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A Charming 19th Century Home Nestled in the Heart of the Village of Roaix.

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Last updated: 04/30/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Lovingly renovated 1 bedroom (mezzanine), 1 bathroom house. Charming setting.

A charming 19th century home nestled in the heart of the village of Roaix, perched on a hill surrounded by Côtes du Rhône vineyards. This house was built in 1860 as a stone stable in the ancient village of Roaix. It was converted to a traditional stucco house in 2000 and remodeled by the owners in 2013.

Rue de l'Église is ideal for a couple and offers a great base from which to explore the history, culture and natural beauty of the region of Provence. Tile floors and exposed wood beam ceilings give the home a welcoming feel. Two large windows bring in lots of natural light.

Directly outside the front door is the heart of the village, filled with planted shrubs and flowering trees. A 150 year old fountain with a stone bench, a small table and portable chairs offers a spot for outdoor relaxation. There are extensive views over Provence from a nearby lookout point.

The living room has a sofa, large chair, writing desk and media cabinet. The decor is a mix of modern comfort and eclectic market finds.

Two steps lead up into the sunny eat-in kitchen, which is well equipped with all new appliances, full-size refrigerator/freezer, and quality cookware. A hardwood dining table seats four. Double windows open to the quiet village street.The newly renovated bathroom has a large all-tile shower, a large sink with storage drawers, a toilet, and a washer/dryer combination.

A ship’s ladder leads up from the living room into the loft bedroom, with a queen size bed and built-in shelving and storage. The ceiling is not full height but is very manageable, even for tall people.

The historic parish church and 12th century château are reminders of Roaix’s rich past. A nearby lookout point gives clear views of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. On all sides are the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône region. Wines have been produced in these parts since pre-Roman times and were a favorite with kings and popes during the medieval Avignon papacy.

There are miles of walking paths and bike routes in the immediate area. The post office, butcher, baker, a hair salon, a restaurant and an antique shop are all within a short walk of the house. Within a quick drive are several beautiful villages including Sablet and Séguret, excellent restaurants, and vineyards offering wine tasting and sales.

Provence has the most fertile plains in France, evident in the abundance of products found at the year-round Tuesday market in the nearby town of Vaison-la-Romaine, just a few kilometres away. The many merchants on its narrow streets offer fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, figs, berries, truffles, artisanal honey, lavender, cheese, olive oil, cloth, olive wood products, and much more.Available locally are an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and two gyms. The region has three hundred kilometres of marked trails, so plan to take a picnic and enjoy the flora and fauna and the landscapes that inspired artists like Van Gogh.

Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the ease of the country roads or the challenge of the mountain climbs, such as Mont Ventoux, a famously difficult stage of the Tour de France. Bikes can be rented from local merchants. History buffs will appreciate the Roman ruins and ancient theatre in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. The town’s bridge, built by the Romans, has been in continuous use since the first century.The Vaucluse has a rich variety of landscapes - lavender fields, vineyards, forests, mountains, and rivers. There are many excellent day trips to take from Rue de l’Église. The Vaucluse region has seven villages that are officially ranked among the most beautiful in France, and each one is well worth a visit.

The town of Saint-Rémy, an hour’s drive, is home to some excellent shopping, but also the Roman archeological site of Glanum, and the Saint-Paul Asylum where Vincent Van Gogh painted over 150 canvases.The city of Avignon is also within an hour’s drive and offers art and cultural museums, historic sites, gardens, and the famous medieval Papal Palace, from the period when the papacy moved from Rome to Avignon.

If you enjoy antique and second-hand shopping, then don’t miss l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its world renowned market which is home to over 300 antique dealers.

Also within a short drive is the aqueduct of Pont-du-Gard, a stunning example of Roman engineering built in the first century. Visitors can walk all around and over the aqueduct, and the museum traces the history of this UNESCO World Heritage gem.There are also many opportunities for river kayaking and swimming in this region. The local tourist office can help you navigate through the choices. There are also wine tasting tours, cooking classes, French classes, art lessons, and truffle hunting excursions.

We will be very pleased to make suggestions for your stay. We live here for half the year, and are passionate and knowledgeable about our adopted home.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/30/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 350 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1


  • UPDATE: As of May 2nd, we are raising the roof on the house to make a complete 2nd floor. There will be one bedroom suite with a terrace. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • New all tile bathroom. Large shower with excellent water pressure. Toilet, sink with storage drawers and washer/dryer combination. Clean towels provided each week....moreless

Other Amenities

  • If you have special interests, we will be happy to connect you with folks we know who teach painting, cooking, and French. ...moreless


  • Books:

    French language books, books about French life and a few others....moreless

  • Music Library:

    We will leave some of our favorites for your enjoyment....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable offers 100 channels. Several news, entertainment and film channels are in English....moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have a music doc available....moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    With-in a matter of steps from the village, you can see two of the most prominent mountain ranges....moreless

  • Rural:

    Although rue de L'Eglise is set in the heart of the old village, you are completely surrounded buy vineyards and countryside. it is simply beautiful. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Roaix is an ancient village with friendly neighbors, a charming fountain area to enjoy, and walking paths with views for miles....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Solid wood dining table and 4 chairs. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    UPDATE: air conditioning being installed Spring/2016...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer/washer combination. ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga matt and light weights are available. There are several gyms in the next village over....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    plenty of heat...moreless

  • Internet:

    Fast and powerful internet connection....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room is comfortably furnished. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    PLENTY - Parking is available at the top of our street in front of the church or close by in the village parking lot. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    House phone and free long distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    There is a washer/dryer combo with a variety of settings....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    10 cup coffee maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of dishes for several courses. Extra small bowls for nuts, olives, dips. Salad bowls, mixing bowls, salad spinner, blender, food mill, food processor, and more....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Newly renovated kitchen with high-end appliances and quality cookware. Many other extras. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large and powerful microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    Full sized clean oven with settings for convection and broiling....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    When possible, local products will be available. Feel free to use any spices from our very large selection. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large refrigerator and freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burner induction stove. Please only use cookware provided....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Wide mouth toaster for bagels - oh, wait, there are no bagels here. ...moreless


  • Balcony:

    UPDATE - Spring 2016 a new terrace is being built...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a community area at the village fountain with seating and a small table. Enjoy!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are a number of day-trips for excellent kayaking. Contact information will be left at the house....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Mont Ventoux offers skiing opportunities. See website link....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a large outdoor community pool in Vaison-la-Romain...moreless



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7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100


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Last updated: 04/30/2017
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91 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Marseille Provence Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Golf d'Orange
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Avignon TGV
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A7, Orange sud
37 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mont Ventoux
143 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

Walking, hiking and cycling routes abound in our immediate and surrounding areas. The summer season markets and festivals are plentiful. Taste the wines of the Rhône Valley - Gigondas, Rasteau, Séguret, Châteaneuf-du-Pape, with private bi-lingual wine tours. Rue de L'Eglise is well situated for day trips to some of the most beautiful villages in France as well as prominent cities such as Arles, Avignon, and Orange. There are excellent restaurants, some nearby and we will personally advise you on any particular activities you would like to experience.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Allan worked as a carpenter and then later as a superintendent for award winning construction projects in Philadelphia, PA. He volunteers at a local Domain during the wine harvest and helps friends and neighbors with various projects. Gillian worked in series television production and later in non-profit communications. She records and edits petit biographies and paints. And, of course, we study French on a daily basis. We fell in love with Provence during a 10 days cycling trip in 2009. Fast forward 3 years - We spent the first year of retirement traveling around the whole of France while volunteering for building projects and working the grape harvest. After spending 6 weeks in this immediate area, we found ourselves returning again and again, after excursions to other locations. Three days before we were set to leave France, a friend knocked on the gite where we were staying and proclaimed "I may have found you a house". She did. We bought it the next day, sort of. Paperwork in France takes a long time! Anyway, we came back 6 months later to completely (and lovingly) renovate. So, now it is yours to enjoy. We spend our time traveling in the USA and here in France.

Why the Owner Chose Roaix, France:
Allan and I bought this property because we fell in love with the understated beauty of the haute Vaucluse, the genuineness of the local people, and all else that Provence has to offer. It is that simple.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The main feature we love about rue de L'Eglise is the location. We have the peace and quiet and charm of a small village with friendly neighbors, and yet, with-in short distances there are UNESCO sites, Roman ruins, excellent shopping, areas where artists spent time and painted, markets for local produce, products, antiques….cycling paths, hiking… the list is endless what can be enjoyed here.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/30/2017

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  • Roaix


  • kitchen


  • kitchen


  • all tile bathroom

    all tile bathroom

  • queen size bed, extremely comfortable

    queen size bed, extremely comfortable

  • living room

    living room

  • local color

    local color

  • local vineyard

    local vineyard

  • Roman theater

    Roman theater

  • sweet village house, well located in Provence. excellent kitchen.

    sweet village house, well located in Provence. excellent kitchen.

  • modern windows with screens

    modern windows with screens

  • adding second floor

    adding second floor

  • living room

    living room

  • living room and entry

    living room and entry

  • kitchen dining

    kitchen dining

  • sink, washer/dryer

    sink, washer/dryer

  • local view

    local view

  • local cooking classes

    local cooking classes

  • Pont de Romain, 2000 years old

    Pont de Romain, 2000 years old

  • Roman ruins

    Roman ruins

  • lemon tart

    lemon tart

  • hiking markers

    hiking markers

  • village of Roaix, detail

    village of Roaix, detail

  • these beams will hold up the new roof

    these beams will hold up the new roof

VRBO #696779

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 30, 2017

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