Veaux is a 350-year-old valley hamlet belonging to the town of Malaucene, seven miles away, and lies less than three miles from the quaint old castle-crowned village of Mollans, where there is shopping and dining. Veaux lies just off a country road, so there is very little traffic in the hamlet--good for kids. Our simple restored eighteenth-century house boasts walls of fieldstone and a tile-covered roof; there is a private graveled courtyard, perfect for outdoor dining.
The house rises three stories and features rustic beams, red-tiled floors, and white interior walls. A turn-of-the century buffet and an eighteenth-century dining table grace the cozy kitchen/dining room, which is separated by an archway from the more contemporary-style small sitting-room; the W.C. is also on the ground floor.
A spiral wooden stairway with wrought-iron rails rises from the sitting-room to the second and third floors, on each of which is a wrought-iron single bed on a room-sized sleeping-landing, plus an enclosed bedroom containing a spool double bed (total = 2 double + 2 twin beds); the focus of the upper bedroom is a magnificent Louis Philippe armoire. There is a washbasin on the second-floor landing and an enclosed shower on the third-floor landing. The third floor affords a lovely view across the valley to the high hills.
The house makes a perfect place to come home to after a day of visiting Provence's gorgeous scenery, ancient monuments, or open-air markets, a place where you can cook your own, economical (not to mention, homey) meals away from the madding crowd.
Surrounding the hamlet are rocky mountain slopes at whose feet lie the neat rows of the vineyards, and the clean little Toulourenc River and its gorges in the valley bottom--within easy walking distance--beckons to waders and hikers. Strolls up the little rural road in the long, delicious summer evenings are a particular pleasure. (For additional information and other properties, see our Website rentalhousesinprovence.)