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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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  • Viens

    Viens

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: FPV289

    This terraced holiday house offers spectacular views of the Grand Luberon from its covered terrace facing the Lure. The village, surrounded by ramparts of the twelfth century, offers a maze of narrow streets lined with mansions and a magnificent castle. Not far away, in Oppedette, you will discover a secret rocky beach and a splendid tracked circuit which makes a loop above the gorge, offering breathtaking views. You can also enjoy boating at 15km, walking through the Colorado of Rustrel, 11km, or discover Apt, 15km. Shop and restaurant 200m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, terrace. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps in lounge. Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in some rooms.

  • Valréas

    Valréas

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W13932

    Peacefully located and enjoying shared use of the large swimming pool with the discreet owner, this charming, tastefully restored semi-detached gîte is part of an 18th-century Provençal farmhouse and has a private terrace and garden, with shared use of a small park. Neighbouring farms sell fresh produce and Valréas, 1km, hosts a lively Provençal market. It is also a good base for visiting Rhône wine producers. Discover the Château de Grignan, 9km. Nyons, 15km, is one of France’s leading producers of olives and oil. Visit Roman ruins in Vaison-la-Romaine, 28km, and Orange, 35km. Avignon is 70km. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 super kingsize bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge, single sofa bed in double bedroom.

    Electric heating, colour TV, DVD player, cassette/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor.

  • Vals-les-Bains

    Vals-les-Bains

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FRA044

    In the heart of the Ardèche this second floor holiday apartment benefits from a terrace overlooking the small Volane River. Located in the heart of the historic centre of Vals-les-Bains, famous for its thermal spas, shady park from which the well-known spring emerges, and its casino. This charming village is rich in many cultural activities including, shows, concerts, carnivals, festivals and exhibitions. Pétanque is also played here and there are many ice cream parlours and gourmet restaurants to enjoy. Located in the Parc Régional des Monts Ardéchois, 10km from the medieval village of Vogue, among one the ’most beautiful villages of France’. Explore the mountain pass of Escrinet, the beautiful region of the 7 lakes, and the lovely gorges of Ardèche. Also waiting to be explored is the Cévennes and the Rhône Valley with its wine route. Shop and restaurant 50m.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, single sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture. One pet welcome.

  • Cornillon-Confoux

    Cornillon-Confoux

    Grade
    3
    1
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    1
    Ref: W14793

    This house or bergerie, which was built before the 12th century to protect a shepherd and his sheep, is situated on medieval ramparts of Cornillon-Confoux, and has magnificent panoramic views over Provence and beyond to the Mediterranean coast from its own balcony. Owned and loved for over 40 years, the bergerie has been completely renovated and decorated with a mix of comfortable furniture, antiques, and contemporary conveniences. The house is close to Salon-de-Provence (13km), Miramas (9km) and Saint-Chamas (7km), and is not far from Aix-en-Provence (40km), Martigues (29km), Arles (48km) and Marseille (50km). On the ground floor is the lounge, dining area and the kitchen. There is a wood-burning fireplace. The stairs lead up to the master bedroom, front sitting room/bedroom with balcony, and the shower room. There is an attached locked garage. The house is perfect for two people, but it can sleep up to three adults and one child. For nature lovers, there are some superb walks on the doorstep either on foot or by bike. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 200m, supermarket 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Second lounge, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, futon in second lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balcony, garage for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • Bonnieux

    Bonnieux

    Grade
    3
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W13764

    This cottage in the picturesque hilltop village of Bonnieux, set on one of the most beautiful streets and built in stone dating back to the 12th century overlooking the Luberon valley, provides an ideal base for visiting various local attractions. The regional park of Luberon represents a paradise for ramblers and offers plenty of paths for walking and hiking. In nearby Apt there is a large Saturday market to explore. Quaint little alleys, with vaulted passage ways, arcades of houses and lined with shops, restaurants and cafes give one a real feeling of Provence. After a short drive there is the historical Papal city of Avignon with its famous bridge, Le Pont d’Avignon. One can appreciate its theatre festival in July. The Colorado Provençal at Roussillon attracts many visitors to see ochre coloured rocks as well as the Fontaine du Vaucluse which is a sight to behold also having its own intriguing legend regarding its source. There are also local farmers’ markets throughout the year including the one in the evening in Velleron. After an interesting day out, your cottage will be a cosy place to come back and reflect on your days adventures. Shop, cafe/bar and restaurant 200m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, summer room, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Annexe: 1 single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher, terrace, barbecue. One pet welcome. NB: External stairs to entrance have no handrail.

  • Caderousse

    Caderousse

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FPV354

    This semi-detached holiday property is part of a Provençal farmhouse. It is comfortable, well-equipped and has a lovely private garden and large shared grounds. The rooms are decorated in bright traditional colours, and outside there are both covered and open terraces. Caderousse is a pleasant little village with quaint winding streets and pretty buildings. The historic town of Orange (6km) and the city of Avignon (23km) with its Papal Palace are both within easy reach. Other activities nearby include golfing, fishing and walking. Shop 2km, restaurant 7km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, mezzanine with 1 single bed, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Steep open tread stairs to mezzanine. 1 of the beds is only suitable for a child under 12 years.

  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: F84261

    Nestling at the foot of the cliffs in the picturesque village of Lauris, this semi-detached holiday home has a swimming pool set into the cliffside - using water sourced from its own private spring dating from Gallo-Roman times (seen through the partially glazed bedroom floor). Lourmarin (3km) has gourmet restaurants and a beautiful château where art exhibitions are held. La Roque d’Antheron (5km) hosts a piano festival (July), and for sports enthusiasts, there is an 18-hole golf course at Pont Royal (9km), cycling and canoeing. Enjoy strolling through Aix-en-Provence, with its rich architecture and celebrated Cour Mirabeau (with terrace cafés and restaurants). Les Alpilles Mountains await discovery, as well as Les Baux-de-Provence with its olive groves lost to view descending towards St-Rémy-de-Provence. Further north is the Luberon Regional Park with its wild thyme and lavender, and many villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Roussillon perched on hilltops of red and ochre.

    Twenty steps to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with sofa bed, French windows to balcony, and kitchen corner. King-size bedroom (can be twin). Single bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Shared enclosed courtyard with fountain
    • Five steps to private swimming pool (5m x 5m, depth 0.4m - 1.8m) with alarm
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV/DVD
    • Hi-fi
    • Internet
    • T/cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Two bicycles
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for the infirm and children under 10 (except babies under 12 mths).

    Location: Shops, bar/restaurant 500m, 3km from Lourmarin (restaurant), 15km from Pertuis, 70km from Carry-le-Rouet (beach).

  • La Beaume

    La Beaume

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FRA076

    This characterful single storey holiday cottage is beautifully placed in the region of Ardeche. Its French windows and attractive exterior are matched with its comfortable furnishings and thoughtful décor, you will certainly feel at home on your memorable holiday. The property is engulfed by a 6,300m2 landscaped garden which has an array of trees and plants to admire, all of which is for guests to enjoy! This tranquil spot is perfect to relax or enjoy a barbecue on the open terrace, whilst you observe the beautiful panoramic views. Only 4km from Ruoms where you can visit its museums and restaurants. Shopping and restaurants 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

  • Cami Pitchou

    Saignon, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: T84717

    Saignon is a gorgeous perched village with views over Apt below. The property, accessed via a 200m country track, is set in quiet countryside just a couple of minutes from Saignon and lively Apt town (3 km). The 180 degree views from this charming little property reach far across to the Monts de Vaucluse, Northern Luberon Hills and much more. Locally, there are well marked trails, or visit by car Aix-en-Provence and all the pretty Lubéron villages. The apartment adjoins the owners’ farmhouse, a discreet young couple, who have their own private entrance to their property. The interior of the apartment is neat and compact with original features such as Provençal ceilings and exposed stone walls. The pool adjoins a large poolhouse barn conversion.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Step to double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

    • Shared grounds with significant drops
    • Private patio
    • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.3m - 1.6m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Parking
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 2km N of Saignon (baker/grocer, restaurant), 3km SE of Apt (all facilities, big Saturday market), 45km E of Avignon (all facilities), 50km N of Aix-en-Provence (all facilities).

  • Maison La Bâtie-Rolland

    La Bâtie-Rolland, Drôme

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FPD174

    South of the Drôme Provençale, this superb, detached property is in an ideal location for a wonderful holiday. It has shared use of a superb outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub, and is peacefully located in a beautiful landscaped garden with a beautiful sitting-out area and a fountain. The interior is comfortable, bright and airy with quality furnishings. Discover the surrounding area of the Rhone Valley and its famous vineyards producing wines such as Gigondas, Cairanne and Châteauneuf du Pape. The countryside of Grignan is famous for its Renaissance castle, or visit the enchanting forest of Saou for beautiful walks. Golf nearby.

    Ground floor: Living room, wood-burning stove/ dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with bath/WC. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Turning, open tread stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom, beams, sloping ceiling

    • Garden with fountain
    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (75m²)
    • Hot tub
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue

    Location: 2km from restaurant, 2km from river (fishing), 5km from shops, 10km from Montelimar (shops, restaurants), 89km fro Avignon (airport, shops)

  • La Petite Mutte

    Roussillon, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F84249

    Peacefully located on the outskirts of a picturesque and touristy village, this modern villa has been well equipped and tastefully furnished, it also enjoys a private pool and excellent views. The village of Roussillon stands on a beautiful site on the highest of the hills between the Coulon Valley and the Vaucluse Plateau. The Luberon Regional Nature Park and the Plateau de Vaucluse are true havens for nature lovers and walking enthusiasts. Visit some of the prettiest Provençal villages including Sorgue and Lourmarin. Explore the historical towns of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Or take a day excursion to discover the stunning Sainte Croix lake and the Grand Canyon Gorges. The beaches of the Mediterranean begin around Marseille, the oldest of the great French cities at 85km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and French windows to terrace. First floor: Two bedrooms: one double, one twin. Shower room/WC

    • Lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (6.6m x 3.2m, depth 1.2m) with Roman steps, open May-Sept
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Roussillon (shops and restaurants), 6km E of Gordes, 15km W of Apt, 48km E of Avignon, 60km N of Aix-en-Provence, 85km N of Marseille.

  • Annot

    Annot

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FPA015

    This quaint wooden lodge is situated on a holiday park in Annot. The complex is set in 4 acres of grounds and has a restaurant (open in the summer season), shop and a shared laundry and the discreet owner lives on site. The lodge has a terrace and a pleasant outdoor area shaded by large cherry trees. A swimming pool, tennis court and horse hiding centre are all within walking distance. The medieval village of Annot has splendid views which overlook the sandstone cliffs of Annot, known for their geological rarity and are very popular with climbers. The rivers around offer activities such as canyoning and hiking. There is a good rail service which enables you to explore the whole Provence region with ease. Discover the villages of Entrevaux, Touët-sur-Var or Puget-Théniers. Annot is 1 hour from the Gorges du Verdon, considered to be one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe. Shop and restaurant 200m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner/kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 single, single sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, wi-fi, shared laundry facilities, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, shared grounds, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 4 steps to entrance. Uneven surface and slopes in grounds.

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