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Village Life W/Spectacular View in Hilltop Village

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, Sleeps up to 4

Chez Ellen is nestled in the hillside of the perched village of Ansouis, which is rated one of the loveliest villages in France. In the middle ages, Ansouis held control of the pass between Apt and Aix en Provence. The Chateau d'Ansouis, which sits at the top of the village, was built around 961 and still retains its watchtower, iron entrance gate, and gardens. It is a short walk (5 minutes)from the house through the narrow maze of streets and the chateau is open for tours.

Take a morning stroll to our village boulangerie for a fresh baguette, or chocolate croissant, or to the new grocery for last minute items. Also located within a 5 minute walk are the Musee Extraordinaire, visitor's center, Bar des Sports (sports bar), the Tabac (gift shop & misc.,) our highly rated restaurants, and the Church of St. Martin.

In need of some exercise? Enjoy a hike through the vineyards and around the country homes at the base of the village. Take our bikes out for an afternoon ride. Go for a hike or swim at Etang de la Bonde (great spot for a picnic) or visit the nearby public swimming pool,there are 4 pools to choose from.

Day trips can include: the beach at Cassis (the Cote d' Azur or St. Tropez), Roussillon, the Camarque, Arles, Gordes, Marseille, Cannes, the Pont du Gard.... Take in the fresh air market offered in Ansouis (at the bottom of our street) or a nearby village almost everyday.

After your exciting day, return to Chez Ellen to relax. The first floor is designed for relaxing and entertaining. The fully stocked kitchen opens to the dining room where you will find beautiful provencal table linens. The kitchen cabinet doors were rescued from a ruined chateau as were all the house's interior doors. The living room has a candlelit fireplace along with media equipment, a large selection of DVDs and video tapes (children and adults in english and french,) wireless internet, puzzles, cards, games, and a small toybox. There is also a convertible sofa bed in the livingroom. In the sitting area, you can relax and read a book while sipping an espresso or a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful view of the Luberon through the large picture window.

Provence sunsets can be viewed from the terrace and the second floor balcony. Enjoy a beautiful summer breeze while grilling on the terrace and dining al fresco.

The two master bedrooms (located on the second level) have cozy queen-sized beds made with luxury linens. The larger of the two masters has an adjustable bed. Both bedrooms have writing desks perfect for penning postcards and each room has access to the spacious balcony where you can watch the sunrise. Along the second floor hallway is the library wall filled with an abundant collection of fiction, non-fiction, and France tour books.

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Karen Provost
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved it! It was one of those special and magical places. In fact, it set the standard so high that our next place couldn't begin to live up to Ansouis. We loved our week at Chez Ellen and Ansouis, many happy pictures and memories. We were there 1 week and would definitely recommend it. It was our 2nd trip to Provence. Liked the 'charm', small village feel, and its proximity to other neat areas: Les Baux, other Luberon villages, market at Lourmarin.....
Oct 2007
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Ansouis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full bathrooms. One with shower. One with tub + shower and separate WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Can be split into two twin beds.
  • Queen size Beds (2). Second bedroom can be set up with twin beds on request. Bed in master bedroom is an adjustable bed. Sleeper Sofa in downstairs living room (1). Very comfortable beds!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
High Quality Linens, Hairdryers (3), picnic items (cooler, water container, thermos, umbrella), swimming noodles for the lake, games, puzzles, 2 adult bicycles (kept in great condition).


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Village Life W/Spectacular View in Hilltop Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Once again, Chez Ellen delivers!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and village so much we came back a year later. Everything was as awesome as we remembered. This time we spent a bit more time at the house, even cooking once or twice, and loved it. Eating (or spending any time really) on the balcony is a treat for the soul. Lots of day trips to the beautiful countryside made the experiences even better. Just like we said last year, "All in all, it was an amazing experience, and we are VERY looking forward to going back one day."

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chez Ellen and Ansouis were incredible!

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend 6 days at Chez Ellen recently. I am not sure the experience could have been better. The house is amazing, and the views from it unbelievable. The house comes very well equipped, from the kitchen to the living room and bedrooms, but we keep going back to the terrace, and those views. Picking up breakfast in the village bakery and going back and eating at the terrace each morning was amazing. Great views, comfortable breezes, and if we had decided to cook, we could have had even more fun.

Ansouis is a very nice small village to stay in and visit, and I recommend taking the tour of the Chateau. Even with no real French in our arsenal, it was very interesting. Everyone was kind and friendly, and helped make the experience wonderful. Within 15-60 minutes from it, you have many wonderful places to visit, such as Gordes, Lourmarin, Cucuron (last two have great market days), Cassis, Aix, the Aix TGV station, Pont Du Gard, and much more. Ansouis was lovely to stay in, as well as a base for day trips. We went as far as Monaco and San Remo Italy, and that worked well also for that.

All in all, it was an amazing experience, and we are VERY looking forward to going back one day.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed very much

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views. Very helpful owners. Well equipped, and very comfortable. Great location for exploring the Luberon area. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

i have to admit as a likely returnee to chez ellen that i have a conflict of interest in heaping effusive praise on this property, but it is special and i feel obligated to share that information with other travelers. The view of the valley and the mountains in the VRBO photo literally does not do justice to the actual view from both the living room and a bedroom balcony. The house itself feels as if it's been carved into the side of a hill and is spacious enough to accommodate comfortably two couples for as long as they want to explore the luberon. The kitchen is well enough equipped to make most meals altho in this oasis of great little restaurants, you're unlikely to cook anything of significance in-house. Ansouis is a small hilltop town w/ as midieval a feel as you're likely to encounter absent access to a working time machine.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in Provence.

  • 5 of 5

My husband, sister and brother-in-law spent an unforgettable week in Ansouis at the beautiful, charming Chez Ellen. The house was just what we imagined a home in Provence to look like. It has modern convinces but still retained it's village charm, complete with purple shutters and stone floors. The kitchen was very well equiped and functional and we cooked delicious meals from our buys at local farmer's markets. All meals were eaten on the lovely terrace with the most amazing view of the mountains and vineyards. We watched the sunset here every night and it was always different. Thanks to the Provosts for sharing their home and also giving us so much valuable information about what to see and where to eat. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved Chez Ellen

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from a fabulous week at Chez Ellen. The village is very tiny but incredibly picturesque. The house is absolutely charming & was equipped with everything we needed. Frankly the photos of the view from the terrace don't do it justice! Sipping rose as we watched the sunset was a favourite activity. We would not hesitate to recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wine Tours, Classical music festival, concerts held at the chateau.


Rates & Availability

Ansouis House Rental Rates

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Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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