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Get Thee to a Nunnery! Beautiful 17th Century Convent in 12th Century Village

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace


About the property

Beautiful, Tranquil 17th Century Convent with Huge Walled Garden 6BR 4.5 BA

Le Jardin du Couvent, located in the village of Aups in the Haut Var region, is our family vacation home. The Couvent was originally built between 1629-1639, when a 12th century Cistercian abbey was converted into an Ursuline convent. Our house, the adjoining chapel and the garden were all part of the cloisters of the convent and were originally used as places of prayer and meditation. Our family acquired Le Jardin du Couvent in 1972. The exterior has remained unchanged while the interior has been carefully restored and maintained. It is a comfortable and attractive home with modern conveniences. The house has central heating and four fireplaces. There are six bedrooms with beds for up to thirteen people, four and a half bathrooms, and several sitting rooms and dining areas, including a very large great room. The general decor of the house retains the flavor of its origins. The house is furnished with French country antiques and Oriental rugs.

The arched cloister walkway and the spacious walled garden provide complete privacy for outdoor dining and relaxing. The house contains in excess of six thousand square feet, with ample parking available at the rear of the house. Enjoy village life in 12th century Aups: it's just a three minute walk to your morning croissant, cafes, restaurants, the small shops and the town square where the Provencal sport of boules is played. The village maintains tennis courts in the summer months for which a small fee is charged. There is an open air market in the square every Wednesday and Saturday. Village fairs are held in May and August and Provencal celebrations at Christmas and Easter. Or take any number of day trips to picturesque villages in the region, the Gorges du Verdon and the Lac de Ste. Croix or to Avignon, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, St. Paul de Vence, and the beaches of St. Tropez. Caretaker lives in the village and speaks English.

Amenities:Fireplaces, Phone, TV, WiFi, Full Kitchen with chef's double oven-5 burner stove; Microwave, Dishwasher, Large Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer, Weber Charcoal Grill, Ping-Pong Table. Linens provided. Maid service included.

Activities: Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Parsailing, Rafting, Hiking, Tennis, Rock Climbing, Biking, Boules (a Provencal form of bocci ball),Farmer's Markets, Antique Markets, Museums (Art Museum and Museum of the French Resistance in village.)

Area: Lac de Ste. Croix and Les Gorges du Verdon, where you can swim, kayak, para-sail, hike, rock climb and raft are a 20-minute drive away. The house is centrally located for day trips to St. Tropez, Ste. Maxime, Nice, Cannes, St. Paul-de-Vence and the other cities and villages of the Cote d'Azure as well as Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Les Baux, Gordes, Rousillon, Marseilles and the other cities and towns of Provence.

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Rebecca Mckee
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2016


Aups House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Top Floor Front - toilet , shower
    Den - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Rooms - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Floor - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Guest Room 1 - 1 king
    Guest Room 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Guest Room 3 - 1 queen
    Guest Room 4 - 1 queen
    Guest Room 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Guest Room 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Den - 1 twin/ single
    Sunroom - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Get Thee to a Nunnery! Beautiful 17th Century Convent in 12th Century Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Please Pinch Me . . . Am I Dreaming?

  • 5 of 5

My group of 3 was romanced by the age and history of le Jardin du Convent. I could list all the remarkable attributes of the property which photos can not do justice: the filtered sun in the huge garden with towering Sycamore tree, the arched windows and doors, the stained glass windows of the salon, abundant modern bathrooms, the wonderful sun room where we often read, and the spacious kitchen. Also, we found Rebecca gracious, professional and willing to answer repeated questions and offer travel advice. The local contact was also most responsive.

More importantly, the peacefulness and beauty of this carefully restored ancient building, now comfortable expansive Provencal home is an ideal destination to visit the region and live the lifestyle. We felt immersed in the experience of this house and this town. The kitchen left me wanting to cook boeuf bourguignon rather than sight-seeing! (I rarely cook!) We day-dreamed the scuffle of novice footsteps in the cloisters, and wondered what dignitaries the Mother Superior entertained in the grand salon.

My most vivid memory is of turning the 5” skeleton key in an ancient arched wooden door to enter the roadway behind the garden wall, and thinking, “pinch me, I’m living a dream!” I want to have this dream again: I will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rohnert Park, California

Our amazing trip to Aups, France

  • 5 of 5

This private, unbelievable home is like no place we have ever stayed before. The description on the web-site depicts the property perfectly. It is like a step back in time, yet with modern conveniences! The house has been beautifully restored to a point where you feel very comfortable. The five minute walk to the center of the village for your expresso or pastise in the morning is such a treat.

The farmer's market on Wednesday and Saturday was one of the highlights of our stay. Anne and Mira were very helpful and very friendly. Anne prepared us an excellent dinner and made sure we had the local cheeses, fruits and wines available. Aups and the surrounding area is definitely worth visiting. I would not only return to this house myself, but I would bring my friends and family to experience this beautiful house. Thank you, Rebecca!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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northern California

Unique and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Old world charm in this ancient village of Aups. This private residence, a converted 16th century Convent with modern conveniences, is a joy to behold. Spacious, centrally located, yet private, the Convent was a perfect way to enjoy Provence at its best. The village of Aups was in high season when we arrived in mid-July. Although busy, it was very manageable in the quaint village with all the local stores, boulangeries, charcuteries and cafes only a short walk from the Convent. Also perfectly situated for the numerous day trips we embarked upon, we parked the rental cars when back home and walked everywhere in the village. With our family of 12 (ranging from 6 to 86), we were able to find diverse accomodations to suit everyone in our group. We spent many evenings dining in the spacious yard. Not the typical vacation rush, we will be back. Greg and Sandy

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nice or Marseille
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Les Arcs
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Fine Dining


Rates & Availability

Aups House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
October through May
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $750

25% of rental required at time lease is signed.
Balance 60 days prior to sommencement of rental term plus $750 deposit.
Tenant pays Fuel oil, propane, firewood & telephone. Equivalent of 6 hours housecleaning per week & gardening included.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

June through September $3500 per week
October through May $3000 per week

Deposit of 25% at booking, balance including security deposit are paid 60 days prior to stay.

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