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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)

LAST MINUTE BOOKING SALE. 14-19 AUGUST 2017 @ 25% OFF, 240 EUROS PER NIGHT, 3 NIGHT MINIMUM!!! 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
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017


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 4.571429 based on 7 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: Feb 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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Great home for vacationing in Provence!

  • 5 of 5

Had a super time with friends staying at The Reading Nook and exploring Provence. So well situated, and loved the ambiance and decor. Had a real relaxing time at the pool, and enjoying the sun and meals on the patio. Will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal both for children and for adults

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, comfortable and relaxing, the house is perfect for families with children. In a strategic position near Aix, is located in a very pleasant area and you feel far from the world. Children find their favorite place with the tree-house and a room all for them. The house has all comforts, also in the kitchen and the bbq is great!!!! We didn't want to come back home!! last, but absolutely not least, the owners are very special persons, with a very kind and unique human touch!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! We're pleased the whole family had a great stay, and were able to make use of all amenities of the home, from the younger to the older. We're very happy we were able to provide you a nice home-y base from which to enjoy Provence! Thank you for your kind words.
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Perfect stay with two families

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderful, fully equipped, ideal for 2 families with kids. The tree house was their home ;-) the play room plenty of toys... and the adults had "free" time for relaxing & enjoying garden, terrace & BBQ.

It's very quite and surrounded by a big garden, well positioned, beautiful sleeping rooms, good service for check-in and -out.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments! We're so pleased you all had a relaxing and enjoyable time at the Reading Nook, and found great ways to explore the home and the area.
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Convenient, comfortable, quiet and worth the stay.

  • 4 of 5

We were visiting our daughter - an exchange student in Aix. Most of the time there were four of us in the house -- over Christmas we were eight. Space was not an issue -- cooked in on a few occasions, kitchen was well equipped. Handy to Aix (15 minutes to old city), less than 10 minutes from expressways and for day trips around Provence. Shopping handy -- either Fuveau village (5 minutes) or in Gardanne (10 minutes). The garden was huge and the pool looked great -- pity it was winter! Definitely a family oriented home.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments. We're glad you had a great time in Aix and Provence, a wonderful place to spend the winter holidays. We have good memories of our Christmases spent in Aix, and Fuveau. The home is intended for warm reunions with family, so we were glad you were able to make use of it as such. Best of luck to your daughter for her studies in Aix - it's a great university!
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Lovely property for a holiday

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a full three months in the autumn while children went to school in the village and I worked in the archives in Aix-en-Provence. This was a lovely property for fine weather, really well equipped for pool side and barbecue fun. Children loved the play house in the garden as well as the size of the garden itself, the swimming pool with lots of pool toys, and the main road location is very convenient. Shops, amenities all close by. Fuveau a pretty village and plenty of good beaches nearby. House manager very readily on hand and couldn't have been more helpful; problems fixed at the drop of a hat.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you were able stay longer term at the Reading Nook, and found it a good home-away-from-home base for the whole family while you were working on your studies. Aix is not only a vibrant artistic place, it's a super college town, and the area has so many interesting places to explore for all ages. Plus, needless to say, the weather is always pleasant!
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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 $119.56
Damage Deposit $717.36

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.

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