Villa La Dolce Vita with Pool in Aix-En-Provence Countryside
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Here is a country villa for your stay in Provence. It is nestled in the secluded countryside, surrounded by a beautiful oak grove for privacy. Facing south to catch optimum sunlight, the architect-designed house has a very large living room (with a grand piano) and wall-to-wall sliding doors that open to an enormous flowered terrace with two outdoor dining areas. The lovely stone stairway leads you down to a flower garden with a swimming pool and a completely-equipped summer kitchen and BBQ.
There are four comfortable bedrooms. The master bedroom is on one wing of the house for privacy, and the three others are grouped next to the terrace with the hot tub. There are three fully-equipped bathrooms (plus an extra WC near the living room, for guests to use). The house faces a valley with a stream: pure French country living at its most delicious.
Local house management: A local, English-speaking house manager can solve problems if they arise.
Location: Villa la Dolce Vita is located 2 km from Eguilles, close to a main departmental highway that connects Aix-en-Provence with Avignon, in the middle of the wine-growing area. It is only a twelve minute drive to Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most pleasant places to live. A convenient bus stop is an easy walk and a one euro ticket gets you to Aix in a few minutes. The villa is also close to the Luberon area, known for the abundant flora and stunning views that made it a favorite location for the Impressionist painters. It is dotted with hiking trails and quaint towns with wonderful restaurants. The closest beach is 30 minutes away near Marseille, a vibrant, sparkling gem on the Mediterranean. There are convenient bus connections to both Aix and Marseille.
There is a gated, private driveway as you enter the property, and no visible neighbors on three sides of the house (two quiet neighbors in the back of the Villa).
Arriving: The TGV (high-speed train) station is a 25 minute drive from the house and Paris is less than 3 hours away. The house manager can pick you up at the train station or airport, prepare a welcome meal, or show you around Provence according to your wishes.
Aix en Provence: Oozing with history and enchanting atmosphere, Aix-en-Provence began life as a Roman settlement fed by the warm springs and was capital of the region for several centuries. Aix was a centre for art and learning in the 15th, it has earned the epithet 'city of a thousand fountains'. The town itself is a jewel of a Provencal town, with an outdoor market open every day of the year and many nationally-renowned restaurants. Stroll down the Cours Mirabeau with its tree-lined promenade, as well as old Aix with the old town hall and Saint-Sauveur cathedral with its cloister. There are over 400 restaurants to choose from, plus annual summer Music Festivals. Open-air vegetable/fruit markets take place once a week in 4 nearby villages, and the famous Aix market (15 minutes away) is open every day of the year.
- 1 story
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 4-7
- Bedroom 1
- 1 double
- Master bedroom with own bathroom/WC
- Bedroom 2
- 1 double
- Bedroom next to hot tub, kitchen porch
- Bedroom 4
- 1 twin/ single
- Own bathroom
- Bedroom 3
- 1 double
- Door opens to garden; full bathroom next to bedroom
- 4.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
- WC next to front door
- WC only
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
Villa la Dolce Vita is located 2 km from Eguilles, close to a main departmental highway that connects Aix-en-Provence with Avignon, in the middle of the wine-growing area. It is only a twelve minute drive to Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most pleasant places to live. A convenient bus stop is an easy walk and a one euro ticket gets you to Aix in a few minutes. The villa is also close to the Luberon area....morecollapse
- Computer Available
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
- Hot Tub
- Away From It All
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Mountain Biking
This property has an excellent location in the countryside (an oak grove). Located twelve minutes by car from the centre of Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most pleasant places to live: The Cours Mirabeau with its tree-lined promenade, as well as old Aix, with the old town hall and especially Saint-Sauveur cathedral with its cloister. Excellent markets in Aix and villages nearby. Good wine chateaux, 400 restaurants to choose from, annual Music Festivals in summer. Close to the Mediterranean. Architect designed house, with very large living space with grand piano, opening up to a large terrace with two dining areas. **Golf is available at several local clubs, the closest being Les Milles Golf Club (10 km from the house). Horseback riding is possible in 3 clubs in the vicinity (one just a kilometer from the house). There is also a tennis club-swimming pool with restaurant that is open to the public nearby. ...morecollapse
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April in Provence
April in Provence
We LOVED your villa :) It is a very relaxing place to stay. On the 1st Saturday we had friends from Paris for dinner with their 2 kids - the villa easily absorbed 8 adults and 3 kids - so much space. As it was still chilly in the evenings, we lit a fire, so cozy. We spent a couple of pleasant evenings in the hot tub gazing at the stars. We even had a full moon. Unfortunately the weather was too cold for the pool or the BBQ. My 7 year old loved the piano - he practiced his piano lessons while we were there. Sounded great! The master bedroom was perfect for my wheelchair bound brother-in-law. There is a stereo - just bring a laptop or iPod to plug in. Pascal, the local property manager is always available, should any issues or questions arise. He picked us up from and dropped us back to the TGV station in Aix-en-Provence. He is very friendly and helpful. You can even negotiate with him to cook for you if you wish! There is a dishwasher and clothes washer in the Villa. The Villa is only 10kms outside of Aix, down a very quiet lane. It feels very secluded and rural, yet there are bakeries to be found merely 5 minutes drive away! We toured quite a few places - the Villa is very centrally located - most places were only an hours drive away - e.g. Avignon, Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Orange. Marseille and the coast is even closer. There is an excellent 'Les Routiers' hostelry on the main road, does a 4 course lunch for 15 Euros. We would love to find the time to experience it again during the summer.
- Guest Dean
- Date of stay 04/06/12
- Review Submitted 05/01/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Mid-season (12 - 28 June, 2013) - 1800 euros/week High season (29 June - 30 August, 2013) - 1900 euros/week Mid-season (31 August - 1 November, 2013) - 1800 euros/week Low season (2 Nov., 2013 - 5 April, 2014) - 1000 euros/week Credit cards/Paypal taken. 2.9% discount if paid by ACH or eCheck/wire transfer. 1000 euro security deposit required (or you can take out damage insurance). Rates do not include electricity or house maintenance. Contact owner. 10% discount for a two-week stay (except during high season).
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
- Nearest Airport: Marseille at 30 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: in Marseille at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Aix-en-Provence TGV at 15 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A-51 (Marseille-Gap) at 6 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Marseille, Cassis, la Cote Bleue at 40 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: bar-rest. nearby at 600 Metres
- Nearest Golf: Several golf courses in the area at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: A few in the nearby countryside, many more in Aix at 2 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Retired American living in Thailand and Paris
Why the Owner Chose Aix en Provence:
Provence is a magic place, and has 300 days a year of sun. Beautiful villages, great food.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Villa la 'Dolce Vita' is very private, no neighbors who can see into the property. Combine that with a country setting, a close-by Aix-en-Provence with lots of culture & restaurants, and the power of nature in the area, and this makes for an ideal place to be.
- Primary: +33 95018 8466 (24-hour voicemail)
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The main terrace is shaded by an oak tree, which is useful to shelter the table
Large living room (16x9 m)
A fine German grand piano.
Kitchen (note porch in background, just outside doors)
Office (next to master bedroom).
Hot tub (just next to porch and table)
Summer kitchen (complete with BBQ, water, heating elements)
The main idea of the house is to blend the outside and inside
Looking outside, sitting on indoor couch.
Kitchen and food preparation island
Hot tub -- surrounded by trees
This little sheltered porch
One level below the main level of the house is a 300 sq.m. garden and pool
Terrace, looking in - nearly a Moroccan-Mexican influence in color
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