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Wonderfully Located First Floor Apartment Overlooking The Historic Main Square

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 580 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and large 400 square foot living room

L' Appartement des Anges is an exquisite first floor flat in a seventeenth century building overlooking the main square in the very heart of the town. The typically beamed Provencal ceiling floats above the large living room with its old fireplace, wooden floors and three windows opening onto the square itself, and captures the essence of an old town house in a southern French country town, furnished as it is with an eclectic mix of furniture, including a French lit-bateau used as a daybed, a series of hand-coloured engravings and a mirror over the fireplace all of which are nineteenth century.

The well-equipped kitchen is discreetly located at one end of the living room and includes everything you need to take full advantage of the richly varied and abundant produce of the markets on Thursdays and Sundays, it also has a combined washer dryer. The apartment has wifi and air conditioning.

The bedroom is elegantly finished with a beautiful ciel-de-lit with prettily-striped hangings framing the head of the double bed.

The bathroom is en-suite and has a large shower; the lavatory is in a separate cubicle, separately accessed.

More Details

Owner
Victoria Farrow
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Victoria Farrow

We have been coming to France for many years and particularly enjoy this region for its dramatic beauty and historical interest. L'Ilse-sur-la-Sorgue has always been a favourite town with its enormous antiques market at weekends, but what makes it special is that, unlike many of the pretty hill-top villages nearby, it is much livelier with many more shops, cafes and restaurants open throughout the year.

Why Victoria Farrow chose Provence

We bought this property because it is in a wonderfully located seventeenth century building with beautiful views onto the Cathedral and main square in this small but delightful medieval town which embodies the quintessence of southern France and Provence. We particularly like being able simply to walk through the square in the morning to one of several excellent bakers or cafes for a first rate coffee in the shade of the ancient planes whilst the life of the town is all around us, and it is difficult not to feel as if we are a part of France itself whilst staying here. The Sorgue that encircles the town and threads through it is a constant presence amongst the many chic shops and restaurants which make Isle-sur-La-Sorgue an easy and enjoyable place to stay. However, it is also ideally placed to act as a base for exploring Provence and the Luberon with its many dramatically-sited hill-top villages and is close to several beautiful historic cities and cultural centres at Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Orange, Nimes and Arles all of which are less than, or much less than, an hour away by car.

Amenities

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 580 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , lavatory in separate cubicle, separately accessed
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This is not, strictly, a bathroom but a lavatory cubicle
  • The bathroom has a large shower, wash-hand basin and heated towel rail/radiator, and is en-suite with the bedroom. The lavatory is in a separate cubicle and is accessed separately
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • double bedroom with en-suite shower-room
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking

Reviews

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Wonderfully Located First Floor Apartment Overlooking The Historic Main Square
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

Beautiful apartment in the middle of quaint town

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was exactly as pictured. Norman very helpful and the town was beautiful and romantic. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that Bonnie enjoyed her stay with us and look forward to welcoming her again. Victoria
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5

We loved the apartment and would stay again.

  • 5 of 5

This is a nice small apartment with a great location.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was as charming in person as the pictures posted! Location is perfect - right in the middle of town in a lively square. We were entertained just by people watching out our windows! This is a great spot to have a home base and travel to other Luberon towns (so many within 30 minutes of L'Isle sur la Sorgue). This lovely town has many wonderful restaurants, a ton of antique shops, great Market on Sunday and Thursday to buy produce, cheese, meats, clothing, etc. and fun to walk through the streets and along the river. We were comfortable and had everything we needed in the apartment. It was quite hot the first few days and we were thankful for the air-conditioning which kept the rooms nice and cool. Norman, the manager, was awesome! He greeted us upon our arrival and was very helpful in answering our questions and offering suggestions. He even helped my husband find parking by going with him and showing exactly where the most convenient spot was. We felt very secured knowing Norman was a phone call away if we needed anything! We had a great experience and would recommend the apartment to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Second time even better!

  • 5 of 5

We returned to this beautiful apartment after our so enjoyable visit last year. There couldn't be a better location to spend a week touring the Luberon towns, and just spending time in Sorgue, walking through the Market and visiting the interesting antique shops. Victoria and Peter have made this apartment special with their personal touches, as well as making sure that it is well equipped for meals in. There are many great restaurants close by, but be sure to go to Umami, just around the corner on rue Carnot. Another great find was Les Remparts in Venasque, a very interesting discovery this year.

We can not complete the review without giving credos to Norman, who personifies what a manager should be. We were 4 hours late in arriving, because of the Rail strike leaving CDG, but he met us and made sure that we were settled.

We have recommended the apartment to friends, and will again.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always thrilled to be welcome guests back, and so glad that the apartment pleased you. Victoria
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5

Perfect location, great aprtment

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location right in the middle of the town. Bakeries, restaurants and cafes all within less than a minutes walk. Lovely, well appointed apartment with a very spacious living area and lovely views over the square especially on a Sunday (and Thursdays) when the main market fills much of the town. Although you can't always park right outside the apartment there is ample free parking around the edge of town and in the free car parks maybe 5 minutes easy walk from the apartment. Although a medium sized town it has a quaint small town feel with large choice of cafes and restaurants, some interesting shops and a good supermarket. There are further large supermarkets just on the edge of town also. We were met on arrival by Norman (even though it was very late at night) who showed us around the apartment and then where to park. Norman was very helpful and welcoming and a good source of local information. Overall a fantastic apartment in a lovely town in a wonderful part of Provence. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better than the photos and ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased when we arrived at this lovely apt. It is truly nicer than the photos and very comfortable, with everything you need. Free parking a short walk away, as well as any staples you require to prepare meals. The market on Sunday provides you with wonderful produce, cheese, meats, jams as well as pottery, great hats, reasonably priced table linens, linen clothing and so on. It was unusually hot in June (3 consecutive days in the 40's) and we were grateful for the AC. We found the owners helpful, Norman met us on arrival, answered emails promptly and was so helpful with recommendations. There is so much to see and do, all within an hour's drive or less. I have not eaten strawberries since my return because none could ever compare to the ones we purchased at the roadside stands and the Sunday morning market. On our last evening, we attended a concert in the Church located right in the square. A memorable and fabulous holiday in this lovely town. Thank you Victoria and Peter for our amazing week in L'Isle Sur la Sorgue.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Victoria
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Marseille or Nimes
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Cafe de France
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
TGV at Avignon: local train, L'Isle sur La Sorgue
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Autoroute A7
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
several
Nearest Beach
95 Kilometres
Les calanques, near Marseille
Car: recommended

The apartment is located at the heart of the old town overlooking the main square, the Place de L’Eglise which is dominated by the huge 17th century facade of the collegiate church, Notre-Dame-des -Anges. With windows in both the front and side walls the flat looks across the front of the church to the public granary, built in 1779, beyond, and along the length of the square beside the church to the 16th century campanile, built in 1538 and the massive bulk of the 11th century Tour d’Argent at the end of Place de L’Eglise. L’Isle itself, the island, is small and the encircling River Sorgue is no more than three or four minutes walk away along any of the shop and cafe lined mediaeval streets that enter and leave the square.

L’ISLE SUR LA SORGUE.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a delightful, ancient town built on an island, probably several islands when the town was first established in the 11th century or earlier, in the River Sorgue. The old town has a strongly mediaeval character with its winding streets, several of which are too narrow for cars, no truly vertical walls to the buildings and hidden courtyards. Cafes and restaurants are abundant in the town especially along some of the Quais, the narrow roads on the edge of the old town where they overlook the river and the more recent buildings beyond; it is these fast moving rivers that are so beguiling and so memorable as they flow through the town and which give it its special character; cooling under the hot summer sun and beautiful. It is hardly surprising that L’Isle was at one time known as L’Isle-de-Venise, or L’Isle-en-Venayssin in Provencal.

L’Isle-su-la-Sorgue is now best known as an antiques centre, the largest in Provence and one of the largest in France, with three hundred dealers and many other stalls together forming an enormous antiques market open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday every week with two annual international fairs, in April and August. The weekly Sunday market is combined with a traditional French country market selling local produce, cheese, fruit, vegetables, saucisson, oil, wine and a great deal else. The Thursday food market is quieter, larger and was first established on the 17th November 1596.

PROVENCE

Provence is steeped in Roman history, its name deriving from it being the first Roman province beyond the Alps, their Provincia Romana. There are many important Roman sites in Provence including the Pont du Gard, Nimes, Aix en Provence, Arles, Vaison la Romaine and Orange. Provence is, perhaps, closer to Paradise than any other part of France, being an area of rugged limestone hills of great beauty amongst which lie some of France’s prettiest villages many of which are dramatically sited, perched above the valleys and have changed remarkably little in several hundred years. The climate is wonderful with hot dry summers that nourish vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields, and support the production of honey, many varieties of goat cheese and excellent fruit and vegetables. To many, this beautiful region is the best of the South of France, rather than the Riviera, the overcrowded coastal strip of Nice and Cannes where Provence meets the Mediterranean.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is well placed as a centre from which to explore Provence, being within easy reach of the famously beautiful cultural centres of Aix-en-Provence, Orange and Avignon, and close to the Luberon valley and the many ancient hill-top villages including Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste where Pierre Cardin has restored one of the Marquis de Sade’s chateaux and established a music festival, Lourmarin and Menerbes where Peter Mayle lived and wrote “A Year in Provence”. It was here in the Luberon that Ridley Scott made his film “A Good Year”.

ACTIVITIES AND THINGS TO DO.

The hills of the Vaucluse and the Luberon are both less than half an hour away by car and are wonderful for walking and cycling, indeed the Mont Ventoux, France’s highest mountain south of the Alps and one of its most celebrated climbs for cyclists is only about 25km away. The views from the top are breathtaking.

Closer to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is the Fontaine de Vaucluse, the largest spring in Europe and the source of the Sorgue where it rises from a huge hole over 300 metres deep in the rock. In the 17th Century the Fontaine was regarded as “an exceptional curiosity” that all “honest men” must visit.

There are many vineyards close to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where one can sample and buy wine, whilst the more famous Southern Rhone vineyards of Vacqueras, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise and Chateauneuf du Pape are all about half an hour away by car and well worth a visit.

But perhaps the best thing to do is simply to explore this remarkable region with its beautiful towns and villages, eat, and drink, the local produce whilst sitting outside in the shade in a square or garden or on a terrace and realise how good it is to be alive.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Payments can be made on-line or directly to owner by credit or debit card.

Bookings confirmed by payment of non-refundable 25% of rental fee. Remaining 75% to be paid at the latest six weeks before arrival. Bookings made less than six weeks prior to arrival will be paid in full.

Low season short stays may be negotiable.

£500.00 deposit against damage payable two weeks before arrival.

Arrivals after 8pm or departures before 8am will incur a 50 Euro surcharge payable directly to the House Manager in cash

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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