Provencal Bastide Offering Charming Holiday Guest Cottage
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Aix en Provence cottage description
Set on the grounds of a lovely 18th century bastide, 2 kilometers from the city center of Aix-en-Provence, is this beautifully-restored pigeonnier retaining many original features but, alas, no pigeons! On the grounds there is a swimming pool and petanque court for your enjoyment but you can always escape to privacy as the pigeonnier, arranged on three levels, is independent of the main house, hidden down stone stairway, through blooming bushes and trees.
The kitchen has an old terracotta floor and the ceiling retains its charming exposed beams. There is an old French armoire and a family-sized pine table and four chairs. Refrigerator, stove top, microwave, tableware, cooking utensils and a washing machine are provided for your convenience.
French doors open south onto the main garden with a sheltered alcove where you can enjoy shady afternoons or relaxing sunsets (and smoking, if you are so inclined) at your private café table and chairs.
The sitting room is reached by an original stone stairway and is equipped with a CD player, sofa and two chairs in warm neutrals. A small balcony for two can be found just beyond the French doors.
A wooden spiral staircase leads up to the bedroom, located on the top level with a high ceiling and cool sea grass carpet. Two single beds (or one king), with high-quality mattresses are tucked into this cozy nest, outfitted with good quality French linens and fresh towels. The newly renovated bathroom features a slate floor, modern walk-in shower, heated towel rack, sink and toilet.
Although this property makes you feel as if you are in the countryside, the walk to the center of Aix is only 10 minutes and there is ample parking.
Keywords: Guest Cottage
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
- King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Ping Pong Table
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
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Wonderful Stay in Aix en Provence
Wonderful Stay in Aix en Provence
My wife and I had a wonderful stay in Aix en Provence. The guest cottage was comfortable, clean, safe, and very quiet at night. We were able to rest comfortably and sleep like babies in the cottage. The best thing about the entire time we spent in Provence was our host, Nicolas. He and his sons were absolutely wonderful. On our first day there, Nicolas and his friends invited us to a party. Here we are on our first day in Provence, and we are having a great time at a party!!! Nicolas gave us some fantastic tips about where to go and what to do. His advice and contacts for our trip to Cassis were fantastic and provided some of the highlights of the week. Nicolas and his son also invited us over for dinner one night. It was a very nice experience and we feel very lucky to have been able to stay at Nicolas' cottage. We would gladly stay there again, and we highly recommend it to others. Karl and Judith.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/03/12
- Review Submitted 06/19/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Spent 3 delightful days in the cottage with the most hospitable hosts - Nicholas & Deborah, their children & sweet dogs. Deborah made 2 fabulous meals which we were invited to partake with lots of lovely Provencal wines. The bus to town made for a very easy commute & Deborah was our tour guide for a morning trip & swim to Cassis! Both hosts' suggestions on day trips, restaurants and what not to see was a life saver... Comfortable beds, nice accommodations, well equipped kitchen and a lovely private garden to sit, dine and relax right next to the beautiful swimming pool. A MUST visit......
- Guest Meg (Wilmington, DE USA)
- Date of stay 09/11/11
- Review Submitted 09/17/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
A perfect honeymoon
A perfect honeymoon
My wife and I stayed in the Pigeonier for our honeymoon. It is an adorable, quiet and private cottage on the beautiful property of Nick and Deborah. We felt welcome and well cared for without being hovered over. We took great advantage of the Pigeonier’s kitchen, walking into Aix city centre every market day for beautifully fresh ingredients. Alternating restaurant meals with home cooking was a great way to keep costs down and to fully appreciate the wonderful markets. We also took many day trips to surrounding towns and sights, including Cassis, Marseille, Rousillon and Mont St. Vincent. Our hosts were excellent trip planners, giving insights into which locations were worthwhile and which could be skipped. Nick and Deborah were both charming and generous. When the Icelandic volcano interrupted air travel and left us stranded for a week, they invited us into their home (the Pigeonier being already rented). We lived in their son’s room and ate with the family (all of whom have their mother’s grace and their father’s… well, I’m sure they got something from their father). It was a kindness that we will never forget. Thank you Nick and Deb.
- Guest Adam+Heather (Ottawa Canada)
- Date of stay 04/04/10
- Review Submitted 04/14/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
A week in Aix
A week in Aix
Pavillion Xavier was everything we were promised and is as exactly as the photos show. We are a family of 4 with 2 very active boys aged 8 and 11. The boys loved the huge yard, the pool, the pentanque court and the Pigeonnier and Daisy the doberman! We were an easy walk into the heart of Aix yet the house is very private and quiet.Our hosts Deborah and Nicholas were the perfect hosts giving advice on where to go and what to see, making sure we were well cared for (and saving us from catching the wrong train!) and at the same time respecting our privacy. We'd thoroughly recommend this property for anyone wanting to enjoy a true Aix and Provencal experience.
- Guest Scott and JM (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
- Date of stay 07/04/10
- Review Submitted 11/08/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: It was a real pleasure to meet you all, I'm glad the boys had fun running around and playing with the sprinklers,the game of boules was really nice.Next time stay longer ,there is so many more things to see and do in Aix and the surroundings, I wish you had time to enjoy the music festival or climb the mountain Ste Victoire painted so many times by Cezanne...an other time perhaps! Nicolas
Charming location, warm welcome
Charming location, warm welcome
The "pigeon house," as we came to call it, was just what we expected -- quaint, fun and low key. The bed is large and comfortable and the bedroom is perfect for a romantic getaway. The real bonus at this property, however, is the warm, generous welcome you'll get from the owner, Nicholas, and his beautiful children. Because we got in rather late, Nicholas made a special trip to a store to pick up some bread, milk and croissants for us for the next morning. He even gave us a lift into town the next day and picked us up when we got hopelessly lost in a rain storm on our way back to the house. Prospective renters should know, however, that the bedrooms and bathroom are accessed only via steep staircases. This would not be a good location for anyone with mobility challenges (or who has had too much fine red French wine, as we did one night!). We left wishing we could have stayed longer and have vowed to return for a South of France exclusive tour in a couple of years.
- Guest Lainey (Southern California)
- Date of stay 09/23/10
- Review Submitted 10/05/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments ,I am very touch by your kindness,I was only trying to be helpfull ! I take all the blame for furnishing the wine that made the staircase so steep!!! It was a pleasure meeting you,come again. Nicolas
Jun-sep .. €840/week. Apr-May .. €770/week. Oct-Mar .. €665/week. Winter special from 1st November to 30th January 595€/week for minimum 1 week or 525€/week minimum 2 weeks Come and spend winter in sunny provence
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View of the pigeonnier
Courtyard with plunge pool
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