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 Côtes-de-Rhône; alternatively, historic nearby Carpentras 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, 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.


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Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 10)

Ground floor

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

First floor

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • 2 twin bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (no WC)
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Resident caretaker (Marie Claude) lives unobtrusively on site
  • Air conditioning in living/dining room
  • Heating (on a meter)
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Pool towels provided
  • 2 cots (linen supplied) and highchair
  • Piano (on request)
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD, video and CD players
  • Electric fan in each bedroom
  • Barbecue
  • Plancha
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 1m – 2m), Roman steps, fenced, security alarm, open mid-April to November
  • No infants or children under 6 years of age

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

  • Weekly linen change for bookings of two weeks or more 
  • Evening meals on request, €35/person for 4-6 people including all food and wine, €25/person for 7-11 persons including food only, €15 per child under 8 years (service and clearing all included)
  • 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

  • Carpentras 3km – shops, restaurants, market Fridays (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 on foot to reach the centre)
  • Aubignan 4km – bakeries, basic shops, small restaurants, large supermarket, market Saturdays
  • Beaumes de Venise 7km
  • Malaucène 19km – market Wednesdays
  • Orange 23km
  • Vaison-la-Romaine 28km – market Tuesdays and Saturdays 
  • Orange 23km
  • Avignon 28km – all shops and services including supermarkets
  • Nimes 79km
  • Aix-en-Provence 98km

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 intricate 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 36km – ideal places for walking
  • 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 

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

Activities

  • Lovely walks from the property along the canal
  • Tennis court and bicycle hire at Carpentras 3km
  • Tennis court and horse riding at Loriol 4km
  • Leisure lake at Mormoiron 17km
  • 9 and 18-hole golf courses at Saumane-de-Vaucluse 17km and Vedène 22km
  • 18-hole golf course at Morières-les-Avignon 21km

Flights

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 Travel provides 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.
Mrs Plimmer – July 2016

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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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