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A Magnificent Provencal Villa set in over 2 acres of private gardens

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 guest WC, sleeps 8 comfortably

Magnificent provencal villa nestled in an exclusive and peaceful area just five minutes away from the ancient Roman city centre of Aix-en-Provence, also Cezanne’s hometown.

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Gardens of over 2 acres. High quality furniture & fittings. Children are welcome! Extra maid service and babysitting available at request from caretakers. Strategically located and close to amenities. Twenty mins to the nearest beach, 30 mins to seaside Marseille, 45 mins to hilly Luberon, an hour to medieval Avignon, 90 mins from Cote d’Azur, 2 hours to skiing, 3 hours by fast train to Paris.

Huge, sunny & spacious living room & library with French doors opening to lovely views of the garden. Central underfloor heating and over sized fireplace. Fully equipped provencal-style family kitchen with traditional Rossiers stove with double oven. Cable TV with Home cinema and a large selection of movies to choose from. Outdoor BBQ pit, swimming pool 9x5m and parking area. Regret no pets. No Smokers inside the house.

Accommodation: Five bedrooms (Room 1 - King-size four-poster bed; Room 2 Queen size bed, Room 3 - single bed; Room 4 across terrace – Queen size bed; Downstairs Room 5 – one Queen size bed). Sleeps 8 comfortably. Extra folding beds available. High quality furniture and fittings. One luxury walk-in shower suite with rain shower, and a second bright and cheerful bathroom, both with separate vanity and WC. Room 4 has a separate ensuite bathroom. Guest toilet downstairs. Hairdryers and table fans in all bedrooms. Library with a large selection of books with French doors opening to the garden. Adjacent study room with glass doors in case privacy is required.

In case of more guests, there are charming B&Bs conveniently located near the house. Caretakers live adjacent in case of assistance. They will also provide you with local information you upon request. The house has an alarm system. Electric gates. Regret no pets. No Smokers inside the house

Surroundings: Beautiful gardens. Ideal for walks, relaxing, or afternoon 'petanque'. The fully equipped provencal-style family kitchen with traditional French stove with double oven also boasts a large breakfast table, dishwasher, microwave, electric hot water kettle, toaster, coffee maker and fridge/freezer. Separate utility room area includes dryer and washing machine, and cleaning equipment.

TV and DVD player and a large selection of movies to choose from. Cable/Satellite TV and family board games. Large dining table for 8. Outdoor BBQ pit, swimming pool and parking area. Forest walks a minute away, Horse riding, Heated public pool, Hot air ballooning, Gliding, Parachuting, Go-cart racing nearby, picnic grounds nearby (cold box & picnic equipment available), outdoor markets every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Aix-en-Provence city proper, shopping five minutes away. Four adult size bikes and Two child size bikes are provided for guest use. Guests are asked to return them in clean and working condition.

Festivals & Markets: Famous during the summer, the Festival d'Aix comes alive, taking place where numerous concerts, operas, plays and art exhibitions will be held around the area. Early bookings to choice events are recommended - this is a much coveted event for french locals and tourists, alike.

In summer food and flea markets open almost every day. The colours, sights and scent of Provence are Mediterranean and exotic - something one must experience at least once in a lifetime! In October, the truffle festival is famous, where chefs from all over the world come for their year's supply of truffles in the town of Rognes, just 40 minutes away from the property.

Marseille is recognised as one of the leading European capitals of culture 2013. A short car ride, approximately 15 minutes away, From food, art, exhibitions and performance, Marseille offers guests a delightful and unique Mediterranean experience.

More Details

Andrew Thomas
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 July, 2018

About Andrew Thomas

La Residence is a very special place to friends, family and invited guests. As my children grow older and start to plan their own adventures La Residence remains the one anchor to our frenetic travelling lives. La Residence is not a typical rental home. We maintain it with love and care and enjoy sharing it with thoughtful guests.

Andrew Thomas purchased this villa in 2000

Why Andrew Thomas chose Grand Sud

Pass through the bold iron gates and up the long sweeping drive and you have arrived at your destination. Choose a special spot in the garden and you can be alone in your Provencal bliss. Not another building in sight and the only sound you hear are the cicadas playing their symphony and the breeze catching the proud oak tress. Down the road is a brief walk down to the local farm shop and dinner supplies are replenished.

What makes this villa unique

If you want to be energetic and explore the region (almost) everything you would hope to see and do is just a 30-minute drive away. There is something for everyone, of all ages. And when you want to just relax, read, swim, play, explore - there is a beautiful garden to call your own.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Grand Sud in Aix-en-Provence

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We are always delighted when guests say that La Residence 'made the holiday' Help us keep it special
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • La Cabine Chef - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    La Salle de Bain des Jeunes - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Le Bain de Grand Fils - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    La Cabine des Amies - Toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Chambre de Belle Saison - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Chambre de 'Philippa' - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Extra folding beds on request
    Chambre de 'Miguel' - 1 Large Double Bed
    Chambre D'Amis - 1 Large Double Bed
    Chambre de 'Antonio' - 1 Double Bed , Extra folding bed on request
  • I king size bed, 3 doubles, 1 single, 2 extra beds, 1 cot
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Golf
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Extra maid or babysitting services available by request from caretakers. Cold box, boules set, and board games available on loan. Pool towels also provided. Kitchen equipped with large breakfast table, dining room with table, as well as outdoor dining furniture available. Starter kits containing milk, bread, butter, soap and loo paper are provided. However, guests are expected to buy their own amenities.


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A Magnificent Provencal Villa set in over 2 acres of private gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

The perfect setting and villa for our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived Paul and Ghislaine Durrant (property caretakers) made us feel right at home, from explaining the inner workings of the home to suggesting local restaurants.

The house and the beautiful gardens are ideal for groups of 4 - 10 and absorb guests effortlessly. Our family stayed for 2 weeks and at times had only 2 people in the villa at other times we had 8 adults and 2 small children, the house never seemed crowded. The house is well stocked with all the amenities you can think of and some you don't, like children's books in various languages. This is French living at its best.

The location is ideal and you quickly become part of the surrounding towns and villages. We took day trips exploring the various regions every day and have acquired a great appreciation for the French culture. We have already recommended this villa to several of our friends and our family is contemplating a return visit.

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home.

Lawrence Johnson - June 2017

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great week in Provence

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful (as per the pictures) and fantastically located for Aix and local amenities. Having said that, we enjoyed the weather and the pool so much we barely left! The local restaurant is very good too for a nice meal out and a beautiful view. Would definitely come back...

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, comfortable home shielded from the road by a long driveway. Approx 10 minutes drive to Aix and ideal for visiting the main sights in Provence. Only a 3 minute drive to Carrefour supermarket. The pool area directly outside the main sitting room is well maintained and the pool which is quite deep was always cool and refreshing. We dined under the stars several evenings and were able to BBQ. We would thoroughly recommend La Residence for a relaxing holiday in Provence.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb one week stay

  • 5 of 5

The property is as tremendous as the photos portray. Plenty of space for three couples to spread out. Andrew, Paul and Ghislaine provided great recommendations that made visiting Provence, eating in and dining out effortless. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We all had an absolutely fantastic time. " Best holiday to date" was the quote. In terms of feedback La Residence exceeded our expectations. The web photos didn't do it justice. The location was perfect. It was so convenient to make short trips to the wonderful villages and towns in Provence and Cote D Azur. The facilities were great. Very spacious and peaceful. The place was immaculate. The outdoor area was perfect for relaxing by the pool and having lunch and dinner.

We found the whole process straightforward and directions spot on.

Paul the caretaker was very friendly.

We have already recommended it to our friends.

Thanks very much for the opportunity to have our holiday at La Residence

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Villa Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with my son and his wife were here for a week in late May. We could not have asked for a better location as we toured the region daily and came back to this beautiful villa each afternoon. what great place to stay. It really is better than the pictures. The villa really makes you feel like you belong and are a part of the south of France. Everything was wonderful and the caretakers onsite were more than happy to answer any question we had about the area .I would certainly stay here again and recommend this property to anyone .

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Marseiile Airport
Nearest Ferry
23 Kilometres
la Jolettes, Marseille
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Aix Les Milles
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
TGV Aix-en-Provence
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Village of Les Milles
Car: recommended

'La Residence' is a beautiful property set in over 2-acres of lawns and garden. Surrounded by mature oak and pine trees and beautiful olive orchard with 300-year old trees (ideal for sitting under and reading a book with a glass of something to your fancy), you will discover the peace and beauty of Provence whilst benefiting from the convenience of having restaurants, farm and village shops, only a few minutes away.

Ideal family home - children are welcome!

Extra maid, babysitting and Chef service available by request.

The house has been designed and fitted with thought and detail to make sure every stay is memorable and frustration free.

Some of the most breathtaking and fun destinations are within 40 miles. A few minutes away, ‘le grand marché’, the Aix-en-Provence market is a not-to-be missed experience. And when you've had enough of driving, a lazy day by the pool, reading in the library or dining under the gazebo as the long, summer days, draw to a close, will nourish the soul. For the more energetic, we recommend hide-and-seek in the gardens or a post-lunch game of Petangue.

A short car ride away, Marseille offers a host of cultural and artistic events across the year.

From food, art, exhibitions, architecture and stunning rural beauty, Provence offers guests an unrivaled Mediterranean experience - and La Residence a fabulous country villa to explore it from.

Other Activities: golf, fishing (brown trout in the local river - rods and tackle provided), climbing & trekking, parachuting, gliding, white-water rafting, go-cart, picnics and Forest Adventure (flying fox and swinging through the trees).


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

For technical reasons, the Availability Calendar cannot reflect same dates per period for beginning/starting dates. Therefore please note ALL bookings always start on a Saturday and ends on a Saturday. Please note High season rates apply for the Christmas and New Year holiday weeks. Please refer to the owner for actual rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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