The Uzes experience by Chris Hocking

Uzes in France © Sonia Jones


My wife, parents and two children were lucky enough to have spent a few days in Uzès in November 2013.

After a wonderful drive through the French countryside, we arrived in this ancient town.  We were greeted by our hosts, who offered us a refreshing drink before we were shown to our stunning four floor maison (Sonia’s hidden gem). The rooms were large and very well appointed and we enjoyed the warmth of the atmospheric open fire in our dining room kitchen.

As we were a group of six with two children under ten, we really enjoyed the well equipped kitchen. We cooked all our meals at home and the large Carrefour supermarket nearby (five minute drive) was perfect for stocking the fridge and pantry for a hassle-free stay. We invited our hosts for dinner one night – such a delightful, fun and entertaining couple – they instantly make you feel at home.

The bedrooms were quite large and furnished with eclectic treasures that made it quite homely.  Although the rooftop terrace on two levels with BBQ area and relaxing jacuzzi was not in use during our stay due to the winter season, this would add another dimension during the warmer parts of the year.

Uzès oozes personality, starting with the beautiful tree-lined roads leading into the city.  In its heart, you need to walk – this is the real France – where Parisiens escape the big city for a break.  Century-old buildings and small clothing boutiques, cafes, restaurants, boulangeries and patisseries abound.

I took a walk in the late winter afternoon – great to watch the locals leisurely make their way home with freshly baked baguettes under arms.  The sun disappears behind the buildings, little cafes come alive, the decorative Christmas street lights come on and we’re in one of the most romantic places imaginable.

Upon arrival, our hosts also advised us on what to see and where to go.  This was a great help as there’s so much to see in the area but, being time poor (we could only stay three nights), we visited the big three: Avignon, Arles and, the must see, Pont du Gard – plenty more to do and see – wish we’d been able to stay for a week.  Don’t miss the incredible market every Wednesday and Saturday – said to be the best in Provence.

We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it.  We can’t wait to get back one day – I’d happily stay for three months – some smart people do.  Uzès was the highlight of highlights in a five week European adventure packed full of incredible experiences.

Chris Hocking,
Senior Travel Planner