Set in beautiful Uzès, L'Albiousse is a lovingly renovated 18th century B&B with an exquisite courtyard and five comfortable bedrooms.
For us it’s the pleasure to welcome every guest and to take care of them as if they’re the most important people in the world.
How would you describe Jardins Secrets in a nutshell?
Jardins Secrets in Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, is a boutique hotel of impeccable French taste. An elegant country house in the city with marble washbasins, canopy beds, and exquisite antiques. The style is opulent, all the while wildly romantic, a perfect example of the art of French living. The hotel has a swimming pool, a spa, and beautiful gardens with lemon and orange trees, palm trees and flowers.
What was the inspiration to open Jardins Secrets?
Back then we were traveling around the world — seeing a lot of beautiful places and our passion for design inspired us to open our own property.
The rooms are all elegantly styled. Where is your passion for design coming from?
When I met my husband we were both working as journalists and photographers for design magazines. With Jardins Secrets we can now really explore our passion for beautiful things and the 18th century.
How would you describe the style of the interior?
Most of our furniture and decorations at Jardins Secrets are from the 18th century, so I would say elegant, stylish and quite romantic.
What would you describe to be the essence of Jardins Secrets and your philosophy?
The art of French living and good taste.
In your opinion, what is the secret of being a good host?
For us it’s the pleasure to welcome every guest at Jardins Secrets and to take care of them as if they’re the most important people in the world.
What has been most rewarding about running Jardins Secrets?
To see our dream become a reality — and that our guests compliment us on something pretty much every day.How would you like your guests to remember their stay at Jardins Secrets?
As a moment to relax, to be able to take the time to live in a unique place in Nîmes. And that it felt like staying at a friend’s home.
What has been the nicest compliment you have received from a guest?
‘This place is like a dream!’ or ‘We would like to stay here for a month at least!’ — but every nice comment is beautiful to us.
Beautiful double room with a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom (some with shower, some with bath tub). The rooms look out over the garden. The ones on the ground floor have a private terrace.
Located on the first floor with with views of the garden, these beautiful double rooms come with a king-size bed, a living room and an ensuite bathroom with bath tub.
The Junior suites open on to the cloister or have a garden view. With 5 meter ceilings they are magnificiently decorated with a king-size bedroom, a living room corner and a superb bathroom boudoir with shower or bath.
The Suites are located on the first floor of the cloister, and have a terrace. In a cozy and refined ambiance they each have a king-size bedroom, spacious bathroom boudoirs with shower and bath as well as their own seperate living room.
The Junior Suites Terrace are spacious room with a nice terrace in the courtyard or in the garden, a king size bed and a beautiful boudoir bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Our Family Suite is composed of one room with a King-size bed, a spacious bathroom and a living area and of another room with a double bed and a bathtub. This Suite overlooks our cloister and has a private terrace.
At Jardins Secrets, we have a beautiful garden with a swimming pool surrounded by lemon and orange trees, olive trees, palm trees and a lot of flowers where our guests can relax or have a drink anytime they wish.
The spa is open 7 days a week and offers special treatments, massages and a ‘Hammam’ (steam room), all of which can be booked for private use.
Nîmes has 3 famous monuments from Roman antiquity: Les Arènes, La Maison carrée and Magne Tower. Besides these, the most important site to to visit is Le Pont du Gard, which is a well-preserved aqueduct that used to carry water across the small Gardon river valley.
Nîmes also has a Spanish flair – the Spanish legacy are the bullfights, Féria and the Bodégas or wineries. And obviously there is some influence in the food too.
The best time to come for a visit to Jardins Secrets is May and September when the weather is nice there aren't too many people around.
Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport is located less than 10km from the city and Gare de Nîmes, the central railway station, offers connections to Paris (high speed rail) and many other destinations.
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