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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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  • 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.

  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    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).

  • Caderousse

    Caderousse

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FPV354

    This semi-detached holiday property is part of a Provençal farmhouse. It is comfortable, well-equipped and has a lovely private garden and large shared grounds. The rooms are decorated in bright traditional colours, and outside there are both covered and open terraces. Caderousse is a pleasant little village with quaint winding streets and pretty buildings. The historic town of Orange (6km) and the city of Avignon (23km) with its Papal Palace are both within easy reach. Other activities nearby include golfing, fishing and walking. Shop 2km, restaurant 7km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, mezzanine with 1 single bed, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Steep open tread stairs to mezzanine. 1 of the beds is only suitable for a child under 12 years.

  • Cornillon-Confoux

    Cornillon-Confoux

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W14793

    This house or bergerie, which was built before the 12th century to protect a shepherd and his sheep, is situated on medieval ramparts of Cornillon-Confoux, and has magnificent panoramic views over Provence and beyond to the Mediterranean coast from its own balcony. Owned and loved for over 40 years, the bergerie has been completely renovated and decorated with a mix of comfortable furniture, antiques, and contemporary conveniences. The house is close to Salon-de-Provence (13km), Miramas (9km) and Saint-Chamas (7km), and is not far from Aix-en-Provence (40km), Martigues (29km), Arles (48km) and Marseille (50km). On the ground floor is the lounge, dining area and the kitchen. There is a wood-burning fireplace. The stairs lead up to the master bedroom, front sitting room/bedroom with balcony, and the shower room. There is an attached locked garage. The house is perfect for two people, but it can sleep up to three adults and one child. For nature lovers, there are some superb walks on the doorstep either on foot or by bike. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 200m, supermarket 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Second lounge, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, futon in second lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balcony, garage for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • Sault

    Sault

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FPV350

    At the heart of the Pays de Sault region, this first floor private apartment, has an above-ground swimming pool (30²m), shared with the owners who occupy the ground floor. Golf course nearby. The old fortified village of Sault has an open and relaxed feel, with wide squares and cafés. Perched along the top of a ridge, looking over large lavender fields and across the valley, and the remains of a feudal castle. The Venoux, Lure mountain range and the Plateau de Vaucluse provide a spectacular backdrop. While a short distance away are the deep canyons of the Gorges de la Nesque.
    Shop and restaurant 800m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, single sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared lawned garden, balcony. Sorry, no pets. NB: 20 steps to entrance.

  • Viens

    Viens

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FPV289

    This terraced holiday house offers spectacular views of the Grand Luberon from its covered terrace facing the Lure. The village, surrounded by ramparts of the twelfth century, offers a maze of narrow streets lined with mansions and a magnificent castle. Not far away, in Oppedette, you will discover a secret rocky beach and a splendid tracked circuit which makes a loop above the gorge, offering breathtaking views. You can also enjoy boating at 15km, walking through the Colorado of Rustrel, 11km, or discover Apt, 15km. Shop and restaurant 200m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, terrace. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps in lounge. Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in some rooms.

  • Vals-les-Bains

    Vals-les-Bains

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FRA044

    In the heart of the Ardèche this second floor holiday apartment benefits from a terrace overlooking the small Volane River. Located in the heart of the historic centre of Vals-les-Bains, famous for its thermal spas, shady park from which the well-known spring emerges, and its casino. This charming village is rich in many cultural activities including, shows, concerts, carnivals, festivals and exhibitions. Pétanque is also played here and there are many ice cream parlours and gourmet restaurants to enjoy. Located in the Parc Régional des Monts Ardéchois, 10km from the medieval village of Vogue, among one the ’most beautiful villages of France’. Explore the mountain pass of Escrinet, the beautiful region of the 7 lakes, and the lovely gorges of Ardèche. Also waiting to be explored is the Cévennes and the Rhône Valley with its wine route. Shop and restaurant 50m.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, single sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture. One pet welcome.

  • Saint-Apollinaire-de-Rias

    Saint-Apollinaire-de-Rias

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FRA098

    These two holiday properties are set in a beautiful hilly area on the border of the Ardeche and the Plateau of Ardèche. They are located in the village of St. Apollinaire de Rias, 25km west of Valencia. Perfectly placed to the south west lies the natural park of Monts d’Ardéche and south east the department of Drôme with its lavender fields. This is a beautiful and quiet part of France to tour. The properties are located on private land within several hectares of land. They are ideal for those seeking tranquillity and who appreciate nature. The surrounding area is ideal for hiking, admiring the castle ruins and the river with its valley. Vernoux is 8km away, offering a public swimming pool. Shop and restaurant 7km.These two holiday properties are set in a beautiful hilly area on the border of the Ardèche and the Plateau of Ardèche. They are located in the village of Saint-Apollinaire-de-Rias, 25km west of Valencia. Perfectly placed to the south west lies the natural park of Monts d’Ardéche and south east the department of Drôme with its lavender fields. This is a beautiful and quiet part of France to tour. The properties are located on private land within several hectares of land. They are ideal for those seeking tranquillity and who appreciate nature. The surrounding area is ideal for hiking, admiring the castle ruins and the river with its valley. Vernoux is 8km away, offering a public swimming pool. Shop and restaurant 7km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, mezzanine with double bed, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, microwave, terrace, shared grounds, outdoor furniture. One pet welcome. NB: Steep open-tread, spiral staircase to mezzanine. Drops in grounds.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Les Angles

    Les Angles

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FPV020

    This apartment, on the ground floor of the owners’ villa, has a terrace with an uninterrupted view of the Vallée du Gard. Avignon, Nîmes and the Pont du Gard are nearby. Explore Nîmes as it is nearby, visit Jardins de la Fontaine to see the beautiful gardens and surrounding landscape, with a delightful and peaceful walk around you will not be disappointed here. Visit Avignon 3.5km, a lovely place with many things to do and see as well as many restaurants to eat in, visit Avignon’s own food market and the city walls which have surrounded the city since the 14th century. Shops and restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV, internet connection, shared washing facilities, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to terrace (no handrail).

  • La Ciotat

    La Ciotat

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FPB012

    This attractive, ground floor apartment offers a terrace with sea views and makes a comfortable base to spend a relaxing holiday. The seaside town of La Ciotat has sandy beaches, a museum, watersports, markets and festivals throughout the year. Marseille, with its museums, Notre-Dame de la Garde, cathedral, guided tours, gardens, shops, restaurants and nightlife, is 35km. Toulon is 40km away and has a port, historic buildings, theatres, a tourist train, food markets and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 30m, beach 300m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, stereo/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Slopes in grounds.

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