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Charming 16th C. Townhouse with Stunning Views-BT

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Townhome, 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our home is situated in a 16th century stone house at the center of Venasque (population 150), voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. On a quiet cul-de-sac, the house is private yet within walking distance of a boulangerie, a small grocery, and three fine restaurants. Our apt. has a rooftop terrace overlooking a valley of vineyards with spectacular views of Mount Ventoux. We have a second, adjoining apartment (sleeps 4) that can be linked and rented as a larger unit (sleeps 10) or shared by two families vacationing together.

Bouche Trou is a duplex that offers comfortable Provencal living year-round. Venasque, known for its cherry orchards, is a perched village surrounded by ancient, Saracen walls. Each morning, we go around the corner for our morning croissants and then follow one of 10 hiking trails from the village through glorious countryside.

The apartment has a big kitchen/dining area, spacious living room, three bedrooms (two Queen, two single beds) and two baths.

Keywords: Village townhouse

More Details

Julie Michaels Spence
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2016

About Julie Michaels Spence

My husband, Padraic, an ardent cyclist first visited Venasque when he came to follow the Tour de France with his sons. Once we discovered this gem of a village, we came back often, finally buying our home in 1993. We love the around-the-corner boulangerie, the hiking trails, the markets, the morning light, and all things Provencal.

Julie Michaels Spence purchased this townhome in 1993

Why Julie Michaels Spence chose Ventoux - Carpentras area

The most beautiful village in Provence. Private, quiet, an easy drive to the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, Avignon, and surrounding hilltowns. We love being in the village with access to a good croissant and three lovely restaurants.

What makes this townhome unique

Dinner on our rooftop terrace overlooking Mt. Ventoux. Heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted you to know how thoroughly we enjoyed Bouche Trou and our two weeks there in June. The house felt like a real home, to be lived in, and to return to and settle back in. I loved the kitchen. I happened to have been supplied with some lovely onions and garlic, as well as all the sugar, salt and flour one could ask for. That’s how I left it. It’s so nice to have a sense that the cooking goes on and on. The cookbooks are great too. Your pots are good; your stove works very nicely. These are excellent things when one is in the land of beautiful vegetables…and yes, it was cherry season. We ate them everyday. I loved the walk you can take from the village. We had drinks on the roof terrace every evening and felt we needed to pinch ourselves as Mt. Ventoux changed colors with the sunset. …The boulangerie is fantastic.
Jun 2010
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Venasque Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom Master - 1 queen , with private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , trundle bed opens into two twins
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Charming 16th C. Townhouse with Stunning Views-BT
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Hastings on Husdon, NY, USA

Like a Dream

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful get away for anyone looking to feel like they are in a romantic movie. The tiny town offers tremendous charm and relaxation. The house is perfect to make you feel like you are truly living in this picturesque place instead of being a mere visitor. Wine on the roof watching sunsets, coffee in the town square next to the fountain, dinner with vista views of the French countryside. Venasque has everything you need. No need to even leave her walls. A trip of a lifetime. Would come back and stay in this amazing home and town every summer if we could.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic France

  • 5 of 5

Julie Michaels, the owner of this property, has not fallen into the restoration frenzy that so many owners do. She has not knocked down the old and put in steel sinks and slabs of marble. She has, in fact, allowed this house to be what it is -- whitewashed and timbered, with beautiful red-tiled floors, Persian carpets, antique furnishings, and luxurious beds, all in the soft blues and buttery yellows of Provence. What a delight to sip a glass of wine on the rooftop terrace and watch the changing light on Mt. Ventoux. How special to walk around the corner each morning to the local bakery for my croissant. Some days we wandered off to explore other villages; on others, we stayed chez nous, walking the lavender-edges lanes, picking bouquets of wildflowers. and picnicking in the cherry orchards. A perfect holiday.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Retreat in Venasque

  • 5 of 5

Venasque is stunning and convenient to many outstanding destinations in Provence.

The property is walkable to several restaurants and shops not to mention ancient architecture.

Nice large living room on second floor with great books on Provence . Room to cook and dine on large kitchen. Need to

Be facile with going up and down stairs.

Interesting old French furniture and artifacts

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Original Gated Community

  • 5 of 5

What fun to stay in a walled village in the heart of Provence. This lovely multi storied rustic home was ours for a week in the spring. From the roof we could see the surrounding countryside and spent days hiking the well marked trails from village to village. The lavender and rosemary carpeted the trails. The perfect vacation for us( two outdoor loving fit folks) We loved the peace, beauty and the comfortable, cozy living quarters. Cooking in the traditional Provencal kitchen was wonderful especially after shopping at the amazing open air markets in the area. The roof top terrace was a great hide away for afternoon April..when it was cool.... the living room was bright cheer and ultra comfy. (great book collection).

Do need to have a car.

Highly recommend. Will go back....need to explore more in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!! An absolutely charming, wonderful, comfortable house in the midst of an incredibly romantic, very French stone village. The owners, Pad and Julie, could not have been more accommodating or easy to deal with, the place is spectacular, the view from the roof a lifetime memory, and Provence....what more can we say!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Autoroute de Solleil
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

A picturesque village within a short drive to all that Provence has to offer: Abbey de Senanque, Roussilion, Gordes, Avignon, L'Isle sur La Sorgue market. Beautiful walks, markets galore, great food, breath-taking views.


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7 night minimum stay

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