Two great big old houses converted for gentle family living, linked by a terrace outside, doors inside: ideal for a family or a group of up to 14 friends with 8 bedrooms and 11 beds.
Perfect for gentle family living, with friends between mountain and sky. You will all have your privacy, La Bastide is big with high ceilings.
Can be very romantic if you are only two to 5, I rent out the top floor only which is very spacious and a great indoor-outdoor feeling with 2 spectacular terraces.
La Bastide d'Esparon is a haven full of breathtaking views in a uniquely authentic medieval hamlet perched on an eagle's nest at 650 meters high.
The hamlet has a medieval church, oven and running fountain. It is an authentic Cevenol hamlet with eagle's views onto the Cevennes mountains and Les Causses.
La Bastide is a typical Cevenol stone house. A very well restored and refined atmosphere, with high ceilings, white walls, and a great feeling of luminousness. Some say it was the location of the old Merovingian castle. The house still has old sinks, carved stones, vaulted ceilings, which attest to its past history.
You are in the South of France and you feel you are on the top of the world, between mountain and sky. You are living indoor and outdoor with constant views from the windows and terraces on the untouched and intact sunny countryside of Les Cevennes Meridionales with its rolling mountains, high plateau and big sky.
A well-restored place, much loved by the creative, colour-conscious family who have owned it for 50 years. Everywhere are lovely kilim rugs and pieces brought back from the owners' travels – fine old wooden chests, antique wardrobes, contemporary art and books. ?A most atmospheric, esthetic retreat from the busy world cooled by mountain breezes in the blistering summer, with superb walks, rivers for swimming or canoeing down in the valley, unusual excursions galore - and just 6 kilometers from all shopping.
The hamlet of Esparon is an untouched medieval village dating from the XI th century in a very picturesque ensemble of 25 houses with a chapel and a running fountain, and remains of ramparts and towers. It is located in The Parc National des Cevennes protected by the UNESCO World Heritage for its authentic natural landscapes.
La Bastide d'Esparon is situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon. 40 minutes from Montpellier and Nîmes airports, bus and train stations. From here, you can visit the area of The Languedoc, Les Cevennes, Les Causses and go to all the great summer festivals of theatre in Avignon, photography in Arles and Sete, lyrical opera in Aix or just take great walks and enjoy the fantastic rivers and trails as well as the untouristy quality of the region.
DESCRIPTION OF THE HOUSE
Two great old houses converted for gentle family living, linked by an inside staircase as well as terraces outside: La Bastide has been created to accommodate for friendly and family gatherings.
The Bastide d'Esparon is a special place to stay for up to 16 guests with two independent stone houses which were probably one years back and which I reunited.
I linked the 2 houses by terraces outside and staircases inside with two separate entrances and kitchens allowing for the perfect privacy of one or two families or a group of friends.
The house is on two floors Le Haut (the top) and Le Bas (the lower) which are connected by a terrace and an interior staircase with a door. Each floor has a separate entrance for the privacy of each party. There is an additional Guest House which is independant and connected by a terrace to the Le haut and Le Bas.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE HOUSE (see the photos)
'LE HAUT' : The Upper House for 4/5 guests with 3 bedrooms , 5 Rooms of which 3 bedrooms (and a Studio). Sleeps 5. Spacious Living Area: 180 square meters and very high ceilings
?-'Master Bedroom': 1 Bedroom for 2 with a Double Queen Bed and a big studio space/private living room which is a family room. -'Chambre Orientale': 1 Bedroom for 2 with 2 Single beds (which can be transformed into a Queen).
- 'Chambre Mansardée': 1 Bedroom for 1 with a Singlen bed.
-1 Vast Living and Dining Room, ?-1 Kitchen,
-1 Shower Room,
-1 Big Interior Terrace with outside fireplace, barbecue, table for 10, lounging sofas, parasols.
-1 Southern Terrace with spectacular Views and a table for 6 under a wisteria.
'LE BAS' : The Lower House for additional 4 guests with 3 bedrooms ?5 Rooms of which 3 bedrooms. Sleeps additional 4. ?Living Area: 180 square meters and high vaulted rooms.
-'Chambre Mérovingienne': 1 Bedroom for 2 with 2 Twins or single beds. ?-'Chambre Carolingienne': 1 Bedroom for 1 with a Twin bed
-'Chambre du Moine':1 Bedroom for 1 with a Twin bed
-1 Bathroom, ?-1 Shower Room,
-1 Vaulted Living Room with fire place and ping pong,
-1 Dining Room ?-1 Big Terrace with outdoor Barbecue, table for 14, 4 lounging chairs, parasols.
'LA GUEST HOUSE' : Adjacent for additional 2 to 5 guests with 2 bedrooms
2 seperate Bedooms. Sleeps additional 2-5.
Living Area: 60 square meters
-'Chambre Voutée':1 Bedroom with a Double Queen bed.
-'Chambre Elevée': 1 big Family Room with 1 Double Queen bed and 1 single and a desk for 3.
-1 Shower Room.
'LE HAUT' + 'LE BAS' + 'LA GUEST HOUSE: 360 square meters with 12 rooms, 8 Bedrooms (11 single beds and 3 double beds), 4 bathrooms, 2 Kitchens, 2 Living Rooms, One Suite, 3 outdoor Terraces, 1 Barbecue, 1 indoor Fireplace, 1 outdoor Fireplace.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROOMS and BEDROOMS
La Bastide du Haut is light, everywhere are lovely kilim rugs and pieces brought back from the owners’ travels - fine old wooden chests, antique wardrobes, paintings, books.
La Bastide du Bas has vaulted ceilings, two of which cover a pair of dark, enfolding bedrooms lifted by pretty stitched bedcovers. La Bastide du Haut et La Bastide du Bas connect by an inside staircase if you wish. They each have their seperate entrances and terraces if you wish to be independant.
La Guest House is independant and adjacent. It has two of everything: sitting rooms with fireplaces, kitchens, one terrace for privacy and peace, another for joyous gatherings, a third for glorious sunsets and shade with a wisteria pergola. Inside, history speaks through several levels and thick old walls (some say it was the local Merovingian castle).
DESCRIPTION OF AMENITIES Sheets and towels included. 2 Kitchens: Cooking stove, Oven, Refrigerator, Fridge freezer, Coffee maker, Dish washer, Toaster, Kettle
8 Bedrooms: New beds and linens. 1 Bathroom: Bath tub, Shower, Hairdryer ?3 Shower Rooms: Shower, Hairdryer Multimedia: Fast Speed Internet WIFI and cable, Telephone, Stereo with turn table and big speekers. ?Children: Games for children and Ping Pong Other: Laundry machine, Tumble Dryer, Vacuum cleaners, Ironing boards, Heating, Books with several libraries. ?3 Seperate Terraces: A South terrace with amazing views, an Fireplaces: outdoor and indoor wood fireplace, Charcoal barbecue Other: Outdoor furniture, Deckchairs, Parasols. Private parking lot. ?Facilities: Fast Speed wifi Internet, Televison, Open fire / woodburner, Central heating, Mobile reception, ?2 Barbecues, Dishwasher, Washing/drying machine
THE HAMLET OF ESPARON
La Bastide d'Esparon is located in the untouched and intact hamlet of Esparon which is a 'Village Classé'. It is a dead end, you reach it after 3 kilometers uphill and then you are at 700 meters--the eagle’s-eye views are amazing and it is genuine rural France overlooking the National Park of the Cevennes as well as the high plateaux of Les Causses.
The area of the Cevennes is part of the UNESCO World Heritage for its authentic natural landscapes. La Bastide d'Esparon is situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the Deaprtement of Le Gard.
40 minutes from Montpellier and Nîmes airports, bus and train stations. From here, you can visit the area of The Languedoc, Les Cevennes, Les Causses and go to all the great summer festivals of Avignon, Arles, Sete, Aix or just take great walks and enjoy the fantastic rivers and untouristy quality of the region.
WHAT WE DO THERE AND YOU MIGHT ENJOY ALSO
We usually leave for the day and either go to one of the many local rivers with a picnic, or we head off one of the many trail discovering new vistas, or we go to the many cultural cities in the environment, or we go in the Camargue for a swim in the Mediterranean or we just read a good book on the terrace or we take a walk in the village or we go to the local market, or we go to the Brocante, or we go horseback riding, or we go canoeing..
-Walking distance from many GR Walking trails and local farms and refreshing rivers. ?-In The Parc National des Cevennes. Esparon is a Village Classe. In the UNESCO World Patrimony. 1-0 minutes from Le Vigan for shopping and local farmer's market.
-20 minutes from beautiful rivers in La Vis or l'Herault -30 minutes from Le Cirque de Navacelles, The Templar Village of La Couvertoirade. -
-30 minutes from Le Mont Aigual. -
1:30 minutes from Nimes, Montpellier and Millau.
-2:30 hour from Avignon, Marseilles, La Camargue and The Mediterranean.
You will live inside and outside with the 3 terraces. Your sleep will be perfect. The local market is fantastic with only local products, most organic. Perfect for nature-lovers who love to walk and hike on the great trails, go to the surrounding rivers and picnic. Cook at home and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises.
If you want further information, you can go to the website of Bastide d'Esparon. I welcome longer stays.