Sunny Terrace - Newly Renovated in Town Center - Isle Sur La Sorgue
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue apartment description
Le Bijou - the Gem - is a charming one-bedroom apartment located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The town is perfectly situated as a base for excursions throughout Provence. The Mediterranean is one hour south, Mont Ventoux a short drive to the north and many other places of interest in the south of France are easily reached from this location. Le Bijou will be a comfortable and convenient place to serve as a respite after a day of exploring the perched villages, vineyards, Roman ruins and other points of western Provence.
If you intend to visit the region to simply relax and enjoy life in a French village, L'Isle will not disappoint you. On Sundays the streets and squares are alive with vendors and visitors to the town's market. L'Isle sur la Sorgue is the antique capital of the south of France. You will find treasures of every kind daily in the antique shops and on weekends merchants come to display their wares on the sidewalks.
You can idle away the afternoon in the several parks or stroll along the Sorgue where water wheels that once powered mills and factories still turn in the river. Throughout the village are restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. Start your day with coffee and a croissant in the morning sun, and join locals in the shade of a canopy with an afternoon apéritif at one of the cafés and bars along the Sorgue.
The apartment is located on a lively square in the center of town. Boulangeries, patisseries, and cafés are just out the front door. Le Bijou is being completely renovated with the first visitors arriving in September 2012.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is easily accessible from the A-7 autoroute. The TGV station at Avignon is 25 minutes by car and the Marseilles airport is an easy drive of slightly less than an hour.
- 33 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Queen bed, bed-side table with reading lamps
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Cooking Utensils : If you like to cook, all of the tools are available. There is a complete set of cookware for the four burner gas cooktop and stove. You will find high quality cutlery and utensils for cooking and dining. A toaster, coffee maker, tea pot and, of course a corkscrew are available for your convenience. *Refrigerator : The refrigerator is the perfect size for two guests. It has a large freezer and you will have plenty of ice if you wish, which is not the norm in French apartments. *Full Kitchen : This was designed as a cook's kitchen. The bright room opens into the salon and is appointed with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. *Deck/Patio : Two glass doors open onto our terrace in the back of the apartment. Star gaze at night to the sound of the fountain and take your morning coffee with a view of the rooftops of the village under the clear blue sky of the Vaucluse....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Music Library:
- CD Player
- MP3 Dock
- Tourist Attractions
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Free Local Calls
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Parking Off Street:
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Free Long Distance
- Towels Provided
If you like to cook, all of the tools are available. There is a complete set of cookware for the four burner gas cooktop and stove. You will find high quality cutlery and utensils for cooking and dining. A toaster, coffee maker, tea pot and, of course a corkscrew are available for your convenience....moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
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Perfect Vacation Apartment
Perfect Vacation Apartment
All of the praise from other reviewers is accurate--Le Bijou is excellently maintained, well-equipped, beautifully remodeled, and in a great location. We stayed here for two weeks in October 2013 for a cycling holiday. It was the perfect apartment and a fantastic location for cycling. In addition, L'Isle Sur La Sorgue has two markets each week, each filled with wonderful foods and products from Provence. There are many restaurants, bakeries, shops, wine stores, meat stores, and more within a few steps of the front door. We stayed here without a car and walked to everything we needed. Perhaps more important, the owners of Le Bijou were amazingly helpful before and during our stay. They sent us information about what to do, how to shop at the market, what to buy at the market, where to go to sight see, and more. They have a binder in the apartment that explains everything about the apartment (how to use the washing machine, how to use the dishwasher, how to use the TV, etc.) and offers tips about the area, restaurant reviews, and how to enjoy your stay.
- Guest Cyclist (Northern Utah, USA)
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, age 55+.
I have been doing vacation apartment rental long before it became so popular, and I am always a little nervous: will it live up to my expectations? will it present me with unwelcome surprises? how convenient it will turn out to be - basic considerations any tourist has. Le Bijou and the entire experience of dealing with its owners and manager proved to be totally delightful and easy. After all, who wants complications on their vacation?! First, dealing with the owner was very pleasant and fun all throughout the process - from initial VRBO inquiry to the moment I asked her about the hangers she used in the apartment closet (they are incredible and from TJMaxx:) She always responded immediately and with a desire to help. Second, and we only realized it after we spent some time in the village, the location cannot be better, not only the apartment itself is in the heart of the very busy village, not only I'sle-sur-la-Sorgue is breathtakingly gorgeous, but it's extremely convenient if you want to use it as a base for further Provence exploration. It's close to the major roads and we didn't have to drive anywhere for more than an hour to see Avignon, Arles, Beau, Aix, etc, not to mention smaller but no less unforgettable trips to Gordes, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, etc. And finally, the apartment itself - a testament not only to its owners' sense of adventure but to their impeccable taste and a good eye for detail. It's small, but utterly charming and has EVERYTHING a seasoned tourist may need. It's been completely renovated, so the bathroom and kitchen are not only beautiful but new and very well equipped for modern needs. Kitchen has everything you may think of and then some. There were also some basic staples like sugar and spices and olive oil and vinegar provided for our use, which was thoughtful and convenient. Little bedroom has a wonderful new closet with tons of storage space and an extremely comfortable bed. And don't forget a sunny terrace - we had all of our meals there, and we cooked a lot on this trip because we simply could not ignore the bounty offered on market days - Thursday and a much bigger one on Sunday. It was a feast for the senses and the prices were quite decent too. The apartment is also 5 min walk from free parking which was wonderful after long days of sightseeing. The town itself is very easy to navigate and has tons of good restaurants and ice-cream cafes. My husband and I kept saying what a smart choice Le Bijou was!
- Guest Maria and Mark (Springfield, NJ)
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/13/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you for taking the time to craft such a thorough and kind endorsement of our apartment in Provence. It has been a wonderful adventure for us through which we have made new friends in France, and in guests such as you.We have had no shortage of help along the way and cannot take full credit for the design, remodeling and decor. The finished product exceeded our expectations. It is indeed a great base from which to explore the Vaucluse, Luberon and Cote du Rhone vineyards. We are happy to hear that you traveled throughout and experienced the region, ate well and found our apartment appointed to your satisfaction. We hope you are able to visit again. Patty
Delightful apartment in beautiful village
Delightful apartment in beautiful village
We arrived home this weekend after a delightful holiday touring around Provence. The stay in your apartment was wonderful, so beautifully appointed and positioned, it was everything we hoped for from your description (and more). L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a gem of a place a real treasure trove for antique hunters and very friendly. A place we hope to return to someday.
- Guest S A.
- Date of stay 05/31/13
- Review Submitted 06/16/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+.
This charming apartment is located in a perfect spot to enjoy the lovely town. The apartment is comfortable, exactly described in the advertisement, and comes complete with every thing one would need during a stay. There was easy, free parking close by. The agent, Pam, was professional, helpful and very knowledgeable. Pam was flexible in meeting us to give us the key, helped find us when lost (due to temporary road closure), and provided tips about areas to see. Patty and Kevin, the owners, were easy to deal with, also very helpful and clearly wanted us to enjoy staying in their beautiful apartment. It was a delightful week...
- Guest Patty A (Danville, CA)
- Date of stay 04/12/13
- Review Submitted 04/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you found our friend Pam helpful in getting you settled.
We arrived in l'Isle sur la Sorgue after a month of non-stop travel. We immediately sank into the comfort and amenities provided. A beautiful complete kitchen, luxurious bathroom, comfortable bedroom, delightful terrace, TV and Internet... what more could an American ask for?! The location is perfect, you can lean out the window to the small square below and watch the market bustle and village life. Bus, train, bike are all modes of easy transportation to explore the area. You can even rent a car at the grocery store. The region is filled with beautiful villages, nature walks, rivers, Mediterranean climate. You will never run out of things to enjoy,
- Guest None (Bozeman Montana)
- Date of stay 10/23/12
- Review Submitted 02/21/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+.
Owner response: Merci for your kind comments. We are pleased that you found the apartment comfortable for your visit. The village is a great place to unwind after keeping a frantic pace. We hope you will visit again. Stay in touch. Patty and Kevin
excellent apartment and location
excellent apartment and location
My husband and I were recently the first guests at Le Bijou and we cannot recommend the apartment highly enough. The photos accurately show how nicely the apartment has been renovated but can't show all the thought to little details. We felt 'at home' right away and there was nothing we needed during our stay that was not there - right down to a flashlight on the nightstand. The town itself is lovely and one could spend numerous days enjoying the many restaurants and stores and the locals were all very friendly and helpful. It is also ideally situated to explore the many charming towns of Provence. A booklet in the apartment compiled by the owners explaining how to use the various appliances etc. and containing recommendations on the local restaurants as well as nearby towns to visit, was very helpful. Our contact with the owners, Patty and Kevin, during the reservation process was a pleasure and their call to see if we had everything we needed once we had arrived was much appreciated. Thank you Kevin and Patty for helping to make it one of our most memorable trips. We hope to visit again soon. Denise and Larry
- Guest happy travellers (Vancouver, Canada)
- Date of stay 10/11/12
- Review Submitted 11/18/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you Denise and Larry for sharing your impressions of our apartment in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We enjoyed the opportunity to assist you with your trip. We have found helping our guests plan their trips an added bit of pleasure to owning the apartment. We have yet to tire of talking about travel in Provence. We are happy that you found the village ideal for your visit to the Vaucluse. It is a great place to be anytime of the year. We hope you visit again and start up where you left off in October. Merci, Kevin et Patty
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7 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: Marseilles at 90 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Avignon at 25 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We have had the good fortune to have traveled throughout France for vacations for over thirty-five years. Our trips have taken us to most corners of the country, some multiple times. We have toured the canals and rivers of France on small boats, and explored extensively by train and auto. On vacations with our three children we visited the châteaux of the Loire, hit the beaches of Côte d'Azur, walked the streets of Paris, hiked areas of the Alps, and watched the Tour de France. But we fell in love with Provence. You will too if you have not already! In January of 2012, we stumbled on to this apartment, we have named Le Bijou, in the course of our third visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Having discussed and dismissed the idea of buying property in France numerous times, we changed our minds when this opportunity presented itself on the way back from the boulangerie one morning. We live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where we both grew up, worked (Patty) and continue to work (Kevin). Down the road, we plan to continue to enjoy exploring France from our base at Le Bijou. We have made friends in the village, which has a life of its own beyond tourism, yet is small enough to walk completely around. During the times we can't be in France, we welcome guests to enjoy life as a Provençal in Le Bijou in the quaint village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We hope one day you can visit. Kevin and Patty McGoff
Why the Owner Chose L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue:
In January 2012, we made another visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We loved the location and the people we had met. Not seriously looking for property, although we had discussed and dismissed the idea many times, we met with several realtors and looked at some places. Nothing struck us. We asked if there were any small apartments with a terrace, a rarity we were advised. We quit having realtors show us property, after being told that finding an apartment with a terrace in the old part of the village was unlikely. We were content to look at the advertisements in the window of the city’s many realtors,or Immobiliers. We window shopped and daydreamed about the unlikely prospect of finding a suitable apartment, which we never thought we'd buy even if we did find one. But it was fun to look and speculate about the prospect, thumbing through the brochures over a glass of rosé. On the way back from the boulangerie one morning with our breakfast, as I crossed the lively square in front of the building where we had been staying that week, I noticed for the first time a sign hanging from the window above our rental announcing ‘A Vendre’, for sale. We knew without going in the door that the unit had a terrace as it was just above the patio of the apartment we were renting. Knowing that one of our requirements was met, we called the realtor and he came with a key that afternoon. The apartment we had been looking for was one flight above us the entire time we were knocking about the city looking at the possibilities, and being discouraged that what we wanted to look at was rare. The realtor opened the apartment to us 4 times in 5 days. We debated, thought about it, then made the offer over the phone as we boarded the plane in Marseilles to come home.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue was built around the Notre Dame des Anges, a Collegial Church built in 1222 and reconstructed in the 17th century. The Sorgue flows from its source, seven kilometers upstream at the Fountain de Vaucluse. The river surrounds the town, creating the island on the Sorgue. La Sorgue was the source of the town's commerce through the ages. The Catholic calendar of the 15th century called for in excess of 160 meatless days per year, thus the fisherman and the town thrived providing the papacy and its supporting elements with fish. To this day it is crystal clear, maintains a temperature of 12-13 Celsius (53-55 Fahrenheit) year round and is a category one fishing river. Mills were constructed and powered by water wheels for grain, paper mills, silk works and production of linens. There were at one time 70 water wheels in the town, 14 of which are still turned by the Sorgue's current. Today you'll find what is regarded as the best antique market in France outside of Paris. On Sundays, the many antique dealers bring to town their wares to add to the already lively market. There are plenty of fresh fish, fruit and vegetable vendors on the streets and squares in the town on Sunday. Regional products of the season, such as honey and berries, are found along with cheese, sausages and local wines. The village has a life of its own beyond tourism, which means commerce, restaurants and a market twice a week year round. It is central for day trips in every direction, throughout Provence and beyondL'Isle sur la Sorgue is a vibrant town. Off-season, when the tourists have gone, the sidewalks do not roll up. There is a large market on Sunday and a smaller one on Thursdays. The antique shops are open and the town fills up with bargain hunters scouring for a find and families picking up fresh produce, meats, fish and fruits for their tables. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and small bars open year round.
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Sun drenched terrasse
Cook's kitchen with everything you need for dining in
View through the living area
Morning sun pours through the apartment
Private terrasse is a great place for a quiet café
Poppy field in May 2012, a short drive from the apartment
Cafés on the Sorgue
Cafés and shops along La Sorgue
Fall afternoon shadows along la Sorgue
One of the village's many water wheels still churning in the river Sorgue
Relax with a book on the private terrasse
Mix of antiques and new furniture
Kitchen and salon
Full moon over the terrasse
Pont St. Julien, one of many attractions a short drive from the apartment
Saturday lunch at the café on the church square
One of the many antique shops to explore
Welcome to Provence, Sculpture at nearby Lacoste
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