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The Gard Provençal lies to the west of the Rhone river in the South of France, touching the Ardeche to the north, embracing parts of the Cevennes in the west and stretching south to the Camargue and Mediterranean coast.  Its landscapes, both wild and agricultural, are as diverse as they are beautiful, quilted with vineyards basking under bountiful Provençal sunshine.  Its vibrant cities of gleaming limestone all bear witness to a fascinating Roman heritage and medieval prosperity delighting the eye and worthy of exploration.  Furthermore, The Gard hosts four of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites: The Pont du Gard, The Abbaye de Saint Gilles, The Causses and The Cevennes.  You will also find four of France's 'Most Beautiful Villages' here, although there are countless other lovely communities here besides.  And yet, thankfully, this is a Provence less trampled by tourists and less densely developped than some corners of its eastern counterpart. The jewel in the Gard's crown is Uzès, enthroned inTuscan-like scenery.  With its world-renowned market and renaissance-fronted shops, bustling cafés and restaurants, Uzès has become a favourite haunt for Parisiens, designers, epicuriens, artists and those visitors fortunate enough to know about it.  We constantly find ourselves torn between keeping Uzès a well-kept secret and having a desperate urge to tell everyone what a wonderful place it is! Look out for its food, wine, music and bull running festivals throughout the year and a weekly Sunday brocante for itchy fingers like mine!  We love this small town and enjoy spending as much time there as possible. This land brims with history, art and culture offering not only a divine setting for relaxation and sampling fine food and wines but also a fascinating array of places to delight the eye and feed your historical and intellectual curiosity.  For the more energetic among you, the countryside is varied and beautiful, just waiting to be explored on foot, bicycle, horse or by water.  The nearby rivers and gorges of the Gardon and Cèze are impossibly beautiful for wild swimming and can be discovered by hired kayak or canoe.  There's an extensive collection of 'Grande Randonnée' footpath and cycling maps at the house covering the whole region.  There are 3 bicycles for your use at the house but don't hesitate to contact us (with some notice) if you would like to hire more for your stay.  We can recommend companies for canoe hire and stables for horse trecking, just ask. ​


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