Le Mas Ventoux

Provence

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Split level open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to dining terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to terrace. Study (WiFi). Utility room (fridge). Cloakroom. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Double bedroom with doors to terrace. Bathroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Bedroom with three single beds with en suite bathroom. Utility room (washing machine). Old stone spiral staircase leading from ground floor study to twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (staircase can also be accessed from the living room and master bedroom).
  • Outside: Terraced gardens. Private parking. Barbecue.
  • Gated private swimming pool (8.5m x 4.5m) with Roman steps. Pool open mid May to mid September.

Dating back to the 17th century, this charming stone-built property is situated in the heart of the historic old town of Vaison La Romaine. The ancient medieval citadel is a labyrinth of narrow passages, cobbled streets and archways which open out into spellbinding squares adorned with fountains and plane trees. The modern town of Vaison sits on the valley floor and boasts some of the most significant Roman ruins to be found in France.

The rambling interior of Le Mas Ventoux has been restored with care; from the high quality local stone flooring to the exposed ceiling beams and bare stone walls. A feature of note is the original stone spiral staircase on one side of the building which leads to an independent bedroom. Also of note is the spacious double bedroom with a terrace offering the most gratifying views over Vaison, beyond the ornate stone bell tower and over the rooftops towards the Baronnies mountain range.

The terraced gardens, dotted with mature trees and shrubs, provide essential off-road parking space and lead down to a generous veranda overlooking the pool and the town beyond.

A variety of bars and restaurants are all within walking distance of the house and the main town of Vaison has a bustling market on Tuesday mornings. Further afield, a tour of the renowned vineyards of the southern Côtes du Rhône or the Côtes du Ventoux will delight the wine lover, whilst the historic towns of Orange (30km) and Avignon (50km) should not be missed for a true flavour of Provence.

  • Terraced grounds mean that young children would need supervision. Due to the interior accommodation and layout of grounds, Le Mas Ventoux is most suitable for families with older children and adult groups.
  • Access to the property is via the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval centre. There is parking available at the property for two small cars but large and/or wide vehicles will need to be parked at the entrance to the old town, approx 500m from the property.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Le Mas Ventoux

Market day

Tuesday morning sees Vaison la Romaine fill with market stalls selling fresh local produce. Choose your ingredients for a delicious lunch on the terrace back at the house.

Vaison la Romaine

Visit the Roman ruins and amphitheatre, and the medieval quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and interesting shops. Enjoy the relaxed pace of life and do some people watching from one of the lovely cafés around the main square.

The Pont du Gard near Avignon

Built over 2000 years ago to transport water to Nîmes, this is one of the highest aqueduct bridges built by the Roman empire. Its wonderfully preserved three tiers of arches and precise descent are testimony to the engineering prowess of the Romans. Visit it early evening when the crowds have left and the setting sun lights up the golden stonework.

Drive up the Mont Ventoux

The protected mountain reserve Mont Ventoux is recognised by UNESCO for its biological diversity, including unique species of spiders and butterflies as well as the Short-toed Eagle. Superb views can be enjoyed from the summit, which is almost bare limestone following severe deforestation for ship building in Toulon from the 13th century, although some areas have since been reforested.

Vaison-la-Romaine museum

Within the Romans ruins there is a museum and also a Roman theatre which in July hosts the famous celebration of dance, the 'Festival de Vaison-la-Romaine', and plays host to various jazz and other music events throughout the year.

Dentelles de Montmirail

The house sits at the northern end of the Dentelles de Montmirail which is a distinctive range of hills with jagged limestone crags. Below are slopes covered in pine trees and vines. A perfect place for walkers, nature lovers and painters.

For wine lovers....

..... head to the southern Côtes du Rhône or the Côtes du Ventoux to tour around the renowned vineyards. A perfect delight for wine lovers.

Day out to Bedoin

A half hour drive will bring you to a bustling village of shops, cafes and bars along the main street. Take the trip on a Monday morning and you will be able to visit the Provencal market that is held in the village.

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.

All aboard!

The children will love the 'Petit Train', the little white train which will show you the sights of Avignon. Or take a boat trip along the River Rhône to give you a different view of this beautiful city.

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 nearby village of Le Barroux

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.

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'.

A trip to L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a must on a Sunday morning

Known as the 'Venice of Provence' for all the little canals that run through the town, it is also the largest antique centre after Paris with lots and lots of antique shops. Each Sunday morning there is a huge open air market with stalls of fruit, veg, Provencal goods, paintings, antiques, 'brocante', - a fantastic melting of sounds, scents and textures.

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 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

Séguret 15 mins
Orange 30 mins
Carpentras 40 mins
Pernes-les-Fontaines 45 mins
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 60 mins
Cavaillon 60 mins

Beaches

Plage du Prado (Marseille) 105 mins

Airports

Avignon 55 mins
Nimes 75 mins
Marseille 100 mins
Montpellier 100 mins
Toulon 160 mins
Nice 190 mins
Times are approximate

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