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Sunny Terrace in Town Center - Isle sur la Sorgue

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Isle-sur-la-Sorgues area Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Comfortable and Elegant 1 bedroom - In the heart of the village-

Le Bijou - the Gem - is a charming one-bedroom apartment located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The town is perfectly situated as a base for excursions throughout Provence. The Mediterranean is one hour south, Mont Ventoux a short drive to the north and many other places of interest in the south of France are easily reached from this location. Le Bijou will be a comfortable and convenient place to serve as a respite after a day of exploring the perched villages, vineyards, Roman ruins and other points of western Provence.

If you intend to visit the region to simply relax and enjoy life in a French village, L'Isle will not disappoint you. On Sundays the streets and squares are alive with vendors and visitors to the town's market. L'Isle sur la Sorgue is the antique capital of the south of France. You will find treasures of every kind daily in the antique shops and on weekends merchants come to display their wares on the sidewalks.

You can idle away the afternoon in the several parks or stroll along the Sorgue where water wheels that once powered mills and factories still turn in the river. Throughout the village are restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. Start your day with coffee and a croissant in the morning sun, and join locals in the shade of a canopy with an afternoon apéritif at one of the cafés and bars along the Sorgue.

The apartment is located on a lively square in the center of town. Boulangeries, patisseries, and cafés are just out the front door.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue is easily accessible from the A-7 autoroute. The TGV station at Avignon is 25 minutes by car and the Marseilles airport is an easy drive of slightly less than an hour.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Patty (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

About Patty

We have had the good fortune to have traveled throughout France for vacations for over thirty-five years. Our trips have taken us to most corners of the country, some multiple times. We have toured the canals and rivers of France on small boats, and explored extensively by train and auto. On vacations with our three children we visited the châteaux of the Loire, hit the beaches of Côte d'Azur, walked the streets of Paris, hiked areas of the Alps, and watched the Tour de France. But we fell in love with Provence. You will too if you have not already!

In January of 2012, we stumbled on to this apartment, we have named Le Bijou, in the course of our third visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Having discussed and dismissed the idea of buying property in France numerous times, we changed our minds when this opportunity presented itself on the way back from the boulangerie one morning.

We live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where we both grew up, worked (Patty) and continue to work (Kevin). Down the road, we plan to continue to enjoy exploring France from our base at Le Bijou. We have made friends in the village, which has a life of its own beyond tourism, yet is small enough to walk completely around.

During the times we can't be in France, we welcome guests to enjoy life as a Provençal in Le Bijou in the quaint village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We hope one day you can visit.

Kevin and Patty McGoff

Patty purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Patty chose Isle-sur-la-Sorgues area

In January 2012, we made another visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We loved the location and the people we had met.

Not seriously looking for property, although we had discussed and dismissed the idea many times, we met with several realtors and looked at some places. Nothing struck us. We asked if there were any small apartments with a terrace, a rarity we were advised. We quit having realtors show us property, after being told that finding an apartment with a terrace in the old part of the village was unlikely.

We were content to look at the advertisements in the window of the city’s many realtors,or Immobiliers. We window shopped and daydreamed about the unlikely prospect of finding a suitable apartment, which we never thought we'd buy even if we did find one. But it was fun to look and speculate about the prospect, thumbing through the brochures over a glass of rosé.

On the way back from the boulangerie one morning with our breakfast, as I crossed the lively square in front of the building where we had been staying that week, I noticed for the first time a sign hanging from the window above our rental announcing ‘A Vendre’, for sale. We knew without going in the door that the unit had a terrace as it was just above the patio of the apartment we were renting.

Knowing that one of our requirements was met, we called the realtor and he came with a key that afternoon. The apartment we had been looking for was one flight above us the entire time we were knocking about the city looking at the possibilities, and being discouraged that what we wanted to look at was rare.

The realtor opened the apartment to us 4 times in 5 days. We debated, thought about it, then made the offer over the phone as we boarded the plane in Marseilles to come home.

What makes this apartment unique

The village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue was built around the Notre Dame des Anges, a Collegial Church built in 1222 and reconstructed in the 17th century. The Sorgue flows from its source, seven kilometers upstream at the Fountain de Vaucluse. The river surrounds the town, creating the island on the Sorgue.

La Sorgue was the source of the town's commerce through the ages. The Catholic calendar of the 15th century called for in excess of 160 meatless days per year, thus the fisherman and the town thrived providing the papacy and its supporting elements with fish. To this day it is crystal clear, maintains a temperature of 12-13 Celsius (53-55 Fahrenheit) year round and is a category one fishing river.

Mills were constructed and powered by water wheels for grain, paper mills, silk works and production of linens. There were at one time 70 water wheels in the town, 14 of which are still turned by the Sorgue's current.

Today you'll find what is regarded as the best antique market in France outside of Paris. On Sundays, the many antique dealers bring to town their wares to add to the already lively market. There are plenty of fresh fish, fruit and vegetable vendors on the streets and squares in the town on Sunday. Regional products of the season, such as honey and berries, are found along with cheese, sausages and local wines.

The village has a life of its own beyond tourism, which means commerce, restaurants and a market twice a week year round. It is central for day trips in every direction, throughout Provence and beyondL'Isle sur la Sorgue is a vibrant town.

Off-season, when the tourists have gone, the sidewalks do not roll up. There is a large market on Sunday and a smaller one on Thursdays. The antique shops are open and the town fills up with bargain hunters scouring for a find and families picking up fresh produce, meats, fish and fruits for their tables. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and small bars open year round.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a charming apartment! This petite apartment is perfect for 2 people and is completely stocked with everything one might need. The terrace was a huge bonus to spend time outside enjoying some coffee, wine or dining al fresco. The location in town is perfect with many great restaurants, cafes and shopping nearby. It was also a wonderful jump-off point to visit Provence. We made several day trips around to see the sights, there is so much to see and taste!! On Sunday, the market sets up in town and is filled with many wonderful vendors from olive, cheese and sausage stands to linens, pottery, art and local crafts. The owners suggestions were terrific and added so much to our vacation! Will definitely go back, my only regret is that it wont be soon enough!
Oct 2015
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Sunny Terrace in Town Center - Isle sur la Sorgue
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
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Le Bijou

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I so enjoyed our one week stay in this darling little apartment in the heart of Provence. It was cozy and comfortable with a highly efficient kitchen. We loved sitting on the very private patio sipping wine after a day of motorcycling to scenic local towns. We day tripped to Arles and the Gorges du Verdon, as well. Great location in a town with many good restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Le Bijou

  • 5 of 5

This aptly named apartment is truly charming! It is extremely well-appointed and comfortable and its location provides the perfect backdrop for "French immersion". We enjoyed the market days and having the ability to prepare dinner using the wonderful ingredients we found. The location of the apartment is central and all amenities -- shops, boulangeries, restaurants, grocery stores -- are within an easy walk. The hosts have provided helpful local and regional information and created a welcoming place for their guests to relax after a day exploring the countryside.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your for sharing your thoughts on our apartment. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope you can visit in the future. Patty and Kevin
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5

Wonderful Apartment in a Beautiful Town

  • 5 of 5

This is a freshly-renovated 1-bedroom apartment in a wonderful town perched on the Sorgue River. The town boasts terrific shops and restaurants along with its famous antique shops and twice-weekly markets. The Sunday market is the largest of the week and spans items from local food to crafts to clothing. The apartment itself is small but has a chef's kitchen with every possible cooking amenity. In a week's stay we only ate out twice because it was such a luxury to cook at our leisure with fresh ingredients purchased in the town. There is a grocery store 2 blocks away. There is free parking located just a block away in the lot behind the post office. We never had to wait or search for a space. The bedroom is small, but the king sized bed is very comfortable. The bathroom is also incredibly functional with ample water pressure and plenty of hot water. The shower itself is quite large. And of course the terrace is wonderful, with plenty of space to seat 4 for dinner. The wifi works like a charm. The town itself is conveniently-located. We took easy day trips to Montpellier & Nimes, St. Remy & Arles, Fontaine de Vaucluse, and Avignon & Chateauneuf de Pape. We also took a longer day trip to Monte Carlo and Nice. All in all, a terrific vacation in a great apartment.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the apartment. You certainly covered a lot of ground in a week, and still made it back to cook. Isle sur la Sorgue is a great town for a base from which to visit the Vaucluse, as you discovered. We hope that you can visit again. Patty and Kevin
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Indianapolis
5

Beautiful Apartment - Lovely Town - Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful apartment is masterfully designed -- it's beautiful, comfortable, and has absolutely everything you could possibly need. The kitchen is fantastic, and all of the appliance are clean and new. The bathroom is large and very beautiful, with a nice sink, spacious shower, and a radiator/towel warmer. The bed takes up most of the bedroom, but the double closet is designed to accommodate all your needs, and there are shelves and under-the-bed containers for shoes. The linens and towels were nice and of high quality. There is washing machine and a drying rack, which served our purposes well.

We spent a week at Le Bijou during late February/early March, after spending four days in Paris. We took the high-speed train to Avignon, where we rented a car and drove the 30 min. trip to L'Isle Sur La Sorgue. This town is really lovely, surrounded by water dotted with charming, moss-covered waterwheels. Be sure to walk the pathway to the spot where the river hits the town and divides, encircling the town. L'Isle Sur La Sorgue is known for the market it hosts on Sundays (smaller version on Thursdays, as well). The town is perfectly situated to accommodate day trips all over the Provence region, and we took full advantage of that. We drove to different towns every day except Sunday, as we wanted to experience the full effect of the market that day.

We found the residents of the town to be very kind and welcoming, and most spoke English. We had exceptional dinners at L'Aparte, and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere at La Chinois -- a great place to sit in the sun and people-watch on Sunday. Chez Stephan was another favorite place to sit and relax with a glass of wine and cheese/charcuterie plate. The apartment was a nice, warm, comfortable home base for us to come back to after a long day of exploring. We hope to come back sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind note. We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue and that you found our apartment comfortable and met your needs. It is always good to know that our guests find the town as friendly as we do. Your review was a nice reminder of the great (lucky) choice of locations for our home in France. We are excited to be heading back soon. We hope you visit again. Patty and Kevin
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Le Bijou... L'Isle sur la Sorgue

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Bijou for 5 weeks, mid-August to mid-September 2015. Perfect weather; fascinating town; LOTS of really good restaurants; a wide selection of bicycle-friendly roads and paths in the area; a train station from which to explore further out... A superb location. The perfect apartment: great location, modern, impeccably clean, very well furnished and supplied with everything needed, large storage room for 2 bicycles, suitcases, etc. Add house cleaning once a week and the very effective, and charming, Helen, the owners' agent in place, and you have a fantastic vacation destination! Bar none...

Highly recommended.

Jean-Claude and Michèle, Ottawa, Canada

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean-Claude and Michele, Thanks for sharing your experience of a five week visit to Provence without a car, travelling by bicycle and train. We enjoyed following your vacation on Michele's blog. You covered a lot of ground. Patty and Kevin
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Birmingham, Alabama
5

Beautiful property, amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

During our first visit to Provence, we chose to stay at Le Bijou for what turned out to be an amazing week. Patty and Kevin were extremely helpful in planning our trip, and despite a very long delay on our arrival day (which amounted to over 24 hours in transit!), we got checked into the apartment with no problems. Patty was available via email during that delay, and she was keeping the caretaker up to date with our last-minute travel changes. This was our first time renting from VRBO, and I don't think our experience with the owners could have been any better! In fact, it was so good that we're seriously considering canceling our hotel reservations for an upcoming trip to Belgium and booking through VRBO again.

The apartment is lovely, with a great terrace and separate bedroom. We stayed in the middle of summer during a heat wave, and the A/C was necessary and worked perfectly. Parking is free at a nearby lot, with less than a 5 minute walk to the apartment. We had no trouble at all rolling our luggage that distance. The neighbors were very quiet (didn't see or hear them at all), and we had no street noise despite a festival that was taking place while we were there. Wifi also worked perfectly, although we were so relaxed that we actually forgot we had email. That was a real vacation!

The town of LSLS itself is darling, with plenty of shops, restaurants (including a reasonably-priced Michelin-starred restaurant), and market activity to keep you busy, but still small enough to be charming. The apartment shares a street with a couple of bakeries, a butcher, and a small grocery store. We quickly developed a morning routine of starting a pot of coffee and heading to the bakery for fresh croissants and baguettes. We felt like locals!

It is also a perfect location for exploring the larger Provencal region. We rented a car and explored the Luberon to the east, the towns of Avignon, Nimes, and Arles to the west and south, and the Cotes du Rhone to the north.

Overall, our trip to Provence was amazing, thanks in large part to Le Bijou and Patty and Kevin. By the end of the second day, we wanted to come back. By the end of the fourth day we were talking about following Patty and Kevin's example and buying some vacation property there. By the end of the week, we were talking about retiring there permanently. Thank you Patty and Kevin for being such gracious hosts. This is truly a special place, and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah and Jonathon, Happy to have had you as our guests in Provence. Our hope is for people to come to L'Isle and steal a glimpse of life as a Provencal. You certainly captured that spirit during your week at the apartment and we are pleased that you did. Your kind note sparked a desire here in Indiana to be back in the south of France. Your thoughts on finding a property in France may get you exploring the idea. That is how we started and we have no regrets. Perhaps we'll be neighbors one day. Patty and Kevin
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Marseilles
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Avignon
Car: recommended

Here are some ideas for day trips from Le Bijou to explore the area. We have never been disappointed exploring a new town, having a leisurely lunch or driving around taking in the sights.

The scenic town of Gordes is situated on the edge of the plateau of the Vaucluse. It was featured in the film A Good Year as well as Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. The Cistercian Abbey of Senanque is close by, making a visit to both an easy day trip.

The ruins of the château of the Marquis de Sade are found in Lacoste, atop a hill facing the charming village of Bonnieux. Enjoy the panoramic views from both villages, well worth the rather steep climbs twisting through the streets which are lined with ancient, restored buildings.

The village of Lourmarin is found amidst olive groves and vineyards. It was home to Albert Camus who is buried there. This is a typical Mediterranean town, with shopping and dining options. There is also a castle to visit. It's a very scenic drive through a gorge from Bonnieux.

Mont Ventoux looms over the Vaucluse. It is a legendary stage on the Tour de France. As you drive up the mountain - the average grade on the route leaving the town of Bedoin is nearly 8% - you will wonder how cyclists can make it. You are likely to see plenty, as they challenge Mont Ventoux regularly.

At the Fontaine de Vaucluse is the source of the Sorgue and one of the most visited places in the region. Visit in the morning to beat the crowds. The spring flows from a 230m cliff, visited via a walkway. To this day the source of this forceful spring is a mystery. There is an excellent museum of the French Résistance in WW II.

Arles is 35 km south of Avignon. If you have an interest in Roman artifacts, you will want to visit. There is an amphitheater, baths and a museum. Van Gogh and Gaugin were residents at one time.

The Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon is a massive testament to the wealth and power of the Catholic Church in the14th century. The Pont d'Avignon, or Pont de St. Benezet, is the famous bridge that does not reach the other side of the river. Avignon is the largest city in the area and the central part of the town is still within the protective walls.

Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras and other vineyards of the southern Rhône valley are a short drive from L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Pernes le Fontaines is a short drive from Le Bijou. There are 40 fountains dispersed throughout the town, hence the name. From the Ferrande tower, experience a spectacular view of the area and Mont Ventoux. If climbing to the top of the tower is not for you, there is a nice park and shaded walkway. We often make the short drive to this village for lunch and a stroll.

You can rent bicycles at a shop just down the street and explore the area on two wheels.

A bit farther afield but definitely a day trip is the Pont du Gard, the famous Roman viaduct. Take your lunch and picnic beneath the arches, or kayak on the river.

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Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Apartment Rental Rates

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Mar 25 2016 - Nov 4 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$775
 

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Tax Rate 4.0%

€699 per week
The apartment rents for 699 Euro per week;
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The apartment is available for Friday to Friday rentals;
All utilities, linens, towels and cleaning are included.
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Amenities

Isle-sur-la-Sorgues area Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 33 m²
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Completely remodeled and includes a glass shower stall, granite counter top
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed, bed-side table with reading lamps
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
Cooking Utensils : If you like to cook, all of the tools are available. There is a complete set of cookware for the four burner gas cooktop and stove. You will find high quality cutlery and utensils for cooking and dining. A toaster, coffee maker, tea pot and, of course a corkscrew are available for your convenience. *Refrigerator : The refrigerator is the perfect size for two guests. It has a large freezer and you will have plenty of ice if you wish, which is not the norm in French apartments. *Full Kitchen : This was designed as a cook's kitchen. The bright room opens into the salon and is appointed with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. *Deck/Patio : Two glass doors open onto our terrace in the back of the apartment. Star gaze at night to the sound of the fountain and take your morning coffee with a view of the rooftops of the village under the clear blue sky of the Vaucluse.

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