About the property
- Farmhouse1722 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
3 bedroom family home with swimming pool and panoramic views of Mont Ventoux
At a glance:
* beautiful old Provencal stone farmhouse
* in a village with all amenities (300m walk to shops)
* large 10 meter private swimming pool
* extensive garden with splendid views all around
* sleeps 6 (3 double bedrooms)
* well equipped kitchen
* internet, wi-fi, hi-fi's, TV, DVD
* bathroom with shower and bath
* two separate toilets (one upstairs, one downstairs)
* extensive library
* toys and games for children
* ample parking on private driveway
"Les Aires" is our beautiful and unique family home, situated in the delightful medieval village of Mirabel-aux-Baronnies in Provence. We ourselves live in the house year round, but during school holidays we are often away visiting friends and relatives in northern Europe.
The house, built from the local "Saffre" or sandstone, is an ancient farmhouse on a hillside in the village. The inside of the house measures 160 square meters / 1700 square feet. The back of the house is not just built against the rock wall, but actually built into it: the living room and the kitchen on the ground floor extend deep back into caves that were dug out or formed in the sandstone centuries ago. The rock wall at the back of the house, together with the thick stone walls, ensure that the house remains pleasantly cool even during the hottest of Provencal summers.
In addition to the unique caves, the house retains numerous charming details and features from its former life as a farmhouse. For example, ancient oak beams, the "manger" where the animals once fed, stone walls & archways, and old terracota stone floors.
The large (1500 sq meter / third of an acre) tiered garden contains many different trees, shrubs and plants. During the early summer one can enjoy the delicious fruits of the mulberry tree and wild plums, and later perhaps fig and quince. And of course there is an almost limitless supply of those Provencal kitchen staples: rosemary and thyme.
From the dappled shade of the Cedar tree in the middle of the garden and the surrounding patio there is a stunning 180 degree panorama encompassing olive groves, vineyards, fields and orchards, with the nearby hills and mountains forming a backdrop culminating in a splendid view of the highest of them all, Mont Ventoux. The Cedar also hosts two swings for children.
Our 10m (32 feet) long pool is in a beautiful setting and provides space for swimming, splashing or simply cooling off whilst taking in the same superb views.
The house itself will comfortably sleep 6 in its three double bedrooms, with each bedroom offering beautiful views to the east. One of the bedrooms has a large south facing terrace/balcony overlooking the garden. The upstairs bathroom has a shower and a bath, with a separate toilet. Downstairs there is an additional toilet.
The living room, which extends far back into a cave in the rock wall, provides plenty of sofa space and comfortable reclining chairs. The cave keeps the house pleasantly cool throughout the summer. A large screen TV, DVD player and hi-fi are available. There is also an extensive library of books in English, French and Dutch. For the musically minded, we have a piano and an acoustic guitar. There are a selection of toys and games for children. Wi-fi is available throughout the house.
The kitchen, with its work tops made from beautiful antique tiles, provides all the usual facilities (gas hob, oven, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, blender, etc) and is well equiped with pans, utensils & cutlery. A huge, long oak table easily accomodates six people. We have a large selection of cookery books to inspire.
The village has excellent facilities, all of which are within a few hundred meters walk of the house: two bakers, a butcher, general store, tabac, post-office, cafe, bookshop, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, cash machine and a small weekly market. There is also a playground and skate park on the other side of the village. More extensive facilities are available in the two nearby towns, Nyons and Vaison la Romaine, both of which are 7km / 4 miles away.
Our house makes a superb base for those interested in hiking, biking and climbing. There are countless wonderful walks in the area, ranging from anything from a short stroll to a full-blown GR. We have plenty of maps and guidebooks available. For cyclists, the challenge of Mont Ventoux awaits, along with countless other peaks and tours. For climbers, there are at least ten excellent crags within half an hour's drive of the house. We are keen climbers ourselves, so can gladly point you to suitable areas, including a few lesser-known places.
Whilst we gladly welcome children of all ages (we ourselves have a lively seven year old), please note that the garden is not an ideal place to leave young children unattended as there are a number of steep slopes guarded only by low walls.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
We look forward to welcoming you!
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french, german, dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 08, 2018
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Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful view of the mountains, privacy and lovely pool
We had a fabulous time here. The owners were excellent in their communication. The property is as described and the region is charming.
Wonderful home, hosts, location for exploring!
We recently stayed in this beautiful house in Provence and couldn't have been more pleased. The home is spacious [we didn't even use one of the bedrooms], clean, well equipped. We used as our base for exploring vineyards as well as traveling to Orange for a performance at Theater Antique. This by the way was a great decision because it was an easy ride home and we didn't have to spend a holiday night in a city.
Our son loved the swimming pool which was very clean, situated w privacy & comfort in mind. There are pool loungers, umbrella, outdoor shower.
We ate all of our meals on the terrace as the views are quite lovely.
If you're seeking a big yard to play ball in, this is not the right property. It's unique w small areas for sitting and relaxing but they are built into the hillside.
The owners are lovely. The house is decorated w excellent artwork & attention to detail. Personally, I loved the linens. Not sure if they were pressed - but it certainly felt like it! Even on the warmest of days - we slept quite comfortably in the evenings.
Large TV, washer & plenty of sun to dry your clothes.
We've rented my vacation homes & I can say that I highly recommend this property.
We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the house so much!
Superbe maison dans un cadre exceptionel
La maison de Kai et Gretta est un véritable joyaux. Parfaitement entretenue, meublée et arrangée avec un gout parfait qui reflète et la région et le gout de ses proprietaires. La vue est exceptionelle, et le village tout simplement magique.
Nous avons passé de merveilleuse vacances et esperons bien revenir.
Un endroit magnifique pour un séjour ressourçant !
Une vue fabuleuse sur les montagnes dont on ne se lasse pas. Endroit à recommander pour le calme et la paix du lieu. Beau point de départ pour découvrir la Drôme provençale. Mirabel est un joli village dans les Baronnies. Les propriétaires sont très accueillants et sympathiques. Seul petit bémol, location un peu chère / aux prestations.
Tres agréable maison avec vue à 180 C
La maison est tres agreable a vivre, tres confortable, bien amenage, avec le coté atypique mais agreable de la partie troglodyte qui permet d'etre au frais quand il faux chaud dehors.... La vue de la terrasse est magnifique est apporte un vrai plus! Nous avons juste ete agacé par le manque de Connexion internet ( lie a une panne) qui nous a pose quelques problemes.... Par contre, un grand merci a Ness et Crystel (les Amis des proprietaires) pour leur accueil et leur gentillesse.....
Un petit coin de paradis
Dans un cadre réellement idyllique, cette belle maison très fraiche est bien agréable à vivre en vacances. Toutes les commodités sont présentes, l'environnement est calme, la piscine est très grande et agréablement située. La terrasse avec une vue magnifique sur les collines et le Ventoux offre un lieu de détente ou l'on passe tout son temps. Kai et greta mettent a disposition de nombreux petits plus qui font toute la différence (livres, jeux, un piano). Je recommande chaleureusement cette location
rock climbing (many crags within 30 mins drive)