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Bello Visto: Provençal Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Office, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Bello Visto is a beautiful property located high in the vieux village of Cairanne in the northern part of Provence. You can discover the centuries-old village on a walking tour or explore nearby Vaison-la-Romaine and Orange, both of which are known for their extraordinary Roman ruins. Even though Bello Visto is situated directly in the old village, there is a boulangerie, several food shops, wine stores, a bar-café, and two restaurants within a very short walk.

The village is also known all over France for its excellent wine labeled with the Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation. Located on the southern Cotes du Rhone wine route, Cairanne is within a few kilometers of other notable wine villages, including Rasteau, Seguret, Sablet, Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueras, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf du Pape. Robert Parker says that Cairanne is a - noteworthy candidate to be the next village elevated to its own appellation - in Wines of the Rhône Valley.

Bello Visto was constructed in the 19th century and was remodeled by an eminent Cairanne wine-maker and his wife. This Non-Smoking house has five levels of terraces including one just off the kitchen with panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and perched villages and Dentelles de Montmirail. The largest terrace offers a perfect location for a traditional French dining experience. The landscaped gardens with lavender and roses as well as old olive trees has a 5 x 10 meter pool. The property is spread over almost 2/3 of an acre.

Inside the house large window expanses fill the rooms with light and open the house to spectacular views. The many original Provençal features of the house, such as tile floors, exposed beams, and a curved staircase, are complemented by antiques and hand crafted fixtures and furniture from shops and artisans of Isle sur la Sorgue and nearby villages.

The terrace level of the house comprises the living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, and family room. The large living room offers an expansive bank of multi-paned French windows facing south and west, bathing the room in sunlight even in winter months. Provencal chairs, a coffee table and comfortable large sofa are arranged in the room to capture the beautiful views. The living room is separated from the dining room by the fireplace which opens to both rooms.

The dining room features a beautiful built-in buffet made from centuries-old cabinet doors. The buffet can be closed completely or its center doors can be opened to provide a pass-through to the kitchen. Compact and modern, the kitchen and pantry are well equipped for cooking meals with fresh ingredients found at the local farmers markets. French doors open out to the tiled terrace from both the dining room and the kitchen, offering convenient access to outdoor dining.

On the opposite end of the dining room through French doors is the combination library/family room. This comfortable room has a pair of leather sofas, entertainment center, and beautiful oriental rug over an antique tile floor.

A semi-circular curved staircase of marble leads to the second floor. At this level there are four bedrooms, one used primarily as an office by the owners, but can be used as a bedroom. A dressing room with extra storage space for suitcases and garments; a bathroom with vanity and combination tub and shower(wall-mount Italian style and hand-held), and a separate WC (toilet room) are also here. Beds have good-quality mattresses and are covered with either intricately quilted boutis or French tapestry covers. The house comfortably sleeps a maximum of six occupants.

High ceilings and antique tile floors are found in most of these rooms as well as beautiful antique armoires and night stands. All rooms are well illuminated with either overhead or wall lighting fixtures and receive sunlight from windows that can be darkened with shutters.

Fall, 2006 the owners completed a remodel in the building across the terrace from the kitchen. Inside, the reconstructed bathroom features ceramic wall and floor tiles and an Italian style shower, vanity with vessel sink, and toilet. The upgraded, large laundry room with natural lighting has a new matching Whirlpool washing machine and separate dryer, drying rack for hanging clothes if this is preferred, a laundry sink, and iron/ironing board. In addition, there is an elliptical trainer for use while overlooking views of the village and vineyards.


The owners of Bello Visto also renovated a one-bedroom apartment in a separate building next to the main house. The romantic 500 square foot apartment has been charmingly decorated in distinctive Provencal style. The textured walls are painted and finished with friezes in the combination living and dining room. The picture window in the dining area offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The apartment also includes a well-equipped kitchenette, a bathroom with WC and shower, and a large bedroom with queen-sized bed. Throughout the apartment furnishings are either fashionably modern or good-quality antiques.

NOTE: During the high season guests must rent the house and apartment together to allow complete privacy on the property including all structures, terraces, pool, and yard. The house and apartment can be rented separately only during the off-season. See the apartment vrbo listing #33752 for details. No Smoking, No Pets, and no children under 8 years old.

Keywords: Villa: Village House+Apartment

More Details

Lynda Gardner
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
July 5, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

September 4 – 18, 2004How to best describe our two wonderful weeks at Bello Visto? It was just what a complete escape should be. We saw so many historic and scenic places and experienced wonderful food, great wine, charming people, ambiance and peace – all that anyone could wish for. The beauty of the provençal countryside was overwhelming. We arrived just as the grape harvest began. The Mistral visited for a day after the only rainy day of our stay, then glorious sunshine returned. We thank you for allowing the four of us from Salem to share your lovely home!
Jun 2005
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Cairanne Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Portable fans available throughout the house.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Bello Visto: Provençal Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.928571 based on 23 reviews

This is a great house, perfect launching for the south of france

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i stayed at the Bello Visto villa for two weeks in August this year. While we actually resided in the attached apartment we also visited with the owners while they were using the main home.

First let me explain that the village of Cairanne is incredible. Its central location in the Cotes De Rhone region allows visitors to have access to great things to see and do in absolutely every direction. While we were there for two weeks we only did about 25% of the great things to do in the Region. We went to Avignon and visited the Palace of the Popes, it was news to me that for several hundred years France was the center of the Catholic church, not Rome. We toured the Pont De Gard bridge and museum, which was a 45 mile aquaduct that the Romans built to deliver water to cities that they wanted to develop centuries ago. We went to the Orange Theatre which is still in operation today and was built by the romans, hosting a French Woodstock in the late 70's. Attending the Viason de Romain market one of the oldest Tuesday markets in the world continuously in operation for 2000 years. WE saw two local concerts in near the village and felt perfectly comfortable with the language and the music. One day we drove to Arle and had one of the best meals of our life with a nine course lunch at Raphanel. They did things with food you can only dream of...think 5 different kinds of ice cream that you can't buy in any store. A visit to Chatanuf de Paup on the final day was indeed a highlight. The French pope had a summer house on top of a hill with views of the entire valley. We had lunch overlooking the castle and then stopped at some incredible wine shops think caves and purchased wine for the cellar at home.

The house is great and feels like home. Its 300 years old but updated and well maintained by the owners. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house has a washing machine and dryer so you can plan to bring less clothes and just wash as you go. The dining room table and the patio table had numerous three hour meals at them. Chairs were comfortable and the kitchen had way more than you can actually use. There is every tool, dish and serving utensils as you probably have in your home. There is nothing spared in making this house the most pleasant and incredible as it is. The beds are top notch, and you will no problem sleeping with the lovely windows and views. The apt works perfect for two or three and nicely compliments the home.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cairanne, France and Cambridge UK

Perfect reunion rendezvous!

  • 4 of 5

Our friends who joined us in Cairanne for a 40 year university reunion stayed here for a week in June. We all had a great time enjoying the pool and the views and great food and company on the terraces. With rather a large group of us we took it in turns to cater, so plenty of competition using local produce from the markets, and putting the barbeque to good use. We had trips out, obviously wine tasting, but also over to the Ardeche for some kayaking - highly recommended to really see the gorge. Bello Visto is a great base to explore the area and fantastic for entertaining. The studio, being on one level with street level access provided excellent accommodation for one of our party who has a disability.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Villa well named

  • 5 of 5

We are 2 couples , old friends, who thought this villa was just perfect. It was private, quiet and we enjoyed spectacular views of the vineyards and towns below while enjoying our wine and appetizers every evening on the patio as well as breakfast in the morning.Walking down the hill for pastries and baguettes made us feel a little less guilty having the wonderful meals and wine we enjoyed in the surrounding area. It was fun to visit Jeanette's and the patisserie.

This is an ideal area. We enjoyed visiting the Winery called Mourchon which gives a tour in English every Wednesday at 5 pm. We drove out each day exploring and getting lost but finding lovely surprises. We visited l'Isle sur le Sourge, Chauteau Neuf du Pape, Orange, Seguret,Vaison la Romaine. Each place was different and so interesting.We did Rick Steve's scenic drive starting in Crestet. It was lovely too. So many superlatives!

The owners had done a wonderful job of listing many restaurants and were always back to us with answers for any questions. Very nice people to deal with. We will certainly recommend this villa to our friends and do hope to return one day.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greensboro, NC

Heavenly Terrace in the HIlls of Provence

  • 5 of 5

Bello Visto will seduce the unwary tourist into spending all her waking hours on the magnificent terrace overlooking Mount Ventoux and the beautiful valley below. If you can tear yourself away, walk down the hill past the 11th century church to the boulangerie for pastries in the morning, bread in the afternoon and cake for dessert. Try Sabrina’s Le Tourne-au-Verre for a delicious meal and fine wine. Or just have an afternoon drink with Sandra at Café de la Place. Need some wine? The cave is two doors away. The walk back up to Bello Visto will take care of those extra calories as well as the guilt of venturing only a few meters from your terrace.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston area

Comfortable house, spectacular views, charming and friendly village

  • 5 of 5

The title of this review says it all. Six of us stayed here for a week in June -- another couple (old friends) shared the house with us, and young adult daughters shared the apartment. All were delighted with the property, which is convenient, comfortable, and well-appointed. It is also well-managed by helpful and responsive caretakers. Evenings on the glorious terrace were wonderful, sipping good Cairanne wine and watching the small village of Gigondas climb up the hillside across the valley. The location is perfect for touring the southern Rhone, and the pool is refreshing after a day of touring. The town is friendly, has everything one needs, and is an easy stroll down the hill. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Basel, Switzerland

Bello Vista

  • 5 of 5

We loved the glorious views from the house, apartment, terraces, and swimming pool! Bello Vista is perfect for large family groups. Not only are the interiors spacious, but the gorgeous terraces and lovely swimming pool area give you additional space to relax and entertain. The house is well equipped for cooking and serving meals, or the wonderful caretaker, Judy is happy to cater a special dinner. There are innumerable day trips available to suit different tastes. Of course, the wine tasting is probably the highlight of a trip to this area, but the pastoral scenery, fascinating history, and delicious cuisine would keep even a teetotaler entertained! The photos don't show how truly beautiful this home is. We hope to visit again very soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wine Tasting, Cooking Classes, Roman Ruins, Markets, Summer Art Festivals(Vaison la Romaine, Choregies d'Orange, Avignon)


Rates & Availability

Cairanne Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Refundable damage deposi $500

Low-Season Rental of House or Apartment Only:

During the high season, guests must rent the house and apartment together to allow complete privacy on the property, including all structures, facilities, terraces, pool, and garden. During the low season (11/1 through 4/30), the Apartment and House may be rented separately at the following base rates:

$1799 per week for the house (including utilities)

$420 per week for the apartment (including utilities)

Discounts are available for multi-week rentals.

Longer term winter rentals for sabbaticals or other long stays can be negotiated.

Mid-Season Rental of House or Apartment Only

During the mid season (5/1-5/31 and 9/16-10/31), the house can be rented alone, and the apartment will be offered for separate rental if the house has already been rented or on a last-minute basis. The house and apartment may be rented separately during mid season at the following base rates:

$1995 per week for the house (including utilities)

$525 per week for the apartment (including utilities)

Discounts are available for multi-week rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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