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Cozy, Provencal Chic -- Centrally Located for Touring, and Relaxation.

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Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door. Behind you'll discover a charming home


Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:6.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Simply Cozy; Provencal village house, 5 Bedrooms, 5 -1/2 Bath - sleeps 10

From the moment you cross the threshold and enter the grand salon of this historic monument -- now our home, you're transported to a way of life rare to find anymore.
The soaring beamed ceilings, the 7 foot wood burning fireplace greet you and your friends with warmth, charm and tres chic comfort.
As you enter the grand salon and dining area, you'll rest in sumptuous sofas and chairs from Roche Bobois.
Their collection Les Provinciales is rarely seen in the USA, but here in France it's a combination of comfort, ease and elegance.

A Sony wifi enabled flat screen TV beams in programming from the BBC, NBC, CNN, Bloomberg and dozens of channels from the UK. And if you use Apple TV, you'll be able to log in and enjoy Netflix and other streaming programs from your personal accounts.

Tucked in a 'petit coin' just off the living room is a spectacular 3 story open atrium. Originally part of the barn structure, it's now housing a dramatic 7 foot long fountain, seating for coffee + petit dejeuner or on a warm summers' night a glass of cool rose under the stars.
The gas BBQ is at the ready for your 'en plein air' meals and grillades.

Glance skyward and you'll see the original beams which housed the various floors of the barn, including a hayloft. All that's left now is an open view of the non stop Provencal sky -- true blue.

What makes my home special and different?
Each and every year, during the off season we invest in the upkeep and remodeling of the home. That means new linens and bedding, pillows, upgraded wifi, cookware and so on. I'm about to run out of bathrooms to remodel, but am sure to find something new to inspire me and make your stay better. yes, I'm a rehab addict!

When you watch a charming film such as 'Chocolat' "Amelie" or 'Jean de Floret" and the inspiration to come and spend a week living in a French village excites you -- well, this is the house that will make that happen.

From the Boulangerie, the Pizza oven and the 'Bar' on the village square the social hub of old style France, and Provence is at your doorstep.

Enjoy the robust, luxurious seasons of Provence. Our village offers the best of artisanal experiences. Savor flavors that will take your breath away. Hike the hills of the Luberon, sample local goat cheese, visit olive oil artisans, and experience markets full of fresh flavors, foods and excitement. The vineyards tell the ever changing stories as seasons shift. Striking colors, flavors and the scents make our corner of Provence and particularly our village a memorable experience. If shopping is your hobby, everyday is a 'shop-ortunity' in Provence. Cultural visits to Avignon, Aix en Provence and Roman ruin are easily managed from our central location.

Our home is the perfect respite from the stresses of the office and 'back home.'

Featured in the French magazine; Maison et Decors, our home is an official historic monument. However -- it's not a museum nor stuffy.
All aspects of its' appearance are under the watchful eye of our Mairie. After the French revolution, Ansouis remained 'loyal' to the royals. Our home was the local meeting place and headquarters for those in favor of the new Republique.

If you enjoyed the film 'A Good Year,' you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard as many scenes were filmed in neighboring villages. in fact, several of our friends and neighbors were extras in the film.

'French Kiss' with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline shot several key scenes in a nearby vineyard; Val Joanis.
The beauty of the Luberon and our local villages are featured in these movies, and now you can experience the same.

We have French style airconditioning systems on each floor of the house to take the heat off those sunny and warm Provencal days. Village houses like ours, are regulated and we're not allowed for US standard HVAC systems. Central air is simply not installed as in the USA.

We keep our place up -- Each and every year, we put every dollar back into refurbishing, renovating and keeping the house in good working order. This means new Grohe plumbing fixtures, new toilets, baths, renovated kitchen (for which my French friends asked Why?) Well the answer is that I travel non stop for work, and I want to make my home better every time. Maybe it's crazy, but I'm dedicated to continual improvements and so YOU HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO STAY .

You'll sleep on top quality mattresses, with sheets from the USA, Pillows from the USA, Wifi throughout the house, dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, and so on.

The house decorated in easy, casual chic. My culinary background and work for a former Food Network and current Michelin chef in the USA, means that our kitchen is fully loaded. It is perfect for cooking great meals with friends. ... 5 unique bedrooms, all with American size towels and 400+ thread count luxury linens. Our beds are high quality - dream beds with anti allergy covers.

Need to be connected? We have satellite tv with CNN, CNBC, BBC, etc. We've installed a permanent 'internet' center with free DSL, and a USA laptop/keyboard. The laptop is Skype enabled for free calls 'skype to skype.' We even have iPod docking stations and chargers.
Wifi is free, secure and log on information is provided.

Hungry, but too tired to cook? You can directly work with a private chef whom will come to the house, or deliver prepared meals directly to the kitchen door.

This is a big roomy house, with 3 levels, and lots of airy rooms, and high ceilings. King and Queen size (comfortable) beds. Nooks and alcoves to read, and nap in. There's plenty of private space for your group - so that friends and family aren't tripping over each other.......

...Upstairs there is a Large Roof terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ, and mini prep kitchen. Living room is superb, with a 7 foot wood burning fireplace!.... On the ground floor we have an small Private garden with breakfast table - the perfect place for your cafe creme and croissant with the blue Provencal sky peeking over you......inside there is large marble dining table for dinner parties.

Ansouis (An-Swee) is officially classified as One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Less than 45 minutes to Isle sur sorgue, 25 min to Aix en Provence, Apt, less than one hour to Cassis, Marseille, Avignon, and Arles. Day trip to the Camarque or Cote D'azur, visit the wineries at Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone! Hike, Bike, Hot air balloon, visit boutique wineries, dine in the Michelin star restaurants which are in our area...........

Swimming?........Join the locals and go for a refreshing swim in our nearby fresh water lake - Etang de la Bonde -- it's clear spring water, and a 5 minute drive from the house.

Everything is here in our little village, and at night it's peaceful and quiet. You can walk 2 minutes to the new 'hot restaurant' La Closerie, where a certain author (his latest book was made into the feature film referenced above) dines regularly or drive 10 minutes to Lourmarin for a variety of dining - from cafe casual to Michelin star. It takes 30 seconds (if you walk really slowly) to get to our Boulangerie! The chocolate croissants are sinful.

Our house is the perfect haven to de-stress, and immerse yourself in AUTHENTIC French village life. In many ways you will feel you've returned to a lost era.

We are always available to answer any questions and to help you plan itineraries and steer you in the right direction for a fun vacation.

PRICING: VERY IMPORTANT! We quote US Dollar rates -- that ensures that when you book the price you pay doesn't increase by the time of your final payment due to currency fluctuation. Pay in Euros and you're risking a rate hike by the time you pay your closing costs.


'Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time at your place in Ansouis. Picture-perfect, the village and your place. We will recommend it to our close friends and family. We are also thinking of visiting again next year in July!' Mrs. H. ................

'Hello Barbara! We all wanted to say a big 'Thank You!' for making your beautiful home available! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit again! Provence is spectacular! As an artist, an oil painter, I was definitely inspired.' - Nancy C.............

'Your house has a lovely warm authentic feel with many original features. stunning village with lovely walks in picturesque surroundings. spacious rooms of plenty all with lovely en-suites. We loved our stay!' Gail, Liverpool, UK ..

'great house.......
so warm, so user friendly and so convenient to everything.Had a great time. Look forward to going back.' M.S., NY

WE GIVE BACK ~ Each year we donate stays at our house for fundraising for organizations such as;

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Keywords: Village house, historic,enchanting, rustic, romantic
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Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, french, italian, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    we keep the inside of our house, a smoke free zone but you can smoke on the terrace or in the garden....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 6: toilet

    toilet on ground floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 7: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 5 bath or shower combo's. Our baths are updated with Grohe fixtures, fabulous stone from Brazil and tile from Italy. 1/2 bath on ground floor...moreless

Other Amenities

  • WIFI and an American keyboard netbook for your use are installed and there for your use, AIRCONDITIONING, Plasma TV and 2 Satellite TV's - CNN, CNBC, BBC, MTV - VCR, Weber Charcoal Grill (BBQ), we maintain a Non Smoking House for everyones' enjoyment, however Smoking is OK on terrace or in garden...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    BOARD GAMES...moreless

  • Music Library:

    IPod docking stations for apple Ipods...ALTEC Lansing speaker system and iPod chargers....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (3) large Samsung plasma screens, everything from CNN to MTV...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Well, for a village of 1000 people, the definition of downtown is an overreach....but for what it's worth...we're downtown -- the bakery, the bar, the restaurants, the mini market are very close....moreless

  • Monument View:

    Chateau D'Ansouis...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Luberon...moreless

  • Rural:

    Set amongst vineyards, rolling hills and picturesque villages and homes....moreless

  • Village:

    Ansouis is designated as one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Gorgeous stone and wrought iron dining table from Roche Bobois...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    fully automatic on main floor/living dining area, plus additional units on each of the remaining floors...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    TOTALLY free, no extra charges...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    it's the sun -- very green...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    american laptop with american keyboard is provided ...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    SKYPE is loaded on the PC. You need a skype acct (free) for calls. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    for 1 small car...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    400 + thread count sheets, plush, American size towels....moreless

  • Living Room:


  • Parking:

    we have a one car garage and there is FREE parking in the village....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    totally free and a 30 second walk down the street...moreless

  • Telephone:

    FREE CALLS TO THE USA...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Whirlpool washing machine....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free Wifi, secured and log in information is provided at our house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Immense 7ft. wood burning fireplace...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Wonderful private chef available by advance booking. She'll cook in the house for a party OR she'll deliver. Will work with your likes/dislikes and food allergies....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso/Cappuccino maker, Drip coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    We've furnished the kitchen with high quality kitchen tools such as Oxo. Cappucino/Espresso maker, food processor, stand mixer, rice cooker, George foreman grill too!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    lovely dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, OXO, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Electrolux dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped, as I've been in the culinary business my whole life ;-)...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:


  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    super cool lounge on the terrace upstairs. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    very cool lounge upstairs with small summer kitchen adjacent....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 4 - Apr 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Poppy Season
Apr 30 - May 27, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Summer
May 28 - Jun 17, 2017
7 night min stay

Jun 18 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Fuel winter supplement $250
  • Property Damage Protection $99


PROVENCE Rental Week is scheduled as: SATURDAY CHECK IN after 4 pm, SATURDAY AM CHECK OUT by 9 am

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marseille Provence (Marignane - code is MRS)
12 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Voila! across the street
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
several choices within 30 minutes
4 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
La Closerie - sensational - Michelin Star
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Alpes maritimes
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cote D'Azur

Car: Recommended

FANTASTIC CENTRAL LOCATION __ This village is the perfect base for touring historic places,shopping the markets, COOKING, visiting vineyards and golfing.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: I grew up in New York, and have worked all over the world. My loves are nature, food, bicycling, writing, cooking, decorating, meeting people and enjoying life! Originally I had planned to live in Italy. Then by sheer luck I was fortunate to visit the Luberon. It was love at first sight. My home is a labour of love. When you walk in the front door you'll be transported to a way of life that is cherished. We know you will love our home as well. Our fan mail from clients is wonderful and it's very rewarding to share a week or two of this magical place with you! I've worked in restaurants, trained as an artisan baker and have spent decades in culinary and housewares business. If home is where the heart is, then this is my 'Couer' My home is a place of transformation for me, my family and our friends. It's furnished to be cozy, comfortable and have all the modern technology you need. Slow down -- really slow down your life and recharge yourself in Ansouis. A la prochaine et tres bientot, Barbs

Why the Owner Chose La Motte-d'Aigues, France:
Actually, this house chose me.....After a long hike through the Luberon over 15 years ago - we arrived in Ansouis coming up the big hill -- an invigorating walk up the road near the Musee Extraordinaire. When we stopped at the top, I caught my breathe on the corner of Place Des Hotes where the house is located. And -- That was it, I saw the house, and somehow (yes like in the movies) I wound up owning it less than 3 months later....I love this village because it is truly authentic, pristine and not over run with postcard shops and retailers. Ansouis is a village where you can walk the streets at night, close your eyes and go back in time hundreds of years. Ansouis has a profound effect on people. You will literally be swept off of your feet with its charm.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I think about your stay with YOU IN MIND. What comforts are you looking for? Is the bed comfortable? Do you have the right cookware for the delicious meal you'll create after visiting the markets? Can you check in on CNN and see what's going on in the world -- just in case. Do you have free calls back to the USA? In my house, the answer is QUI! We are in the center of the village. Our life here is as we were in the center of a charming French film and the characters are walking by, baguette tucked under their arm with their trusted chiens by their side...I love sitting up on the terrace at night and watching the stars come out. As our friends say: sit back and watch nature put on a show.

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Speaks: english, french, italian, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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  • Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door.  Behind
 you'll discover a charming home

    Roses, Wisteria and a Welcoming Door. Behind you'll discover a charming home

  • looking through the preservation quality glass wall into the kitchen

    looking through the preservation quality glass wall into the kitchen

  • This newly renovated bath/shower features Grohe plumbing fixtures, luxurious Brazilian slate, new towel bars and overhead radiant heating.

    This newly renovated bath/shower features Grohe plumbing fixtures, luxurious Brazilian slate, new towel bars and overhead radiant heating.

  • Starry nights in Ansouis.  The entrance to the Church and Chateau are shown.

    Starry nights in Ansouis. The entrance to the Church and Chateau are shown.

  • Winter time photo, in the heart of the quaint 1000 year old village.

    Winter time photo, in the heart of the quaint 1000 year old village.

  • Antique doors lead to your closet and the windows look out onto the inner atrium.  The melodic fountain will lull you to sleep and the silk drapes block out the morning sun, so you sleep soundly.

    Antique doors lead to your closet and the windows look out onto the inner atrium. The melodic fountain will lull you to sleep and the silk drapes block out the morning sun, so you sleep soundly.

  • Hammered Copper Double Sinks, Opulent Italian Tiles make this bathroom spa-like.

    Hammered Copper Double Sinks, Opulent Italian Tiles make this bathroom spa-like.

  • come upstairs to the sky deck....aka terrace.

    come upstairs to the sky deck....aka terrace.

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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