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Blissful Cottage in Heart of Provence

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Avignon, from across the Rhone River and my village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

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Last updated: 08/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

My home is a cozy 2-story cottage with calm dignity, situated on quiet street only a short walking distance from the charming village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon, and only a 7-min. cab ride from the Avignon TGV 'bullet' Train Station. It's by design a modest place, full of simple pleasures, and seems like a little piece of paradise to me, with Spanish tile roof, thick walls covered in vine keeping you cool inside, and hand-crafted wrought iron pergolas over the front and back terraces for shade and quiet meals. Set back from the public street on a private driveway, the place is safe and private, convenient for coming and going, exploring Provencal landmarks and cultural attractions in Avignon, St. Remy, Orange, Arles or Nimes. In our village, there are open-air markets with magnificent fruits and vegetables, bakeries, pharmacy, post office, several cafés and some decent restaurants. There's also public bus transportation to and from Avignon. In back of the place is a 20-foot stone wall originally built in Medieval times that runs between my strawberry garden and a protected public park that is chock full of Mediterranean pines and olive trees, bathing everything in a serenity that's only interrupted by bird songs. There is a jacuzzi on the rear terrace for hot baths. The home has 2 floors, and each one is an independent living unit for 4 guests. The upstairs apartment has a master bedroom, study, living room, a full kitchen, and modern shower/bathroom with washing machine & private toilet. The downstairs apartment has a master bedroom, a full kitchen, a living room and modern shower/bathroom with washing machine & private toilet. Both apartments have flat-screen TVs with scores of stations available, including CNBC. All windows have been upgraded with double panes to resist the sometimes rowdy Mistral winds that blow down the Rhone Valley. And there are screens on all windows for fresh breezes without the nuisance of flying pests. There is WiFi for the entire home which reaches both the front and back terraces for easy access. Picnic tables are set up on both terraces for intimate meals, day or night. The back terrace also includes a complete 'Roman' outdoor shower. The place is redolent with the aroma of thyme, laurel, lime blossom and pine. The home is ideally situated in the heart of Provence to explore all the region's cultural and culinary attractions or have a reflective home stay, cooking with great ingredients, listening to music, enjoying meals with family and friends on either of the home's shady terraces, not to mention cool siestas.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outside please!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Only on ground floor guest apartment....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Guest Apartment: Bedroom 1 Downstairs: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Guest Apartment: Bedroom 2 Downstairs: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Couches fold out to become comfortable beds....moreless

  • Master Apartment: Bedroom 3 Upstairs: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Master Apartment: Bedroom 5 Upstairs: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sofa in study opens up into comfortable bed....moreless

  • Master Apartment: Bedroom 4 Upstairs: 1 queen, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Living Room is also 2nd comfortable bedroom for 2....moreless

  • Downstairs guest apartment has master bedroom, plus extra single bed. 2 couches in living room fold out into comfortable extra beds. Upstairs master apartment has master bedroom, Living room couch folds out into bed for 2, Study couch folds out into bed for 1....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Guest Apartment: Bathroom 1 Downstairs: toilet, shower

    Walk-in tiled 'Italian' shower + washing mach...moreless

  • Master Apartment: Bathroom 2 Upstairs: toilet, shower

    Walk-in tiled 'Italian' shower + washing machine....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower

    Additional tiled shower with hot & cold water has been added...moreless

  • Downstairs bathroom has double sinks, independent toilet, walk-in shower. Upstairs bathroom has single sink, independent toilet, walk-in shower. Both bathrooms have washing machines....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A public park behind my property offers delightful nature walks, running paths, picnic areas in a magical Mediterranean pine forest that remains untainted by civilization....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Flat screen TVs upstairs and downstairs, with internet boxes and hundreds of channels....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mont Ventoux can be seen from my front door, as well as the Luberon hills....moreless

  • Rural:

    There is a national park directly behind the property which guarantees a certain calm....moreless

  • Village:

    The village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon is charming and calm, with good restaurants, a post office, cafés, pharmacy and bakery....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments have dining area for 4. Outside dining on front terrace or back terrace accomodates 8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating for both upstairs and downstairs apartments....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi access all over house and property....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments are fully equipped....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments have living/play rooms....moreless

  • Parking:

    Space in street for several cars. Driveway up to property for loading and unloading....moreless

  • Telephone:

    For local calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments are fully equipped....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments have washing machines....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments are fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments are fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Upstairs master apartment has dishwasher....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen in upstairs master apartment and full kitchen in downstairs guest apartment....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Both upstairs and downstairs apartments are fully equipped....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Both kitchens have new refrigerators....moreless

  • Stove:

    Both kitchens have new stove + oven....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Master apartment on 1st floor has small landing in front of entrance....moreless

  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Golf clubs available....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Tennis club 2 minutes in our village....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There are 2 beautiful public pools very close by in our village....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Jun 1 - Sep 1
6 night min stay
$200 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,330 $5,400
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$175 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,155 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $0
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Base Rates are based on occupancy by 2-4 guests in EITHER the Master Apartment on the 1st floor OR the Guest Apartment on the ground floor, depending on their availability. Double the basic rates when 6-8 guests are occupying BOTH Master and Guest Apartments on the property, however, these "full capacity" rentals will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.


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Last updated: 08/16/2015
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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marseille
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Avignon
4 Miles
Nearest Train
Avignon TGV Train Station
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A7 Autoroute
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mont Ventoux
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mediterranean

Car: Recommended

This is the heart of Provence, perfect for discovering Avignon, St. Remy, Arles, Nimes, Marseille, Orange, and the Luberon. My place is located across the Rhone River from Avignon in a peaceful village next to a national park, which is full of Mediterranean pine trees and olive trees, blanketed by blissful silence. The local village is a 5-minute walk away, where there are open-air markets with magnificent fruits and vegetables, bakeries, a post office, several cafés and some decent restaurants. There's public transportation in the village as well to nearby Avignon, which is a major European cultural attraction, with museums, festivals, and live dance and music performances all year long.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: I am an American, with a French passport as well. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from US universities, and now work in film post-production in New York, as well as a literary agent. As much as my busy professional life permits, I try to come back to my Provencal home for short, but always delightful stays.

Why the Owner Chose Avignon:
For many years, I lived year-round in my Provencal home before re-locating to the East Coast of the US because of professional obligations. The property is very special to me, as I trust it will be to my guests, because of its wonderful location next to a beautiful park and close to a lovely unblemished village that is proud of its heritage, and not far from state-of-the-art rail and air transportation. In sum, my home is situated in a seemingly magical location, blessed with a great macro-climate and tranquility, right in the heart of Provence! And there's a new jacuzzi to relax in at the end of the day!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Easy to come and go, all modern furnishings and appliances, WiFi all around the property, quiet, safe surroundings, conveniently situated in the center of Provence, a wide variety of nearby restaurants and wineries to sample, plenty of cultural attractions, and a tranquil place to come home to, cozy in cool months, cool in warmer months. The jacuzzi on the back terrace is a new addition that is both pleasant and health-inducing.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Avignon, from across the Rhone River and my village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

    Avignon, from across the Rhone River and my village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

  • The Tour Philippe le Bel, which is located at the entrance to my street.

    The Tour Philippe le Bel, which is located at the entrance to my street.

  • Panoramic view, Master Bedroom, upstairs apartment.

    Panoramic view, Master Bedroom, upstairs apartment.

  • View from front door, looking outside from entrance to upstairs apartment.

    View from front door, looking outside from entrance to upstairs apartment.

  • View from front terrace under the vine arbour, looking out on the Luberon.

    View from front terrace under the vine arbour, looking out on the Luberon.

  • Study in upstairs apartment, with sofa that converts into bed for 2 guests.

    Study in upstairs apartment, with sofa that converts into bed for 2 guests.

  • Master Bedroom, Ground Floor Apartment.

    Master Bedroom, Ground Floor Apartment.

  • Breakfast table on front terrace, just outside downstairs apartment.

    Breakfast table on front terrace, just outside downstairs apartment.

  • The back terrace, (closed) for privacy and protection from Mistral Winds.

    The back terrace, (closed) for privacy and protection from Mistral Winds.

  • Fresh strawberries picked from my garden in the back of the house.

    Fresh strawberries picked from my garden in the back of the house.

  • Mont Ventoux from front of property.
Road goes to Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

    Mont Ventoux from front of property. Road goes to Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

  • Front terrace picnic table, seats 10 - 12 guests for outdoor meals.

    Front terrace picnic table, seats 10 - 12 guests for outdoor meals.

  • The Avignon TGV train station, 10 minutes from my place by car.

    The Avignon TGV train station, 10 minutes from my place by car.

  • Front of my place, set back from road, with 2 separate living quarters.

    Front of my place, set back from road, with 2 separate living quarters.

  • Upstairs bathroom with Italian shower and washing machine.

    Upstairs bathroom with Italian shower and washing machine.

  • Panoramic view, upstairs kitchen.

    Panoramic view, upstairs kitchen.

  • Upstairs 2nd Bedroom/Salon.

    Upstairs 2nd Bedroom/Salon.

  • Panoramic view of Ground Floor apartment living room & kitchen area.

    Panoramic view of Ground Floor apartment living room & kitchen area.

  • Ground floor bathroom with private toilet and Italian shower.

    Ground floor bathroom with private toilet and Italian shower.

  • The back terrace (open), ready for enjoying jacuzzi, siestas, meals.

    The back terrace (open), ready for enjoying jacuzzi, siestas, meals.

  • Barbecue in back corner of property, next to strawberry garden and fruit trees.

    Barbecue in back corner of property, next to strawberry garden and fruit trees.

  • Front yard and hammock for cool siestas.

    Front yard and hammock for cool siestas.

  • Fort St. André, above the village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon at dusk.

    Fort St. André, above the village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon at dusk.

  • Jacuzzi on back terrace, seats 3 guests comfortably.
Very relaxing!

    Jacuzzi on back terrace, seats 3 guests comfortably. Very relaxing!

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 08/16/2015
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