(ex: Florence, Positano)
A: The master bedroom is large and comfortable, with a king sized (two twins pushed together) bed and small balcony facing the small back street. One of the other bedrooms is small but has a king sized bed and a large window facing the courtyard/pool. The third bedroom has a queen sized bed and a small window onto the courtyard. The loft bedroom is very private, with a door that can shut the area off, and contains a full size bed. There is a skylight in the loft that opens by remote control, so I would imagine that at night it would be comfortable as long as the temperature cools off at night, as it did when we stayed there in September. The linens are very comfortable and well-made. This place is great!!! We would go back in a hearbeat. A few tips: 1. The Rue du Pont, on which the gate is located, is not particularly well-marked and is very narrow. If you are going north on the main road into Caveirac, look for it on your right 1-2 blocks before you get to the fountain in front of the Hotel de Ville. The numbers on the street are not in order, so just keep going until you see a big, blue gate with the proper address. You can't really park in the courtyard, so we parked about 3 blocks away in a public lot. 2. Definitely check out the local restaurant, Chaverdille, which is only open certain nights and lunches. 3. The little fruit and vegetable shop on the main street also sells artisan goat cheese and saucisson and is wonderful. 4. The kitchen is well-supplied, so don't worry about bringing pans, knives, etc. Have a great time!!
A: We stayed in the shoulder season, so we didn't have hot weather. The ceilings did have sky lights to open. Although we are from DC and the summer is humid, talking to the owners, the heat is a dry heat over there, so it is less noticeable. Also, since the entire house is stone, keeping the dorrs and windows closed is actually cooler than opening them. I will say that the property is absolutely beautiful and if you are interested in that area, go for it! The property owners are also extremely nice and accomodating.
A: Caveirac is a pretty small village, and I have only found it referred to in one guide book describing the scenic route from Nimes to Montpellier - e.g., passing by sleepy little villages like Caveirac. However, in the center of town, like 2 minutes walk from the house, there is a bakery, a tabac, two bars, one restaurant, a fruit and vegetable store, a butcher/deli, two hairdressers and a florist. There is a superstore 5 minutes drive and a little mall close by. The house is actually part of a 16th century chateau, that houses the city hall. We found people quite friendly, and one of the city councillors actually gave us a tour of the chateau. There is a small arena, and we got to see a bull demonstration while we were there. I don't think you'll want to spend all that much time in Caveirac, but it's very close to Nimes and the highway, and we found the location very central for Provence and the Camargue.
As with most old French villages, the houses are generally fully enclosed by walls and shutters, so the main view from the downstairs is of the lovely garden and pool area. These are very private, and you can pick fresh herbs for supper, as well as barbecue and eat outside. From the second floor, you can see part of the village and the arena, plus the small hilly area above, but I wouldn't take the place if external view was all that important. We really enjoyed our time there.
A: Hello Amy, There is a separate smaller coach house on the property where the owners(Ray & Christine) stayed when we rented La Maison du Gard. Ray & Christine were very helpful and friendly, but were also respectful of our privacy. Our experience was that it was a definite plus having them nearby and not a problem. We loved our stay at La Maison du Gard. Harry & Joan Johnson
A: Amy, the owners live on the property in a separate home and La Maison du Gard is a magnificent home i Caverac, a tiny village but close to all things including transport.
You will enjoy.
A: We were never able to figure out the bus system so didn't use it. My suggestion is to you is to make arrangements with Ray, the owner, to pick you up at the rail station in Nimes. He does charge for this service (I can't remember how much) but he is so accommodating and it is so much easier. In fact, he took us on several day trips to other parts of France. Again, there was a charge but it was worth every penny. Enjoy your time at La Maison du Gard!
A: We did not take a bus... We drove. It would be extremely difficult to explore that area without a car. I would not recommend using bus transportation to get around. Also, there is very little commerce in the town and only one restaurant that is open part of the week. It would be difficult to rely on public transportation.