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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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  • Bonnieux

    Bonnieux

    Grade
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    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.

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  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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).

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  • Maison Rognac

    Rognac, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPB223

    This holiday property is located in Rognac, just 28km from the famous city of Marseille. This city has many attractions to suit any age, including around 400 hectares of public parks and gardens throughout the city, around 21 museums to discover and many activities and watersports available on the patrolled beaches. Aix-en-Provence is also close by, full of history and culture, with many fountains, museums and monuments to explore. Aix-en-Provence also has many châteaux, with vast gardens to explore.

    Living room with French doors to terrace/dining room/kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC with double basin. Separate WC

    • Large garden
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool (36m²)
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Three TVs (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Internet access
    • Children’s slide
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steps to pool area.

    Location: 100m from restaurant, 2.5km from shops, 28km form Marseille (shops, cafés, restaurants, beaches, markets, airport), 30km from Aix-en-Provence (historic city centre, museums, galleries, shops, cafés, restaurants).

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  • Maison Carro

    Carro, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: FPB265

    This charming, terraced holiday property is just a few steps from the sandy beach and rocky coast of Carro, a picturesque seaside resort. Ideally situated to enjoy the sea and all water activities, including swimming, snorkeling and fishing. The Blue Coast has beautiful rocks and coves, and in summer, you can enjoy the restaurants and shops. The property is carefully decorated, very spacious and offers air conditioning and two terraces, one with sea view. The region has much to offer, including the beautiful town of Martigues on the Etang-de-Berre, or spend the day visiting the historic cities of Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Salon-de-Provence. Or explore the beautiful regional park of the Camargue with its flamingos, white horses and fighting bulls.

    Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar, French doors to terrace and tiled floor. Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Two terraces, one with sea view
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Two cable TVs (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • On street parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 200m from shops and restaurant, 300m from sandy beach, 5km from Sausset-les-Pins (shops and restaurants), 40km from Marseille (harbour, shops and restaurants).

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  • Vaison La Romaine

    Vaison La Romaine

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W13331

    This treasure of a house in ‘Hauteville’, the oldest part of Vaison la Romaine, is in a maze of tiny streets and Gallo-Roman history abounds. The detached property is tucked away in the quietest corner of the village. It has its own private terrace affording fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. Furnished in a simple but cosy fashion, all amenities are there including DVD player and broadband internet connection. This property is an excellent base from which to travel to various local sites. Vaison itself is steeped in history and in addition there is Mont Ventoux to visit with spectacular views. About 2 hours drive away you have the city of Avignon with its wealth of history and great shopping. Nearby is the town of L’Isle-sur-La-Sorgue, one of the most important antique centres of France, and La Fontaine de Vaucluse with its own intriguing legend and a geographical wonder it is also well worth the visit. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 500m, beach 200km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and basin, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, patio, outdoor furniture, on street parking 50m. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Mas Mirasol

    Apt, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F84147

    In a quiet location set in mature, lawned gardens of oleander, roses and a shady mulberry tree. The detached property is well-furnished in typical French style and the living room has a fireplace and French windows onto a terrace. The friendly owner occupies self-contained accommodation at the rear of the property. Midway between the lively town of Apt and the village of Gargas, the property is well placed for exploring the beautiful countryside. The nearby village of Roussillon is an amazing sight - set on an ochre hill. The area abounds with picturesque villages and rolling countryside of vineyards, sunflowers and lavender fields.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room, French windows to terrace, pool and garden. Kitchen. Two twin bedrooms, each with French windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower, (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed gardens
    • Swimming pool (23m², depth 1.1m), open mid May-mid Oct
    • Central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Colour satellite TV
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from shop and restaurant, 3km from Apt (all facilities, pleasure lake, Saturday market), 7km E of Roussillon (bars, restaurants), 18km from Ménerbes/Gordes (famous perched villages, breathtaking views).

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  • Maison des Jardins

    De La Rosa, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: F84233

    Sitting amongst the pink and white blossoms of oleander, hearing only the sound of the birds, the cigalles and the lapping of the pool, it is hard to believe you are within easy walking distance of all the riverside restaurants, cafés, antique shops, the famous market and all the shops in the centre of this attractive town. This modern villa stands in high walled, enclosed gardens in a quiet residential area. The stylish interiors are light, decorated in modern, provençal style with lovely pieces of local furniture. All rooms have French windows leading to the pretty gardens and pool, where there is a poolside dining terrace and loungers. There is much to see in the town itself, criss-crossed by the sparkling river Sorgue and dotted with waterwheels. Try kayaking, fishing or simply watch the ducks float by from a café terrace. The surrounding area of Luberon Regional Park should not be missed.

    Entrance into living/dining room with corner kitchen and French windows to terrace, garden and pool. Queen-size bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC. Double bedroom accessed from exterior terrace

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Two TVs (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • No children under 10 years.

    Location: 16km E of Avignon (famous summer festival, Papal Palace and walled city), 16km W of Gordes (stunning hilltop village with sweeping views over the plain of the Luberon), 20km NE of St. Rémy-de-Provence (wonderful Roman remains, beautiful church, museum, lively weekly market).

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  • L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

    L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FPV400

    This lovely bright holiday villa is located on the edge of the Luberon, in a peaceful location, and has a swimming pool (32m², open May to Oct), and a charming private garden, the owner lives on site. Only 200m from one of the prettiest parts of the Vaucluse, Le Partage-des-Eaux, a perfect spot for enjoying al fresco meals by the clear waters. There is so much to see, with Fontaine-de-Vaucluse where the Sorgue begins its course, and the stunning golf course of the Château de Saumen-de-Vaucluse worth a visit. Shop and restaurant 300m.

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

    Gas central heating at cost, woodburner in lounge, 2 colour TVs (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step into shower. Step from terrace. Step to pool area.

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  • 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 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, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Teyssières

    Teyssières

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FPD094

    In a magnificent setting, this pretty house has private grounds bordered by pine trees and offers panoramic views and a spacious interior. Guests also have use of a shared outdoor swimming pool (50m², open mid-May to mid-September) at a hotel 500m from the property.

    Places to visit include Nyons, 24km, with its botanical garden, Valréas, 26km, an ancient walled town, or Montelimar, 40km, known for its production of nougat.

    Further afield is Crest, 44km, which is home to the Tour de Crest, one of the highest medieval keeps in France and which offers panoramic views. For more active guests, there is a tennis court 6km away and a golf course 36km from the holiday property.

    Shop 6km, restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, washing machine, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to entrance. Drop from terrace.

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  • L Maison Salon De Provence

    Salon-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FPB260

    This lovely semi-detached holiday property lies in the middle of Provence Verte, between the Alpilles, Camargue, and the country of Aix, on the edge Salon-de-Provence, and 35km from the sea and beautiful sandy beaches. It offers a sunny terrace with garden furniture and BBQ, as well as a Jacuzzi in a private, closed courtyard, ideal for sunbathing, descreet owner lives on site. The interior is air-conditioned and very bright, and the two large upstairs bedrooms have their own private showers and electric shutters, and the decor is sleek, neat and refined. There is a wealth of attractions to see in the area including the perched village of Baux-de-Provence ranked among the ’Most Beautiful Villages of France’; St Rémy-de-Provence with its local markets and its artists; the magical and picturesque Fountain-de-Vaucluse with its emerald green waters, as well as Colorado Provençal, and the breathtaking Pont du Gard, a sumptuous Roman viaduct. The charming towns of Arles, an ancient city renowned for its bullfights. History lovers will love Aix-en-Provence is also worth a visit, and Marseille with its old port, and hill Basilica of Notre Dame-de-La-Garde is a must-see. In Salon-de-Provence, hometown of Nostradamus, take time to visit the medieval fortress, the Grevin Museum and the Emperi Museum, and stroll the streets, courtyards and shady plazas.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Turning tiled stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, both with walk-in shower (no WC). Separate WC. Tiled floors throughout

    • Garden
    • Private terrace
    • Private courtyard
    • Hot tub
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Two satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 300m from restaurant, 1km from Salon-de-Provence (shops), 28km from Marseille (shops, beach, airport), 35km from Aix-en-Provence (shops, galleries, beach), 40km from St Rémy-de-Provence (shops, markets and galleries)

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  • St. Rémy-de-Provence

    St. Rémy-de-Provence

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W14407

    In large shady grounds shared only with the discreet owner and enjoying private use of the large swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.4-3m) open Jun-Sep, this simply furnished, rustic farmhouse provides an excellent holiday base for touring. The excursion possibilities in the area are endless, with the charming village of St. Rémy (8km), Les Baux de Provence, Arlés and the nature park of La Camargue. To the north is Avignon (15km), a great city of art and culture on the banks of the River Rhône. Visit the Roman city of Nìmes and the Pont-du-Gard Roman viaduct, or the Luberon Mountain Range with pretty villages such as the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Gordes, Lourmarin and Roussillon. Shop 5km, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin leading to 1 double.

    Cot, highchair, TV (French channels), washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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