Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
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About Angela Palltenghi
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
Why Angela Palltenghi chose Tarascon
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.
What makes this Townhome unique
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 as wonderful walks to the abbey Frigolet in the nearby Montagnettes and the provencal villages in les Alpilles, of Les Baux and Maussanne
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
This is our home and therefore should be treated as a home rather than a bought for rent property.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We had fun using this house as our hub for traveling around Provence. Great kitchen, in which, we prepared many fun meals and drank really good wine.
Responsive owner, spacious home, well located
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.
Hi Sam, thanks for your review.
I'm sorry you found the youths on the street intimidating.
In the ten years that I have owned the house in Tarascon, I have not once felt intimidated or had a difficult encounter, and that includes me walking alone over the bridge between Beaucaire and Tarascon at night.
If anything the people are friendly and helpful. On more than one occasion, people have knocked on my door to tell me that I left my front door keys in the door.
It is a mediterranean custom for people to gather in the streets or town squares in the evening.
All I can think, is that maybe as you were there in November, rather than in the summer when the town is full of festivals and people sitting out in cafés and restaurants, that the town felt empty and so those on the streets more remarkable.
If you are every in the area again in the summer, please come and see the difference.
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.
Tarascon, France VRBO listing # 399544
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
I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. The bad smell was indeed a town problem, due to building work that was going on at the time. We did our best to rectify the problem during your stay, getting plumbers in to try and sort the problem out, which they were unable to do as it wasn't a problem with our house. However this has not happened since.
It is common practice to close the shutters during the day when you are out, as it keeps the house cool and is an age old tradition practiced in France and throughout the Mediterranean.
That there was mortar dust during your three week stay, is to do with the fact that there is open stonework throughout the house, a feature of these old houses and an aesthetic choice of ours to keep. The house would have been cleaned and dusted on your arrival.
We tried our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and we were available to you whenever you called me, or Nadine, our local contact. She was there within a few minutes when you locked yourselves out of the house and even lent you her own bicycle.
All I can say, is that this is an old house, full of quirks and authentic character and obviously not the house for you.
One cannot please everyone all the time, but we certainly do our best to try.
Wonderful gem of a place!
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.
Thanks so much for the lovely review. As it is our home we are always very happy to know that people have appreciated it. Since you were there, I have bought a movable aircon apparatus for the upside bedroom, which is the one that becomes particularly hot in the summer months. The rest of the house stays relatively cool (relative to the outside temperature) due to the thick stone walls and cool air circulating from the courtyard.
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.