Renovated 18th century house in the center of a charming medieval town

Renovated 18th century house in the center of a charming medieval town

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
2 baths

About our home

We finished to renovate to renovate this incredible and sun flooded house in 2010. The result: a mixture of old and new. It is conveniently located in the main square of Sommières, which is located in the south of France between Nimes and Montpellier. This medieval town was also the home to the writer Lawrence Durrell for 33 years.
The famous writer claimed that he had seen "nothing prettier" than Sommieres in all his travels. The old Roman bridge that crosses the river is still in use today and forms the centerpiece of Sommières. The old town is located on the east bank and this is where our house is and where you will want to spend most of your time. After passing over the bridge you enter Sommières through the 17th century "Tour de l'Horloge", which as you would expect features a large clock face. The old town of Sommieres was laid out on a grid pattern by the Romans and much of it remains the same. There are two traditional arcaded market squares around which are congregated some nice bars and restaurants. On Saturdays, these squares are taken over by an excellent local market which you will be able to admire from our balcony while drinking your coffee.
There are plenty of charming villages to visit and cultural things to do around Sommières or if you prefer you can lay down on the beach; it is only about 30 minutes away. Local festivities in Sommières take place in July.

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  1. We are a couple in their late 40's with 3 children: Nina (11), Pablo (9) and Laia (7)
  2. Bertrand is French and works in finance and Yvonne is Spanish/German and owns her own business. www.petitretro.com
  3. We are looking for a long term swap/rental during school year 2016-2017 near the FASNY located in Mamaroneck and/or Larchmont, NY

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Buzzy restaurants
There is no shortage of amenities in the town, and both the old and the new areas of Sommières offer a good choice of shops, restaurants and bars. Why not try our neighbor
Cool bars
You can go to Montpellier (35 min. drive) You will find numerous cinemas ,theaters, bars, restaurants and shops.(http://www.montpellier.fr/19-decouvrir-montpellier-site-touristique.htm), (http://www.ot-nimes.fr/)
Cozy cafés
The old quarter is rich in history, with the squares being lined with delightful cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy a coffee, a drink or bite to eat in the sun.
Retail therapy
The best option is to go to Nîmes or Montpellier. There you will find anything you want.
Bit of culture
Although Sommieres was ransacked during the Wars of religion (it has always had a strong Protestant tradition), it retains its wonderful old character and you can imagine that little has changed for hundreds of years. Above the town are the remnants of the towns castle (destroyed by Catholic forces in 1573), but the castle tower remains and offers wonderful views over to the Pic du St Loup mountain. In the summer Sommieres is home to a lively Festival featuring bull fighting in the local Arenes. Sommières is the perfect base for a holiday in South France. The Cevennes hills are on your doorstep and the beaches of Petite Camargue are 30 mins away. Nearby you also have Montpellier and Nimes for day trips.
Walks in the park
The Gard is a lovely, largely rural department, and the landscapes that surround the town are characterised by vineyards and
Spot of exercise
You can go to the beach (30 min.) We recommend
Day tripping
Why not visit Nîmes or the Camargues? The lovely city of Nîmes begs to be explored, and it is just a short drive to the coast, where the marshy lands of the Camargues, with their black bulls and white horses await you.(http://www.camargue.fr/)

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