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Comfortable Provence Villa with pool in the South of France
Aix-en-Provence, a 20 minute walk from the historic centre of town
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6/8 people
The villa is quite private, tucked in a peaceful garden of about three acres, a 20 minute walk from the lovely old centre of Aix-en-Provence. Elegant and honey hued, cultured, urbane and relaxed, Aix is a cosmopolitan university town, splashed by a score of fountains and host to one of France's most elite festivals of music and opera every July. Cezanne spent an idyllic childhood here, roaming around the countryside with his friend Emile Zola. The rolling hills, ochre soil and still, dusty green cypresses around Aix and of the Montagne Sainte Victoire, are depicted in many of his landscapes and for many, represent quintessential Provence.
The villa is a pleasant retreat in quiet surroundings to return to after a day out. The pool is equipped with an automatic pool cleaner and fenced to protect young children. Shops and restaurants are within walking distance or a short drive. Market days are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For walkers, the GR rambling route to the Sainte Victoire mountain, passes by at the bottom of the garden.
The salon opens straight onto a terrace with a barbecue and is comfortably furnished, has a fireplace and books, a dining area, satellite television, DVD and a hi-fi system. The kitchen is small but fully equipped, including a dishwasher and washing machine, oven and hob, microwave and a fridge/freezer.
There are three bedrooms, one double with an en suite bathroom, a second double room and a smaller bedroom with two convertible armchairs and a mezzanine with a double bed. Both these rooms share a bathroom. All the bedrooms open onto terraces.
The delightful narrow streets and squares of the old part of Aix, not only have some of the finest architecture in Provence, but some of the best shopping. Look for calissons, delicious glazed almond sweets, local pottery and olive oil, in some of the specialist shops. The centre overflows with good things on market days, food in the Place des Prêcheurs and Place de la Madeleine, flowers in the Place de la Mairie, antiques and bric-a-brac in the Place de Verdun, clothes and fabrics on the Rue Riflerafle. On Saturday nights in summer, the stands stay open late along brightly lit streets full of chatter and the scent of flowers, as people drift about in the warm evening air.
The Cours Mirabeau is the centre of social life in Aix. The place where people walk, meet with friends, eat under the canopy of plane trees. Cezanne grew up in No 55 Cours Mirabeau. At No 53 is the elegant café Les Deux Garçons, the smartest place to be seen for the last sixty years. South of the Cours is the Quartier Mazarin, lined with graceful buildings and antiques shops.
Around Aix, the countryside is an ever changing patchwork of colour, broken by old bastides and villages and the blue white limestone of the Sainte Victoire mountain. Cezanne painted at least sixty canvases of the view towards the mountain ('I am trying to get it right', he said) from the park of the Italianate château of Le Tholonet (take the bus from La Rotonde). Puyloubier and Pourrières are two pleasant wine villages on the mountain hillside, which make some of the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence red, rosé and white wines and are a good place to stop for lunch perhaps. Many vineyards, such as Château du Seuil in Puyricard, whose 1990's reds and whites are an excellent buy, welcome visitors.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am
Cleaning after departure - €100
A deposit of 25% is requested on booking
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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