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18th Cent. Stone Mas in Uzès on 5 acres w/stunning views

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Chateau/Country House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

In the distance, seen from the road that winds from the village of Arpaillargues eastward to Uzes, across brilliant sunflower fields and emerald-green vineyards, Mas des Patres looms as an authentic emblem of old Provence. Its thick stone walls are a pale beige in the sunshine, its terra cotta tile roof a coppery red, and its hillside terrain, terraced into flat lawns and gardens edged by stone walls, a reminder of the patres (shepherds) who once tended flocks here. Approaching closer, one sees above the windows decorative carvings, now worn smooth by time, that were part of the original house erected some five hundred years ago.

Now thoroughly restored and equipped with modern comforts, the mas' appeal is further enhanced by not having any close overlooking neighbors despite being in Uzes, a prosperous and eminently photogenic Provençal town whose genuine antiquity and year-'round vibrant cultural life draw visitors (and movie directors in a search of a ready-made medieval set) from all over the world. Mas des Patres was used as a main setting in a French TV film in 2000. The town is also famed for its colorful open-air market on Saturday mornings, which is supplemented by a produce market every Wednesday.

Mas des Patres is entered through an electrically controlled wrought-iron gate that opens to a long driveway flanked by stands of cypress and bamboo. The driveway terminates in a parking area, bordered on one side by the swimming pool and on the other by flowerbeds planted with roses. Beyond a small stone house (retained for storage by the owners), and across the courtyard of crushed gravel with its plantings of olive and fruit trees, lies the three-story mas with its five bedrooms, five baths and impressive common rooms.

The living room has two seating areas, one with a sofa and armchairs arranged in front of a large white stone fireplace, and at the opposite end a cozy library with a collection of books, videos & games in English and French. In addition, there is a stereo system with a good variety of CDs. An especially pleasing touch to this comfortable room is a small bar, constructed of white stone with a dark wood counter, behind which there is a little tile alcove with running water.

Beyond the living room is a formal dining room, perfect for convivial family meals, with a heavy wood table & tapestry chairs. French doors open onto the courtyard and sweeping views toward the scenic Cévennes mountains in the distance to the west.

On the east side of the entrance hall is the modern kitchen. A large window overlooking the courtyard brings in abundant light, and next to the window is a large breakfast table.

From the living room a broad staircase with wrought-iron railing rises to the first floor, where there are four comfortable bedrooms, all with antique doors, marble or terra cotta tile floors and windows overlooking the courtyard. Each of the bedrooms is warmly furnished with simple but tastefully chosen country antiques. While each bedroom has its own decorative style, all have either an armoire or a spacious in-wall closets, bedside tables with good reading lamps, alarm clock with radio and full-length draperies that frame the south-facing windows.

The master bedroom is especially comfortable, with an extra-large king-sized bed (200 cm., 80 inches across) as well as a discreetly placed single bed. The ensuite bath, tiled in a subdued red and yellow pattern, has a stall shower but no bathtub.

The other three bedrooms on this floor have queen-sized beds that can be separated to form twin beds. Two of these bedrooms share a newly renovated full bath with jet tub just across the hall, while the third has an ensuite bath with stall shower. Guests may also take advantage of an additional bathroom with overhead shower that opens from the foyer on the ground level.

The crowning touch, so to speak, of this practically designed mas is the final bedroom, situated on the uppermost level. Here guests who desire special privacy can climb the wide, curving staircase from the middle level, close the antique wood door and enjoy their own little suite of rooms. The cozy bedroom is furnished with a queen-sized bed ( which can be separated into twins), an armoire and bedside tables with lamps. The ceiling has its original beams, and the terra cotta tile floor has been restored. The ensuite bath includes an excellent stall shower with lateral jets and glass door, marble-top vanity and - as with all of the five bathrooms at Mas des Patres - a Water Closet. From the bathroom there is a lovely view west toward the Cévennes.

No less impressive than its interior features are the outdoor amenities at Mas des Pâtres. The fenced and alarmed 10m X 5m (32' X 16') pool is well equipped with chaises longues, chairs & pool games, and is some 30 meters from the main house, and thus safe for children under supervision. The spacious grounds include numerous fruit and olive trees. On the lowest of the three terraced levels are 2 hammocks and a swing set. In warm months meals can be enjoyed in the courtyard, where a wrought iron table and chairs, parasols and a built-in stone barbecue comprise a pleasant area for outside dining. A second table can also be moved over to accommodate larger parties.

Mas des Pâtres has a alarm system for security and is a wonderful house for occupancy at any time of year. Numerous historic sites like the amazing Pont du Gard are within an easy drive. The Uzes cathedral, originally constructed in 1090, destroyed by religious wars and rebuilt in 1652, has one of the finest organs in Provence, and is frequently used for oratorical and chamber music concerts.

NOTE: The English & French-speaking owners of Mas des Patres have been renting out this property since 2000 and offer guests the choice of having the property entirely to themselves, or in having the owners remain on the property in the stone cottage, in which case they would be available for sightseeing and perhaps even meal preparation.

Keywords: Restored Stone Mas

More Details

Bill & Gisèle
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 April, 2018

About Bill & Gisèle

A Brief History: The owners of Mas des Patres, Bill & Gisele, bought this picturesque Mas in 1999. Bill is from the USA and Gisele originally from 35 Km away in Avignon. After meeting and marrying in 1994 we decided to leave the hectic pace of a New York lifestyle, take a year(or so) off and search for our second life. We found it in this beautiful Mas on 5 acres of verdure with dry stone walls and numerous fruit & olive trees in the lively, well located and friendly village of Uzes in the South of France.

Bill & Gisèle purchased this house in 1999

Why Bill & Gisèle chose Uzès

Having grown up in nearby Avignon, Gisele is familiar with the area and wanted to be close to her family. When the opportunity to buy this beautiful mas presented itself we couldn't resist. The light reflecting off the old stone gives a feeling of being in an other era. With its location on the western slope of the medieval hilltop village of Uzes the Mas presents some spectacular and romantic sunsets over the Cevennes while dominating the valley with it's fields of bright yellow sunflowers, red poppies and vines. We have the feeling of being in the countryside while having only a short walk or ride(1Km) into town.

Uzes has the advantages of a large town, with its many fine restaurants, shops and boutiques while retaining it's small town charm & medieval character. A location 20 minutes from the Pont du Gard, one of the most visited sites in France, makes it a popular year round destination.

Uzes was constructed around an 11th century chateau still occupied by descendants of the first Duke and to this day retains the title of 'First Duchy of France'.

What makes this house unique

We are in Uzès while not being in the busier downtown area. It is a short (less than 1km) walk to downtown for the incredible markets, wonderful shops and fine restaurants. Mas des Patres is a fully equipped family home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Uzès in Gard

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom on main floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This full bathroom is on the main floor
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite full bathroom for Master Bedroom
    Gray Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , This is a full bathroo across from the red and blue bedrooms
    Peach Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite bathroom for the Peach bedroom
    Tower Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite bathroom for the Tower bedroom with a jetted shower
  • Five full baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Private ensuite full bath w/ shower
    Red Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed can be separated into 2 beds
    Blue Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed can be separated into 2 beds
    Peach Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed can be separated into 2 beds
    Tower Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed can be separated into 2 beds. Private ensuite full bath
    Additional sleeping - 1 Double Bed , 2 Cot , sofabed in living room
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) We also have 2 high chairs available for infants., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There are many fruit trees including figs, apricots, pomegranates, plums, cherries, pears, oranges, lemons, kumquats and others which are not treated so when in season can be eaten from the tree. Electricity & 3 hours cleaning per week included, Please inquire about long term rentals. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SPECIAL - We will include a case of 6 bottles of Champagne when you book a week during these holidays


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18th Cent. Stone Mas in Uzès on 5 acres w/stunning views
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Great house, great location, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

The property is spacious and private, and is extremely convenient to Uzes. Bill and Gisèle were great hosts - extremely friendly and offered many useful tips for things to do and places to eat in the area (even offering to book for us if we had trouble). Would recommend without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Asheville, NC USA

Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home to revisit an area we had liked before. Couldn't be more convenient to the village of UZES, and easy rental car travel to the towns of Provence.

House amenities were good, comfortable and fully stocked.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC

Delightful stay in Uzes

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful extended family week's vacation at this charming house and location. Bill and Giselle were most welcoming and helpful. The website was very accurate in regard to the house and grounds, and Bill was so helpful in communicating with me ahead of time. The house and grounds were very clean, and we also were pampered with a mid-week cleaning. The apricot trees treated us during the week as well. The kitchen was well equipped, and with 2 little kids in our group, we took advantage of the laundry facilities. The swimming pool was most welcome in the southern France summer weather. We thoroughly enjoyed eating outside and taking advantage of the built-in grill.

The house is very close to the charming small city of Uzes, complete with Saturday and Wednesday markets. We were less than 20 miles from Pont du Gard, and, a new discovery for us, there is a really great park just outside of Uzes, complete with the source of the water for Pont du Gard and more Roman ruins. It was also close to Avignon and a nice day trip to Arles and the Camargue.

I would highly recommend this property if you are interested in a week in southern France. You would not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Character and location

  • 5 of 5

The Mas is an attractive and comfortable lodging and exactly as described by its owners. They gave us a warm welcome and familiarized us with the house. The kitchen is well equipped. The bedrooms are varied in size - one is large, the others are a moderate size- especially where a bathroom has been included. But this isn't a place to stay inside anyway. An appealing aspect is the terrace, with a shady place to eat and a view over the countryside. The road below the house is occasionally busy but didn't detract from our stay. The pool was clean and sparkling, very inviting and refreshing at the end of a hot sunny day. By car the house is a few moments from the center of town - and a reasonable brisk but hilly walk.

Our hosts recommended the Bec A Vin in the town and it was both delicious and atmospheric. The small Wednesday market and larger Saturday market in Uzes were a feast for the eyes and the palate. Nearby St. Quentin La Poterie was also a great place to visit with a nice market and Nimes, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard are close by car.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Une bonne semaine en famille

  • 4 of 5

Des propriétaires charmants

Une jolie maison avec de belles vues

Un seul défaut : une départementale proche avec une circulation un peu trop présente dans la journée.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nimes (Garons)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Golf d'Uzes
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
Mas des Patres
Car: recommended

Cooking Classes available

Yoga sessions available


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £656.96

US Dollars will be accepted thru special arrangement but euro prevails
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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