|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A fully fitted and well equipped kitchen/dining room with all modern appliances (electric hob and oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, iron/ironing board).
Sitting room with wooden beams, traditional Provencal chimneypiece and wood burning stove, original stone flooring. CD & DVD players. Free internet access (Wifi).
Access to a small private garden, barbeque area and swimming pool
Original stone staircase leads to the:
Bedroom 1 with double bed, original stone flooring, and en suite shower room and toilet.
Bedroom 2 with double bed and en suite shower room and toilet.
Bedroom 3 with twin beds.
Bedroom 4 with twin beds.
Separate shower room and toilet.
La Croisette is an early 19th century farm complex, which was lavishly renovated in 2006. The Farmhouse is a pretty traditional Provencal farmhouse dating from c1835. Oak Alley is largely a newly built barn conversion with traditional features, but designed to be compatible with wheel chair use, on the ground floor. It is close to the centre of the small friendly agricultural village of Grillon, nestling around the base of its ancient citadel. Simple shopping and 2 bars and a restaurant are within 3 minutes walking distance. Situated in the Cotes du Rhone area between Valreas and the picturesque Chateau and village of Grignan, it provides splendid opportunities for exploring northern Provence. Ideal for peaceful relaxation or the more energetic holiday maker. Would appeal especially to walkers, cyclists and winetasters.
Nigel Cox is a retired physician (Rheumatologist). He retired from Medicine in 2009. His main enthusiasms are food and drink in convivial company, architecture, history, classical music (at which he sadly has no playing ability whatsoever), playing Eton fives (which he still does two or three times a week), croquet, and painting. In 2009 he cycled down to Grillon from England; a trip he is unlikely to repeat.
Jennifer Green is a freelance management and training consultant, who fits her work around both her family and home activities. When she has any spare time, it is spent on family research, uncovering the untold stories of previous generations. She loves cooking and entertaining; and is an unashamed Francophile, although her French language skills are not as good as she would like.
Jennifer Green purchased this farmhouse in 2003
We bought La Croisette, after we got married in 2003. It was then a run-down, disused Farm, which had not been lived in since the early 1970’s. The farm, built in 1853, consisted of an old house with no facilities, a number of barns and outhouses and a large dirt yard, but Grillon had everything we wanted in a location including easy access to the centre of an agricultural working village.
We immediately fell in love with it, and spent the next two years carefully restoring the farmhouse, converting the adjacent barns for our own occupation, and building Oak Alley, which is virtually a new build from the ruins of the old forge, and is designed to be suitable for wheelchair accessibility on the ground floor. The total project did turn out rather larger than we had originally intended, and also included installing a swimming pool and two Eton fives courts. A slightly quirky plan it has to be admitted, but one which we have never regretted as it enables us to share the peace and slow moving pace of La Croisette and the beautiful surrounding area with our many friends, family and guests.
This part of France is amazingly varied. It has everything - mountains, picturesque hilltop villages, all-year round sunshine, great wine and vineyards; not to mention fantastic walking and cycling country. The lavendar fields in early summer are truly breath-taking. When we are here, we quickly relax and the pace of life slows right down. We have time to appreciate the good things in life, and all our guests seem to feel the same.
"We loved the space we all had in Oak Alley. The downstairs bedroom & wet area was perfect for Ben as a wheelchair user & accessibility was great. Also lovely & clean with everything we needed to make our holiday stress-free" "Thank you for the experience of staying in your fantastic home in France. We were extremely impressed. We loved the area, especially Grillon and the bar in the square, Richeranches and Grignan. You were right - we should have stayed for longer and we didn't want to leave".
"Beautifully equipped to a high standard. Very comfortable"
"Comfortable, stylish and spacious".
We have enjoyed staying in the Farmhouse in both early and late summer. It is spotlessly clean, well-equipped and very comfortable. We have experienced it in blazing sun (comfortable sun loungers in the shade, basking in or by the large pool) and in pouring rain (it can rain in Provence!) when the comfortable sofas are very welcome. We cannot fault it or the warm welcome and caring but unobtrusive presence of Jennifer and Nigel. The attractive countryside is very accessible to walkers, cyclists and motorists, and we are greatly looking forward to our next visit in 2015.
We have visited La Croisette twice now and our sons (3 and 5) keep asking when we're going back! We love the village and its rural quietness; La Croisette is wonderfully fitted out, and the garden setting makes outdoor living easy. The pool is a huge asset, we must have taken 4 or 5 dips a day!
One of us is a very keen cyclist and has found everything from rolling hills to the infamous Mont Ventoux much to his liking.
Lots of lovely wine to sample and nice restaurants, pretty villages and medieval chuches etc. A great spot and one we find easy to get to on the trains from London.
Special interest holidays:
We arrange Eton Fives tournaments on a regular basis for experienced players, conversely guests may like to learn this unusual & traditional old English game. Please contact us for more details. Free coaching is available.
The nearest beach is Saintes Maries de la Mer, in the Carmargue, which is about a 2 hour drive. Marseille (on the coast) is about the same distance.
Car highly recommended.
By air: The nearest airports are Nimes and Avignon (45 minutes), Montpellier, Lyon and Marseille (1½ hours)
By train: TGV stations at either Valence or Avignon are about 1 hour from the house with direct links to Waterloo and Eurostar.
By road: 20 minutes from A7 Motorway, exit Montelimar Sud (9 hours drive from Calais or Le Havre).
There are local markets and places of interest in the nearby picturesque villages of Grignan and Richerenches which are both about 4km (5 mins) away. Richerenches is famous for its truffle markets from November - March.
Shops and Supermarkets and hospital are available in the nearby town of Valreas (5km).
Other nearby places of interest are Vaison la Romaine, (Roman ruins and lively market) and Orange (Roman theatre), both about 30km. The Pont du Gard and the Ardeche are about 1 hour away.
Equipment for babies is available by prior arrangement, free of charge (cots, highchair, baby bath and stair gates). Bicycles available for rent by prior arrangement. The area is perfect for cycling through the vineyards, or up into the mountains for the more adventurous.
The village is situated on one of the Routes de Vin, and local vineyards for Cote du Rhone wine surround the property. There are many open air concerts in the area in the evenings to suit most musical tastes. Orange Theatre with its prestigious opera productions in July is 45 km away.
Public tennis courts are available in the village.
Horse riding is on offer at Grignan (4km). The village offers a small village shop, an excellent local supermarket, 2 boulangeries, 2 bars with cafe/restaurants, tabac, and post office. All within a few minutes walk from the property.
Other good restaurants are available in Grignan (4km) Richeranches (4km) Valreas (5km) & Nyons (12km).