Built into the 12th-century ramparts of the medieval part of the village, this beautiful old Provencal stone house serves as a local landmark because of the hole in the wall--'le trou'--which creates the terrace. Ideal for visitors who want to feel the pulse of village life, this house has a bakery and a flower shop as neighbors. Throughout, the beauty of walls of locally-quarried stone, traditional Provençal ceilings of plaster and dark exposed beams, and handsome traditional tiles give “La Trouvaille” its special warmth and character. The house is spacious and inviting, providing an unusual degree of privacy with separate relaxation areas on each floor. Furnishings reflect the owners' enthusiasm for Provençal style and regional crafts. Handsome antiques, shabby chic “finds” and quality reproductions are placed alongside comfortable leather sofas and more casual seating. Owners have taken special care to add modern comforts, while sacrificing none of the house's Provençal charm. A highlight of the house is the covered terrace, with fabulous views looking over the rooftops at the vineyards and the serrated limestone Dentelles de Montmirail, while providing shelter to relax or dine "al fresco" even during the hottest part of the day, protected from the wind or the occasional shower.
House in Sablet, nr Vaison la Romaine, Vaucluse, Provence - A Beautiful Old Provencal Stone House, Lovingly Updated
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- Jan 18, 2019
About Deborah Locke
We are retired educators, now full-time RVers when we're in the U.S., dividing our time between the Pacific Northwest and southern Arizona when not enjoying our delightful vacation home in Sablet, "La Trouvaille." After exploring Provence and other parts of southern France on the back of our bicycles, we found ourselves drawn again and again to this lovely Côtes-du-Rhône wine-growing region. In Sablet we found a charming rental house to which we returned for many visits and in several seasons. When a lovely old stone village house became available, a friend joined with us to make a long-time dream of owning a home of our own in France come true.
Deborah Locke purchased this House in 2012
Why Deborah Locke chose Sablet
The surrounding hills of vineyards and olive groves, and the dramatic limestone ridges of the Dentelles de Montmirail, offer countless opportunities for lovely long walks, challenging hikes, and exhilarating bike rides. We love that Sablet is truly a working wine village, with more than 20 wine producers. The local tourist office offers an inviting tasting room and offers many special events and tasting opportunities during the summer months--as well as extensive information about area events and entertainment. At the same time, Sablet is ideally located for visiting local attractions--a different Provencal market every day of the week, a live performance in an antique Roman theater, the antiques market of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or the art museums in Avignon or Aix-en-Provence.
What makes this House unique
Sablet has a beating heart in every season, with a small, but lively commercial center and many familiar faces. "La Trouvaille" is perfectly situated for those who want to feel the pulse of daily life in a typical French village. Unlike many surrounding villages, Sablet's center is not bisected by a major roadway, so the round medieval center is refreshingly free of most vehicle traffic and strolling the narrow spiraling streets and stairs to the 11th century church and its little garden at the top of the village is a delight. Evenings are generally very quiet in Sablet and church bells are likely to be the first sounds to greet you in the mornings. Early risers may enjoy a gorgeous sunrise from the terrace and watch the first customers arrive to collect their morning baguettes.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Paradise in Provence
We have stayed in VRBO's all over the world and without hesitation I would recommend this slice of paradise. We spent the first of our two weeks on a tour with Off The Beaten Path which gave us an excellent introduction to Provence. Our stay in Sablet was the perfect venue to explore the region in greater depth. We targeted small villages rather than big cities and we were not disappointed. Information provided by Deborah and Catherine help guide our adventures. We spent our mornings with coffee and pastries in the house, our afternoons adventuring and our evening dining on the terrance and being grateful for all we were experiencing. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.
A Dream Come True...
My sister and I often daydreamed about staying in a charming, provençal house in a perfect, little French village surrounded by grape vines and rolling hills. And "La Trouvaille", nestled into the medieval walls of Sablet, a tiny village in the marvellous Côtes du Rhône region, was our dream come true. There's lots to see and do in the surrounding area, including some excellent restaurants in the near vicinity.
This well-equipped rental is extremely comfortable and became for the four of us (we took along our husbands) our home-away-from-home for one glorious week. And the four of us have no hesitation in recommending this property to all.
Third time staying at La Trouvaille and we'll be back!
La Trouvaille has really become a home from home for us. It is a beautiful and spotlessly clean home with everything you can possibly need. The location is truly stunning - a small winemaking village surrounded by vineyards and forest. We spent our days exploring gorgeous villages, eating amazing food, drinking even more amazing wines and then walking it all off in the stunning hills and forest that surround Sablet.
We never repeat a holiday destination and this is our third time. That says it all!
La Trouvaille - truly a discovery!
Out of all the many villages and towns we visited Sablet came out on top as a place to make a base. A cheerful village, friendly local people, shopping on the doorstep plus Vaison nearby if needed. The house was very comfortable with different sitting areas and lovely bedrooms, a really well equipped kitchen, and a lovely terrace for afternoon aperitifs. So much to see and explore, the house has a wonderful collection of books and brochures of the area. A not-to-be missed experience!
Even more than we hoped for
Four of us stayed for a week at La Trouvaille. From our first emailed contacts with Deb, to our initial meeting with the local manager, the house itself, and the village and the whole experience were more than we expected or hoped for. The house is larger than it looked from the photos, beautifully appointed, fully equipped - we lacked for nothing - and were so comfortable. Sablet is a lovely village in an excellent location. We ate a wonderful meal one evening at La Table de Magali, and had a special birthday celebration dinner in nearby Gigondas, at Les Florets. A friend recommended the latter to us, and we would certainly do the same. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sablet in general and La Trouvaille in particular to any friend planning a stay in Provence.
Beautiful and wonderfully furnished apartment
La Trouvaille is a fantastic example of a wonderfully furnished and decorated gite full of little touches which provides for a beautiful experience.
The house provides lovely views into the village of Sablet and over to the medieval village of Seguret and provides both privacy for couples and communal space for all ina party to mix and mingle together.
Bedrooms are beautifully appointed with excellent bathrooms attached. The kitchen has everything you would want and the information provided by Deb and Gary means that there are no difficulties in using any of the equipment and facilities throughout the house.
The village is a delight although the boulangerie can create havoc with the waist line. The Cafe is a great place to sit out at any time of day providing opportunities to to talk to locals, cycling enthusiasts and other holiday makers. Wine tasting is within walking distance in the village at several venues and dont miss the walk up to the church which provides a great view across the valley.
Sablet is easy to get to being only a few miles from Orange and there are some lovely places to visit in the area including Bedoin, Mount Ventoux, Vaison and of course the lavender fields.
Totally sold on France, Provence, Sablet but all because of the quality of La Trouvaiille.
Coastal beaches can be reached by car in 1- 1 1/2 hours. SplashWorld Waterpark and Lac Monteux just 24km away. There are also popular wading and swimming holes in the rivers not far from Sablet. Public swimming pools available in nearby Vaison-la-Romaine and Beaumes-de-Venise.
Marseille/Marignane airport, 117km
Avignon TGV, 43km
Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport, 93km
A car is highly recommended. Taxi service is available, as is limited bus service to neighboring towns.
Avignon, 40 km
Arles, 90 km
Pont du Gard 60 km
Nimes 80 km
Aix-en-Provence, 117 km
Marseille (Vieux Port), 120 km
WiFi throughout the house. Guests must provide their own computer. Printer provided. Chromecast on both HDMI TVs.
Free international calling to landlines (and to U.S & Canadian cellphones) with Internet-based phone service.
ATM is close by at the Credit Agricole bank.
Medical services in the village include a pharmacy, physicians office, dentist. Closest hospitals are in Vaison-la-Romaine and Orange.
Sablet's small grocer has a surprising selection of goods, including fresh local produce, cheese and deli offerings, local wines. A fish vendor's van visits on Thursday mornings, and often a goat cheese vendor. Friday morning's small market may feature Italian specialties, Moroccan couscous, farm-fresh local produce, fresh roasting chickens, and local baked & prepared goods. There are several larger grocery stores in the area. Closest are the Intermarché in Vaison-la-Romain or in Sarrians; Grand Frais in Orange has fine foods, organic products and out-of-season fruits and vegetables.
Sablet's helpful tourist office also features an excellent tasting room for sampling the products of 18 wine producers and during summer months posts weekly tours of local wineries. The wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne are in close proximity and Chateauneuf de Pape is only 20km away.
Sablet is uniquely situated to provide easy access to many attractions in the Vaucluse. Explore Roman ruins or attend a live production in an antique theater in Vaison-la-Romaine or Orange. Visit a different Provençal market every day of the week, including our favorites in Vaison-la-Romaine, Bedoin, and Ste.-Cecile-les-Vignes. Take a lovely stroll to Seguret or picnic on the hillsides. Ride a bicycle among the vines or challenge yourself to ride or hike to the summit of Mont Ventoux--a classic Tour de France route. Search for treasures at a local "vide grenier" or the famous antiques market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Rates & Availability
Changeover Day: Saturday preferred; Flexible according to availability Arrival after 4 pm: Specific arrival time to be arranged in advance. Late arrival may incur extra charges. Departure by 10 am. Please, no late departures! New guests may be arriving on the same day. Notes on prices: Prices are quoted in Euros. We are happy to offer reduced rates for stays of three weeks or longer. Special rates for a two-week stay during the Fete Votive in August.