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The house is an old town house beautifully renovated and retaining many of its original features. It has a large shaded courtyard with high stone walls and two balconies on the top floor.
It is in the centre of the old Medieval town opposite the museum and fabric, clothes and homeware design store of Souleiado. The town lies alongside the River Rhone and has a magnificent castle which was built in 1442 by King Rene, the last of the Provencal rulers. It also has its own theatre along with many restaurants to choose from.
Tarascon can now boast its own Michelin starred restaurant Méo at 1 place du Colonel Berrurier, Tarascon. A 7 minute walk from the house.
Tarascon has a station with trains going to Arles, Avignon, Nimes and Marseilles connecting the town with the whole of France and Europe.
Tarascon has one of the best weekly markets around, with traditional artisanal food producers and much local produce.
Tarascon is at the very heart of Provence, some call it the crossroads of Provence and If coming by car, you don't have to drive very far to see many Roman ruins, vineyards, medieval towns and villages nearby.
Over the bridge is Beaucaire which has its own marina. You can sit beside it and enjoy mussels and chips, or traditional Provencal cuisine in its many quayside restaurants. The marina is part of the Canal de Midi which runs from Toulouse to the Ocean and you can take a boat trip from here through the beautiful countryside.
If you like antiquing Beaucaire has a weekly flea market where you can find many interesting and varied vintage treasures.
In the summer there are many festivals, involving bull running, traditional live music and pageantry in the towns and villages around.
Keywords: townhouse, Tarascon, Michelin star, medieval, market, bulls, festivals, music, Provence, Camargue,
I am a costume designer for films and TV and a blogger about life in Provence. My husband is a painter/sculptor.
Angela Palltenghi purchased this townhome in 2005
This property would suit people looking to explore Provence, as it is very well situated for the towns of Arles, Nimes, Avignon and the Camargue. The house is very much a lived in home with many quirky features giving it character and charm.
One of my favourite things about our town is the weekly market, walks along the Rhone river and being close to the many roman ruins all around, as well wonderful walks.
We spent 10 days at Angela’s fun townhome in Tarascon. The kitchen is well equipped and the space in the house is great. The main living room, filled with a great selection of books, has wonderful light that pours in the morning and during the day.
Our children loved the old stone walls, funky corners and the fact that they had the whole top floor to themselves. We were pleased to have our own space too. That is not always possible in French vacation rentals.
This is an older home and comes with its joys and eccentricities. If you are used to this kind of adventure then you will enjoy this place. If you are looking for a new, eat off the floor clean, hotel like feel you will not.
Angela is a kind owner. She was quick to respond to our enquiries and provided tons of useful information. She was flexible with our booking dates, which she changed at our request without hesitation. Her agent, Laurie, was efficient and attentive.
The home is well located for exploring what I call the Avignon, Alpilles, Nîmes triangle. The train is a 5 minute walk from the home, so you can park your car and travel every where by train. Avignon, Nîmes and Arles are within 15 minutes by train. We reached the Pont du Gard and the Alpilles by bicycle without trouble.
Tarascon itself is not my favourite French town. It has everything you need to make this a homebase. There is a great market both in Tarascon and across the river in Beaucaire. The grocery stores in town are well stocked. This town is lived in rather than just a tourist town, so you can find pretty much anything you need. However, there are a lot of young men hanging around without much to do. I did not feel comfortable going out alone after dark which in November starts pretty early in the evening. Perhaps in the summer, when there are more tourists and the locals are out and about, the town feels different.
A fantastic house to stay in, heaps of room, private terrace and garden and in a truly French town with no other tourists! Heaven. So much to see locally but best part was getting home and drinking rosé watching the sun go down. A must have stay or a truly authentic french experience. Yes yes.
A week in this house - and town/surrounding area - just isn't enough. This beautiful house was everything I had hoped for, it smacks of the bohemian, it's individual, quirky and loaded with style. The kitchen is a joy. As are the local food markets. For anyone interested in food then this is nirvana. Bringing your delicious finds back - and cooking them (glass of chilled white wine in hand) in a kitchen that feels as if it's been designed by a true foodie - was the highlight of my stay.
This is a spacious three story town home in the center of the old town in a working class neighborhood. The following issues need to be addressed by the owner:
1. The interior is not properly lit and the owner requires that the street side(front) shutters remain closed during the day for security reasons.
2. Housekeeping could improve- most surfaces were covered with mortar dusk.
3. Sewer gas in the upstairs (3rd floor) bedroom bath. The local contact, Nadine, attempted to address the problem which she acknowleged by calling the plumber. The plumber said it was a town problem, not the townhome. Nadine contacted the town of Tarascon and they said it was a homeowner issue. The problem was not solved in during our 3 week stay. I trust the owner has rectified this major sewer gas issue.
I would not recommend this property
Tucked away on a winding Provincial street, there is little fanfare when you get to the front door. However, as you enter, a calm and stylish living-room greets you to a delightful world of tasteful, yet avant-garde decor, right down to the post-modern opal and turquoise chess pieces on the chessboard. There are two bedrooms (one on the second floor and one on the third and final floor) but the townhome is quite spacious, with a lot of common areas both in and out. The owner makes you feel quite at home, which is how we felt. We were given parking passes and a free pass to Pont du Gard, the famed Roman aqueduct only minutes away.
This location is a perfect launching point to all the great places of Provence, in fact. Places like, Avignon, Arles, Nimes, St. Remy, Les Baux, etc. are just over 20 minutes away by car in each direction! Tarascon, itself is small, quaint and manageable, with parking -- in the worst case scenario -- only five minutes away. Tarascon is worthy of sightseeing in its own right, with Tarascon Castle & St. Martha's church. Also, only steps away from the flat, is the fabric museum Souleiado across the street. For the gastronomic adventurer, Restaurante le Theatre, with its homemade, fresh, local ingredients, is a rare find, even for France. Le Theatre is under 75 PACES from the townhouse front door. While sitting out on the old Tarascon Theatre patio by the street as the sun set after a hot Provincial day, with that wonderful, organic cuisine was nothing short of sublime.
One note though, it does get hot in Provence in the summer and like most places in Europe, the townhome does not have central air-conditioning. The mortar walls do keep the flat somewhat cool but all is well at night, so long as you have a fan hitting you. We had our three children with us, one of whom is a 3 year old girl. She did well and it was a unique and great experience for our sons (8 & 10), especially with all the artwork around. There is television with British and even some American channels but I doubt you'll be watching too much of that here. It is way too cool a house and part of the world for that. Je le recommande!...for anyone.
This is an old stone built house, beatifully restored whilst retaining it's old style and charm. It's centrally located in the walled old town with easy walking distance to shops, bars, restuarants, the weekly market, and further afield, to many of the sites of historical interest that the area is famous for. The sea, at Ste Marie de la Mere, is about an hour's drive away, and as well as swimming, going up the estuary on a boat, you can also go horse riding in any one of the many farms dotting the area.
The property is well furnished with an assortment of antique and older-style furniture, and original works of art adorn the walls, which all add to the atmosphere and charm of the place. The beds are comfortable and all linen, including towels, is provided. The property was very clean on arrival, but don't forget the extra charge for cleaning on your departure.
There is no pool - nobody said there would be - but there are several bathing beaches on rivers in the area, including under the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard! And don't forget to take the membership card to the Parc du Pont du Gard provided by the owner which is kept in the house folder, as it can be an expensive day out otherwise.
One thing that people not used to a hot climate might struggle with, is that the top rooms can become very hot by evening. Our strategy was to do as the local people do, which is to close the windows and shutters whilst you are out during the day, and open them after sunset when you get back to allow the cool evening air to come in to cool the rooms. There is also a large fan that you could use if you need further cooling down.
Yes, I would recommend this property to a friend. In my view, it is far more pleasant staying here than in some of the neighbouring tourist hot spots. This is a real working town, you won't feel over-run by other tourists, and the local people are very friendly and helpful.
I would recommend you bring a satnav if you have one, because finding your way around, until you become familiar with the streets, can be quite an adventure - or frustrating, depending on your point of view. In summary, a really relaxing and enjoyable stay in a wonderful property.
Nicola and Des
Tarascon is a small medieval town situated on the banks of the Rhone river. On one side is les Montagnettes and on the other Les Alpilles,with the old Medieval city of Les Baux, both great for hiking, cycling. There are many Roman ruins all around, in particular Le Pont du Gard and the arenas at Arles and Nimes. Vincent Van Gogh painted many of the views of the nearby countryside as well as the city of Arles where he lived. There is a golf course nearby in Mausanne, which is a pretty Provencal village. There are many local markets and antique or flea markets in the neighbouring town of Beaucaire. Beaucaire also has a marina and you can go on boat trips along the canal de midi. Half an hour away is the Camargue where you can ride horses with the guardiens, or cowboys of the area or go bird watching or enjoy the sandy beaches and eat fresh fish on the beach restaurants overlooking the ocean. Throughout the year there are many festivals, live music and local customs.
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There is a refundable damage deposit fee of €300 to be paid via paypal before arrival at the property, which will be refunded within a week after departure if there are no damages. Also there is a cleaning, linen and towels and meet and greet fee of €100 to be left in cash at the property on arrival.