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Domaine de Palejay (Anglo-French couple)

Overview

We will rent our apartment for less than 7 days, ask us for a quote.


Suitable for independent travellers, who like to organise their own holiday. There is an information file with detachable sheets, to help you make the most of your visit. This file is in continuous development and additions are welcome from clients who wish to pass on their knowledge and experience to assist other visitors.

General

The Department (county) of Gard is unique in France, if not the world because of its diversity of landscape, which range from the mountains of the Cevennes, to sand beaches and the Rhone delta (Camargue). I would recommend that you come by car or at least hire one if you fly. The adjacent departments: Vaucluse, Bouches du Rhone, Ardeche and Heraut, all have many interesting sites and are easily accessible by car because of Frances excellent road network, which usually has very light traffic.

There are many flights to our region if you decide to fly and drive: Ryanair flies to Nimes from Luton and Liverpool (daily). It is possible to fly to Paris and catch a TGV(very fast train), Station at Charles de Gaule. To Avignon, it takes 2 hours 45 mins.

Popes Palace*** at Avignon*** 10 minutes.

In the 14th century, Avignon became the centre of Christianity. On this trail you will come across a host of edifices that reflect the hectic endeavour of the pontifical court during this era. The imposing Palais de Papes.

The Pont (bridge) St Benezet**. Avignon 10 minutes

The bridge of the song, which spanned the river by way of the island, was 900m-975yds long when completed in 1190 and was for years, the only crossing so far down the Rhone.

Pont du Gard***, 15 minutes

Roman aqueduct built to supply Nimes with water nearly 2,000 years ago.

Nimes***, 20 minutes.

Famous for its Roman Monuments: Amphitheatre***, Maison Carree***, Jardin de la Fountaine**(Diana`s Temple) and The Tour Magne*.

Orange**, 15 minutes.

Roman Theatre*** and Commemorative arch**.

Uzes*, 20 minutes.

A living medieval town; good market on Saturday morning.

Aigues Mortes**, 30 minutes.

Has hardly grown in 700 years, still shelters behind its towering 13C golden stone ramparts.

The Camargue**, 40 minutes.

The Camargue, the most original and romantic region of Provence and possibly France, Black bulls, white horses, French cowboys and pink Flamingoes.

Arles ***, 40 minutes.

Roman Ampitheatre** and theatre**. Van Gogh lived here and after a visit by Paul Gaugin they quarrelled and he cut off his ear.

Les Baux de Provence***, 30 minutes.

A fortified medieval village which has been featured on many television travel programmes.

Fountaine de Vaucluse***, 40 minutes.

The largest natural spring in the world: a river flows out of a cave at the base of a sheer cliff 400 metres high.

The Ardeche Valley***, 40 minutes.

Spectacular gorges.


Activities
Wine

As wine-producers: Cotes du Rhone Named Village (there is only Cru class above this category) and Cotes du Rhone, we can give our clients information about local wines. The majority of our grapes are vinified at the local cooperative.

During September would be able to observe the harvest and the grapes being processed at the cooperative. Note that during this period we consider our harvest to take priority!

We have a selection of books on wine that clients may borrow.


Markets

There is small market on Sunday morning in our village, you able to buy various cooked meats.

Villeneuve les Avignon there is a large market on Thursday morning and an antiques market on Saturday, 10 minutes away.

Uzes there is a large market on Saturday morning, 20 minutes away.

Les Angles a market on Saturday morning, 10 minutes away.


Description
The owner of the above project is British and has lived in France since 1987 and has been involved in viticulture since 1984. The property in which the Gite is situated dates from at least the 17th century, and has vaulted ceilings. We are located at the junction of the A9 (motorway to Spain, 10 minutes to an entrance) and the A7 (motorway to Italy, 20 minutes to an entrance). The Rhone valley, an area rich in culture and traditions, attracts millions of visitors each year. Our village is at the centre of a triangle: Avignon, Nimes, Orange.

Self-Catering Apartment

The gite is situated on the ground floor of the owners' house in the centre of a medieval village. For people who enjoy close contact with French culture the situation is difficult to match. It sleeps four and the price ranges from €378-€480 per week. The prices are for two people renting, if three people rent add €40, for four add €80.

Cleaning

We expect the property to be left in a similar state as when found on arrival. If you don’t want to clean it yourself before leaving, please inform us before hand. There would be an extra charge of £40 per week for this service. If the property is not left in a similar condition as it was on arrival there would be the same charge as above against the damage deposit.


Main Room

Stone fire place with an insert fire (glass door) fuel is included in the price. The stone comes from a quarry close to the Pont du Gard (same stone). A large oak table four chairs. Two armchairs and a settee. A radio. There are books on wine and novels. The ceiling is vaulted. Satelite television: BBC and ITV3.
Sink, fridge, dishwasher, combine oven microwave, two electric hobs, coffee machine, kettle and toaster. There is a cooker hood and the kitchen is connected to the main house's ventilation system.
Sleeping Area: adjacent to the main room contains two single beds which can be pushed together to form a double bed, when the sleeping area is not in use it can be closed by means of oak doors. There is also a double bedroom.

Summary:

Very spacious for two, perfect for a romantic getaway.

We are at the base of the Rhone valley,an area rich in culture and traditions, at the centre of a triangle: Avignon, Nimes and Orange.

Facilities

Property type: Apartment

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
Internet (WI-FI)
Radio
Telephone
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Glassware
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Parking

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Mountain Biking
Skiing
Swimming

Sights and attractions

Museum
Theatre
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
28th March 2015 to 23rd October 2015 7
7th March 2016 to 23rd October 2016 7
7th March 2017 to 23rd October 2017 7

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 26 Weeks 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 12%
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 10%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
If request the apartment being cleaned at the end of your stay. All year N/A £29.47 per booking

Paid with booking

The prices quoted are for two people, another person up to a maximum of 2 incurs a charge of £40 per person. All year N/A £29.47 per booking

Paid with booking

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 0.1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 5km
  • Nearest supermarket: 5km
  • Montpellier Airport: 84km
  • Marseille Airport: 100km
  • Avignon: 10km
  • Pont du Gard: 15km
  • Nimes: 20km
  • Orange: 20km

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24 out of 24 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Wednesday 21 August 2013 with Family
We were very happy with all aspects of the holiday and the gite. Mrs. Cook could not possibly have been kinder or more helpful. My only area of grumble is that I found the booking form a little frustrating. And it was annoying that I was unable to communicate directly a little earlier in the booking process with the owner. You told me that I still owed £200 even though I made a late booking and therefore paid in full. I communicated this to you, received a reply from Mrs. Cook but then could not answer her email and had to go to you again. But overall we were very satisfied. T. Sanderson
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Stayed Friday 14 September 2012
We spent a very happy week here. The property surprised us by how spacious it was. It is very obviously converted from a very old building, but the conversion has been well done. The only drawback is that the outside seating is across the road (although not that far) and outside Summer its a shame that its in shade.
Owner reply:

When Mr and Mrs Bush stayed it was late September, temperatures were dropping, having a place to sit outside in the shade is a huge advantage in our climate. The seating area is only in the shade in the afternoon from 2pm and clients are welcome to move the furniture to another area that is still in the sun.

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Stayed Thursday 30 August 2012
Very satisfied and the owners were helpful and very friendly. Situated in a great area and will stay there again.
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Stayed Wednesday 23 June 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We booked for 3 weeks to were a bit nervous about how it might be. We wanted to spend time in a genuine French village rather than a city. It was everything we thought it would be, in fact the services in the town were better than we had imagined. We used public transport for most of the time which worked out fine for us. We also rented a car for some days to explore further afield and this was a necessity for doing that. Arthur and Josieann were very busy in the vineyard but were always easy enough to catch later in the evening when we needed them. They were a good help to us. We would definitely recommend this place to our friends and a return trip.
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Stayed Wednesday 14 April 2010
Rocheford-du-Gard made a perfect anchor for our exploration of the Roman ruins of Orange, Arles, Vaison-les-Romains, and Nimes. Arthur and Josiane were welcoming, and a roaring fire in the hearth greeted us upon arrival. If you go in the springtime, be aware that the tile floors can be cold. The village is charming, with two excellent boulangeries within a short walk. There is only one restaurant in town, so if youre not planning to cook dinner, be prepared to drive into Avignon or Villeneuve for dinner (we actually worked dinner into several of our day trips and found wonderful restaurants further afield in Avignon, we loved Piedole and La Fourchette). Our only caveat on renting this gite is if youre tall and used to a queen-size bed, the bed will feel short. Im 510" and my husband is 62" and neither of us could stretch out full length because of the footboard on the double bed. But that was a small thing and would not preclude a return visit or a hearty recommendation to others to stay here.
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Stayed Monday 22 June 2009
The apartment is located in a small but lovely town and is in a great location for exploring the region. There is an enormous amount to see within an hours drive of the apartment and I highly recommend both the area and the apartment as a base. The owners were very helpful.
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Stayed Saturday 05 April 2008
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in France in this lovely gite – it’s a perfect size for two people, or for a small family, and is beautifully kept, cozy and in a great location for exploring the whole area (although the village itself is fairly quiet, Avignon is a mere 10 minutes away). Our hosts were great making us feel very welcome, and the open fire and unlimited wood was fantastic as it was a fairly cold April this year! Authur gave us some great tips on local wines (even lending me one of his books on the vineyards in the area), and the information provided on arrival and the brochures and leaflets will give you more info on the local area that you will need, so definitely recommended - perfect for a week relaxing, exploring the local area, drinking wine and eating cheese!
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Stayed Saturday 14 April 2007
Highly recommended. We agree with the comment by an earlier reviewer that the photographs do not do the gite justice. We have stayed in a dozen or so gites over the years and this was the nicest. Josiane and Arthur were very welcoming and provided everything we needed, without being the least bit intrusive. Having the bakers very close by and a small supermarket about ten minutes' walk away is very convenient. The location is very good for anyone interested in historical towns and Roman antiquities, being close to Pont du Gard, Nimes, Arles, Orange, Avignon. There are also scenic hill top villages and other attractions nearby. We are certainly not wine experts, but found Arthur's tour of his vineyards very interesting. Make sure you leave some space in your luggage to bring some of his wine back!
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Stayed Saturday 31 March 2007
What a welcoming surprise to find a fire burning in the fireplace awaiting our arrival! We felt immediately at home. The apartment had lots of charm yet everything was modern and perfectly clean. Arthur and Josiane were very friendly and helpful - a pleasure to get to know. We enjoyed being in the village and it was conveniently located to visit the rest of Provence on day trips. A perfect vacation!
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Stayed Tuesday 13 March 2007
Both Arthur and Josiane are wonderful hosts, they provided directions and advice and were always available for questions. The Gite is a lovely , clean property in a very nice village. We will be returning to visit again!
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Stayed Saturday 12 August 2006
Wonderful! Arthur and Josie were so helpful, and when we had an accident with our hired car, Josie made all the necessary phone calls for us and accompanied us to the car hire office for a replacement. The gite is lovely, very rustic but with all mod cons. A lovely bottle of wine from Arthur and Josie's own vineyard awaited us as well as all the essentials to start us off - milk, sugar etc. The location is excellent for visiting a variety of fantastic locations including Pont du Gard, Nimes, Orange. We even went as far south as Marseilles, which took about an hour. We hope to return and have been singing their praises to all our friends!
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Stayed Tuesday 23 May 2006
Excellent Location. Very nice and helpful family. Very reasonably priced. Would use again and definitely recommend.
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Stayed Saturday 01 April 2006
The landlords were very friendly, helpful, courteous and generally concerned over the quality of our stay. Every need was accommodated. They spent time talking with us and making us feel welcome. They offered us maps, travelling advice, weather forecasts and general information about France, and especially the daily routines involved in running a vineyard. One negative aspect was in order to accesss the patio table and barbeque, we had to leave the apartment, and cross the road to use them. We also expected the apartment to be cleaned on a weekly basis, but only fresh bedding and towels were supplied. We enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends.
Owner reply:

We are very sorry about the misunderstanding with Mr & Mrs Kershaw over the cleaning of the property; the following text has been inserted in the general description of our property, so that this misunderstanding will not occur with future guests.CleaningWe expect the property to be left in a similar state as when found on arrival. If you don’t want to clean it yourself before leaving, please inform us before hand. There would be an extra charge of £25 (37.5 euros) per week for this service. If the property is not left in a similar condition as it was on arrival there would be the same charge as above against the damage deposit.

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Stayed Wednesday 20 July 2005
dont think the photographs do the apartment justice. The village location was lovely and had a couple of nice meals out at the Italian a couple of mins walk away. Arthur and Josenae were very welcoming and full of useful information. We enjoyed Arthurs very informative tour of the vineyard and co-operative and were grateful for his time. Everthing we needed was there and there are plenty of places to go and see during the day and it was great to come back and relax in fornt of a roaring fire with a bottle of the vineyard wine at the end of the day. There was plenty of room for four adults. Had a little problem with the plumming one day but it was dealt with swiftly and all was well. recommended.
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Stayed Wednesday 20 July 2005
Josiane and Arthur are excellent hosts...the apartment is charming, the bath was a very pleasant surprise due to its spaciousness, good hot water and good water pressure...We enjoyed the fireplace to the fullest degree. My daughter was not feeling 100% while we were there and Josiane offered to accompany us to the pharmacy...Truly enjoyed a cultural exchange with this family and community....Will recommend this to all of our friends...Rochefort du Gard is an outstanding location from which to explore the areas on both sides of the Rhone but offers an excellent place to decompress in this peaceful village...With the added security of the police station right next door!
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Stayed Wednesday 20 July 2005
Great!!!
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It is a very good gite, and we had a good holiday. The owner is very very nice, and we will come again.
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We had a fantastic holiday, really loved the town and in fact would happily live there. We would definitely go back to the property but the only slight fault if any, was the kitchen, it was adequate, in fact more than so if you want to eat out most of the time, but we prefer to cook at home in the evenings, so it was limited. But that is us, I think that most people on holiday would think it was good. Overall it was all fantastic and I would recommend it, particularly if you want somewhere you can mix with the locals who we found to be really friendly and they dont seem to be able to speak English - fantastic. However Arthur is English and Rosiannes english is perfect so any problems regarding the gite can be talked about in English. Having said that, we didt have any problems so we thoroughly recommend it.
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The property was very comfortable and Arthur and Josiane were very friendly and helpful. The village is lovely and within easy reach of loads of interesting places. Would definitely go again.
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we found everything we needed, the gite was attractive and cool, which was a welcome relief from the heat outside. The village was interesting and the people with whom we came into contact were friendly and helpful, particularly the lady in the book shop! Arthur and Josiane made us feel very welcome and we particularly enjoyed the trip around the vineyard and the Co-operative. It was kind of Arthur to spare his time as he was so busy. It makes an excellent base from which to explore the area, which is full of interest, paritularly Avignon and Nime. We definitely recommmend it. A lovely holiday and delightful hosts.
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We wanted to experience life in a medieval French village and we thoroughly enjoyed staying here and wandering around for a week in the village as well as the chance to visit nearby historic locations. Especially enjoyed shopping for fresh produce at the village Sunday market
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The hosts were very friendly and accomodating. The gite is well furnished and the comprehensive guide to the area is very helpful. The maps and instructions about where to park were very clear. The hosts are always on hand to offer advice and to share their experiences of life in Provence. We had a comfortable stay and will defintely return should we visit the area again.
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Excellent property. Was clean and had all the basic necessities. Ideally located and was only a short drive from all the main places we wanted to visit (Avignon, pont du Gard, St Remy etc). Aurthur and Josiane couldn't have been more helpful and made us feel truly welcome. They provided us with maps and directions to all the places we wanted to visit and told us the best places to park and where to avoid. They kindly showed us around the wine co-operative and arranged wine tasting in English. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily visit again. Would definitely recommend this property to anyone considering visiting the area.
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Arthur and Josie welcomed us with a bottle of superb red wine from their own vineyard, and were also very helpful when we wanted to go fishing for a day,arranging a days excellent carp fishing on a private lake nearby. The gite was stocked with the essentials ie; salt, pepper, sugar, oil, vinager, toilet roll etc. In the village are two exellent artisan bakeries, a supermarket, service station with car wash, post office etc. Directly across fron the gite is a excellent pizzaria. The Pont Du Gard is well worth a visit as is the Saturday market at nearby Uzes. We have been to gites in France many times and this was by far the best. Book it, you wont be disapointed.

Owner

About the owner
We are an Anglo/French couple who have over 20 years experience at producing grapes for Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Village. Recently producing our own wine under our brand Domaine de Palejay, we use sustainable methods and respectful of bio-diversity. Before this I was a teacher.
Owner score 1128
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Located in: France
Joined: January 2005