Villa in Aix-en-Provence
- Lockable room
- Family/child friendly
Charming, traditional light-filled Provencal villa with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a wonderful rambling garden and generous living space, with 9m x 5m pool. Only 5 minutes from the centre of beautiful and lively Aix-en-Provence and half a kilometre from a village. Forest walks a minute away.
Villa du Jardin is the perfect place from where to explore one of France s oldest and most attractive Roman cities.
Rural Provence, with its beautiful traditional villages, scenery and light that has attracted generation after generation of artists is also on your doorstep and the Mediterranean is less than 30km away. But you could just as happily lie by the pool smelling the lavender in the garden and nearby Mediterranean forest pines!
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There is a large, elegantly decorated and furnished living room with two sets of double doors leading on to the pool and terrace. Plenty of comfy sofas and armchairs to seat 10 and a generously proportioned open fireplace. Wonderful high, beamed ceiling.
A semi-enclosed dining area with table and seating for 8 is just off the living room.
The kitchen is cheerful and spacious with fridge, freezer, hob, grill, double oven and all the equipment needed to cook the delicious food available at the marvellous street market in nearby Aix! Wooden table and benches and some pretty white Provencal furniture. Views out to garden.
Separate utility area with washing machine and tumble drier.
Library and study areas with more comfy seating and double doors to garden.
Bedroom 5, a double room, is on the ground floor. Overlooks the pool and garden. Separate wc with washbasin.
Bedroom 1 with large (kingsize) 4-poster double bed, pretty furnishings and French windows to small balcony and views out to garden and pool. Ensuite bathroom with shower, wc and washbasin.
Bedroom 2 has a single bed.
Bedroom 3 has a single bed.
(NB: Two extra folding beds available on request)
Separate bathroom with washbasin, bath and wc.
Across the terrace upstairs is Bedroom 4, a double with with ensuite bathroom with bath, wc and washbasin.
Caretakers live discreetly on site in own accommodation.
Equipment & Facilities At The Property
Washing Machine Dish Washer Tumble-dryer Fridge/Freezer - medium sized Microwave Oven Hob, 4 ring stove Grill Electric kettle Toaster Iron
LCD TV Satellite-TV DVD player - and DVD s, VCR player - and videosCD - and CD s Radio
Underfloor heating Open fire
Books, Board Games
2 adult bicycles and 2 cycling helmets and bike locks
Garden furniture - 10 garden chairs, 8 sun loungers
Boules and Badminton (outside lights for nocturnal matches) Outdoor BBQ pit
Two fishing rod licences (for 2013) to trout fish in the local river 2 minutes from the house.
Large cold box
2 extra folding beds available on request
Babysitting service available
Caretakers living discreetly on site.
Private chef can be organised.
The house is approached via an attractive avenue of trees and is typically Provencal in style. Surrounded by a lovely Mediterranean garden with extensive lawns and established trees, including three 200 year old Olive trees, and planting that includes oleander, juniper and pine amongst others and a field of lavender. Some pretty gravel areas and plenty of shade under the trees.
There are secret bits of garden too and thoughtfully placed tables and chairs for quiet contemplation or a romantic meal outside. The pool is surrounded by a large terrace with plenty of outdoor furniture, including sun loungers and large parasols for shade. There is also a large gazebo for communal outside dining.
Boules available for a relaxing game of Petanque. There are outside lights for nocturnal matches.
Nearby Attractions & Activities
Aix-en-Provence, apprx 7km. Famous for its summer festivals, fountains and cultural events, it is the city of Cezanne s canvases and was the Capital of Gaul in the Roman times. Amazing shops, restaurants and museums. (Cours Mirabeau is one of Europe s finest streets). Have an aperitif and do some relaxing people-watching at Les Deux Garcons (known locally as Les Deux Gas),one of France s most famous and historic bars.
There is fantastic walking in the Saint Baume range and bike hire is available in many local villages and it goes without saying that the local villages are classically pretty and home to charming shops, squares and restaurants.
The Luberon - located just north of Aix-en-Provence it is above all the Luberon villages that we recommend - for it is the villages (and the surrounding scenery) that are the highlight of this beautiful region of the French countryside. The region has several villages listed as most beautiful villages of France .
Marseille apprx 29km. Often underestimated, the third largest and oldest city in France and founded by the Greeks, it has an interesting and very lively old port area with some fabulous shops and art galleries/museums - and of course seafood restaurants.. The city has undergone an impressive transformation in the last 30 years, particularly near the vieux port and it is the European Capital of Culture.
Cassis appx 54km - pretty fishing port with a beach and boat trips to the Calanques (see below)
Calanques de Cassis, Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton Calanques apprx 50 km. Breathtaking lime escarpments, like embryonic fjords, surrounded by towering cliffs. Great natural beauty, good for walkers.
La Ciotat-Plage apprx 55km. Boasts splendid sandy beaches with exceptionally high levels of sunshine.
Bandol apprx 75 km. When it comes to climate Bandol is supreme. Sheltered from the mistral by its wooded hills it enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Its vines produce some of the best wine on the Mediterranean coast.
Isle of Bendoris - a pleasant 10 minute boat trip from Bandol. An island with an attractive Provencal harbour, also the Iles des Embiez known as the powerboat playground .
The Chateau d If, in the Bay of Marseille apprx 30km. Famous for being the setting for Alexander Dumas famous adventure story The Count of Monte Cristo. Regular boat trips to the Chateau from the mainland.
St Cyr sur Mer apprx 64km. There is a huge variety of beaches to chose from in the vicinity of St Cyr Sur Mer. The nearest is at Les Lecques (3 kms), a quiet seaside town in a sweeping bay, which has tennis courts, horse-riding, aqualand adventure park and an 18 hole golf course.
For more information about this region please refer to our Provence Regional Guide, Languedoc Regional Guide and Cote d Azur Regional Guide
For more information on reaching the Cote d Azur, Provence and Languedoc please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
International airports are at:
Marseille (international flights worldwide, transatlantic flights) appx 25km
Nice (international airport) appx 180km
Toulon (Ryanair Stansted) appx 88km
Nimes (Ryanair to Stansted - London, Luton and Liverpool) apprx 102km
Montpellier (international and transatlantic flights) apprx 154km
Railway: Bandol, Marseille and Aix-en Provence have railway stations with nearby car rental.
Local Shops & Facilities
Very close to a village where there is the usual range of shops:-
Baker Grocer Cafe-bar Pharmacy Restaurant Aix-en-Provence apprx 7km, is a city with a big range of shops including supermarkets
Golf - apprx 5 km Riding - apprx 10 kn Tennis courts - apprx 5 km Bike hire - apprx 5 km Beaches - apprx 30 km
Forest walks nearby
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