Simpson Secret – Provence

Provence, France

Part of theSimpson Secrets collection

Our search for exceptional villas occasionally leads us along the road less travelled to find hidden gems just too lovely to leave behind. Aimed at the adventurous at heart, each Simpson Secret offers a unique take on what a holiday off the beaten track can be.
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  • 10
  • 5
  • 4
  • Stylish and comfortable house
  • Set in 15 acres of beautiful grounds
  • Close to Les Baux de Provence
  • Large private gated swimming pool

This stylish house is named after the olive groves which make up part of its surrounding 15 acres. The salonenque variety is prized both for its oil and the high-quality table olives, which you will have plenty of opportunity to sample locally.

Flanked by rocky outcrops and olive groves, the house is set in a classic Provençal landscape, with panoramic views across the peaceful Vallée des Baux. Built in keeping with traditional style, it sits unobtrusively at the foot of the Alpilles Mountains. Its relative newness means that the house is also designed very much for comfort, furnished with the care and attention normally reserved for a permanent home. With extras such as a sauna, hammam and heating all provided, you could enjoy a really indulgent stay here with friends or family even in early or late season, when the nights may be cooler, but the days are still long and bathed in mild southern sunshine.

Simpson Secret - Provence is equally glorious in summer with a choice of terraces for sun and shade and a very large swimming pool. You can fill the pool house fridge with ice creams for the little ones and local wines for the adults and dedicate yourself to the fine art of total relaxation. And, once you feel suitably refreshed, many of the natural and cultural attractions of southern Provence are within easy reach, including spectacular Les Baux, Roman Arles and the famous pont and papal palace of Avignon. Mouriès, just 3km away, has shops, supermarkets and five restaurants, while wider choice is available in St-Rémy-de-Provence, 14km away. The sandy beaches at Sainte Maries de la Mer are about an hour by car.

The local area

The property is located in a wonderful area for exploring the very south of Provence close to the Camargue, near Les Baux and Les Alpilles. Arles and Avignon are also nearby.

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 hospitalized, 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

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

Upper level

  • Living room with piano, opens onto balcony
  • Dining room
  • Well-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, fridge, freezer, kettle, coffee maker and dishwasher. Breakfast area opens onto large covered terrace
  • 2 double bedrooms (one bedroom has a terrace)
  • Shared bathroom with WC
  • Separate WC

Lower level

  • Master bedroom with dressing room, large en-suite bathroom with separate shower, WC, sauna and Hamman, opens onto the garden
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, opens onto veranda and garden

Annexe

  • External access only
  • Kitchenette
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Cot (linen supplied) and highchair
  • Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only)
  • 3 TVs, CD player
  • Heating (included)
  • Piano (tuned regularly)
  • Table tennis
  • Poolhouse with sauna, shower and WC, fridge and sink
  • Private gated swimming pool 16m x 6m (depth 0.8m – 1.6m) with electric security cover, Roman steps

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
  • Daily cleaning included 
  • 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 40km 
    Nîmes 50km
    Marseille 76km
    Montpellier 110km
  • TGV stations

    Miramas 22km
    Arles 24km
    Avignon 40km 
    Nîmes 50km 
    Aix-en-Provence 61km 
    Marseille 76km

Location

  • Restaurants (Maussane-les-Alpilles) 15min drive
  • Shops (Mouriès) 13min drive
  • Les Baux-de-Provence 22min drive
  • Arles 40min drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr 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 40km/40min 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 50km/40min drive

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

Marseille 65km/45min 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

Montpellier 110km/1hr 10min 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

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

Our choice of France properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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  • Comfort

    4/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4/5

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  • Amenities*

    3.5/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

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.

Read more on our Provence region page

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