Stone Townhouse Vacation Rental in Historic Arles, Provence
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Arles townhome description
This vacation townhouse is located in the charming, friendly and sophisticated Provencal town of Arles, which has an exciting contemporary culture that co-exists with a rich ancient history and beautiful architecture, including Roman ruins still in use for music events and even bullfights.
The townhouse is located on a quiet side street in the old LaRoquette neighborhood in the city center, with lantern street lights and carved statutes in niches on the corner houses. Open the large, heavy antique wooden door and enter the first floor’s spacious open-plan living room with the dining area separated from the roomy kitchen by a counter wall.
The townhouse is tastefully decorated and the living areas causally furnished with the best features being the stone walls and exposed wooden beams on the 12-foot ceilings. The townhouse has stone arches and stone circular stairs that indicate its age as pre-17th century.
The living room has a very comfortable sitting area with modern couch and chairs and a very efficient ceiling fan overhead. The hardwood dining table can expand to seat 10 persons. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full sized refrigerator, gas stove with oven, microwave, coffeemaker toaster and dishwasher. Ample dishes, cups, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans are provided.
At the top of the circular stone stairs on the second floor is the large library that likewise has a 12-foot ceiling and wonderful ceiling fan. Two 10-feet tall French windows grace this spacious room and provide shutters to cool the room from the sunny days -- 300 out of 365 days per year. This room has desk space with internet hookup and a quaint fireplace, with terra cotte tiled floor. There is a comfortable double sofa bed for two in this room. Down the hall is the first of two renovated full bathrooms. This one has a tub with shower and modern fixtures. It is located near the second bedroom on this floor which also has a 12-foot ceiling and ceiling fan over a most-comfortable double bed, dresser, nightstands and lamps for reading before bed.
Continue up the circular stairs to the third floor and you find the lovely master bedroom with comfortable double bed and again two French windows with shutters. This room is air-conditioned. It has a dresser, long benches, bedside tables and light fixtures. The full bath on this floor has a roomy walk-in shower and modern fixtures. It is next to the cozy bedroom with two twin-sized beds, nightstands and lamps.
On the fourth floor is the terrace room with washing machine and clothes drying racks. This leads to the private terrace that overlooks the rooftops of Arles and gives a vista for miles away. It provides comfortable dining in the evenings with a grill and cart provided.
Linens are provided at charge below.. There is free close-by on-street parking (be careful of the signs, especially for the Wednesday and Saturday markets) as well as covered 24-hour municipal parking for a reasonable price. The Marseille and Montpellier international airports are each a one-hour drive away, and the Nimes airport is only 12 miles away.
In the summer, Provence is alive with dance, music, theater, and folklore festivals. (The Gypsy Kings hail from Arles.) Arles hosts an exciting international photography festival in early July, and photography exhibits throughout the year. If you are a history buff or art enthusiast, in this city famous for its Roman theatre and arena, you will walk the same streets as the Roman Gauls, the Visigoths and the artists Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso.
One has to walk just steps to enjoy charming local cafés and restaurants offering fine dining, as well as clothing and specialty shops. The selection of good and inexpensive local wines adds to the flavor of Arles. The nearby pedestrian boulevard leads to the active nightlife at the Place du Forum with many night spots and bright lights against the sky where“Le Café de Nuit” of Van Gogh’s famous 1888 painting is still open for business in the lively square. When you see the local fields of sunflowers, you will know why he painted them. Browse the crowded Wednesday and Saturday morning markets that stretch the full length of the main boulevard, or stroll the ramparts along the Rhone River that wind around the outskirts of the old city.
Arles is conveniently located as a great home base to take day trips to Avignon, le Pont du Gard, Uzes, Les Baux de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy de Provence, the Luberon, Carcassone, Marseille, etc., and to explore within easy driving distance the charming towns, villages, vineyards, wineries and sights of Provence that should not be missed. There is a railway station about 10 minutes walk from the townhouse as an alternative means of traveling to these places. Only a short drive brings you to the Carmargue, a national nature preserve which can be visited on horseback tours readily available, and to the beautiful Mediterranean beaches at pretty Saintes Maries de la Mer, only 35 minutes drive from Arles.
Keywords: Townhouse, Stone walls, exposed beams
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- One bathroom has tub with shower Other bathroom has large shower
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Linens Provided:
- Air Conditioning:
- Living Room seats 6:
- Towels Provided:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Music Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Medical Services
- Jet Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
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Great time in Arles
Great time in Arles
We spent a week in this townhouse in Arles. It was our first time in Provence and we loved it. The house was clean, very comfortably outfitted and we spent every evening up on the roof deck. The stairs are "medieval" - steep, uneven and many. It wasn't a problem for us to climb up and down the stairs. The town of Arles was easy to explore and we had excellent encounters with the shop owners and residents. Emilie, our on-site contact, met us at the train station and was as helpful as possible. Arles was our home base for exploring other areas in Provence, although we were limited since we only traveled by train. Loved Provence and we hope to go again in a couple of years.
- Guest Mary Jo M. (Point Richmond, California (near San Francisco))
- Date of stay 05/04/13
- Review Submitted 05/15/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks for the kind words and for acknowledging Emilie, who works very hard to ensure our guests are comfortable. Sounds like you put the terrace to great use, with the rooftops on view all around, and that you found all the great things to enjoy in and around Arles.
The house has a beautiful old-world feel (like the rest of the city) along with most of the trimmings of a modern hotel. My wife and I had a great time using the huge house as a base to explore Arles, Pont du Gard, and the Camargue. We had the pleasure of shopping at the Wednesday farmer's market on and bringing the bounty home for an awesomely fresh home-cooked meal in the kitchen. I'm talking brush-the-worms-off-your-lettuce-because-it-just-came-from-the-farm freshness, if you get my drift. The house's location is great... in a quiet alley, but just a short jaunt off the well-worn tourist paths. As you enter from the street, a windy staircase on the left leads up to the higher floors. Taking the staircase to the top is a fun adventure in itself, and not too challenging with carry-on bags. We really enjoyed perching on the roof deck at bird's-eye level and taking in views of the city. You can hear schoolchildren playing next door in the afternoons. The library is another classy addition to the house, perfect for reading (or watching streaming movies, in our case). The bathrooms were clean, and the third floor shower was great, like showering under a waterfall! All in all, we loved the house, and we decided that the people in southern France are much nicer than Parisians...
- Guest Stefano Y.
- Date of stay 10/21/13
- Review Submitted 11/18/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
My husband and I rented this property for one week to celebrate a signifigant birthday and asked three couples to join us. We had a blast. All of us very much enjoyed living in the ancient section of this lovely town....walking to the shops and stores, and enjoying the wonderful French food in restaurants nearby. The house easily accomodated all of us and I know we all wish to return for another visit.
- Guest hawaii visitors (Hawaii)
- Date of stay 06/01/13
- Review Submitted 08/26/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
we enjoyed our stay at this beautiful house so much. it is perfectly located, we were able to walk to all the tourist sights, restaurants. the supermarkets, Saturday market, and bakery are minutes away. the house was perfect for our family of 5 with room to spare.
- Guest MEQ (Calgary, Canada)
- Date of stay 07/06/13
- Review Submitted 08/05/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.
Charming house for visiting ancient city of Arles and Provence
Charming house for visiting ancient city of Arles and Provence
My family of 4 had a wonderful time staying in this house in the ancient city of Arles on the banks of the Rhone river. The river and its promenade are two blocks away and we strolled there every evening. We stayed for 2 weeks and explored the city and surrounding area. The Romans, i.e. Julius Caesar started building Arles before crossing the Rubicon; so there is a coliseum, a half circle theater, ruins of a large Roman bath, etc., within easy walking distance of the house. Most of the rest of the ancient city looks like it was built before 1700. The streets are narrow and crooked and the two to four story houses are built side-by-side. Within one to three blocks of the house there is a bakery, a deli-butcher, a cheese store and an ice cream store; plus lots of restaurants (tables packing the street) and two supermarkets (small by American standards). This is a middle class – working class city, and not a tourist or upper class vacation city. Many of the people in the neighborhood restaurants appear to live there as they chat each other up. We used the clean comfortable public transportation a lot. There is a punctual free bus (Mon-Sat) that comes every half hour during the days and evening - it runs around the ancient city – it stop two blocks from the house by the river and we used it to go to the train station when we left. We took the bus to St Marie de Mer, a beach town on the Mediterranean 40 minutes away. We also took the bus to Les Baux de Provence, to an Abbey 5 miles outside of town, and the train to Avignon (which drops you directly across from the main city gate). We rented a car for 3 days to visit Pont du Gard, and to visit other places. My kids rented bikes and explored the country side. We found the house clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms and kitchen. I unreservedly recommend this house to those who want to experience southern France, but because of the ancient spiral staircase, I would not recommend it to those with small children, and those with mobility problems, arthritic hips or athritic knees.
- Guest Triple D (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 06/15/13
- Review Submitted 07/30/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are so pleased that John & Delia and their kids explored all Arles and nearby Provence offer by foot, bus, bike and train, and think they are an inspiration in savoring the truly great things about the area, both old and new. We are also glad they took the opportunity to note how convenient our house is and how it provides the makings of a really interesting, fun and active family vacation. Merci. Marya, owner
A few important details missing
A few important details missing
If you have allergies - this is not the property for you. There is mold on many walls and the limestone dust could give you fits. Yes the stairs are very narrow and steep and hauling up a heavy suitcase was a one stair at a time proposition. The roof terrace required cleaning so we didn't use it The area is very gritty. There are much nicer areas of Arles. Several homes on the street are lovely but more are covered in graffiti - vacant and I saw squatters in a couple of the homes. Up the block to the grocery score you will pass many homeless people, when I was with our group I felt safe but would not go out at night alone. If you rent a smart car you can get down the street but if you are in a car with 4 adults and an equal amount of luggage you will have to walk. The caretaker forgot to empty a vase that had stinky water in it and it took us a while to locate the source of the smell Lastly - there is an elementary school playground directly outside the kitchen and one bedroom so during the week the sounds of the play yard woke me up every day and recess seemed to go on all day. At one point when the kids saw movement in the house they started climbing on the bars on the window in the kitchen
- Guest Francophile (Dana Point, CA USA)
- Date of stay 05/25/13
- Review Submitted 06/27/13
Owner response: My son Jeremy and I welcome criticism that is balanced and fair, as it helps us keep on our toes. However, this negative review is neither, and cannot be reconciled on nearly every point when compared to the positive review by the guests who stayed in the house less than two weeks earlier, and wrote: “We spent a week in this townhouse in Arles. It was our first time in Provence and we loved it. The house was clean, very comfortably outfitted and we spent every evening up on the roof deck. The stairs are ‘medieval’ - steep, uneven and many. It wasn't a problem for us to climb up and down the stairs.” Please read the whole review and others below. I regret that this guest appears to have been unable to enjoy her visit or have anything positive to say about the house or Arles or Provence. I can only conclude the comments disparaging Arles and the neighborhood say far more about the reviewer’s fearful approach to travelling than about the safe and charming town and people of Arles, and I cannot respond so much as let those comments speak for themselves. Mid-size trucks, vans, SUVs and other sizeable vehicles have no problem driving down the narrow one-way medieval streets that are part of the charm of Arles, and, though small, the street in front of our house has more than sufficient room to reach our house in even a large car seating 4 people and their baggage. The grade school is a normal part of a bustling town with houses close together. It is closed during the summer months, and has not been a source of complaint by our guests nor are children able to reach the windows to climb. Marya, owner
Highly recommendGuest comment entered by owner
We would highly recommend the house to others -- so comfortable and conveniently located. I wish I could go back there now.
- Guest Marcie
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 05/28/13
A comfy little family adventure
A comfy little family adventure
This home was wonderfully charming. We came with two children and were enormously comfy.
- Guest Shana C. (London)
- Date of stay 04/06/13
- Review Submitted 04/25/13
The house gave us a very authentic and "un-touristy" experience. The listing descripton was accurate. The narrow winding staircase makes taking even carry-on luggage up and down a real challenge. The property is fairly difficult to reach in a car and parking in a city garage is the best option. A good and detailed map of the city of Arles is needed in order to reach this property.
- Guest teach (Annapolis, Maryland)
- Date of stay 09/15/12
- Review Submitted 09/26/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Owner response: We really appreciate Cynthia's review since we embrace our house being recognized as authentic, and trust our guests agree that adjective also describes the surrounding LaRoquette neighborhood and its narrow, winding antique streets that are typical of French towns and part of the charm. We agree that a map is helpful for getting around, and the city parking garage is a plus that is only a 5 to ten minute walk from the house. Of course, the winding stone stairwell in the house is somewhat of an inconvenience of the architecture that we hope our guests consider part of the experience. Marya, owner
Gorgeous Arlesian Townhouse!
Gorgeous Arlesian Townhouse!
Our week-long stay in Arles was a highlight from our month-long stay in France. This property is gorgeous -- a great find for anyone who's interested in experiencing traditional Southern-French living. The house is as beautiful as pictured, and we appreciated the modern conveniences (renovated bathrooms, comfortable furniture, fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, and especially the fans and A/C!). Emilie, our contact, was friendly and accommodating. The city of Arles is pedestrian-friendly, and the Arlesians were welcoming and hospitable. 2 grocery stores were a 5-minute walk away, so it was easy to "just grab something" without having to plan meals in advance. Having a rental car is not necessary for a pleasant stay, but for us, it made it easy to explore Nîmes, The Camargue, and the beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, which are all must-see sights! I agree with the reviewer who suggested adding wi-fi to the house; it would be another great touch to an already fabulous property!
- Guest ucrjennifer (Riverside, CA)
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 08/24/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We want to update the WiFi situation in response to Jennifer's wonderful and helpful comments. We have a working password and will provide it to our guests before their arrival.
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Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2014
7 night min stay
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2014
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
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Will accept less than 7 days upon approval of owner. Discount may apply to second and more weeks.
- Pet Fee: €35
- Linens: €50
- Refundable Damage Deposit: €300
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- Nearest Airport: Marseille at 45 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Arles at 1 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: N13 at 0.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Sts. Maries de la Mer at 30 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Palao at 0.2 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2003
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Facade of the house
Library with comfy pull-out couch and computer
2nd view of kitchen
White bedroom with double bed
Blue master bedroom with double bed
Blue master bedroom with exterior shutters closed
2nd bathroom with rain shower
Yellow bedroom view
Laundry/terrace room with washer, grill, supplies
View from terrace
Dining room with extendable table
View of kitchen
View from library window
1st bathroom with tub
Blue bedroom with interior shutter closed
View from blue bedroom window
Yellow bedroom with two single beds
2nd view of Rooftop terrace (grill provided in adjacent terrace room)
Facade in winter after pruning
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