Olivenhuset the place to stay in Provence

Olivenhuset the place to stay in Provence

Olivenhuset in Provence

On the ground of our traditionally renovated 17th-century French townhouse, we’ve created a space for people to rest their heads after a long day of discovering. The general living area was envisaged by a highly regarded interior designer from the area – giving it bundles of character and creating a great use of space for you to relax in. The apartment has been fitted with a new Italian-style walk-in shower, making you feel like you’re residing in a luxury spa. It also has a kitchenette with all the utensils you will need and most importantly – a coffee machine to start your day. 

The garden space is yours to use with your own private terrace patio for enjoying local food or a glass of rosé (we only pass through when we are going out). The apartment also has a private entrance that opens out onto the quiet street. We love to share what we have learned from living here too – from night markets, hidden wine caves and some of the best places to visit in the beautiful historic town of Uzès.

Fons-sur-Lussan is a village located just a 15 minute drive from the Medieval town of Uzès. Neighbouring cities are in driving distance such as Avignon, Nîmes and Montpellier – for all of which we can offer travel advice.

You can bike to neighbouring and equally charming villages within our district – visit a gallery in Lussan for example or its very famous ceramic pottery shops.

There are superb restaurants located in nearby Fons, as well as other activities such as hiking, river walks, canoeing and kayaking or simply a relaxing stroll in the countryside. 

We recommend anyone who visits to have car. We have new hybrid 7.5fx Trek bikes for those who want to get to know the area or exercise in their downtime. Our local shop has a wide variety of freshly grown produce from fruit and veg to a selection of cheese and cold meats. The shop is also stocked with quality wines from the region and other beverages of choice. There is a restaurant in our village with concerts once a week. A really nice community of musicians have gathered in the town and its border countryside over the past few years. It’s always free entrance to the events – just be sure to book your table in advance if you plan on eating.

Chefs classes

Chefs classes

Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the peaceful Place aux Herbes is transformed into a tight maze of stalls selling all manners of things – from farmers selling freshly grown fruits, vegetables and fine cuts of meat to local craft makers who display some of the finest items made from pliable plant materials, leather and ceramic. You will see entire stalls dedicated to a specialty, one of which that selling rounds of fresh goat’s cheese in a range of sizes, looking like the elements of some tiny drum kit. While most of the cheeses are plain and chalky white – others are adorned with lavender petals, spiky herbs or red peppercorns for those who are looking to test their taste buds. One chèvre, labelled ‘l’introuvable,’ is black and wizened with age, and as pungent as all the others combined. The choice of street food is abundant. Some of the local favourites are the roast chickens slowly turned on closed spits as potatoes are fried in the fat drippings in the tray below, paella piled in pans as wide as helicopter pads and vans selling nems (spring rolls) and accras (fritters made of shrimp or beans). The aromas are incredibly appetising. They amount to what one French novelist has called a voyage olfactif, a nose-led journey through the cuisine and produce of Le Gard.

WINE Cote de Rhone

WINE Cote de Rhone

Make sure that you are in Uzès on a market day. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the Place aux Herbes is a tight maze of stalls selling all manner of bread, sausage, fish, hunting knives, olives, flowers and leather purses. I saw bewildering variations on single food themes: one stall was selling rounds of goat’s cheese in a range of sizes, looking like the elements of some tiny drum kit. Most of the cheeses were plain, chalky white; others were adorned with lavender petals or spiky herbs or red peppercorns. One chèvre, labelled ‘l’introuvable’, was black and wizened with age, and as pungent as all the others put together. There was lots of street food to be had: roast chickens turning on closed spits as potatoes fried in the fat that dripped to the bottom; paella piled in pans as wide as helicopter pads; vans selling nems (spring rolls) and accras (fritters made of shrimp or beans). The aromas were incredibly appetising. They amounted to what one French novelist has called a voyage olfactif, a nose-led journey through the cuisine and produce of Le Gard.

Uzes

Uzes

Make sure that you are in Uzès on a market day. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the Place aux Herbes is a tight maze of stalls selling all manner of bread, sausage, fish, hunting knives, olives, flowers and leather purses. I saw bewildering variations on single food themes: one stall was selling rounds of goat’s cheese in a range of sizes, looking like the elements of some tiny drum kit. Most of the cheeses were plain, chalky white; others were adorned with lavender petals or spiky herbs or red peppercorns. One chèvre, labelled ‘l’introuvable’, was black and wizened with age, and as pungent as all the others put together. There was lots of street food to be had: roast chickens turning on closed spits as potatoes fried in the fat that dripped to the bottom; paella piled in pans as wide as helicopter pads; vans selling nems (spring rolls) and accras (fritters made of shrimp or beans). The aromas were incredibly appetising. They amounted to what one French novelist has called a voyage olfactif, a nose-led journey through the cuisine and produce of Le Gard.

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