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George and Mary Haling

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Self-Catering Rental, 2-3 BR, big kitchen, bath (2 showers-2 sinks), sleeps 5-6

Our romantic house is well equipped, comfortable & roomy. Restoration retains rural village character: white walls, wide pine & red tile floors, oak beam ceilings. Roomy farm kitchen (serious 4 burner butane stove with electric grill, all utensils & rustic fireplace in season), Our self-catering holiday rental on village edge has a vine shaded breakfast balcony with partial view onto valley of vineyards & apricot orchards. Bath has 2 showers, 2 sinks & reading/waiting room outside. Separate WC. Master bedroom with fireplace (in season) & queen-sized bed. Smaller 2nd bedroom has double-sized bed. Additional 3rd bedroom (supplement) is available for large families travelling with children (double sized bed & bunk beds). Cheerful living room off the Master Bedroom is a comfortable place to read / relax. Bike storage in basement, parking just steps away on village square. If we're in town, your first French breakfast (coffee & village bakery croissants) is complimentary.

What is Venterol like?: Venterol is a protected hillside Cotes-du-Rhone wine village with its own bistro on the square, a fine restaurant, and a pastry baker offering morning-fresh baked croissants & baguettes. It has arcaded narrow streets, traditional laundry 'lavoirs' and a lovely church with one of the best wrought iron campanilis you'll ever see. A vast lavender harvest occurs in mid-July with countless tiny distilleries perfuming the air. There are sunflower fields and olive, apricot and cherry orchards. Elderly ladies still watch flocks near hamlets on the mountain slopes behind Venterol.

Village summer festivities feature fireworks, music, dining and dancing. One of Provence's liveliest Market Days occurs every Thursday in Nyons, right next door. And every Saturday in summer, a local Farmers Market holds forth in Venterol's centre square. There one can purchase olive oil, honey, goat cheese, veggies from adjacent fields, homespun embroidery & Sarah's unusual home kitchen-crafted jams/jellies.

What cultural and recreational activities exist?: Nyons (1.7K) has its own Cinema Arlequin, many cafes and restaurants, an outdoor theatre, tennis, supermarkets, banking & services... plus one of Provence's best Market Days. Nyons has a gigantic outdoor Municipal Swim Center with cafe ...a great place for cool family fun. Another unique public pool is found beneath the Marquise-de-Sevigny's huge Renaissance castle at Grignan. Or you can swim and hunt fossils in mountain streams right behind Venterol.

Wine tasting is everywhere! Bike amidst seas of Cotes-du-Rhone vineyards. Hike or horseback ride, following high altitude paths of the WW2 French Resistance.

Many excellent museums bejewel nearby villages: museums of the Silk Manufacturing Era, of Olive Oil, of Lavender Distillation, and even of Cardboard Box Manufacturing.

There are music, opera & dance spectaculars in Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange, Arles and (a day trip) Nimes.

In July, the Avignon Theater Festival offers a vast array of productions.

Where is Venterol situated?: Venterol is located near the Rhone, on the southern edge of the Drome Provencale and Vaucluse, in the Region of Rhone-Alpes. We are on an interesting climatic divide: To our south, a warm and dry 'Midi' climate extends past Mt. Ventoux, through the Plateau of Vaucluse and the Luberon, to the sea. To our north, reaching up to the high mountains of Vercors, the climate is cooler and vegetation greener. Flocks graze the slopes. Corn grows, sunflower and poppy fields border blazing yellow scotch broom.

Venterol is close to the Rhone River and the Gorges of Ardeche (kayaking and limestone cave exploring) to the west. Right next door (8 minutes away) are Valreas and the Knights Templer town of Richerenches, both in the ancient Enclave des Papes. Suze-la-Russe Castle, a must-visit for our rental guests, is home to the renowned International University of Wine. This Renaissance castle is owned by the Dept. of Drome, as is Grignan castle. Multilingual visits to both are possible.

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

George and Mary Haling

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As a semi-retired professional travel/corporate photographer who has lived at least 2 months in Provence since discovering the village in 1969, Venterol has always been my necessary annual dose of good food, beauty, peace and quiet....everything necessary in which to paint, photograph, discover, breath fresh air and make friends. After shooting annual reports for just about every major corporation, this was both refuge and solace.

My wife maintains it is also the reason for an excellent state of health. At any rate, after traveling the world, it is the place where I feel at home.

George and Mary Haling purchased this house in 1971

In 1969 my girlfriend and I were looking for something as a pied-a-terre in France. I had already loved life in Paris and

could imagine the possibilities of such an idea. An Italian friend of ours suggested Venterol, directing us to two Swiss women who wanted to sell their summer refuge. The village was nearly abandoned, many empty buildings with black, gaping windows... streets with open sewers, one habitually empty crumbling cafe.

The house I bought had dirt floors, primitive plumbing, no electricity, a bed with straw mattress, leaky roofs, no windows and resident scorpions. But it was very large, a complicated labyrinth layout: I was seduced by the expansive layout, the many rooms, the attached village farm, the seemingly endless possibilities.

I worked summers from dawn to after dark, cutting new windows into the walls, tiling floors, surfacing walls, re-doing roofs... all that was necessary to just make the place barely habitable.

Over the years, each time returning with some of the winters

earnings to invest into improvements, the house began to become what can be enjoyed today. And, in the very large suitcases of the time, we brought over so many personal items,

art work, furnishings.... making the place seem home-like and welcoming. At the end of the days, after toiling in some dusty,

nearly ruined part of the complex, my only next door neighbor and I would compare the experiences of that day.

I always loved the nest-like shape of our village and its situation clinging to the slopes of the mountains behind. It also pleased me that the house was not situated in the middle of the nest

but, rather, on the outer edge with a view of the valley below.

Why this property? Because a little boy from New England

once dreamed of castles and knights and then, years later, found a region where they actually existed. And, besides, my

father was a farmer so I enjoy being around farms, farmers and

the growing cycles. I guess that is why.

Olives, apricots, lavender, wine grapes, the Mediterranean

diet mixed with dependable sunshine:

all the ingredients to make one healthy and happy.

Plus some of the most interesting, kind and generous

people I know.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Property Reviews

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Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
average rating of 4.2 based on 14 reviews
Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
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Venterol Drome Provencale

True village life in the South of France.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
If you're looking for luxury accommodations, keep looking. If you're looking for an authentic small village experience in the south of France, this is it. Close enough to Provence and all it has to offer, and also close to the Alps and less than a day's drive from Paris. Our family of seven stayed here for a week, and it was ideal for us. We really got to experience village life. For day trips, try Avignon, Aix-En-Provence, and the Gorge. There are other small villages in the area to explore also, like Grignan. George will take good care of you and he has great stories to tell. Highly recommended.
Helpful votes: 1/2
Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
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Venterol Drome Provencale

Beautiful house; lovely village; great location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
What a great place! My wife, 11 year old daughter and 3 year old son just got back from our 11 days in Venterol: we loved the house. It was perfect for us -- we could easily have accommodated a fifth family member (there's a bunk bed in one of the rooms that we didn't use). The house is decorated with antiques and art work. It feels very real and very homey -- it doesn't have the sense of an artificially created "vacation home" environment. That's a crucial consideration for me.

The kitchen is big and easy to work in. We shopped in local markets -- held weekly in the nearby towns of Nyons and Valreas, with amazing, very affordable produce and of course cheese and the other ingredients of French cuisine. We mostly ate at home, which was healthy, economical and delicious. French big box style stores are also conveniently nearby -- a sad development, but the food there equals what you can find in a place like Fairway in NYC. There is a bakery in Venterol itself, as well as a wonderful small restaurant and a more typical bistro in the town square.

I had never heard of Drome or Vaucluse before -- these are the two "departments" closest to Venterol (it's in the former). I'm very glad we ended up there, rather than further south, more in "Provence" proper. Venterol's region is far less crowded and expensive, but I found it to be exquisitely beautiful. Venterol itself lies up against small mountains (high hills?), giving it a pleasing topography -- a landscape defined by vineyards, olive trees and green ridges. (We had weather luck: only 2 or 3 days of temps above high 80s).

You can work very hard and make many day trips. Vaison, Avignon, Orange, Aix, Arles and other well known destinations are an hour to 90 minutes away. It's even possible to get to the Riviera in about 2 and a half hours (we did a day trip to Cassis. loved the Calanques boat trip. didn't like the beach and the crowds). We also did a very nice, very manageable day trip into the Alps. Ultimately, we preferred hanging out in Venterol or in the nearby villages.

George (the owner) was extremely helpful. He's owned the house in Venterol for 40 years, and he knows the region extremely well. He has an engaging expatriate sensibility. We valued his presence.

The town has a small playground. There are plenty of hiking trails, swimming spots, and vast opportunities for biking.

We give this place the highest possible recommendation
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Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
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Venterol Drome Provencale
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Truly Remarkable, Wonderful Stay

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
We have had a truly remarkable, wonderful stay here... one of the best holidays in years... and possible ever.

We have fallen in love with Venterol.
Your warm welcome and excellent local advice have added to the holiday. We were aware when we booked that this wasn't what many people seek when holidaying with small children (no pool, no garden), but had we those things we would not have explored the way we did. I think it is fair to say that the home is not "super-luxe", but its charm & good taste and many positive attributes more than compensate.

This is a great house and a very comfortable one.
And the village and surroundings are genuinely second to none.
We will treasure the memories of this place, so thanks you to you both.
"Merci tellement por un tres bon sejour. Å la prochaine fois, j'espere".
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Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
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Venterol Drome Provencale
Guest Comment Entered by Owner

Unique Charm, Soulful Home

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Enjoyed the balcony, the location and the artwork throughout the home...
the unique charm of the building and village.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay in your soulful home.

Thank you and "merci" for your hospitality George & Mary!'
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Artist's 3 bedroom family home on edge of hillside Drome wine village
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Venterol Drome Provencale

A disappointing experience in a beautiful region

  • 1 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
This is a classic old converted farm house in a classic Drome Provencal village, reasonably close to nice towns. However, we would not recommend staying here for several reasons:

1. There are numerous aspects of the property description that are inaccurate and could affect your experience. Ask owner for floor plan. Bathroom is substandard--e.g., camp style showers. There is no separate living room--it is part of the master bedroom, so it cannot be used if someone is sleeping in this room. This would leave only the uncomfortable kitchen as a hang-out space. The laundry facility is shared with the owner and requires permission to enter his property. Furthermore, the machine has an extremely small capacity. The bathroom is located in the basement, two flights of stairs down from the bedrooms--very inconvenient in the event of a midnight bathroom need. The house is very dark. The natural light of this region is beautiful, but you wouldn't know it in this house. There are no clear views of the natural landscape--only of the next-door building. There is no outdoor space (e.g. patio, garden etc.) with this house except, again, for a courtyard which is part of the owner's house and you need to share with him.

2. The owner is not only 'in the village' as he suggests. He is in fact in an attached unit and makes his presence felt daily if not more often. For the first week of our 5-week stay, he made excuses to abruptly enter the unit every day. Even after that, he persistently hovered and badgered us (by loud knocking, rude emails, or hollering from the road) about various things. These ranged from aggressively telling us to turn off the lights (the place is extremely dark--see above), pressing us to water the flowers, threatening to keep our deposit, and judging the character of his renters. His ongoing insertions into our lives negatively affected our experience. It is unprecedented and unacceptable for a vacation rental. It seems that the owner is not cut out for vacation rental property management because he continually demonstrates he cares far more about his house than about the enjoyment of his renters.

3. The kitchen is not fully equipped (for anyone who cooks) and we bought a number of additional things (inc. kitchen knives, salad bowl, oven dish, cutting board)

Overall, we think you can do much better for you money in this area. Go find the relaxing vacation rental experience you deserve to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.
Owner's Response: We stand behind the accuracy of our HomeAway pages.

Our rental #4554 has a Living Room and 3 comfortable BRs on the 2nd floor. The spacious kitchen accommodates 6 to 7 people. French washing machines are narrow & deep. Our renter had never seen this style. We offer 2 machines side by side.

An impeccably clean bathroom & fixtures were presented to Michael S… plus lots of freshly laundered towels & washcloths. Bath (2 sinks/2 showers), Toilet, Pantry & large Farm Kitchen are all on the 1st floor. Only bike storage is in the basement-cellar.

Our large farm kitchen is well equipped. Implying “a number of additional things” were needed is deliberately misleading. We provide a large cutting board, knives, dishes & all cookware for preparing family meals. When he requested a small cutting board, we immediately gave him one of ours.

No patio or garden has ever been offered with this property. An arcaded 12c courtyard was offered for breakfasts, drying laundry & "hanging out." We’ve had many dinners there, often joined by our renters. Michael S. opted not to use this space.

There is no way to enter renter’s living space. The door bolts on his side. Just knowing an owner lives in an adjacent house seemed to vex Michael S. If this was a pivotal issue, he should have rented elsewhere. Despite his annoyance, some contact was necessary. Asked several times to water his flowers daily (as per his Contract), he eventually did.

This renter paid nothing for 5 weeks of electricity. We don't use timed light switches but rely on guests being conscientious about energy usage. Until now, this hasn't been an issue. Because an electrical usage clause in his Contract was ignored, we had to remind him. He said he had no copy of his Contract.

Renter was unaware that Provence houses are built to shield occupants from summer heat. Walls are thick & shutters closed mid-day to retain the coolness of dawn & dusk. Our HomeAway description states, “partial view of the vineyard valley below.” The balcony is a refuge on Venterol's edge, a place to watch swallows dip & dive at day’s end.

We are sorry Michael S. did not enjoy our rental home during his cold, wet May stay. Our efforts continue to provide the same comfortable, clean & authentic rental property enjoyed by families from all over Europe, UK and the USA for more than twenty years. We are pleased that this is the only review of this kind we have ever received.

George & Mary Haling
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Marseille (Code: MRS)
Nearest Ferry
115 Kilometres
Marseilles (to Corsica)
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Montelimar on the main Paris-Marseille TGV line.
Nearest Motorway
49 Kilometres
Autoroute du Soleil A7 and D976 (Orange) to Nyons
Nearest Beach
116 Metres
Cassis (Seaside)
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Kilometres
Venterol Village
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Kilometres
Venterol Village (Cafe + 2 quaint Restaurants)
Car: recommended

Venterol is a protected hillside Drome wine village in the Cotes-du-Rhone region near Nyons, Valreas & Vaison-la-Romaine. Olive orchards climb surrounding hills & lavender fields colour the valley below. Our village lies on the southern side of small mountains bisected by streams filled with fossils & many popular hiking trails. Wild boar, chamois & fox are seen on back mountain lanes still used by sheep and goat herders. Venterol, as with so many neighbouring villages in Drome Provencal, is surrounded by vineyards and welcoming wine tasting 'caveaux'. Nyons right next door has a huge municipal state- of- the- art Swim centre for family fun and recreation. Close by streams and waterfalls provide additional picnic/swim opportunities. Prefer cultural activities to nature? Avignon, Arles are not far away, both beside the nearby Rhone.

Other Activities: Wine tasting, Provence market days, antique hunting at Isles-sur-la-Sorgue

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Availability & Rates

Venterol House Rental Rates

Special Offer! 26th Season Anniversary RENT REDUCTIONS

Special Offer From:
Dates Mar 16, 2014 to Jun 6, 2014


10% reduction on all 2 week rentals.

15% reduction on 3-4 week rentals.

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Spring Season
May 31 2014 - Jun 20 2014
7 nights
Lavender Season
Jun 21 2014 - Jul 18 2014
7 nights
High Season
Jul 19 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 nights
Harvest Season
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 6 2014
7 nights

Additional information about rental rates

We will send you a Rental Agreement.
When it is completed, signed & returned with payment in full, your booking will be confirmed by email.
A Security Deposit in Euros will only be due ON YOUR ARRIVAL DAY. It is usually the equivalent of half week's rent.
We give you a receipt. Your Security is refunded on Departure Day, provided house & contents are left as found.
Notes Note:
A third bedroom may be added for 50 Euro per week supplement.....
with a 15% reduction for on all 3 to 4 week rentals

Total Clean-Up Charges (for 1 to 4 week rentals) are: 55 Euros (from 2 to 5 occupants), and 80 Euros (for 6 to 8 occupants)
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Venterol House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Paper Towels
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - shower , 2 showers, 2 sinks
    Toilet - toilet , Separate toilet
  • Two Shower enclosures, Two sinks. Newly tiled floor. Toilet in separate room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , See photo
    2nd bedroom - 1 double , Beamed ceiling
    3rd bedroom - 1 double , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib , 3rd bedroom with suppliment
  • Your Master Bedroom has 1 Queen Sized Bed. The smaller 2nd Bedroom has 1 Double Bed. The 3rd Bedroom (50 Euro supplement) has 1 Double Bed and 1 Bunk Bed (upper & lower single), and 1 Crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Balcony ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • forests
  • caves
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • waterfalls
  • coin laundry
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • botanical garden
  • water parks
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • tennis
No smoking within the house please. Pets? Always ask us first. Kitchen has large fireplace. Master bedroom also has fireplace... both strictly decorative during warm months. A fine library of guide books is available to loan for local and 'day trip' discoveries. We can loan you the maps you'll need. Whether it's nearby Nyons, Vaison-la-Romaine, Grignan & Orange.... or down to Arles, Aix, Carpentras or Nimes..... years of collected information awaits ready to help. Free parking steps up a path to the cafe. Basement bike storage. The Arlequin Cinema Club in Nyons (5 min) shows fine films from both past and present. Partially subsidized by the municipality, this cinema is truly a cultural asset. WiFi works in this rental.
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