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Ambiance D’Aix - Elegance and Charm in the Center of Aix

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Living Room Bedroom Study/Second Bedroom Kitchen Bathroom Ready for dinner Entry - welcome to Ambiance d'Aix! A view of the newly renovated courtyard (2011) The Archbishop's Palace, headquarters of the annual Festival d'Aix Our two-level bathroom Another view of the study/second bedroom From the living/dining room to the Master Bedroom Another view of the master bedroom The irresistible daily markets of Aix a cozy evening in Ambiance d'Aix Ready for an evening with guests in Aix We love the view of our neighbor's courtyard below. A typically sunny day in Aix

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Aix en Provence apartment description

In the heart of Aix en Provence’s ancient quartier of Cathedral Saint Saveur, this extraordinary apartment in a grand home from the beginning of the 18th century will enchant you with its charming elegance. Remarkably calm and private, overlooking the stately courtyard of the Hôtel de Fontvert, which is on the official list of France’s historic buildings, Ambiance d’Aix is a small piece of paradise in the historic center. You will instantly note its distinctive 12 foot high ceilings, tall arched windows, and original hexagonal "tomette" floor tiles, gleaming with centuries of gentle care. The apartment is beautifully decorated with French antiques and quality furnishings combining the spirit of the period with contemporary comfort and modern conveniences such as microwave oven, cable television, iPod/CD players, and high speed internet.

This extraordinary 58 square meter (600 square feet) apartment on the second floor (first floor European) accommodates up to four people and consists of:
• a welcoming entry hall with interphone entry system to the building
• a spacious living/dining room with its high ceilings and walls adorned with intricate original gypserie – plaster moldings with figures and ribbon designs - with views to a neighbor's large, quiet, and sunny courtyard below. For news and entertainment, there is a Sony flat-screen high definition TV with French, German, English, and other language channels and a CD/iPod/iPhone player with radio. The dining table comfortably seats six people.
• a breath-takingly romantic bedroom with pillow-top queen size bed covered with quality linens and topped with a French Ciel du Lit flowing with sheer draperies. An inviting recamier (chaise longue) beside the tall windows overlooks the neighbor's courtyard below
• a well-equipped kitchen where you’ll delight in preparing meals from fresh ingredients gathered at the many local markets nearby
• a two-level bathroom with bathtub/shower on the mezzanine level 8 steps up
• a second bedroom/study with a closet and couch that converts to a very comfortable queen size bed with upgraded mattress
• wireless Internet access throughout the apartment with IPod/iPhone docking stations in both the living room and the main bedroom’s radio alarm clock

Tastefully decorated and distinctively furnished with a combination of both contemporary and antique pieces, the apartment’s spacious rooms and windows open to either a neighbor's private courtyard below or a quiet lane. All the rooms are wonderfully light and sunny.

The apartment has central thermostatically controlled heating for the cooler months, and stays warm in winter with its thick stone walls . For the warm months, there is good ventilation with through drafts as it has double exposure. Although we would not consider living without air conditioning in our Virginia home, we are completely comfortable in our Aix apartment even in the height of summer. In fact, we’re surprised to find how warm it is when we walk outside!



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Property Type

      • Apartment

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Queen size Beds (1) A French King Size bed, the plush pillow topped mattress is actually larger than a US Queen Size, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Known as a clic-clac, this full size queen bed has an upgraded mattress and is very comfortable...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Refrigerator:

            a small, apartment size refrigerator ...moreless

          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Kitchen

          Amenities

          • Linens Provided

          Entertainment

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Several English language stations are available....moreless

          • CD Player
          • Stereo

          Communications

              • Wireless Internet

              Activities

              • Tennis
              • Fitness Center
              • Boating
              • Sailing
              • Golf
              • Swimming
              • Hiking
              • Antiquing
              • Museums
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Restaurants
              • Sight Seeing
              • Shopping
              • Live Theater
               

              Reviews

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              • In love with Aix

                In love with Aix

                • Guest Barbara (Seattle, Washington, USA)
                • Date of stay 05/24/12
                • Review Submitted 06/12/12
                The apartment was all that we hoped it would be from the photos and description--comfortable, clean, well-equipped (though it would be great to have a toaster) and maintained, and in a wonderful location. It was close enough to all the Aix attractions to make it easy to get to them, but far enough away to be a refuge. It was as quiet as living in the city can be. We look forward to returning.

                Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, romantic getaway.

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              • Sooooooooooooo French

                Sooooooooooooo French

                • Guest Mark, Kathy, Amanda & Eliza (Newcastle, Australia)
                • Date of stay 05/04/12
                • Review Submitted 06/09/12
                My husband and I loved the Ambiance apartment in Aix. The feel is very French with the furnishings and beautiful windows and shutters. The bed is really comfortable and we spent lots of evenings cooking in the kitchen, drinking wine and listening to music with the windows open. We loved the location which was close to everything but quiet. Driving into and out of Aix from the apartment is very easy as there is no need to drive through the busy centre. The parking station Pasteur was less than 5 minutes walk and the rates were very reasonable. This made day trips very easy. Bars, restaurants, markets and great shopping is right on your doorstop. We loved Ambiance apartment.

                Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+.

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              • Ambiance D'Aix

                Ambiance D'Aix

                • Guest R & K (San Juan Islands, WA)
                • Date of stay 05/20/12
                • Review Submitted 05/20/12
                My husband and I stayed at Ambiance D'Aix for a week and we could have easily made it two. The apartment is in the old section of Aix, and easy to locate in the pedestrian district. A wonderful plaza just outside offers a place to sit and relax with a cafe' or a glass of rose', and it is a short distance to the daily markets and many restaurants and cafe's throughout Aix. We also took in a day at the Themes Spa, a short walk from the apartment, which was delightful and very rejuvenating. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with a very comfy bed and small and handy kitchen. We enjoyed cooking our market finds and relaxing with the open windows over the courtyard. I would highly reccomend this apartment especially for a couple looking to enjoy walking all over the city. The only negative for us was parking, hard to find on the street and almost all pay machines and expensive in the nearby garages. So take the train as a car in not necessary here!

                Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+.

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                • Guest PapaStefano
                • Date of stay 04/16/11
                • Review Submitted 05/05/11
                We enjoyed a gorgeous week in aix in april 2011. Aix is a stunning town, full of character, charm and history. Ambiance d'Aix is located within the old city district (you wouldn't want to be anywhere else) and is close enough to the busier parts (5 mins walk) like the Cours Mirabeau and Rotonde but far enough away to provide peace and quiet. The apartment itself is located in an old building off a beautiful and historic square and is most comfortable in every way. The kitchen has everything you need if you want a change from the dozens of restaurants and bars. We self catered on no fewer than three occasions as we couldn't resist the wonderful produce in the local markets. Breakfast meant a quick walk round the corner for fresh produce from the boulangerie. Yum! The main bed is so comfortable too! Big daily walks followed by a wholesome dinner and wine, it was just divine to sink into a peaceful slumber here. The second bedroom was perfect for our son who was with us on the trip. Alain, who welcomed us and saw us off a week later has excellent English and was throroughly helpful in every way.

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                • Guest Charlotte & Mary
                • Date of stay 03/09/11
                • Review Submitted 05/04/11
                Thank you for your hospitality of your charming apartment. We had a wonderful time exploring Aix. It was fun to feel like we lived here! Whether visiting Cezanne's atelier or the Musée Granet, sitting in a cafe, or shopping the market - what memories we have made!

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                • Guest Tom
                • Date of stay 09/24/10
                • Review Submitted 11/01/10
                Great apartment: elegant architecture and decoration, central location. Parking garage a few blocks away. We parked the car and spent all of our time walking. Two bedrooms were a perfect fit for a couple plus one. We had a an outstanding visit to aix, in no small part due to the accommodations

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                • Guest Rebecca
                • Date of stay 10/03/10
                • Review Submitted 11/01/10
                "Wonderful French experience!!" We had such a grand time!!! The apartment is so rich in history and close to everything! I felt like I lived there. We got to see so much, just by walking close to the apartment. I never needed a car. Just a short walk to the Cour Mirabeau and there is anything you need. We went to two museum's but would have seen more if this was not a work trip for me. We took a weekend excursion day trip to Nimes and arles-truly wonderful!! The market on the Cour Mirabeau is a grand experience-I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!!!

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              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2010

              About the owner: The best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we're interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive. We've visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe. Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and in the south of France. In addition to Ambiance d'Aix, we own a village house in the Languedoc near Agde (VRBO listing 34379) which we have enjoyed and rented since 2004. While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk's background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.

              Why the Owner Chose Aix en Provence:
              We have loved Aix en Provence since our first sight of the city many years ago, and have long dreamed of a place of our own there. We were thrilled to find this unique and special apartment in the very heart of the old town, filled with beauty and history, in the spring of 2010, and look forward to hearing from future guests who will enjoy it as we do.

              The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
              The location of Ambiance d’Aix is superb for classical concerts, opera, and markets. In the original Roman part of Aix, the pedestrian Cathedral Saint Saveur quartier is only blocks from the colorful market squares of Aix – the flowers on Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and the abundant and delicious produce of Place Richelme. Ten meters down our narrow lane is the beautiful Place des Martyrs de la Resistance, formerly the Place de l’Archeveché – a perfect place to sit by the fountain and enjoy a glass of rosé, and the center of Aix’s Lyric Festival, the former Palais de l’Archveché (Archbishop). On this square is the Museum of Tapisseries, and around the corner is the Museum of Old Aix. Thousands of years of history - from Renaissance to Medieval to Roman and beyond - overflowing with architectural masterpieces, Aix en Provence offers today's visitors the opportunity to explore winding, cobbled streets, visit stunning old buildings, appreciate the museums and galleries, scour the markets, absorb the plentiful musical productions and dine in its many delightful and colorful restaurants and cafes. The surrounding countryside offers the undulating hills of Provence where Paul Cezanne, Emile Zola, Marcel Pagnol and Fredric Mistral lived and drew inspiration. Beautiful views from hilltop medieval villages of the Luberon, acres and acres of vines and olive groves, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, all contribute to tantalizing the senses in every respect. With the Mediterranean’s Cote d'Azur close by, the coastal resorts of Cassis, Marseille (20 minutes), Cannes, St. Tropez, along with many lesser known but equally delightful beaches, are enticing. Throughout the seasons, Ambiance d'Aix is an ideal starting point for discovering the diversity and richness of the South of France - a haven of peace, conducive to dreaming, meditation, and rest welcomes you at the end of a day filled with impressions of Provence.


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              Photos

              • Living Room

                Living Room

              • Study/Second Bedroom

                Study/Second Bedroom

              • Bathroom

                Bathroom

              • Entry - welcome to Ambiance d'Aix!

                Entry - welcome to Ambiance d'Aix!

              • The Archbishop's Palace, headquarters of the annual Festival d'Aix

                The Archbishop's Palace, headquarters of the annual Festival d'Aix

              • Another view of the study/second bedroom

                Another view of the study/second bedroom

              • Another view of the master bedroom

                Another view of the master bedroom

              • a cozy evening in Ambiance d'Aix

                a cozy evening in Ambiance d'Aix

              • We love the view of our neighbor's courtyard below.

                We love the view of our neighbor's courtyard below.

              • Bedroom

                Bedroom

              • Kitchen

                Kitchen

              • Ready for dinner

                Ready for dinner

              • A view of the newly renovated courtyard (2011)

                A view of the newly renovated courtyard (2011)

              • Our two-level bathroom

                Our two-level bathroom

              • From the living/dining room to the Master Bedroom

                From the living/dining room to the Master Bedroom

              • The irresistible daily markets of Aix

                The irresistible daily markets of Aix

              • Ready for an evening with guests in Aix

                Ready for an evening with guests in Aix

              • A typically sunny day in Aix

                A typically sunny day in Aix

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              This listing was first published here in 2010.

              Date last modified - Thursday, September 26, 2013

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