Domaine des Escaunes

Sernhac, Gard

A gracious house turned family-run hotel in a corner of Provence. Couples, groups of friends or parents with young ones will be happy here


23 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


A big old house beautifully converted into a hotel by Patricia and Marc. It’s a family-friendly space with some downstairs bedrooms in a modern annexe and plenty of sitting/dining rooms to be sociable in, or to escape to.

The 1535 building has seen many incarnations since it was built, but lots of its ancient features remain: an enormous stone fireplace in the old kitchen where you breakfast in winter, stone flagged floors, high ceilings, thick walls, a maze of corridors and staircases.

You’ll find terraces for resting on, a mulberry tree for shade, walled gardens and a very beautiful pool. Children will discover a treehouse and a safe garden for running free. There’s a restaurant which is also open to the public for French gastronomic food; the amiable head chef offers cooking classes for all – children included.

Kids jumping in the pool in the French sun

We think you'll love

  • The elegance, sense of history and beautiful furnishings
  • The large walled garden with beautiful swimming pool
  • The warm welcome from the charming owners and staff
Living room at the Domaine des Escaunes hotel

Home truths

  • There are lots of uneven stairs and no lift
  • The village only has a bakery and pizzeria
  • You’ll need your car to explore


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights in high season (July and August).
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Dinner, 3-courses, €38. Cheese board, €8. Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from €160
Damage deposit
Extra beds available, €30 per night.
17 Doubles
From €160
4 Suites for 2
From €265
1 Suite for 4
From €320


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The neighbourhood

Domaine des Escaunes is on the edge of Sernhac, but it’s impossible to tell from within its walled gardens as vineyard views unfurl into the distance; the turning from the narrow street is discreet. There’s a footpath directly from the hotel to the famous canal at Pont du Gard (one hour). You can hire canoes and row under the aqueduct on the Gardon river. The hillside settlement is quiet but it’s just five kilometres to St Bonnet-du-Gard and a little further to Nîmes and Avignon, for restaurants and shopping.

Local points of interest from Marc Vermeulen

  • Le Pont du Gard, famous roman aqueduc ! At walking distance and also easily to reach by bikes...
  • Every saturday morning, an amazing provencal market in Uzès, medieval town, 20 minutes drive from us. To enjoy flavour and colors of Provence...
  • Nîmes La Romaine and its new museum "Musée de la Romanité", just in front of the well-known arena...Opening June 2nd, 2018.
  • Lavender, Olive Oils, you will find a lot of shops in Uzès to bring back a souvenir of Provence,...
  • On the spot, an amazing swimming-pool, large gardens....a paradise for parents and children !
  • Secure car park on the spot.


Marc Vermeulen

Marc and Patricia Vermeulen hail from Belgium but moved south 15 years ago in search of a better life in the sun. Swapping careers in IT they set about a caring and meticulous restoration of Domaine des Escaunes; Patricia’s background organising conferences for IBM means she’s well used to entertaining groups. They live onsite with their two children and three dogs.