We asked the owners Duncan and Annie Barker to give us some insight into the accommodation and this is what they said.
La Breche is the perfect centre for touring a region covering Languedoc, eastern Provence, the Cevennes and the Mediterranean coast. This stylish self-catering apartment, set in a lovely heritage village close to Uzes, offers three comfortable en-suite double bedrooms, as well as private use of the small, lushly-planted and vine-hung walled garden and pool.
Drivers will enjoy the quiet and beautiful local roads through forest, vineyards and fields of sunflowers or lavender. Lying directly on the Cotes du Rhone wine-trail, they offer easy and picturesque access to more major routes for exploring further afield, and are close to the A7 and A9 autoroutes.
La Breche is a traditional village farmhouse, built over stone vaults dating back to the twelfth century. A charming shared area leads to separate entrances to two private wings – one with the owners’ accommodation and the other with the newly-refurbished holiday apartment.
This apartment has been lovingly restored, combining historic features with modern plumbing, electrics and free Wi-Fi.
There is a light and spacious kitchen/dining area and one of the bedrooms boasts its own roof-terrace with views of Mont Ventoux. There is convenient free parking and free lockable storage for bicycles and boats if required.
La Bastide d’Engras is one of a cluster of pretty villages just north of Uzes, and enjoys the slow pace of the “real” France. Set on the south side of a sandstone ridge overlooking the forest, it is sheltered to the north by the castle and the remaining walls of the Medieval bastide.
The local area offers marked walks, cycling routes, river canoeing and riding, as well as many opportunities for photography and painting. Guests may also make use of the owners’ studio or arrange art tuition for a small extra cost.
The variety and quality of local food and wines is simply outstanding, with plenty of opportunities to source organic produce. Something not to miss is a trip to one of the local markets - including brocantes and vide-greniers - and particularly those in beautiful Renaissance Uzes.
Nearby Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, as the name suggests, is a ceramics centre, as is the picturesque hill village of Lussan. The Pont du Gard – one of no fewer than six Unesco World Heritage Sites within easy reach – is unmissable, with the Mediterranean coast, especially Aigues-Mortes and the Camargue, a must-see on anyone’s itinerary, along with the breathtaking Gorges de l’Ardeche. Avignon, Nimes, Orange, Arles, Montpellier and Marseille are all within easy reach.
Whether you’re coming straight down the A7 or taking a fly-drive break via airports at Nimes, Avignon, Montpelier or Marseille, we’re easy to find. Alternatively, take Eurostar/TGV to nearby Avignon and hire a car from there.