La Boulbon

Provence, France

  • 10
  • 6
  • 6
  • Beautiful 18th-century mansion
  • Stunning and spacious grounds
  • Full of Provençale character
  • Completely private

From its painted shutters to its pretty rose garden, this gracious 18th-century manor house is pure Provence, nestled between the Alpilles national park and the mighty river Rhone. Set in magnificent grounds, complete with semi-formal gardens and numerous areas to eat, drink, read and relax, La Boulbon offers complete privacy within easy reach of some of the most noteworthy attractions of the area.

The house has been gently modernised to provide a bathroom for each of the six bedrooms (ideal for a group of couples or friends), but the style overall remains true to Provençale tradition, a mix of local antiques and family heirlooms that create a homely atmosphere despite the grand proportions. The gardens feel almost big enough to get lost in – perfect for a family game of hide- and-seek – with an impressive private pool and pool house for keeping the drinks cool in the heat of the day. You could vanish quite happily off grid for a week or more here, cocooned in the peace and privacy of the manor, but it would be a shame not to venture at least as far as Boulbon village, with its picturesque medieval château, or the splendid Roman cities of Arles, Avignon and Nîmes. Riverside Tarascon, famous for its Tuesday market and near-perfectly preserved 15th-century castle, is less than 10 minutes’ drive.

The local area

The medieval village of Boulbon is only 3km away, and you could not find a more Provençale experience than lunch at the Café du Commerce, especially on market day (Monday). Boulbon is ideally placed on the edge of the Alpilles region, where the twisted limestone landscape of the Parc des Alpilles rises dramatically from the Rhône plain. Familiar names seem to adorn every signpost in the area: drive 15 minutes north and you can be at the Papal Palace in Avignon, while 15 minutes to the east through beautiful countryside you’ll find St. Rémy de Provence, brimming with inviting bars and cafés.

Teetering on the northern tip of the Camargue is historic Arles, with its 1st-century amphitheatre; Van Gogh came to Arles in 1888 and was inspired by the town and its light, producing many of his greatest works until madness overtook him. Roman Nîmes is around 40 minutes away in the car, and for a history lesson with the chance of a cooling swim thrown in, the spectacular Pont du Gard (25km) is well worth the trip.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6 bedroom villa (sleeps 10)

Ground floor

  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen includes electric hob, oven, espresso machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher; access to terrace
  • TV room with Satellite TV
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower room, patio doors lead to garden
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer

Ground floor annex

  • Double bedroom with en-suite facilities
  • Independent entrance

First floor

  • Master bedroom (180cm bed) with en-suite bathroom
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with bath and basin in screened off area within bedroom
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed)
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Shower room with WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board and hairdryer provided
  • Covered outside dining area
  • Pool house with kitchenette, shower room and WC
  • Enclosed private swimming pool 11m x 5.5m (depth 1.10m – 1.90m)

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • 4 hours/day cleaning included
  • Weekly linen change for stays of two weeks or more

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm to 7.00pm (arrival 7.00pm to 9.00pm at a supplement)
  • Check-out time – 10.00 am

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


Location

  • Shops (Tarascon) 5min drive
  • Restaurants (Boulbon) 5min drive
  • Avignon - TGV/Airport 15min drive
  • St. Remy de Provence 15min drive
  • Les Baux de Provence 25min drive
  • Arles 30min drive
  • Nimes 45min drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr 15min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Avignon 20km/20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
Southampton Flybe Saturday All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep

Nîmes 30km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Luton Ryanair Saturday All season

Marseille 70km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sunday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday 21 Apr - 1 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season

Montpellier 130km/1hr 50min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 30 Jun - 1 Sep

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There’s no better way to while away leisurely holiday hours than by visiting the boutiques, chic cafés and flower markets of elegant Aix-en-Provence or wandering the cobbled streets of the beautiful hilltop village of Gordes. And in Provence the past is ever-present in Tarascon’s Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic influences and the Roman amphitheatre in Arles.

Introduce fragrant fields of lavender, rolling hills and the red salt lagoons of the nearby Camargue National Park and before you lies a holiday destination to rival any other, complemented by our selection of handpicked luxury villas to help you make the most of your luxury holiday in Provence.

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