in a character village near to the Ardèche gorges
42 km from Uzès, 66 km from Avignon (TGV train station), 1¼ hours from Nîmes (TGV train station) and product of the Renaissance era, the large village stands on the heights between the Ardèche and the Cèze gorges, on the edge of the Cévennes mountains. The landscape, with its air of Tuscany, combines diversified farming with the wild scrubland, providing a sumptuous decor. The bustling market town holds a variety of events to attract large numbers of the general public and is one of the main tourist centres in the south of the French department of Ardèche.
Spanning a surface area of approx. 2,700 m², the plot of land is planted with Mediterranean species and crisscrossed with gravel pathways. Its upkeep is easy: a 30,000-litre water reserve tank as well as two wells, each with a 30,000-litre capacity, are more than enough for watering purposes and also provide water for the property’s toilets and washing machines. At a distance on a terrace bordered by low stone walls is a 9x4 m heated swimming pool, with a salt filtration system, protected by a retractable cover.
With origins that are no doubt much older and reflecting a style and layout similar to a Provencal Bastide house, with regularly-spaced openings, its current appearance and decor of light-coloured exposed stone, date from redesigning works carried out at the end of the 18th century. it is surrounded on three sides by a terrace raised via a few steps in relation to the ground, forming a slight pedestal.
Recently cleverly restored and insulated, it spans four levels, two of living space, one comprising superb vaulted cellars and the old, recently converted attic. The living space spans a floor surface area of approx. 380 m².
Double entrance doors on the ground floor, topped with a sundial, open on to a stairway with, wrought iron railings, dating from the first half of the 19th century. The latter, like certain fireplaces, bear witness to works carried out at this time. All the floors are of stone with underfloor central heating. On one side, a lounge with a French window opening on to the terrace which communicates with a kitchen via a large glazed opening. A stone fireplace comprises cooking features and a glazed door opens on to the terrace. A corridor leads from the entrance hall to a living room composed of two rooms, the separating wall of which has been removed, a study. This through lounge has a white stone fireplace under a stucco trumeau. Following on, a kitchen on one side, a laundry room on the other, a toilet and a door to the boiler room.
The first floor comprises four bedrooms with views over the undulating countryside with the Cévennes mountains in the distance and over the garden. Three large bathrooms with baths, one of which is a whirlpool bath, toilets and showers, with underfloor heating and radiators. Cupboards in the corridor.
On the upper level, the former attic space has been converted into three bedrooms and a shower room.
A door in the stairwell on the ground floor leads to stairs going down to the vaulted cellars. Taking up the entire level, they are illuminated and can also be reached via the street side. Their high ceiling made it possible in bygone days to divide them into two levels with wooden flooring.
The holiday rental accommodation unit
At a distance and separated from the main house via flower beds, this 2-storey building spans a total of approx. 80 m². It comprises a living room with a kitchen, topped with two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The silkworm nursery
A long building, it can be reached not only from the courtyard but also from the street. Its vaulted ground floor housed stables and an area in use as a garage. The upstairs, with its ceilings approx. 4.69 m high, is divided into four rooms, spanning a total of more than 160 m². The roof is recent and insulated as are those on all the buildings. The inside is bare and is in need of works.
This comfortable, bright residence, successfully converted and impeccably restored, is in a remarkably well-preserved market town. Peaceful despite being in the town centre and out of sight of onlookers, it includes an independent holiday rental accommodation unit, a large building still awaiting enhancement, all suited to a multitude of purposes.
|Land registry surface area||2618 m2|
|Main building surface area||385 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Outbuilding surface area||550 m2|
Regis Senseby +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.