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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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  • Carpentras

    Carpentras

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

  • 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.

  • Noves

    Noves

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarrians

    Sarrians

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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.

  • Akany Soa

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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).

  • Le Clos des Collines

    Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: F13213

    Only 15 minutes’ drive from the port, creeks and hills of Cassis, this delightful, beamed ground floor holiday villa adjoins (but is not overlooked by) the discreet owner’s property. An excellent base to explore the Marseille area. Well-equipped and air-conditioned, it has an enclosed garden and shared swimming pool. Marseille town centre is easily reached by public transport nearby, and has beaches stretching along the coast from the old port. Garrigue, with its castle, is just a short drive. Sample gastronomic specialities, explore the fish market or take the mini-train up to the Basilique of Notre Dame de la Garde.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Kingsize bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom/WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Pool (10 x 5m, depth 0.8 to 2m)
    • Heating
    • Air-conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Three TVs (one satellite, two with French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 3km from restaurants, 6km from shops, 8km from Marseille centre, 14km from beach, 19km from Cassis, 45km from Carry-le-Rouet, 41km from Aix-en-Provence.

  • 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).

  • Vinezac

    Vinezac

    Grade
    4
    3
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    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.

  • La Villa de la Sorgue

    L’ Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F84285

    This detached holiday villa stands in a walled garden, in a quiet residential area close to the River Sorgue. The shops, cafés and restaurants of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are only a short walk away. The inviting private swimming pool is a true delight after a long day exploring. L’ Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is dotted with waterwheels along its sparkling river, which can be explored by kayak or admired from one of the numerous riverside restaurants. The seasonal antique fairs are famous worldwide, and the town offers more than 400 antique shops as well as bustling markets. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (4km) is famous for the world’s largest, deepest and most powerful spring. Nearby is a golf course in Saumane, as well as many guided walks. Less than half an hour’s drive through cherry orchards, olive groves and lavender fields leads to the beautiful hilltop villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes, all of which boast splendid panoramic views over the Luberon Valley.

    Three steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed, tiled floor, corner kitchen and French window to terrace. Utility. Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Courtyard
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (4.5m x 3.5m, depth 0.3m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Three TVs (French channels only)
    • Two DVDs
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 18km from Avignon (papal city, July theatre festival), 71km from Nîmes, 72km from Aix-en-Provence, 80km from Marseille (airport, boat trips), 90km from Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer (seaside resort).

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