***Coming up in October is the AVIGNON BLUES FESTIVAL which is just great! Easy to get there, easy parking and a great venue (just the right size) to celebrate this great music with other blues lovers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Classic, classy, beautiful, historic Provence: PROVENCE IS Nature, Music, Sport, Antiques, Art, Food, Fields of colour, Sunshine. If its the wilderness you are looking for, its easy to find. There are many national parks and the awe inspiring Mont Blanc where you can ride, walk or drive to the summit and the beautiful villages dotted all around. There is always a sense of peace and yet a cultural and sporty hub at the same time.
Our lovely villa is located in the region of Gordes, officially classified one of the most beautiful villages in France. We are also lucky to be in this region which is awash with natural beauty - mountains, lakes, fields of lavender, sunflower, poppies and all the stunning places on hilltops all around. It is also close to the iconics cities of Marseilles and Avignon as well as amazing National Parks, Arles and tons of beautiful landmarks and historic places. The region is also known for a wealth of culture in art, music, theatre, dance and a wide variety of wonderful fun markets from food to antiques. Its a never ending treat. Gordes and the surrounding area is also known for great restaurants serving modern ( a few Michelin stars) gastros in beautiful settings and of course great wines and countless vineyards and caves for glorious wine tasting.
The villa is early 17th century, comprising of three bedrooms (all with modern en-suites), and 2 separate toilets, open plan kitchen dining living area. Huge fireplace. Lovely stone exterior, with a contemporary stylish and fresh interior. All modern amenities supplied throughout including TV, DVD, internet, washing machine, dish washing machine, toaster, radio, bath and pool towels and a large romantic garden.
Provence is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting and culturally lively regions in the world and Gordes is at the heart of this extraordinarily charming landscape. Experience its stunning and varied natural beauty and cultural events such as the famous Avignon Festival and an abundance of festivals in every village. There is plenty to do and see whatever you are into....sport, art, theatre, music, hiking, water sport, riding, cycling, skiing, mountaineering, paragliding, markets, antiques, food...the list is endless. Oh and of course the light of Provence and the wonderful warm weather for much of the year well into October/November.
I have been renting this house for over 14 years and happy to say that 99% of my guests have had a wonderful stay and a great holiday. This gives me immense pleasure as I love the place myself so to share it with others and give them the often magical experience of its unique location is just very heartwarming for me.
There are many websites which feature the many villages and towns all around and all the activities you can enjoy within an hour's journey even if you go as far as Arles. The scenery is always so beautiful and serene with fantastic French roads, boulevards of the famous Plane trees. Its heavenly and I look forward to welcoming you.
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ATTRACTIONS: Baux De Provence -The fantastic and wonderful world of Bosch, Breughel, Arcimboldo. Unmissable show.
The markets of Isle Sur Sorgue are best in April for picking up bargains, before the high summer.
Easter Weekend Pottery Market in Bonnieux.
Strawberry season in Provence is wonderful- An abundance of the most beautiful strawberries you've tasted and everything created from this queen of fruit.
Wonderful concerts at the amazing Courroie : http://lacourroie.org/
29th April - 3rd May: Avignon Spring Fair :Wednesday 29 April to Sunday 3 May 10am to 7pm. The 93rd edition of the Avignon Spring Fair fills the twelve halls at the fairgrounds with exhibitors, stands and events in many different areas, for five entire days of learning and discovering all that is offered. The theme this year is SuperHeroes! Come explore the many areas including food, games, transport, women's world and others. Concerts and an entire programme of special events also!
In May The Mont-Ventoux ascent takes place on the night of the 13th-14th June 2015.
Cycling up Mont-Ventoux is not something that everyone can do but climbing at night… is an unforgettable experience.
The reward: seeing the sunset at the summit, with a dazzling view of Provence, followed by a hearty breakfast at the end of your descent.
Visit magnificent Les Baux De Provence. The current exhibition is Chagall at the monumental Carriers Des Lumieres. Brilliant day out.
Wine and Vineyard Festivities © Fédération des Caves du Vaucluse
Wine and Vineyard Festivities © Cellier des Templiers
Saturday 16th of May
Every year, on the Saturday right after Ascension Thursday, the Wine and Vineyard Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover the cellars of Vaucluse. In Richerenches the local cellar participates in the festivities with lots of events, guided tours, wine tastings, a visit of the exhibition on truffles, followed by a free tasting of cellar wines. A great celebration on a par with its reputation as a "Site Remarquable du Goût" (outstanding wine/food site)
Flower Festivals: What could be a better time than spring to come and discover the wonderful gardens across the Vaucluse?
The trees are in full bloom, along with the gardens and flowers, which are giving off their wonderful scents, and will not fail to delight. It is the time to visit them
RICHERENCHES FLOWER FAIR: Sunday 3rd May: RICHERENCHES FLOWER FAIR - For 20 years now, the first Sunday in May draws thousands of people to the great Flower Fair in Richerenches.
Flower festival in Vellerons: Thursday, 14 May 2015 from 8 am to 6 pm. This outstanding flower show takes place for the 16th year, to the delight of all.
17TH EDITION THE BOTANILLES "THE GARDEN". On Sunday, May 10, 2015 all day in the village.
This year, the entire team of Anim'Ansouis took over the organisation of Botanilles so that it develops favoring producers and artisans on the theme of "garden"
The installation of horticulturists exhibitors and artisans on the bowling green, the rise of plane trees and the Place St Elzear, encourages visitors to stroll in the heart of the village.
THE LONG NIGHT OF THE MUSEUM: On Saturday, 16, May 2015, the museums and cultural institutions will remain open late into the night to introduce themselves to new patrons and at the same time to new visitors. This cultural event has been created in 2005 and each year it attracts more people, includind families and young people.
June there is the famous Luberon Jazz Festival taking place in Apt
AVIGNON RENDEZ-VOUS IN THE GARDENS: From 5th to 7th June 2015. The chosen theme for the national event this year is “La promenade au jardin.” It’s a great opportunity to stroll around and explore the gardens of the Vaucluse region.
Gordes is opening up to a new eclectic clientele ( some might say 'cool' clientele). From May we have Mamma Gorda a pop-up Italien restaurant with live music some evenings which proved immensely popular all over the region. It is now opening permanently serving the best pizzas and wine in the Luberon. La Bastide the five star hotel hewn out of the rock itself is having a multi-million make over to attract a more vibrant clientele and offering great food and a hang-out for those who just want to enjoy the spectacular views over a drink.
The area is great for walking, cycling, canoeing, horse riding, activities for children physical adventure as well as huge amount of cultural pursuit, outstanding national parcs and the best drives in Europe.
And much more.