06 May
lavender fields

Why Provence’s Le Rouret is a memorable place to visit

Provence in general is a wonderful area to visit with mountains, unspoilt little villages and olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see. Though we have to admit the leafy commune of Le Rouret, 22 km from Nice, with a stunning backdrop of the Gorges du Loup, is an especially memorable place in Provence.


 

07 Mar
The town of Perugia

What makes Umbria’s Province of Perugia so special?

Italy, the land of the Latin temperament, great food and wine is steeped in history. The region of Perugia is stunning even by Italy’s high standards. Umbria, of which Perugia forms the bigger part at nearly 2,500 square miles, is divided into two provinces. It is the only Italian region to have no coastline or a border with other countries.


 

03 Feb
Marseille

Five fabulous sites of Provence

The diverse and beautiful land of Provence is brimming with incredible sites and experiences for all the family. If you’re visiting this popular region of France in 2016 and are planning your holiday itinerary, take a look at the following five fabulous sites of Provence.


 

10 Jul
Perched high along a ridge that overlooks a wide and verdant valley, the village of Sault in Provence is an exceptionally pretty area of France to visit all year round. This old fortified village is however especially beautiful in the summer when the many lavender fields that Sault overlooks come into full bloom. So flourishing and rife are Sault’s lavender fields that these fragrant flowers have long been used to make cosmetics and soap in Provence. Asides beauty products, the lavender of Sault is used as an ingredient in Provencal cuisine, with lavender honey being an essential ingredient in the region’s legendary lavender sorbets. So important is this evergreen shrub in this ancient village that a Lavender Festival is held in Sault each year. This year will see the 26th edition of the Lavender Festival held in Sault. The festival will take place on Monday 15th August. Each year the festival attracts more and more visitors, eager to witness this beautiful scented flower enveloped by silvery foliage be creatively utilised in authentic dishes, perfumes and other unique products. The festival highlights include a sickle cutting competition, whereby visitors can participate in the 19th century tradition of using sickles to cut up produce. Lavender enthusiasts can purchase lavender products from the many stalls present at the festival. There is also a book fair, pony rides for children, a painting exhibition and musical activities. With picturesque and laid-back squares, a handful of quality cafes and bars, and being surrounded by carpets of lavender fields, backed by a dramatic mountainous landscape, there are plenty of reasons to visit this unspoilt village in Provence.

Discovering the Lavender Celebration in Sault, Provence

Perched high along a ridge that overlooks a wide and verdant valley, the village of Sault in Provence is an exceptionally pretty area of France to visit all year round. This old fortified village is however especially beautiful in the summer when the many lavender fields that Sault overlooks come into full bloom.


 

15 Aug

Family fun in Provence at Avignon’s Ban des Vendanges

If you’re spending time in Provence this summer, it’s likely that you’ll think about visiting Avignon at some point during your holiday. Encircled by an incredibly well-preserved 800-year-old stone wall, you’ll be hard pushed to find a medieval town in France as grand, romantic and magnificent as Avignon.

Roaming Avignon’s ancient cobbled streets discovering the quirky bars, boutiques and patisseries that sit under the boughs of huge gnarled trees is a delight in itself. We have to admit it’s during the height of the summer when this vibrant tourist destination comes especially alive when it opens its doors to festivals to celebrate the arts, music, culture and harvest.

Ban des Vendanges – Harvest Proclamation

One especially memorable summer event in Avignon is taking place on Saturday 30 August. The Band des Vendanges – Harvest Proclamation – is a tradition that has taken place in Avignon since the Middle Ages. The festival is in celebration of the beginning of the grape harvest.

Enthusiasts of French wine will be in for a treat at the Ban des Vendanges as the programme of events is centred on learning about wine.

This fun, carefree and traditional festival sees a huge parade making its way down Avignon’s streets, led by a colourful brass band. The parade makes its way to the cathedral, where the official proclamation of the start of the harvest is made.

There’s plenty of exciting activities for children to participate in during the festival. As for the adults, they’re happy tasting wine and delicious local delicacies, musing around market stalls selling delectable regional products and watching the festival conclude with a fantastic concert in the evening.

Yes, it’s safe to say there is fun to be had for everyone in Avignon on Saturday 30 August 2014.

For more information on this year’s Ban des Vendanges visit the official Avignon tourist board.


 

14 Mar

Villa des Cyprès – A modern family villa in Provence

Discovering the impeccably furnished house known as Villa des Cypres just a short drive from the characterful and exquisite Provencal village of Lourmarin, is really quite a find. Villa des Cypres is chic, modern and glamorous.

Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with incredible, never-to-be forgotten views across the rolling, verdant Luberon hills, this fine country house really is a sight for sore eyes.

Villa des Cypres has been renovated to a highly luxurious standard. The colour schemes in the rooms are light, airy and well-thought out. The furniture is modern and stylish, contributing the the comfortableness and style of the villa. With its lush sweeping lawns and the sweet smell of lavender and rosemary hanging on the air, Villa de Cypres could definitely be described as a dream house.

There are four bedrooms in Villa de Cypres and the house sleeps eight. The master bedroom is on the first floor and it has its own private balcony and en-suite bathroom. The remaining three bedrooms are on the ground floor, one has patio doors which lead directly onto the outside terrace. Another bedroom has access through patio doors to its own private little terrace.  Similar to the whole villa, all of the bedrooms are modern, light, airy and comfortable.

Any budding musicians will be delighted to hear there is a stupendous grand piano in the living room. You could easily imagine someone playing some great classical music, with sweet sophisticated sounds filling the outside air through the patio doors.

The kitchen is state-of-the-art with a grand central island for that celebrity chef style of cooking. Exceptionally well-equipped, the kitchen leaves no excuses for anything other than the best cooked food in Provence being conjured up!

The interior dining room has a magnificently large window, boasting fabulous views of the surrounding hills. The recent renovation of this room was a master stroke, which was well worth the effort and expense of the owners.

The villa’s exterior is interesting and pretty as its interior. Pencil-thin Cypress trees, mature olive and palms are manicured to perfection. Islands of flower beds add further interest and beauty to the landscaping. Besides the superbly kept lawns there is a covered terrace with a built-in barbecue, no doubt the centrepiece of many a great evening of dining, drinking and laughter.

Villa des Cypres’ huge swimming pool provides another fantastic diversion for guests. Surrounded by lawns and a  poolside terrace you won’t have to travel far for an ice cold drink as there is a refrigerator in the pool room nearby.

There is not many parts of Provence that aren’t steeped in beauty and allurement and Lourmarin and its surroundings is no exception. In fact so charming is this pretty French town it enticed the great French  writer Albert Camus to reside here in the fifties. With a Renaissance châteaux and plenty of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants, just a  five minute drive from Villa des Cypres will put you at the heart of quintessential Provencal charm.

For more information, availability and bookings for Villa des Cypres click HERE.