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Review 4116: Owner, La Tonnellerie
2bed/1bath house in Vers Pont du Gard near Uzès, Languedoc-Roussillon
May 2009, one week
The house is in the small village of Vers Pont du Gard, about 3 km from the Pont du Gard (famous Roman bridge) and about 10 km from Uzès. Technically it is in the Languedoc region, but that area thinks of itself as Provençal, and it is within easy driving distance of many popular areas in Provence.
The village is tiny, but we really enjoyed staying there, since we were pretty much the only tourists in residence.
The village of Vers has the essentials for daily life in France -- a boulangerie/patisserie (with great croissants and pain au chocolat), a cafe (with terrific coffee), a small grocery, a tabac, and a place (town square) where people gather to chat and play boules.
There are also two supermarkets about 10 km away, one just outside the beautiful town of Uzès. There are quite a few good restaurants in Uzès and other nearby towns. There is a list of suggested restaurants in the house.
The house is a 17th-century barrel maker's shop (the meaning of the name La Tonnellerie). The first floor has a living room and kitchen and opens onto a small enclosed private courtyard. The dining table is in the living room, or you could eat in the courtyard. On the second floor (up an old stone staircase) are two bedrooms and bathroom.
Because it adjoins other buildings on both sides, it is rather dark inside, but it is quite comfortable and charming.
There is WiFi, which worked very well.
There is a small private outdoor courtyard with a table and chairs and barbecue. No pool.
The house was clean and comfortably furnished with all the essentials. The rooms aren't large but there was plenty of space for the two of us.
We slept in the room with the larger bed, which was quite comfortable. I used the second bedroom to store my clothes so the two of us didn't have to compete for closet space.
One nice touch in the bedrooms was a flashlight on each side of both beds -- useful for finding your way over old uneven floors to the bathroom at night. They also helped us avoid banging our heads on the two low stone doorways upstairs.
There was a separate toilet room. The recently updated bathroom has a sink installed on a long wooden table, which gave lots of room for storing all bathroom essentials. In the bathroom was a shower stall, which we found very satisfactory.
In the bathroom there was also a washing machine, which worked very well. No dryer, but there was a big drying rack in the courtyard outside.
The kitchen had a gas stove, good-sized fridge, and a dishwasher. No toaster or microwave. There was an electric coffee maker, but we didn't use it because the coffee at the nearby bar was so good.
Since we don't do a lot of cooking when we travel, but like to buy food from the patisserie or market for light suppers, we did wish for a microwave or toaster oven in order to heat up quick meals.
Otherwise, the kitchen seemed pretty well equipped with everything we needed.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no problems that I can think of.
A bonus was that the owner's daughter lives nearby and owns a vineyard. She brought us a complimentary bottle of her very nice wine, and left two cases which we could buy on the honor system for €7 a bottle.
Also, we enjoyed being in a village just a few steps away from excellent breakfast pastry and coffee. There wasn't much excitement in the village, but there also weren't any tourists to speak of. We only had to drive a short distance to sample much of the best Provence and the Languedoc can offer.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented directly from the owners, who live in Colorado. They were very responsive by email and gave us a lot of information about the area. It was nice to be able to pay them by check in US dollars. The price was €600 per week, which we thought was reasonable for the location and amenities.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would definitely stay here again and recommend the house to anyone interested in this area. We found La Tonnellerie comfortable, well-located, and a good value. We had a wonderful time during our week here.
Things to do in this area
Our favorite activity was renting a canoe and paddling under the Pont du Gard -- totally magnifique! It was also neat to be able to walk to the monumental Roman bridge from the house in about half an hour on a beautiful path through the woods.
Other nearby destinations that we enjoyed were Uzès, Nîmes, Castillon du Gard (a beautiful village), St. Quentin-la-Poterie (wonderful ceramics), Les Baux, St Rémy, and Arles. The Camargue (which we had visited on a previous trip to this area) is also not far away. There is a book in the house with many suggestions for day trips and restaurants.
Here is a photo album with more pictures of the village of Vers and some of the places we visited during our week there.
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