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Stone Townhouse Vacation Rental in Historic Arles, Provence

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Townhome, 3 Bedrooms + Library, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This vacation townhouse is located in the charming, friendly and sophisticated Provencal town of Arles, which has an exciting contemporary culture that co-exists with a rich ancient history and beautiful architecture, including Roman ruins still in use for music events and even bullfights.

The townhouse is located on a quiet side street in the old LaRoquette neighborhood in the city center, with lantern street lights and carved statutes in niches on the corner houses. Open the large, heavy antique wooden door and enter the first floor’s spacious open-plan living room with the dining area separated from the roomy kitchen by a counter wall.

The townhouse is tastefully decorated and the living areas causally furnished with the best features being the stone walls and exposed wooden beams on the 12-foot ceilings. The townhouse has stone arches and stone circular stairs that indicate its age as pre-17th century.

The living room has a very comfortable sitting area with modern couch and chairs and a very efficient ceiling fan overhead. The hardwood dining table can expand to seat 10 persons. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full sized refrigerator, gas stove with oven, microwave, coffeemaker toaster and dishwasher. Ample dishes, cups, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans are provided.

At the top of the circular stone stairs on the second floor is the large library that likewise has a 12-foot ceiling and wonderful ceiling fan. Two 10-feet tall French windows grace this spacious room and provide shutters to cool the room from the sunny days -- 300 out of 365 days per year. This room has desk space with internet hookup and a quaint fireplace, with terra cotte tiled floor. There is a comfortable double sofa bed for two in this room. Down the hall is the first of two renovated full bathrooms. This one has a tub with shower and modern fixtures. It is located near the second bedroom on this floor which also has a 12-foot ceiling and ceiling fan over a most-comfortable double bed, dresser, nightstands and lamps for reading before bed.

Continue up the circular stairs to the third floor and you find the lovely master bedroom with comfortable double bed and again two French windows with shutters. This room is air-conditioned. It has a dresser, long benches, bedside tables and light fixtures. The full bath on this floor has a roomy walk-in shower and modern fixtures. It is next to the cozy bedroom with two twin-sized beds, nightstands and lamps.

On the fourth floor is the terrace room with washing machine and clothes drying racks. This leads to the private terrace that overlooks the rooftops of Arles and gives a vista for miles away. It provides comfortable dining in the evenings with a grill and cart provided.

Linens are provided at charge below.. There is free close-by on-street parking (be careful of the signs, especially for the Wednesday and Saturday markets) as well as covered 24-hour municipal parking for a reasonable price. The Marseille and Montpellier international airports are each a one-hour drive away, and the Nimes airport is only 12 miles away.

In the summer, Provence is alive with dance, music, theater, and folklore festivals. (The Gypsy Kings hail from Arles.) Arles hosts an exciting international photography festival in early July, and photography exhibits throughout the year. If you are a history buff or art enthusiast, in this city famous for its Roman theatre and arena, you will walk the same streets as the Roman Gauls, the Visigoths and the artists Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso.

One has to walk just steps to enjoy charming local cafés and restaurants offering fine dining, as well as clothing and specialty shops. The selection of good and inexpensive local wines adds to the flavor of Arles. The nearby pedestrian boulevard leads to the active nightlife at the Place du Forum with many night spots and bright lights against the sky where“Le Café de Nuit” of Van Gogh’s famous 1888 painting is still open for business in the lively square. When you see the local fields of sunflowers, you will know why he painted them. Browse the crowded Wednesday and Saturday morning markets that stretch the full length of the main boulevard, or stroll the ramparts along the Rhone River that wind around the outskirts of the old city.

Arles is conveniently located as a great home base to take day trips to Avignon, le Pont du Gard, Uzes, Les Baux de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy de Provence, the Luberon, Carcassone, Marseille, etc., and to explore within easy driving distance the charming towns, villages, vineyards, wineries and sights of Provence that should not be missed. There is a railway station about 10 minutes walk from the townhouse as an alternative means of traveling to these places. Only a short drive brings you to the Carmargue, a national nature preserve which can be visited on horseback tours readily available, and to the beautiful Mediterranean beaches at pretty Saintes Maries de la Mer, only 35 minutes drive from Arles.

Keywords: Townhouse, Stone walls, exposed beams

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Marya Young
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 10, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Back home in London and back into the old routine after our two wonderful weeks living as Arlesiens. The house was perfect for us, so easy to get to shops and restaurants, bus and train stations. We followed in Van Gogh's footsteps and loved Roman Arles. Emilie was a treasure - not only meeting us at the station but taking us back there at the end of our holiday. Everything we required was in the house - more than the usual basic necessities and this was much appreciated, as was the roof terrace - perfect for those sundowners.
Aug 2014
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Stone Townhouse Vacation Rental in Historic Arles, Provence
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 24 reviews
Point Richmond, California (near San Francisco)

Great time in Arles

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this townhouse in Arles. It was our first time in Provence and we loved it. The house was clean, very comfortably outfitted and we spent every evening up on the roof deck. The stairs are "medieval" - steep, uneven and many. It wasn't a problem for us to climb up and down the stairs. The town of Arles was easy to explore and we had excellent encounters with the shop owners and residents. Emilie, our on-site contact, met us at the train station and was as helpful as possible. Arles was our home base for exploring other areas in Provence, although we were limited since we only traveled by train. Loved Provence and we hope to go again in a couple of years.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words and for acknowledging Emilie, who works very hard to ensure our guests are comfortable. Sounds like you put the terrace to great use, with the rooftops on view all around, and that you found all the great things to enjoy in and around Arles.
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Fantastic location but needs work.

  • 2 of 5

Loved the location . Midevil archetecture spread over 4 floors which was fun but not recommended if physically impaired as the staircase is spiral, steep and narrow.

Absolutely terrible master bed- needs replacement. The plumbing needs proper venting to prevent nasty odors. A hot shower would be appreciated. ( It was warm but not hot). It was difficult to regulate the heat. A thorough cleaning would be appreciated as well.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased these guests loved the location of our house, which shows they were conveniently able to take advantage of all the great things to do in Arles and the surrounding South of France. We apologize for and address below inconvenience these guests mention they experienced. On the odor issue, a house of this age in the antique part of town does not have modern drain traps, but, if this issue occurs, it is quickly fixed by covering the shower or kitchen sink drain for a day or so with the rubber pad we provide. Emilie informed the guests of this quick fix when they called soon after they arrived; of course, she thought the issue was resolved since they did not call back during the remainder of their 2-week stay and even called when they were leaving to say everything had been perfect. On hot water, Emilie would have immediately arranged for the tankless hot water heat level to be adjusted for them, but did not receive a call. Regarding the bed, I am not sure what the issue is since we have had no complaints from prior guests; I can only respond that apparently this guest is referring to the bed slats in light of the fact that the frame’s cross-bar that holds the slats appears to have been removed during their visit. As the Ikea catalog confirms, these bed slats are commonly used in France, particularly where a large boxspring cannot get up medieval spiral stairs (or any spiral stairs for that matter). In any event, we regret any discomfort and sincerely hope these guests enjoyed all the other amenities in the house.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In the Hood in Arles

  • 5 of 5

We were 5 adults and 2 children and this wonderful, old house with the winding staircases accommodated us easily. Even though we were late arriving because of weather we managed to connect with a worried Emilie and got settled in. The terrace, kitchen and laundry facilities were all used and appreciated. The neighbourhood really was that and our day usually started with a quick trip to a boulangerie or a grocery store for bread and croissants. We also pulled our chairs outside to enjoy the evening breeze along with other people. While Arles itself is small enough to easily explore on foot it is large enough to offer a variety of restaurants and pathways to explore. Something worth considering is crossing the Rhone to the other side and viewing the walled city in its entirety.

We enjoyed a super meal at a small restaurant called de Franc Bourgeios off Place du Forum at 4 Rue Forum.

Our one cautionary note would be to be careful where you park your car. We parked ours in the Trinquetaille bridge parking area and had our window smashed. We imagine this happened overnight but we weren't sure. We subsequently found a close by area where it's possible to park and pay a small amount which we chose to do. The number of stairs might be a problem for anyone with limited mobility.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These comments are greatly appreciated. In particular, I am so pleased to hear that these guests sat outside "in the hood" and captured the special personality of the antique LaRoquette neighborhood in which our house is located and did as the neighbors do. Arles is a friendly, unpretentious town with great flair and heart. I regret the vandalism to their car, which is out of the ordinary as parking is usually safe. Many thanks for being great guests. Marya
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Location maison Quartier de La Roquette

  • 5 of 5

Nous étions 6 adultes et avons vraiment apprécié ce logement pour son charme. La configuration de ce logement à fait que nous ne nous sommes pas gênés pendant notre séjour. Cette maison typiquement arlésienne est très agréable à vivre, arrangée avec goût et bénéficiant de toutes les commodités, agréments et confort. On s'y sent vraiment comme chez soi dès les premiers instants. Située en plein cœur du quartier de La Roquette, elle nous a permis de laisser nos voitures dans un parking extérieur pendant notre semaine de vacances et réaliser tous nos déplacements dans le centre d'Arles, à pied.

Nous avons également apprécié l'accueil et la disponibilité d'Emilie, la personne qui s'occupe sur place de la location.

Petite information : Comme toutes les habitations arlésiennes typiques, le logement se situe sur 3 niveaux et les accès se font par un escalier très étroit ce qui nécessite d'être en bonne forme physique...

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is greatly appreciated by myself and Emilie. We are proud to be part of keeping Arles a wonderful destination. Marya
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Beautiful and comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Our incredible time in Arles and Southern France was made possible by using this beautiful home as our foundation for the one week trip. Our family of eight with a set of very young twin boys was extremely comfortable in the home, with every accommodation for us in place. In preparation for the trip, the owner Marya and 'in Arles" house manager, Emilie, saw to our every request and need. I can not think of any need of ours that went unfilled. The house is centrally located, with an easy walk all over town. Arles is a very friendly city which very much details the kind of reception we received from the owner in staying there. I highly recommend this home. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Emilie and I are honored by your comments, Tim. We were happy that you let us know the extras you needed for your group of 8 to be comfortable and enjoy your time in and around Arles. We aim to please, and greatly appreciate your kind words. Happy holidays to you and your family. Marya
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Mashpee, MA

Wonderful choice!

  • 5 of 5

We three friends from Massachusetts spent 2 weeks exploring the region and were delighted with our time at this apartment in Arles. We drove into town and were met by Emilie who showed us around and was very helpful. We didn't have any problems parking in the free lot that was a short walk from the apartment and we were comfortable leaving the car there on the days that we didn't need it. We travelled to the Camargue and other towns nearby and found some sites that we wouldn't have known about if we were whisked around on a tour. There were lovely restaurants and boulangeries nearby, but we also purchased food and ate in the delightful dining room. I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone! I found the reviews very helpful in making my choice, so I am happy to add mine to the list.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C: Merci for your kind review of our house and merci to the three of you for enjoying Arles and this part of Provence as we hope all of our guests will do! Emilie is always proud to be helpful, and we appreciate your taking the time to recognize her efforts. Best regards, M.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Sts. Maries de la Mer
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Arles Townhome Rental Rates

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High season
Jul 9 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2016 - Apr 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $38
Refundable damage deposit $218
Linens $55

Weekly Saturday-to-Saturday rate applies even if your stay includes a partial week. Second and successive weekly periods are discounted to 875 euros high season and 775 euros low season. Nightly rate bookings are not accepted. Arrivals are scheduled for Saturday. Departure may, of course, occur earlier than the final Saturday of your stay.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Arles Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom has tub with shower Other bathroom has large shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double bed size, unfolds easily, comfortable mattress
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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