|Space||3,229 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Charming Provencal house built into the ramparts of a medieval village.
Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, one toilet, three sitting rooms, dining area, four terraces and one garden. Garage for parking.
Popular with discerning traveller who likes quality, comfort, spaciousness and modern appliances in an historic setting.
Sablet is popular with travellers but not overwhelmed by tourists.
Beautifully renovated, Provencal village house built into the ramparts of a medieval village, situated between the Mediterranean and the Alps, especially popular with the discerning traveller who enjoys quality accommodation, wine and food.
Five bedrooms – Two king size beds, six single beds (can be made into king beds upon request).
One bathroom with bath (en-suite)
Two bathrooms with spacious showers
One cloakroom toilet
Two washing machines (one located in downstairs apartment)
Two tumble driers (one located in downstairs apartment)
Four terraces with more than 180 deg views of vineyards and villages
Small garden under the vine – leads onto La Place des Barrys and its famous viewing point
Three sitting rooms – apartment, ground floor and first floor
On one of our four terraces with panoramic views, our garden or dedicated dining area in kitchen.
Two kitchens with top brand appliances – we often attract people who enjoy cooking the produce purchased at the market.
The house can be split into two units or rented as one unit. Three bedrooms in top unit with four terraces and two bedrooms in lower unit with use of the garden. Each with cooking, dining and laundry facilities. I can recommend the best solution for your party so please do not hesitate to ask for a quote.
Secret Provence…..Our little village of Sablet and its commercial services
Office de Tourism (sells wines from Sablet vineyards)
Boutique de cadeaux
Taxi (bike hire)
Bus route – Vaison la Romaine, Orange….
Weekly (all year):
Thursday – Fresh fish stall and cheese producer sell in space outside the supermarket up to 1.00 pm
Friday – Small market selling fresh produce, charcuterie, cheese, olives, fruit and vegetables up to 1.00 pm
July - Journee du Livre
August - Fete de Votive
October – Le Festival des Soupes (Sablet, surrounding towns and villages)
Mid-September – Harvest and associated celebrations
Throughout the summer, Sunday Brocantes et Vides Greniers, soirées musicales dans les vignes.
Wine tasting – central area for Cote du Rhone named wine villages, Seguret, Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, Chateauneuf du Pape. Tours are available through a local tour guide.
Cooking – pick up some tips at a class run at one of the local Provencal cookery schools.
Musical festivals – Vaison la Romaine have annual musical concerts – Choralies de Vaison la Romaine (4,000 choristers and musicians come together).
History – Vaison la Romaine Gallo-Roman Archaeological Sites, Cathedral, Our Lady of Nazareth, Vieux Village, Archaeological Museum
Cycling – through the vineyards or perhaps the popular route to the top of Mont Ventoux – you might be lucky enough to see some famous cyclists competing in the Tour de France! Our local taxi office hires bikes (including electric ones).
Walking – there are many walking routes along the quiet roads and lanes leading from Sablet
Climbing – Dentelles de Montmirail
Swimming – Piscine Municipal: Beaumes de Venise; Vaison la Romaine, Orange. Lac de Monteux (also a water park, Lac du Paty (Caromb), Gorges du Toulourenc near Malaucene.
Gourmet Fair – Vaison la Romaine, end of October
Photography – Daily Provencal life, architecture, Lavender Fields – Sault or Senanque Abbey near Gordes
Relax – Spa de Ventous, Malaucene
Markets – dedicated day for each of the following nearby villages and towns:
Monday – Bedoin
Tuesday – Vaison la Romaine
Wednesday – Buis les Barronnies
Thursday – Nyons
Friday – Carpentras
Saturday – Ste Cecile les Vignes
Sunday – Isle sur la Sorgue (including famous antique market and shops)
Avignon – 40 minutes
Uzes – 1 hour
Nimes – 1 hour
Les Baux – 1 hour
Saint-Remy-de-Provence – 1 hour
Marseille – 1 and a half hours
Cassis – 2 hours
Aix en Provence – 1 and a quarter hours
Lourmarin, Gordes, Roussillon, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Cucuron
You won't want to leave or you most certainly will return!
I am a retired teacher who is lucky enough to spend her time, with her partner John, a retired building contractor, between two of the most beautiful places in the world, Sablet, France and Ballintoy on the Causeway Coast, N Ireland.
Both of us grew up in N Ireland and over latter years we holidayed in France where my family also have homes. We enjoyed our trips so much that we started to search for a potential holiday home. After a couple of years search and continually being drawn to this one property, advertised with local estate agents, we finally put in an offer and were overjoyed when it was accepted approximately ten years ago.
As we were often at home in N Ireland, initially due to work commitments, we decided that there was an opportunity for holiday lets. Our business has grown over this time and we have many guests who return year after year.
Three years ago we were lucky enough to acquire a second holiday rental property back home in N Ireland. We purchased a beach side cottage in the popular harbour village of Ballintoy, situated between the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and The Giants Causeway.
Two very different parts of the world, not least of all the contrasts of weather, however, each having it's own charm.
Louise Nelson purchased this house in 2006
We viewed this property several years ago and were blown away by the views (180 deg plus) which was the predominant reason for making the purchase. Upon arrival and without exception, guests are taken aback by the vista. The quality of the recent renovation - the house was lovingly rebuilt from a ruin by a committed German couple, as can be seen in the quality of amenities, fixtures and fittings, this was our second reason. Last but certainly not least, the picturesque, medieval, village itself. We visited an antique market in Sablet several years ago where we purchased an old French chair which was shipped back to N Ireland - we liked the atmosphere and location of the village, rural France but close to road, rail and air infrastructure for sight-seeing and travelling. We felt it was just right!
Location, location, location! This spacious village property offers guests a piece of French history, tastefully furnished with all the conveniences of modern life. High ceilings, large rooms, wide staircase, four terraces with unrivalled views, three living areas, five bedrooms, three bathrooms with roomy walk-in showers and cloakroom toilet. Room for families and couples alike with space for privacy when the need arises.
Guests who arrive are blown away by the views that are so difficult to capture in image. On one occasion we were offered more rental such was the reaction of one traveller to the view!
Guests love the house and it's spaciousness. The kitchen and it's appliances are second to none for a rental property. I have food writers and critics come to stay to prepare meals from the Provencal produce purchased at the market and served on one of the two adjacent terraces to the kitchen.
Many a glass of Cote du Rhone wine has been enjoyed as we soak up the view of the sunset in the hot, dry, climate from the library terrace.
Depending on budget and party size you can rent our apartment with the garden leading onto La Place des Barrys, the top unit with three bedrooms and four terraces or for larger parties the whole house approached from Grande Rue. Price will depend on numbers in party and season of year. Advertised price is a guide only.
On occasions John and I will be in residence if only part of the property is let, specifically, Summer and Autumn.
Read reviews to get a sense of the experience had by previous guests. We are delighted by the response.
Admission up front: we are long time and relentless Francophiles, having visited France on more than 40 separate vacations commencing in 1972 and continuing nearly yearly thereafter and sometimes several times a year. About 20 years back we began to rent apartments or houses from which we pursued circular tours of the vicinity for segments of a week or multiple weeks (including two sabbaticals where we were in France for 2 to 4 months). We found that the exceptional convenience of unpacking only once or twice and the space afforded by renting far eclipsed hotel stays and allowed for our passion to cook in our rental property as well as visit a variety of local restaurants noted for the pleasure of dining there. During all that time, we never stayed in a place we enjoyed more than yours. Our latest visit to Sablet was our 4th to that immediate area. The town is as typical, picturesque and enjoyable as any small Provencal wine town can boast. But it is the home itself that is the highlight. The views from the 4 terraces of the house (set at the points of the compass) allow one to pick the view and the sun direction one desires at the moment. The views from the main terrace are to the north and west over an immense distance of some of the most attractive vineyards that France has to offer. The house itself is near the top of the hill crowning the village and the general views are spectacular. The village has all the amenities available that a visitor could want and the immediate area provides a rich and varied choice of restaurants ranging from simple bistro style dining to epicurean delights. The rooms are cool and spacious with high ceilings. The bathrooms (rarely notable in much of France), have all been reconstructed to a very high standard as has the whole house over a span of nearly 20 years. The most distinguished component is the updated kitchen (with everything needed supplied), next to the main spectacular terrace that affords an ideal place for outdoor dining amid a profusion of beautiful flowering shrubs There is even a locked garage. But it is the English speaking owners and the local property manager that impressed us the most. Their combined input on local attractions and kindly hospitality is a huge plus. We certainly intend to return periodically to Sablet if Les Quattre Terrasses is available going forward. We recommend it as one of the very best we have ever visited in all our numerous trips to France.
As the house can be subdivided, please contact the owner for a price which will depend on season, party sizes and guest requests. A supplement will be charged during periods in inclement weather should central heating be required. Please ask for a quote upon booking. While I do not charge a security deposit, guests remain responsible for any breakage or damage occurred during their stay and must report any accidents prior to their departure so as arrangements can be made for repair or replacement of the item/s. This condition will form part of the booking contract.
This was our second time at this property. After our short first visit we fell in love with the four terraces, spacious facility and well appointed kitchen so had to come back. Louise and John are caring hosts who answer all questions and are very amenable to all requests. If you need them they are there but respect your privacy and space. They are so pleasant to deal with which only increased our desire to come back. They treat you like family.
Sablet is perfectly situated to explore the Vaucluse. With short drives you can visit so many places like Gigondas, Vaison, Crestet, Cairanne, Rasteau, Roaix, Chateauneuf de Pape, Tavel, Lyrac, Pont D'Arc, Avignon and many other environs all within an hour drive or less. If you use the highways you can even explore further in a day. Of course for us it is being surrounded by world class wine villages and of course provencal markets every day of the week to people watch.
Our first visit was only 4 days and we left feeling deprived so this trip booked for 12 and treated the Sablet rental as a Canadian cottage where we go to re-create and ponder the wonders of the world. With more days to explore we weren't rushed or harried in the least. Of course having excellent fall weather helped. We missed the scorching heat of the summer and left before the French fall weather moved in.
Highly recommend this location and its owners.
Not sure when but we will be back.
Les Quatre Terrasses consists of two separate rental units; the house and the basement apartment. My wife and I rented the 2-bedroom house for three weeks in October, 2016 during which the owners occupied the basement apartment. The house and its furnishings are very nice and the owners were hospitable and helpful. There were, however, a couple of surprises.
The first surprise came before we left home but after we were financially committed (final payment, airfare, train fare and rental car) when we learned that we really hadn’t rented a 2-bedroom house, but rather the house with only one useable bedroom. And if we wanted to accommodate visitors for a few days (which we did) we would have to pay a substantial additional fee (in cash) for use of that second bedroom. Over the past few decades, my wife and I have rented 14 vacation houses across the U.S. and Europe, including 3 other houses in Sablet. They were all multi-bedroom/multi-bath houses and there was never any discussion about notifying the owners that friends would be visiting or paying extra to accommodate them. Since we were financially committed and had extended the invitation to our friends, we had no choice but to succumb and agree to the extra cost.
The second surprise came when we arrived at the house and saw that the common staircase connecting the 3 floors of the house extended down to the basement apartment with no door separating the two rental units. Anyone occupying the basement unit can enter the house unit by simply walking up the stairs. It became clear that we hadn’t really rented a house; we had rented some of the rooms in a house. This is not made clear in the description of the house and had we known that beforehand, we wouldn’t have rented it.
And by the way, the house has a clothes washer but the clothes drier included in the description of the house is a wire stretched across one of the terraces.
If we return to Sablet for a fifth visit, it won’t be to Les Quatre Terrasses.
Our stay at Quatre Terraces was beyond any expectation. Louise and John, the owners of the home, are very friendly and helpful. Louise always responded to my many questions in writing both when I first inquired about the home and after we decided to rent it but had not yet stayed there. She answered each question in a very thorough, detailed manner. Upon our arrival into the town of Sablet, we were a bit lost and so John immediately drove his car to where we were and had us follow him to the home. Louise and John were never intrusive but we enjoyed our talks with them when we saw them.
Now to the home itself: PERFECT! What a beautiful home in a great village! My husband and I stayed for a week with another couple. We stayed on different floors of the house, each having a beautiful bedroom, wonderful bathroom and a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. The kitchen was beautifully designed with high quality appliances and cabinetry and a big dining table and it was equipped with all that anyone would need. The library and living room were also comfortable rooms in which to relax. The highlight however is the QUATRE TERRACES. We walked into the village most mornings and bought delicious pastry at the boulangerie and neighboring grocery store and then ate our breakfasts on two of the terraces off of the kitchen and living room and also enjoyed late afternoon cocktails on the terrace off of the library. There is also a small fourth terrace off of the bedroom on the top floor in which those people staying in that room can enjoy. The view from each terrace of the surrounding countryside, neighboring hilltop village of Seguret and of homes in the village was absolutely breathtaking. While it is a very old home that is a part of the village ramparts, it has been totally updated and furnished beautifully. We loved the tile floors, light colors and beautifully decorated rooms.
Our hope had been to experience life in a beautiful home in a small old village in Provence where there were few tourists ( no one spoke English in the village--this is a "real" French village). Sablet is such a town and Les Quatre Terraces is perfect!
From initial contact to check out our hosts, John and Louise were tremendously helpful and friendly.
They answered all our questions promptly and even stocked our kitchen prior to our arrival on a Sunday when the local markets were closed!
Les Quatre Terraces is a fantastic place for couples travelling together. There is plenty of space for everyone, all amenities needed for gourmet meals along with multiple options for dining nearby. The place was immaculate and no detail was overlooked. We feel lucky to have found such a great place.
I strongly recommend this amazing home!
We stayed two weeks with some friends and family. Caroline, the property manager took very good care of us. The facilities were far and away above expectations. We have ties to the area and this will be our first choice for accommodations in the future.
My wife and I stayed at Les Quatre Terraces for a week last October, as well as two other properties in France. This place blew the others away. The gite was well-appointed, spotless and perfectly situated in the "wine side" of Provence.. The views from the terraces were breathtaking; all the way to Mt. Ventoux from a terrace in one direction and the lights of Orange in the distance from another. The gite had attention to detail with a healthy dose of Irish hospitality in the heart of France. Plenty of local markets and all the usual suspects of attractions but there is also world-class wine country, as well as some serious restaurants "a cote". I had stayed in Sablet before in a very nice rental but this place absolutely rocks! We can't wait to return. Thank you, Louise and John.
Enjoy the traditions of French village life in Sablet, in the heart of the Cote du Rhone wine growing region, approx .9 km from Vaison-la-Romaine, where you can soak up the market atmosphere every Tuesday morning. Walk to the picturesque village of Seguret, stop for a tasting at one of the renowned Sablet Wineries. Explore the well known neighbouring villages - Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacquyras and Beaumes de Venise! All your daily needs can be met in the village: bakeries, butcher, grocery store, fish market (Thursday morning), newsagent, pharmacy, tobacconist (gifts), bank and post office. Enjoy an aperitif, coffee or lunch in the cafe, a simple meal in the restaurant in the square or, for those special occasions, some typical Provencal cuisine in Les Abeilles. The major 'fete' held in July is the 'Journee du Livre' or book fair, a two day event, hosted by the residents of Sablet, when well known authors from all over France come to the village.
Mont Ventoux: Malaucene, is approximately 20 km from the house where you can commence your journey to the summit of Mont Ventoux. A good 'warm-up' for those who wish to cycle. Secure lockup for bikes is provided.
Ski: Ski station in Provence - Mont Serein Ski Station, 9 ski-lifts, 12 km of pistes
Summary of Activities:
Cote du Rhone wines: Chateauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras, Gigondas
Wine Tours: Sablet, Gigondas, Rasteau and Seguret
Medieval villages: Sablet, Seguret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Markets: Vaison la Romaine, Carpentras, Malaucene, Nyons. Bedoin
French Cuisine: Sablet, Roaix, Gigondas, Seguret, Cairanne
Historical Sites: Vaison la Romaine, Orange and Avignon
Cycling: Mont Ventoux and region
Cookery Classes: Vaison la Romaine
Hill Climbing: Dentelle de Montmirail
Golf: Orange or Avignon
Swimming: Beames de Venise, Vaison la Romaine
Kayaking: Pont du Gard, Ardeche
Chateax and Cathedrals: The Palais des Papes, Avignon