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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.
Two Shower enclosures, Two sinks. Newly tiled floor.
Toilet in separate room....moreless
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
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
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
(In Summer Season) Decorative antique tall cylindrical blue enamel Venetian wood/coal stove situated between Master Bedroom & Living Room....moreless
4 Ring Stove
Glass 'Silex' style. Also large traditional octagonal Italian coffee maker....moreless
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.
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
In modern self-igniting stove with top cover....moreless
Shelves for groceries that do not require refrigeration. ...moreless
Large upright with 4 shelves, more in door. Freezer section with separate door in bottom....moreless
High Season Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Harvest Season Aug 29 - Sep 4, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
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)
We will send you a Rental Agreement.
When it is completed, signed & returned with payment in full, your booking will be confirmed by email.
A Security Deposit in Euros will only be due ON YOUR ARRIVAL DAY. It is usually the equivalent of half week's rent.
We give you a receipt. Your Security is refunded on Departure Day, provided house & contents are left as found.
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Marseille (Code: MRS)
Marseilles (to Corsica)
Montelimar on the main Paris-Marseille TGV line.
Autoroute du Soleil A7 and D976 (Orange) to Nyons
Venterol Village (Cafe + 2 quaint Restaurants)
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
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.