Restored semi-perched Cotes-du-Rhone wine village house. Two floors with secure bike storage in basement.
Large authentic restored tiled kitchen with balcony beside reading-TV area. Two 2nd floor bedrooms , one with double bed, the other with 3 single beds.
Simple, very sunny and authentic. Clean, cheerful, sunny and sweet. Easy to maintain. Located on outer edge of an exceptionally pretty village. Great base for hiking, biking, paragliding, wine tasting and outdoor activity. Region abounds with cultural and festival possibilities in nearby Avignon, Orange, Dieulefit, Vaison-la-Romaine and Nyons.
Venterol Described:: This protected Cotes-du-Rhone hillside wine village is in the Drome, on the edge Vaucluse. The modest mountains behind Venterol form a sort of climatic divide between the greener northern Drome and the warm, sunny Midi climate of Vaucluse.
Our village has its own excellent croissant/baguette bakery (with tiny cafe area beside), a shady, terraced cafe and restaurant (housed in the former elementary school) on the main square. Dining beneath the platin trees is a lovely experience. The smaller Place Sabarot below holds the Cafe-de-la-Poste Restaurant, a small, truly gourmet restaurant.
One of Provence's finest wrought iron bell towers (campanili) rings the hours atop our church.... just as it has done since long past centuries when workers streamed in from the fields to tip a glass of pastis before heading home. There were 6 cafes then!
In summer, on Saturday morning, a small market sometimes opens near the church. The goat cheese dealer, a mountain man out of a village behind Venterol, comes down to sell his cheeses in the little square opposite the Municipal Art Gallery (Le Temple). There's a mobile pizza dealer in the same spot in the evening.
Farmers from the village and surrounding hamlets sell their produce, olive oil, goat cheese, jams & jellies, and wine and local products at our village Bakery. You can also find fresh pressed apricot juice and, in a pinch, milk.
All products (as well as Guillaume's pastries) are made in Venterol.
Our baker (an award winning "Campagnon de France") bakes the best croissants you will ever walk through a French village each morning to buy!
On the entry floor is a spacious kitchen with a sitting area to relax and read. A "breakfast balcony" looks out on a portion of the vineyard valley between Nyons and Valreas.
The bath has a small sink, shower and toilet. It, like the kitchen floor, is newly tiled and lovely.
A winding stair leads up to two bedrooms above. One is large with three single beds. The other is small and has a double bed. Both have large armoirs, chairs, one a radio, and both have hardwood floors and beam ceilings. Walls are white and the large bedroom is very bright.
In fact, the whole house is bright, clean, and easy to maintain. Furnishings are tastefully modest and authentic.
To the south, Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange and Avignon are only twenty minutes to an hour and a quarter away.
North of Venterol, one finds the greener, cooler climate of the High Drome (plenty of hiking, swimming, and outdoor activity.... including biking, paragliding, and horseback riding,
Venterol has its own Municipal Art Gallery (Le Temple) opposite the large
lavoire beside the Mairie (Town Hall). Artists, both visiting and from our
village, exhibit their paintings, sculpture, ceramics and photographs. The
village has designed a renovation which is light bright, with a circular balcony for 2nd floor exhibition space. Our 2nd Art Gallery is beside the
church: Ombre et Lumiere holds frequent painting exhibitions of quality.
We are surrounded by many cultural and educational possibilities. Whether it is the astounding Museum of Silk Manufacture in Taulignan, Olive Oil Museums in Nyons, or the surprising Printing/Cardboard Box Manufacturing in Valreas..... or the Palais-des-Papes in Avignon (day trip), the cultural possibilities are nearly limitless. Every village has a specialty.
There are countless events, places and architectural gems to answer any one's appetite for discovery. Also Concerts galore...outdoor and in breathtakingly beautiful medieval cathedrals. There is a municipal playground behind the Mairie for the kids (easy walking distance away).
We are long-time owners of this and another property in this exceptional village. We are happy to recommend unusual places to see and explore, sites you will not find in guidebooks, places we have come to know intimately after years of living in Venterol.
We can furnish large scale maps of our area for hiking or biking ... or just driving around discovering villages and vistas. We know magical sites and places not listed in any guide book.