Les Ramiers

Provence

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, oven, microwave, dishwasher) with patio doors to covered terrace. WC. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom (separate shower, washing machine, no WC). Heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (no WC). Twin bedroom with shower cubicle. WC.
  • Outside: Covered terrace. Enclosed pool area with trees and shrubs. Barbecue. Garage (table tennis).
  • Private fenced swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps, and a decked surround.

The location of Les Ramiers is ideal for those who seek a rural setting yet wish to be within walking distance of a village. This bright and spacious property nestles on the edge of picturesque Le Barroux in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. A walk in one direction takes you deep into the heart of the pretty countryside whilst a short amble (700m) in the other brings you to the delightful village where narrow cobbled streets are lined with beautiful stone houses. Here you will find three restaurants, a shop and, dominating the skyline, an impressive 12th century château.

Sitting on the side of a tree clad slope, Les Ramiers is a substantial ochre coloured house. A covered terrace, topped with terracotta tiles, fronts the house, from which patio doors allow access into the ample living/dining room.

Colourful pieces of artwork, originals by the artist owner, as well as interesting antiques help to enhance the unique and authentic style of the house.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom complete the ground floor, whilst two further bedrooms, each with their own en suite facilities are found upstairs.

Accessed via a gate, the pool area is a pretty spot with a decking surround punctuated, at one end, by a shady pergola, whilst the rest of the garden has been left 'au naturel' to reflect the local style.

At the southern end of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Le Barroux is an excellent starting point from which to explore the area. A tour around these craggy limestone peaks takes in a number of villages known for their wines (Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas, Rasteau) as well as the fascinating Roman town of Vaison la Romaine.

Alternatively, the slopes of Mont Ventoux, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve, offer a choice of walking trails and picnic spots amongst the flora and fauna.

Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax of £1 per person per night, which will be added to the final invoice. Under 18s are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Les Ramiers

Try a pizza

at the restaurant in Suzette, which is very child-friendly.

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.

Stroll into Le Barroux

for the morning's croissants or for dinner at the local auberge.

Visit the château in Le Barroux.

It dates back to the 12th century and is an imposing building. Privately owned, it is open to the public and there are often art exhibitions held there during the summer.

Turn left out of the property and follow the winding country road

up into the Dentelles de Montmirail, the wonderful craggy limestone peaks that look like lace. Head for Suzette, the highest village, which boasts wonderful views. 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.

The local tourist offices

(nearest being Caromb or Beaumes de Venise) have lots of maps for walkers and cyclists.

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 Les Ramiers - 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!

Visit the Abbaye Ste Madeleine (on the road to Suzette)

at 09.30 and you will hear the Benedictine monks sing. A magical sound in a beautiful setting - the monastery is surrounded by lavender fields and has stunning views.

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.

Take the children to the llama farm

which is near Le Barroux, on the road to Lac du Paty (the D19).

Or 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Carpentras, one of the main towns in the area,

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

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'.

Book a table at L'Hostellerie de Crillon le Brave,

in the village of the same name, and you won't be disappointed. This lovely hotel has a renowned restaurant, simply called 'Le Restaurant' serving fine Provençal cuisine. During the summer months, dinner is served on the terrace where the view over the vineyards to Mont Ventoux is a fitting backdrop to dinner. Reservations necessary.

In Avignon, walk on the St Bénezet Bridge,

made famous in the children's song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon' (On the bridge of Avignon).

Whilst in Avignon, take the 'Petit Train',

the little white train that takes you around Avignon, which the children will love, or go on a boat trip along the River Rhône to give you a different view of this beautiful city.

Nearby

Towns

Vaison-la-Romaine 20 mins
Carpentras 20 mins
Pernes-les-Fontaines 25 mins
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 40 mins
Orange 40 mins
Avignon 40 mins

Beaches

Plage du Prado (Marseille) 90 mins

Airports

Avignon 45 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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