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Inspiring Apartment In Barjac With Terrace Views Over The Cevennes Mountains



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
Apartment in Barjac, Nr. Ales, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - The Ideal Base To Explore The Food And Culture Of Barjac And The Surrounding Countryside

Originally a silk-weaver's house, Maison Martinet lies in the picturesque medieval heart of Barjac next to the chateau. It has been sympathetically modernised while maintaining its original rustic stone features. There are 2 spacious ensuite bedrooms and a relaxing living room and kitchen. The panoramic roof terrance is the ideal place to dine or watch the sun set over the beautiful Cevennes mountains. With its bustling weekly market and famous open-air antique markets twice a year, Barjac has a reputation as a cultural centre as well as being at the heart of French organic food. There are busy restaurants throughout the town which is also surrounded by some of the most scenic swimming rivers in France. It forms a great base for visits to Avignon, Uzes and the Ardeche.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I bought the house in 2005 from our great friends Richard and Andrew who live next door. It took around 5 years to finally get the place sorted and has been a labour of love for may years.

I work in London but escape to Barjac whenever I can.

My mum, Brenda, often spends time over the summer in the downstairs apartment so she'll probably be on hand to give you the keys and offer any advise you need on local places to visit.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

“What can I say! We had a truly wonderful time in Barjac. Your home there is beautiful and ideally located for visiting the whole area.

Barjac is a remarkable place. Not only did we find ourselves at the centre of French village life but we were constantly stimulated by new events: folk festival, market, bull running and antiques - all in the space of a week.

We enjoyed the Ceze Valley and the river was great for swimming. We also dined in the courtyard farm you suggested - excellent advice!”

Ian, Anne and family, Glasgow

“Such a wonderful place to stay. Can’t recommend it enough. The perfect French escape.”

Mary, Sydney

Apr 2013
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Beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here, the apartment is superb; lovely decor and everything you could need. Diane was very friendly and helpful. We spent most of the time on the terrace which is covered and has lovely views, and sunsets. The gas BBQ was great too!

Barjac itself is a very pretty town with a good choice of restaurants / bars and interesting shops and The Friday market was amazing! We visited Pont du Gard on the way from Nimes airport, and we did a trip to Pont D'arc another day. We found a pretty swimming spot neat Rochegurd and spent a day there with a picnic. There is a little shop in Barjac for provisions, as well as a bakery, and the mini Carrefour on the edge of the town was useful for the bulk of food and drink.

All in all, a great stay, much recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Barjac is a great base for visiting the area. It's a centre for organic farming and benefits from amazing rivers like the Chassezac and the Ceze which you can to swim or canoe in, all within half an hour. I has two huge antique markets every year which fill the town and during the summer you can almost be certain of something going on most weeks, whether it be a bull-run, a music festival, a lavender fair or just the amazing Friday market.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Restaurant : at 50 Metres

Special interest holidays:

TV Chef Richard Cawley (BBC's Ready Steady Cook) lives nearby and cookery courses can be arranged during Spring and Autumn by arrangement subject to his availability.


Beaches around Montpellier and the mouth of the Rhone are around 2 hours drive.


The most accessible airports are Marseille (Ryanair from Stansted; Easyjet from Gatwick, BA from Heathrow); Nimes (Ryanair from Luton & Liverpool) and Montpellier (Easyjet); There are other regional flights to Avignon. Another option is to travel by train on Eurostar from London St Pancras to Avignon or via Paris or Lille.

There is a bus service available but a car is really essential to make the most of the area. Nimes/Avignon around 1 hr; Marseille 1hr 50 mins.


Pont Du Gard and Avignon - just over 1hr

Scenic Uzes (Wed/Sat markets) - 50 minutes

Les Gorges de l'Ardeche - 20 minutes

Cascades and swimming rivers - 20 minutes

Ales - 20 minutes

St Ambroix - 15 minutes

Further Details:

Barjac has a proud heritage dating back beyond medieval times. The ancient centre of the town has been carefully restored - as has the chateau which forms the cultural heart of the town and is home to a library, cinema and a series of music concerts and cultural activities during the year.

Barjac has two famous open-air antique markets which occupy the entire town over the Easter weekend and the middle of August.

Within a five minute walk of the house you’ll find a wealth of local bars and restaurants. Sip a pastis at the bar Midi, a beer at the Chene Vert or a coffee at the Clos des Capusins. The town has many restaurants which specialise in everything from pizza to tapas and haut cuisine.

There is a large bustling market in Barjac every Friday. The area is a centre for organic farming and is also at the heart of the region’s lavender and olive production.

There are also many vineyards close by where you can sample a glass or two of the distinctive local wines.

You’ll also find many small shops in and around the town selling artisan breads, local meat, cheese and of course lavender products and olives.? Within a short drive there are also other picturesque towns such as Uzes and Goudarges.

There are several nearby locations for caving, rock-climbing, quad-biking, horse riding, donkeys and para-gliding.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter off-peak
10 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit taken at time of booking with full payment due 30 days in advance.

Refunds: A 50% refund of the total cost if they cancel at least four weeks before the start of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
We aim to be flexible on change-over dates where possible

Notes on prices:
If the balance payment is not received at least two weeks before the holiday starts, the booking will be automatically cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Read reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor and www.MaisonMartinet.com.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite w/c and shower room with rain shower. Please note that any guest using the sofa-bed on the mezzanine would need to share one of the en-sute bathrooms.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are two double bedrooms, both with scenic views. One room has a double-height gabled ceiling and is thought to be around 400 years old. There are a number of original stone features and beams preserved from its days as a silk-weaver's cottage.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Note that anyone using the sofa-bed would need to use one of the en-suite w/c shower rooms. Outside: There is a roof terrace with mountain views, a dining table for 8 people, a gas BBQ and a hammock. Utility Room: Washing machine, clothes airer, iron, vacuum cleaner Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Extra cleaning is possible by arrangement. Other: There is a table for 8 people on the roof terrace, a gas BBQ and a hammock. A baby cot is available.

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