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Provencal country home at the foot of the Cevennes

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Space 5,382 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 lg bedrooms, 1 room with sofa bed, 1 loft, sleeps 10 adults, large pool

Mas de l’Aire is situated at the entrance to the quaint village of Monoblet. The house is within walking distance of the village bakery, café and restaurant. You can also walk out the door and access hiking trails into the Cevennes or to the nearby castle of Fressac. The village of Monoblet is approximately 50 minutes’ drive from Nimes, one hour from Montpellier and two hours from Marseilles; all have both international airports and TGV stations (fast train) allowing for a smooth transition from plane or train to the French country side.

The house is of ample proportions, at 500 m², and is fully renovated. It contains 5 bedrooms, 1 loft and one private room with pull out sofa bed, 5 1/2 bathrooms (one at the pool house), 4 lounges and 2 kitchens (plus a small kitchen at the pool house).

Ground floor: Contains an expansive, vaulted kitchen which opens on to a terrace and garden; the floor also has the main dining room, two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Main floor: This has a second entrance to the house from the street leading into the village; it contains two large living rooms, a study, small kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom. There is another toilet located just above the ground floor kitchen off the stair well. Additional bedding options are available on this floor.

Top floor: This floor contains a large lounge/library, a large bathroom, and the master bedroom; a sleeping loft is also located on the floor.

Garden floor: This part of the house contains a small “orangerie” which has been set up as an additional bedroom and has its own entrance. It has a full bathroom included within it.

The property is 3000 m² and contains a beautiful landscaped, mature Mediterranean garden. The large kidney shaped pool is 20 x 6 metres and is situated among the trees and flowers. It has a pool house which contains a toilet and shower as well as small kitchen. The property also has its own parking area, which can easily accommodate several vehicles. The field on the other side of the parking lot belongs to the house. There are horses, and the occasional house, in the adjoining fields.

Mas de l’Aire has a web site which contains a floor plan of the house as well as additional information on the house and region as well as more photos. The house has all new appliances, sofas and beds.

More Details

Gabrielle Appleford & Stephen McDowell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Gabrielle Appleford & Stephen McDowell

The owners of Mas de l'Aire are Canadian. They are based in Nairobi, Kenya and work in international development.

. Please note that we are on VRBO and many other sites that you may see the property on do not allow us to respond to your queries.

Gabrielle Appleford & Stephen McDowell purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Gabrielle Appleford & Stephen McDowell chose Lasalle - Cevennes Valleys

We have been looking to a second home in France for years. We love rural France - the culture, the cuisine, wine, country side and outdoor activities - and for us, Monoblet, the Gard and the Cevennes are the best of all. Mas de l'Aire was the most beautiful house and setting we had seen. No other home had a home rendered us speechless. I

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This is a home which lets us meet with family and friends around the world. We want other families and friends - spread around the globe like we are - to have an opportunity to meet and spend time together in comfort and in a magic corner of the world.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Monoblet in Gard

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5382 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Upper Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Blue Bedroom Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite
    Terrace Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Serves the two Terrace Floor Bedrooms
    Pool House - Toilet , Outdoor Shower
    Orangerie - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Stairway - Toilet
  • The Upper Floor and Blue Bedroom showers also have side jets.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Additional Mattress available for child to sleep on floor
    Blue Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , On main floor. Ensuite bathroom
    India Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On Terrasse floor
    Terrasse Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On Terrasse floor, overlooking terrasse
    Orangerie - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Accessed from Terrasse. Must enter house to access bathroom
    Loft - 2 Single Bed , Suitable & fun for young people or kids
    Sunroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Mainfloor, overlooking garden. Good for kids or over-flow
  • Bedrooms are spacious and private; Each king size bed can be separated to make 2 singles. Sofa and 'swahili' day beds available in the lounges to cater for kids or temporary overflow.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(10 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Paradise !

  • 5 of 5

we were 3 families (5 adults/6 kids) and enjoyed a beautiful 2 weeks. we had more than enough space. each family basically had a floor for themselves so everybody could also enjoy silence & privacy at any given time. the garden, the pool and its surroundings are just beautiful. we would come back to mas de l'aire anytime ! it is simply wonderful !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic villa, even better than advertised

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 10 (two families, 4 adults, 6 children between the ages of 13 and 6) who spent a glorious 2 weeks at Mas de l'Aire. The house and grounds are truly lovely, and even better in person than in the pictures. The highlight for our family was the expansive pool, in which our kids spent hours. The pool house, with kitchen and bathroom was very handy, and the pool deck was perfect with a nice mix of sun and shade at all times of day. The house is very spacious, with tons of living space, comfortable beds, and a very well equipped kitchen. The house offered great space and privacy for two families sharing. The weather was spectacular while we were there, so we hardly used the living spaces, but on the one rainy day we experienced, the house offered lots of room for 10 people to spend some quiet time indoors. The terrace was also a lovely feature, and we dined al fresco almost every evening.

The owners were very communicative and easy to work with. They offered tons of advice - from directions to local activities. We were met upon arrival by a local host, Rika. She did a great job orienting us to the house and area, and she served as our point of contact while we were there.

While the town was small, we enjoyed walking to the bakery for breakfast each morning. There is plenty to do and see within an hour's drive of the property. We explored nearby medieval towns, visited local markets, took in caves and gardens, and did a number of local hikes. We also visited some larger sights, like the Pont du Gard and Montpellier. Any way you head, it's a beautiful scenic drive. Given our visit was in August, and it was hot, we did most of our activities in the morning and spent the afternoon by the pool. A wonderful vacation, and I would love to return, and would highly recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Love to return!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 stayed at Mas de l'aire in late May and we had a wonderful time. The grounds are spectacular and the pool is beautiful. Our family played bocci ball on the grass, games in the pool and enjoyed dinner on the outdoor patio. The house is very large and has many separated areas so it was easy to find a quiet space in the midst of a large group. With 12 people, there were plenty of bathrooms and also lots of room in the kitchen and dining area for cooking. It was very well equipped in the kitchen. Everywhere we drove was so picturesque, it made me want to move there, the local market at St. Hippolyte was charming with a fresh trout truck and many local sausages, cheeses, herbs and honey. We enjoyed traveling nearby to many historical sights. Some of us also enjoyed going to wineries, nature hikes, and just walking to the town for the local pastries. It was very scenic and restful. I would go back again and stay at this lovely villa. Thank you for sharing the beautiful countryside and allowing us to stay in your home for a unique family get together.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Beautiful home in countryside!

  • 5 of 5

A great home for a family vacation! A loved home that has been maintained and updated. Fully furnished home and kitchen, gorgeous pool and landscaping. Essentially all you could need. The town of Monoblet is picturesque surrounded by rolling hills, winery's, and very cute towns to visit for the day. A must stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Return Visit

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this property in early May. This was our second trip to Mas de l'Aire, this time just the two of us. We quickly found a nice balance between relaxing and enjoying the beautiful house & grounds and exploring the surrounding area. We used the Voie Verte between Quissac and Sauve a number of times for exercise. This is a paved (and flat!) recreation trail that is perfect for biking, walking or jogging with fantastic views. The market in Quissac is quite lovely and Sauve is a neat medieval town so either end is a good finish! We visited a different local market each day. The market in Le Vigan is particularly plentiful and it is a beautiful drive from Monoblet. Another great drive was up to Mialet (near Grottes de Trabuc). Our best meal was lunch on the patio at the Auberge de Valestaliere - lovely food and lovely hosts (who speak English). We also enjoyed a quaint patio (Croque ta Toile) in a quiet & pleasant little square in Anduze for a light lunch and bit of tranquillity on market day. Sommieres is another good day trip and lots of patio lunch options! We found Mas de l'Aire a wonderful place to 'just be' in France and enjoy all the Cevennes have to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, ON, Canada


  • 5 of 5

Mas de l'aire is spectacular! What a property: phenomenal house and layout, great sunrises and distant views, awesome pool and gardens with wonderful nighttime lighting accents. We loved the braying horses near by, the cool quiet nights great for sleeping and the daytime weather in late October was spectacular for hiking in the Cevennes, thru local ruins, visiting local wineries or enjoying the street cafes in Anduze or a night time stroll through the Medieval city of Sauve.

The drive from Montpellier airport was easy at just under an hour. Grocery shopping in "Hyppo" excellent as is the local art. We loved taking the five minute walk each morning into Monoblet for fresh baguettes and croissants and back in the afternoon for a Pastis at the bar. Multiple options for jogging. Options abound for daily fun from short drives into Nimes, Arles or Avignon for museums to the coast for beaches and seafood. Local options include hiking, caving, rafting, riding and of course relaxing.

I just wish we had booked two weeks instead of one because there was so much to do and we were having such a good time. We shall return.


  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
Nimes, Montpellier
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Cafe de Commerce
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Golf de Coulondres Montpellier
Nearest Train
54 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Auberge de Monoblet
Nearest Beach
67 Kilometres
La Grande-Motte (Mediterranean)
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Monoblet, Gard

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer early
25 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer high
2 Jul 2017 - 24 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer end
25 Aug 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Mar 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring shoulder
29 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer early
27 May 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer high
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer end
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £589.53

NOTE: One week minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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