|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Fully wheelchair accessible.
A fully fitted and well equipped kitchen/dining room with all modern appliances (electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, iron/ironing board).
Utility room with washing machine.
Sitting room with large traditional Provencal chimneypiece. and wood burning stove. CD & DVD players & free internet access (Wifi).
Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite shower room, bidet and toilet (adapted for wheelchair users).
Sliding glass doors from all rooms opening onto the south facing terrace.
Access to the garden, barbeque area and swimming pool
Wooden staircase leading to the:
Bedroom 2 with double bed and en suite shower room and toilet.
Bedroom 3 with double or twin bed(s).
Bedroom 4 with four single beds.
Separate bathroom with bath/shower and toilet.
The accomodation is spacious throughout.
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 house 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 had a wonderful stay in Oak Alley, the house met all the needs of two families with 5 children. The setting was lovely and we really enjoyed our time using the pool, games area, garden, evening bbq's. Learning to play Eaton 5's was great fun for parents and kids. The owners were really friendly and helpful, we can highly recommend staying here.
The local village was pretty and we had many relaxing evenings in the local bar/restaurant. Lots of places to visit nearby - canoeing, roman ruins, tree climbing, mountains, swimming, bike rides, nice villages. All made for a great combination of activity and relaxation.
We arranged to visit Friday to Friday by special arrangement as one of our party was constrained by work dates and the owners made a great effort to ensure everything was just right.
The accommodation, outfitting and facilities were all first class and pretty much everything you could want or need for a few wonderful days in Provence was provided.
We had a mixed bunch from teens through to granny but the layout of the house meant everyone could get on and do their own thing if necessary, whilst being plenty big enough for family games round the table.
Would definitely recommend a car, because there are so many things to see in easy reach of the village. Ancient towns, River gorges, Historic sights and charming villages are all within an hour or so by car and there is a market somewhere almost every day!
We also made a lot of use of the pool and the lawn, and with a bit more energy might even have had a go on the cycles which were available, but chilling out in the sunshine was good too.
Thoroughly recommend these houses for anyone looking for a civilized place to stay off the beaten track just enough...
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).