A typical Provencal priory in an authentic village is just what your large family is dreaming of for their stay in France. Located in Cabrières d’Avignon, this six bedroom villa, characterized by warm colors, is slightly reminiscent of a Tuscan property but the private garden and pool area, as well as the town’s church looming over your property, are all typically French and very Provencal. This location is very central for visiting the villages of Luberon, including Avignon.
A restored 18th century priory, this sunny, south facing property has an attractive garden complete with original features such as an old well, stone table and garden statues against a backdrop of the 16th century church in the adjacent square. There is a fenced swimming pool (approx. 10 m x 5 m, depth 1m to 2m), and several garden areas designed for ‘al fresco’ dining.
This former priory has high spacious rooms with antique furniture, original tiled floors and authentic wooden ceilings giving this villa a very charming atmosphere.
Ground Floor: The entrance hall has a beautiful stone staircase, and leads to the open plan living/dining room with Satellite TV, a stone fireplace, a table seating 14 people, and a computer desk with internet access. There is a well equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art stove and electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. There is a laundry room with washing machine, dryer, fridge/freezer and extra sinks. There is a guest bathroom with a toilet.
First Floor (split levels): This floor has all 6 bedrooms and a small balcony overlooking the square of the village church. Bedrooms 1 and 2 are adjoining and ideal for a family. One has a king size bed (180 cm) and the second has two large single beds. These bedrooms share a retro style bathroom with tub and toilet which is accessible from the first bedroom. Bedroom 3 has a king size bed (180 cm), and a bathroom with an Italian shower and toilet. Bedroom 4 has two large single beds and a bathroom with shower and toilet. Bedroom 5 has a standard double bed (140 cm), comfortable for one and cozy for two, and a bathroom with tub and toilet. Bedroom 6, decorated in a Moroccan style, has a standard double bed with canopy (140 cm - comfortable for one; cozy for two), a bathroom with tub and toilet, a small balcony overlooking the pool.
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.
Extra Housekeeping: 15 Euros per hour
There is an English-speaking "Meet & Greet" upon arrival.
Standard double beds (140 cm), although very common in France, are considered narrow for two by U.S. standards.
Housekeeping is provided for 4 hours. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
The villa surpassed what we expected. It was better than pictured on your website - often pictures just don't do justice! The yard was wonderful and more extensive than it looked. We really enjoyed it for breakfast and after dinner. The pool was just wonderful! All bedrooms were a good size, had very comfortable beds and while some bathrooms were much nicer and newer than others, all were fine! The grand salon was perfect. Kitchen facilities and dishes, utensils, pans, etc. left nothing to be desired. There were many sets of dishes to choose from, plenty of nice table linens and lots of wine glasses. The coffee machine was a little slow - but worked. Refrigerator and freezer was larger than I expected. It was wonderful having a great gas grill and 2 additional outside eating areas. Washing machine and dishwasher were great. Dryer was fine too, just typical European dryer with a water drawer to change and took a long, long time. We rarely used it. There were several clothes lines we used and it was nice to have sun kissed clothes. Parking facilities were great! Enough car port type space for 3 vehicles to be out of the sun and room in the driveways for more.
The village was wonderful. Charming, authentic, and not touristy at all. It has a great bakery, butcher, small grocery store with lots of fresh produce and a couple of nice places to eat. I did choose this villa partly for it location which was absolutely great for touring Provence. Prior to this visit, I had visited Provence 4 times and spent several weeks in different areas. The villa had lots of nice areas to walk. It was fun being next to the church! The bells only chimed from 7am - 9 pm. We did get to see 2 weddings.
Directions very easy to find villa.
Excellent stay and everybody enjoyed themselves.
Lovely lounge, great outside areas for a large (9 person) group. Lovely garden leading out onto the village square, plenty of room for parking. Nice pool area with nice size swimming pool. Nicely furnished and decorated in keeping with the period of the property.
The kitchen area was a little small, no problem for us but if the weather was not so good then you would have to use the dining table in the lounge. The bathroom facilities are adequate only, some of the bathrooms only had a bath with a hand held shower which wasn't ideal. The majority of the bedrooms were a good size.
Fantastic location, beautiful non-touristy village with wonderfully friendly people. Great local produce from the few (but enough) shops in the village, if needed a supermarket is just over a five minute drive away. Easy drives to fantastic locations, Avignon, Isles Sur La Sorgue, Gordes, Pont de Gard to name a few.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Cabrieres D'Avignon. The property is right in the village next to the village church, lovely walking through the village at any time but especially at dusk when the street lights are just coming on. Restaurant and shops within minutes walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring soap. There are many, many restaurants in Isles Sur La Sorgue about 15 minutes away, all running alongside the river that runs through the town. If you want to stay in, the local butcher has plenty of local produce and makes his own delicatessen meat dishes and terrines. He also makes spit roasted chickens but ask him to take the head and feet off, this with some cheese and olives from the local shop (try the french beer) and fresh bread from the bakery--a meal fit for a king!
We did use a GPS and had no problems finding the property.
Check In Out:
Check in, check out was easy. Owner greeted us on arrival and said goodbye on departure. All easy with no problems.