This contemporary villa sits in an acre of a beautifully landscaped garden with a olive grove, orchard as well as lavender and rosemarie bushes and various flower beds. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, has a 16m by 4m swimming pool and ample parking. The house is 1km away from Aubais centre and 20+ mins drive to private and open beaches. Activities in the area are riding, golf, cycling, canal trips, sailing, swimming, golf and many culturural events and festivals. As expected, food, wine and shopping is very good in farmers, as well as super markets. The property is 20 min from Nime and Montpellier airport, serviced by Ryanair, EasyJet and Air France. It takes 3.5 hours by TGV from Paris to Nimes and approximately 11 hours from London by car.
There are probably 2400 inhabitants but I don’t know everybody so I haven’t counted them.
There is a Chateau, which has been presided over variously by a protestant, a catholic and a Muslim all from the same family. It is now divided into several sections most of which are inhabited and is not unlike a rather grand terrace of houses. Some of it is falling down, sadly, but a marvellous crop of figues could be harvested annually from the roof of the centre section if you had a head of heights.
The main social event of the year is the Fête d’Aubais. It is in early August and is ten days of cours Carmaguaise, abbrivados and bandidos, petanque and a small amount of Pastis, rouge, rose and Get are imbedded or is it a lot, no one can recall. At lunchtime there is an “apero mousse” which is a drink and a dance in a communal bubble bath. Later, in the evening there is a corse de nuit with the “jeunesse” a pool and small bulls. Last year we had the famous El Mosquito, Taurean clown demonstrate the art of Corrida.
Aubais styles itself as an artistic Village and indeed has some imminent French artists working there. There are frequent exhibitions and open studios. Musical events and activities are plentiful and of a very high standard.
There is a new restaurant “Maje” - please let me know what you think. There is the Cave Co-op with a small menu to go with the wine “Aubais Mëma” which has a beautiful nose, a full mouth and happy memories of Aubais if you want to stick to one bottle only. The village has a very good epicure and patisserie, a hairdresser for ‘Him and Her” tabac, boulangerie, pizzeria, paella van and a pharmacy.
Madam le Maire is are ultimately in charge of the village but most real governance happens in the Café Renaissance, at least that is the regular’s perception of matters. In some ways they are correct.