycle, walk, play golf or horse ride in the locality. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with five domaines in or close to the village. We can arrange tours. The Camargues region with its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingoes, as well as historic Aigues Mortes and the coast, is an easy drive away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aigues Mortes 75 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes 60 km, Nearest railway: Avignon|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Combined kitchen/dining/living area: • The modern and well-equipped kitchen area has a large fridge/freezer, microwave, full-size electric fan oven, 4 ring gas hob, double sink. • Adjacent to the open plan kitchen is the dining area with a circular table seating 4 comfortably, with a pine dresser containing cutlery, crockery and glasses. •
The lounge area has two couches providing seating for four and a wall-mounted flat screen television with French and English channels. Large shower room with a modern tiled walk-in shower and wash basin with illuminated mirror over. Also a modern automatic washing machine and a folding clothes rack for drying clothes outside in the sun.
Bedroom one - the sunflower room. Double bed, two pine bedside tables, a large wardrobe with hanging space, shelves and drawers, and an upright chair. Bedroom two - the sky blue room. Two single beds, one bedside table between and a chair and wardrobe identical to bedroom one. Toilet - A modern toilet with a small hand washbasin with mirror over.
|Further details outdoors|
From the kitchen area, an external spiral staircase leads off a small balcony down to a 50 sq. metre traditional courtyard garden with a wooden table and four chairs. A barbecue is built-in against one wall. The ground is covered in stone chippings with a lavender plant in the centre, herbs and a vine growing up the front wall. This area also offers space for secure parking behind the lockable front gates.
A FREE welcome bottle of local wine and a welcome pack for making hot drinks on arrival is provided. All bed linen, towels and electricity costs are included. We include FREE WiFi. Heating is provided for the cooler winter months. Changeover day is flexible so you can stay for short or long breaks arriving mid-week or weekends. House hunters take your time in the region and stay in our Gite. A 'Baby package' of cot, bath and high chair is available at no extra charge.
Transfer from Avignon or Nimes can be arranged with taxi 'Antony' in the village, and baby sitting services are available at extra cost. Our local key holder is English and lives in the village. She is on hand to greet you on arrival, see you off on departure and help with any problems during your stay. The Gite is in the heart of the Cote du Rhone wine growing region. Guided visits to local wineries can be arranged with an English speaking qualified wine expert (at extra cost). These include tastings, education into the art of wine appreciation and the opportunity to purchase if you wish (but no hard sell). Ask for further details.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Gard region is a typical Mediterranean region. It enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine per year, has 23 kilometres of coastline, and its altitude rises from sea level to 1,567 metres. From the sea, through the Camargue to the mountains it offers an extraordinary historic and cultural heritage of 550 listed buildings.
The garrigue is a region of hills, terraces and limestone plateaux with sparse vegetation as a result of deforestation 300 years ago. It offer olive trees, palms and the aniseed perfume of thyme. Further south, the Camargue is 40,000 hectares of lakes, marshes and low-lying land shaped by human determination with a little help from the Rhone and the sea.
The Pont du Gard is just 6kms away and is visible from the bedroom windows. It is one of the most visited sites in the world. It is the best preserved central part of a Roman aqueduct which stretched for 50kms. With its 49 arches and standing 50 metres high it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The village of St Hilaire d'Ozilhan has just a small boulangerie, a boutique hotel with a restaurant and garden for coffee or a drink , a family hotel with restaurant, and a quiet bar. It is not as 'touristy' as some nearby villages. If you are here in school term time you will hear the young children at the infant school opposite at playtimes; and at noon see the horse drawn carriage arrive to transport the younger ones for thier lunch. The local church and clock bells ring from 7am (though not during the night). In late summer the roads are busy with tractors taking harvested grapes to the wineries. The village starts to wake up from 7am with people going to work. You will experience the rhythm of French village life.
The village is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and has five domaines within a few minutes where you can sample the local Cote du Rhone wines. The nearest town is Remoulins 4kms away with a good supermarket, shops, hotels, resaurants and tourist ofice. The Gite is ideally suited for access to so many of the top tourist attractions of the Region. The nearest and most famous is the world heritage site of the Pont du Gard. This magnificent Roman aquaduct, completed in the year AD 52, is still intact where it crosses the river Gardon. As well as the bridge, the river becomes a hive of family activity in the summer with swimming in the river and sunbathing on small 'beach' areas. For the more active there are nearby opportunities for kayaking, cycling, walking, riding, swimming and golf (9 holes).
To the North of St Hilaire d'Ozilhan the ancient town of Uzes is just twenty minutes leisurely drive away. Encircled by the Boulevard Gambetta, the medieval town is a maze of small streets and shaded squares lined with 17th and 18th century private residences. The old City centre is listed as a protected historical sector and still preserves its glorious heritage. On Saturday morning the largest and liveliest market in the region is held. But arrive early in summer - before 10am - as it gets busy.
A similar distance to the East is the world famous city of Avignon with its famous Pont d'Avignon. The Rhone flows through the city and the old city walls provide a historic backdrop. Avignon is full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. You could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To the West you have the city of Nimes with its Roman amphitheatre being one of the best preserved of all the 70 known Roman amphitheaters. The Roman influence is highly visible in some of the most extensive remains in Europe. Finally to the South there is the dramatic Camargue, the salty delta of the Rhone where it flows into the Mediterranean. The region is renowned for its wild white horses, flamingos, black bulls and beautiful beaches. Horse riding, sailing and kayaking are all available here. It is also a bird watcher's paradise.
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24 May 2014
We stayed here with another couple and all found it delightful.There was ample room for four. The village is extremely quiet but, with a car is well placed to visit many places of interest. Walking ar… More
12 May 2013
A lovely gite to relax in, in a small village which was very convenient for sightseeing in an area rich in Roman sights in particular. Being so close to Pont du Gard, and having use of a season ticket… More
22 Sep 2012
"Fantastic central location in the middle of the sights of the Gard"
There is so much to see in the Gard that our week stay wasn't nearly long enough to see everything - and this gite is brilliantly located near to everything whilst being in a lovely stone village. The village itself has a great boulangerie for bread and croissants but no restaurants to speak of, although the local bar was being renovated while we were there so that should change soon.The gite itself has everything you need, and was clean and welcoming. Owners David & Judith provided loads of really helpful information and local recommendations that we felt we had the measure of what was on offer to see (far too much for 1 week!). Our only gripes (and they're very small ones) would be the tricky driveway entrance which required a bollard to be moved each time and driving out onto a road where the cars can go very fast. Also, I have a bad back and need a firm mattress so found the double bed far too soft to sleep on - although other people might love this! Overall it was a great stay and we were sad to go.
28 Aug 2012
"Excellent base worked really well with baby"
We had a wonderful holiday at Vue du Pont. It is in a great location - bakery down the road, supermarket 5-10mins drive away and lots of fantastic sites and towns to visit within 30-45 minutes drive (Pont-du-Gard, Nimes, Avignon, Uzes, Arles, Camargue etc.). We were lucky that the owners (who use the bottom floor of the house) were not there so we had access to their larger garden. There is a driveway where the car can be parked, but beware that it is a tight turn. The flat itself was clean, well-equipped and well looked after. The baby package was great and we had a really super holiday with our 10-month-old daughter - she enjoyed being pushed around lots of medieval French towns.
6 Jul 2011
We had a wonderful stay at the Vue du Pont. The gite was very clean and well equipped for all our holiday needs. We had a wonderful warm welcome from Gill, who got us settled in and provided us with m… More
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