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

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Holly Poirier
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

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 Aix en Provence

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.

Amenities

Couronne Urbaine Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Historic Center: Classic Town House Apt. with Elegance, Absolute Calm, Gardens
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
Canberra, Australia
5

Beautiful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our stay in Aix and this beautiful apartment was a large part of it. It is centrally located but being set back through a small garden from the often very busy Forum Des Cardeurs noise was not an issue. The apartment is tastefully decorated and very well equipped. It also has lovely "Provençal" views from each of its windows. Holly has obviously put a lot of thought into creating a stylish yet comfortable place to stay. Daily food and flower markers are just a minutes away as are most of the sights and best restaurants of Aix. I highly recommend this apartment and hope to be back soon myself!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You know I'm waiting for your return!!!! Christmas time?? Thank you so much for your stay and this lovely review. It was a pleasure having you stay at the property and so glad to know you loved your time in Aix-en-Provence. xo
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5

Beautiful apartment in a great town!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Aix, so much to do and explore. The apartment was well appointed, beautiful and in a fantastic location. Heidi was very helpful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The apartment was lovely and spacious. Had everything we needed and was in a great location.

  • 4 of 5

We had a good experience overall. Selection was in part because the homeowner is English, but she was unfortunately out of town. Difficulty navigating the parking and it was expensive. Interim house manager helpful, but not knowledgeable about parking. Otherwise, everything was great. Highly recommend to others looking for a place in center city. Loved having restAurants right outside our door.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you found the apartment met your expectations. It is in an ideal city-center location to enjoy Aix-en-Provence. Yes, parking can be a challenge in Aix, though there are multiple underground garages that rim the town and are all less than a 10 minute walk away from the property. Please consider a return visit, and enjoy the 'Pedestrians Only' winding streets of this gorgeous town.
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San Francisco
5

Beautiful apartment in old town

  • 5 of 5

This one bedroom apartment has two bathrooms and a beautifully equipped kitchen. Great location at Place des Cardeurs near Many restaurants and outdoor cafes. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is a special place in a very special part of Provence and I'm really pleased for your kind notes and review on the property. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Please consider a return visit!!
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4

Majestic apartment, with all amenities.

  • 4 of 5

As mentioned in the description, the rental is in a former mansion which has been converted into apartments. There are around 40 steps up to the second floor and once inside, it’s exactly as described by the owner, with all possible amenities. The downside is that if you are a light sleeper, you may be disturbed by noises from the other apartments and mainly, from the neighbour above the master bedroom. I was disturbed at regular intervals and we left one day early, due to this. On the final night, I swapped rooms with my daughter and moved onto the sofa bed in the sitting room. As Holly said, ‘the occasional sound you hear from neighbours is perfectly normal for life in an apartment building’ – my problem was that it wasn’t occasional, it was regular. My daughter can sleep through thunderstorms and said ‘it’s just a noisy building, mum!’.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so sorry that as a light sleeper this guest was disturbed by noises in the building (an upstairs neighbor getting ready for work in the morning and window shutters on other apartments banging in a wind storm). This is the first and only mention I've had about noise in the apartment, in either reviews on this site or from entries in the guest book. Other guests have noted that there are no traffic noises, no pedestrians passing below windows, no loud music nor sounds from nearby bars and restaurants, nor delivery noises in the Square below, thanks in part to the building being surrounded by gardens and set back from the street. The guest and her daughter were lovely visitors and it is a shame that their stay wasn't perfect (also being marred by bad weather). If they decide on a return visit, it would be my pleasure to welcome them back.
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5

Wonderful spot!

  • 5 of 5

This impeccably kept apartment is perfectly located in the heart of Aix en Provence and allowed for an easy walk throughout the old town. Holly is an excellent host and attentive to our every need before and during our stay. Quite simply, we loved this spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the fabulous review. It was a pleasure meeting you and I certainly enjoyed making sure your stay was as perfect as possible!! I do hope you return! My best, Holly
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Couronne Urbaine Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak Season
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$160
$1,100
$3,600
 
 
Off-peak season
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
$145
$980
$2,900
 
 
Peak Season
Apr 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
$160
$1,100
$3,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

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.
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