La Calade

Provence, France

  • 10
  • 5
  • 2
  • Pretty 19th-century house set in vineyards
  • Private gated swimming pool
  • Unspoilt Northern Provence
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants

Adorned with traditional shutters in sun-bleached Provençal blue and draped in rambling wisteria, La Calade is both picture-perfect and brilliantly convenient. Dating back to the 19th century, the house is surrounded by vineyards, with the shops, restaurants and attractive old town of Visan less than a 10-minute walk away. The interiors are fresh and simple, beautifully in keeping with the character of the house and this historic area.

Despite the proximity of the village, La Calade is nicely secluded, set in 5,000 square metres of grounds. Here you’ll find lawned areas shaded by trees that have stood as long as the house, the perfect spot for a lazy game of boules before dinner. There are two restaurants within easy walking distance, but for relaxed dining en famille you can spread out on one of several covered terraces around the house. There’s a large private swimming pool which sits in its own walled courtyard, creating a sheltered suntrap for early and late season and a nicely private spot for sunbathing or splashing about with the children.

Visan is an authentic local town, delighted to welcome visitors but very much focused on the serious business of wine production, which has been going on continuously here for over 700 years. Wherever you wander, the sense of patrimoine – heritage – is profound, making a stay at La Calade an absolute treat for foodies, historians and wine-lovers alike.

The local area

Visan is a small picturesque village with attractive 18th-century buildings, churches, fortified gates and a castle ruin, and is known for its surrounding vineyards which produce good and inexpensive wines. The Rhône Valley Wine Growers’ Association has created several interesting wine routes to help you discover the region, one of which begins just outside Visan. The historic wealth and power of the wider local area is evident in the impressive architecture in many local villages, including Richerenches (6km), Valréas (10km), Grignan (14km) and Suze-la-Rousse (10km), dominated by a magnificent medieval fortress and château. Montélimar (45km) was the medieval fortress of one of Provence’s most famous dynasties, and is the world capital of nougat. For more history, Orange and Avignon are 30 and 60km distant respectively. If you prefer a more physical alternative, there is horseriding at Grignan, several golf courses within 20-40km and a swimming lake with pedalo hire at Bollène (21km).



  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Provençal style kitchen includes oven, gas hobs, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom (140cm bed) with balcony
  • Double bedroom (140cm bed)
  • Double bedroom (140cm bed) and single bed (80cm)
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 80cm bed)
  • Single bedroom (80cm bed)
  • Bathroom
  • Shower room with WC
  • WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine
  • Cot (linen not provided)
  • TV and DVD player
  • iPod dock
  • Fireplace (wood supplied)
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Private gated swimming pool 10 x 5m (depth 1.5m throughout), ladder access, open June to end September (weather permitting)
  • Not suitable for children under 8 years
  • La Calade is not fenced and open to fields and vineyards


  • 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.


  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for stays of two weeks or more
  • End of stay clean included
  • Additional cleaning available (extra charge, minimum 2 hours)
  • Services are payable locally

Getting there

  • Airports

    Avignon 62km
    Nîmes 97km
    Marseille 127km
    Montpellier 134km
  • TGV stations

    Orange 27km
    Montélimar 45km
    Avignon 61km
    Nîmes 88km
    Arles 91km


  • Shops/restaurants (Visan) 6min walk
  • Vaison-la-Romaine 20min drive
  • Orange 30min drive


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 62km/1hr drive

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

Nîmes 97km/1hr 10min drive

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

Marseille 127km/1hr 30min 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

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