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Secret garden in the Heart of the Old Town Close to the Arena and Amphitheatre

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bdroom, 1 family bathroom, one en suite shower, Sleeps 4

Situated in a small lane just off the Round Pont d'arenes, Le Jardin Secret is literally a secret garden and house hidden in the winding small lanes of Arles. An unprepossessing wooden door opens into a house full of sunlight from the small courtyard garden at the heart of the house. The hall way leads to a small conservatory, kitchen with domed stone ceiling and sitting room. There are two bedrooms with ensuite bathroom/showers (the second bedroom has a downstairs toilet), a small bureau and veranda over looking the garden. The kitchen is well well equipped with gas range, electric oven, two fridges and dishwasher. There are stairs into the basement which has recently been converted into an overflow for the kitchen with butler sink and stone worktops for food preparation, washing machine and surplus fridge and freezer space. The house has internet, television and gas heating and hot water. there is a washing machine, range cooker and dishwasher. the bedroom, kitchen and basement is made of stone with arched ceilings. the sitting room and second bedroom is only about 300 years old and a different style - mainly constructed of wood.

please note however that the stairs are made of stone and have become uneven with age, also both sets of stairs are steeper than modern staircases..

More Details

Rebecca and Anne
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Rebecca and Anne

The Camargue, its natural history, culture and heritage captured our hearts on our first visit in 1999. Shortly after that we stated looking for a small house and found Le Jardin Secret in 2003 and it has become a treasured family holiday home. Since we bought the house we have steadily been renovating her, bringing back the old stone walls to their glory, re tiling the floors, a new fitted kitchen and two new shower/ bathrooms. Gas central heating made the house comfortable year round. We recently moved from the UK to Australia. Although we were lucky enough to manage to spend a good amount of time in Arles initially we can only visit once a year and so letting the house is essential if we want to keep her - and we do! Le Jardin Secret is our European home - providing us with the natural history, culture and heritage we need to balance our life in Australia. I hope you will enjoy your stay to Le Jardin Secret and that she will enrich your life as she does ours.

Rebecca and Anne purchased this house in 2003


Arles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Anne can arrange for any further requirements you may have through her Concierge service 'As Good As Done'


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Secret garden in the Heart of the Old Town Close to the Arena and Amphitheatre
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A special Christmas of markets and festivities

  • 5 of 5

Set in the old town within the ancient city of Arles, can be found the secret garden. Constructed from historic ancient Roman stone this beautiful unique house is adjacent to the amphitheatre and the arena. It is the perfect base for exploring the Camargue, the Crau and the Apiles and many other historic Roman towns. Within a 30 km radius you are situated within the greatest biodiversity of Europe; flamingos, civet cats, wall creepers, alpine assentors, eagle owls and white storks. The town of Arles is the regional cultural center for events with wonderful artisan markets throughout the year. From the moment you walk through the door you are in the heart of Provence, circled by wonderful french restaurants, bolangeries, historic monuments, exhibitions; the house and its location are one of the treasures of Europe.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem in the heart of the old town

  • 5 of 5

A quiet little street just off the arena, a brown wooden door opens into a house full of light spilling in from the courtyard garden. The house is just a stones throw from the arena and we could hear the activities from the house and investigated and watched a course Camargue, Arles is truely fantastic for its events and festivities. The house kitchen is build in a beautiful stone arch that mirrors the bedroom above and we spent many happy evening cooking fresh food straight from the open town markets. The house is within walking distance of all of the town's history, the river, the arena and the markets. It is beautifully furnished and feels so authentic. We loved our stay and will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, romantic, sun filled home

  • 5 of 5

I have visited here many times and it is always special. The house is beautiful and full of history. This summer's visit was no exception and we loved eating lunch in the sun filled courtyard, and spending the evenings playing cards in the arched kitchen under a candle lit chandelier. The town of Arles also did not disappoint with the usual beautiful markets, and two awesome shows in the arena (course camargues and an equestrian display). We will be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful in the center of Arles

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for being in Arles. Everything is close by and within walking distance. The home has everything, including history. A lovely, private courtyard just adds to how special this place is. We recommend this home to anyone wanting to experience Arles and the surrounding area. Great place!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

This house is in a perfect location in Arles, near the arena and easy walking distance to virtually all the sights of this wonderful city. The neighborhood is charming and remarkably quiet. The rental process was simple an efficient.

We had a variety of maintenance issues while we were there, that I assume will be remedied. We would also like to clarify the physical description of the property. It is actually two houses joined by an enclosed, but open, courtyard. The front house has wc and kitchen downstairs and bedroom and full bathroom upstairs. The back house has the living room and a loft bedroom with shower and sink - it's toilet is down a very steep staircase, basically a ladder, across the courtyard to the front house. We found both sets of stairs precarious- and cannot imagine anyone with even slightly limited mobility being safe. Because of these issues, we would not rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen, thank you for writing a review and for your patience with the issues that the heavy rain caused. i'm glad to say these have now been rectified. Thank you for drawing attention to the mobility issues for any future renter. The house, as you say is composed of parts - actually three parts not two. The first and oldest part is the stone kitchen and stone bedroom above it. It has been suggested that this may have been part of a roman monastery and you will have noted the arched stone ceilings. what you would not realise is that under the kitchen is a vaulted room sized cistern (for water storage). Interestingly the roman aqueduct enters the town at this point and runs past the house somewhere under ground. i have always wanted to be lowered into the cistern with a good torch and see what i could learn about it! The second part of the house makes the second side of the courtyard. You are right this would have been a separate house once. This is wooden in construction and younger - just hundreds of years old. this is the living room with loft bedroom with attached shower and sink room. A yes - a steep wooden stair. The third side of the courtyard is a large stone wall that makes up the neighbours external wall. The fourth side of the courtyard would have once been an alley to the two houses. This has now been infilled to make a third 'house'. The entrance from the street leads to a high ceiling hallway with toilet, stairs to the upstairs and stairs down to the basement. Because it is infilled the internal walls are the external walls to the neighbours and there is a stone archway similar to those you will see in the alleys around town. A small conservatory then forms the fourth side of the courtyard. Upstairs is the study, main bathroom and small terrace over looking the courtyard.... the stone stairs are indeed steep and worn with time. This part of the house has a basement (again with steep stone stairs). this basement had become infilled when we purchased the house and we excavated it out to its original depth and renovated it to form a utility room. Interestingly when digging it out we found what appears to be a damaged German helmet which we have placed in a niche in the wall for all to see. it must have an interesting story! For us the house has much to tell and we value its history and respect that it is part of a UNESCO world heritage site. We have tried to leave the house as a record of its fascinating history.
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A true beauty

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful. Full of history. Homey. Clean. Comfortable. Inviting. Stunning courtyard. Fully equipped for everything. Location on the cusp of breathtaking architecture. Warm. Light. Huge bath. Light big bedrooms. Perfect balcony for breakfasting and reading. Early morning croissants a stones throw away. Smell of roasting coffee beans. Sun drenched arena just round the corner. Having dinner in the kitchen under vaulted ceilings and candelabras. Morning markets five minute walk away.

A breathtaking home in the heart of a beautiful town. We will we back. Stay here to get the full Arlesian experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back another year
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $246.12
Damage Deposit $1,230.62

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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