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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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  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
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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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  • 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.

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  • Mazan

    Mazan

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPV382

    This attractive, single-storey cottage is situated in a quiet and peaceful position near the town on Mazan. Comfortable and well-furnished, it is an ideal holiday property with open beams and beautiful gardens. Children will love the shared outdoor swimming pool (50m²), perfect for cooling off on a hot summers day and the terrace is partly covered for dining al fresco. Enjoy nearby Canal de Carpentras, a wonderful city with one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and a delightful market in the town centre. For day trips further afield, visit Avignon (33km), Marseille (110km) or Valence (133km). Shop and restaurant 3.5km.

    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), internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, covered terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • 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.

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  • Montélimar

    Montélimar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FPD182

    Set in Drôme Provençale, this beautiful holiday apartment has two large south-facing terraces and a bright, contemporary and cosy interior. It lies in a quiet residential area, close to the old historic centre of Montélimar, a thriving city dominated by the Château des Adhémar. It is also on the famous wine route in the heart of the Rhône Valley, which winds up to Vaucluse. The charming village of Montboucher-sur-Jabron, renowned for its Golf of Valdaine, is 4km away. Don’t miss a visit to the magnificent gorges of the Ardèche, the Enclave des Papes or Forest of Saou, dominated by the massive of the Trois Becs, renowned as an international climbing site. Also discover the Provençal markets and local products (honey, wine and lavender), and visit Orange, 50km. Shop 300m, restaurant 200m.

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

    Central heating, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terraces, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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  • Le Jas

    Rustrel, nr. Apt, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

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  • Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPB152

    This pretty, air-conditioned holiday property, set within the grounds of the owners’ home, boasts a large terrace, perfect for dining al fresco. The furnishings are stylish and comfortable and the property enjoys an outdoor swimming pool (40m²), a section of which is located in front of the discreet owners’ property. Situated just 3km from St-Rémy-de-Provence, it provides the ideal base for a family wanting to explore this wonderful area. Guests will enjoy visiting the St. Paul de Mausolee, the Moulin du Calanquet olive farm and the Château Romanin to name but a few attractions in the vicinity. Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 70km.

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

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step from terrace to lawn.

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  • 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.

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  • Akany Soa

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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).

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  • 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.

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  • Monteux

    Monteux

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • La Bergerie

    Cucuron, Vaucluse

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: F84212

    This charming stone holiday house awaits you for an enchanting vacation in the heart of the beautiful Provence region, south of the Luberon and its natural park, just outside the picturesque village of Cucuron. Enjoy the private pool and wide beaches secluded on a green wooded park, dotted with flower beds. Inside, the bright walls contrast with the polished tiles and antique furniture. The mosaics, noble dishes and the standard equipment are a real pleasure. All the rooms have south-facing windows and the bedrooms are located at either end of the farmhouse with their own en-suite bathrooms. Discover the banks of the Etang de la Bonde, ideal for swimming, or the stunning natural sites such as the sublime Gorges du Verdon refreshed by the turquoise river water and Esparron lake, perfect for water activities. Do not miss visiting the beautiful villages of Ansouis and Lourmarin, or the animal park in La Barben. For lovers of history and art, the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence is a must to see, as well as the walled city of Manosque.

    Open plan living room with French windows and double sofa bed. Dining room. Kitchen area with Godin range. Utility room. Twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together) with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower cubicle. Bedrooms have French windows to poolside terrace. Exposed beams and stone throughout

    • Large enclosed private garden with pergola-covered terraces
    • Private swimming pool, Roman steps (3.5m x 8.5m, depth 1.6m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Parking
    • Garden and poolside furniture
    • Electric barbecue.

    Location: 5km E of Lourmarin (Provençal village, castle, cafés, restaurants), 13km S of Bonnieux (hilltop village with stunning views, galleries), 20km S of Apt (walled old town, Saturday market), 30km NE of Baux-en-Provence (elegant city centre, famous festivals and exhibitions).

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