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Ambiance D’Aix - Elegance and Charm in the Center of Aix

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Last updated: 11/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

In the heart of Aix en Provence’s ancient quartier of Cathedral Saint Saveur, this extraordinary apartment in a grand home from the beginning of the 18th century will enchant you with its charming elegance. Remarkably calm and private, overlooking the stately courtyard of the Hôtel de Fontvert, which is on the official list of France’s historic buildings, Ambiance d’Aix is a small piece of paradise in the historic center. You will instantly note its distinctive 12 foot high ceilings, tall arched windows, and original hexagonal 'tomette' floor tiles, gleaming with centuries of gentle care. The apartment is beautifully decorated with French antiques and quality furnishings combining the spirit of the period with contemporary comfort and modern conveniences such as microwave oven, cable television, iPod/CD players, and high speed internet.

This extraordinary 58 square meter (600 square feet) apartment on the second floor (first floor European) accommodates up to four people and consists of:

• a welcoming entry hall with interphone entry system to the building
• a spacious living/dining room with its high ceilings and walls adorned with intricate original gypserie – plaster moldings with figures and ribbon designs - with views to a neighbor's large, quiet, and sunny courtyard below. For news and entertainment, there is a Sony flat-screen high definition TV with French, German, English, and other language channels and a CD/iPod/iPhone player with radio. The dining table comfortably seats six people.
• a breath-takingly romantic bedroom with pillow-top queen size bed covered with quality linens and topped with a French Ciel du Lit flowing with sheer draperies. An inviting recamier (chaise longue) beside the tall windows overlooks the neighbor's courtyard below
• a newly-renovated and well-equipped kitchen where you’ll delight in preparing meals from fresh ingredients gathered at the many local markets nearby
• a two-level bathroom with spacious shower on the mezzanine level 8 steps up
• a second bedroom/study with a closet and couch that converts to a very comfortable queen size bed with upgraded mattress
• wireless Internet access throughout the apartment with IPod/iPhone docking stations in both the living room and the main bedroom’s radio alarm clock

Tastefully decorated and distinctively furnished with a combination of both contemporary and antique pieces, the apartment’s spacious rooms and windows open to either a neighbor's private courtyard below or a quiet lane. All the rooms are wonderfully light and sunny.

The apartment has central thermostatically controlled heating for the cooler months, and stays warm in winter with its thick stone walls . For the warm months, there is good ventilation with through drafts as it has double exposure. Although we would not consider living without air conditioning in our Virginia home, we are completely comfortable in our Aix apartment even in the height of summer. In fact, we’re surprised to find how warm it is when we walk outside!



Keywords: Apartment

Owner

Member since: 2004

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/22/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) A French King Size bed, the plush pillow topped mattress is actually larger than a US Queen Size, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Known as a clic-clac, this full size queen bed has an upgraded mattress and is very comfortable...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Several English language stations are available....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Newly renovated (2015)...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Building Type

  • Building
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
November -December
Nov 5 - Dec 17, 2016
4 night min stay
$200
$995
Winter
Jan 7 - Mar 4, 2017
4 night min stay
$200
$995
Spring
Mar 5 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$220
$1,255
High
Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$225
$1,445
August
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$225
$1,330
Autumn 2017
Sep 2 - Nov 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$200
$1,220
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$220
$1,225

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: The best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we're interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive. We've visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe. Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and in the south of France. In addition to Ambiance d'Aix, we own a village house in the Languedoc near Agde (VRBO listing 34379) which we have enjoyed and rented since 2004. While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk's background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.

Why the Owner Chose Centre Ville, Aix-en-Provence, France:
We have loved Aix en Provence since our first sight of the city many years ago, and have long dreamed of a place of our own there. We were thrilled to find this unique and special apartment in the very heart of the old town, filled with beauty and history, in the spring of 2010, and we love hearing from guests who enjoy it as much as we do!

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The location of Ambiance d’Aix is superb for classical concerts, opera, and markets. In the original Roman part of Aix, the pedestrian Cathedral Saint Saveur quartier is only blocks from the colorful market squares of Aix – the flowers on Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and the abundant and delicious produce of Place Richelme. Ten meters down our narrow lane is the beautiful Place des Martyrs de la Resistance, formerly the Place de l’Archeveché – a perfect place to sit by the fountain and enjoy a glass of rosé, and the center of Aix’s Lyric Festival, the former Palais de l’Archveché (Archbishop). On this square is the Museum of Tapisseries, and around the corner is the Museum of Old Aix. Thousands of years of history - from Renaissance to Medieval to Roman and beyond - overflowing with architectural masterpieces, Aix en Provence offers today's visitors the opportunity to explore winding, cobbled streets, visit stunning old buildings, appreciate the museums and galleries, scour the markets, absorb the plentiful musical productions and dine in its many delightful and colorful restaurants and cafes. The surrounding countryside offers the undulating hills of Provence where Paul Cezanne, Emile Zola, Marcel Pagnol and Fredric Mistral lived and drew inspiration. Beautiful views from hilltop medieval villages of the Luberon, acres and acres of vines and olive groves, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, all contribute to tantalizing the senses in every respect. With the Mediterranean’s Cote d'Azur close by, the coastal resorts of Cassis, Marseille (20 minutes), Cannes, St. Tropez, along with many lesser known but equally delightful beaches, are enticing. Throughout the seasons, Ambiance d'Aix is an ideal starting point for discovering the diversity and richness of the South of France - a haven of peace, conducive to dreaming, meditation, and rest welcomes you at the end of a day filled with impressions of Provence.


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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/22/2016

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Photos

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Our newly renovated kitchen - isn't it beautiful?!

    Our newly renovated kitchen - isn't it beautiful?!

  • Study/Second Bedroom

    Study/Second Bedroom

  • Our newly renovated kitchen - ready for your gourmet meals!

    Our newly renovated kitchen - ready for your gourmet meals!

  • Ready for dinner

    Ready for dinner

  • A view of the newly renovated courtyard (2011)

    A view of the newly renovated courtyard (2011)

  • A typically sunny day in Aix

    A typically sunny day in Aix

  • Bathroom - Looking down from the shower

    Bathroom - Looking down from the shower

  • A peek into the newly renovated bathroom

    A peek into the newly renovated bathroom

  • Ready for an evening with guests in Aix

    Ready for an evening with guests in Aix

  • The Archbishop's Palace, headquarters of the annual Festival d'Aix

    The Archbishop's Palace, headquarters of the annual Festival d'Aix

  • Dreamy master bedroom

    Dreamy master bedroom

  • Our newly renovated bathroom (April 2015) - stairs to walk-in shower

    Our newly renovated bathroom (April 2015) - stairs to walk-in shower

  • Entry - welcome to Ambiance d'Aix!

    Entry - welcome to Ambiance d'Aix!

  • Our newly renovated kitchen - January 2015

    Our newly renovated kitchen - January 2015

  • Another view of the study/second bedroom

    Another view of the study/second bedroom

  • From the living/dining room to the Master Bedroom

    From the living/dining room to the Master Bedroom

  • Another view of the master bedroom

    Another view of the master bedroom

  • Bathroom- another angle

    Bathroom- another angle

  • a cozy evening in Ambiance d'Aix

    a cozy evening in Ambiance d'Aix

  • The irresistible daily markets of Aix

    The irresistible daily markets of Aix

  • We love the view of our neighbor's courtyard below.

    We love the view of our neighbor's courtyard below.

VRBO #317281

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016

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