Provencal Suite, Historic Centre of Aix, Experience Traditional French Living
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Aix en Provence apartment description
If you enjoy experiencing a traditional French lifestyle, you’ll love spending time in this boutique studio apartment right in the historic center of Aix-en-Provence. Order your favourite coffee from the specialty coffee shop immediately on your left as you step out your front door. Directly opposite is the most famous Fromagerie (cheese shop) in Aix; continue up the street 50metres and enter Place Richelme (Post Office Square) where the bustling local produce market takes place daily until midday, here you can stock up on your locally grown fruit, vege, cheeses, salami & sausages, local delicacies, flowers and more. On the edge of the square is the spectacular 16thC Hotel De Ville a good place to stop for a bite to eat and watch the passers-by. You are in the beating heart of the ancient medieval city, walk in any direction from here and you are surrounded by a tangle of beautiful small squares, ancient buildings, fountains, cafe’s restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, boutiques and specialty shops. Open the two large front windows of your sunny south facing apartment, to people watch and observe the activity in the cobbled street below, plus take in the charming view across the rooftops. If you enjoy picking up a newspaper, a coffee or aperitif and sitting at a café watching the passers-by; if you find pleasure in museums and bustling markets where you might stumble across the occasional spontaneous street band; if you appreciate evening concerts and indulgences at a Roman spa, then this delightful apartment in the historic town centre in this quintessential Provençal town is for you.
This charming Provençal style studio apartment is 55 sq/mtrs and situated south facing on the top floor of an original three storied building on Rue Des Marseillais, it is sunny, light, spacious and airy. The traditional flagstone floor, combines with the amazing old style Poutre (exposed beams) and the stunning antique Parefeuille (terracotta) ceiling - something not often seen anymore, adding to the wonderful ambiance of traditional French living. There is a fully equipped and modern kitchen including fridge, microwave, bench top oven, 4 ring ceramic cooking hob and washing machine. The fully tiled modern bathroom includes toilet, vanity and large walk-in shower. There is a cosy dining alcove in the main living area and spacious lounge with two large sofa’s, 2 armchairs and large coffee table.
The mezzanine bedroom containing a very comfortable Queen size bed, is accessed by a wrought iron Japanese style staircase. The romantic French style decor in Provençal colours and sumptuous bed linens offer wonderful comfort to aid a good night’s sleep. A smart TV is available with access to 170 channels, and unlimited FREE wifi connection to search the internet including skype etc. A radio/DVD player & ipod/iphone docking station is provided to enjoy your favourite music and a landline phone which allows FREE unlimited local (French) calls, including to local French mobile numbers and a total of 100 countries (landlines only). The entire apartment is elegantly furnished and decorated in the traditional Provençal colours and style for your enjoyment and comfort.
The apartment has electric heating in winter and in the summer months is well ventilated with large front windows and fans to circulate the air. Due to the historic nature of the building we are unable to install an air-conditioning unit. As the apartment is located in the historic centre there is no designated car park provided, however there is ample secure public car-parking nearby, the closest being at Place Des Cardeurs (only 200m away or 2-3 mins walk), the large Rotonde carpark is approx 10mins walk away. Approximate daily rate for car-parking is 13-15 Euro’s. There is also a wonderful 'Park & Ride' facility at a cost of only 2 Euro per day with a bus running every 10mins to and from the city. It is possible to park further outside the town centre free of charge.
To aid your quest to live like a local, besides the daily marches (markets) there are several supermarkets nearby, including within walking distance, the large Monoprix located on the Cours Mirabeau (5-10mins walk); take the shopping trolley provided to put your groceries in like everyone else in the neighbourhood.
Aix-en-Provence is renowned for being a vibrant, lively town with many events and festivals. Along with activities related to its famous artists Cezanne and Vasarely, the popular music and lyric arts festival takes place in June-July every year; in August the nearby town of La Roque d’Antéron hosts an internationally acclaimed piano festival; anytime during the year take part any number of French classes for foreigners, cooking classes, private art tours and art lessons, enjoy the state-of-the-art spa within walking distance from the apartment and built on the authentic ruins of the former Roman spa, offering delightful cures, massages, water aerobics, and all sorts of relaxation for your aches and pains.
Aix-en-Provence is centrally located for day trips to the stunning Luberon Valley and its spectacularly picturesque towns such as La Coste, Roussillon & Gordes; trips to the seaside in Marseille and Cassis where you can experience the delicious Bouillabaisse dish and wonderful seaside scenery and much more.
Have a wonderful sojourn, however long or short, in this well-appointed apartment; it's designed for your comfort and enjoyment.
- On floor 3
- 55 m²
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Non Smoking Only:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Living Room seats 8:
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- Access to the building is via key entry, auto-locking front door at street level. Access to the apartment is via the spiral staircase (3 flights) and triple locked high quality steel security door. The apartment is situated in a lively location in the centre of Aix and the doubled glazed windows substantially blocks out street noise for your peace & comfort. ...moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
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Charming, Convenient, Cozy!!
Charming, Convenient, Cozy!!
I highly recommend this lovely apartment in the heart of Aix-en-Provence. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and picturesque. Communications are professional and efficient. I was a female traveling alone, and I felt like royalty sleeping in the sumptuous loft bed every evening. The bed is simply luscious! I imagine the loft would make for a wonderful romantic retreat as well (maybe next time ;) Use caution on that Japanese staircase, though; it can be tricky. Speaking of stairs, yes, if you are easily winded or otherwise have trouble climbing, this flat may not be for you. Lugging a large suitcase up/down the narrow spiral is a challenge. But once you're in, however, the flat is clean, charmingly decorated, light, and convenient to everything, including the markets on the square just a few steps away. I also recommend you stop by the Office of Tourism in the Centre Ville upon your arrival (approx. 8-minute walk from the flat) and check out the many day tours available (some brochures in the apartment, too). I was able (and fortunate) to book some tours online on the spur-of-the-moment. The tour groups were small (5-8 people), the guides were fun and knowledgeable, and the excursions really added much to the experience of Provence. Since I've returned home, I've discovered just how very enchanted I was with this apartment. Although I don't have a loft bedroom, I'm finding other ways to replicate the charming touches in my own decor (get yourself some French bed linens at the market or a boutique!) In all, this made for a very comfortable and convenient home base. Merci, Carol, John, & Bernadette!
- Guest Kristine M.
- Date of stay 10/08/13
- Review Submitted 12/02/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
This apartment was perfect!Guest comment entered by owner
This apartment was perfect!
This apartment was just perfect! It was beautifully laid out with everything we needed and couldn't have been in a better position. We didn't even mind the 50 steps up and down because it meant we didn't feel guilty for eating all those pain au chocolate, crepes, cheese etc! The market being so near was a real bonus - We wish we could just pop out and buy fresh fruit like that etc for our breakfast here back home! The double glazed windows were so good. One evening was particularly noisy with the arrival of new students in town and when the windows were closed you could hardly hear them. We would have gone down to join them but figured we probably weren't in the right age group!!! Would we return? We hope so one day and we wouldn't hesitate to use this apartment again. The main purpose of our stay was in relation to a product launch & workshops and I think some of the other delegates who were staying in hotels on the edge of the city were a little jealous when we were telling them about it! We very much enjoyed our stay in this wonderful apartment and highly recommend it.
- Guest Jeanette & Shaun
- Date of stay 10/05/13
- Review Submitted 10/18/13
I enjoyed my stay here very much. I was greeted by the owner the day of my arrival. She showed me through the flat and explained how to operate the wifi, TV etc. I did request a fire extinguisher which was provided the following day. The apartment is lovely, airy and bright, tastefully decorated and exactly as shown in the photos. The rain shower head was marvelous. The kitchen was equipped with everything a guest might require. There was ample hot water and heating. The bed was super comfortable with a thick feather duvet and the linens exquisite. The building appears to have students living there and while it is generally peaceful,they do enjoy a Saturday night dust up- at least the 2 Saturdays I was there. However, their music choices are pretty good, so it’s not too bad. A word of caution for the stairs up to the flat. Don’t wear stilettos. There are 51 steps and the staircase is narrow, but it’s great exercise and will allow you that extra slab of paté. I would highly recommend this flat as a central location smack in the middle of Aix. The outdoor market in the square is at your doorstep 7 days a week and there is a little convenience store right around the corner. If you have a car, you can park at several spots all within a 10 minute walk from the flat.
- Guest Meck (Nova Scotia, Canada)
- Date of stay 03/01/13
- Review Submitted 04/01/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
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7 night min stay
May 1 - Sep 29
7 night min stay
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Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: From the first visit to Paris over 20 years ago to our more recent stays with friends who live in Provence we have been captured by the beauty, history, traditions, cuisine, the long barmy summer months and the French chic way of life. There is so much to discover, enjoy and savour in this magnificent country and particularly in the Provence region with its contrasts from beach resorts to hill villages and a unique combination of romance, glamour and a Mediterranean climate. We adore the French style and elegance and our apartment reflects this in its decor and furnishings for our comfort and enjoyment and for yours.
Why the Owner Chose Aix en Provence:
Aix is the most perfect example of Provence, a wonderful town to spend time in on its own, and to use as a base from which to explore the many fascinating and beautiful spots in southern France. Not only is this an ideal location for exploring Aix and its surrounds, but it is also situated in the historic centre, in a building with original architectural style and charm, together with the traditional elegant furnishing providing a delightful ambiance and comfort, enriching your entire experience. You couldn’t be more central, we love the buzz of activity and the feeling of having our own slice of an amazingly beautiful and historic town with so many places to explore and things to do right at our doorstep. The wonderful local cuisine and locally grown produce is a big part of the enjoyment for us ... absolutely divine flavours and interesting, delicious delicacies, combined with stunning wines. The ability to walk everywhere or if we choose to have a car, the access to convenient parking locations close by; the ability to contact anyone locally from the comfort of our apartment to arrange things and to keep in touch with family and friends back home with the free unlimited WiFi and landline phone calls, it’s all so easy, convenient and exciting.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
You're in the heart of the historic old town with restaurants, cafe’s, bars, markets, boutiques, historic buildings, monuments & museums all at your doorstep. Only a short 5min walk to the Cours Mirabeau where you can stroll the picturesque tree-lined boulevard (Champs Elysees of Aix) or take a day trip to Avignon, Marseille, Cassis, Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes, Roussillon....then return after an outing, to relax in the beautiful ambiance of your apartment ... where you can cook up a storm, relax, put on a music CD, check your email, take a nice hot shower et bonne nuit!
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lounge area, with 2 sofa beds, view of mezzanine with Queen bed
View over rooftops from apartment window
Mezzanine bedroom view from bed
Spacious, walk-in shower
lounge, with view of dining, mezzanine and Japanese staircase
lounge, TV, Radio/DVD/CD & ipod/iphone dock
Fruit & veges at the daily produce market, Place Richelme
historic buildings, architecture, centre of old town Aix-en-Provence
Place des Cardeurs, Aix-en-Provence
Summertime Salsa, Place Richelme Sunday evenings - amazing backdrop
Mezzanine, Queen bed
Mezzanine, Queen bed
Dining & kitchen
Place Richelme daily produce market
Cheeses at the fresh Produce, daily Place Richelme
Clock tower square & fountain, historic centre Aix-en-Provence
Flower market, clock tower square
Over the rooftops evening view from apartment windows
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