|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
Please check out the additional, great reviews that our guests have posted.
Check out our promotions for early 2014--- 'STEPHANIE'S WINTER FOLLIES,' followed by 'IT'S ON THE HOUSE.' Descriptive text just below here and on our website
'La Tour de la Girouette' at PROVENCE PARADISE is built in the upper part of another of the 17-th century farmhouses on our 'hamlet' property. 'La Tour' is best suited for families and /or for groups of friends. This house sleeps up to 8 people and is part of a cluster of six old, provencal farm houses, with a total capacity for accommodation of up to 37 guests in our 'hamlet' at PROVENCE PARADISE.
In La Tour, we offer one king-size bedroom with en suite toilette, shower and bathtub, plus a four-bedded bunk room. Need even more space? We can add a very comfortable 'Guest Quarters,' with king-size bedroom and jacuzzi bath, within very easy access.
Air conditioning for summertime comfort.
A big fireplace is a central focal point in the indoor social area.. Then, there is a very functional, modern kitchen, with large family dining table for up to 8 hungry eaters. Just outside, guests enjoy summertime, family life is on the large, outdoor covered terrace, with private use of a barbeque, comfortable seating for cocktails and games, plus wooden dining table seating for everyone. From this terrace, you can see the Alpilles and Les Baux... something very special, indeed.
The large, 7x10 metre pool, family jacuzzi (heated year-round) and summer kitchen are just down an old stone stairway from this old farmhouse, as are the family game areas and sun/shade furniture for guests. La Tour is a very private, family living area, with an old Roman wall and tall shrubs and trees, to assure privacy from the outside.
Restoration of this 17-th century property involved two years of hard work, to create a full-comfort indoor and outdoor living area which covers about 280 square metres. A true, labor of love! All the modern conveniences our guests would expect from a five -star property are brought together under one tiled roof.
For further details on this property, please see our PROVENCE PARADISE website.
'La Tour de la Girouette' at PROVENCE PARADISE is in our restored 'hamlet,' on a hill just above the old town centre of Saint Remy de Provence. We are well within walking distance of all activities and shops, not more than10 minutes on foot along the old canal path or following the quiet, country road into town.
Saint Remy de Provence is at the centre of activity in this part of southern France. Popular day-trips from our 'hamlet' include Arles with its Roman ruins, Avignon and the Papal Palace, the Luberon, the beaches of the Mediterranean, ...fields of poppies, lavander in bloom, bull-fights, folk festivals, etc., the list goes on and on. We are literally in the middle of Provence, with mountains, the seashore, museums, provencal markets, cycling and even...cooking classes and wine tasting... within easy access.
Sunshine guaranteed, interesting sight-seeing, fine wines and dining, a warm jacuzzi year-round,... Our guests come from all around the world. We speak many languages and are here ready to help you to LOVE PROVENCE...just like we do!
This is is just one of the houses which make up our provencal 'hamlet.' 'Le Moulin Vieil,' which sleeps up to six, is just below, next to the watermill. On the other side of the meandering streams, are 'L'Orangerie' and 'La Tuilerie.' Then, La Bastide des Micocouliers for a group of up to 5-6 and our NEWEST 'tree-house,' 'Le Nid Biscornu,' just for honeymooners or couples celebratiing a significant anniversary.
Check out our SPECIAL, 'WINTER FOLLIES' DEALS AT PROVENCE PARADISE, followed by our 'IT'S ON THE HOUSE' promotion in April.
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Then, for reservations in April 2014, we offer one of the following 'deals' during each week of your stay:
*2-hour Quad Ride in the Alpilles. Big tires, big engines, enormous Fun! 2 people.
*Provençal cooking class/lunch with one of the best chefs in St. Rémy. 2 people
*Horseback Riding One great afternoon of riding in the lower Alpilles, with a local guide. 2 people
*Taxi Chauffered livery service from PROVENCE PARADISE to and from Avignon. Up to 5 people.
*Wine Tour Tickets for a full day of exploring the vineyards of Provence with our professional oneologist. 2 people.
* Bike Rental One full day of cycling, with detailed maps for fantastic rides through the (flat!) countryside of Provence. 2 people
*Canoe / Kayak Only for the hearty! A full morning or afternoon of paddling on either La Sorgue or on Le Gardon rivers. A real family treat! 3 people.
*Romantic Dinner in the centre of old Saint Rémy. 2 people.
*8 Calanques/Cassis on the Mediterranean. 2 people
As a family, we discovered Saint Rémy de Provence, traveling from our home of 15 years in the northeastern part of France. We were looking for sunshine, friendly people, a new 'culture,'... and a challenging 'retirement project.' We came, stayed for a couple of days, then weeks... and now we hope we are here forever!
Why move? The sun shines 330 out of 365 days a year, we can be outside (working and playing) in the garden about 10 months of the year, and the PROVENCE PARADISE 'hamlet' we have built is a place where our children and our grandchildren enjoy coming to visit. After all, that was the objective. Indeed, we are very proud of this 'hamlet,' created from what was 'one big pile of old rocks' only five years ago. A real, 6.5/7 day, 16/24 hour 'labor of love.' La Tour de la Girouette is the middle-sized home among the six long-abandoned structures, which rose up again from that 'pile of old rocks!' Mission accomplished!
AND, while accomplishing our family 'hamlet' goal, we discovered this whole new world of international 'inn-keeping!' Year-around, thanks at first to VRBO and now often to 'word-of-mouth,' we receive guests from everywhere in the world. Some just come to relax by the wintertime fireplaces or by the summertime pool. Others want to discover the Roman ruins right here under our feet, to go off to the markets, the beaches, flea markets, auctions, vineyards, golf courses, even nearby ski slopes. All the same things that we also like to do; so we are good at giving suggestions! Never a dull moment at PROVENCE PARADISE... Yes, there is time for a siesta every once in awhile! After all, this is 'paradise' and we are 'retired.'
We take this opportunity to invite you to come to experience for yourselves the fruit of our labor in the restoration of these 17-th century provençal buildings.
Stéphanie MOORE purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Sunshine, long season for outdoor life, very friendly people, historical attraction of the region and of our specific site, proximity to the centre of Saint Rémy de Provence, the advantage of being in the geographical centre of a region with so many attractions as those offered by Provence,... and most certainly, the challenge: first of the restoration project and now of high-quality inn-keeping! We learn something new every day. Discover 14th century town walls. Then, look for the different, historic entries to the city, try any one of them as a starting point for your discovery of the shops, fountains, picturesque squares and historic buildings 'intra muros.' Remember to check out the menus posted outside of the many restaurants, too! Then, be sure to come back on Wednesday, when the whole village comes to life as the Provencal market rolls into town, quiet streets and squares become a thriving marketplace. There are still some bargains! Start out by stocking your kitchen shelves for your stay at Provence Paradise. Anyway, there is a bit of everything and everybody at the market!
And, what you and your family can learn!: The village of St. Remy stands on one of the oldest archaeological finds in Europe. The origins are Gallo-Roman from the 7th century BC until the 2nd century AD, at which time the Roman city of Glanum was founded. This was the origin of today's St. Remy de Provence. Our walls at Provence Paradise were built with stone original cut for Roman buildings and statuary. Then, there are the paintings of Van Gogh. You can follow the artist's path through the town and the nearby countryside, to view things still from his perspective...little has changed! Then it's time to venture away from St. Remy in the direction of Arles--the 'Rome of the North,' or Avignon--'City of the Popes,' or Orange, with its Roman theatre
We began our self-catering operations in the summer of 2006. Reflecting on the Guests' Comments available for review here, on our website the key benefits to staying with us at PROVENCE PARADISE can be summarized as follows:
*We speak lots of languages, know the local customs and understand our clients' expectations. The combination of these three factors can be very powerful!
*We provide high-end accommodation of reliable quality. Our modus operendi is 'discreet presence,' meaning we are there in a flash if you need us for directions or tourist information, for solving a problem, for a trip to the doctor and/or to the pharmacy, for finding lost luggage, and even for going to fetch those who get lost, etc.
*We cater well to two distinct clientèle...young family groups and adult travelers... and know how to keep the two separate and at a safe distance during what amounts to different travel 'seasons' throughout the year.
*We greet our guests personally, with true and honest enthusiasm, glad to see them here; anxious to have them dig into the dinner+drinks we have ready upon arrival, at the end of their long day of travel; prepared to offer advice on where to go/what to do, taking into account the specific dimensions of the family. And, we only say: 'please come again and/or send us other nice folks like you,' if we really mean it! In fact, that’s most of the time and about half of our guests reserve for next year before they even leave this year ... so our 'repeat visit' rate is nearly 70 percent.
*And finally, for us, inn-keeping at PROVENCE PARADISE is a pleasure. Showing our guests 'where it all came from…starting with Roman ruins,… and how it all got taken down and then put back together...' is a source of great pride to our entire PROVENCE PARADISE Team. If you have some/lots of spare time, ask us to show you the photos and tell you our tales! There is a story under almost every rock!
William, aka "the Inn-keeper" here! Want you to know that there are plenty more Guest Reviews, including those from TripAdvisor, posted on our webpage, just a click away! There are even some names and email addresses there, should you want to make a query and/or a contact. We are waiting for you here at PROVENCE PARADISE!
Our family just returned home from a truly great week at Provence Paradise.
For 2 of us, this was our 4th year staying at William's "hamlet" and as in all earlier
visits we were always impressed with the personal care William heaped on us from
the arrival dinner, in the fridge, to the daily breakfast pastry delivered to the door.
For the other 4 in our group, this was their first visit to Provence and they loved being at Provence Paradise - both as an excellent base for getting to all the sights in Provence as well as the great pool and, not to forget, the house itself ! They were particularly impressed with the First Night's "ready to eat" dinner - especially the wonderful strawberry cake dessert.
The youngest (ages 6 & 9) loved the pool - even though they have one at their home !
When several difficulties came up: French Train and Air Traffic Controllers strikes, William was at our door, sometimes twice a day, advising us of the latest in the strike situations and alternative travel arrangements we might want to consider.
We plan to DEFINITELY be back next year !
We chose La Tour for the size, location to town and of course the traditional provencal charm. It had all of this and more. Space was great - especially the bunk beds for the kids. My mum had her own room up stairs with a TV and allowed her privacy and rest time. The staff were great with my 5 year old gluten free needs ensuring every morning she did not miss out on the treats that everyone else were enjoying. We enjoyed the day trips, the cooking class with the other residence was a blast, you must get involved with this. We walked into town, even at night, enjoyed the many restaurant recommendations. We visiting most of the villages close by on day trips and were very impressed with the information session we had on our first morning to ensure we were heading in the right direction. There was a well stocked wine shelf that we utilised daily on our fenced in private terrace and just replaced what we drank on our departure. Used the pool (even in the cold) as the spa was heated. Williams attention to detail make being on holiday really stress free, which travelling with extended family and kids can be. He assisted with train reservations, car hire and went out of his way in getting my mums credit card back from the local supermarket, (which incidentally is the best I have seen around for variety of fresh food and wine). I would suggest you just go ahead and book your time here, prepare to be relaxed, well informed for sight seeing and most of all well looked after for your every need. We look forward to returning. Thank you William and Stephanie.
We have just returned from a one-week stay at La Tour de la Girouette at Provence Paradise. This is truly a perfect oasis in the middle of Provence. Our family of five has rented guests houses here three times already and we cannot wait to return next year.
William and his team are always pleased to offer help and advice. They pay attention to details thus ensuring a wonderful stay, tailored to our family’s particular needs and expectations. This year our children wanted to experience a more active vacation, and William thoughtfully recommended options and booked a kayaking adventure on the Gardon river, flowing right underneath the Pont du Gard. Quite an experience and one of the highlights of our trip!
The great meal that is prepared for us upon our arrival is most welcome, particularly after a long drive on the autoroutes in heavy traffic. This year our daughter was celebrating her 10th birthday while in Provence. William surprised her with a delicious cake, candles and all!
The accommodations are spacious, very comfortable and super clean. Definitely worth a five star rating!
Dear William, Two weeks in "Paradise" living in La Tour, while the remainder of our family (26 people) stayed in the rest of your beautiful houses was a perfect reunion/vacation! You chose the right name for your wonderful place. Not only is it truly beautiful, but it is in such a peaceful, quiet setting that it helps one to be serene in spite of what might be happening in the outside world or inside oneself. There is so much to enjoy in St. Remy and the surrounding area, and it was always a joy to look forward to returning to our little piece of "Paradise." Your care and consideration for all of us began our days and ended them as well. You were especially thoughtful and helpful to us, and we remain grateful. You have chosen such able and dillegent workers who have the same spirit as you have: Bettina and Olivier are happy when the quests are happy, and like you, they do their best to make your place a true "Paradise". Our stay was a blessing, and we thank you. We look forward to returning again next March, God willing.
Your new friends from Virginia USA.
George and Patricia Helfrich
What a fabulous vacation! You have created a truly idyllic home away from home and we can't wait to come back next year! We loved every minute and you made us feel so welcome. We couldn't have asked for more. It was the best holiday we have ever had.
Looking forward to next year all ready!
Vikki, Rob and Chistopher.
William: This is indeed a piece of paradise. EVERYTHING, from the welcoming packet that arrived before I left to come here, to the delicious meal that awaited upon our arrival was perfect. The Vieil Moulin is a wonderfully comfortable house...one of us upstairs and one of us downstairs, each with our own bathroom. The showers are definitely the BEST in France. We had fun making Soupe au Pistou in the kitchen, drinking champagne by the pool with the other guests, and using the last of the croissants and bread you left us each morning to make a last celebratory bread pudding for friends and staff on the last evening. And, as a gardener, I so appreciated the beauty of your flowers that were all through the estate. I cannot wait to return next year. Merci bien for toute votre hospitality! Susie Kaylor and Jan Minow
Along with such Special Places as Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beaches, Arles' Amphitheatre and Arena, Avignon's Theatre Season, Papal Palace, St, Remy's Greco-Roman Site at Glanum, etc, there is something fun to do in St, Remy almost every evening from April through Late September - Bull Fights, Transhumance, Artists' Exhibitions, Music, Dance, at home in 'La Tour, ' in front of the fire, after that!
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Apr 1 - May 31
4 night minimum stay
Jun 1 - Oct 31
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 - Mar 31
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
All taxes and service costs are included. There are no "hidden" costs in our holiday proposals.
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