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There is so much to discover here, even before you reach your destination and embark on another journey. Uzès is a city that takes you back in time. Its glorious title as first duchy of France still emanates from the impressive heights of the medieval towers. And from the elegance of the city's facades, the grace of its cypresses, the freshness of its fountains, and the charm of its streets, radiates an eternal youthful glow. Nestled between its neighbours, the house is discreet in appearance. One could never guess what lies inside. Happy travellers who pass through the door are invited to savour a new art of living. Under the stone vaults and on each floor, modern comforts have been added with an infinite respect for the beauty of the setting.
For some of the year we live in Asia, and Uzès has become our base in France. We enjoy coming here to recharge our batteries and rediscover the gentle way of life in the south, something the whole world longs for. Unfortunately our stays never feel long enough. Uzès is a small city with an undeniable history and a beautifully preserved heritage. It is surrounded by scrubland filled with scents of rosemary, thyme and lavender. Uzès is also a very lively city all year round, people from various backgrounds come together here, something which is important to us as we have always lived abroad and want this to be an exceptional retreat. We fell in love with this house on our very first visit, but it took us over two years to make our dream come true.
It is a house where stone reigns supreme. An enclosed garden with a staircase that resembles the ramparts of the fortified walls leads to the terrace and bedrooms. All the rooms on the ground floor have remarkable vaulted ceilings and overlook the garden which fills them with plenty of light. The Provencal house features tiled floors and stone walls and ceilings. Over time, with small touches here and there, it has become a veritable exhibition of our favourite objects found when we were living in China, Thailand and Vietnam.
The beautifully preserved dovecote on the first floor suggests that this 17th century residence may have once belonged to a lord. Originally, the property formed one house with the house next door. They were separated in the 1970s, and this one was completely renovated and enlarged with materials from the region. The renovation of the walls in particular was carried out using stones from the neighbouring quarries. We called our house Uzès Oï. "Oï" is the Vietnamese suffix used to show affection towards those we love or places where we feel good.
A house with incredible charm whose renovation highlights the minerality of the place. It is a haven of peace, perfect relaxation around the pool or on the terrace. The garden offers absolute tranquillity that is only interrupted by the sound of birdsong. And the ensemble is less than a five minute walk from the medieval centre of the ducal city. We hope to offer our guests a warm welcome that marries the gentle side of Asia with that of the south of France. Our breakfasts are made exclusively with local products. At lunchtime, fresh food and drinks can be served on the terrace or around the swimming pool. We encourage our guests to come together at the end of the day to share their experiences, enjoy a tasting of local wines and take part in a truly happy "happy hour"! Bicycles are also available.
The Uzès market on the Place aux Herbs, less than five hundred metres from the house, is one of the most beautiful markets in the south no matter the season! We are particularly fond of the Wednesday market which has more of a focus on local producers. You can also stroll around and visit the many ceramic workshops in the village of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. Uzès is remarkably well located, the road and paths leading to the Ardèche gorges to the north and the Chauvet cave are simply magnificent. For wine lovers, Uzès is very close to the Côtes du Rhône, the costières of Nîmes or Pic Saint-Loup, without forgetting of course the wines of the Duchy of Uzès. If you go to Pont du Gard, make sure to take you swimming costume; the place is just magical! Finally, the Table de Julien in the village of Montaren four kilometers away is an exceptional restaurant.
3500 € - 5500 € per week
On the ground floor, the three main rooms are centred around the garden and the swimming pool. It consists of a very large equipped kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and a dining room with a table that can seat sixteen people. Also on the ground floor is a library, a laundry room and a garage. On the first floor, to the right, the master bedroom opens onto a large terrace overlooking the swimming pool and consists of a suite with a dressing room, a living room and a bathroom with a bath and shower. To the left are two other bedrooms each with their own shower room. The second and third floors are each home to a bedroom with an en suite bathroom. There is parking available for two cars.
110 € - 230 € per night
On the first floor, to the right, the master bedroom opens onto a large terrace overlooking the swimming pool and consists of a suite with a dressing room, a living room and a bathroom with a bath and shower. To the left are two other bedrooms each with their own shower room. The second and third floors are each home to a bedroom with an en suite bathroom. There is parking available for two cars.