“Super-chic self-catering houses and apartments for 2-6, nestled amongst fragrant gardens in a converted Provençal mas”
The houses and apartments are located within one huge converted outbuilding and are named after plants found in the garden. Ranging from 2 to 3 bedrooms, they have white-washed walls, exposed stonework and soft grey Farrow and Ball floors. Open-plan living-dining-kitchen areas are bright and airy, and bathrooms come with either a powerful shower or an enticing bathtub, plus all have their own terrace for alfresco dining.
Interiors are industrial-inspired and feature mismatched items from international designers. You may find metallic tables by Madam Stoltz, wire storage by House Doctor DK, dark sofas by Bloomingville, or crate-style shelves by Chehoma. These are paired with splashes of colour in the form of vintage French Rossignol school maps, vibrant 1950s Jung-Koch-Quentell botanical charts, printed cushions and fresh flowers. It’s clear that care has been poured into every space: Emma constantly has her eye out for unique pieces, and while we were there she earmarked some enchanting new butterfly prints for one of the apartments.
Jasmin overlooks the gardens, with 2 mezzanine sleeping areas and a shower bathroom; due to the layout it's only suitable for children over 8 years old. We slept in Clematite, a split-level house with a double and a single bedroom that looks out over the communal courtyard; we adored finishing each day on the wisteria-covered terrace.
Agave, a first-floor courtyard-facing apartment, sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and has stunning views across the plains to the Cévennes hills. The Genet and Dahlia houses have a similar bedroom arrangement - choose the former for its secluded outside space and airy mezzanine lounge, or the latter for its suntrap terrace. Best for larger families are the Belle de Nuit house and the Amaryllis apartment, both of which have 3 bedrooms (1 double and 2 twins). Amaryllis is set entirely on the ground floor, overlooking the hills, while palatial Belle de Nuit feels like a genuine home from home, complete with a courtyard-facing wisteria-covered terrace.
Sleek kitchens flow into bright living rooms and come stocked with all you need to cook: designer crockery, plenty of pans and utensils, a hob, a microwave, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a fridge/freezer. You get smart dining tables inside and out, so you can eat on your shaded terrace overlooking the courtyard or garden, or inside the cool mas if the temperature is too high.
All the essentials such as tea, coffee, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper are provided, and the local baker comes by daily around 10am, sometimes with croissants, so you can buy freshly baked goodies that morning (excluding Sundays). Other than that, the nearest supermarket is just a 5-minute drive away in the neighbouring village of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. All the nearby villages have market days where stalls groan under the weight of local produce; Saint-Quentin’s is on Tuesdays and Fridays, while Uzès has a small market on Wednesdays and a huge Saturday market that is widely considered the best in all of Provence. Stock up on olives, pâtés, succulent fruit and veg, cheese and fresh fish - including some juicy-looking oysters - as well as crusty bread and meat calling out for the barbecue (available to borrow at the mas).
There are numerous local restaurants: just let Emma know what you feel like and she’ll book you a table (and even a taxi if you’d prefer not to drive). Otherwise head into Uzès and explore its many restaurants and bars - we ate at Terroirs A Uzès in La Place aux Herbes (the main square) and found the atmosphere to be really relaxed. Our meal was bursting with fresh, local produce: an open sandwich topped with olive tapenade, pélardon cheese and ham, along with a trio of homemade dips and a fresh salad, followed by a huge slice of tiramisu (so impressive it prompted the lady on the next table to order "Whatever they’re having!").
Emma and Michael have 2 young boys of their own, who love having new kids to play with and will happily share their toys. Houses and apartments are well equipped, the pool is fenced, and there are plenty of things in the region for kids of all ages.
Children (4-12 years)
All of the apartments and houses are well suited to families. Clematite sleep 2-3 in a double bedroom and a second single bedroom; Agave, Genet and Dahlia each sleep 4 in 1 double and 1 twin room; Jasmin also sleeps 4, but its mezzanine rooms mean it is only suitable for children aged 8+. Amaryllis and Belle de Nuit each sleep 6 (1 double and 2 twin rooms). Bear in mind that Genet, Dahlia and Jasmin have bathrooms with showers only.
Babysitting is available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The apartments and houses have full kitchens suitable for preparing anything from baby food to full family meals - plastic plates and cups are also provided.
Note that most of the houses and apartments feature steep stone staircases (and there are no stair gates), so may not be ideal for pre-schoolers. The owners do not recommend Amaryllis for younger children due to its ground-floor location at the front of the mas