Mas des Amelies

Provence , France

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  • Tastefully restored farmhouse
  • Short drive to Avignon & Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
  • Gated swimming pool
  • 20,000m2 lawned grounds
  • Air conditioning


Taking its pretty name from the old Provençal word for almonds, this impeccably restored farmhouse is packed with charming original features, and ideally located midway between Avignon and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the vibrant heart of this iconic region. Traditional, powder blue shutters frame a classic, pale gold facade, flanked by 200-year-old plane trees that provide welcome shade for a long, lazy lunch en famille. And if the younger members of the party are eager to escape once the plates have been cleared, there are huge, tree-lined lawns for running around and rediscovering the pleasures of outdoor, off-screen play. Naturally there’s a private swimming pool too; fully fenced for peace of mind, and equipped with both sunbeds and a shady outdoor lounge for your morning coffee or a quiet nightcap once the children are in bed.

The house has five air-conditioned bedrooms including a practical children’s room where your little ones can delight in the thrill of a week or two of sleepover fun, perfect if you are two families travelling together. There’s a large farmhouse kitchen, ideal for sharing the meal preparations over a delicate rosé or a subtle red from nearby Les Baux de Provence, one of France’s newest and most exclusive AOP areas, numbering just 12 estates in the foothills of the Alpilles range. Local antiques complement the beamed ceilings and tiled floors, creating a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere for a holiday with family or friends. With two hectares of grounds at your disposal, there’s plenty of room for everyone to find their own private space, and when you feel like dipping into the many pleasures of the local area, you’ll find quiet villages, market towns and the Alpilles Natural Park all within a 15-minute drive from your door.

Local Area

For daily shopping, the local town of Chateaurenard (3km) is easily accessible by bike or car. Almost as close (a ten-minute drive) is delightful Saint Rémy, packed with inviting cafes, restaurants and those charming, one-off shops that have all but disappeared from most town centres. Van Gogh spent the last year of his life near here, cared for at the monastery of Saint Paul de Mausole where he painted some of his best-known works including Starry Night and Irises. The former monastery is a fine example of Romanesque style, and houses a small exhibition dedicated to Van Gogh. Visitors flock to historic Avignon to see the Papal Palace and of course that famous bridge, but there are plenty of other unmissables, including the fabulous city food market at Les Halles, and the UNESCO-classified Musée du Petit Palais, with its stunning collection of Renaissance paintings. Avignon also has a TGV station, making for fast train connections with the rest of the country and beyond. If cities feel like hard work in a Provençal summer, head for the hills and gently rolling landscapes of the Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles (15 minutes by car). Wander the many marked trails through olive groves and vineyards or stroll around Les Baux de Provence, sleepy yet wonderfully scenic, and centre of the wine growing area of the same name.


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An in-villa chef and meal delivery service is available by arrangement


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor

  • Open plan kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, coffee maker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Dining/living room
  • Family TV room
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, two basins; air- conditioning
  • Laundry room
  • WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom (140cm bed) with air-conditioning
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with air-conditioning
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with air-conditioning
  • Air-conditioned family/kids’ room with 1 x 140cm bed, 2 x single beds, bunk beds for 2 children and 2 cots
  • Small double bedroom (140cm bed), suitable for one person only, no air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, two basins
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, basin

General

  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Iron, ironing board and hairdryer
  • Simpson Travel pool towels
  • Shaded terrace at the front of the house
  • Courtyard with wrought iron tables
  • Covered barn with large dining table, outside sink & bar 
  • Gas barbecue and charcoal barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Covered pool terrace
  • Private swimming pool 10m x 4m (depth 2m at it's deepest), lockable gates
  • Smoking/vaping is not permitted in the villa 
  • As the property is 100m from the road, there is background noise. The road is not visible from the property
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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.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 5-7pm
  • Check-out time – 10am

Services

  • Weekly clean and linen change for stays of two weeks or more

Optional services offered

  • Additional housekeeping
  • Catering
  • The owner of Mas des Amelies can arrange chateaux tours and wine deliveries to the villa
  • Floristry
  • All extra services payable locally

Location

  • Chateaurenard (shops, restaurants) 5-10min drive
  • Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 15min drive
  • Avignon 20min drive
  • Les Baux-de-Provence 25min drive
  • Eygalières 25min drive
  • Arles 35min drive
  • Nimes 50min drive
  • Carry-le-Rouet (beaches) 1hr drive

Flights

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The ten of us had an excellent stay - the house (and extensive, well kept garden) was beautiful and had everything we could possibly need including many boxes of toys for the children. The kitchen was very well stocked with generous supplies and the pool was clean. Lots of seating areas so we weren’t on top of each other. Loved the fire pit on chilly nights and the quirky collections of hats, chamber pots, and paintings gave the place real character. Loved every minute and didn’t want to leave. Pont du Gard close by as well as a local village that had all the shops you need. Managed to get to a number of wine villages and St Remy market was our favourite. HIGHLY recommend.

Mr Paul Young, May 2024

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There's no better way to while away leisurely holiday hours than by visiting the many Provençal villages with their cobbled streets and cafes. Hilltop towns glow in pale golden stone, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fields of fragrant purple lavender. From celebrated Gordes to charming Eygalières, each town has a market to help you discover local produce, or treat yourself to a long lazy lunch; from pavement cafes to Michelin stars, the midday meal in France is nothing short of an art form.

The cities of Avignon, Orange, Nîmes and Arles offer an architecturally rich and cultural day out but try to make time for lesser-known gems like Vaison la Romaine, Uzès and Ile sur la Sorgue for a less crowded but equally impressive picture of the history of the region.

A day at the beach is always an option but you can find other open water options closer to home, from child-friendly paddling in the River Gardon below le Pont du Gard, to kayaking down La Sorgue as it winds its way through the Luberon. Close to Avignon, Lac de Monteux has a lifeguarded beach and various water activities for all ages.

This is a destination to rival any other. Complemented by our selection of handpicked villas we can help you make the most of your luxury holiday in Provence.


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