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Last updated: 04/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Fuveau villa description

The Reading Nook is a charming rustic holiday family home in traditional Provencal mas-style tucked away in the village of Fuveau, 15min south of Aix-en-Provence at the foot of Cezanne's mountain Ste. Victoire and 25min from Mediterranean beaches. Centrally located, it is 60-90min from Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, Avignon, Arles. The house is a haven from the modern world, providing a corner for rest, play, relaxation, and reading. The house has 4 bedrooms, 1 playroom, and sleeps 8-9. It is full of character, with hand carved post, wooden ceiling beams, pine doors, and simply but tastefully decorated with high quality fittings and fixtures. Spread over one acre, it has woods, fruit trees, large pool, hammock, and is filled with many adult and children's books, videos, toys. The Reading Nook is ideal for couples and retirees, a family with children looking for run-around space, two families sharing, or family reunion.

Arts: Aix-en Provence is the home of impressionist artist Paul Cezanne (visit his studio) and French literary author Emile Zola. Van Gogh painted his starry nights in nearby Arles and Picasso is buried next to Aix. The Aix Arts and Cultural Festival in the summer is a national French highlight and a favourite among Parisians. Matisse lived in Nice 90 minutes away, which houses his museum. Along the way, visit St. Paul-de-Vence, the artist community and see Chagall's stained-glass windows on the church.

History: In addition to art history, Roman and architectural history is very near at hand. The Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, one of the ten wonders of the ancient world, is one hour north, near Avignon, which was the site of the Vatican for 400 years. Medieval Baux-de-Provence, the 'prettiest village in France' and the Roman amphitheatre at Nimes, is still used (for bullfights), are within 60 minute drive. St. Maximum de Baume cathedral 20 minutes away is Mary Magdalene's final resting place. Abbaye de Senaque in the Luberon mountains 45 minutes away and boasts the most perfect architectural monastery in France, complete with lavender fields and lavender honey.

Physical Activities: Hike up Cezanne's mountain or go horse-back riding. Tennis is 5 minutes away. Fly a kite in the mistral wind particular to Provence at base of St. Victoire. Explore trails in the Luberon mountains fragrant with lavender and rosemary scents. White-water raft or canoe under the Pont du Gard. Ski the lower Alps 90 minutes north. Bicycle along the Tour de France routes. And, of course, all the water sports one could expect at the azur blue Mediterranean: swimming, snorkeling, sailing, wind-surfing, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 170 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            bunk beds...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 double


          • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single


          • The upstairs landing is in bright happy Provencal yellow with fresh lavender from the garden hanging from the beams. All three bedrooms upstairs have slanted beamed ceilings. The Master bedroom is decorated in a warm blue/pink with blue and rose coloured Sanderson linen and curtains and has an ensuite bathroom. The middle bedroom has bunk beds and is painted in subtly different shades of blue, to reflect the deep blues of the Provencal sky and azure Mediterranean sea. The 3rd bedroom, in light lavender, has twin beds with French quilts and white furniture, for a feminine touch. The guest bedroom downstairs has a sloping cream, sleigh double bed and warm oak parquet floor. Extending from the living room, near the fireplace, is a little marbled hallway that leads into another room with a separate exterior door and French windows, which has been made into a playroom, stocked with toys and board games, and has a wrought-iron daybed with French quilt. Baby cot is available....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 3: toilet


          • All bathrooms upstairs have lovely deep Villeroy & Boch bathtubs, with Victorian-style Horus taps. There is a separate shower stall in the main bathroom, which is decorated in a bright Provencal yellow-orange ochre and bordered with delicately painted Porcelanosa tiles. A hairdryer is provided. The downstairs cloakroom/powder room is decorated in a beautiful Laura Ashley lavender toile print wallpaper....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Excellent guidebooks available at the home. Linens provided. Gardening, pool maintenance and utilities included. 70 euros cleaning charge for parties of more than 6, to be passed to cleaner. Long term lets available except during summer months. PLEASE NOTE: All booking and reservation documents, driving instructions, house guides, and most books and videos at the house are in ENGLISH. House manager speaks English, intermediate French....moreless


              • CD Player
              • VCR
              • DVD Player
              • Radio
              • Television
              • Stereo
              • Audio Tape Player


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Necessary


                  • Theme Parks
                  • Reefs
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Library
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Water Parks
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Live Theater
                  • Ruins
                  • Zoo
                  • Forests

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Walking

                  local services and businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries

                  Location Type

                  • Village
                  • Rural
                  • Near The Ocean

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Golf
                  • Sailing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Hiking
                  • Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Tennis
                  • Fishing
                  • Roller Blading

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Dining Room


                      • Parking
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Internet
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Heating
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Fireplace


                      • Stove
                      • Oven
                      • Dishwasher
                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator


                      • Child's Swing
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Barbecue
                      • Terrace

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool
                      • Outdoor Pool

                      property descriptor

                          • Detached


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                          • Convenient, comfortable, quiet and worth the stay.

                            Convenient, comfortable, quiet and worth the stay.

                            • Guest Peter B.
                            • Date of stay 12/20/13
                            • Review Submitted 01/13/14
                            We were visiting our daughter - an exchange student in Aix. Most of the time there were four of us in the house -- over Christmas we were eight. Space was not an issue -- cooked in on a few occasions, kitchen was well equipped. Handy to Aix (15 minutes to old city), less than 10 minutes from expressways and for day trips around Provence. Shopping handy -- either Fuveau village (5 minutes) or in Gardanne (10 minutes). The garden was huge and the pool looked great -- pity it was winter! Definitely a family oriented home.

                            Owner response: Thank you very much for your comments. We're glad you had a great time in Aix and Provence, a wonderful place to spend the winter holidays. We have good memories of our Christmases spent in Aix, and Fuveau. The home is intended for warm reunions with family, so we were glad you were able to make use of it as such. Best of luck to your daughter for her studies in Aix - it's a great university!

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                          • Lovely property for a holiday

                            Lovely property for a holiday

                            • Guest Rabbit (Wales, UK)
                            • Date of stay 09/26/10
                            • Review Submitted 03/24/11
                            We stayed here for a full three months in the autumn while children went to school in the village and I worked in the archives in Aix-en-Provence. This was a lovely property for fine weather, really well equipped for pool side and barbecue fun. Children loved the play house in the garden as well as the size of the garden itself, the swimming pool with lots of pool toys, and the main road location is very convenient. Shops, amenities all close by. Fuveau a pretty village and plenty of good beaches nearby. House manager very readily on hand and couldn't have been more helpful; problems fixed at the drop of a hat.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 8/9

                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Apr 1 - May 31, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          Early September
                          Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          Late September
                          Sep 15 - Sep 30, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          Oct 1 - Dec 12, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          Dec 13 - Jan 3, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Taxes Not included


                          Check in is Saturday-Saturday. Check in at 4PM. Check out at 10AM.

                          Cleaning fee of 70 euros for parties 6-7, 90 euros for parties 8+ to be passed to cleaner.

                          Except during summer months, short stays and discounts for long stays possible.

                          Deposit of 20% upon booking, which acts as confirmation. Full balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

                          Cancellation policy:

                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                          Last updated: 04/06/2014
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                          • Nearest Airport: Marseille (Marignane) at 40 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Ferry: Marseille at 25 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Train: Aix-en-Provence at 10 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Motorway: A8 at 8 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Beach: Cassis at 30 Kilometres

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                          Speaks: english, french


                          • Dining Room

                            Dining Room

                          • Bedroom 2

                            Bedroom 2

                          • Bedroom 4

                            Bedroom 4

                          • Outside Yard

                            Outside Yard

                          • 10m x 5m Pool

                            10m x 5m Pool

                          • Back terrace

                            Back terrace

                          • Master Bedroom

                            Master Bedroom

                          • Bedroom 3

                            Bedroom 3

                          • Bedroom 5 / Playroom

                            Bedroom 5 / Playroom

                          €164 - €307 per night (EUR)

                          5 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

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                          Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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