The house is a beautiful stone village house located in the center of the medieval village of Sablet in Vaucluse region of Provence France. Dating from the 17th century, the house has been beautifully renovated with all of the comforts of a modern home while retaining its authentic Provencal character and charm.
Located on a narrow street inside the walls of this quaint village, it is only a few steps from the house to the Church of St. Nazaire and the shops and restaurants of this Cotes du Rhone wine village.
The house is large (168 square meters/1808 square feet) and can comfortably accommodate six people. It is an ideal gathering place for family and friends for vacation, anniversaries, birthdays and reunions as well as an idyllic retreat for foodies, wine lovers, bikers, hikers, climbers, cyclists, artists and writers.
The house is three stories and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The windows are covered with shutters and original beams can be seen throughout. The house is tastefully decorated for comfort and convenience, and is centrally heated. Provencal artwork and hand painted pottery can be seen throughout the house.
The large well equipped kitchen has a beautiful oak table with seating for 8 people, making this a cozy area to savor meals using the wonderful fresh ingredients which are available throughout the region.
French doors lead out to the large terrace from the mezzanine and kitchen. Enjoy lunch or dinner, a pastis (the traditional Provençal aperitif; anise-flavored alcohol served over ice and diluted with water, which turns it milky white) or glass of local wine and dish of olives on the terrace while soaking up the Provençal sunshine. The terrace is furnished with table and chairs; there is a propane gas fired cook top for your use
Sablet is a small village (pop 1,200) located at the base of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail west of Mont Ventoux in Vaucluse region of Provence France.
In Sablet, you will find charming and picturesque shaded streets adorned with flowers, passageways with exposed beams, fountains and stone village houses lined along the narrow streets which curl up in concentric circles to the Romanesque church of St. Nazaire (12th century).
Sablet is known for its production of Cotes du Rhone Village wine. The vineyards which surround the village were first cultivated by the Counts of Toulouse whom the area then belonged. During the 14th century, the vineyards became papal possessions when the papacy moved to Avignon.
Sablet is also famous for its book fair 'Journee du Livre de Sablet' celebrated in the center of the village the 3rd weekend of every July. Well known authors and literary enthusiasts from all over come to the village for book readings and signings.
Within 2 or 3 minutes walking distance from the house, you can find most everything you will require during your stay in the village; two boulangeries (bakeries), boucherie (butcher), two mini marts, a florist, a pharmacy, a tabac/presse (where you can buy local and Parisian daily newspapers and the International Herald Tribune), 2 hair salons, a bibliotheque (library), bank with ATM machine and post office.
A wonderful fish monger comes to the village and sets up a stall every Thursday morning in the main village square. You can find an amazing assortment of fish and seafood. An excellent fresh goat cheese maker visits the village and sets up a stand on Thursday morning along side the fish stall in the main village square.
In case of emergencies, there is a small health center with a physician and dentist on duty.
The main village square is also home to the tourist office or 'Syndicat d'Initiative' where you can find all the information you will need about touring the area. The tourist office is also the showcase for the local independent wine-makers who have the made the village famous; you can taste and buy their wines there.
In the main village square, there is a traditional village bar called Cafe des Sports; a good place to watch the world go by, gossip with the locals or read the paper while you enjoy your morning coffee.
There is also a casual family restaurant and pizzeria right next door to the bar in the main village square called Les Remparts. There is indoor dining and a large terrace for outdoor dining and beautiful views.
A short walk down the hill along the Route de Vaison to the Marie past the roundabout at the northern entrance to Sablet you will find an excellent gastronomic restaurant called Les Abeilles. They offer indoor dining and a lovely plane tree shaded terrace for alfresco dining.
Just outside of Sablet on the D977 in the triangle of Sablet, Seguret and Rasteau is Les Genets. They will serve you in the tasting room or on the terrace which has a great view of the Dentelles de Montmirail and the village of Sablet.
Within a few minutes drive, there are many other restaurants from simple establishments serving locally produced seasonal dishes along with traditional Provencal dishes to Michelin starred establishments such as Le Grand Pre in Roaix.
Keywords: Village House, Villa
We are Michel and Shirley Augsburger. We live in Sonoma County California north of San Francisco. I am CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which operates senior living communities. Shirley is a registered nurse and works on a neurology unit in a local hospital. I am a foodie and wino and love to cook and entertain. This has led after many years of talking about it to opening a small French bistro called Bistro Des Copains in Occidental California. We have two married daughters who have given us four wonderful grand children. As we say, we live for our kids and now for our grand kids. Our only 'child' at home is our very large but sweet Newfoundland named Abbi.
My father was born in Lausanne Switzerland. His mother was French and they moved to the south of France when he was very young. He came to the United States just as world war II was starting to go to graduate school and met my mother. He ended up staying in the US and teaching in a university for many years. He left behind parents and sisters. As a family we came to visit quite often as I grew up and this has continued with my own family. His sisters married and lived in the south of France. So during the course of our visits to family members, I fell in love with Provence and the Vaucluse in particular. We love the small charming village of Sablet and its location up against the Dentelles de Montmirail, the village's accessibility and proximity to Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, the Mediterranean and Montpellier.
We love the location in the center of the village and proximity to the cafes and shops, all within a five minute walk. We love the spaciousness of the house; a beautiful very old house but beautifully restored to modern comforts. Being a foodie and wino, I love the large well equipped kitchen with its adjoining terrace. I also love the wonderful street markets in Vaison la Romaine and Carpentras, both within 15 minutes drive. We are within walking distance of fabulous wineries in Sablet, Seguret and Gigondas. A few minutes drive will bring you to Vacqueyras, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rasteau and Cairanne. The roads in the area are wide and safe for bike riding and the great hiking trails abound in the area.
Wine tasting in world reknown Cotes du Rhone wine region; Nearby wine villages include Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau. Also close to Luberon villages made famous by Peter Mayle including Gordes, Menerbes and Roussillon. Artisan pottery makers abound in the area. One hour to Mediterranean Sea. Extensive Roman ruins in nearby Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange and Pont du Gard.