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Stylish Apartment With Pool in Ancient Village House



Updated: 06-Sep-2016
Apartment in La Bastide d'Engras, near Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Pretty Hill Village Close to Uzes, Set Among Ancient Forest, Vines, Orchards and Sunflowers

The impressive twelfth century vaulted stone entrance of this restored ancient village former farmhouse adjacent to the chateau leads to a two-storey apartment separate from the owners' accommodation. The apartment has been renovated to retain its character and immense charm and is spacious, fresh and comfortable. The large, airy living room features a long dining table and modern appliances and is Wi-Fi connected. There is comfortable seating for relaxing after a day's sightseeing, and a fireplace to gather around on cool evenings. The apartment sleeps four: there are two bedrooms with their own shower-rooms as well as a third bedroom if required - please enquire for rates. Visitors may use the small "secret" garden at the far end of the house, which offers seating area, pool and shower. The pretty heritage village of La Bastide d'Engras, set in a commanding position overlooking the forest canopy towards Uzes, comprises old houses clustered in and around one of the most ancient bastides in France, the remaining picturesque walls and towers of which form a backdrop to the village. It is perfectly placed for soaking up the atmosphere of traditional rural France, enjoying wonderful forest walks or bicycle rides, visiting local markets and brocantes, taking in smart Uzes or picturesque Lussan, each close by. Riding, canoeing and river-swimming are all available locally. Bustling Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, with its ceramics workshops, markets and all amenities at hand (supermarket, pharmacy, doctor, dentist), is close by, and neighbouring Saint-Laurent-la-Vernede has a village shop and artisan bakery. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Pont du Gard and the Cotes du Rhone plus local vineyards offering tastings are also important attractions. We are also very well placed for visiting further afield the festival cities of Nimes (45 mins), Avignon (1 hr) and the Mediterranean beaches (1 hr, 30 mins), not forgetting Aix-en-Provence, Saint Remy de Provence, and the charming hilltop villages of the Luberon. Flights to Nimes, Avignon, Montpellier and Marseille all serve this area, as does the A7 motorway and TGV Eurostar (Avignon).

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Duncan and Annie Barker recently relocated to the south of France to pursue their lifelong interest in the creative arts and to work in painting and textiles from their studios at La Breche, where they also live with their very sociable cocker spaniel.

Speaks English, French, German

6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


A beautiful, stylish home where we were made to feel especially welcome

  • 5 of 5

Photos cannot do this beautiful, spacious home justice - its setting is amazing (an ancient village) and the owners have decorated the house (apartment is not quite accurate) so tastefully that it was a joy to spend time there. It provided a great base for exploring the area, with a tranquil garden (and pool) to retreat to in the heat of the day. The house is very well-equipped and fitted out - we can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil delightful comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Annie and Duncan were very helpful and the villa was amazing. Quaint French decor with an air of comfortability that was awesome. The village, although out of the way was just perfect for our 6-8 adults with rental cars. Central to many picturesque places. The villa itself with 3 bathrooms went well beyond our expectations. Would definitely highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is one of the very best apartments that we have ever stayed in. The way in which it has been designed is very sympathetic with the age of the building and very French..... we were very comfortable and loved staying in the apartment. Everything you could have wanted was to hand! The apartment was beautifully presented, clean and well maintained.

The swimming pool and gardens were a wonderful place to relax and enjoy our time together as a family.

The location was fantastic and we visited many beautiful places.

The owners were so very welcoming and were helpful and keen to ensure we had a comfortable stay.

We all had a wonderful holiday and would highly recommend it to couples, families and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A magical French experience

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully and immaculately restored apartment with charming, helpful owners. We normally stay in relatively modern villas but this amazing house, which has formed a central part of village life over the centuries, provided a magical and authentic experience in the heart of the French countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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An inspiring Week in France

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed a lovely week staying in Duncan and Annie's apartment near Uzes. The area didn't disappoint and the apartment, pool and outside are were beautifully put together. We came away feeling rejuvenated and inspired. There was something for everyone and the pool was perfect to keep cool and entertain the children. Duncan and Annie made us feel welcome and looked after and were always ready to help and advise. The property was immaculate and we had everything we needed. We would definitely recommend the property to friends and family. It has lots to offer and if you love France and all things French as we do, you'll be in heaven!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Breche - a beautiful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This property was immaculate - with everything required for a comfortable self catering stay. The recently refurbished property is a great base to visit many lovely places in the Gard area of languedoc. The village la Breche is situated is rural France at its best.The garden and pool area were beautiful and a great place to cool off and enjoy the lovely lavender, bougainvillea and sit under the vine. Annie and Duncan were very welcoming and helpful - suggesting local places to visit. I could not fault this lovely apartment - we had a lovely week here and look forward to booking again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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From the Owner

It was essential to be close to the excellent connections and cultural buzz of Uzes, Nimes and Avignon, but also to enjoy the pace of rural life, closely bound to the changing seasons. The pretty village of La Bastide, with its commanding yet sheltered position, its wonderful ancient stone buildings and warm and friendly inhabitants, was the perfect place to settle. Surrounded by garrigue and forest, farms and vineyards, it the bears the stamp of a culture which has lasted here for millennia.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nimes-Arles-Camargue at 51 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie at 8.5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Avignon - Eurostar from London at 42 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A7 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie at 8.5 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Our facilities are available to independent groups, for writing, painting, wellness and food and wine retreats. If you wish to lead a retreat, please enquire. Also available for long weekends for festivals and other events out of high season. Again, please enquire.


River beaches 25-30 minutes drive; 1 hour 30 minutes drive to Mediterranean beaches


Airports at Avignon (50km), Nimes (64km), Montpellier (100), Marseille (118km). Car essential.


Saint-Laurent-la-Vernede (3km); Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie (9km); Uzes (14km); Lussan (14km); Pont du Gard (26km); Nimes (39km); Avignon (42km); Orange (43km); Arles (62km); La Grande Motte, Mediterranean coast (94km).

Further Details:

Bar/restaurant and shop at Saint-Laurent-la-Vernede; supermarket, pharmacy, doctors, dentists, galleries and restaurants at Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie; galleries and restaurants at Lussan; banks and all facilities at the cultural centre of Uzes. A great many markets, of which Uzes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings is renowned.


Rental rates

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Low Season
3 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

The rates quoted include cleaning, laundry and local tax.

Booking Notes:
50% deposit at time of booking, balance to be paid one month before arrival. Cancellation less than one month before arrival date incurs loss of deposit. A refundable fee of 300 Euro against loss or damage, to be paid with balance. Payments may be made by cheque drawn on UK or French banks accounts, or bank transfer. Taxe de sejour 0.82 Euro per person of 13 years of age or over per night.

In high season, bookings of one or more weeks are preferred, four days in mid season and three in low season. Long weekends in low season. Arrival from 5pm, departure by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

One of the oldest houses in the village, La Breche has grown organically over some nine centuries. We love the fact that many generations have lived within its deep stone walls, which have happily adapted over time to accommodate various incarnations as, for example, farmhouse, café, village shop and school. As a place to live and work, La Breche is a true delight: somewhere to unwind and relax, be inspired and reinvigorated.

Property Type

  • apartment


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


  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Large private shower room to bedroom 1 with washbasin and wc; en-suite shower room to bedroom 2 with washbasin and wc.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, These may be put together to make an extra large double
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Wash-basin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) A third bedroom may also be available on request - please enquire.


  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment is accessed via a shared entrance, then up steps to its own front entrance and hallway. The kitchen/living room are on the first floor, bedrooms 2 and 3 on the second. Outside: A 'secret' small, vine-hung and lushly-planted courtyard garden, enclosed by old stone walls, is found at the far end of the building through a locked gateway. There are a table and chairs, a covered changing area with bench, a solar-heated shower and a 3.5mx4m pool, ideal for relaxing and cooling off after a day of sight-seeing. This area will be available for the use of guests: see notes on pool. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Quality towels and bedlinen are included in the price, as well as towels for swimming pool use. The property is cleaned between lettings; cleaning is included in the price, although the apartment is expected to be left in a clean and tidy condition. Other: Large room and studio available at an extra charge if required, suitable for writing groups, painting groups, reading groups, yoga groups, etc. Please enquire in advance if you are interested.

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