|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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This villa in Provence is located within walking distance of a small village of 200 residents, so as you enjoy a morning coffee from your stone terrace, you’ll be able to watch the hillside village begin its daily routine. Take the short walk to the village’s restaurant for a bite to eat and explore the 12th century church, or stay at home and play a round of the traditional French game petanque or splash around in the private pool. This villa has a fenced area for children to play in, and an indoor play room so it’s a good choice for families. And antique lovers take note: you’ll be close to one of France’s great antiquing destinations, Isle-sur-Sorgue, which boasts not only hundreds of antique shops but also a weekly antique fair.
This property is set on 2.5 acres of land with many olive trees. There is an infinity pool (10 x 4m) built into the rock face, whose water cascades into a lower pool area. There are multiple terraces, one that leads to the kitchen and dining room that is equipped with a barbeque and is ideal for al fresco dining. There is a children’s garden outside the indoor children’s playroom, which is fenced and flat. There’s also an area for playing petanque, and private parking for three cars.
Ground Floor: This villa is entered via one of its terraces. There is a living room with double doors opening onto the terrace, a fireplace, and seating. The dining room has a table and chairs for 10 guests, and a nearby library/office area. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, oven, microwave, kettle, and toaster. There is a children’s playroom with some toys, a TV, and a DVD player, as well as access to a children’s garden area. There is a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer, and a guest bathroom with a sink and toilet.
First Floor: 16 winding steps lead up to this floor, which has 6 bedrooms, all which have fans. The first is a master bedroom with a queen size bed (160 cm) and an ensuite bathroom with an iron bathtub, a separate shower, twin sinks, and separate toilet. The second has twin beds. The third has a single trundle bed (90 cm) that can be pulled out to make twin beds, and en ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. The remaining three bedrooms have standard double beds of 140 cm wide (comfortable for one; cozy for two) and ensuite bathrooms with a shower, sink, and toilet.
Lower Level: This floor has a bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, which is easily accessible from the pool area.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
Catering Service: 12 Euros per person and up
Pool Heating: Upon Request
There are three bedrooms with 140 cm wide standard double beds, which are considered narrow for two by US standards.
Fans are available in each bedroom.
There is a Jacuzzi on the property, but it is not in use and not filled with water.
This is a non-smoking property.
We truly loved the property.
This is the perfect French Provence chateau! The young woman Severine was so very helpful. She went out of her way to try and find solutions to the van problem and allowed us to park in her parents' lot. She also tried to help us for a trip out the first night, and she directed us to shopping.
The road leading to the property is a little precarious. We had a 9 passenger van and it was a little unnerving trying to maneuver the small road. There were quite a few stairs and anyone with a knee problem may find it a bit difficult.
Very quiet area but liked the antique market in Ile sur la Sorgue.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Fontaine de Vaucluse, not within walking distance but very close.
Tips or Restaurants:
A wonderful restaurant, Dominiques, in Fontaine de Vaucluse
Our GPS brought us near but Severine was so helpful and came and got us and brought us directly to the house. I don't know if we would have found it on our own.
Check In Out:
The process was simple and with no problems.
Overall, we had a great time. Good location, good facilities, although a few maintenance issues. Great for the 9 people we had there at the peak, including 2 young kids.
The location, close to many interesting sights. The fact that all bedrooms had en-suite bathrooms. Good shopping including supermarkets, etc a few minutes away. Good WiFi, lots of hot water. Great views from the large terrace to the hillside village.
The road in and out is very narrow, one lane, a problem if you meet someone coming the other way. The en-suite bathrooms, except for the main bedroom, were all small, and separated from each bedroom by a flimsy curtain. There were mildew stains in some bathrooms. In the kitchen, there was chipped crockery and the fridge door needs repairing, as does the oven door. Editor's Note: The owner addressed maintenance issues in winter 2014 in preparation for the 2015 season. March 2015
Lots to see within an hour or so driving. Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Aix-en-Provence, Pont-du-Gard, Orange, St-Remy-de-Provence, the Luberon, etc. Great markets at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Sunday), and Carpentras (Friday).
Nearby Events or Locales:
Saumane-de-Vaucluse is a few minutes walk away, although it is small, very quiet, no shops, the one restaurant closes from September to March. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a few minutes drive away, a busy town with all facilities, including a fabulous market on Sundays (get there early to be able to park)
Tips or Restaurants:
Only arrive in a small car, as the road in and out is exceedingly narrow. Plenty of restaurants in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, plus a couple of good ones in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, just around the corner.
We came from Avignon using our GPS which bypassed L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, so we missed vital landmarks noted in the directions, and hence got totally lost. There is no sign indicating the property when you arrive, except for a small no. 64 in the driveway.
Check In Out:
We didn't like having to send one security deposit to the UK and pay another deposit on arrival.
We enjoyed the villa. The local restaurant was excellent. The villa was a little challenging to find but once we got there we loved it!
Great views! Pool was a hit. Had some recreational equipment. Living rooms was very comfortable.
The local "hunting dogs" were a pain with their late night barking. We had instructions on who to call to lodge a complaint, but didn't want to do that ....we were on vacation, after all. Clothesline needs to be replaced and be better located.
Isle sur le Sourges was great to visit on market day! Walking thru Saumane de Vaucluse and the local restaurant was great!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Easy walk into the village of Saumane de Vaucluse. There are no shops but good local restaurant.
Get a GPS locater, had challenges finding the property.
The Provencal villa is within walking distance of the village of Saumane de Vaucluse, which has about 200 residents, a 12th century church and a bar/restaurant. A few minutes away by car is Isle-sur-Sorgue, a magical town sits on the islands between five branches of the river Sorgue, which flows out of nearby Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. This gives the town a Venice-like appeal and although there are no gondolas, there are plenty of ancient waterwheels, some of which are still turning. In the center of the old town you can see the Notre Dame des Anges, built in 1222 and rebuilt in the 17th century. In addition to the scenery, there is also plenty of shopping to be had all around. Market days are Sunday and Thursday, and daily during the summer. The town is famous for its antiques, with over 300 antique shopes to explore and an antique market open on Sunday. Around Isle sur la Sorgue, there are many fascinating Provencal villages to explore, including Fontaine de Vaucluse, Cavaillon, Carpentras, and Chateaurenard. The nearest city is Avignon, a city is ringed by a medieval wall, inside of which you will find narrow, winding streets and ancient buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Avignon is easy to get in and out of by train. Aix-en-Provence 78 km Avignon 28 km Luberon 19 km Isle-sur-Sorgue 8 km Saumane de Vaucluse 500 m