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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.

  • Carpentras

    Carpentras

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPV307

    Just 3km from Carpentras, a town of art and history, on a vineyard between the Rhône and the Durance, these private apartments offer charming holiday accommodation. Property FPV307 is set on the ground floor, and property ref FPV308 is on the first floor, each with a terrace and a small, private, enclosed and wooded garden. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. A third apartment is occupied throughout the year by the owners’ daughter. There are many restaurants to choose from in Carpentras, and there are many things to see in the area especially the market. The town itself is an architectural town with a gothic cathedral St. Siffrein, there are beautiful sites to see from the synagogue, the Palace of Justice and the Roman arch. For day trips, visit Orange, 25km, Avignon, 27km, or, a little further afield, Montélimar, 78km. Shop 5km, restaurant 3km.

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

    Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry no pets. NB: Step to entrance.

  • 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.

  • Roumoules

    Roumoules

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FPA017

    This holiday property occupies the ground floor of a beautiful house (the first floor is occupied by the owners). It is situated in a quiet area near Roumoules, a pretty village of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, between Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Riez-la-Romaine. Guests can enjoy shared use of the large outdoor swimming pool (40m², open mid May-mid Sep) and terraces. There are many summer activities in the surrounding villages, including hiking in the Natural Park of Verdon, cycling on the Plateau de Valensole in the fields of lavender and almond trees, horse riding, swimming in the emerald waters of Lac-de-Sainte-Croix, or visit the Provencal markets at Riez and Manosque. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Prehistory in Quinson. Shop and restaurant 3km.

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

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), shared laundry facilities, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

  • 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).

  • Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue

    Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPV287

    Close to Avignon, famous for its palais, ramparts, theatre festival and charming streets, this delightful holiday apartment overlooks a lovely shared swimming pool (36m², open mid-May to mid-Oct). The discreet owner lives on-site. Downstairs you will find a small bar and all the refreshments you need after a long day exploring this beautiful area. Shop 250m and restaurant 200m.

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

    Gas central heating, cot, highchair, colour cable TV, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings throughout.

  • 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.

  • Le Clos des Collines

    Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

  • Le Jas

    Rustrel, nr. Apt, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F84311

    In truly delightful settings enjoying a private enclosed garden and swimming pool, this detached holiday villa is peacefully located in the heart of the Rustrel, known as the ‘Little Colorado of Provence’ with its red rock formations. Perfect for those seeking calm and serenity in any season, in a quiet residential area at the heart of the village with a bakery, restaurant and two cafés within a 300-metre walk, it is also a paradise for hikers and ramblers. If the order of the day is not lying beside the pool enjoying a barbecue with local produce, excursions to see the best Provence has to offer are nearby. Explore the Luberon National Park, made famous by Peter Mayle, with hilltop villages such as Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Maubec and Bonnieux. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known as ‘Little Venice’, is where you can sample Provençal cuisine in one of the gourmet riverside restaurants, and is also famous for its antique fairs and over 400 shops. Visit Aix-en-Provence, 65km, with its July Music Festival, or the Papal city of Avignon, 64km, with its July Theatre Festival. St-Rémy-de-Provence has a Wednesday market.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire and French doors to garden. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC. Tiled floors throughout

    • Enclosed lawned garden with three steps
    • Terraces
    • Private swimming pool (5.1m x 2.3m, depth 1.3m)
    • Electric central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km from Villar (golf), 19km from Roussillon (hilltop village), 40km from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

  • 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).

  • Monteux

    Monteux

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FPV089

    This attractive apartment is situated in a peaceful spot and tastefully decorated. It also has a private terrace and garden area. It is a good base for visiting the Isle-sur-Sorgue and the towns of Orange and Avignon.

    25km away is Rocher des Doms, here you can walk around and enjoy brilliant views of Avignon. A visit to the medieval ramparts is a must, along with the cathedral and the weekly markets, Orange (33km) with its Roman theatre and its triumphed Arch of Orange.

    There are lots of little villages that are also close by to explore and after a long day out you can always relax on the terrace with nice glass of wine.

    Shop 2.5km and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, terraces, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets.

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