La Pierre

Provence, France

  • 10
  • 5
  • 5
  • Classic Provençal mas
  • Beautiful rural setting with far reaching views
  • Private gated swimming pool
  • Ideal for groups or families

This characterful, 17th-century mas has served as a backdrop for several film and television productions and it’s not hard to see why: from the pastel-blue shutters and mellow golden facade to the stately plane trees and surrounding vineyards, La Pierre is blessed with the timeless beauty that typifies so much of rural Provence.

With five bedrooms and bathrooms, the house has been thoughtfully converted to provide practical accommodation for an extended family gathering or a group of friends, yet many traditional features remain, including exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and original floor tiles. The décor is classic Provençal, a mix of contemporary artwork and French country furniture, some of which comes from nearby L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famous for its antique shops. The Canal du Carpentras runs behind the house (at approximately 15m) and crossing this you’ll discover a superb view of Mont Ventoux from the adjacent field. Also close by is lively Carpentras; once the favourite haunt of the Popes of Avignon, the town now draws a different set of devotees who come to forage at its renowned truffle markets.

Food is, of course, a big part of any French holiday, so once you’ve stocked up at the local market you can experiment with all those sun-ripened southern flavours in the traditional farmhouse kitchen. Dinner could be served in the long living/dining room or on one of several furnished terraces, carefully positioned to offer shade, delightful views or both. You can spend long, sunny days simply lazing by the 12m-long swimming pool, drinking in the Rhône-valley views and a glass or two of excellent Côte du Rhône; alternatively, historic Carpentras (3km) has a selection of shops and restaurants, and you can walk there in around 45 minutes. And once you’ve relaxed fully into the holiday mood, exploration by car is another pleasure, with highlights such as Avignon, Orange, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Mont Ventoux all within a 20-30km drive.

The local area

The Comtat Venaissin was for centuries a hotly-contested region of Haute Provence, a separate political enclave which surrounded the Principality of Orange and the town of Avignon. For centuries a separate political entity, it came under Papal rule in 1274 and stubbornly resisted annexation by the French throne. Its capital, Carpentras, on the Auzon was in Greek and Roman times a lively market town, and later the favourite haunt of the Avignon popes. It is now famous for its truffle markets. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is built on the islands formed by five branches of the river Sorgue, with lots of waterside restaurants and cafés, as well as several large antique waterwheels, still turning. The town is famous for its numerous antiques dealers and Sunday antiques market.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 10)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living/dining room
  • Library
  • Kitchen with hob, oven, coffee machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher 
  • WC

First floor

  • 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower and WC, one with en-suite shower (no WC)
  • 3 twin bedrooms, two with en-suite shower and WC, one with en-suite bathroom (no WC)
  • Separate WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 cots (linen supplied) and highchair
  • Piano (on request)
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD, video and CD players
  • Electric fan in each bedroom
  • Air-conditioning in living/dining room
  • Heating (on a meter)
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Plancha
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 1m – 2m), fenced, security alarm, Roman steps, open mid-April to November

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00 - 7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

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.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more 
  • Cook – evening meals €35 per person for 4-6 people including all food and wine, €25 per person for 7-11 persons including food only, €15 per child under 8 years (service and clearing all included) – provided by resident caretaker, Violetta, who lives unobtrusively on site
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports

    Avignon 31km 
    Nîmes 83km
    Marseille 92km
    Montpellier 102km
  • TGV stations

    Orange 21km
    Avignon 27km
    Arles 62km 
    Montélimar 75km
    Nîmes 76km
    Miramas 82km

Location

Key Information

  • Restaurants (Carpentras) 10min drive
  • Shops (Carpentras) 10min drive
  • Beaumes de Venise 15min drive
  • Orange 30min drive
  • L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 20min drive
  • Mt Ventoux 1hr drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr 5min drive

Villages

  • Carpentras (3km) – all shops and services including supermarkets (the walk to this lively historic town from the house is partly alongside a canal and then along the streets of the town, about 45 minutes by foot to reach the centre)
  • Aubignan (4km)  – a charming village with bakeries, basic shops, small restaurants and a large supermarket
  • Avignon (28km) – all shops and services including supermarkets

Towns

  • Orange (23km)
  • Avignon (28km)
  • Nimes (79km)
  • Aix-en-Provence (98km)

Market Days

    • Carpentras (3km) – Fridays
    • Aubignan (4km) – Saturdays
    • Malaucène (19km) – Wednesdays
    • Vaison-la-Romaine (28km) – Tuesday and Saturday mornings

Recommended Restaurants

    • Carpentras (3km) – Restaurant Chez Serge
    • Beaumes-de-Venise (7km) – L’Auberge Saint-Roche; 'Dolium' at the Cave Co-Operative (great modern restaurant serving excellent modern food)
    • Venasque (15km) – Les Remparts 
    • Gigondas (15km) – Les Florets (excellent food and service, beautiful terrace); L'Oustalet (in main square, terrace under the plane trees, superb food, one of the best in the region)
    • Malaucène (19km) – La Chevalerie (refined provençal cooking); Le Pont de l’Orme (refined cooking); L’Avenir (good value)
    • Vaison-la-Romaine (28km) – many good restaurants notably Auguet, Le Bateleur, Pizzeria du Vieux Vaison, Le Moulin à Huile, Auberge La Bartavelle, Brin d’Olivier

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.

Places to See

    • Malaucène (19m) – sits at the foot of Mont Ventoux; dates back to the 10th-century and has medieval, Gallic and Roman structures
    • Séguret (20km) – classified and listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'
    • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (23km) – a lovely town with waterways and a famous antique market on Sundays
    • Vaison-la-Romaine (28km) – a major centre for Provençal festivals and cultural events and a picturesque town of great historic interest
    • Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux (30min drive) – ideal places for walking
    • Hilltop Luberon villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Oppède-le-Vieux, Lacoste (visit the Château of the Marquis de Sade), Goult, the Bories village (a group of 30 dry stone huts) among others are within a 50km radius 
    • Orange (23km)
    • Avignon (28km)

Local Events

    • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
    • Chorégies d’Orange in the Orange Roman theatre – opera festival in August
    • Festival d’Avignon – theatre and dance festival in July
    • Les Suds d’Arles – music festival in July
    • Many other local fêtes and festivals in the summer

Regional Food and Wine

Food

  • Aioli (garlic mayonnaise to accompany fish and vegetables) 
  • Pissaladière (onion tart)
  • Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato) 
  • Bouillabaisse (fish stew) 
  • Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes) 
  • Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise) 
  • Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste) 
  • Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
  • Truffles
  • Fruits confits

Wine

  • Côtes du Luberon 
  • Côtes du Ventoux 
  • Côtes de Provence 
  • Côteaux d’Aix

Activities

    • Lovely walks from the property along the canal
    • Tennis court at Loriol (4km) and Carpentras (3km)
    • Horse riding at Loriol (4km) 
    • Leisure lake at Mormoiron (17km) 
    • Bicycle hire at Carpentras (3km)
    • 9 and 18-hole golf courses at Saumane-de-Vaucluse (17km) and Vedène (22km) 
    • 18 hole golf course at Morières-les-Avignon (21km)
    • Skiing at Mont-Serein (34km)

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 31km/30min drive

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

Nîmes 83km/1hr 5min drive

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

Marseille 92km/1hr 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 102km/1hr 20min drive

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

Customer feedback

Simpson provide the best quality villas for price in the market and the provision of French coverage is a welcome addition.
Mr Armfield - September 2017

Beautifully appointed, well equipped and lovely atmosphere
Plimmer – July 2016

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