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



Keywords: Apartment

Property Type

      • Apartment

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

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

          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

          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils

          Amenities

          • Linens Provided

          Entertainment

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Several English language stations are available....moreless

          • Stereo
          • CD Player

          Communications

              • Wireless Internet

              Activities

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

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              €890-€1290/week (depending on the season)
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              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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              • 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

              • 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

              • The bathroom - stairs up to tub and shower

                The bathroom - stairs up to tub and shower

              • 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)

              • 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.

              • Bathroom - looking down from the tub/shower level

                Bathroom - looking down from the tub/shower level

              VRBO #317281

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              Date last modified - Thursday, September 18, 2014

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              2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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