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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: 11/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Avignon cottage 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. 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. 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.

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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
                  • 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

                      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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                              Calendar

                              Last updated: 11/13/2014
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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!

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                              Easy to come and go, all modern furnishings and appliances, 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, warm in cold months, cool in hot months.


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                              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.

                              • 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.

                              • Kitchen & breakfast area, upstairs apartment.

                                Kitchen & breakfast area, upstairs apartment.

                              • Living Room, downstairs apartment. Sofas open up to comfortable beds if needed.

                                Living Room, downstairs apartment. Sofas open up to comfortable beds if needed.

                              • Master Bedroom, Upstairs Apartment

                                Master Bedroom, Upstairs Apartment

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

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

                              • Back terrace with Italian tile and outdoor shower.

                                Back terrace with Italian tile and outdoor shower.

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

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

                              • Front yard and hammock for cool siestas.

                                Front yard and hammock for cool siestas.

                              • Sunrise over Luberon.

                                Sunrise over Luberon.

                              • Church tower in Villeneuve-les-Avignon

                                Church tower in Villeneuve-les-Avignon

                              • 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.

                              • Kitchen & breakfast area in downstairs apartment.

                                Kitchen & breakfast area in downstairs apartment.

                              • Detail of upstairs study, flat screen TV (on right) and video monitor (on left)

                                Detail of upstairs study, flat screen TV (on right) and video monitor (on left)

                              • Upstairs 'Italian' shower with washing machine in bathroom.

                                Upstairs 'Italian' shower with washing machine in bathroom.

                              • Master Bedroom, Downstairs Apartment

                                Master Bedroom, Downstairs Apartment

                              • Downstairs bathroom with private toilet and Roman shower.

                                Downstairs bathroom with private toilet and Roman shower.

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

                                Breakfast table on front terrace, just outside downstairs apartment.

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

                                Fresh strawberries picked from the 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.

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

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

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

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

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                              This listing was first published here in 2013.

                              Date last modified - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

                              $175 - $200 per night (USD)
                              9

                              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 8

                              View calendar: Updated 11/13/14
                              Minimum stay: 4-6 nights
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                              Member since: 2013
                              Speaks: english
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                              • Response rate: 87%
                              • Calendar last updated: 11/13/2014
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