Just dive in and enjoy the large heated swimming pool at this beautiful vacation rental in the Cevennes mountains in Southern France. This beautiful vacation rental apartment can sleep 4-5 people and is located within a 12th Century Benedictine Monastery, located on a hilltop with panoramic views. The Monastery is located at the end of a winding country lane deep in the heart of a forest. Whilst you may feel that you are at the end of the World, the large town of Alès is just 18 km away, the historic towns of Anduze and Uzès are 30 kms and Nimes and Avignon are both 50 mins drive. There is a TGV train station in both Nimes and Avignon, as well as local airports with low cost flights to the UK.
The Monastery operated on this site from the 12 the Century up until the French revolution in 1789. The property was later abandoned and fell into ruins. The current Owner took 30 years to restore the Monastery to its former glory and today provides 8 vacation rental apartments, as well as an excellent restaurant and large heated swimming pool. Originally, the Monastery would have been home to 30-50 Benedictine monks and the apartments have been built into the former bakery, brewery, bottling room, chapel and auditorium. This particular apartment is located on the first floor in what is thought to have been the cloistered dormitory for the monks.
You access the apartment through the inner courtyard of the Monastery and up a wide stone staircase to a covered terrace. Here you can look out over the flowers of the courtyard and the hills of the Cevennes. From the terrace you step into the living room and one of the bedrooms. The living room contains a small kitchen equipped with a fridge, hotplate and sink. There are plenty of cooking utensils, plates and glasses, as well as storage for food. There is a large antique dining table and chairs. From all windows you have an impressive view over the Cevennes hills.
A hallway leads from the living room to the two bedrooms. The Master bedroom is very spacious and contains a Queen size double bed (160 x 200cm), antique wardrobe and two easy chairs. A single bed can be installed in this bedroom, bring the sleeping capacity up to 5 people. A doorway from the Master bedroom leads to the second bedroom. Bedroom 2 features two single beds and is ideal for children. Next to the bedrooms there is a family bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Outside: this apartment comes with a lovely private covered terrace with views down over the courtyard. The terrace contains two armchairs, a small table and additional seating. This is a lovely space to enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. 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. There is plenty of private parking available under the shade of the trees.
The prices quoted 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. This beautiful hill-top vacation rental apartment in Southern France is the perfect spot if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful family holiday in rural France. It is perfect for children - the swimming pool will keep them entertained and there is a fabulous tree-climbing centre just 500m away. Other excursions include canoeing in the nearby river, taking in the markets at the nearby villages of Barjac and Lussan and visiting the historical towns of Anduze and Uzés. The Mediterranean beaches are 1 hour 15 mins drive. No matter what you do on your holiday though, you will never forget the stunning views first thing in the morning and at sunset!
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Elysium South France vacation rental is 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 1789 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.
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Elysium South France vacation rental is located 18 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 Elysium South France vacation rental, 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 the facilities at the Monastery.
Prices do not include the half-board supplement of 5 evening meals + 7 breakfast (€169 per person/€113 per children).
Prices based on 4 people. There is an additional supplement of €95 per week for an additional person.
Pets are allowed to stay at a rate of €4 per day.
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