Mas

For more than five centuries –with earlier, probably Roman roots – the mas has nestled at the foot of the medieval village of Lussan, perched high on its stone crag.

Over the centuries “new” buildings have been added – barns, silk farm, granary- surrounding a fascinating internal courtyard with its Roman-tiled roof-scape and worn stone steps. Today, with the soothing sound of running water, that courtyard garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity – a cool place to sit on a hot summer’s day.

Superbly and lovingly restored, every care has been taken to preserve its unique soul with each apartment retaining its own distinct character.

There are lots of quiet spots just to “be”, everywhere the sound of water.  Discover our wildlife – walls, ponds, skies and meadows are a nature heaven. Or enjoy our large heated swimming pool set within its own safe walled garden – depending on weather, we swim from late March to late October.

The whole mas makes a fabulous setting for a wedding or large family holiday.

Location

Gard Provençal is Provence as it used to be; unspoiled, uncrowded and stunningly lovely. Uzès, one of the best-preserved mediaeval towns in Europe, is a few minutes away, its twice-weekly market justly famous.

We are in easy reach of great cities like Nîmes, Avignon, Orange, Montpellier; the wilderness of the Camargue and the mountains of the Cévennes and Ardêche are close by. The area drips with history and abounds with walks and bike rides. The region is famous for cycling – both road and mountain (the Tour de France comes by most years). Borrow our bikes and explore. Canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding, tennis & paragliding within minutes.

Gardens

Walkways covered with wisteria, roses and clematis; a walled pool garden full of Mediterranean and exotic sub-tropical plants; weeping willow, acacia and papyrus bordering the ornamental pond, alive with colourful koi carp; banks of lavender, rosemary, cistus and oleander – the gardens area delight for the senses.

With extensive potager where year-round vegetables and fruit are gathered, an enchanting herb garden, orchard of Mediterranean fruit trees and a flock of British rare breed hens, much of our food for our kitchen comes from our own gardens.

Feeling Romantic?

Filled with the scent of jasmine, roses and honeysuckle, the sound of running water, singing ciccadas and nightingales, with swallows swooping and eagles soaring overhead, the gardens offer the perfect setting for an engagement or for celebrating a marriage. And for that never-to-be-forgotten honeymoon, le Mûrier is all a romantic hideaway should be.

Eco & Green

This is a totally bio place.  For more than 10 years, no chemicals of any kind have touched our land, so our eggs, fruit, preserves, vegetables and produce are completely organic.  Our hens are fed only organic food and are free to wander where they like, eating wild herbs from the meadow and keeping us free of garden pests.  Their eggs are amazing!   We provide dressing gowns and sheets made from organic cotton; hand-made toiletries from a small atelier in the next village; wherever possible we use produce from our own gardens, or local produce from local suppliers.

Good quality bikes for all ages encourage guests to abandon the car while exploring the richness of this area.

Accessibility

La Bergerie welcomes guests whatever their level of fitness or mobility. On the ground floor with its own garden, easy access from car to apartment and with wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair, this gîte is spacious and furnished with a modern twist on a Provençal theme.

“Thank you for rescuing an old and magnificent mas and for sharing it with all of us. Our trip here has been wonderful thanks to your gracious hospitality.” Lynn Haeffele, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA