La Demeure de Gilles

Provence

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living/dining room with door to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with door to interior courtyard. Small salon with door to interior courtyard. TV room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD). Cloakroom. WiFi internet access. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally). Telephone (payable locally).
  • First floor: Suite: salon, double bedroom (A/C) and en suite shower room. Second double bedroom (A/C) with door to balcony. Twin bedroom. Bathroom (accessed from second double bedroom and twin bedroom). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Shower room. Single bedroom. Second floor: Spacious living area. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and private roof terrace.
  • Outside: Enclosed courtyard garden of lawn, covered and open stone terraces. Shower room. Barbecue. Table tennis. Garage (suitable for two standard size cars).
  • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner steps.

A fine 18th century manor house in the heart of a wonderful Provençal village, La Demeure de Gilles has been carefully and lovingly restored to become an elegant and stylish home where a suitably grand yet understated and welcoming atmosphere is immediately apparent.

The spacious central hallway boasts the original stone floor, archways and pillars, with antique tables adding to the overall effect.

From here, doors open onto a number of living areas, ensuring there is plenty of space to accommodate a group of friends or families. Choose between a summer salon overlooking an interior courtyard, the TV room or the beautiful living/dining room, decorated in harmonious hues of cream, rose and taupe.

Painted wood furniture and comfortable sofas sit atop the chequered stone floor, which, with the grand fireplace, allude to the history of the house.

Access to the bedrooms is by way of an impressive stone staircase leading to the first floor. Each bedroom has been individually decorated with exquisite fabrics and locally sourced pieces of furniture and accessories. Particular mention must be made of the splendid suite on the first floor, and the double bedroom on the second floor which has its own private roof terrace, complete with sun loungers and a wonderful view of Caromb and the surrounding countryside.

Privately ensconced behind high stone walls and a variety of mature trees, the courtyard garden is a delight. Doors from the living rooms open out on to a wide stone terrace where a vine covered bower creates a shady spot for al fresco dining. A covered 'gallery style' terrace runs the length of one wall whilst the pool sits on the lower level surrounded by a small, immaculately kept lawn and a paved terrace. To one side, a row of olive trees adds that essential Provençal touch.

Part of La Demeure de Gilles' charm is its location in the heart of a village that is both picturesque and full of life. A short stroll from the house and you can buy fresh croissants for breakfast, stamps for your postcards, or have a morning coffee in the square. As well as the weekly market (Tuesdays), there is a mini supermarket for essential items. The village also has a couple of local bars serving lunches, a wine bar offering local wines and light dishes and a couple of restaurants overlooking the square.  

Such is the appeal of the property and village that visitors may find it difficult to leave. However, this beautiful corner of Provence deserves further exploration. Hilltop villages such as Venasque (17km) and Le Crestet (17km) boast stunning views across the countryside, art galleries and shops line the streets of Gordes (32km) and Vaison la Romaine (19km) whilst the foothills of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail are sprinkled with walking trails.

  • Whilst there are eight bedrooms, the accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Flexible durations may be possible at this property. Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near La Demeure de Gilles

Cookery lessons

If you fancy trying your hand at some of the local Provençal dishes, why not take part in a cookery lesson? The owner of one of our other properties in Provence runs a cookery school in the nearby village of Crillon Le Brave every Friday morning (subject to demand). Please ask us for further details.

Les Baux de Provence,

due south of St Rémy de Provence, is an amazing ruin of a castle atop a huge rock. The village clings to the rock side and streets lead up to the plateau with the ruins. It is worth paying for the audio guide around the castle, as it is truly fascinating. However, make sure you either go early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour coaches, of which there are plenty.

On the doorstep!

Fresh croissants from the bakery, a mini market for the essentials, a couple of restaurants, cafes by the main square, tennis courts just outside the village, a beauty place for a relaxing massage or a manicure, and a tourist office for information on the area.

Head into the Dentelles de Montmirail, the wonderful craggy limestone peaks that look like lace.

Suzette is the village perched on top of the hill and there are spectacular views all around. The café there has a lovely panoramic terrace and serves nice salads in the summer. The information panel in the car park details colour coded walking routes through the vineyards if you feel inclined for a walk.

For the wine lovers amongst you,

stop at any of the tourist offices and pick up the leaflets entitled Route des Vins. There are various colour-coded routes - the turquoise, purple and lilac routes are the closest to La Demeure de Gilles- each covering a slightly different area. Follow the map and the signs on the road, and you will discover the many 'domaines' around, all offering wine tastings. BUT make sure you have one designated driver- French laws about drink driving are as strict, if not stricter, than ours!

Carpentras, one of the main towns in the area,

has a large main square with cafes, lots of shops to choose from, and a great market on Friday mornings which takes over the whole town.

If you are staying at La Demeure de Gilles

the 3rd weekend in September, join in the celebrations in honour of the patron saint of Caromb, St. Maurice. After Mass, there is a procession through the village, various activities during the day and fireworks at night.

Visit L'Isle sur la Sorgue on a Sunday morning

for its wonderful antique market. The town is known as the 'Venice of Provence' for all the little canals that flow through and it is also the largest antique centre after Paris with lots and lots of antique shops. The huge open air market has stalls of fruit, veg, Provencal goods, paintings, antiques, 'brocante' (bric a brac) and is a melting pot of sounds, scents and textures.

Have a day in the city

Avignon, the capital of the Vaucluse is less than an hour away by car. Situated on the Rhône, it is a beautiful city with impressive buildings including the Palais des Papes.

Take a boat trip on the River Rhône,

past the city walls and the St Bénezet Bridge, made famous in the children's song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon' (On the bridge of Avignon).

Mont Ventoux is definitely a 'thing to do' whilst on holiday.

Choose a clear day and drive to the top (you can cycle but it is so much easier driving!). It may be hot down in the valley but you will definitely feel the difference in temperature at the top! As you drive up, note the amazing changes in landscape. Picnic spots under the trees are dotted along the wayside and there are large information panels about the amazing and varied flora and fauna.

If you don't mind winding, twisting roads

and love impressive scenery, then follow the D942 through the Gorges de la Nesque and see the 985 ft high Rocher du Cire. Carry on and you will end up at Sault, the home of lavender!

Visit the Luberon valley,

home to vineyards and very chic and pretty stone villages such as Gordes, Ménerbes, Roussillon, Lourmarin, - the setting for many of the chapters in that famous book by Peter Mayle, 'A Year in Provence'.

Take the children to Pernes Les Fontaines

to count the fountains. There are 40 in total dotted around the village. To help you, the town's tourist office has printed a map on which they are all marked.

Vaison La Romaine, to the north,

has something for everyone in the group. Roman ruins, pretty cobbled streets leading up to a medieval castle, shops, and a great market every Tuesday morning which takes over the whole town. In addition, many festivals are held here from music and dance in July and August, to the 'Soup Festival' in October - a competition between the local villages to make the best /most unusual soup.

On the way back from Vaison la Romaine,

stop in the hilltop village of Le Crestet. Park at the very top, by the château, and gaze at the view in front of you. On a clear day you will see for miles and will get an excellent view of Mont Ventoux.

At the end of June/early July,

the lavender comes into bloom and you will see a sea of purple fields. One of the best places to see the lavender is at the Abbaye de la Senaque, just below Gordes.

Visit the nearby village of Le Barroux (3km) -

you will spot its imposing chateau that dominates the skyline. You can look around the castle, and the village itself has a lovely auberge and a salon du thé for tea and coffee in the afternoon.

For a change in scenery, go to St Rémy de Provence

(about 1hr's drive), at the bottom of the Alpilles hills. A chic and pretty town, for a time, it was once home to Van Gogh. Follow the self-guided walking trail around the town -21 signposts are dotted around the town, each with a reproduction of one of his paintings and an explanation in French and English.

Nearby

Towns

Carpentras 15 mins
Vaison-la-Romaine 25 mins
Avignon 30 mins
Orange 35 mins
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 35 mins
Gordes 45 mins

Beaches

Plage du Prado (Marseille) 95 mins

Airports

Avignon 40 mins
Nimes 75 mins
Marseille 75 mins
Montpellier 90 mins
Toulon 140 mins
Lyon 160 mins
Nice 165 mins
Times are approximate

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