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Artist's 3 Bedroom Family Home on Edge of Hillside Drome Wine Village

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Venterol at Day's End: View from Slopes Above


Last updated: 05/21/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Our romantic house is well equipped, comfortable & roomy. Restoration retains rural village character: white walls, wide pine & red tile floors, oak beam ceilings. Roomy farm kitchen (serious 4 burner butane stove with electric grill, all utensils & rustic fireplace in season), Our self-catering holiday rental on village edge has a vine shaded breakfast balcony with partial view onto valley of vineyards & apricot orchards. Bath has 2 showers, 2 sinks & reading/waiting room outside. Separate WC. Master bedroom with fireplace (in season) & queen-sized bed. Smaller 2nd bedroom has double-sized bed. Additional 3rd bedroom (supplement) is available for large families travelling with children (double sized bed & bunk beds). Cheerful living room off the Master Bedroom is a comfortable place to read / relax. Bike storage in basement, parking just steps away on village square. If we're in town, your first French breakfast (coffee & village bakery croissants) is complimentary.

What is Venterol like?: Venterol is a protected hillside Cotes-du-Rhone wine village with its own bistro on the square, a fine restaurant, and a pastry baker offering morning-fresh baked croissants & baguettes. It has arcaded narrow streets, traditional laundry 'lavoirs' and a lovely church with one of the best wrought iron campanilis you'll ever see. A vast lavender harvest occurs in mid-July with countless tiny distilleries perfuming the air. There are sunflower fields and olive, apricot and cherry orchards. Elderly ladies still watch flocks near hamlets on the mountain slopes behind Venterol.

Village summer festivities feature fireworks, music, dining and dancing. One of Provence's liveliest Market Days occurs every Thursday in Nyons, right next door. And every Saturday in summer, a local Farmers Market holds forth in Venterol's centre square. There one can purchase olive oil, honey, goat cheese, veggies from adjacent fields, homespun embroidery & Sarah's unusual home kitchen-crafted jams/jellies.

What cultural and recreational activities exist?: Nyons (1.7K) has its own Cinema Arlequin, many cafes and restaurants, an outdoor theatre, tennis, supermarkets, banking & services... plus one of Provence's best Market Days. Nyons has a gigantic outdoor Municipal Swim Center with cafe ...a great place for cool family fun. Another unique public pool is found beneath the Marquise-de-Sevigny's huge Renaissance castle at Grignan. Or you can swim and hunt fossils in mountain streams right behind Venterol.
Wine tasting is everywhere! Bike amidst seas of Cotes-du-Rhone vineyards. Hike or horseback ride, following high altitude paths of the WW2 French Resistance.

Many excellent museums bejewel nearby villages: museums of the Silk Manufacturing Era, of Olive Oil, of Lavender Distillation, and even of Cardboard Box Manufacturing.
There are music, opera & dance spectaculars in Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange, Arles and (a day trip) Nimes.
In July, the Avignon Theater Festival offers a vast array of productions.

Where is Venterol situated?: Venterol is located near the Rhone, on the southern edge of the Drome Provencale and Vaucluse, in the Region of Rhone-Alpes. We are on an interesting climatic divide: To our south, a warm and dry 'Midi' climate extends past Mt. Ventoux, through the Plateau of Vaucluse and the Luberon, to the sea. To our north, reaching up to the high mountains of Vercors, the climate is cooler and vegetation greener. Flocks graze the slopes. Corn grows, sunflower and poppy fields border blazing yellow scotch broom.

Venterol is close to the Rhone River and the Gorges of Ardeche (kayaking and limestone cave exploring) to the west. Right next door (8 minutes away) are Valreas and the Knights Templer town of Richerenches, both in the ancient Enclave des Papes. Suze-la-Russe Castle, a must-visit for our rental guests, is home to the renowned International University of Wine. This Renaissance castle is owned by the Dept. of Drome, as is Grignan castle. Multilingual visits to both are possible.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    Crib available...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside or on balcony only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    ask owner...moreless

  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master bedroom: 1 queen

    See photo...moreless

  • 2nd bedroom: 1 double

    Beamed ceiling...moreless

  • 3rd bedroom: 1 double, 2 child bed, 1 baby crib

    3rd bedroom with suppliment...moreless

  • Your Master Bedroom has 1 Queen Sized Bed. The smaller 2nd Bedroom has 1 Double Bed. The 3rd Bedroom (50 Euro supplement) has 1 Double Bed and 1 Bunk Bed (upper & lower single), and 1 Crib...moreless

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom: shower

    2 showers, 2 sinks...moreless

  • Toilet: toilet

    Separate toilet...moreless

  • Two Shower enclosures, Two sinks. Newly tiled floor. Toilet in separate room....moreless

Other Amenities

  • No smoking within the house please. Pet friendly but you must always ask us first. Kitchen has large fireplace. Master bedroom also has fireplace... both strictly decorative during warm months. A fine library of guide books is available to loan for local and 'day trip' discoveries. We can loan you the maps you'll need. Whether it's nearby Nyons, Vaison-la-Romaine, Grignan & Orange.... or down to Arles, Aix, Carpentras or Nimes..... years of collected information awaits ready to help. Free parking steps up a path to the cafe. Basement bike storage. The Arlequin Cinema Club in Nyons (5 min) shows fine films from both past and present. Partially subsidized by the municipality, this cinema is truly a cultural asset. WiFi works in this rental....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Farm kitchen with Breakfast Balcony, large 'American style' refrigerator, 4 burner gas oven stove, dishes in cupboard, all utensils, including cut boards, salad swirl, coffee maker & cherry pitter....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Fireplace:

    Closed in summer season...moreless

  • Garage:

    For bicycles only...below kitchen....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet works through WiFi....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided, including table cloth, towels in different sizes for kitchen & bathroom. All bedsheets & pillow cases are provided for your stay. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    See photo...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking on our village square, only steps from the house. Also on this square: a bistro, village market on Saturdays, and the church....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Bring your own mobile phone. In an emergency, the owner's adjacent house phone may be used....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    All bath towels, wash clothes, dish towels are provided. ...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    Clotheslines and intense Provencale sunshine....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    2, European style...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi works in this house....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    (In Summer Season) Decorative antique tall cylindrical blue enamel Venetian wood/coal stove situated between Master Bedroom & Living Room....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    Glass 'Silex' style. Also large traditional octagonal Italian coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All provided. complete service for 8 or more....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All provided, many glasses and coffee cups. Plates of graduated sizes, many forks, knives, and spoons. for 8 persons or more. Wine glasses, pots & pans of graduating sizes, etc, etc. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A warm traditional feeling recalling when this was a farm kitchen. Traditional large red floor tiles.. Snug sink area with tiled walls. Plenty of paper towels, liquid soap, waste basket bags....moreless

  • Oven:

    In modern self-igniting stove with top cover....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Shelves for groceries that do not require refrigeration. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large upright with 4 shelves, more in door. Freezer section with separate door in bottom....moreless

  • Toaster:

    To be added for 2014 season....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Breakfast Balcony with partial view of vineyard valley below village....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Wonderful Water Park (Parc Aquatique) 10 min away in Nyons. Good family restaurant on overlooking terrace. ...moreless



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High Season
Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay

Harvest Season
Aug 29 - Sep 4, 2015
7 night min stay


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A third bedroom may be added for 50 Euro per week supplement.....

with a 15% reduction for on all 3 to 4 week rentals

Total Clean-Up Charges (for 1 to 4 week rentals) are: 55 Euros (from 2 to 5 occupants), and 80 Euros (for 6 to 8 occupants)

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110 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Marseille (Code: MRS)
0.01 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Venterol Village
115 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Marseilles (to Corsica)
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Montelimar on the main Paris-Marseille TGV line.
49 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Autoroute du Soleil A7 and D976 (Orange) to Nyons
0.01 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Venterol Village (Cafe + 2 quaint Restaurants)
116 Metres
Nearest Beach
Cassis (Seaside)

Car: Recommended

Venterol is a protected hillside Drome wine village in the Cotes-du-Rhone region near Nyons, Valreas & Vaison-la-Romaine. Olive orchards climb surrounding hills & lavender fields colour the valley below. Our village lies on the southern side of small mountains bisected by streams filled with fossils & many popular hiking trails. Wild boar, chamois & fox are seen on back mountain lanes still used by sheep and goat herders. Venterol, as with so many close-by villages in Drome Provencal, is surrounded by vineyards and welcoming wine tasting 'caveaux'. Nyons right next door has a huge municipal state- of- the- art Swim center for family fun and recreation. Close by streams and waterfalls provide additional picnic/swim opportunities. Prefer cultural activities to nature? Avignon, Arles are not far away, both beside the nearby Rhone.

Other Activities: Wine tasting, Provence market days, antique hunting at Isles-sur-la-Sorgue


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1971

About the owner: As a semi-retired professional travel/corporate professional photographer who has lived at least 3 months a year in Provence since discovering this village in 1969, Venterol has always provided a vital annual dose of good food, clean air, beauty, peace and quiet.... everything necessary in which to paint, photograph, discover, breath fresh air and make friends. After earning my BFA and MFA degrees at Rhode Island School of Design and Yale, I traveled the world on assignment for many European / American magazines and major corporations (incorporating my design training at both Rhode Island School of Design and Yale School of Art & Architecture). For all those years Venterol has been both refuge and solace for me and my family. My wife maintains it is also the reason for an excellent state of health. At any rate, after traveling the world, it is the place where I feel at home.

Why the Owner Chose Drome:
In 1969 my girlfriend and I were looking for something as a pied-a-terre in France. I had already lived in Paris and could imagine the possibilities of such an idea. An Italian friend of ours suggested Venterol, directing us to two Swiss women who wanted to sell their summer refuge. The village was nearly abandoned, many empty buildings with black, gaping windows... streets with open sewers, one habitually empty crumbling cafe. The house I bought had dirt floors, primitive plumbing, no electricity, a bed with straw mattress, leaky roofs, no windows and resident scorpions. But it was very large, a complicated labyrinth layout: I was seduced by its many rooms, the attached farm buildings, and the seemingly endless possibilities. I worked summers from dawn to after dark, cutting new windows into the walls, tiling floors, surfacing walls, re-doing roofs... all that was necessary to just make the place barely habitable. Over the years, each time returning with some of the winters earnings to invest in improve-ments, the house began to become what it is today. In the huge suitcases permitted at that time, we brought over many personal items, art work, furnishings.... making the place seem home-like and welcoming. I always loved the nest-like shape of our village, clinging to the slopes of mountains behind. It also pleased me that the house was situated on the outer edge with a partial view of the valley below. Why this property? Because a little boy from New England once dreamed of castles and knights, and then, years later, found a place where they actually once existed. Besides that, my father farmed, so I like being around farms, farmers and the growing cycles.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Olives, apricots, lavender, wine grapes, the Mediterranean diet mixed with dependable sunshine: all the ingredients to make one healthy and happy. A lot of great cultural things to do: concerts (jazz and classical), painting galleries, opera, choral music, theater. Plus some of the most interesting, kind and generous people I know.

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Speaks: english, french

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  • Venterol at Day's End:  View from Slopes Above

    Venterol at Day's End: View from Slopes Above

  • Living room (partial view)

    Living room (partial view)

  • Kitchen with outdoor breakfast balcony

    Kitchen with outdoor breakfast balcony

  • Master bedroom (partial view)

    Master bedroom (partial view)

  • Local lavender harvest

    Local lavender harvest

  • Communal Meal, Place Sabarot (Cafe de la Poste***)

    Communal Meal, Place Sabarot (Cafe de la Poste***)

  • The Big Sky over Venterol

    The Big Sky over Venterol

  • Sunrise on Venterol

    Sunrise on Venterol

  • White Horse grazes, 12C Chapel at Comps

    White Horse grazes, 12C Chapel at Comps

  • Teenagers Shoot Photos in Lavender Fields

    Teenagers Shoot Photos in Lavender Fields

  • Balcony Flowers

    Balcony Flowers

  • Breakfast Balcony Smiles

    Breakfast Balcony Smiles

  • Early Morning Sun angles down on Venterol

    Early Morning Sun angles down on Venterol

  • Sun Sets on Venterol & valley west to Valreas

    Sun Sets on Venterol & valley west to Valreas

  • Nearby 12C Romanesque Chapel

    Nearby 12C Romanesque Chapel

  • The Tour de France passes Venterol .

    The Tour de France passes Venterol .

  • Poppies and Vineyards in Springtime

    Poppies and Vineyards in Springtime

  • Bee & Portulaca Flowers on Breakfast Balcony

    Bee & Portulaca Flowers on Breakfast Balcony

  • Grape Harvest & Olive Grove

    Grape Harvest & Olive Grove

  • Apricots & Lavender in front of village.

    Apricots & Lavender in front of village.

  • Map of Village showing house.

    Map of Village showing house.

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Speaks: english, french
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