Mas Jasmin is a traditional farmhouse villa, first constructed in medieval times in the local Provençal stone. It was originally used as a silkworm nursery, and has been carefully restored to bring it up to a high standard of style and comfort, while retaining the character that comes from its long history.
The house has two bedrooms for up to four guests, but two additional bedrooms are available if needed to take 6 or 8 guests. There is only ever one party staying at the house at one time, so facilities are not shared with any other renters.
A stone archway leads into the inner walled courtyard, which is the focal point of the property. The upper floor is devoted to living space. The rooms are spacious and airy, with high wood-beamed ceilings, and have been painted in the traditional colours of the region by a local artist.
The large living area has plenty of comfortable seating, with a satellite TV, a VCR with a collection of videos, a stereo, and plenty of books. High speed internet access ( Wi-Fi ) is available and free of charge.
The property is built around a central high walled Roman-style courtyard, with a restored gothic fountain and many terracotta plant pots and climbing rose and jasmine bushes. The extensive garden is totally enclosed and has plenty of trees, including olive trees, providing shade and privacy, plus an abundance of aromatic rosemary and lavender.
The property is equally comfortable during the winter, as there is underfloor heating beneath the terracotta tiles throughout the property. The owners are on hand and invite guests upon arrival to share a glass of the local wine and sample the local food, and can offer tips on what to see and where to go.
There is a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with high quality fittings including a gas range with gas oven and electric grill, a microwave/grill, a dishwasher, a fridge-freezer, and washing machine. Double glass doors lead out onto the large balcony overlooking the courtyard.
One bedroom is in the main building, while the other is just across the inner courtyard. The main building’s double bedroom has a domed ceiling. The bathroom features a large and deep cast-iron hand-painted bathtub, a large walk-in monsoon-type power shower, a hand basin and a WC. The other bedroom can be with twin beds or a king bed. The bathroom features bathtub, a large walk-in monsoon-type power shower, a hand basin and a WC.
The large pool 13 x 6.5 metres ( open from the end of April until October ) is surrounded by a tiled sunbathing area, with sun loungers and cushions and protected by a lavendar-painted fence for safety.
There is an outdoor eating area, with table and chairs, and a large stone and brick barbecue.The property is very private, is not overlooked, and has ample safe parking.
Mas Jasmin is located on the edge of a countryside hamlet, with ample safe parking. The location is very peaceful with little traffic, the most noise coming from the bells of the sheep as the shepherd herds them through, morning and evening. Everyday supplies, such as bread, groceries, fruit and vegetables, and wine, can be obtained from a well-equipped épicerie in the next village, Fons-sur-Lussan, which is just two kilometres away. Also close by is the walled medieval village of Lussan, which has an ancient château and two good restaurants. There are several more good restaurants within the area.
Activities available locally include horse riding, tennis, canoeing, paragliding, walking and cycling. Golf courses are available at Uzès, Nîmes, and Avignon. The area offers an abundance of sights to explore before returning to the peace and tranquillity of Mas Jasmin. Set in the background just a few minutes drive from the hamlet is the mountain, Mont Bouquet. Beautiful panoramic views of the whole area can be seen at the top, which is a great spot for a picnic. Uzès is a beautifully preserved historical town and the oldest duchy in France. It has a market every Saturday, at which there is a great variety of foods and goods for sale; this colourful market is the most famous in the region. Ten minutes outside Uzés is its most famous landmark, the Roman viaduct above the Gard river built in the first century.
There are many places nearby which are well worth visiting. Nîmes is home to the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in Europe. The immensely important historical town of Avignon is dominated by the immense Gothic splendour of the Palais des Papes, or papal palace, built during the Great Schism of the 14th century. The old city is surrounded by 12th century defensive ramparts.
South of Avignon lie the towns of Les-Baux-de-Provence, St. Rémy-de-Provence, and Arles, once home to Van Gogh. The national park of the Camargue, a great salt marsh, is famous for its flocks of flamingos and horses. Also within reach is the Cévennes mountains, home to the town of Anduze.
To the north is the Gorges de l'Ardèche, a huge canyon which has some of the deepest and oldest caves in the world. Canoeing there is a popular pastime. The closest airport is Nîmes, which can be reached directly from London Stansted, Luton, Liverpool and East Midlands, plus Brussels. Other airports are Avignon and Marseille international airport. Paris to Avignon is just a two and a half hour ride with the High Speed Train (TGV).
“We cannot rate Mas Jasmin highly enough. Everything about our stay was perfect. The villa is even more lovely than the pictures suggest and the garden and pool are so spacious and well maintained. Julie and Johns hospitality and wealth of local knowledge was an added bonus which made our holiday extra special. We love to explore new territories so have never contemplated returning to a holiday destination - but with Mas Jasmin we are sorely tempted, and next time for a fortnight!”
Michael D. - Wakefield, England
“We stayed at Mas Jasmin for a week in early September and it was a marvellously relaxing and peaceful break. The accommodation is delightful and very well equipped. The surrounding area is lovely, with huge scope for walking, cycling and indeed horse riding. It is also within easy reach of some truly great attractions, including great Gorges, the Pont du Gard, and Aigues-Mortes. Strongly recommended.”
David W. - Clutton, Somerset, England
“What a fabulous place to stay to enjoy a beautiful area. Julie and John are truly lovely hosts who have created a charming and comfortable holiday home. There is nothing to fault in this tranquil and well-equipped gite and garden. The pool is large and heated with plenty of loungers around it. There is a lot of outdoor space to sit and eat including a shady balcony in the house. The gardens and courtyard are completely enclosed and private - with a safety gate for the pool - it would be a lovely stay for people with children.”
Sharon K. - Acton Beauchamp, England
“My wife and I, with our two childre spent a wonderful week at Mas Jasmin during May and June, 2016. We found Mas Jasmin a magical and welcoming place to visit. Although Tuscany is our normal haunt, our visit certainly taught us the delights that the South of France has to offer.We were treated like friends right from the start,”
Kerry and Paola C. - England
“This is a lovely spot and a perfect place of stay. The accommodation is not just completely sufficient for needs, it has a charm and quirkiness which adds so much to the delight of it. The idyllic grounds sport the largest private pool in the area (checked on Google Earth!) We were a party of four who had never visited the area, and John and Julie were just so helpful with their advice and information we were able to explore the charming areaWe thoroughly recommend a stay there..... and have been recommending Mas Jasmin to all our friends in Wales and beyond.”
Tudor J. - Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
“Mas Jasmin, the area and her hosts are a perfect combo for a relaxing holiday. You can choose to do very little, which was our preference, or visit the many stunning villages and towns within an hour’s drive. In the heat of the summer, Mas Jasmin was such a welcome retreat. Our daughter loved her own private, separate room, across the courtyard, making this a fabulous holiday home for two couples, or with older children who want some degree of independence.”
Gill D. - Farnham, England
“Our family spent a week at Mas Jasmin in the summer hols. When we arrived we were bowled over by the property and the welcome that Julie and John gave us. There is lots to do in the surrounding area, we especially enjoyed the canoeing which is recommended in the literature at Mas Jasmin. If you want a week away with the option of plenty of activities or total tranquility and privacy then Mas Jasmin is the place for you.”
Steve A. - Doncaster, England
“There really is nothing to fault with this beautiful property. It is in a wonderful region, perfect for day trips if you wish or just relaxing either by the pool or on the beautiful terrace. The village is tiny and very quiet and the property itself is enclosed and private meaning that you really can get away from it all. The interior is lovely and contains everything you could possibly need and the huge garden and private pool are perfectly maintained.I can quite happily see this becoming a regular family holiday spot.”
Brian E. - Bromley, England
“John and Julie gave us a warm welcome including inviting us for drinks and local food which was a lovely way to start the week. The following morning John drove us around the area which was very enjoyable as well as a great way to orientate ourselves. The accommodation is very well laid out and provided for. It suited us perfectly, and would equally well work with 2 couples or a family as many others have mentioned. All in all a great week, we would recommend Mas Jasmin and hope to return”
David and Tracy T. - Uxbridge, England
“We recently returned from a 2 week stay at Mas Jasmin. We had a wonderful time. Loved the house and the location, it was our first visit to the area. The house is very well set up,and has everything you could possibly need. John and Julie also took time to welcome us over wine and delicious snacks on the first evening. John took us out for a short drive as well and that was a perfect introduction to the local area. They were good hosts and gave us privacy when required.”
Melanie M. - London, England