“Beautiful B&B and apartments with a courtyard pool, in a sleepy hamlet close to magnificent Uzès”
The 3 gorgeous B&B rooms are rustic-Provencal with a hint of fresh Swedish design. Extremely comfortable beds wear smart, embroidered linen, and you get interesting art, old radiators and shuttered windows.
Blue is the biggest with a chandelier hanging from its high ceiling. We stayed in Green and loved the linen-draped doors that open over the rose-filled terrace below. That said, petite Pink is astonishingly good value, only slightly smaller than the others and very pretty!
The 3 apartments all have open-plan sitting/kitchen areas. In the main house, The Small Apartment is accessed via open stone stairs. From the living area, glass doors slide open onto a terrace, and there’s a double bedroom overlooking the front of the house.
The Large Apartment is similar in layout but almost twice the size. There’s a simple, soothing white double bedroom, a rustic bathroom with a sink carved from a chunk of stone, and a private terrace.
The Little House is in a small tower on the far side of the courtyard. Old stone steps lead up to the front door, where there’s space for a table and chairs. Inside is a small but ever-so-pretty duplex studio - old walls harbour a contemporary interior with glass steps rising to a galleried bedroom and pebbled shower room.
Breakfasts here are gloriously lazy. We spent a few hours happily munching away, slurping coffee and chatting with other guests in the rose-scented gardens, dappled sunlight filtering through the vines. A bountiful self-serve table is laid with freshly baked pastries and pretty homemade cakes, plus a fabulous selection of local produce including meats, cheeses, fruits and scrumptious jams and jellies; jugs of freshly squeezed fruit juices round things off. When it gets colder, you eat in front of a blazing fire in the dining room instead.
For other meals, the apartments have their own kitchenettes (with a microwave, hob and fridge, but no oven or freezer) and there are a few good-value local restaurants. We ate at L’Auberge d’Aigaliers, a charming no-frills kind of place with a pretty terrace, just a 10-minute walk away.
Further afield, try Le Tracteur at Samillac (8km) for simple food brilliantly cooked by lovely people. There’s also lots of choice in Uzès, not least a small profusion of cafés and bistros in the central Place des Herbes, where you can eat in the sunny square or in the shade of the medieval vaulted walkways.
Though not exclusively family-oriented, Les Sardines is very family-friendly - Anna Karin’s own son was often splashing around in the pool during our visit.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The apartments have more space, sofabeds, kitchenettes and private balconies, making them popular with families; though The Little House is not recommended for small children due to its steep stairs. The double rooms can be booked in conjuction with an Annex twin room to make a family-sized suite. All rooms can hold a baby cot.
Available, by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Fenced swimming pool with lots of inflatable toys
The property has steep staircases so children should be supervised