The Matignone Residence

provence, south of france
6 bedroom - 3 bath
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€343 - €515 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee
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Perks for the Parents

This beautiful countryside villa with a pool in Provence is surrounded by a large garden filled with organic fruit trees and play equipment for the kids. Set in the Cèze Valley, between Uzes and Pont-Saint-Esprit, it is on the outskirts of a small village and has a Mediterranean garden of 2,300 sqm. Set up with 3 independent quarters inside the house, each with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 separate toilet, it works well for a larger family/friends group. A 7-page home guide offers plenty of inspiration for family fun in the area, including kayaking 5 minutes away, visits to markets in the local area and trips to stunning monastery and vineyards at Chartreuse de Valbonne, 15 minutes away. Tech items include cable TV, a Wii, and multiple flat screen TVs through the home, plus DVD players and a DVD library.

Why Kids Love it

This lovely family home has plenty of space for kids to run and play and includes a dedicated play area with swing set in the lawned garden, plus a pool. The kids play areas has a trampoline, a kids hut, a ping pong table, badminton, soccer goals and French pétanque. Three of the bedrooms can be set up with 2 twin beds or a double bed as required, and suit children. Kids can pick pears, apples, plums and more in the gardens in summer. Nearby attractions include river swimming, kayaking, horseback riding and Provencal markets. There are plenty of villages nearby to visit with playgrounds, ice cream shops and more to entertain the kids. To make a stay easier with young children, a baby crib, changing table, high chair and more are available, with boxes of toys for kids up to age 10.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 nights, with 2 night weekend stays available off season. Between Dec 21 and Jan 4 weekend or two day bookings will be 650€ (before fees and insurance). July and August the property rents on a Saturday - Saturday basis. Please enquire to confirm all other rates. Reduced rates apply for stays of 3 weeks or more and rates differ for a week or short break. Rates include WiFi, free phone calls on the landline to approximately 100 countries and 100KW/H of electricity (corresponding to the normal use of air conditioning through the house). Above this amount, there is a meter for electricity consumption and guests will be billed afterwards. The villa has a washing machine, dishwasher, sound system and piano. The heated pool is maintained by a swimming pool contractor. During summer months, cleaning services take place on the day of departure and check out is no later than 10am. Note that the pool is not gated and there are no stair gates; the swimming pool has an electric cover and is in compliance with the law. No pets. Open all year. A standard rental contract must be signed before rental along with compulsory insurance against damage to the property and furniture.

About the Location

The residence is in the village of Saint Gely in the heart of the Cèze valley, between Uzes and Pont-Saint-Esprit, and a few minutes away from La Roque sur Cèze. It is approximately an hour north of Nîmes and just under an hour from Avignon. Marseille Provence Airport is 1 hour 40 minutes away by car. This rural countryside location offers plenty to do: nearby there is river swimming, kayaking (with an option of a long 2-3 hour trip), horseback riding, markets and vineyards. Traditional villages to visit include La Roque sur Cèze , Montclus, Barjac, Uzès, Chartreuse de Valbonne, and the sea can be reached in just over an hour at La Grande Motte. There are castles, restaurants, hiking, cycling and plenty of festivals to experience too. Car rental is essential in this rural area.

Accommodation Details

The villa is set up with 3 independent quarters inside the house, each with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 separate toilet. It totals 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is set across 2 floors. Two bedrooms are upstairs (1 with queensize bed, 1 with 2 twin beds); there are 4 downstairs bedrooms (1 with kingsize bed, 1 with 2 twin beds and crib, 1 with queensize bed, 1 with 2 twin beds). Downstairs there is a lounge and dining room of approx 60 sqm with direct access to the garden, and a fully equipped kitchen. Bedrooms include 1 with a kingsize bed, 2 with queensize beds, and 3 further bedrooms each with 2 twin beds, that can be linked to make a fullsize bed if required. A wooden crib and a Graco travel crib are available. Bathrooms include tubs and showers. The back yard has a pool, patio with dining area, playground/swing set and large lawn. There is a barbecue.

Style Notes

Modern Provence. This light-filled villa includes terracotta provençal-style floors and design furniture. Rooms are light, with white floors and plenty of space; a walk-in wardrobe offers a chance to unpack the suitcase and spread out. The garden is a huge draw, spread over nearly 2500 sqm with flower, lawn, heated pool with Luberon tiles around it, and terraces where you can dine on teak garden furniture and enjoy the sunshine. We love the location, close to pretty medieval villages, swimming rivers and countryside, and the thoughtful layout, which makes the property especially suitable for a larger group, offering space to play and relax together and apart.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 12
1 king
2 queen
6 twin / single
Crib
sleeps 2
1 baby crib
1 travel crib
Medium
eric v.
Member since July 30, 2017
We are a family of three: My wife is a former pharmacist and current writer and business entrepreneur; Our daughter is 12 and studying at bilingual school EJM in Paris and I worked 20 years as regional general counsel for US companies (IBM, Schlumberger, General Electric etc) in France, Dubai, US and Canada and am now managing my real estate company and assets that I lease in Paris, Provence and near Versailles. We did a 8 months world tour in 2008.

Provence, South of France

Markets, lavender and the cigale's song

It’s no wonder that Provence has inspired artists from Cézanne to Picasso with colors like these: purple fields of lavender, white horses in the Camargue and blue, blue skies in summer. Experience it like the locals by shopping for fresh figs and sunflowers in local markets, seeking out quiet beaches and swimming in lakes and rivers. From the Alps to the coast, the honey-coloured hilltop villages to the perfume fields of Grasse, and the simple pleasures of country living to luxurious enclaves and Michelin-starred restaurants, this corner of France is divine.