For more than five centuries, and possibly as far back as Roman times, the mas has nestled at the foot of the mediaeval village of Lussan, perched high above on its stone crag.
Over the centuries new buildings, barns, silk farm and granary, were added around a stunning internal courtyard with a Roman-tiled roof and warm cream stone walls and steps. Today, with the soothing sound of running water, the courtyard garden is a haven of peace and tranquility – a cool place to sit on a hot summer’s day and a sociable hub for guests in the early evening.
Superbly and lovingly restored, every care has been taken to preserve the unique soul of the mas, with each apartment retaining its own distinct character. Vaulted ceilings, curving walls, exposed beams and traditional shutters create a classic Provencal feel throughout.
There are lots of quiet spots to relax in, with the gentle sound of water in the background. Discover our wildlife – Bousquette is a haven for nature. Or enjoy our large heated (when necessary) swimming pool set within its own safe walled garden. Depending on the weather, we swim from late March to late October.
The whole mas makes a fabulous setting for a wedding or large family holiday
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. Serious cyclists, for whom this makes an ideal base, bring your own bikes. Canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding, tennis & paragliding within minutes.
The mas sits in almost 8 acres, much of it meadow, with access straight out into the countryside and walks. Around the house and gîtes our gardens are a glorious riot of colour. 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 and banks of lavender, rosemary, cistus and oleander – the gardens area delight for the senses.
The old potager where year-round vegetables and fruit were grown is being restored and we hope will provide much of our produce in future along with a herb garden and our Mediterranean fruit trees. Our flock of British rare breed hens will be spotted around the grounds.
This Spring we are creating a pretty new garden for our guests, adjacent to the gîtes, with new barbecues and outdoor dining facilities. Plans are afoot for a wood burning oven and even a fire pit.
Eco & Green
We are very environmentally conscious. 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.
We have bikes for all ages - abandon the car while exploring the richness of this area.
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 stylish.
"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