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- Villa1668 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
One of the most beautiful villages in France.3 bedrooms, huge gardenFall in love
Spring in Provence: THE OPENING OF THE PICASSO EXHIBITION AT CARRIERES DE LUMIERES ( BAUX DE PROVENCE)
PROVENCE IS Nature, Music, Sport, Antiques, Art, Food, Fields of colour, Sunshine.
Our lovely villa is located in the region of Gordes, officially classified one of the most beautiful villages in France. We are also lucky to be in this region which is awash with natural beauty - mountains, lakes, fields of lavender, sunflower, poppies and all the stunning places on hilltops all around. It is also close to the iconics cities of Marseilles and Avignon as well as amazing National Parks, Arles and tons of beautiful landmarks and historic places. The region is also known for a wealth of culture in art, music, theatre, dance and a wide variety of wonderful fun markets from food to antiques. Lastly, Gordes and the surrounding area is also known for great restaurants serving modern ( a few Michelin stars) gastros in beautiful settings and of course great wines and countless vineyards and caves for glorious wine tasting.
The villa is early 17th century, comprising of three bedrooms (all with modern en-suites), and 2 separate toilets, open plan kitchen dining living area. Huge fireplace. Lovely stone exterior, with a contemporary stylish and fresh interior. All modern amenities supplied throughout including TV, DVD, internet, washing machine, dish washing machine, toaster, radio, bath and pool towels and a large romantic garden.
Provence is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting and culturally lively regions in the world and Gordes is at the heart of this extraordinarily charming landscape. Experience its stunning and varied natural beauty and cultural events such as the famous Avignon Festival and an abundance of festivals in every village. There is plenty to do and see whatever you are into....sport, art, theatre, music, hiking, water sport, riding, cycling, skiing, mountaineering, paragliding, markets, antiques, food...the list is endless. Oh and of course the light of Provence and the wonderful warm weather for much of the year well into October/November.
I have been renting this house for over 14 years and happy to say that 99% of my guests have had a wonderful stay and a great holiday. This gives me immense pleasure as I love the place myself so to share it with others and give them the often magical experience of its unique location is just very heartwarming for me.
There are many websites which feature the many villages and towns all around and all the activities you can enjoy within an hour's journey even if you go as far as Arles. The scenery is always so beautiful and serene with fantastic French roads, boulevards of the famous Plane trees. Its heavenly and I look forward to welcoming you.
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ATTRACTIONS: Baux De Provence -The fantastic and wonderful world of Bosch, Breughel, Arcimboldo. Unmissable show.
The markets of Isle Sur Sorgue are best in April for picking up bargains, before the high summer.
Easter Weekend Pottery Market in Bonnieux.
Strawberry season in Provence is wonderful- An abundance of the most beautiful strawberries you've tasted and everything created from this queen of fruit.
Wonderful concerts at the amazing Courroie : http://lacourroie.org/
29th April - 3rd May: Avignon Spring Fair :Wednesday 29 April to Sunday 3 May 10am to 7pm. The 93rd edition of the Avignon Spring Fair fills the twelve halls at the fairgrounds with exhibitors, stands and events in many different areas, for five entire days of learning and discovering all that is offered. The theme this year is SuperHeroes! Come explore the many areas including food, games, transport, women's world and others. Concerts and an entire programme of special events also!
***Coming up in October is the AVIGNON BLUES FESTIVAL which is just great! Easy to get there, easy parking and a great venue (just the right size).
In May The Mont-Ventoux ascent takes place on the night of the 13th-14th June 2015.
Cycling up Mont-Ventoux is not something that everyone can do but climbing at night… is an unforgettable experience.
The reward: seeing the sunset at the summit, with a dazzling view of Provence, followed by a hearty breakfast at the end of your descent.
Visit magnificent Les Baux De Provence. The current exhibition is Chagall at the monumental Carriers Des Lumieres. Brilliant day out.
Wine and Vineyard Festivities © Fédération des Caves du Vaucluse
Wine and Vineyard Festivities © Cellier des Templiers
Saturday 16th of May
Every year, on the Saturday right after Ascension Thursday, the Wine and Vineyard Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover the cellars of Vaucluse. In Richerenches the local cellar participates in the festivities with lots of events, guided tours, wine tastings, a visit of the exhibition on truffles, followed by a free tasting of cellar wines. A great celebration on a par with its reputation as a "Site Remarquable du Goût" (outstanding wine/food site)
Flower Festivals: What could be a better time than spring to come and discover the wonderful gardens across the Vaucluse?
The trees are in full bloom, along with the gardens and flowers, which are giving off their wonderful scents, and will not fail to delight. It is the time to visit them
RICHERENCHES FLOWER FAIR: Sunday 3rd May: RICHERENCHES FLOWER FAIR - For 20 years now, the first Sunday in May draws thousands of people to the great Flower Fair in Richerenches.
Flower festival in Vellerons: Thursday, 14 May 2015 from 8 am to 6 pm. This outstanding flower show takes place for the 16th year, to the delight of all.
17TH EDITION THE BOTANILLES "THE GARDEN". On Sunday, May 10, 2015 all day in the village.
This year, the entire team of Anim'Ansouis took over the organisation of Botanilles so that it develops favoring producers and artisans on the theme of "garden"
The installation of horticulturists exhibitors and artisans on the bowling green, the rise of plane trees and the Place St Elzear, encourages visitors to stroll in the heart of the village.
THE LONG NIGHT OF THE MUSEUM: On Saturday, 16, May 2015, the museums and cultural institutions will remain open late into the night to introduce themselves to new patrons and at the same time to new visitors. This cultural event has been created in 2005 and each year it attracts more people, includind families and young people.
June there is the famous Luberon Jazz Festival taking place in Apt
AVIGNON RENDEZ-VOUS IN THE GARDENS: From 5th to 7th June 2015. The chosen theme for the national event this year is “La promenade au jardin.” It’s a great opportunity to stroll around and explore the gardens of the Vaucluse region.
Gordes is opening up to a new eclectic clientele ( some might say 'cool' clientele). From May we have Mamma Gorda a pop-up Italien restaurant with live music some evenings which proved immensely popular all over the region. It is now opening permanently serving the best pizzas and wine in the Luberon. La Bastide the five star hotel hewn out of the rock itself is having a multi-million make over to attract a more vibrant clientele and offering great food and a hang-out for those who just want to enjoy the spectacular views over a drink.
The area is great for walking, cycling, canoeing, horse riding, activities for children physical adventure as well as huge amount of cultural pursuit, outstanding national parcs and the best drives in Europe.
And much more.
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About Valerie Brown
I work as an event organiser in my own business. I am currently working on an Expo which will take place in the heart of London. I have four talented daughters who are my pride and joy. Like me they all love music. They work as a lawyer, a writer, a nutritionist and a journalist. We are London based except for one living in Los Angeles and my youngest who lives in Paris so its fun to go and see her on my way to Provence.
Valerie Brown purchased this Villa in 1997
Why Valerie Brown chose Gordes
Belle De Jour is a place people fall in love with whether they are honey moon couples or children who love to swim and create fantasies in a large unexpected garden. There is so much breathtaking beauty in the natural landscape, the mountains, rivers, streams, fields of lavender, poppies or sunflowers, the majestic plantain trees each a work of natural art. There are tons of great markets whatever you're into. I love antiques so on Saturdays, I go to Villeneuve next to Avignon, browse or buy and then sit and eat oysters, chips and drink champagne. Local people come there so its not a touristy experience at all. Of course the most famous antique market is in Isle Sur Le Sorgue. Even if you don't buy it is always a great day and you can eat sitting at a restaurant or picnic next to the glassy clear running waters of the Sorgue. Its just enchanting. Every village has its own character and is stunning with festivals in the summer and plenty of theatre and live music and exhibitions. Also great for sport from horse riding to kayaking and loads of high adventure stuff for children.
What makes this Villa unique
The house is in a village but feels like a hideaway. That makes it romantic. The pool is lovely because it is painted not tiled so the water is a lovely very clear grey blue which is cool. Les Bories which is minutes away boasts some famous neighbours. Elton John, Posh and Becks, John Malkovich and most of all Gordes is where Russel Crowe's film A Good Year was filmed and if you've seen it you know that the best thing about the film was the beautiful setting. Its also easy to have a great time here. Marseille is less then an hour's drive so you can go and have a day by the beach. The famous city of Avignon (now described as the mini Barcelona) is just a 25 minutes drive. You can have the rural, town, city, mountain for skiing or hiking and beach experience as you wish. its all yours or just stay at home and eat, swim, read, walk RELAX.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful, tranquil house and gardens
We stayed at Valerie's house for a week at the beginning of September 2017. The house was delightful and the pool area very beautiful. We had a brilliant week with fantastic weather. We loved the village of Gordes so magical and magnificent. Market day on Tuesdays is a must. There is so much to see and do though I must admit we did a lot of lazy days by the pool. Things I would recommend a visit to Domaine De La Citadelle vineyard, beautiful wines and a very informative talk on how they produce. We also took a walk around their picturesque herb garden with views of Von monteux in the distance.
We also had a fabulous canoe trip with canoe evasion at Fontaine-de- Vaucluse. It's a must.
Thank you Valerie we really enjoyed our stay and hope to be back one day. 😀
Stunning home in the depths of Provence
It's hard to put into words how pretty this house and the surroundings are. The interior decor is very luxurious and tasteful, and the house and setting is a dream.
The Luberon/Haut-Vaucluse region is a lovely place to stay - well within reach of all of Provence's jewels - and provided our family with an excellent base. It the perfect place to both launch ourselves into the countryside to climb Mt Ventoux and visit the vineyards of Beaumes-de-Venise, or simply relax by the pool.
During our stay, Aries (the property manager) visited a few times to keep the garden looking perfect and clean the pool, and he was also extremely useful in giving ideas for things to do in the local area...like the evening market in Coustellet, which we would have never known otherwise. Valerie, the owner, was also very patient and helpful in answering all of my queries!
A perfect week in Provence.
There are many.....well some perhaps.... moments when hosting my home brings me a huge surge of good feeling. Guests enjoying their stay and having such generosity of spirit to write lovely comments. Rob has been amazingly gracious and such a delight to host. From our first communications I felt a lovely person in him. I am so happy that he and his family had a good time. Very welcome anytime and I fully recommend him to any host. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Lovely peaceful villa in a great location
Gorgeous private house near Gordes!
Valerie was wonderful; she was very quick to respond to any need or question. The house and pool were something out of a fairytale. The classic Provençal looks and lush surroundings were a treat. I can't imagine a nicer place to spend your next week in Provence.Many thanks to Valerie and Aries for their kindness, advice, and warmth😃
Dear Simon, thank you for the great review. I cannot tell you how much pleasure I get from the enjoyment of people like you.
I hope you have continued to enjoy the summer and hope to see you soon.
Great villa, very comfortable and a good position.
We had a wonderful stay.
A charming old stone house in a peaceful garden.
We stayed in Belle De Jour for 11 nights in June and thoroughly enjoyed the house and peaceful setting at the end of a private track.
Everything was very clean and well furnished with excellent bathrooms and plenty of hot water.
We swam in the pool every day bar one, when there was a big thunderstorm that drenched the area and had a strange effect of gradually turning the colour of the water in the pool to green, but was perfectly ok to swim in.
Valerie was on hand to answer any queries we had despite being in the USA at the time of our stay, something that we both appreciated greatly.
Gordes and the area around was lovely with so many beautiful towns and villages to explore on foot or bike or car, a great area of France to return to again.
This is simply and almost unarguably one of the most beautiful corners of the planet. It begins with the famous Provence light uplifting and spreads a beautiful glow over everything and everyone. There is so much to do. You experience both nature and modernity in one breathtaking adventure.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The start date is on a Saturday at 4pm. The departure date is 10am the following Saturday. Deposit will be given back subject to inspection. Cleaning before and after the rental is included in the rate. Garden and pool maintenance also included. If cleaning is required during the period of stay, that will be paid for by the guest. There is a charge of €80 for end of stay cleaning.