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Ideally located Provence home with private pool on 1 acre, for family + friends

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4+1 Bedroom, sleeps 8, on 1 acre (4000m2)

The Reading Nook is a charming rustic holiday family home in traditional Provencal mas-style tucked away in the village of Fuveau, 15min south of Aix-en-Provence at the foot of Cezanne's mountain Ste. Victoire and 25min from Mediterranean beaches. Centrally located, it is 60-90min from Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, Avignon, Arles. The house is a haven from the modern world, providing a corner for rest, play, relaxation, and reading. The house has 4 bedrooms, 1 playroom, and sleeps 8 (can accommodate up to 10, but please ask). It is full of character, with hand carved post, wooden ceiling beams, pine doors, and simply but tastefully decorated with high quality fittings and fixtures. Spread over one acre, it has woods, fruit trees, large pool, hammock, and is filled with many adult and children's books, videos, toys. The Reading Nook is ideal for couples and retirees, a family with children looking for run-around space, two families sharing, or family reunion.

Arts: Aix-en Provence is the home of impressionist artist Paul Cezanne (visit his studio) and French literary author Emile Zola. Van Gogh painted his starry nights in nearby Arles and Picasso is buried next to Aix. The Aix Arts and Cultural Festival in the summer is a national French highlight and a favourite among Parisians. Matisse lived in Nice 90 minutes away, which houses his museum. Along the way, visit St. Paul-de-Vence, the artist community and see Chagall's stained-glass windows on the church.

History: In addition to art history, Roman and architectural history is very near at hand. The Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, one of the ten wonders of the ancient world, is one hour north, near Avignon, which was the site of the Vatican for 400 years. Medieval Baux-de-Provence, the 'prettiest village in France' and the Roman amphitheatre at Nimes, is still used (for bullfights), are within 60 minute drive. St. Maximum de Baume cathedral 20 minutes away is Mary Magdalene's final resting place. Abbaye de Senaque in the Luberon mountains 45 minutes away and boasts the most perfect architectural monastery in France, complete with lavender fields and lavender honey.

Physical Activities: Hike up Cezanne's mountain or go horse-back riding. Tennis is 5 minutes away. Fly a kite in the mistral wind particular to Provence at base of St. Victoire. Explore trails in the Luberon mountains fragrant with lavender and rosemary scents. White-water raft or canoe under the Pont du Gard. Ski the lower Alps 90 minutes north. Bicycle along the Tour de France routes. And, of course, all the water sports one could expect at the azur blue Mediterranean: swimming, snorkeling, sailing, wind-surfing, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing.

More Details

Property Manager
Christine West - Booking Manager and House Guide
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018


Fuveau Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • All bathrooms upstairs have lovely deep Villeroy & Boch bathtubs, with Victorian-style taps. There is a separate shower stall in the main bathroom, which is decorated in a bright Provencal yellow-orange ochre and bordered with delicately painted Porcelanosa tiles. A hairdryer is provided. The downstairs cloakroom/powder room is decorated in a beautiful Laura Ashley lavender toile print wallpaper.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Playroom / Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , playroom
  • The upstairs landing is in bright happy Provencal yellow with fresh lavender from the garden hanging from the beams. All three bedrooms upstairs have slanted beamed ceilings. The Master bedroom is decorated in a warm blue/pink with blue and rose coloured Sanderson linen and curtains and has an ensuite bathroom. The middle bedroom has twin beds and is painted in subtly different shades of blue, to reflect the deep blues of the Provencal sky and azure Mediterranean sea. The 3rd bedroom, in light lavender, has twin beds and white furniture, for a feminine touch. The guest bedroom downstairs has a sloping cream, sleigh double bed and warm oak parquet floor. Extending from the living room, near the fireplace, is a little marbled hallway that leads into another room with a separate exterior door and French windows, which has been made into a playroom, stocked with toys and board games, and has a wrought-iron daybed along with a clic-clac bed/couch. Baby cot is available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Excellent guidebooks available at the home. Linens provided. Cleaning fees included in rental rate. Gardening, pool maintenance and utilities included. Long term lets available except during summer months. PLEASE NOTE: All booking and reservation documents, driving instructions, house guides, and most books and videos at the house are in ENGLISH. House manager speaks English, fluent French. NON-SMOKING house.


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Ideally located Provence home with private pool on 1 acre, for family + friends
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

Great stay at The Reading Nook!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property with good amenities, nice open yard, peaceful wooded section, pretty pool area. Happy bright house, great location, easy to get in/out, pop to the shops and sights. Great play area for children. Well thought out, definitely a home for family and friends. Will return!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We're pleased you had a great stay, and found the house perfect for friends and family with children, as it was set up. Our friendly and knowledgeable on-ground team are always ready to help you with your booking and while you are visiting. We look forward to welcoming you again to the Reading Nook.
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Wonderful, charming holiday home. Don't hesitate!

  • 5 of 5

As a group of 4 adults we stayed at this lovely home for several nights. We could have easily been 8 persons. It was terrific! Cosy, spacious, homey, with all the comforts you need to feel at home. The house is an easy jaunt to Aix en Provence, we spent so much time bopping around seeing the local sights that we never even had time to hang out by the pool!! Our favorite time was breakfast and evening cocktails/grill on the back terrace. It's a lovely region. I highly recommend the house itself, and the house manager was super helpful and accommodating. We would all love to go back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super Sejour

  • 5 of 5

Très bonne location.Maison propre,calme et bien équipée avec une superbe piscine.Nous en sommes au quatrième Sejour au reading nook et nous sommes enchanté.Check in And check out très accomodant.Ne le dites pas à tout le monde la location est déjà tres demandée ...

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely holiday home in a stunning area of France

  • 5 of 5

A group of us spent a truly memorable long week-end in the Reading Nook. The house is so welcoming and spacious. Lovely garden, stunning pool area and very comfortable bedrooms.

The surrounding area of Aix en Provence gave us plenty to explore, and it is a truly lovely part of France.

Would highly recommend this for a family vacation and I would come again at the drop of a hat.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place for a cosy getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely stay at your home - everything was perfect - the house was beautiful (inside so cosy and you provided everything we needed from shampoo, toilet paper, clean bedding and towels, kitchen equipment, etc) and we also enjoyed exploring the outside as well with our mornings on the loungy chairs in the garden. Strongly recommend this for all types of stays (romantic between couples, friends getaway, and family trips) and the location is great and close to many nice places such as Aix-en-Provence and Beau-de Provence. We need more days :)

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house with everything we needed

  • 4 of 5

Easy to find. Great location. House is as described. Stocked with great toddler items like high chair, pack n play, toys, books and baby gate. House has so many books to pick from. Pool was awesome and is gated for safety. The neighbours have a dog that stays out all night barking which was the biggest downside as it woke us almost each night. The queen bed is quit hard and the double is lumpy. Time for an update! The single beds seemed fine. We stayed for 1 week and enjoyed Aix and Cassis areas. The host met us and was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very helpful feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your time at The Reading Nook, and were able to take advantage of all the things at the home for family play, and the beautiful surrounding towns. We're sorry to hear you had difficulties with the neighbourhood dog, which we try to follow up on. And we will certainly make sure our mattresses are up-to-date and more comfortable. Thank you again for taking the time to give us feedback! We hope to see you again at The Reading Nook.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Marseille (Marignane)
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6.5 Kilometres
Golf Sainte Victoire
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

15 minutes south of Aix-en-Provence, at base of Cezanne's mountain Ste. Victoire, 20-25 minutes from Mediterranean beaches, 90 minutes from Nice, 90 minutes from Avignon and ancient Roman wonder Pont du Gard, Chateuneuf-du-Pape wineries, 45 minutes from Arles, Van Gogh's old home. Rustic traditional Provencal village, strong community, great September fair with international writers festival. Great walks, sports facilities nearby, 2 hours from ski slopes.

Other Activities: beach and sailing/all water sports only 25 minutes away, skiing 2 hours.

Golf: 5 minutes to Golf Sainte Victoire. Also Port Royal, La Fregate Bandol, Aix within 20 minute ride.

Ski: 2 hours to lower Alps and Ecrin national forest. Closest is PraLoup (90 min), day trip possible. Guide materials at house. 2 1/2-3 hrs. to Grenoble and Alpes d'Huez.

Other: Indoor swimming pool 4 min by car in winter. Recreation park (zip line, climbing wall, skateboard park, ponies on Wednesday, week-end) 14 min. away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $122.1
Damage Deposit $732.6

House is optimal for 8 people or less. If you have more in your party, can ask, but house is not appropriate for more than 10.
For 2 night stays, maximum 6 people.
For summer week-long lets, check-in/check-out is Saturday-to-Saturday. Check in at 4PM. Check out at 10AM.
Except during summer months, short stays and discounts for long stays possible.
Deposit of 20% upon booking (not 25% as the website says), which acts as confirmation. Full balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.