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Sunny Terrace in Town Center - Isle Sur La Sorgue

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Le Bijou - the Gem - is a charming one-bedroom apartment located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The town is perfectly situated as a base for excursions throughout Provence. The Mediterranean is one hour south, Mont Ventoux a short drive to the north and many other places of interest in the south of France are easily reached from this location. Le Bijou will be a comfortable and convenient place to serve as a respite after a day of exploring the perched villages, vineyards, Roman ruins and other points of western Provence.

If you intend to visit the region to simply relax and enjoy life in a French village, L'Isle will not disappoint you. On Sundays the streets and squares are alive with vendors and visitors to the town's market. L'Isle sur la Sorgue is the antique capital of the south of France. You will find treasures of every kind daily in the antique shops and on weekends merchants come to display their wares on the sidewalks.

You can idle away the afternoon in the several parks or stroll along the Sorgue where water wheels that once powered mills and factories still turn in the river. Throughout the village are restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. Start your day with coffee and a croissant in the morning sun, and join locals in the shade of a canopy with an afternoon apéritif at one of the cafés and bars along the Sorgue.

The apartment is located on a lively square in the center of town. Boulangeries, patisseries, and cafés are just out the front door.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue is easily accessible from the A-7 autoroute. The TGV station at Avignon is 25 minutes by car and the Marseilles airport is an easy drive of slightly less than an hour.

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 3
  • 33 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, this apartment will not accommodate pets....moreless

  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Queen bed, bed-side table with reading lamps

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Completely remodeled and includes a glass shower stall, granite counter top...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Cooking Utensils : If you like to cook, all of the tools are available. There is a complete set of cookware for the four burner gas cooktop and stove. You will find high quality cutlery and utensils for cooking and dining. A toaster, coffee maker, tea pot and, of course a corkscrew are available for your convenience. *Refrigerator : The refrigerator is the perfect size for two guests. It has a large freezer and you will have plenty of ice if you wish, which is not the norm in French apartments. *Full Kitchen : This was designed as a cook's kitchen. The bright room opens into the salon and is appointed with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. *Deck/Patio : Two glass doors open onto our terrace in the back of the apartment. Star gaze at night to the sound of the fountain and take your morning coffee with a view of the rooftops of the village under the clear blue sky of the Vaucluse....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    English speaking and European channels are available....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is a stereo system to which you can attach your iPod....moreless

  • Television

Theme

  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    Le Bijou is located in the center of the village on a lively square. Amenities such as cafes, boulangeries, and shops are just out the door....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    There is a frequent breeze, but you have the option of AC on a sultry night or a warm afternoon....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens and towels are provided. For longer stays, they are changed weekly....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There are several public car parks within a short walk....moreless

  • Telephone:

    The telephone is available without charge for calls in France as well as international....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Allows you to travel light. There is a rack for drying you can set up on the terrace....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    There is WiFi service throughout the apartment for your convenience....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    If you like to cook, all of the tools are available. There is a complete set of cookware for the four burner gas cooktop and stove. You will find high quality cutlery and utensils for cooking and dining. A toaster, coffee maker, tea pot and, of course a corkscrew are available for your convenience....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    This was designed as a cook's kitchen. The bright room opens into the salon and is appointed with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    The refrigerator is the perfect size for two guests. It has a large freezer and you will have plenty of ice if you wish, which is not the norm in French apartments....moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two glass doors open onto our terrace in the back of the apartment. Star gaze at night to the sound of the fountain and take your morning coffee with a view of the rooftops of the village under the clear blue sky of the Vaucluse....moreless

  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace

Building Type

  • Building
 

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Rate 1
Mar 25 - Nov 4, 2016
7 night min stay

$768

Changeover Day: Friday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 4%

Notes:

€699 per week

The apartment rents for 699 Euro per week;

Payment is made via wire transfer or by credit card. Details will be provided with rental information;

The apartment is available for Friday to Friday rentals;

All utilities, linens, towels and cleaning are included.

Dates available: The apartment is available for rental year round. Consult our calendar for availability.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

90 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Marseilles
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Avignon

Car: Recommended

Here are some ideas for day trips from Le Bijou to explore the area. We have never been disappointed exploring a new town, having a leisurely lunch or driving around taking in the sights.

The scenic town of Gordes is situated on the edge of the plateau of the Vaucluse. It was featured in the film A Good Year as well as Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. The Cistercian Abbey of Senanque is close by, making a visit to both an easy day trip.

The ruins of the château of the Marquis de Sade are found in Lacoste, atop a hill facing the charming village of Bonnieux. Enjoy the panoramic views from both villages, well worth the rather steep climbs twisting through the streets which are lined with ancient, restored buildings.

The village of Lourmarin is found amidst olive groves and vineyards. It was home to Albert Camus who is buried there. This is a typical Mediterranean town, with shopping and dining options. There is also a castle to visit. It's a very scenic drive through a gorge from Bonnieux.

Mont Ventoux looms over the Vaucluse. It is a legendary stage on the Tour de France. As you drive up the mountain - the average grade on the route leaving the town of Bedoin is nearly 8% - you will wonder how cyclists can make it. You are likely to see plenty, as they challenge Mont Ventoux regularly.

At the Fontaine de Vaucluse is the source of the Sorgue and one of the most visited places in the region. Visit in the morning to beat the crowds. The spring flows from a 230m cliff, visited via a walkway. To this day the source of this forceful spring is a mystery. There is an excellent museum of the French Résistance in WW II.

Arles is 35 km south of Avignon. If you have an interest in Roman artifacts, you will want to visit. There is an amphitheater, baths and a museum. Van Gogh and Gaugin were residents at one time.

The Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon is a massive testament to the wealth and power of the Catholic Church in the14th century. The Pont d'Avignon, or Pont de St. Benezet, is the famous bridge that does not reach the other side of the river. Avignon is the largest city in the area and the central part of the town is still within the protective walls.

Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras and other vineyards of the southern Rhône valley are a short drive from L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Pernes le Fontaines is a short drive from Le Bijou. There are 40 fountains dispersed throughout the town, hence the name. From the Ferrande tower, experience a spectacular view of the area and Mont Ventoux. If climbing to the top of the tower is not for you, there is a nice park and shaded walkway. We often make the short drive to this village for lunch and a stroll.

You can rent bicycles at a shop just down the street and explore the area on two wheels.

A bit farther afield but definitely a day trip is the Pont du Gard, the famous Roman viaduct. Take your lunch and picnic beneath the arches, or kayak on the river.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We have had the good fortune to have traveled throughout France for vacations for over thirty-five years. Our trips have taken us to most corners of the country, some multiple times. We have toured the canals and rivers of France on small boats, and explored extensively by train and auto. On vacations with our three children we visited the châteaux of the Loire, hit the beaches of Côte d'Azur, walked the streets of Paris, hiked areas of the Alps, and watched the Tour de France. But we fell in love with Provence. You will too if you have not already! In January of 2012, we stumbled on to this apartment, we have named Le Bijou, in the course of our third visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Having discussed and dismissed the idea of buying property in France numerous times, we changed our minds when this opportunity presented itself on the way back from the boulangerie one morning. We live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where we both grew up, worked (Patty) and continue to work (Kevin). Down the road, we plan to continue to enjoy exploring France from our base at Le Bijou. We have made friends in the village, which has a life of its own beyond tourism, yet is small enough to walk completely around. During the times we can't be in France, we welcome guests to enjoy life as a Provençal in Le Bijou in the quaint village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We hope one day you can visit. Kevin and Patty McGoff

Why the Owner Chose L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France:
In January 2012, we made another visit to L'Isle sur la Sorgue. We loved the location and the people we had met. Not seriously looking for property, although we had discussed and dismissed the idea many times, we met with several realtors and looked at some places. Nothing struck us. We asked if there were any small apartments with a terrace, a rarity we were advised. We quit having realtors show us property, after being told that finding an apartment with a terrace in the old part of the village was unlikely. We were content to look at the advertisements in the window of the city’s many realtors,or Immobiliers. We window shopped and daydreamed about the unlikely prospect of finding a suitable apartment, which we never thought we'd buy even if we did find one. But it was fun to look and speculate about the prospect, thumbing through the brochures over a glass of rosé. On the way back from the boulangerie one morning with our breakfast, as I crossed the lively square in front of the building where we had been staying that week, I noticed for the first time a sign hanging from the window above our rental announcing ‘A Vendre’, for sale. We knew without going in the door that the unit had a terrace as it was just above the patio of the apartment we were renting. Knowing that one of our requirements was met, we called the realtor and he came with a key that afternoon. The apartment we had been looking for was one flight above us the entire time we were knocking about the city looking at the possibilities, and being discouraged that what we wanted to look at was rare. The realtor opened the apartment to us 4 times in 5 days. We debated, thought about it, then made the offer over the phone as we boarded the plane in Marseilles to come home.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue was built around the Notre Dame des Anges, a Collegial Church built in 1222 and reconstructed in the 17th century. The Sorgue flows from its source, seven kilometers upstream at the Fountain de Vaucluse. The river surrounds the town, creating the island on the Sorgue. La Sorgue was the source of the town's commerce through the ages. The Catholic calendar of the 15th century called for in excess of 160 meatless days per year, thus the fisherman and the town thrived providing the papacy and its supporting elements with fish. To this day it is crystal clear, maintains a temperature of 12-13 Celsius (53-55 Fahrenheit) year round and is a category one fishing river. Mills were constructed and powered by water wheels for grain, paper mills, silk works and production of linens. There were at one time 70 water wheels in the town, 14 of which are still turned by the Sorgue's current. Today you'll find what is regarded as the best antique market in France outside of Paris. On Sundays, the many antique dealers bring to town their wares to add to the already lively market. There are plenty of fresh fish, fruit and vegetable vendors on the streets and squares in the town on Sunday. Regional products of the season, such as honey and berries, are found along with cheese, sausages and local wines. The village has a life of its own beyond tourism, which means commerce, restaurants and a market twice a week year round. It is central for day trips in every direction, throughout Provence and beyondL'Isle sur la Sorgue is a vibrant town. Off-season, when the tourists have gone, the sidewalks do not roll up. There is a large market on Sunday and a smaller one on Thursdays. The antique shops are open and the town fills up with bargain hunters scouring for a find and families picking up fresh produce, meats, fish and fruits for their tables. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and small bars open year round.


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Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Sun protection with awning

    Sun protection with awning

  • Cook's kitchen with everything you need for dining in

    Cook's kitchen with everything you need for dining in

  • View from dining and living area

    View from dining and living area

  • Bedroom

    Bedroom

  • Granite vanity

    Granite vanity

  • Abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on market day in the spring

    Abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on market day in the spring

  • Bustling restaurants along the Sorgue

    Bustling restaurants along the Sorgue

  • Fall afternoon shadows along la Sorgue

    Fall afternoon shadows along la Sorgue

  • Ochre cliffs in Roussillons

    Ochre cliffs in Roussillons

  • Delightful any time of the year

    Delightful any time of the year

  • Private terrace overlooking rooftops of the village

    Private terrace overlooking rooftops of the village

  • Sitting area in Salon

    Sitting area in Salon

  • Bright salon

    Bright salon

  • Shower

    Shower

  • Full moon over the terrasse

    Full moon over the terrasse

  • Antique shop on the Sorgue

    Antique shop on the Sorgue

  • Saturday lunch at the Café  de France on the church square

    Saturday lunch at the Café de France on the church square

  • One of the village's many water wheels still churning in the river Sorgue

    One of the village's many water wheels still churning in the river Sorgue

  • Lavender field and Mont Ventoux

    Lavender field and Mont Ventoux

  • Le Bijou's terrace fountain

    Le Bijou's terrace fountain

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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