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A Stone Farmhouse With a Courtyard And a Vineyard In a First-Century Roman Town

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Stone Farmhouse With A Private Vineyard And A View Of A Restored Roman Theater

The Mas des Arcs is a nineteenth-century stone farmhouse, built partly from stones recycled from Roman buildings. In the cellar you can see a whole section of wall built with these stones. The house is built around a small courtyard with a wrought iron gate. Up until the middle of the twentieth century it was the farmhouse for a working farm. There is the base of an old olive oil press in the cellar. In the living room there is a huge working fireplace that the farmers used for their cooking; there are logs to burn in it if the day is cool.

The house is set on more than an acre and a half of land, with a small vineyard, a pine grove and a swimming pool. In the winter and early spring there are daffodils and other flowering bulbs, in the summer the fragrance of our lavender. There are fig trees, plumtrees, cherry trees and almond trees on the grounds and muscat grape vines in the courtyard and on a sunny south wall. This means blossoms in the winter and spring and fruit that you can pluck and eat in the summer and fall. We have planted herbs---rosemary, thyme, sage, tarragon and winter savory---that you can use in your cooking along with the leaves of a bay tree that stands outside the kitchen, protected from the winter cold by a huge old Cedar of Lebanon.

We spend a lot of time in our house in Vaison, so we have tried to make it as attractive and comfortable as possible. There are antique wooden shop signs and folk art---Haitian, Balinese, Mexican, French and American--on the walls. There are several Persian rugs on the floor that we brought back from Iran; we found one of them in a black tent of the Q'ash Q'ai nomads. There are also some of our own paintings and rugs. We do ask you not to smoke inside the house.

Downstairs the house has a large living room/dining room/library with a fireplace, a TV and a radio/ CD/tape player, a lavatory, the sun room and a large kitchen, equipped with five-burner, two-oven stove, a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and food processor. There is a clothes washer in the back for laundry. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms---three with two-person beds and one with twin beds---and one single bedroom, so the house can take up to nine people. There is also a crib in case you will be traveling with an infant. There are two bathrooms upstairs, one with a shower and one with a bath and shower. Across the courtyard are the ping-pong room and another lavatory. The house is well supplied with dining, bed and bath linens and is well-heated for the colder months. On the grounds there are several fragments of Roman architecture. There is plenty of room for parking. Outside the kitchen door there is a dining area facing the vineyard, where we have most of our meals during the warmer weather.

The house has Wi Fi and renters can have a bottle a day of wine made partly from the vines of our vineyard.

The house is set on more than an acre and a half of land, with a small vineyard, a pine grove and a swimming pool. In the winter and early spring there are daffodils and other flowering bulbs, in the summer the fragrance of our lavender. There are fig trees, plum trees, cherry trees and almond trees on the grounds and muscat grape vines in the courtyard and on a sunny south wall. This means blossoms in the winter and spring and fruit that you can pluck and eat in the summer and fall. We have planted herbs---rosemary, thyme, sage, tarragon and winter savory---that you can use in your cooking along with the leaves of a bay tree that stands outside the kitchen, protected from the winter cold by a huge old Cedar of Lebanon.

We spend a lot of time in our house in Vaison, so we have tried to make it as attractive and comfortable as possible. There are antique wooden shop signs and folk art---Haitian, Balinese, Mexican, French and American--on the walls. There are several Persian rugs on the floor that we brought back from Iran; we found one of them in a black tent of the Q'ash Q'ai nomads. There are also some of our own paintings and rugs. We do ask you not to smoke inside the house.

Downstairs the house has a large living room/dining room/library with a fireplace, a TV and a radio/ CD/tape player, a lavatory, a sun room and a large kitchen, equipped with five-burner, two-oven stove, a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and food processor. There is a clothes washer in the back for laundry. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms---three with two-person beds and one with twin beds---and one single bedroom, so the house can take up to nine people. There is also a crib in case you will be traveling with an infant. There are two bathrooms upstairs, one with a shower and one with a bath and shower. Across the courtyard are the ping-pong room and another lavatory. The house is well supplied with dining, bed and bath linens and is well-heated for the colder months. On the grounds there are several fragments of Roman architecture. There is plenty of room for parking. Outside the kitchen door there is a dining area facing the vineyard, where we have most of our meals during the warmer weather.

Vaison has a lively musical scene. It calls itself the European Choral City and is famous for its Choralies, a triennial festival where choruses from all over Europe come to sing in the Roman theater and other sites in the city. But there are more intimate music programs all the time, in the Roman theater, in the churches, at the Chateau de la Villasse. And serious dance is produced at the Roman theater in July. Once when we were there a rock group had a gig at the Roman theater. It was so loud that we decided we would give back $100 for any night that renters said they were disturbed by sound from the theater. Fortunately concerts like that are very rare; we have rarely been asked for a refund. On the whole noise isn't too much of a problem. Although the house is only a six minute walk from the center of town, it is in a greenbelt and it's oriented toward the vineyard, which is surrounded by a high hedge that not only keeps out noise but makes it very private. Mainly from the front bedroom you can often hear the traffic from a secondary road a few hundred feet away and a few evenings in the summer you can hear the music from Roman theater. But as one of our friends says, 'The vibrant life of your 2000-year-old Provençal town against the occasional noise? It's worth it!'

We bought the Mas des Arcs in 1989 and spend time there at least twice a year. We love our house in France and hope you will too.

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Owner
Phyllis Nauts
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2016

About Phyllis Nauts

We are artists. We live in Cornwall, Connecticut but spend about twelve weeks a year in the Mas des Arcs. Hendon graduated from Yale in 1954 and Phyllis from Smith in 1956. Hendon has a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Phyllis Nauts purchased this house in 1989

Why Phyllis Nauts chose Haut-Vaucluse

It is rare to find a house on the edge of a delightful market town with a view of a Roman theater that nevertheless has a rural feel with its own vineyard surrounded by a thirty-foot hedge.

What makes this house unique

You get a bottle of wine a day made with wine from our vineyard

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

A Stone Farmhouse With a Courtyard And a Vineyard In a First-Century Roman Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Better than advertised

  • 5 of 5

Three, widely traveled, couples just spent a week in Mas des Arcs and Vaison La Romaine. We were very impressed and found the town, region and home even better than advertised.

As advertised, Mas des Arcs is right across the street from a Roman Amphitheater. What we didn't understand is that is just part of a large complex including a museum. Well worth exploring. There are also Roman ruins at the top of the town.

Mas des Arcs is also perfectly located to explore Viason La Romaine on foot. We didn't think their on-line tourism information did the town justice. We found the town to be the perfect combination of a working village; along with just enough tourism. Not much English spoken here; which added to the authenticity. The small towns nearby were also delightful.

Phyllis left us detailed recommendations on places to eat. We followed several and found them her observations to be spot-on. We spent one day at Mount Ventoux. Two of us hiked up while the remainder visited an Inn and Sheep Farm. We all concluded with a fabulous lunch. Another day, we drove to a Chateauneuf du Pape winery. We found Nymes and Vaison market days to be very good. Our favorite dinner of the week was probably at La Fontaine, halfway up the hill in old town Vaison.

The grounds of the house were very nice with its own vineyard. The owner, Phyllis, was easy to work with. Overall, a great trip and I highly recommend anyone considering that area to consider this house and town.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time. The house is lovely, and perfectly situated within walking distance to town, yet surrounded by vineyards. I couldn''t recommend this house more. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Mas des Arcs, Vaison-la Romaine, Provence, France

  • 5 of 5

Mas des Arcs was exactly as advertised and as the photographs showed: spacious, comfortable, well-equipped, and across the street from a Roman theater. Its location was superb: the town of Vaison, with its Roman ruins and its Medieval section accessible by crossing a 2000 year old Roman bridge, was an easy 5-7 minute walk away. The town is centrally located amidst an abundance of beautiful wine villages and medieval hill towns, hugging the face of large hills. Day trips to places like Orange, Arles, and Avignon are entirely possible and recommended. There are excellent restaurants within the town and in nearby towns, but it is hard to resist the lure of cooking the excellent food products, so readily available, in the well-equipped kitchen.

The grounds have a small swimming pool and vineyard and are well-maintained, just in case one would like to "stay home" for a day. But with so much to see and do, that won't be likely.

We recommend this property and hope to return to Vaison ourselves..

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Fantastic Property - Unique location!

  • 5 of 5

We have come here several times for the same reasons: great location, nice size, wonderfully decorated and supplied, privacy and easy parking. While it can occasionally be noisy due to the amphitheatre across the street, that is also a part of the charm!

Very near the heart of Vaison so easy to walk into town while being on the outskirts. A wonderful holiday home- highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Magnificent

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I travel quite a bit and I think the Mas is my all-time favorite destination. It's every bit as beautiful as in the photos and couldn't be any more inviting inside. It's pretty much exactly how I'd want a house in Provence.

My favorite activity was sitting on the sun porch drinking the house wine while looking at the vineyard to the front of me and the Roman theater to the left. It's proximity to town is perfect and you can pretty much get away without even needing a car.

We bought chicken in town and I made dinner with rosemary, thyme and bay leaves I collected on the property. I can't think of a thing I'd change. Phyllis and Hendon are so thoughtful in every aspect of their home - it's clean, accommodating, contains everything you'd want or need and I can't thank them enough for sharing this gem.

Vaison is wonderful. It's small and quiet but with enough to see and do that you don't really even need to leave town. We walked to the neighboring town of Crestet one day which was fabulous and really enjoyed all the Roman ruins.

I can't wait to visit again!

Melody

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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A comfortable and well located Provencal lodging

  • 5 of 5

We shared the house with two other couples and had plenty of room. We found it to be comfortable, charming and beautifully located both for touring Provence and exploring the outstanding Roman ruins directly across the street. In fact, it is an ideal spot and we're hoping to return with our family in the near future..

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Map

http://www.francebikerentals.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
Car: necessary

The Mas des Arcs is in a greenbelt on the outskirts of Vaison la Romaine, an old Roman town in the Vaucluse, about three-quarters of an hour northeast of Avignon (see Map at the bottom). Vaison is a lively market town with several bakers and good local butchers, a greengrocer with superb produce and one of the best cheese stores in France. People come a long way to enjoy Vaison's Tuesday market, where you can get

everything from antiques to organic goat cheese. And if you want a change from shopping, you can explore several acres of Roman ruins right in the middle of town, visit the excellent archeological museum or cross the first-century Roman bridge to Vieux Vaison, a walled medieval hill town with tiny squares, cobblestone streets and a ruined castle at the top. There are good restaurants in Vaison as well as outdoor cafes for people-watching on the main square. You’ll find a folder in the house with notes about places to shop, restaurants, wines, and ideas for excursions.

There is a restored Roman theater across the street, where they have dance and music concerts. You can play tennis at a tennis club five minutes away. There are many local vineyards where you can talk to the winemaker as you try his or her wine, olive groves and cherry orchards, typical Provençal stone farmhouses and medieval villages perched in the hills. Vaison is within day-trip distance of Orange, Les Baux, Nîmes, Arles, Aix en Provence and Marseille. L'Isle sur la Sorgue, an important antiques center, is less than an hour away. In the winter there is skiing on nearby Mont Ventoux and world-class skiing in the Alps as little as two hours away. The whole region is wonderful for hiking, walking, bicycling, and exploring by car. There are many good restaurants and several exceptional ones within half an hour's drive of the house.

We offer our guests a bottle a day of wine made with grapes from our vineyard.

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Rates & Availability

Vaison-la-Romaine House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

We return the damage deposit within two weeks of our receiving the telephone bill from France Telecom, but France Telecom bills only every second second month and it takes time for the bill to get to us in Connecticut so there can be a wait before the deposit is returned.

In addition to the listed rates, which apply for up to six people, there is a charge of $200 a week for any week with more than six people up to our maximum of nine.

50% of the rent is due at the time of renting
50$ of the rent plus the $500 damage deposit is due two months before the beginning of the rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Vaison-la-Romaine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Lavatory near entrance
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Lavatory in ping-pong room across the courtyard
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Baby sitters and cooking possible if arranged in adfvance

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