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A '5 Star' Home, the Little Luxuries of Provence: Perfect for Christmas!

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Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door. Behind you'll discover a charming home

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Last updated: 07/28/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
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Ansouis house description

PERFECT LOCATION, AMAZING SURROUNDINGS, STUNNING HOME.....
From the moment you cross the threshold and enter the grand salon of this historical monument -- now our home, you're transported to a way of life rare to find anymore.
The soaring beamed ceilings, the 7 foot wood burning fireplace greet you and your friends with warmth, charm and tres chic comfort.
As you enter the grand salon and dining area, you'll rest in sumptuous sofas and chairs from Roche Bobois.
Their collection Les Provinciales is rarely seen in the USA, but here in France it's a combination of comfort, ease and elegance.

The large Samsung flat screen TV beams in programming from the BBC, NBC, Bloomberg and dozens of channels from the UK.

Tucked in a 'petit coin' just off the living room is a spectacular 3 story open atrium. Originally part of the barn structure, it's now housing a dramatic 7 foot long fountain, seating for coffee + petit dejeuner or on a warm summers' night a glass of cool rose under the stars.

Glance skyward and you'll see the original beams which housed the various floors of the barn, including a hayloft. All that's left now is an open view of the non stop Provencal sky -- true blue.

Why our home?
Each and every year we invest in the upkeep and remodeling of the home. That means new linens, pillows, upgraded wifi, new cookware and so on.
Enjoy the robust, luxurious seasons of Provence. Our village offers the best of artisanal experiences. Savor flavors that will take your breath away. Hike the hills of the Luberon, sample local goat cheese, visit olive oil artisans, and experience markets full of fresh flavors, foods and excitement. The vineyards tell the ever changing stories as seasons shift. Striking colors, flavors and the scents make our corner of Provence and particularly our village a memorable experience. If shopping is your hobby, everyday is a 'shop-ortunity' in Provence. Cultural visits to Avignon, Aix en Provence and Roman ruin are easily managed from our central location.



Our home is the perfect respite from the stresses of the office and 'back home.'

Featured in the French magazine; Maison et Decors, our home is an official historic monument. However -- it's not a museum nor stuffy.
All aspects of its' appearance are under the watchful eye of our Mairie. After the French revolution, Ansouis remained 'loyal' to the royals. Our home was the local meeting place and headquarters for those in favor of the new Republique.

If you enjoyed the film 'A Good Year,' you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard as many scenes were filmed in neighboring villages. in fact, several of our friends and neighbors were extras in the film.

'French Kiss' with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline shot several key scenes in a nearby vineyard.
The beauty of the Luberon and our local villages are featured in these movies, and now you can experience the same.

OUR DIFFERENCE:
We have airconditioning systems on each floor of the house to take the heat off those sunny and warm Provencal days.

We keep our place up -- Each and every year, we put every dollar back into refurbishing, renovating and keeping the house in good working order. This means new Grohe plumbing fixtures, new toilets, baths, renovated kitchen (for which my French friends asked Why?) Well the answer is that I travel non stop for work, and I want to make my home better every time. Maybe it's crazy, but I'm dedicated to continual improvements and so YOU HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO STAY -- along US Standards.

You'll sleep on top quality mattresses, with sheets from the USA, Pillows from the USA, Wifi throughout the house, dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, and so on.

The house decorated in easy, casual chic. My culinary background and work for a former Food Network and current Michelin chef in the USA, means that our kitchen is fully loaded. It is perfect for cooking great meals with friends. ... 5 unique bedrooms, all with American size towels and 400+ thread count luxury linens. Our beds are high quality - dream beds with anti allergy covers.

Need to be connected? We have satellite tv with CNN, CNBC, BBC, etc. We've installed a permanent 'internet' center with free DSL, and a USA laptop/keyboard. The laptop is Skype enabled for free calls 'skype to skype.' We even have iPod docking stations and chargers.
Wifi is free, secure and log on information is provided.

Hungry, but too tired to cook? You can directly work with a private chef whom will come to the house, or deliver prepared meals directly to the kitchen door.

This is a big roomy house, with 3 levels, and lots of airy rooms, and high ceilings. King and Queen size (comfortable) beds. Nooks and alcoves to read, and nap in. There's plenty of private space for your group - so that friends and family aren't tripping over each other.......


...Upstairs there is a Large Roof terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ, and mini prep kitchen. Living room is superb, with a 7 foot wood burning fireplace!.... On the ground floor we have an small Private garden with breakfast table - the perfect place for your cafe creme and croissant with the blue Provencal sky peeking over you......inside there is large marble dining table for dinner parties.

Ansouis (An-Swee) is officially classified as One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.


Less than 45 minutes to Isle sur sorgue, 25 min to Aix en Provence, Apt, less than one hour to Cassis, Marseille, Avignon, and Arles. Day trip to the Camarque or Cote D'azur, visit the wineries at Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone! Hike, Bike, Hot air balloon, visit boutique wineries, dine in the Michelin star restaurants which are in our area...........

Swimming?........Join the locals and go for a refreshing swim in our nearby fresh water lake - Etang de la Bonde -- it's clear spring water, and a 5 minute drive from the house.

Everything is here in our little village, and at night it's peaceful and quiet. You can walk 2 minutes to the new 'hot restaurant' La Closerie, where a certain author (his latest book was made into the feature film referenced above) dines regularly or drive 10 minutes to Lourmarin for a variety of dining - from cafe casual to Michelin star. It takes 30 seconds (if you walk really slowly) to get to our Boulangerie! The chocolate croissants are sinful.


Our house is the perfect haven to de-stress, and immerse yourself in AUTHENTIC French village life. In many ways you will feel you've returned to a lost era.

We are always available to answer any questions and to help you plan itineraries and steer you in the right direction for a fun vacation.

PRICING: VERY IMPORTANT! We quote US Dollar rates -- that ensures that when you book the price you pay doesn't increase by the time of your final payment due to currency fluctuation. Pay in Euros and you're risking a rate hike by the time you pay your closing costs.

FROM RECENT GUESTS:

'Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time at your place in Ansouis. Picture-perfect, the village and your place. We will recommend it to our close friends and family. We are also thinking of visiting again next year in July!' Mrs. H. ................


'Hello Barbara! We all wanted to say a big 'Thank You!' for making your beautiful home available! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit again! Provence is spectacular! As an artist, an oil painter, I was definitely inspired.' - Nancy C.............


'Your house has a lovely warm authentic feel with many original features. stunning village with lovely walks in picturesque surroundings. spacious rooms of plenty all with lovely en-suites. We loved our stay!' Gail, Liverpool, UK ..



'great house.......
so warm, so user friendly and so convenient to everything.Had a great time. Look forward to going back.' M.S., NY


WE GIVE BACK ~ Each year we donate stays at our house for fundraising for organizations such as;

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation



Keywords: Village house, historic,enchanting, rustic, romantic

Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Concierge
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            we keep the inside of our house, a smoke free zone but you can smoke on the terrace or in the garden....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 6: toilet

            toilet on ground floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: combination tub/shower, toilet

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: combination tub/shower, toilet

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: combination tub/shower, toilet

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: combination tub/shower, toilet

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 7: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • 5 bath or shower combo's. Our baths are updated with Grohe fixtures, fabulous stone from Brazil and tile from Italy. 1/2 bath on ground floor...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            We've furnished the kitchen with high quality kitchen tools such as Oxo. Cappucino/Espresso maker, food processor, stand mixer, rice cooker, George foreman grill too!...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Wonderful private chef available by advance booking. She'll cook in the house for a party OR she'll deliver. Will work with your likes/dislikes and food allergies....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Fully equipped, as I've been in the culinary business my whole life ;-)...moreless

          • Dining:

            Gorgeous stone and wrought iron dining table from Roche Bobois...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            lovely dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, OXO, etc....moreless

          • Oven
          • Stove
          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 10 people

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            fully automatic on main floor/living dining area, plus additional units on each of the remaining floors...moreless

          • Parking:

            we have a one car garage and there is FREE parking in the village....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            400 + thread count sheets, plush, American size towels....moreless

          • Living Room seats 12:

            SPACIOUS WITH 18 FOOT CEILINGS - 2 COUCHES AND CHAIRS...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            totally free and a 30 second walk down the street...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Immense 7ft. wood burning fireplace...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Whirlpool washing machine....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            it's the sun -- very green...moreless

          • Garage:

            for 1 small car...moreless

          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • DSL and an American keyboard netbook for your use are installed and there for your use, AIRCONDITIONING, Plasma TV and 2 Satellite TV's - CNN, CNBC, BBC, MTV - VCR, Weber Charcoal Grill (BBQ), we maintain a Non Smoking House for everyones' enjoyment, however Smoking is OK on terrace or in garden...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Music Library:

                IPod docking stations for apple Ipods...ALTEC Lansing speaker system and iPod chargers....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                (3) large Samsung plasma screens, everything from CNN to MTV...moreless

              • Television:

                Samsung Flat Screens...moreless

              • Stereo
              • VCR
              • DVD Player
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Free Long Distance:

                SKYPE is loaded on the PC. You need a skype acct (free) for calls. ...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Free Wifi, secured and log in information is provided at our house....moreless

              • Computer Available:

                american laptop with american keyboard is provided ...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                TOTALLY free, no extra charges...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                very cool lounge upstairs with small summer kitchen adjacent....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                super cool lounge on the terrace upstairs. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

              • Tourist Attractions
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic

              Location & View

              • Rural:

                Set amongst vineyards, rolling hills and picturesque villages and homes....moreless

              • Village:

                Ansouis is designated as one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE....moreless

              Activities

              • Zoo
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Hiking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Fishing
              • ATM/Bank
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Sailing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Equestrian Events
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Hunting
              • Fitness Center
              • Sight Seeing
              • Horseback Riding
              • Museums
              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Playground
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Walking
              • Shopping
              • Boating
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Miniature Golf
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Antiquing
              • Mountaineering
              • Spelunking
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Fall shoulder season
              Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2014
              7 night min stay

              $2,950
              Off season
              Nov 1 - Dec 20, 2014
              7 night min stay

              $2,650
              Christmas and New Years
              Dec 21 - Jan 10, 2015
              7 night min stay

              $3,400
              Spring 2015
              Mar 1 - May 30, 2015
              7 night min stay

              $2,950
              Early summer 2015
              May 31 - Jun 27, 2015
              7 night min stay

              $3,250
              Summer
              Jun 28 - Aug 29, 2015
              7 night min stay

              $3,400
              Vendage and Late Summer
              Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2015
              7 night min stay
              $3,200

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Property Damage Protection $89
              • Fuel winter supplement $250
              • Taxes Included

              Notes:

              PROVENCE WEEKS: SATURDAY CHECK IN, SATURDAY AM CHECK OUT.


              Cancellation policy:

              Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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              Last updated: 07/28/2014
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              Location

              40 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Marseille Provence (Marignane - code is MRS)
              4 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Pertuis
              6 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Autoroute
              50 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Cote D'Azur
              12 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              Voila! across the street
              100 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Alpes maritimes
              15 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              several choices within 30 minutes
              30 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              La Closerie - sensational

              Car: Recommended

              FANTASTIC CENTRAL LOCATION __ This village is the perfect base for touring historic places,shopping the markets, COOKING, visiting vineyards and golfing.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2000

              About the owner: I grew up in New York, and have worked all over the world. My loves are nature, food, bicycling, writing, cooking, decorating, meeting people and enjoying life! Originally I had planned to live in Italy. Then by sheer luck I was fortunate to visit the Luberon. It was love at first sight. My home is a labour of love. When you walk in the front door you'll be transported to a way of life that is cherished. We know you will love our home as well. Our fan mail from clients is wonderful and it's very rewarding to share a week or two of this magical place with you! I've worked in restaurants, trained as an artisan baker and have spent decades in culinary and housewares business. If home is where the heart is, then this is my 'Couer' My home is a place of transformation for me, my family and our friends. It's furnished to be cozy, comfortable and have all the modern technology you need. Slow down -- really slow down your life and recharge yourself in Ansouis. A la prochaine et tres bientot, Barbs SKYPE: slowprovence

              Why the Owner Chose Ansouis:
              Actually, this house chose me.....After a long hike I caught my breathe on the corner of Place Des Hotes where the house is. that was it, I saw the house, and somehow (yes like in the movies) I wound up owning it less than 3 months later....I love this village because it is truly authentic, pristine and not over run with postcard shops and retailers. Ansouis is a village where you can walk the streets at night, close your eyes and go back in time hundreds of years. Ansouis has a profound effect on people. You will literally be swept off of your feet with its charm.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              I think about your stay with YOU IN MIND. What comforts are you looking for? Is the bed comfortable? Do you have the right cookware for the delicious meal you'll create after visiting the markets? Can you check in on CNN and see what's going on in the world -- just in case. Do you have free calls back to the USA? In my house, the answer is QUI! We are in the center of the village. Our life here is as we were in the center of a charming French film and the characters are walking by, baguette tucked under their arm with their trusted chiens by their side...I love sitting up on the terrace at night and watching the stars come out. As our friends say: sit back and watch nature put on a show.


              Contact us

              Speaks: french, italian, mandarin, english

              Links to more information:

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              Photos

              • Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door.  Behind you'll discover a charming home

                Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door. Behind you'll discover a charming home

              • Ansouis in the sunflowers. a perfect summer day

                Ansouis in the sunflowers. a perfect summer day

              • Romantic candle lit dinners after a long day of markets and shopping

                Romantic candle lit dinners after a long day of markets and shopping

              • It's all in the details.  Gather your friends, raise a glass and toast!  For more kitchen pictures and the newly redone kitchen -- view the video on the link and video pages.

                It's all in the details. Gather your friends, raise a glass and toast! For more kitchen pictures and the newly redone kitchen -- view the video on the link and video pages.

              • What makes your stay more enjoyable?  Great beds, great baths, skylights, and hot water!

                What makes your stay more enjoyable? Great beds, great baths, skylights, and hot water!

              • this 7 foot wide fountain is lit at night, and exudes charm + Provencal style

                this 7 foot wide fountain is lit at night, and exudes charm + Provencal style

              • Sumptous linens from Neiman Marcus, hand knotted rugs from Turkey and a simply gorgeous new bath with Grohe plumbing.

                Sumptous linens from Neiman Marcus, hand knotted rugs from Turkey and a simply gorgeous new bath with Grohe plumbing.

              • The Yellow bedroom suite with flat screen TV, king size bed, and  loads of space

                The Yellow bedroom suite with flat screen TV, king size bed, and loads of space

              • Hammered Copper Double Sinks, Opulent Italian Tiles make this bathroom spa-like.

                Hammered Copper Double Sinks, Opulent Italian Tiles make this bathroom spa-like.

              • King size bed, double closets, reading lights, 1' thick hand knotted rug.

                King size bed, double closets, reading lights, 1' thick hand knotted rug.

              • Winter time photo, in the heart of the quaint 1000 year old village.

                Winter time photo, in the heart of the quaint 1000 year old village.

              • Oversize Living room and dining area

                Oversize Living room and dining area

              • Cozy nights in front of the fireplace, the door leads into the garden

                Cozy nights in front of the fireplace, the door leads into the garden

              • Top floor terrace. Our house is loaded with special spots to relax, unwind.

                Top floor terrace. Our house is loaded with special spots to relax, unwind.

              • looking through the preservation quality glass wall into the kitchen

                looking through the preservation quality glass wall into the kitchen

              • Antique doors lead to your closet and the windows look out onto the inner atrium.  The melodic fountain will lull you to sleep and the silk drapes block out the morning sun, so you sleep soundly.

                Antique doors lead to your closet and the windows look out onto the inner atrium. The melodic fountain will lull you to sleep and the silk drapes block out the morning sun, so you sleep soundly.

              • This newly renovated bath/shower features Grohe plumbing fixtures, luxurious Brazilian slate, new towel bars and overhead radiant heating.

                This newly renovated bath/shower features Grohe plumbing fixtures, luxurious Brazilian slate, new towel bars and overhead radiant heating.

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