Airbnb: Max and Jenny’s experience in France

Did Airbnb in France work for Max and Jenny?

Airbnb: Max and Jenny’s experience in France

On a recent travel adventure in North Africa, my partner Jenny and I met some Brits who told us about the wonders of Uzes in France. Google provided an insight into this small medieval village; it is located about 25km north-east of Nimes and about 30km west of Avignon, with a population of about 10,000. This village dates back to Roman times and the remains of a first century Roman aqueduct in the town – which supplied water to Nimes 2000 years ago, and is part of the nearby famous Pont Du Gard – draws about 1.3 million tourists each year. We were excited to make this town a central point in our eight-day stay last year.

We researched the many Airbnb accommodation options, which allow you to pay only after your stay, and finally settled on a second-storey apartment – with stairs and a dumb waiter for luggage – right beside the Place Aux Herbes, the town centre. It was advertised as a “Super flat in the heart of historic Uzes", and had everything one would need for a long stay: one bedroom, a kitchen, living area, bathroom, laundry and balcony (ideal for pre dinner drinks). The cost was about $100 per night, including cleaning and admin charges. The instructions were clear and we communicated with the owner a few times about local area information. We picked up a key from a local shop and the place was our home for a week. And it really felt like home during that time.

Image: market day in Place Aux Herbes

We hired a car at the TVG train station in Avignon after a three-hour fast service from Paris. Every day we would drive to surrounding attractions. We parked five minutes away in an underground car park for about 5 Euro per day on a weekly pass. There were early morning walks to the local Boulangerie for freshly baked baguettes & pastries for brekkie – it doesn't get much better than that. We had absolutely no problems with our Airbnb. It was seamless from start to finish. Considering the comparative cost for a hotel room, this was a bargain.

What a buzz to walk out your front door to the square, with its many terrace cafes and surrounding arcades. And with balmy nights for al fresco dining, this was heaven on a stick. 

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    MICK
    13th Aug 2016
    10:22am
    Thanks for the information Max. My wife and I are travelling in the south of France next year and have now added Uzes to our itinerary.
    If you have any other good tips then please contact me via a private message as it has been difficult breaking each province down into smaller bits so that we pick the real gems rather than just the main tourist traps to visit.
    Again thank you for this one. Appreciated.
    Sue L
    14th Aug 2016
    10:20am
    We used Airbnb to stay in St Maxime and Paris. Fantastic accommodation and close to everything. We specifically chose accommodation that was within walking distance to the attractions we were interested in, but at the same time not in the main touristy areas. I would highly recommend Airbnb to anyone. We also used Airbnb to stay in Dubrovnik and Venice and had similar experiences.
    Keithb
    14th Aug 2016
    3:24pm
    Why use Airbnb? We've been stayong in cottages and apartments in France for 30 years and never used them Try Gites de France en.gites-de-france.com for rural cottages or homeaway.com.au. You might get a pleasant surprise about the price!
    Travelling woman
    14th Aug 2016
    10:24pm
    We used Airbnb last year at the end of a river cruise and stayed on a canal boat in the middle of the Jordaan in Amsterdam.
    We had the whole boat to ourselves and it was very roomy, we could walk everywhere, there was a fantastic little bakery only a couple of minutes walk away so we could pick up fresh pastries every morning.
    The boat is old but very clean and tho' we didn't meet the owner (she is only 40 and was o/s herself) she had a friend welcome us with wine, flowers and fruit. Nothing was any problem at all.
    I had heard a few bad things about Airbnb and wondered if we would have a problem but it was great and we lived as Amsterdammers on one of the major canals.
    Just great so I would recommend Air bnb to all.
    I did have to change the dates and it was all done without any hassle.
    Kaye Fallick
    15th Aug 2016
    1:58pm
    sounds like great fun Travelling woman - can you email us at admin@yourlifechoices.com.au so we can send you a travel DVD as a thank you? warmest Kaye
    MADMAX
    17th Aug 2016
    4:31pm
    Hi Mick. Thanks for your interest. I have a blog with some pics for the rest of our French travels. I'd be happy to send it to you. I'll sort out with YLC how to do that by private msg. Cheers Max
    Caz
    3rd Sep 2016
    2:28pm
    Hey Mad Max - I would like to see the blog too -
    How?
    jmbaker
    23rd Jun 2019
    12:44pm
    Max, sounds like just what we are looking for also. Be interested in getting the info also please. Happy travels


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