Le Mas des Oules has only become available for stays in more recent times having opened a mere 4 months prior to our arrival in mid-September for a one week stay. Hosts Emma and Michael have done amazing things with the old farm complex. Once the production centre for the châteaux of Saint-Victor des Oules which still overlooks the valley from the nearby hill, Le Mas des Oules shares the same rural outlook, a mere 7 km from the beautiful medieval market town of Uzes, and 24 km to the west of Avignon.
The old farm buildings have been beautifully restored to modern standards without losing any of the building’s old world charm. We stayed in ‘Genet’ a spacious two bedroom self-contained apartment on two levels which was straight from the pages of a “Country Style” magazine. A well equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge area, and luxurious bedding ensured our stay was très fantastique.
The picturesque grounds are extensive and include a wonderful pool area with water supplied from the same aquifer that the Romans used to pipe to Nimes via the famous aqueduct over the Pont du Gard. Even though we were there at the change of season, we still managed a few swims and there is no doubt this would be a great spot to while away the warmer summer days the area is known for.
Emma and Michael are lovely people and splendid hosts and, as they live in their own quarters on the property, are available should assistance be required. English is not a problem. Robert, the local baker, delivers fresh bread and croissants each day – be sure to order.
Uzes itself was probably the highlight of our 5 week European holiday. A lively medieval market town, we found the people to be friendly, and there was no end of things to see or do. The food market on Wednesday and the Saturday morning market with arts and crafts as well as local produce, are an absolute must. The location is also a great location from which to head off on day trips to the surrounding areas (if you’re into seafood I suggest the 90 minute drive to the fishing port of Marseillan and Bouzigues, the oyster capital of France, is a must, and a picnic at The Pont du Gard World Heritage Site is another great way to spend a day.)
A week was hardly long enough for us at Le Mas des Oules, a truly wonderful place to stay whilst exploring the fabulous south of France.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Mas des Oules - only 8km from Uzes - is a family run estate in the ‘Gard Provençal’. Historically it was the farm and winery of the château of Saint-Victor des Oules and has since been sympathetically converted into eight houses and apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, plus a chambre d'hote. The ‘Mas’ is set in grounds of 8ha with a spectacular infinity pool. ... more less