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An authentic 13th-century castle located between Uzès and Nîmes

People14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 2,314 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

7 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 shower rooms, 14-guest maximum

When you stay at Château de Moussac, you spend a few days in absolutely magnificent surroundings.

This small castle, formerly the property of the bishops of Uzès, was built at the end of the 13th century and overlooks the town of Moussac, where the Droude River flows into the Gardon.

These days, the Château comprises an imposing bossed tower and palatial buildings built on a 700 sq.m fenced property.

The 3-storey castle boasts a magnificent Gothic vault and a tower that was converted into a dovecote in the 15th century as a status symbol. The renovations enabled the restoration of a priceless 14th-century fresco depicting the merciless battle in the 1300s between King Philip IV and the Catholic Church - an intimate look at a part of French history.

The palatial buildings underwent restoration from 2011 to early 2014 with the utmost care given to respecting the original building techniques, all while providing all the necessary modern comforts for an exceptional stay.

The 250 sq.m castle comprises 4 bedrooms, each with en suite shower room and WC, a large living room/library, a dining room with kitchen and fireplace, and a mezzanine sitting room under the Gothic vault.

A wine cellar is available to our guests, offering the best local vintages.

The 6-person Jacuzzi is a great place to relax.

Outdoors, the grounds are separated into 3 spaces:

• The shady north garden, which includes a lawn bowling pitch

• A social area in front of the castle, where guests can enjoy the barbecue and dine outdoors

• A south garden, bordered by a variety of shrubs, with a Jacuzzi and a view of the river and meadow

A terrace by the dovecote tower overlooks the village and the surrounding countryside, from the Cévennes to the Alps.

Located on the Régordane Way, a 9th century pilgrimage and commercial route that links Le Puy-en-Velay and Saint-Gilles, Moussac is a small village with 1,200 inhabitants. The village is home to all the necessary corner shops, a beautiful pond, 3 tennis courts, and countless kilometres of hiking trails through the garrigue, where rosemary and lavender bloom under a blue sky, 300 sunny days per year.

In an ideal setting between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean, guests can discover the region's especially rich historical, cultural, natural, and culinary diversity.

Discover the remnants of Roman civilisation, such as the arenas and Maison Carrée in Nîmes, the Pont du Gard, or the city of Arles with its arenas and museum of ancient history, which displays the latest archaeological discoveries from the Rhône region, including a famous bust of Caesar. The Pont du Gard and Arles' Roman monuments are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Vestiges of the region's medieval history are particularly abundant: big towns such as Avignon (a UNESCO world heritage site), Uzès, and Aigues-Mortes, the small town of Sommières, the Saint-Gilles abbey church, or the multitude of towers and castles that adorn the hillsides (in Allègre, Portes, Montalet, Aujac, etc.).

In addition, the numerous typical southern French villages, with their stone houses and streets, await our guests: Vézénobres, Rochegude, La Roque-sur-Cèze, Montclus, Barjac and its flea markets (on Easter and August 15), Aiguèze by the Ardèche Gorges, etc.

Mother Nature has truly blessed the countryside, albeit with a little help from man: the Camargue (labelled a 'Grand Site de France' natural site of national importance), the Causses and the Cévennes (national park and UNESCO world heritage site), and the surrounding garrigue with its hidden gems and majestic gorges (Cèze and Gardon rivers). Discover the region by foot or by bike, on horseback, in a canoe, or even while paragliding!

For nature lovers: we recommend the Bambouseraie de Prafrance (Prafrance bamboo garden), a unique spot that includes a stop for the Cévennes little steam train.

The limestone landscape favours the formation of caves, each more spectacular than the next: Trabuc, La Salamandre, La Cocalière, and Orgnac (another 'Grand Site de France').

Those of you who enjoy fun and festivals should explore the ferias in Nîmes and Alès, and the votive summer festivals in the towns and villages with their traditional bullfights and related activities (la Bouvine), during which Camargue bulls are honoured and raced in spectacular fashion without being killed.

Of course, guests can savour our delicious local cuisine, in which olive oil plays a big role, and visit oil mills and wine cellars (and perhaps find a few nice surprises).

More Details

Owner
Anne and Frédéric Salle
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Anne and Frédéric Salle

For the past 20 years, we have been heavily involved in the community and in heritage conservation projects. By owning and maintaining this castle, we have realized our passion and given new life to this 13th-century jewel.

Anne and Frédéric Salle purchased this castle in 2012

Why Anne and Frédéric Salle chose Moussac

We are proud to offer our guests the chance to live out a dream and holiday in an authentic medieval castle.

What makes this castle unique

This genuine late-13th-century castle was restored with the utmost respect for ancient building techniques while providing 19th-century comfort, betraying neither its original architecture nor its soul (the 14th-century Gothic vault, fresco, and wall paintings have been preserved).

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Moussac in Gard

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2314 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom for the Raymond de Montaut bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In the bedroom, separate WC
    Bathroom for the Évêque bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , (en-suite to bedroom)
    Bathroom for the Urbain V bedroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bathtub in the bedroom, en-suite WC and washbasin
    Ground-floor bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • The Richelieu bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 4-poster bed, washbasin, desk, reversible air conditioning
    The Raymond de Montaut bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Shower, washbasin, separate WC, reversible air conditioning
    The Urbain V bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Bathtub, washbasin and WC reversible air conditioning
    The Évêque bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , En-suite bathroom and WC, reversible air conditioning
    - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Pétanque Court
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Naturism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Thalassotherapy
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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An authentic 13th-century castle located between Uzès and Nîmes
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Een fijne plek om samen te komen

  • 4 of 5

Wij hebben met 12 vrienden een heerlijke week in het kasteel gehad. Het gebouw, de kamers, de tuin, het zwembad maakten een heel fijn samenzijn mogelijk met voldoende ruimte voor iedereen.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nîmes-Arles-Camargue
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Bar Des Amis
Nearest Ferry
145 Kilometres
Marseilles
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nîmes (Vacquerolles and Nîmes Campagne) – Uzès
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nozières-Brignon
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A9 Nîmes
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Le Cochon Qui Tête
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Prat-Peyrot
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Le Grau-du-Roi, La Grande-Motte

Other destinations within an hour-and-a-half's drive include:

Theme parks:

Green Park La Ferme Enchantée (‘the Enchanted Farm') in Saint-Chaptes - 4 km

La Bouscarasse Water Park in Serviers-et-Labaume - 8 km

Adventure parks:

Parc Panda and Escattes Aventure in Nîmes - 10 km

Parc Parfum d'Aventure in Générargues - 30 km

Fun Loisirs Aventure in Bagard - 27 km

Le Grand Bois in Molières-sur-Cèze - 40 km

Indy Parc in Vagnas - 60 km

Aquariums:

Seaquarium in Le Grau-du-Roi - 1 hour away

Mare Nostrum in the Odysséum, Montpellier - 1 hour away

Aquarium in Saint-Jean-du-Gard - 40 km

Zoos:

Parc Zoologique de Lunaret in Montpellier - 1 hour away

Golf courses:

Nîmes Vacquerolles and Nîmes Campagne Golf Clubs in Nîmes - 22 km

Uzès Golf Club in Uzès - 18 km

Saint-Chaptes - 4 km

Squash and futsal courts:

La Calmette - 5 km

Go Kart track

Manades herded by 'gardians'

Olive oil mills:

Martignargues - 10 km

Collorgues - 7 km

Equestrian centres:

Saint-Maurice-de-Cazevieille - 8 km

Saint-Chaptes - 4 km

Collorgues - 8 km

Paragliding:

Parapente Sud in Seynes - 23 km

Rock climbing:

Cliffs in Seynes - 23 km

Canoeing:

Gorge du Gardon in Collias - 25 km

Gorges de la Cèze in Goudargues - 45 km and Saint-Ambroix - 40 km

Gorges de l'Ardèche – 1hour and 30 minutes away

The main cities in the area are:

Uzès - 18 km

A medieval ducal town with historical monuments, a multimedia library, a golf course, a national stud farm, the Haribo Sweet Museum, the Place aux Herbes, and Tuesday and Sunday markets.

Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie - 23 km

Numerous pottery workshops

Alès - 24 km

Swimming pool, mechanical pole, Témoin Mine, theatres, cinemas

Anduze - 24 km

Historic centre, little steam train, bamboo garden, pottery workshops

Nîmes - 22 km

Jardins de la Fontaine, bullrings, the Maison Carrée ('Square House'), the Carré d'Art and other museums, theatres and cinemas, shops, TGV train station

Sommières - 25 km

Medieval town centre, craftsmen

Saint-Gilles - 40 km

Abbey-church

Allègre-les Fumades - 45 km

Spa/ beach resort, casino, castle

Barjac - 55 km

Flea markets (Easter and August 15)

Arles - 1 hour away

Mediterranean Sea - 1 hour away

Montpellier - 1 hour away

Avignon - 1 hour away

Main attractions:

The Pont du Gard ('Gard Bridge') - 23 km

The Pont d'Arc ('Arc Bridge') - 1 hour and 25 minutes away

Sautadet waterfall - 1 hour away

The Mont Aigoual observatory - 2 hours away

Mont Lozère - 2 hours away

Salamandre cave in Méjannes-le-Clap - 38 km

Cocalière cave in Courry- 50 km

Other caves in Trabuc- 41 km

Aven d'Orgnac - 63 km

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Les draps et le linge de toilette sont inclus ainsi que le ménage
Les charges et les taxes sont comprises dans le prix de la location.
Les boissons prises dans la cave à vin sont en sus et réglées en fin de séjour.
Tarifs pour courts et longs séjours à voir avec le propriétaire.
Nous nous tenons à votre disposition pour tout renseignement complémentaire.
Courts séjours possibles, nous contacter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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