|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
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You arrive outside a property hidden behind high stone walls in a dusty village street. You push open the tall wooden gates and enter into the secret garden. Before you is an oasis of calm & enchantment - flowers and greenery everywhere. A beautiful stone house offers comfortable living for your family and the pool looks very inviting. Welcome to Le Jardin Secret.
Facing south, the house is arranged over 3 floors. The ground floor living area is wheel-chair accessible, although the ground-floor bedroom is up 2 small steps. The upper floors (if rented) are accessed via an exterior staircase, which is traditional to farmhouses in the south of France.
The house in total has 5 spacious bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of 10 guests although the ground floor can be rented on its own with 1 self contained double bedroom (160cm bed) and its own bathroom (travel cot available). In the house as a whole 3 bedrooms have en-suite facilities, the 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor share a shower room. Please note that access to the 2nd floor is via a spiral staircase.
The main attraction of this beautiful property is undoubtedly the large secluded, well maintained gardens and swimming pool. Here you will find complete peace & tranquility. With mature trees and shrubs, the gardens are perfect for relaxing in the sun or the shade and the high walls ensure your complete privacy. The large pool (12m x 6m) is surrounded by sun loungers and there is a pool side fridge/freezer and ping pong table.
The outdoor dining table is under a pretty rose and jasmin covered pergola and there is a gas barbecue. There is an organic vegetable plot for you to pick your own vegetables. Close your eyes & imagine yourself there.
If you would prefer to have a cosy winter or Christmas break the sitting room has an inviting open stone fire place.
To book, please request our booking contract which details our full terms and conditions.
Non-refundable deposit of 20% required on booking.
Balance, tourist tax and security deposit required 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Please ensure you have suitable holiday insurance to cover you in the event of cancellation. Please refer to our cancellation policy on our booking form
Tourist tax is payable at a rate of €0.82 per person per night (children under 18 are exempt)
Change-over day is flexible. When booking, please ask what arrival/departure dates are available.
Arrival is usually 4pm and departure by 10am. This may be varied depending on bookings either side of your holiday.
We enjoyed a blissful week at the Secret Garden and it was a struggle to leave in the end.
The property is absolutely charming with a beautiful garden that is clearly very keenly tended to. There were only two of us staying but this would be the perfect place for a large group as the garden and pool provide areas for groups to hang out and also for couples or individuals to enjoy their own peace and quiet. We barbecued every night (when we weren't at the local restaurants) and spent 95% of our waking hours in the garden or by the pool. It is a very aptly named property.
Inside there is a large and well equipped kitchen with two fridges (as well as the poolside fridge/freezer which was a welcome addition) and a large dining table that we would have used if we hadn't eaten every meal outside (there is a fantastic canopy over the outside table should the weather conspire against you). The living room area was also very comfortable and the bedrooms all very well appointed. The room we stayed in had fantastic air conditioning which is an absolute must for me when staying in hot countries.
We found a delightful bakery only 5 minutes walk from the house and next to a Tabac if you need anything at short notice. We also visited a fantastic restaurant (la table 2 Julien) again only 5 minutes walk and as good as anything you'll find food wise in London or Paris but in a far more relaxed setting. Uses is just a 5 minute drive (as is the local Intermarche) and we went in for a few lunches and to look around a very pretty town that seems as though it may not have changed for the last 50 years but in the best way possible.
I've only been back for three days so I may be a little biased still and suffering post holiday blues but I have already looked at next years availability and would love to go back as a group to make full use of this splendid holiday house.
Thank you for a lovely stay, we will definitely be back!
The house and gardens are totally beautiful. We stayed here for the first time this summer and, high though our expectations were, the reality exceeded them. Excellent facilities, tastefully furnished and perfect level of cleanliness. The village has its own boulangerie which is open every day; the intermarche is a ten minute walk away and Uzes itself is walkable if it's not too hot. What a novelty too, to be able to pick tomatoes, basil and onions from the garden!
We've stayed as a couple for at least five summers now and still enjoy the experience. We've managed to rent the downstairs only which suits us perfectly.
The house is very comfortable and relaxing with a tremendously well equipped kitchen. And with the generosity of the owners we have be allowed to pick the produce from their beautiful garden, ideally located close to the kitchen. Swimming in the pool is very private as is the whole house, which makes it a tranquil place to be. Although I can imagine, if we were to book the whole property it would be a great place to enjoy with a group of friends, as it has a good sized outside eating area to accommodate that. Uzes is no distance away, we have even walked to it on occasions for an evening meal, and of course the famous market. I would have no hesitation in recommending the house to anyone other than I might be disappointed if it is fully booked!......
My family and I have stayed here twice and the only reason we don't visit every summer is because I've now moved to the other side of the world!
The house itself is stunning. It feels like a rustic farm house but has all the facilities that everyone could ever need to entertain themselves - board games, wifi, television, books and of course, the ping pong table!
The area itself offers a number of activities, from river canoeing and cycling to the more relaxed end of the scale - little bistros and a stunning French farmer's market that takes place on Sundays. To be perfectly honest though, we spent most of our time lounging by the pool and having bbqs (and numerous bottles of French wine from the supermarket down the road). The garden is full of spicy chillies, fresh basil and an assortment of other herbs that will work perfectly with alfresco dining.
I can't recommend this place enough. It's great for couples, friends and families who just want to take a break and completely relax. Needless to say, we were very reluctant to leave and hope we can visit again in the near future.