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Traditional Provencal House with pool in the Vaucluse
Le Palis, near Vaison-la-Romaine in the South of France
3 bedrooms, sleeps 4/6 people

La Maison

Le Palis is a small hamlet, 3 kms from Vaison-la-Romaine in the Dentelles de Montmirail in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône wine producing area, an hour from Avignon, Nîmes and Aix-en-Provence. The house is on a quiet country lane with marvellous mountain views across the vines from the garden terrace and is a place where we have spent many happy times.

Vaison has great charm. It has a range of good shops, including a very good organic bakery on the Place Montfort main square, and several restaurants and café terraces. The market every Tuesday morning usually fills the centre of the town with a riot of Provencal fabrics and pottery, sometimes artisan made wrought iron garden furniture, plants and flowers, or olive oil from Nyons, lavender, basketware, and more. The farmers market is a feast of stalls piled high with gleaming fresh fruit and vegetables, a dozen different kinds of olives, mountain sausage, hams and cheeses.

The house has an open plan living room and dining room with a fireplace, simply furnished in a cool southern style with white walls and tiled floors. The kitchen area is equipped everything needed, including an oven an hob, dishwasher and fridge. There is also a utility room with a washing machine. The main room has large windows opening straight onto a vine-covered terrace with an outside dining table and chairs.

To the right of the entrance is a twin bedroom, to the left a hallway leading to the main room. The bathroom just off the hallway, has double wash basins, a bath and a shower with a separate wc.

Winding tiled stairs lead up to a double bedroom with en suite shower and a twin bedroom, both of which have lovely views across to the hills. All the rooms have fitted cupboards.

The pool is great for plunging in to cool off and there is a fixed barbecue table, plus a couple of bicycles. There is also room to park two cars.

The Area

There are riding stables in Le Palis and some lovely walks, particularly pleasant in the evening when it is cooler. This is also great cycling country and serious cyclists can follow the challenging Tour de France route up Mont Ventoux just south of here. Vaison has tennis courts that are open to everyone and a swimming pool, though more exciting perhaps, is swimming in the River Ouvèze by the single arched Roman bridge.

The excavated Roman town of Vaison is one of the most important in Provence, complete with streets, colonnades, gardens and mosaics, courtyards and fountains. The medieval upper town is exceptionally attractive and unspoilt with a warren of steep, narrow cobbled streets leading up to the 12th century fortress.

Villedieu is our nearest village in the other direction, a very pretty traditional Provencal village with a main square and church, shaded by plane trees with a terrace bar where you can linger with cool glass of local rosé on summer evenings. Like most other villages, there always seems to be something going on; the annual fête, open air art exhibitions, concerts and boules tournaments and, on Sunday evenings in the summer, 'pizzas in the square'.

Wine has been made here for centuries and Sablet, Crestet, Seguret, Rasteau and Gigondas are some of the wine villages within an easy drive, each producing their own distinctive wine. Rasteau is noted for its big strong red wine, popular in the bars in the area. Gigondas produces a very fine red wine. The 17th century château looks out over the sleepy village and surrounding vineyards and like everywhere, you can sample and buy the wine directly in the village.

There are also various cooking competitions that take place in most villages, culminating in the famous 'Concours de la Soupe', which moves from village to village each year, and is lots of fun if you manage to come across one. Provence has always attracted artists of all kinds and there are many working in the area. Visiting exhibitions can also be a chance to combine the trip with other interesting places nearby. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for example, a 40 minutes drive away through Carpentras, has a huge antiques market every Sunday all year round. Details of places, events and restaurants are in the house.

Travel Information

Nimes - 45 minutes
(low cost flights from the UK
and other European countries)
Marseille International - 1 hour
Montpellier - 90 minutes
Car hire available
Paris - 8 hours
Paris/Avignon - TGV 2h.45 minutes
London Waterloo/Avignon direct - 5 hours

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Prices and booking information

April & May£800
July & August£1200

All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am

Linen is provided

A deposit of 25 % is requested on booking
with the remainder paid 6 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit of
£200 or €300

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Tina Hampson

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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