This was a home from home - except our home doesn't have a pool just off the kitchen (separated by a wall and windows) which kept us out of the sun while cooling off after some very hot days! Philippe (and his dad) could not have been more helpful and welcoming, and was also charming about our dreadful French.
The house has everything you could need (it is actually Philippe's home for most of the year) including air conditioning on the ground floor - most welcome on days when it hit 36C!
Nearest town is Alès. Originally a small mining town, not very touristy, but a classic French provincial working town (and none the worse for it) It has an excellent covered produce market five days a week, and a big general market one day a week, and some decent restaurants and cafes.
Nearby(ish) - Uzes - lovely pale stone medieval town, Anduze, touristy but pretty, and Nimes, one of Europe's great Roman towns. The big city, Montpellier, is an hour away, and has a great park and ride system, making a visit easy.
And finally, in nearby St Christol, there sits a huge cave co-operative selling some very decent wine at very decent prices - do not pass it by!
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, and if you'd like a little taste of "la France profonde" this is for you.