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Provencal Suite, Historic Centre of Aix, Experience Traditional French Living

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lounge area, with 2 sofa beds, view of mezzanine with Queen bed


Last updated: 01/10/2017

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, Studio, Queen Bed Mezzanine, 2 Sofa Beds, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4.

If you enjoy experiencing a traditional French lifestyle, you’ll love spending time in this boutique studio apartment right in the historic center of Aix-en-Provence. Order your favourite coffee from the specialty coffee shop immediately on your left as you step out your front door. Directly opposite is the most famous Fromagerie (cheese shop) in Aix; continue up the street 50metres and enter Place Richelme (Post Office Square) where the bustling local produce market takes place daily until midday, here you can stock up on your locally grown fruit, vege, cheeses, salami & sausages, local delicacies, flowers and more. On the edge of the square is the spectacular 16thC Hotel De Ville a good place to stop for a bite to eat and watch the passers-by. You are in the beating heart of the ancient medieval city, walk in any direction from here and you are surrounded by a tangle of beautiful small squares, ancient buildings, fountains, cafe’s restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, boutiques and specialty shops. Open the two large front windows of your sunny south facing apartment, to people watch and observe the activity in the cobbled street below, plus take in the charming view across the rooftops. If you enjoy picking up a newspaper, a coffee or aperitif and sitting at a café watching the passers-by; if you find pleasure in museums and bustling markets where you might stumble across the occasional spontaneous street band; if you appreciate evening concerts and indulgences at a Roman spa, then this delightful apartment in the historic town centre in this quintessential Provençal town is for you.
This charming Provençal style studio apartment is 55 sq/mtrs and situated south facing on the top floor of an original three storied building on Rue Des Marseillais, it is sunny, light, spacious and airy. The traditional flagstone floor, combines with the amazing old style Poutre (exposed beams) and the stunning antique Parefeuille (terracotta) ceiling - something not often seen anymore, adding to the wonderful ambiance of traditional French living. There is a fully equipped and modern kitchen including fridge, microwave, bench top oven, 4 ring ceramic cooking hob and washing machine. The fully tiled modern bathroom includes toilet, vanity and large walk-in shower. There is a cosy dining alcove in the main living area and spacious lounge with two large sofa’s, 2 armchairs and large coffee table.
The mezzanine bedroom containing a very comfortable Queen size bed, is accessed by a wrought iron Japanese style staircase. The romantic French style decor in Provençal colours and sumptuous bed linens offer wonderful comfort to aid a good night’s sleep. A smart TV is available with access to 170 channels, and unlimited FREE wifi connection to search the internet including skype etc. A radio/DVD player & ipod/iphone docking station is provided to enjoy your favourite music and a landline phone which allows FREE unlimited local (French) calls, including to local French mobile numbers and a total of 100 countries (landlines only). The entire apartment is elegantly furnished and decorated in the traditional Provençal colours and style for your enjoyment and comfort.
The apartment has electric heating in winter and in the summer months is well ventilated with large front windows and fans to circulate the air. Due to the historic nature of the building we are unable to install an air-conditioning unit. As the apartment is located in the historic centre there is no designated car park provided, however there is ample secure public car-parking nearby, the closest being at Place Des Cardeurs (only 200m away or 2-3 mins walk), the large Rotonde carpark is approx 10mins walk away. Approximate daily rate for car-parking is 13-15 Euro’s. There is also a wonderful 'Park & Ride' facility at a cost of only 2 Euro per day with a bus running every 10mins to and from the city. It is possible to park further outside the town centre free of charge.
To aid your quest to live like a local, besides the daily marches (markets) there are several supermarkets nearby, including within walking distance, the large Monoprix located on the Cours Mirabeau (5-10mins walk); take the shopping trolley provided to put your groceries in like everyone else in the neighbourhood.

Aix-en-Provence is renowned for being a vibrant, lively town with many events and festivals. Along with activities related to its famous artists Cezanne and Vasarely, the popular music and lyric arts festival takes place in June-July every year; in August the nearby town of La Roque d’Antéron hosts an internationally acclaimed piano festival; anytime during the year take part any number of French classes for foreigners, cooking classes, private art tours and art lessons, enjoy the state-of-the-art spa within walking distance from the apartment and built on the authentic ruins of the former Roman spa, offering delightful cures, massages, water aerobics, and all sorts of relaxation for your aches and pains.

Aix-en-Provence is centrally located for day trips to the stunning Luberon Valley and its spectacularly picturesque towns such as La Coste, Roussillon & Gordes; trips to the seaside in Marseille and Cassis where you can experience the delicious Bouillabaisse dish and wonderful seaside scenery and much more.

Have a wonderful sojourn, however long or short, in this well-appointed apartment; it's designed for your comfort and enjoyment.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/10/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 3
  • 55 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Guests must be 25 years or older if not accompanied by their parents....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We keep our apartment free of smoke and pets for the safety and convenience of all our guests. ...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Not suitable for young children...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    three flights of spiral staircase (no lift); not suitable for wheelchair, anyone with mobility difficulties or unable to cope with stairs. Mezzanine floor access is Japanese style ladder/staircase ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Studio: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Pull out slat base sofa beds, 140x190, 10cm mattress...moreless

  • Mezzanine Bedroom: 1 queen

    Slat base, brand new Sep 2012, full size 160x200 ...moreless

  • Mezzanine: Queen bed, has hypoallergenic mattress and top quality slat bed base; mattress topper and fine plush linens. small dresser, mirror, bedside lamps, hanging and storage space. Privacy curtain. Sofa beds have fine plush linens and easy pullout mechanisms....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    fully tiled modern bathroom, large walk in shower & vanity...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Access to the building is via key entry, auto-locking front door at street level. Access to the apartment is via the spiral staircase (3 flights) and triple locked high quality steel security door. The apartment is situated in a lively location in the centre of Aix and the doubled glazed windows substantially blocks out street noise for your peace & comfort. ...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    situated in the heart of the old historic city...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    elegant dining table in cosy dining alcove; 2 extensions to seat 8 in total. 6 dining chairs, buffet, traditional tableware and complete set of dishes for 8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    At this stage there is no air-conditioning. Due to the historic nature of the building. We are on the lookout for something suitable. Have freestanding Dyson fan and bedroom fan....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a clothes rack provided and a laundromat is located only 2mins walk on Rue Felibre Gaut with large washers and dryers....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric, oil filled convection heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    Broadband wifi. Smart TV, with web-browsing and skype capability (unlimited FREE wifi) ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    all bedding is provided including: mattress protectors, mattress topper for Queen bed, fine plush sheets, duvet covers and inner, pillows and covers...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living area is spacious open plan. 2 x 3 seater sofa beds, 2 armchairs, large coffee table and floor mat, TV, Radio, CD/DVD iPod/iPhone dock, book cases....moreless

  • Parking:

    No designated car park is provided. There is ample secure public parking nearby, closest being Place Des Cardeurs (200m, 2-3 min walk). An excellent Park & Ride facility with frequent bus access....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free unlimited calls to any French land line or French mobile. Free unlimited long distance calls to landlines ONLY in a total of 100 countries including UK, USA, Canada, NZ & Australia...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    plush bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels and face cloths are provided. No beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A good quality fully automatic, front loader Ariston washing machine is provided (under bench) and washing powder and fabric soften supplied....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete set of dishes & cutlery for 8 Wine glasses, champagne flutes & plain & decorative water tumblers Wine bucket Water bottles Cheeseboard & knives Mezzo serving platters ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Cooking Utensils, pots, pans, electric beater/ whiz, salad spinner, bowls, measuring jug, chopping boards, knives, storage containers, Large wooden benchtop ... a cooks delight...moreless

  • Microwave:

    brand new (2014) Microwave ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Benchtop oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt & pepper grinders Salt, Pepper, Oil and Balsamic set Cooking oil Provence Herbs Flour Plain Sugar & sugar cubes tea bags plunger coffee cling wrap baking paper oven foil tooth picks ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    large fridge with self defrosting freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Ceramic 4-burner electric hob; brand new (2012) Moulinex bench-top oven; complete with quiche, casserole, baking dishes, racks and rotisserie....moreless

  • Toaster

Building Type

  • Building

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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May 1 - Sep 29
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $267.33
  • Cleaning & servicing $106.93


These rates include electricity consumption, water, taxes, unlimited internet access. Final cleaning on departure is not included. A fee of 100 Euro for the final clean will be deducted from your security bond.

We have a payment schedule outlined in a contract between ourselves and renters.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: From the first visit to Paris over 20 years ago to our more recent stays with friends who live in Provence we have been captured by the beauty, history, traditions, cuisine, the long barmy summer months and the French chic way of life. There is so much to discover, enjoy and savour in this magnificent country and particularly in the Provence region with its contrasts from beach resorts to hill villages and a unique combination of romance, glamour and a Mediterranean climate. We adore the French style and elegance and our apartment reflects this in its decor and furnishings for our comfort and enjoyment and for yours.

Why the Owner Chose Centre Ville, Aix-en-Provence, France:
Aix is the most perfect example of Provence, a wonderful town to spend time in on its own, and to use as a base from which to explore the many fascinating and beautiful spots in southern France. Not only is this an ideal location for exploring Aix and its surrounds, but it is also situated in the historic centre, in a building with original architectural style and charm, together with the traditional elegant furnishing providing a delightful ambiance and comfort, enriching your entire experience. You couldn’t be more central, we love the buzz of activity and the feeling of having our own slice of an amazingly beautiful and historic town with so many places to explore and things to do right at our doorstep. The wonderful local cuisine and locally grown produce is a big part of the enjoyment for us ... absolutely divine flavours and interesting, delicious delicacies, combined with stunning wines. The ability to walk everywhere or if we choose to have a car, the access to convenient parking locations close by; the ability to contact anyone locally from the comfort of our apartment to arrange things and to keep in touch with family and friends back home with the free unlimited WiFi and landline phone calls, it’s all so easy, convenient and exciting.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
You're in the heart of the historic old town with restaurants, cafe’s, bars, markets, boutiques, historic buildings, monuments & museums all at your doorstep. Only a short 5min walk to the Cours Mirabeau where you can stroll the picturesque tree-lined boulevard (Champs Elysees of Aix) or take a day trip to Avignon, Marseille, Cassis, Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes, Roussillon....then return after an outing, to relax in the beautiful ambiance of your apartment ... where you can cook up a storm, relax, put on a music CD, check your email, take a nice hot shower et bonne nuit!

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/10/2017

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  • lounge area, with 2 sofa beds, view of mezzanine with Queen bed

    lounge area, with 2 sofa beds, view of mezzanine with Queen bed

  • View over rooftops from apartment window

    View over rooftops from apartment window

  • Mezzanine, Queen bed

    Mezzanine, Queen bed

  • Mezzanine, Queen bed

    Mezzanine, Queen bed

  • Bathroom vanity

    Bathroom vanity

  • Parefeuille ceiling

    Parefeuille ceiling

  • Dining & kitchen

    Dining & kitchen

  • Place Richelme daily produce market

    Place Richelme daily produce market

  • Cheeses at the fresh Produce, daily Place Richelme

    Cheeses at the fresh Produce, daily Place Richelme

  • Clock tower square & fountain, historic centre Aix-en-Provence

    Clock tower square & fountain, historic centre Aix-en-Provence

  • Flower market, clock tower square

    Flower market, clock tower square

  • Over the rooftops view from apartment

    Over the rooftops view from apartment

  • Lounge with view of mezzanine bedroom

    Lounge with view of mezzanine bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Mezzanine bedroom view from bed

    Mezzanine bedroom view from bed

  • Spacious, walk-in shower

    Spacious, walk-in shower

  • lounge, with view of dining, mezzanine and Japanese staircase

    lounge, with view of dining, mezzanine and Japanese staircase

  • lounge, TV, Radio/DVD/CD & ipod/iphone dock

    lounge, TV, Radio/DVD/CD & ipod/iphone dock

  • Dining Alcove

    Dining Alcove

  • Fruit & veges at the daily produce market, Place Richelme

    Fruit & veges at the daily produce market, Place Richelme

  • historic buildings, architecture, centre of old town Aix-en-Provence

    historic buildings, architecture, centre of old town Aix-en-Provence

  • Place des Cardeurs, Aix-en-Provence

    Place des Cardeurs, Aix-en-Provence

  • Summertime Tango, Place Richelme Sunday evenings - amazing backdrop

    Summertime Tango, Place Richelme Sunday evenings - amazing backdrop

  • Aix night dining at Chez Grand Mere Restaurant

    Aix night dining at Chez Grand Mere Restaurant

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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