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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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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Saint-Chamas

    Saint-Chamas

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FPB243

    This delightful, semi-detached holiday villa is peacefully located between the charming villages of Saint-Chamas and Cornillon-Confoux. It enjoys a private outdoor swimming pool (32m²) and a lovely shaded summer kitchen. The property has been tastefully furnished and well equipped, and enjoys air conditioning throughout. There are also some excellent day excursions nearby, including beautiful historical cities such as Salon-de-Provence, 15km, Aix-en-Provence, 40km, Arles, 40km, Marseille, 50km, and Avignon, 70km. Or maybe spend a day exploring the amazing Regional Nature Park of La Camargue. Shop and restaurant 4km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, 3 colour TVs (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to garden. Drops and water feature in garden.

  • Carpentras

    Carpentras

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W13774

    Situated on the outskirts of historical town of Carpentras, close to the majestic Mont Ventoux, this detached villa with its private swimming pool offers peace and tranquillity for a relaxing holiday. It is a good base for touring the region as well as cycling or rambling up to the spectacular Mont Ventoux. There is also the bustling Friday market in Carpentras to visit or the town of Vaison la Romaine full of Gallo Roman history. The town of Avignon is only 40 km away, which has a famous theatre festival in July as well as the impressive Papal Palace. Why not sample the Côte du Rhone wines such as the Château Neuf de Pape or visit Isle sur la Sorgue 15 km where you can dine out in one of the many riverside restaurants offering local Provencal delicacies. From the summit of Mont Ventoux, you can enjoy superb views of the whole region, something that should not be missed. Shop, cafe/bar and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet, 2 basins and bidet, separate toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV, DVD player, cassette/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Owner lives next door.

  • Noves

    Noves

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FPB143

    Located close to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, this semi-detached house has an enclosed garden (100m² of which is private), and its own terrace. The property is located close to a main road so gives easy access to the surrounding area. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a busy, active village, with a good selection of restaurants, circled by the remains of a 14th century wall. Among the shops in the old village are those selling regional pottery, including some beautiful sunflower plates no doubt influenced by Van Gogh, who painted Starry Night here, and where Nostradamus was born. Located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles, 20km south of Avignon. Shop and restaurant 800m.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to entrance.

  • Sarrians

    Sarrians

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPV411

    This detached holiday home is located close to the village of Sarrians, and stands peacefully between vineyards and on a clear day you can see Mont Ventoux. It offers an orchard, which is ideal for sunbathing, reading or just relaxing in, and the discreet owner lives on site. It is near the cities of Carpentras, 7km, Orange, 15km, and Avignon with the world famous bridge of Pont d’Avignon. This beautiful region has a rich history with attractions to visit in the area. Shop and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, garden, terrace, garden furniture. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps or ramp to entrance.

  • Violes, nr. Orange

    Violes, nr. Orange

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W12020

    This attractively furnished typical Provencal style detached villa is surrounded by a pretty mature garden and provides an ideal base for visiting the region. Situated at only 330 yards (300m) from the small village of Violes, the property is close to all shops and amenities. There are wonderful excursions to be enjoyed including the Dentelles de Montmirail, marvellous for ramblers and climbers, with its numerous perched villages and Gigondas, noted for its famous wine. Visit the Roman market town of Vaison-la-Romaine with its interesting Roman antiques and Orange with its open air Roman theatre. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 330 yards (300m).

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom with shower over bath, bidet, toilet and 2 basins, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower and basin, 1 double, 2 folding beds in lounge.

    Electric heating, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Maximum 4 people.

  • Akany Soa

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F84231

    In a quiet residential area on the edge of Lauris, within walking distance of village shops, bakery and restaurants, this prettily decorated and well equipped first floor property has long reaching views from its two terraces over the plains of the Durance to the village of La Roque d’Antheron - internationally renowned for its piano festival - and over olive groves out to the Luberon. Adjoining, but not overlooked by, the discreet owner’s home, there are large, enclosed grassy grounds for children to play, with a swing, slide and table tennis table. Visit the local botanical garden, which specialises in tinctorial plants, or the horse riding centre nearby. To the south is bustling Marseille with its rich history and Mediterranean coastline, to the north is the Luberon Regional Park with the famous perched villages of Gordes and Ménerbes and an extensive network of foot and cycle paths to explore.

    External steps from parking to first floor terrace. Hallway to two double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC. Living/dining room with well-equipped corner kitchen and French windows to south facing dining terrace overlooking pool and garden

    • Shared grounds
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.1m to 2.4m) with Roman steps and pool house
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning (living room)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • On site parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Small basketball court
    • Swing
    • Table tennis
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7km W of Lourmarin (imposing castle, excellent restaurants, weekly market), 14km S of Bonnieux (pretty hilltop village, good galleries, shops and cafés), 30km NW of Aix-en-Provence (lively elegant city of rich historic interest).

  • Entrechaux

    Entrechaux

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FPV027

    This welcoming holiday house is situated in a stunning rural setting and has a superb children’s play area. From the extensive grounds adjoining the owner’s home there is a view of the Château d’Entrechaux. It is a perfect spot for dining on the covered terrace and soaking in the atmosphere of rural Provence. The ancient village of Entrechaux is a short drive and is a picturesque spot perched on a rocky outcrop. There is plenty to do in this area: including the pre-historic Masque caves and rambling, tennis and fishing. Only 25km away is the historic town of Carpentras which has a cathedral and Friday market. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared grounds, garden furniture, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Steps to garden.

  • Puy-Saint-Vincent

    Puy-Saint-Vincent

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FPH007

    This holiday apartment is situated some 1800m high up in Puy-Saint-Vincent, in the Hautes-Alpes. Enjoy the sun of the Alps from the south west facing balcony or take in the view of the pool and superb 360° panorama of the mountains. In the morning, you can pick up your food and pastries at the handy store which also sells drinks, local produce and basic necessities. There is access to an outdoor swimming pool (50m², open Jul-Aug) and sauna in the shared area. There are so many things to do in this fantastic region whether you choose to visit in winter or summer. Try your hand at summer sledging, archery or tennis. Hiking adventures and various attractions and care centres for children can be found in Puy-Saint-Vincent. For sporty holidays, enjoy hiking, rafting, canoeing or fishing, all within 20km. The silver mines of L’Argentière-La-Bessée, Briançon and its fortifications made by Vauban where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned are not to be missed. Mont-Dauphin, the site of the Demoiselles de Théüs, around the Serre-Ponçon Lake and the Glacier of La Grave are all worth a visit. The Italian border is close by and don’t forget the markets at Vallouise and Briançon. Shop and restaurant 30m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating (underfloor in some rooms), colour TV (French channels only), dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, balcony, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance.

  • Vinezac

    Vinezac

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FRA094

    This charming holiday home is located just outside the small village of Vinezac, 10km south of Aubenas and 50km south west of Valencia. Enjoy a 2000m² garden full of olive trees and a beautiful outdoor private swimming pool (25m², open May-Sep). All water activities are available on the Ardèche River (5km). From here you can fish in the river or take a canoe down the Ardèche canyon. In the surroundings are beautiful excursions and walks with magnificent views of the river valley. Be sure to visit Montélimar, the nougat town. For nature lovers, the house is perfectly situated in a beautiful natural setting which invites relaxation. Shop and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with bath, toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to bath. Open-tread stairs. Steps within grounds.

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