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Provence

Arguably one of the most recognised and most irresistible regions in France, Provence has a wonderful and diverse range of the most beautiful landscapes; from Mediterranean coastline and delta plains to deep gorges, gentle rolling countryside and the snow-capped mountains of the Alps. A host of rich cultural experiences and fascinating ancient places also await you here and if you’re looking for self-catering accommodation in Provence we have a wide and extensive collection of villas in Provence for you to choose from.

The area became the first Roman province beyond the Alps and despite being part of France for more than 500 years, the region retains a distinct linguistic and cultural identity.

Inland Provence still remains a natural and unspoilt place where visitors retreat to for the laid-back lifestyle. Famous for its pretty towns and villages, brilliant sunshine, wine, food, and colourful countryside, the region is perfect for walking and cycling and delightful tours by car along the relatively quiet country roads.

Mercantour National Park to the east has numerous walking trails, and the exceptional Gorges du Verdon, with its beautiful turquoise waters, is great for hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. Fishing, kayaking and rowing are available on the beautiful Lac de Saint Cassien, located just outside Montauroux. The Camargue just to the west is one of the largest wetlands and river deltas in Europe, great for birdwatching.

Stretching along the Rhone Valley places of interest include Avignon, Capital of the Catholic Church during medieval times; see the medieval walls that encircle the old city centre by the Rhone river. The small town of Orange has a spectacular Roman theatre which dominates the medieval town centre and is thought to be the world’s best preserved Roman theatre, and finally Arles which is one of France’s oldest and most lovely cities and the place where van Gough spent much of his young life painting.

It would be remiss not to mention Aix-en-Provence, packed with cafes, shops and restaurants, a pretty square with fountain and a backdrop of medieval architecture. Every week the town centre hosts some the best markets in Provence. In fact most villages and towns have a weekly market were you can purchase local produce, including olives, sausage, cheeses and breads.

On the coast Marseille, France’s second largest city, is a bustling vibrant port city that keeps a balance between the modern and the traditional. It’s alive with multicultural diversity and has characteristic steeply sloping streets, ochre coloured buildings and plenty of artisan shops.

For a wonderful selection of self catering accommodation in this most beautiful region see our cottages in Provence.
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  • Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues

    Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues

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    Ref: FPA200

    Nestled at the foot of the Provençal mountain range Montagne-de-Lure, the village of Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues enjoys a privileged location in a beautiful environment, with fresh mountain air. This holiday complex on the outskirts of the village, is not far from shops, and consists of a small number of holiday properties surrounded by greenery. The complex includes a first floor studio (FPA200), and ground floor studio (FPA201) and a three-room apartment (FPA203). The accommodation provides the following facilities - a heated shared outdoor swimming pool (not heated in July and August) and has a removable roof, crazy golf on a well-lit course, tennis, bowling, football, and beach volleyball. In addition, internet access, a launderette and TV are available at cost. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Internet connection, microwave, balcony, on street parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • La Bastide

    Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84177

    This ’maison de gardien’ is a five minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a pretty riverside village famous for its fountain. It shares a walled courtyard and garden with the caretaker, and has a private swimming pool with sunbathing terraces and loungers. There is also an interesting, small spring fed pool in the pretty dining room. Beautifully decorated and furnished to modern Provençal style, it is equipped to a very good standard. The popular market town of Cavaillon is 15km away and a twenty minute drive through fine wine country brings you to Carpentras.

    Electric gates into courtyard and garden. Well-equipped dining kitchen. Dining room with small spring fed pool and patio doors out to the garden. Open-sided stairs from kitchen to landing area leading to living room/bedroom with double bed and comfortable seating. Shower room/WC

    • Pebbled courtyard and garden
    • Small private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m to 2.2m)
    • Small pool, fed by spring
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Parking for one car
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: No children.

    Location: 5km E of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (riverside driving, famous antique market, canoeing), 10km W of Gordes (stunning hilltop village in honey coloured stone), 20km W of Roussillon (famed for its ochre coloured rocks and pigment museum), 20km E of Avignon (Papal Palace, River Rhône, summer festival).

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  • Le Mas du Bosca-Brun

    Cheval Blanc, nr. Cavaillon, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84329

    This charming 19th-century house, situated at the foot of the Luberon Regional Nature Park and on the outskirts of the village of Cheval Blanc, is ideal for relaxing in a peaceful countryside environment. Just 1km from all facilities, this traditional Provençal cottage is perfect for a couple seeking calm and serenity. Sympathetically restored with beamed ceilings, tasteful decoration and comfortable antique furniture, this semi-detached house, adjoining the owner’s home, is an excellent touring base with interesting and varied excursions within an hour’s drive. The lively riverside town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famous for its antique fairs, bustling Sunday market and riverside restaurants, is within a 15-minute drive. Visit Roman ruins at Glanum, or Les Baux-de-Provence with its medieval castle with stunning views over the valley. Day trips could include the elegant Aix-en-Provence with its Haussmann architecture or the Luberon valley, where you can admire the beautiful hill-top villages.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and French doors to terrace. Dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors to terrace. Super-kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.5m)
    • Central heating
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No children.

    Location: 5km SW of Cavaillon (shops, supermarket), 12km from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (antiques shops, market), 20km from St. Rémy-de-Provence, 25km from Avignon, 30km from Lourmarin and Les Baux-de-Provence.

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  • Bollene

    Bollene

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    Ref: FPV092

    This detached holiday property is very pretty and stands in the owner’s grounds. It benefits from a terrace, a private garden, direct access to the shared swimming pool and the owners grounds which consist of lovely gardens and shady woodland areas. The house is close to the ancient town of Bollene, with a ’brocante’ or flea market. Activities nearby include swimming, surfing, tennis, fishing and there is a golf course just 12km away. Closeby are the villages of Laplaud, Lamotte-du-Rhône and also Montdragon. Further afield you can drive easily to the lively historic city of Avignon (45km) with its imposing Papal Palace or only 25km south is the beautiful town of Orange which has a homely village atmosphere but also many fascinating remains of Roman architecture and civilisation. Shop/restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom.

    Heater, satellite TV, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry no pets.

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  • Mazan

    Mazan

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    Ref: W14986

    Tucked away just 2km from the village centre of Mazan, this restored 16th-century barn is full of history. Situated near Pernes-les-Fontaines and nestled among vineyards, the holiday property has a stunning view over Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. Explore picturesque, lively weekly markets, taste wine on the Route des Vins, laze on golden sandy beaches or visit a gourmet riverside restaurant at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (30km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and basin.

    Electric heating, air conditioning, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed garden, terrace, grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No children. Friday to Friday changeover day.

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  • Le Tilleul du Bois de la Poussel

    Saignon, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84344

    This detached, stone holiday cottage faces a stunning and unspoiled landscape and is situated in the heart of the wild Luberon National Park. Only 5km from Apt, and in between Lourmarin and Bonnieux, this authentic cottage is ideal for people seeking calm and tranquillity. Perfect for visiting hilltop villages such as Roussillon and Lacoste. Visit the city of Aix-en-Provence or explore the river banks of the Rhône, crossing at Avignon, renowned for its bridge and medieval Papal Palace. Lourmarin is an excellent village to taste Provençal cuisine, with restaurants, cafés and painting exhibitions each season.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility. Bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath and walk-in shower. WC. First floor: Super kingsize bedroom. Most rooms with beams

    • Garden with outdoor kitchen
    • Terrace
    • 1½-acre natural grounds
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

    Location: 5km from Apt (shops, restaurants and Saturday market), 12km from Bonnieux, 16km from Roussillon, 20km from Lacoste and Lourmarin, 24km from Gordes, 55km from Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, 65km from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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  • Le Grangeon du Trignolet

    Vaison-la-Romaine, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84167

    Enjoying lovely views over the countryside to Mount Ventoux in the distance, this converted, stone built apartment lies within walking distance of the village of Villedieu. It adjoins the home of the discreet owners, sharing the very pretty gardens and swimming pool (open 10:00 -12:00 & 16:00 -18:00). The delightful interior offers a simple kitchen and Provençal furnishings, and the bedroom has an exposed stone wall and attractive en-suite shower room. A dining terrace overlooking the garden offers the perfect place to relax. Nearby Vaison-la-Romaine boasts a Tuesday morning farmers’ market offering local produce, and the region is renowned for its wines. Visit Mont Ventoux spectacular views over lavender fields and vines.

    Entrance from dining terrace to living room and corner kitchen. Six open steps to living area with two single sofa beds. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with double basin. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Shared pool (10m x 4m, depth 1m to 2m) with Roman steps
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Electric heating
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD/radio
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking on site for two cars
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from Villedieu (bakers, bar, restaurant, shops, tennis), 6km N of Vaison-la-Romaine (Roman remains, château, Tuesday morning market), 30km NE of Orange (attractive towns, larger shops), 25km N of Beaumes-de-Venise (famous for its dessert wine).

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  • Labeaume

    Labeaume

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    Ref: FRA077

    This charming apartment with exposed stone work and characterful arched walls enjoys a terrace and a shared garden. Labeaume is a small village nestled in the valley of the River La Beaume. The region of Ardèche is great for walking, its varied countryside, shady valleys and sunny Mediterranean moorlands allow you to discover many historic sites and picturesque villages with ease. Relax amongst the mountains or the southern pine trees of the Cévennes. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, microwave, shared garden, terrace, barbecue. Sorry, no pets. NB: Low, sloping, exposed stone ceilings throughout.

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  • Glandage

    Glandage

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    Ref: FPD155

    This huge, semi-detached property is on the heights of a village in the pretty region of the ’Drôme des Collines’, in the Vercors Regional Park, popular for its hiking trails and mountain bike trails. It is simple yet functional, and a retired couple live at the other end of the house. Enjoy a truly peaceful holiday, and admire the panoramic views from the raised wooden terrace. Another small covered terrace is equipped with garden furniture and a barbecue. Situated in the Baronnies, visit the admirable ’Aiguilles-de-Borne’, the sites of the Saut-de-la-Drôme, the Rio Sourd (ideal for canyoning), the Jocou Mountain and the Gorges du Gats. The lovely botanic village of Châtillon-en-Diois is 13km away. You will also discover Die, 17km, famous for its Clairette and other products such as picodons cheese, nuts or honey. Shop and restaurant 13km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. NB: Ramp to entrance.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, grounds, 2 terraces, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Les Oliviers

    Villedieu, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84218

    The impressive panoramic views from this bright holiday cottage over the peaceful plains to the Dentelles-de-Montmirail hills, all overlooked by the majestic Mont Ventoux, would be hard to fault. Adjoining, but not overlooked by the discreet owner’s property, this property has its own shady dining terrace, beneath the mature olive trees, with colourfully-cushioned, forged-iron day beds. The well-maintained garden edges the pool with its south-facing terraces. It’s a short walk to the village centre with fresh bread, groceries, cafés and restaurants. Visit the local wine routes with some of France’s biggest names grown here, historic Avignon, the Pont-du-Gard and the Lubéron, all around an hour away.

    Entrance from garden into living/dining room with corner kitchen, double bed and French windows to balcony. Shower room/WC

    • Shared grounds
    • Enclosed garden
    • Shared swimming pool (7m x 5m, depth 1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Flatscreen satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 6km NW of Vaison-la-Romaine (castle, summer festivals, shop), 38km N of Carpentras (museum, flower market).

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  • Romarin

    Le Barroux, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84316

    Enjoying panoramic views over the village of Le Barroux and the majestic Mont Ventoux from its hillside perch, this modern, single-storey property is ideal for couples seeking a tranquil holiday, or those who love cycling. The comfortable, well-equipped interior captures the sun in all seasons through large picture windows, as does the private terrace (ideal for al fresco dining). Romarin lies on the edge of Le Barroux, a picturesque 11th-century village hugging the hillside, midway between Carpentras and Vaison-la-Romaine. The famous ‘Route de Vins’ and many attractive villages are within easy reach. Fly also via Marseille or Avignon.

    Open-plan living/dining area with corner kitchen and patio doors, separated by large door from sleeping area with twin beds. Shower/WC

    • Garden, unprotected drops
    • 2-acre hillside grounds, unprotected drops
    • Terrace
    • Shared use of owner’s swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 2.2m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for children under 5 except babies in arms.

    Location: 0.5km from Le Barroux (shop, restaurants), 4km from Caromb (fortified village), 12km from Carpentras (ancient city, market), 17km from Vaison-la-Romaine (riverside Roman city), 35km from Châteauneuf-du-Pape (medieval wine village).

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  • La Cachette

    Bonnieux, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84159

    La Cachette is a charming apartment in an old town house in the heart of this beautiful village. The large panoramic roof terrace has one of the most famous views of this area, overlooking terracotta rooftops, the church tower and the Luberon Valley. The apartment has a chic, uncluttered style with a modern corner kitchen and a living/dining room with sliding patio doors which open onto the furnished terrace. Shop for warm bread and croissants for breakfasts, stroll out to bars and restaurants or take the car and explore some of the beautiful Luberon villages right on your doorstep.

    Shared, street-level entrance. Two flights of stairs to second floor apartment. Open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area, patio doors to roof terrace with table, chairs and deckchairs. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with short bath

    • Roof terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • Street parking.

    Location: In the Luberon National Park, (vineyards, forests, ruined castles, Roman remains), 12km SW of Apt (Saturday market), 28km NE of Aix-en-Provence, 35km E of Avignon.

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