Les Visitandines

Provence, France

  • 6
  • 3
  • 4
  • Beautiful converted convent
  • Medieval town centre
  • Walking distance to restaurants
  • Close to Avignon, Nîmes and Arles

Please note that the price listed is based on 6 people sharing. For larger parties, an additional 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) are available as a supplement. 

This gracious former convent stands on a narrow street in the centre of Tarascon, a fortified medieval town nestled between the Alpilles Natural Regional Park and the mighty Rhône River. The property is exceptional and unique in our programme, brimming with authentic features from solid stone walls and beams to original Gothic arches. Half close your eyes and it’s not hard to imagine the ‘penitent girls’ tiptoeing quietly across these same tiled floors or slipping across the courtyard on their way to morning prayers three centuries ago.

Yet despite this palpable sense of history, Les Visitandines is a very elegant and comfortable house. The original courtyard has been covered over to form a sitting area with a French billiards table and the former stables have been turned into a covered terrace. There is plenty of outdoor space too, including a lawned courtyard area with a private swimming pool and several open terraces. The convent is surrounded by other period properties, but the pool courtyard is not overlooked and there are fine views of the town and the château.

The local area

Tarascon itself is a delight to explore on foot, a beautiful medieval town located on the east side of the Rhône River, and with the added bonus of restaurants within walking distance so no-one has to forgo their glass of wine (sacrilege in this gloriously gastronomic region). You are also well placed for visiting Arles, Avignon and Nîmes, not forgetting the lesser known but equally worthwhile St Remy de Provence, full of tempting bars and cafés. 

Perched on the northern tip of the Camargue is the historic Roman provençal capital of Arles, with its 1st-century amphitheatre and théâtre antique. 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. St-Rémy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh was hospitalised, was built on the site of the Greco-Roman city of Glanum, fascinating vestiges of which are still in evidence. The twisted limestone landscapes of the nearby Parc des Alpilles rise dramatically from the Rhône plain, and from their hilltop stronghold the quarrelsome lords of Les-Baux-de-Provence dominated the region for several centuries. The ruined castle atop the village offers spectacular views over the Alpilles.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 3 bedroom house (sleeps 6)
  • 2 additional bedrooms available at a supplement of £600 per week (sleeps 4)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Sitting room/billiards room
  • TV room with double sofabed
  • Dining room
  • Well-equipped kitchen leads into breakfast room, opens onto terrace
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, coffee maker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • 2 separate staircases lead to first floor 

First floor

  • Library
  • Double bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Double bedroom (bed can be configured into a twin if required) with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC, private balcony overlooking interior courtyard
  • Steep stone staircase leads to second floor

Second floor

  • Sitting room with TV, home cinema and double sofabed
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Double or twin bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with WC

Third floor

  • Laundry room with washing machine

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Cot (linen provided) and highchair
  • Telephone (incoming and local/emergency calls)
  • 2 TVs, DVD player (DVDs available)
  • Home cinema
  • Hifi
  • Heating €150 per week
  • Piano (tuned regularly)
  • Billiards
  • Barbecue 
  • Series of open terraces
  • Small stone pond
  • Private swimming pool 6m x 2.5m (depth 1.5m throughout), Roman steps
  • Parking 100m from house (free of charge) but luggage can be dropped off in front of the house

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
  • Cleaning included 2 hours 3 times per week 
  • Additional cleaning available at €15 per hour
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

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

Getting there

  • Airports

    Avignon 24km 
    Nîmes 26km
    Montpelier 95km
    Marseille 104km
  • TGV stations

    Arles 18km
    Avignon 24km
    Nîmes 26km
    Aix-en-Provence 92km
    Marseille 104km

Location

  • Restaurants (Tarascon) 2min walk
  • Shops (Tarascon) 2min walk
  • Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 20min drive
  • Arles 25min drive
  • Avignon 30min drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr 5min 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 24km/30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 2 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 24 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep

Nîmes 26km/30min drive

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

Montpellier 95km/1hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday 6 May - 30 Sep
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 29 Apr - 23 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Saturday All season

Marseille 95km/1hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways 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 22 Apr - 30 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

The house and garden (Les Visitandines) were lovely and Mme Cartoux made us welcome. The kitchen is a little disorganised (a cafetière would be useful, for example, as the coffee machine is small and slow for more than four people). However, the town is really interesting – and not touristy – with a great market and an impressive castle. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Ms Francine Stock – Aug 2016

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    4/5

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    4.5/5

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    4/5

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  • Amenities*

    5/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

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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.

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