Charming 18th Century Village House Renovated by Architect

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Last updated: 10/11/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Les Bougainvilliers offers enormous character, charm, comfort, and LOCATION! You’ll be 15 minutes from the exquisite town of Aix-en-Provence, not much further from Avignon and Arles, close to the hilltop villages in the Luberon and only 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea.

What else are you looking for in a vacation home in Provence?

LES BOUGAINVILLIERS is not like any house you’ve ever seen. It was built around 1750, and renovated by a French architect. This splendid old house offers the real deal “French Experience” -- stroll to the boulangerie for warm croissants, sip in an outdoor café, shop at the farmers’ market, then return home to open the wine and prepare a meal full of French flavor to savour in the courtyard. Voilà!

The house is situated on the western edge of Saint Cannat, an 'authentic' village still largely undiscovered by tourists. It has excellent butchers and bakers, a fruit and veg shop with exquisite produce, a small general store, a newspaper shop, hair salons, pharmacies, cafés and a few boutiques.

A huge skylight in the roof brings sunshine into the entire house through the atrium. Double paned glass and excellent central heat keep the house very warm in winter -- the thick stone walls keep it cool in summer. You will not need A/C at Les Bougainvilliers, but we do have electric fans in all the bedrooms. All year long the warm afternoon sun floods the living room, rooftop terrace, and farmland across the street. Parking on the street in front of the house is usually easy.

The house is built on three levels. On the ground floor is the kitchen (entered from the courtyard) with a new oven and dishwasher in August 2010, two coffee makers, a toaster, and plenty of work space and good kitchen utensils for preparing your Provencal meals. Also on this first level are the living/dining rooms, one bath, w.c., and washer/dryer. Tastefully furnished with a combination of French antiques and modern pieces, the living room has comfortable leather furniture, a piano and a huge semi-circular window that looks onto the brightly flowered courtyard. An excellent fireplace and very efficient central heat make Les Bougainvilliers a perfect house to rent in winter. The dining room table extends to seat 8 people. A mini computer for your use is on this level.

There are three bedrooms, all on the middle level. One has a queen sized bed, one has a standard double, and one has twins that can be made up into a queen sized bed. The larger of the bathrooms has a walk-in Italian shower, plus a separate w.c., on this level.

On the top level is the TV room. Here, under the huge roof beams, you will find seating and a flatscreen television (French only). On the large landing is a comfortable, convertible sofa bed and the door to the “Tropezienne” terrace which overlooks the rooftops and fields of Saint Cannat. We've recently added a large pergola and news plants so that the terrace is a comfortable place to be during sunny days.

From the house you can quickly walk to the butcher, the baker, the post office, pharmacies, shops, cafes, and the colorful Wednesday morning market. The bus to Aix-en-Provence and beyond leaves from a nearby corner. One of the BEST restaurants in the entire area is Le Mas de Fauchon, about one mile from the house. Lunch or dinner (outdoors much of the year) at Le Mas de Fauchon is a MUST!

So, go see it all, come back to Les Bougainvilliers, throw open the doors, open the rosé, turn up the music and feel like a local!

And we offer you FREE long distance calling to North America and Europe so you can tell those back home all about it!

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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Townhome
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Not suitable for small children...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We do allow smoking in the courtyard, but require that guests please dispose of their trash....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Loft


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    The twin beds can be made up into a queen-sized bed...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) can be made into a queen sized bed on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) in the loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub

    The WC is separate...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    The WC is separate...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have a piano


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    New in August 2010...moreless

  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calls to the US, Canada and within Europe!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Excellent central heat (fuel)...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    New in August 2010...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Our fireplace draws well and gives a good deal of heat....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Both electric and French press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    High quality cookware...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Pretty plates and glassware - plenty for 8 guests...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New in August 2010...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Dishwasher and oven new in 2010. We have a microwave, coffee maker, toaster and more....moreless

  • Microwave


  • Balcony:

    Our rooftop terrace overlooks the fields and roofs to St. Cannat....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    We have an enclosed courtyard with geraniums and other bright plants. The floor is gravel....moreless

  • Tennis:

    The courts are a 2 minute walk from the house....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


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from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$761 $2,716
Early Winter
Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2016
3 night min stay
$761 $2,825
Winter Holidays
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2017
4 night min stay
Late Winter
Jan 2 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$978 $2,716
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,141 $3,803
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,239 $3,803
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,032 $3,803
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $543.29
  • Tax Rate 10%


Taxes included

Cleaning is €90

Fully Refundable Damage Deposit of $500

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/11/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marseille Provence
300 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Le Modern
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Le Mas de Fauchon
150 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
Carry le Rouet

Car: Recommended

History, Roman ruins, art, music festivals and GREAT shopping, The village tennis courts and large swimming pool only 100 yards from our door, While the pool is not our own private pool, it is very pleasant and rarely crowed


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: I started traveling as a young person, and continued to cover as much ground as possible as a photojournalist and photo tour operator. Falling in love with France at 20, I HAD to live here, and many years later, in 1995, I bought Les Bougainvilliers in St. Cannat. Later I moved to the Luberon, and now live in Bandol on the coast with my English husband. We divide our time between France, Mexico and lots of fantastic places in between.

Why the Owner Chose St-Cannat, France:
St. Cannat has the perfect location! It worked for me for business and social reasons, and it works for tourists because it's centrally located, near Aix, and not a touristic town. It's real Provence!

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
Although my house is in the village, and only minutes from the boulangerie, the food shops, post office, the tennis courts, swimming pool, the outdoor market, and other important stops, the view is into the farmer's fields across the way. You feel you're in the country, but have the conveniences of the town. Also, while the house is very old and charmingly Provencal, it has that all important element ~ light ~ which most old houses lack.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome to Les Bougainvilliers

    Welcome to Les Bougainvilliers

  • Dining Room -- table extends for 8 people

    Dining Room -- table extends for 8 people

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

  • Chambre Jardin over looking the countryside

    Chambre Jardin over looking the countryside

  • La Chambre d'Antiquités, The Antique Bedroom

    La Chambre d'Antiquités, The Antique Bedroom

  • Detail in La Chambre d'Antiquités

    Detail in La Chambre d'Antiquités

  • Sofa Bed in the Loft

    Sofa Bed in the Loft

  • Downstairs Bathroom (WC is separate)

    Downstairs Bathroom (WC is separate)

  • Your excellent fireplace

    Your excellent fireplace

  • St. Cannat's Wednesday Market

    St. Cannat's Wednesday Market

  • The Atrium View

    The Atrium View

  • The Living Room

    The Living Room

  • Chambre Jardin over looking the countryside

    Chambre Jardin over looking the countryside

  • La Chambre Matisse ~~ The Matisse Bedroom

    La Chambre Matisse ~~ The Matisse Bedroom

  • La Chambre d'Antiquités, The Antique Bedroom

    La Chambre d'Antiquités, The Antique Bedroom

  • The Loft with Original Beams and Sofa Bed

    The Loft with Original Beams and Sofa Bed

  • The landing with antique chest

    The landing with antique chest

  • Your enclosed courtyard

    Your enclosed courtyard

  • Your swimming pool in St. Cannat

    Your swimming pool in St. Cannat

  • Your View!

    Your View!

VRBO #1138

This listing was first published here in 1998.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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