Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and large 400 square foot living room
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 2
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.
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”.
ACTIVITIES AND THINGS TO DO.
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.
About Victoria Farrow
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 Victoria Farrow chose L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
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.