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Le Auditorium is a beautiful holiday apartment to rent in an old 12th Century Monastery, in the Cevennes region of Southern France. The apartment can accommodate 4-5 people and comes with a heated swimming pool and an on-site restaurant. The Monastery is located on a hill-side and comes with panoramic views. This rural property is hard to find, but even harder to leave!! The views as you wake in the morning are simply breathtaking and the sunsets are not bad either. The Cevennes region of Southern France is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of France, with dense forests, river gorges and mountain streams. The Cevennes has some of the best cycling routes and walking trails in Europe and the local wildlife includes eagles, vultures, otters, deer, kites and buzzards. It is a popular foraging area for wild mushrooms and truffles and you can also find some extremely rare wild orchids.
Nearby there is an extensive tree-climbing centre which takes you through the canopy of the forest, as well as canoeing along the River Cèze. In the nearby town of Alès you will also find a professional motor racing circuit and an adjoining go-kart circuit. The large town of Alès is 15 km away, the historic town of Uzès is 30 km and Nimes and Avignon are both 50 mins drive away. There is a TGV train station in both Nimes and Avignon, as well as airports with low cost flights to the UK.
This former Benedictine Monastery was active up until the French Revolution in 1789. Originally the Monastery contained a bakery, brewery, auditorium, chapel and reading room. Up to 50 monks may have lived at the Monastery at any one time. After extensive renovations, the Monastery now services as a holiday centre, as well as providing a base for cycle tours, a cookery school, painting holidays and music & theatre classes. This apartment rental is located in the former music room of the Monastery. This holiday apartment is located on the ground floor and you approach it via the courtyard of the Monastery.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Next to the kitchen there is a twin bedroom (which can also be joined to form a King size bed). This bedroom has fitted closets and a window with views out onto the courtyard. also has a window on the west. In the evening sunlight light enters through this window, illuminating the copper chandelier, the old mirror and the softly painted wardrobes.
Through the middle door you enter the bathroom. This contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Behind the door on your right is the spacious Master bedroom. This is fitted with a King size double bed (160cm × 200cm). The niche behind the bed was originally a passage to the convent chapel. The bedroom contains a large antique wardrobe. An additional single bed can also be installed into this bedroom to provide a total sleeping capacity of 5 people.
From this room a doorway leads out to your private terrace.
There is a private terrace which is reached from the Master bedroom. The terrace provides panoramic views over the local hills and mountains. There is a large table where you can enjoy your breakfast in the morning sun, gaze in the distance and completely relax. The terrace also contains deck chairs. Surrounding the Monastery there is over 60 hectares of land, which contains an art trail, old stone walls, walking trails and a pond. There are plenty of shaded spots under mature trees to sit and have a picnic. There is also a large heated swimming pool which comes with the most amazing views
The prices quoted are based on 4 people. There is an additional supplement of €95 per week for an additional person. The prices include the linen, towels, end of stay cleaning and tourist tax. Prices do not include the half-board supplement of 5 evening meals and 7 breakfasts (€169 per person / €113 per children). The restaurant is closed on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The restaurant has one of the finest reputations in the area and the food is excellent. The half-board supplement enables the Owner to employ a full time chef and to keep the meal costs to a very reasonable level.
Last visited: Jan 2019. That view that you have from your private terrace will stay with you for ever. It is not often that you can say that you spent your summer holidays at a former Monastery. The apartments have plenty of character and the swimming pool and local activities will ensure that you have an unforgettable holiday experience. The restaurant provides excellent meals 5 nights a week. You can eat like Kings for €20 per head. Nearby you have some stunning villages and towns to visit (Uzès, Anduze, Barjac and Lussan to name but a few). These holiday apartment rentals are located 50 mins drive from Nimes or Avignon airport. Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday.
Auditorium South France apartments are located in the North-Western corner of the Gard department of France, bordering the Ardeche and Lozere departments. This area of France is collectively known as The Cevennes and it is classified as a French National Park. The surrounding area is largely unspoiled and provides breathtaking scenery.
The region first came to international prominence through the work of the Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stephenson. In 1879 he published his book "Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes", in which he describes his journey through the region and his many stays at the local monasteries.
The Monastery dates back over 900 years and the last monks left in 1787 when the Monastery was dissolved during the French Revolution. The Monastery contained a bakery, brewery, library, auditorium and chapel. Today it has been renovated and turned into a holiday centre, featuring painting holidays, cookery classes and singing courses. It has also been used as a location for weddings.
The local villages of Molieres-sur-Ceze has a population of around 1,500 people and is surrounded by dense forest and was a former mining village. Today the village is a popular place for holidaymakers looking to explore the local countryside on bike or on foot. The local area has some of the best cycling routes and hiling trails in France.
Popular local activities include canoeing in the local river (River Cèze) and an extensive tree-climbing centre which takes you through the canopy of the local forest. This is located just 500m from the house.
The nearest large town is Alès which is just a short drive away. Alès was historically a mining town, as well as an important centre for silk weaving. The town became an important refuge for French Protestants (Huguenots) during the 16th Century. The town contains a lot of shops, larger supermarkets, restaurants, banks, DIY stores and services for the region.
Nearby, you have some of the prettiest towns and villages in France. Uzès and Anduze are both 25 minutes away and nearby you will find the beautiful villages of Barjac, Lussan and La Rouque-sur-Cèze.
Check in after 16.00 on day of arrival. Check out before 10.00 on day of departure.
Auditorium South France apartments are located 15 km north of Alès, 50km north-west of Nimes and 55km west of Avignon. The A9 and A75 motorways are both 1 hour drive.
The nearest airports are located at Nimes and Avignon (both 50 mins drive). Other local airports include:
Marseille (1 hour 30 mins)
Montpellier (1 hour 30 mins)
There is a TGV train station in both Avignon and Nimes. There are local rail connections from Nimes to Alès and a local bus service runs in between Alès and Molieres-sur-Ceze.
The booking terms for Auditorium South France apartments, are as follows:
50% deposit to be paid at time of reservation. Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival. Rental prices include linen, towels, end of stay cleaning and full use of the facilities at the Monastery. Prices based on 4 people. There is an additional supplement of €95 per week for an additional person.