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Historic Center: Classic Town House Apt. with Elegance, Absolute Calm, Gardens

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2)

Located only steps away from the daily farmers' markets and the shops and restaurants of Aix-en-Provence, in the heart of the Historic Center and off of one of the most active and beautiful squares of Provence, this Town house apartment in a former mansion features Classic style of elegant French town living, absolute calm, unobstructed garden views and a generous and wonderful layout. A truly rare find in a medieval city where light, quiet and views are very difficult to come by! With southern and western exposures, over 12 foot high ceilings, original 'tomettes' or Provencal tiles, this completely renovated property will provide a sophisticated and elegant oasis from the active hustle and bustle of town. Enter the property off the square, through the landmarked door and immediately find yourself surrounded by the peace, coolness and calm of the gardens (an elevated portion of which is not accessible). Upon entering the former mansion, walk up the large stone staircase to the second floor and enter the apartment. You will find yourself in the dining area, with an open kitchen featuring dishwasher, four burner induction cook top, oven, refrigerator and freezer, microwave, new utensils and top-grade cookware. The kitchen is fully equipped (toaster, coffee maker, etc.) and if you have special needs for baking, etc., please let me know!

To the left of the dining room is the living room, featuring its high ceiling and Art Deco chandelier, garden views, decorative fireplace, fully equipped entertainment center, a mix of antique and art-deco furnishings and off to the side, a bathroom, with a toilet, sink and shower. The living room has a door and can be closed off to give privacy to anyone enjoying a siesta on the sofa. To the right of the dining room, is the bedroom, with its high ceiling, authentic Art Deco chandelier, antique furniture and artwork from the region. The bed is a custom designed hand forged iron creation by a local artist and hosts a queen size mattress and box spring, fine quality linens from the US, down comforter and pillows. In front of the bed is a hand forged iron bench to sit and read from while looking out onto the surrounding gardens. Off to the side of the bedroom is the attached 'retro-style' master bathroom with marble floor, tiled shower, toilet and pedestal sink featuring amenities such as towels, hairdryer and towel racks.

The property evokes the feeling of Grand French town living and features the very best of antique French and Provencal decor along with all the amenities for a comfortable stay - whether you stay for a long or short visit.

This property is not handicap accessible.

Pay, secure parking is literally only steps away - though a car is not needed for a stay in Aix-en-Provence! The town is mostly pedestrian and the infrastructure for visiting the surrounding areas is excellent.

The property is also located only steps away from the world renowned Spa located on the site of the ancient Roman Thermal Baths.

Keywords: City center, apartment, elegant, sophisticated, town-house, sunny, calm, quiet, peaceful, near markets, near restaurants, center of town

More Details

Holly Poirier
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 29, 2018

About Holly Poirier

I've been living here and welcoming the traveler to Provence since 2001. A former New Yorker, I became enchanted with the region like so many others but had the opportunity to make my dreams come true with my first home in the Luberon. Since then, I've added the apartments to my list of favorite places on the planet. I too spend many joyous times in these properties, so I make sure they are comfortable, well maintained and reflect the spirit of the region I love.

Holly Poirier purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Holly Poirier chose Centre Ville

Perhaps only someone who has never visited Aix-en-Provence might ask the question 'why buy here?'. A friend once commented - 'you no longer take vacations since it seems staying in Provence is enough of one for you'. Please do come and experience the area for youself. You will understand.......

What makes this apartment unique

This property, located in a former mansion and surrounded by gardens, is a truly rare find in the center of town. It provides the best of both worlds - all the fun and convenience of being right in the center of town with the peaceful feel of the countryside! This three-hundred year old apartment has been completely renovated with every modern amenity and ultimate comfort.


Centre Ville Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Arrival time after 6 pm might necessitate a late check in fee of 35 euros. Please let me know if there is a possibility of late arrival.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) with mattress and boxspring shipped from the U.S., all cotton linens, linen armoire, dresser drawers, alarm clock, bedside lighting and side tables. Attached bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, and amenities such as hairdryer, cotton swabs, etc.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
While situated right off of one of the most active and beautiful squares in Aix-en-Provence, this property is located behind a large landmarked entry, through a garden and into complete tranquility. Flooded with light and views onto the gardens, the apartment offers a great respite from the hustle and bustle of town. Only steps away from the daily markets and shops, yet a magnificent, calm and peaceful setting amidst a garden.


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Historic Center: Classic Town House Apt. with Elegance, Absolute Calm, Gardens
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

A stunner!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is simply amazing. It is absolutely central, right in the heart of things, and yet also a tranquil oasis. A dozen restaurants are literally right outside the door, while just around the corner are the famous Aix belltower; the Hôtel de Ville with its cafés and daily flower market, and the Place Richelme, with its lively cafés and daily (wonderful) food market. Aix's lovely cathedral, St. Sauveur, is about a three-minute walk in the other direction. But once inside the gate, you feel like you are in the country, with lots of plants and flowers in the garden and genuine quiet. Best of both worlds, to say the least.

The apartment itself is also the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is full of Provençal charm, from the traditional red-tile floors to the high ceilings with moldings to the French-door style windows in every room to let in lots of light and air. On the other, it is extraordinarily comfortable and functional, from the excellent mattress to the recently-renovated bathrooms and full (and fully equipped) kitchen. Holly has clearly put a tremendous amount of thought into setting this place up and no convenience or comfort has been overlooked. The furnishings are not the usual low-end, let's-see-how-cheaply-we-can-do-this items you find in a rental... and it makes a tremendous difference. The apartment is spacious as well-- none of the claustrophobia you get in so many tiny little rentals. This is an apartment in which you can really spread out a bit and live.

We have rented many apartments in France over the years and all of them have been nice. But, truth be told, they have tended to be an A- sort of nice. There are always a few things that get in the way of a truly excellent experience: a saggy mattress, a bedside table that doesn't work, a wobbly coffee table, no place to stretch out comfortably to watch TV, a too-small and doesn't-really-work washing machine, etc. This place has none of those drawbacks; it is literally perfect. Probably the first apartment we have ever stayed in that truly earns an A+ rating. Bravo, Holly and John! Highest possible recommendation!

PS Holly is very helpful and professional and absolutely available if you need anything, which inspires great confidence. But she leaves you alone if that's what you prefers. Once again, best of both worlds!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing, and detailed, review of the property. We're so happy that you really enjoyed your stay in the apartment and that it went beyond expectations! I do believe - in no small part - that the comfort level and attention to detail can only come from having owners who actually live in the property, as we do when it is not rented. We've made it a place to love for ourselves and are so happy to share it. Of course we agree that the location, vues, tranquility are perfect too! Please do plan a return visit, we'd be thrilled to see you both again.
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The 10 days we spent in Aix were wonderful. The apartment was in the perfect location to everything.

Fully equipped and clean.

You just step through the outer door and are in the heart of town.

Holly was there to meet us and explained everything we needed to know and was on hand if we needed her during our stay.

Even though the apartment had no air conditioning, the open window and cooler nighttime temperatures were fine. Fans provided.

A couple of nights were noisy from the restaurants close by.

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent apartment in old Aix. It would be very hard to beat

  • 5 of 5

This elegant and spacious apartment is well appointed, well equipped and very conveniently situated in the older section of Aix. The owner is accommodating and within easy reach by phone and e-mail.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay at the property and hope next time, it can be a longer one. Thank you so much for the lovely review!! My very best to you both, Holly
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A perfect home in Aix

  • 5 of 5

We felt very sad to leave this delightful property which was our home for a week in Aix-en-Provence. The apartment ticked all our boxes which included being full of character, a fabulous centre-of-town location, beautifully presented and extremely well-equipped. We felt very privileged everytime we arrived home, unlocked the gate and walked up the pretty courtyard path to the entrance - just like lucky locals! It was so peaceful despite being in the heart of the town, we loved the views from all the windows and it was so convenient having two bathrooms! Holly was a really lovely host - she gave us a great welcome to the property despite our arrival being much later than planned and was really helpful later in the week when I asked for recommendations for a celebration dinner. Aix Cigales was the perfect place for our special trip - so look no further and book yourselves in!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this thoughtful and wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you stay at the property and I hope it made the spacial birthday even more so! Perhaps a longer stay next time?
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Wonderful Provençal Home

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our week in Holly and John’s delightful apartment in Aix. Their welcome was warm and included a thorough orientation to the apartment and the city. Their recommendations of shopping, dining, markets were excellent and invaluable. The entrance to this beautiful apartment is through a big door off a busy square, along a delightful garden path and upstairs to the peace of our home from home in Aix. Would love to stay again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for your stay and would love to welcome you again!! It was a pleasure having you both - please return!
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A gem in every way

  • 5 of 5

Add us to the list of rave reviews for this exquisite retreat. We stayed for a week and grew more attached by the day to its many charms — the tasteful Provençal decoration, the light and views, the incredibly quick access to Aix’s lively squares, markets and sights, the fully- and thoughtfully-equipped kitchen, and, less tangibly, the graceful comfort of a real home that it exudes. Holly and Jon were just the hosts you’d expect from such a place: gracious, personable, informed and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for better.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I believe great reviews go both ways - it was a pleasure meeting you both and having you stay at the apartment! Thank you so much for such high praise. We do hope you return soon and are really pleased the property went beyond expectations. Our very best, Holly & Jon
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Car: not necessary

Aix-en-Provence offers world class music and entertainment with its yearly international festivals and provides a picturesque and easy-to-navigate town from which to explore the region. From Aix-en-Provence you can easily visit the cities along the Cote d'Azure (Nice, Cannes, Marseille) the towns of Arles and Avignon and the small Provencal villages in the Luberon. Many guests have commented on loving the access to all the sites in Provence, but loving more so the return to the picture postcard town of Aix. The city center is mostly 'pedestrian only', is entirely walk able and offers every service imaginable, including English language movie theatres. Pay parking is available steps away from the apartment. for those wishing to rent a car.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please inquire for long-term stay discounts or one-person discounts.
Rates include unlimited internet access, free and unlimited international telephone, cable TV, linens, cleaning, utilities...
Christmas/New Years vacation rates are considered Peak Season rates.
Heating fee may apply depending on the month of rental.
Manager or owner will be on site during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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