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Mas des Gardois

  • Location Saint Privat des Vieux Villa - Rhone/Avignon, France
  • Sleeps 19
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Baths 8
  • Rating

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Situated in the stunning wine region west of Avignon, Mas des Gardois offers an expansive 10-acre property with 1000sqm of newly renovated living quarters.

This impressive property boasts 9+ air-conditioned bedrooms, accommodating up to 19 people - Ideal for large family or group gatherings.

Upon entering the home, guests are immediately impressed by the chic and authentic stonework, as well as the calming yet sophisticated decoration. In addition to the luxurious bedrooms, living areas, and kitchen, guests enjoy a home cinema, library, billiard, fireplace, and sauna among the many amenities of the home.

The outdoor areas offer the ambiance of a private holiday resort with gym, sauna, 2 pools, tennis court, and a boules court. Enjoy evenings dining on the terraces with lighted façades and stunning garden areas.

The location of Mas des Gardois provides accessibility to a number of the region’s most interesting sites – Nimes and Pont du Gard, the historical cities of Orange, Alès, Uzès, Avignon, as well as many charming small villages. It is a perfect location as well for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

This is certainly a property in which nothing has been forgotten - Offering its guests a truly unforgettable stay in the South of France.

Please note that the bookings in low season are Wednesday to Wednesday, and run from Saturday to Saturday from Mid June to Mid September.

Please inquire for the services of a resident cook to shop and prepare meals during your stay.



9 bedroom/ 8 bathrooms sleeps 19

Ground Floor (RDC) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (2 showers, 2 sinks, WC). A/C
  • Bedroom 2 - Twin beds, shares bathroom with bedroom 1. A/C
  • Bedroom 3 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (2 showers, 2 sinks, WC). A/C
  • Bedroom 4 - One single bed, shares bathroom with bedroom 3. A/C

Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 5 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (2 showers, 2 sinks, WC). A/C. A ladder leads to a mezzanine fitted with 2 single beds.
  • Bedroom 6 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (2 showers, 2 sinks, WC). A/C. A ladder leads to a mezzanine fitted with 2 single beds.
  • Bedroom 7 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks, WC). A/C.
  • Bedroom 8 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC). A/C.
  • Bedroom 9 - Master bedroom, King bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks, WC). A/C. A mezzanine is fitted with 2 single beds.


  • Bedroom 10 - Double bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC). this bedroom is perfect for personnel, nanny, chauffeur, etc.


  • Air conditioning in bedrooms
  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Home Cinema
  • Satellite TV with English News Channels
  • DVD player
  • Cd player/ stereo
  • Geneva iPod Docks (speaker base)
  • Library
  • Fans if needed and required
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers
  • Indoor Dining for 18 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 18 + people
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • English-speaking House Manager
  • Baby Crib/ Cot if needed
  • High Chair if needed
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels
  • Sauna
  • Gym


  • Sun Loungers
  • Parasols
  • Pool House
  • Jacuzzi
  • Large Outdoor Terraces
  • Outdoor Dining for 18+ People
  • Gas BBQ
  • Shaded and Grassy areas
  • Private Tennis court (quick)
  • Terrain de Boules
  • Private Parking
  • Views

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 25m x 7m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Peripheric alarm

Salt water System: No

Heated?: No

Note: A small pool especially meant for young children is adjacent to the larger pool. Dimensions are 7m x 3m and 0.5m deep.

Maid Service

End of stay cleaning as well as 6 hours of daily cleaning are included in the rental. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.


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Rates & Availability


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Average rating:
5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.

May 2022

Did the villa meet your expectations?
Yes, about what I expected.

Please detail the reasons why:
All like shown on there website and the docs - a second to none service by the staff.

How were you treated by the property's staff and manager?
Second to none by all members.

How would you rate the cleanliness of the villa?
5 stars
Super clean.

Overall, how would you rate this villa?
5 stars
Great place for larger families - no areas for improvement based on what we experienced.

A great place for a larger family reunion with a staff; discrete service second to none. Highly recommended and all details as displayed.

Q. Testimonial for Only Provence
R. Only Provence made renting this property very easy. Each person I contacted responded promptly and answered all of our questions.

Q. Would you recommend Only Provence to friends or family? If not, why?
R. Yes

Q. What star rating (1-5) would you give this villa? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. Did your villa meet your expectations? If not, why?
R. Yes

Q. Were you able to find the property easily?
R. Yes

Q. How were you treated by the property’s staff and manager? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. How would you rate the cleanliness of the villa? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. What else could we provide to improve your stay?
R. The only thing that would have improved our stay was eliminating all of the bees around the pool. That might have been an impossible task.

Q. Is there anything that needs to be replaced or updated?
R. I don't think so

Q. Did you book any chef or tour services? If so, what was your experience?
R. Yes

Q. Chef Tour Experience Details
R. Our chef was great. He was very skilled, yet friendly. We are enjoyed our dinner.

Q. Would you consider staying here again?
R. Yes

Q. What did you like about your experience?
R. The house was large enough for my entire family and gave them all their own space. The bikes were used constantly.


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The Village

Nearest Villages

Closest Village Saint Privat des Vieux 1 KM 0.62 mi Map
Nearby Village Alès 5 KM 3.1 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Uzès 20 KM 12.4 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Nimes 30 KM 18.6 mi Map Village Info



For over 15 centuries, the prosperous medieval market and cathedral town of Uzès has been intimately linked to local and French history.

From antiquity to our times, the town of Uzès has been shaped by successive generations of enterprising inhabitants ( les Uzétiens , now some 8500 strong) to create its present-day vitality.

Adorned by the assets of its heritage and thanks to the recent enlargement of its Preservation Sector, this architectural gem earned the coveted title of “City of Art and History” in November 2008.

Succumb to the charm and authenticity. Take advantage of your stay to savor the nostalgia pervading its narrow and winding medieval streets and unsuspected hidden gardens. Discover the rich history of its ducal château – both stern fortification and stately palace, spanning eight centuries of art and history. Experience the dignified wealth-flaunting stone façades of the Renaissance town built by its prosperous 16th century bourgeoisie. Strolling at your pace, let yourself be captivated by the gentle elegance of its squares, shaded by 60-foot plane trees, by the refreshing burble of centuries-old fountains, by the bustling Wednesday and Saturday markets, by outdoor cafés and whimsical boutiques. If lucky, you might even catch the organist rehearsing a Bach passacaglia on the magnificently restored baroque organ of the cathedral.

Uzès, “the first Duchy of France”, will leave you with the sentiment of having lived a privileged moment – for an hour, a day, a lifetime.

Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Inland Provence from the US is to fly to Marseilles International Airport (MRS). If you would like to see Paris, fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport then connect directly to the TGV(high speed train) from CDG TGV2 to Avignon TGV(3 hours direct) and rent a car. You would plan to see Paris on the way back, taking the TGV from Avignon TGV to Gare de Lyon, getting a cab to your hotel in the city.

Things to do

Local Attractions
Historical cities of Nimes, Pont du Gard, Uzès, Alès...

Local Markets
Daily morning outdoor market in Alès at Halles de l'Abbaye.

Local Restaurants
Saint Privat des Vieux

Within Walking distance
Hiking trails starting from the house. 8 acres of private land.

Small local shops in Saint Privat, supermarkets in Ales, 5 minutes drive.


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Note: Maps show approximate location


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Terms and Conditions Overview

Arrival: Saturday (arrival date subject to availability)

Minimum Stay: 1 week - please inquire about exceptions outside the summer months.

Services Included: Final cleaning and any additional maid service listed on the web page

Making your reservation: These properties are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, before you reserve, you are required to review and sign a rental agreement for the villa (the “Rental Agreement”). We will send you the Rental Agreement by email. The Rental Agreement explains in detail all of terms and conditions regarding rental and use of the property in detail. We shall have no obligation to accept any reservations, unless the Rental Agreement is fully executed.

Payment: After you have signed the Rental Agreement and filled out the appropriate information, as approved by us, a nonrefundable payment of the one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee (which price is defined in your Rental Agreement) must be received by us within seven (7) days to confirm the reservation. The remaining one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee is due 60 days before the arrival date, and is also non-refundable. If reservations are made less than 60 days prior to the arrival date, then 100% of the Rental Fee must be paid upon the signing of the Rental Agreement. Please know that a failure to pay any portion of the Rental Fee as set forth above and in Rental Agreement can result in loss of the reservation of the villa and a termination of the Rental Agreement. We will confirm receipt of each payment and note any outstanding balance and due date(s).

Cancellation: We have a no refund cancellation policy, but usually succeed in rescheduling cancelled reservations to the Spring or Fall or re-booking the cancelled period to another group and refunding the party that cancelled. Failure to pay the final balance (which is due 60 days before arrival) or provide required information for the security deposit may be deemed a cancellation with no refund due. Clients are advised to consider Trip Cancellation Insurance with the carrier of their choice at the time of confirmation.

For more information about how you can reserve this villa for your vacation, please contact us:
+1 (404) 806-2278


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Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.