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VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special
After exploring the world I decided that the best place of all is the Luberon in Provence. Peter Mayle agreed with me and wrote ‘A Year in Provence’ . You can share my little slice of heaven. I’ve renovated a self-contained wing of my 18th century Provence farmhouse, to make a stunning one-bedroom apartment. It is separated from the rest of the house (where I live) by a large stone-wall - privacy guaranteed! South-facing French windows open onto 4 acres of garden with a beautiful pool, two huge, century old plane trees and lavender, and your own pergola to watch the sunset. An alley of pine trees leads to your private entry and parking just next to your cottage. SHEHERAZADE is the only cottage on the compound, so the pool will be shared only between you and me...(I have a swim in the morning and maybe the evening)
Enjoy the flowers and trees typical for Provence (as well as an orchard with 20 different fruit trees of almost all fruit available in this area). An attractive place the whole year round: In spring listen to the song of the nightingales in the plane trees . In the summer you have use of the owner’s pool just a few steps away from your apartment, accessible through the garden. A Jacuzzi has just been added as well as a sauna/hammam . In autumn a stroll over the markets will enchant you with all the fresh fruit and vegetables, sold directly by the farmers. The wineyards compete in colours from green to yellow and to deep burgundy red...and in the winter you have the Luberon largely to yourself; the world-famous hill-top villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Lacoste, etc, the wonderful food, from truffles to foie gras, the unspoilt beauty of the Luberon Natural Park. The apartment is called 'Sheherazade' and you'll notice its design is inspired by many a happy trip to Morocco. The bed was made to my own design in Marrakech. Naturally, being Sheherazade's bed, it is a queen size. If you've experienced French plumbing before, don't be nervous - Sheherazade features a luxury bathroom with twin basins and a walk-in power shower. The rustic Provençal lifestyle is a great joy, but so are air condition, a dishwasher , microwave and fast DSL Internet access, so you get those too , as well as a dock for your iPhone (model 4 or before).
Private entrance to Sheherazade is over a small bridge crossing a tributary of the Canal St. Julien and down an alley of pine trees. This canal, dating from the 12th century, is the oldest irrigation system in Provence, and the property is bordered by its tributaries.
If you have any local difficulties or language problems during your stay, it's a great comfort to know that the multilingual owner is right next door, and I'd be delighted to help with anything. On the other hand, I have my own private sun terrace - so you need never see me at all. And - SHEHERAZADE is the only rental on my 4 acres property - so you have total privacy! And if you want to find my hidden paradise on your GPS Navigating System - here it is: Latitude 43.836678232954476 Longitude 5.078644752502441
two individual sinks, storage room, walk-in shower (Italian style), toilet, and laundry machine...moreless
Expect some luxury, SHEHERAZADE is bright, spacious (650 sqf) ), direct walk-in on ground floor, a small step out to the terrace and garden ), DVD and VCR Internet (free DSL link). AND: THERE IS AIR CONDITION - returning home after having strolled over the markets or the medieval villages you will find your cottage indeed, coool!. French Windows open onto the garden with Table, Chairs, Sun umbrella, Sunbeds and cushions for your siesta time or aperitif. Gourmet Kitchen with all amenities you could wish for, with 4-ring Stove, large Fridge with Freezer, Hub, Oven, Luxury bathroom with double sinks, Walk-in Shower (large Shower Head), Hairdryer, Washing machine. You will also find your own Gas grill BBQ. Linens and towels of superior quality are provided. Sorry no Smoking!. and no Children... Long term Renters welcome. By the way I have one lovely dog (poodle size), friendly and funny, as well as three cats... please advise if you travel with your pet....moreless
fiction and travel guides in English, French, German...moreless
there is also a BOSE deck for your iPhone (models 4 and before)...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
TV with various English Channels (BBC, CNN, etc.)...moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Open into 4 acres fenced and beautifully landscaped gardens...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Golf Privileges Optional
Hot Air Ballooning
Seating for 4 people
Above prices do not include the electricity for heating, nor Air Conditioning. In case you want one of these, an additional cost of abt 100.- Euros per week will be charged....moreless
Iron & Board
spacious and bright living room opening into the garden ...moreless
Use of owners telephone for French landlines free, or SKYPE (via Internet) to other SKYPE owners....moreless
Bonjour mes amis! The VRBO bear has just returned from the Sheherazade property in Cavaillon, France. The beautiful retreat was everything he had always imagined France to be… picturesque, historic, and charming. In fact, the Sheherazade Cottage was so comfortable that the bear was hard-pressed to travel outside the restful and private grounds. As you can see from his photo, the VRBO Bear made several new friends and enjoyed a cornucopia of local cuisine… including, of course, delicious honey from the Luberon Area of Provence.
Nonetheless, with advice and directions from Monika, the VRBO bear ventured out daily to explore the wonderful locations surrounding him in the south of France. The Sheherazade property provided easy access to so many nearby adventures that the VRBO bear actually lost weight in spite of his unusually high and thoroughly savored caloric intake.
Everything about this European vacation was satisfying and interesting. However, nothing was more delightful than getting to know the property owner Monika and her assortment of furry friends. As with all great vacations, the time passed much too quickly and the VRBO bear could only say… c’est la vie!
high season May 30 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
mid season Aug 29 - Oct 24, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit€300
These prices do not include heating nor Air Conditioning. In case you want one of these, an additional amount of abt. 100 Euros per week will be charged (consumption as per electric counter).
25% on moment of booking, the balance 6 weeks prior to arrival
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This is the haven for Antique lovers and those who just want to stroll over the flea market... your MUST for Sunday Morning! Leave some space in your luggage for pottery or typical Proven�al fabric - table cloths etc! Wonderful restaurants alongside the river Sorgue.
Saumane - if you want to play golf you will like this 18 hole Golf Club - quite technical, with breathtaking views, and an excellent restaurant. I can book green fees for you, with a 20% reduction! Homepage of Golf Provence Country Club:http://www.provencecountryclub.fr/EN/index.html
And Fontaine de Vaucluse is famous for its fountain - nobody knows how deep it is!
These are some of the famous hilltop villages with a famous past: in Menerbes lived Dora Mar, one of Picasso's loves, and in Lacoste lived the Marquis de Sade, known for another art of 'love'... you can easily combine visits with wine tasting in some of the wineries of the area.
A beautiful medieval village, with a grocery shop, a wonderful bakery (YES the baguettes and croissants are exquisite!). In summer wonderful outdoor concerts in the quarry. One of the best restaurants in the area- and my favourite: the one of Virginie and Niels, the new Belgian owners of 'l'Auberge des Carri�res' - have a look at their homepage:
This village in all colours of ochres will be one of your highlights - very touristy but really worthwhile for a visit! http://www.provence-luberon-news.com/fr/Kiosque-Provence/Nature-et-Environnement/Les-ocres-du-Luberon/Les-ocres-de-Roussillon
Nearby activities include Hiking, Golf (I am a golfer myself and can take you to some of the golf courses in the area!), Canoeing down the River Sorgue, or just relax under the Plane Trees, walk up to the village of Taillades 1 mile away with shops and a nice restaurant with terrace, or hang around the Pool, shop on the regional markets, Browse the Antique Market in Isle sur la Sorgue (France's secret address for Antique Lovers - or just Lovers). Then there are Restaurants, Live Theater and Concerts, Cinemas and Museums! You could also take French language or Cooking courses- in English), or finally write THAT book! Apart from the wonders of Provence, you are just an hour from Marseille, two hours from the French Riviera - from Monte Carlo to St Tropez - and Italy and Spain are a day-trip away.
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: My name is Monika, I am of German origin, but a kick of a horse helped me to take probably the most important decision in my life: to quit my job as a journalist and to settle down in Provence - which I did 25 years ago (and I never regretted it one single minute!)
I have discovered Senegal in West Africa in 2005, and since then I return there regularly at least twice a year to do humanitarian work, mainly providing schoolbooks, dictionaries and other essentials to schools in remote areas of Casamance - accessible only by several hours' boatride! I am also editing a photobook from every trip (available to buy), and you are welcome to share my experience from Black Africa... this photo, by the way, was done some years ago with 'my' kids....
In 2013, a new Center for the Disabled in Casamance has been inaugurated, and we are proud of this contribution to give access to the handicapped people to have their own space for workshops, meetings, etc.
Why the Owner Chose Cavaillon: I ran a B&B for ten years in Menerbes, one of the breathtaking medieval villages just a few minutes away from where I now live . I fell in love with my present home, a 200 years old farm house at the outskirts of Cavaillon, and very close to the beautiful village of Les Taillades - with local small shops where you get everything from fresh bread to strawberries, asparagus or peaches and grapes locally grown... you even have a post office and a pharmacy!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Staying in SHEHERAZADE's cottage will give you all the privacy you want for your vacation, and yet there is someone just round the wall (me), if you want to have an advice... I also was an interpreter in my former life, so I happen to speak some English...
What my guests told me: they appreciate to be so close to all these Provençal landmarks, the hilltop villages, the fascinating towns like Aix, Saint Rémy, Arles, Marseille, Orange, or Avignon - even a trip to the Mediterranean Sea to have a Bouillabaisse Fish Soup in Cassis at lunch is just an easy trip away ... and you literally walk on historic grounds wherever you go! Not to forget the markets, every day of the week in a different village or town... What will surprise you: all those Provençal treasures are really just an easy and short drive away!
What they also told me: my dog Salam (a poodle-sized mixture from the dog pound), as well as my three cats, all neutred and well behaved, are a pleasant company to those who like animals! They are not intrusive, just pass by in the garden from time to time to say 'hello'. However, if you are allergic to either cats or dogs, this may not be the right place for you...