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Wonderfully Located First Floor Apartment Overlooking the Historic Main Square

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:0.5
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 580 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • double bedroom with en-suite shower-room

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: shower

    lavatory in separate cubicle, separately accessed...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    This is not, strictly, a bathroom but a lavatory cubicle...moreless

  • 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...moreless


  • Television


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Right in the middle of the old town...moreless

  • Monument View:

    Apartment looks out over the historic main square, dominated by the Cathedral at the heart of this small town...moreless

  • Village:

    L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is really a small town, but the 17th and 18th century buildings and mediaeval streets have the feel of a village but a great deal more lively...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking


  • Dining:

    The dining table is in front of the fireplace, between the kitchen and main stting areas, and seats four. Kitchen and dining area together is about 200 square feet...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Combined washer dryer in the flat...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    The fireplace is not to be used...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The flat is heated by oil-filled electric radiators...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bedding including duvets, bed sheets, duvet covers, pillows and pillow cases are provided. All linen is 100% cotton....moreless

  • Living Room:

    living area has a 2 seat and a 3 seat sofa, a 19th C. day-bed which acts as a sofa for two or three and two upholstered chairs without arms. Sitting part of living room is roughly 200 square feet....moreless

  • Parking:

    There are many local nearby car parks in the town. Some are free, some are charged at a low rate...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All bath and hand towels and kitchen drying-up towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Combined washing and drying machine in the flat as part of the kitchen...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    we make coffee in the cafetiere in the apartment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery for four people...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped with oven, induction hob, refrigerator with freezer compartment, sink and washer/dryer. Kitchen is discreetly located at one end of large, 400 square feet, living and dining area...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric single oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We provide a welcome basket with local produce....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator with integral freezer compartment...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric induction hob...moreless


Building Type

  • Building


from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring season season 2017
Apr 29 - Jun 9, 2017
7 night min stay

High season 2017
Jun 10 - Sep 15, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Autumn 2017
Sep 16 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Mid Autumn 2017
Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay

Low season late 2017
Oct 28 - Dec 15, 2017
2 night min stay
Christmas/New Year 2017/2018
Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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70 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Marseille or Nimes
50 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Cafe de France
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
TGV at Avignon: local train, L'Isle sur La Sorgue
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Autoroute A7
250 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
95 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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 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 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”.


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.


Owner info

About the owner: 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 the Owner Chose L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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    L'Abbaye de Senanque near to L'Isle sur La Sorgue

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  • Wonderful markets in L'Isle Sur La Sorgue

    Wonderful markets in L'Isle Sur La Sorgue

  • Nearby beautiful hilltop villages to explore

    Nearby beautiful hilltop villages to explore

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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