Wonderful city and country life in Provence
Submitted: July 31, 2012
Stayed: September 2011
Our family was looking for a sabbatical home in Aix-en-Provence. We preferred to be in a house and in a quiet neighborhood, if possible on the outskirts of town in order to get a countryside feel. We were very lucky to find this property, and our stay turned out to be more wonderful than we anticipated.
The photos and descriptions provided on the website are very accurate. The rooms, including the kitchen, are spacious and furnished with good taste. We were able to make it our home from day one as the house is well equipped and maintained. The floor plan is well conceived. There are two large terraces on the property with garden furniture, and we spent a lot of time outdoors, eating and entertaining under the fig tree. The kitchen fireplace was ideal in the winter.
The owner, Kathleen, is wonderful. She responded to our inquiry promptly and gave us a lot of information regarding the house and settling in Provence. She is very pleasant, discreet, and helpful. She was prompt to get repairs done when something needed servicing. She became a dear friend.
The location is wonderful because we were on one of the most beautiful hills overlooking the city, with tall trees, large properties, and trails that allow you to go for a walk without even taking a car. And yet this country setting is only 2 miles from downtown. Down the hill are shops (supermarket, pharmacy, doctors' offices), and city buses service the area. Our children went to school into town only two miles from our house and from the gorgeous farmer's markets Aix-en-Provence is known for.
The city is fabulous with its narrow streets, restaurants, and many festivals and cultural activities it offers. There are many sites to visit around the city, with must-see villages nearby, and cities like Arles, Avignon, Cassis, and beaches that are only within a 45 minute drive.
Our year in Provence was wonderful, and we miss it a lot! We highly recommend the property, its charm and beauty.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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