This two bedroom apartment, sleeps 6 and is on the ground floor.
It's one of six beautifully renovated apartments in a traditional old village building (circa 1850) which has been restored to a high standard.
Outside there is a large shared (12m x 6m) swimming pool with a shallow kids area, pool toys and sun loungers. The pool area is fully fenced & gated to ensure child safety at all times.
In the courtyard you will find a kids play area as well as extra tables & chairs for dining outdoors either with family or other guests.
Situated in the centre of a small and traditional village in the midst of the Languedoc wine country, the village benefits from a beautiful countryside setting.
Bedrooms: 1 Double Bedroom, 1 Twin Bedroom. Also full size sofa bed in the living room.
Bathrooms: 2 Shower rooms en-suite, 1 Separate WC.
Kitchen: Oven, Hob, Microwave, Fridge-Freezer, Dishwasher, Toaster, Kettle, Coffee maker, Washing machine.
Just outside is a private, large terrace with built in barbecue and outdoor furniture.
Linen and towels are provided. (please bring along pool towels)
There is no air-conditioning but the walls are stone & 3ft thick so the building stays cool in Summer & there's central heating for the cooler months.
Free WiFi internet, UK satellite TV channels & radio stations as well as digital French TV. DVD Player, collection of films.
Outside is a large 12m x 6m shared swimming pool.
The pool is open from early May until mid October. There is also a pool house with cold drinks, loungers and games.
Every effort has been made to ensure family holidays run smoothly. There's a fully enclosed children's play area plus the village play area is just across the road. We have a full range of baby/child products that you are welcome to use, from baby baths to cots to stair-gates - please ask us for the full equipment list when you book.
A range of adult and children's Bicycles, as well as a kiddy cart and baby seat are available for you to use.
Parking: Secure, off road parking is available for 8 cars.
End of Stay Cleaning is organised by the owners and costs 60e, payable locally on arrival please.
In France it is necessary to pay a taxe de sejour (tourist stay tax) and this is calculated based on the number of people (adults) in your group and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. We will advise you of the tax due at the time you make your reservation.
The owner requests a damage deposit of 150 euros on arrival and this will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Change over day: Normally Saturdays but there may be some flexibility outside of peak season. Please ask us if you would like any further information.
Long weekend stays: These are possible outside of July and August. Let us know if you’d like further information.
Pets: Please let us know if you intend to take your pet on holiday with you.
About the local area
The accommodation is located in the centre of the little village of Canaules, which is literally surrounded by the vines & vineyards of the wonderful Languedoc wine producing region of southern France.
If you feel like a bit of exercise there are bicycles available at the accommodation for you explore the surrounding area at your leisure.
Road traffic tends to be a lot lighter here than in many other areas of mainland Europe so generally speaking (once you take all normal precautions) cycling is a safe activity for guests of all ages.
With an average 300 days of sunshine each year you will be literally spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Activities available nearby include Golf, Horse Riding, Fishing, Water Sports, Climbing & Hill-Walking . The CévennesNational Park with its wonderful flora & fauna is also well worth a visit.
A recent addition to the local area is the creation of a lovely, sandy, river beach at Ales, just a 15 min drive away from the apartment. Open from the beginning of June to the end of August, there's shallow swimming, showers, beach volleyball, lifeguards, kayaking, pedal boats and more!
Some of the larger towns in the area include Anduze (11.5 km) which is known as the gateway to the Cévennes . From here you can board the old steam train which takes you through the Cévennes to St. Jean du Garde, stopping along the way to visit the famous Bambouseraie which is home to Europe’s largest bamboo collection. Anduze is a lively tourist town with many good restaurants, shops & cafe’s.
Nearby Sauve is a medieval town (12km) which has managed to retain all of its old charm. There are a number of good restaurants hidden among the narrow streets as well as 2 bars in the small town square. Celebrity residents in Sauve include the caricaturist Robert Crumb & also the famous Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
Ales is the closest city and it’s about a 20 minute drive away. It has all of the usual large shops & department stores you’d expect to find in a city of its size, as well as an open air market each Monday.
Other interesting cities worth visiting if time allows are Nimes with its famous Roman Amphitheatre & Montpellier which is a bright vibrant modern city which still has some wonderful old architecture & buildings.
Once in Montpellier the beaches of the Mediterranean are just a short distance away.
Uzès is famous throughout France for its huge Saturday market when the whole place literally becomes one big open air market.
Another city of interest to artists & art historians is Arles – the home for a time of Van Gogh. Arles also has some well preserved Roman ruins which are worth a visit.
Avignon with its PapalPalace was during the period from 1309 to 1377 the residence of 7 different popes – all French. As well as the PapalPalace, Avignon is also famous for its bridge – the Pont d’Avignon.
Accommodation and caretakers Gerry and Jenny could not be faulted. Lovely location and description and photos don't do the property justice as it is so much nicer in the flesh!
Mr P, Middlesex, July 2013
Excellent. High standard of Gite, well provisioned with easy access to pool and ideal for small children.
Mr K, Meath, UK, July 2013.
Great for a family holiday.Lovely pool. Spacious apartment. It was very hot at night, fans (or air conditioning) would have been appreciated. Well equipped. Helpful on site "caretakers"
Mrs B, Bucks, UK, July 2013