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Gracious, elegant townhouse in heart of Provence, walking distance to everything

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 br, 2.5 baths, antique furniture, gourmet kitchen, walk to Opera, Papal Palace

Our perfectly located, beautifully furnished and fully renovated townhouse in Provence will be available for rent through the 2016 summer vacation.

RESERVE NOW FOR THE 2016 AVIGNON INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL.

The house is on a quiet street, just steps from Avignon's bustling center and famous ramparts. Bakeries, butcher shops, greengrocers, Asian markets, the central post office and train station, numerous banks, schools, the university and even the Avignon Opera and the historic Papal Palace (to say nothing of the famous "pont" of "Sur le pont d'Avignon..." fame) are all within easy walking distance.

The neighbors are friendly and helpful. The tinkling fountain adds a relaxing note to the shaded courtyard. And there is FREE PARKING, a big plus for travelers who'll be renting a car, and an amenity not available at most rental properties within the town walls.

We love the fact that our house faces south and is bathed on all three levels with warm, natural light. Ceilings are high, windows are tall.

The fully-equipped, open kitchen has custom cabinets, a 5-burner range, a dishwasher and an American-style refrigerator with ice maker and filtered water dispenser.

Most of the furniture and light fixtures are Art Deco style from the 1930's. Nothing from IKEA! Mattresses, linens and towels are all virtually new.

Two of the bedrooms have full-sized beds; one has twin beds. On the second floor there is a large bath with claw foot tub,pedestal sink and shower. The toilet is separate. On the third floor there is a smaller full bath with shower.

Washer, dryer and and small "summer kitchen" are in the basement with direct access to the courtyard.

The shady courtyard has a small fountain that runs in the summer and fall, adding a romantic touch to outdoor meals.

More Details

Owner
Woody Halsey
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, mandarin, Some Spanish and Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Woody Halsey

We moved to Avignon in 2011 so our children would learn another culture and another language. Woody is a retired school administrator, Pauline a doctor and writer.

Woody Halsey purchased this house in 2012

Why Woody Halsey chose Provence

We chose Avignon for its sunny climate, rich cultural opportunities and convenient location. The Marseille airport is just an hour away by car or train. Paris only about 4 hours by fast train. All the famous attractions of Provence are easily accessible by car. And we chose the house for its old world charm, its natural light and its perfect location.

What makes this house unique

Walk to everything!

Amenities

Avignon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 1 bath with clawfoot tub, sink and shower 2 separate toilets 1 bath with toilet, sink and shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gracious, elegant townhouse in heart of Provence, walking distance to everything
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
5

Spacious beautiful home with character !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with 3 adults and our 3 year old boy and it was exactly what we needed! We could feel the history of the city in the architecture of the townhouse, and everything one would need for a visit was there. It was a short walk to all the tourist sites and restaurants in the city, where we spent a full day. We used the home as base to visit Pont Du Gard ( a breathtaking must do, and definitely swim in the river afterward as we had a grand time doing so) and for a wine tasting trip up the Rhone valley. The home also has a garage which proved extremely convenient. The visitor's guide book made by the owners was extraordinarily comprehensive and had a comforting personal touch. Finally, we booked the home at the last minute within 2 days of arriving and everything went perfectly. The owners were extremely responsive and kind over email - it felt like we were being hosted rather than simply renting a room.

PS- if you stay here , follow the restaurant advice in the book, stay away from the big outdoor restaurants in the plazas, and make reservations. We had a particularly great experience at Fou de FaFa and would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those kind words. We're so glad our recommendations helped make your stay memorable. We hope you can return next year!
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5

The best of VRBO

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at the Avignon house was much more akin to staying at a good friend's home than a commercial rental transaction. Woody sent us periodic updates about the parking and road work situation around the house beforehand, and checked in with us via email after we arrived. The caretaker came by twice to look in on us and make sure we had no problems. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed, including a welcoming bottle of rose. I felt like a long-lost cousin being welcomed back into the family.

The house itself is roomy in the kitchen and dining room for gatherings, and cozy in the living room which is now well supplied with lounging furniture. Bedrooms are spacious and thoughtfully equipped with fans and mosquito netting (the surrounding area are wetlands), which came in handy during our Summer nights.

The house booklet had detailed but not laborious instructions, and the dining recommendations were spot-on - far better than our guidebooks. There are a couple great bakeries and small grocers a few steps away, and the bartender at the nearby Bar Du Progress, where we visited every morning for entirely passable cappuccinos (the French just can't help but burn their coffee!), clasped our hands when we told him we were leaving. We visited Avignon during the Festival, and inside the wall was a nearly in-navigable mass of people. Festive, to be sure, but a bit wearying. It was really nice to slip just outside the wall to this quiet, comfortable getaway. I can't recommend this stay enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Steve

  • 5 of 5

Wow! This was a perfect location for our two week stay in Provence. A comfortable home from which to launch on our daily excursions. A two block walk takes you inside the walls of this beautiful medieval town. I'm reviewing the house, so I'll skip Avignon itself, but trust me, it is worth several days of wandering and exploration. The house itself is comfortable and charming. Stairs are part of the deal, so plan on going upstairs for bedroom and bathroom. The main floor has a spacious modern kitchen and a large dining table. When our group of six people wanted to eat in it was easy. The other room on the main floor is a modest size living room which would be perfect with some more comfortable furniture. The bedrooms and beds are comfortable and airy; high ceilings add to the charm. Pauline and Woody have made life easy for visitors with an extensive manual that covers everything about the house as well as shopping, restaurants and more. Because we had a car we were able to explore towns and sights in all directions, and the manual covered those options as well. Avignon's central location is perfect for those excursions and of course it helps that the airport in Marseille is less than an hour from the house. In retrospect this home and its location made for one of our best family vacations ever. We recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Steve. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We'd heard from other guests about the living room furniture, so have already added two cozy chairs and rearranged the furniture to make watching TV or movies comfortable and easy. Come back any time! Woody and Pauline
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Lovely home for two couples

  • 4 of 5

We stayed a week at Woody and Pauline's property in May 2016. The home is centrally located to visit Provence, and our husbands biked the local roads and mountains. It was a short walk to the walls of Avignon, where we had dinners, but the full-sized kitchen allowed us to relax and have our other meals in the peaceful courtyard. Although there were a few glitches (phone/TV), Woody was quick to respond and ensure all was well.

I would recommend this property, and hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely Home, Excellent Owner

  • 5 of 5

This property can best be described as a Home, not a rental property. It is truly a residence and not an income generating piece of real estate. There was a minor mix up on the arrival dates so no one was there when we arrived, but within minutes after calling Woody, two neighbors showed up with keys to let us in, and the cleaning lady arrived shortly after to make sure all was in order. The house was comfortable and well equipped. Woody and Pauline, the owners have a wonderful handbook with guidance to the local area and shops, bakeries, butchers, markets. If you stay, you must go to Bens and Mohammeds for meats and fruits. The home sits on a very narrow street but has a garage where you can store your car in a locked garage overnight. A real bonus if you are driving. The only minor issue we had was with the living room. A larger sofa and chairs would have been an improvement but would not preclude renting again. You are truly within walking distance of all Avignon points of interest, and easily within driving distance of everything else

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location, kitchen, comfort

  • 5 of 5

Lovely three story house with flower-filled courtyard was comfortable and clean, only a 7 minute walk to Avignon "inside the walls." A half-hour drive to the Pont du Gard Roman aquaduct, just over an hour's drive to Marseille's old port, this house is in a great location. The local train is five minutes from the house, and the TGV station (which has rental cars) is a 15 minute drive away. Great croissants and bread a 1 minute walk from the house. With parking and laundry included, everything's here. The owners responded quickly to all questions and were a pleasure to work with. We even stayed a few extra days!

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

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Marseille
Car: not necessary

Avignon is in the heart of Provence and the Côtes du Rhone wine region. It is most famous for the Palace of the Popes and the summer theater festival; but offers restaurants, museums, art movies, hikes, antiquing and concerts (including Opera) year-round. St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux, Arles and the Camargue beaches and bird preserve are all nearby to the south. The Roman theater in Orange is an easy drive to the north, as are Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaison la Romaine, Fontaine de Vaucluse and well-known wine towns such as Seguret and Rasteau. The incredible Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, is just across the river to the east, as is our favorite family run winery.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $118.91
Additional Guest Fee $29.73 per person per night
Damage Deposit $594.53

Deposit is not refundable in case of cancellation. Rent is refundable only if booking is canceled more than 60 days prior to the beginning of the stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.