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Charming Garden Apartment with EXCLUSIVE use of large Pool in Central Provence

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Independent garden apartment with EXCLUSIVE use of large pool and summer kitchen

Wake up in our peaceful green corner of Provence, breakfast beside your own private swimming pool and step back in time and enjoy the slow pace of life in our sleepy southern French village situated within the Golden Triangle of Provence

Your apartment benefits from a southerly aspect so you have the sun all day long. It's within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants and has an hourly direct bus service to Avignon.

Nestling amoungst the vineyards of the southern Cotes du Rhone, the independent ground floor accommodation is particularly suitable for wine buffs as you are surrounded by the major wineries of Laudun, Lirac, Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape.

The large floodlit pool is great for evening bathing, its bordered by conifers for privacy and equipped with a family sized solar shower. The pool is open from April to October making La Soleillade an ideal location for your Spring or Autumn break.

There's a poolside Summer Kitchen equipped with facilities for making your own paella, a plancha grill, a fridge freezer for cool poolside drinks and an inbuilt charcoal barbecue. Meals can be enjoyed on the patio and the pool is surrounded by loungers for sun worshipers or, if you prefer, there is a grape covered pergola where you can cool off and snooze the afternoon away in peace, or just float up and down the pool in the large inflatable armchair.

Your accommodation comprises a comfortable living room with WiFi connection and french doors to the south facing patio area. The living room has two large sofas, one of which converts to a comfortable double bed. There's a TV with connection to British broadcasts, a DVD player, a CD player/radio, an extensive collection of books and movies and a dining area seating six for cooler evenings.

The apartment sleeps 6 plus baby. There is one double bedroom and one twin bedroom The living room has two large sofas, one of which converts to a comfortable double bed. There is also a boxroom with cot for baby up to two years.

You have a fully equipped kitchen decorated in the Provencal style with local colourful pottery and a shower room with a large walk in Italian shower and a selection of local olive based soaps.

Children are very welcome, the spacious garden is equipped with a set of swings and the pool has a selection of age related inflatable toys and swimming aids. You have everything necessary for traveling with baby including a cot, playpen, high chair, bath, potty, plastic bowls, sippy cups and a changing mat. There are plenty of places to keep the children amused include a visit to the Haribo bonbon museum at Uzes, the grotto of Salamander floodlit caves or the crocodile farm at Pierrelatte. You can hire canoes to discover the beautiful valley of the river Ceze, or go horseback riding amoungst the sunflowers and lavender fields.

If you have limited mobility, the apartment has easy access and a large spacious walk in shower.

Your garden is planted with apricot, peach, fig and almond trees and you can help yourself to the grapes which cover the pergola area. The property is approached by a long gated driveway and you can enjoy a game of boules on your own petanque court. We have both ladies and gents bikes available free of charge to allow you to explore the surrounding area.

Avignon is 20 mins away with its arts festival in July. You have three of the most beautiful villages in France within a 20 km radius and you can discover the World Heritage Sites of Orange and the Pont du Gard or visit Arles and follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh or just wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the weekly Provencal market in the Duchy of Uzes.

La Soleillade offers you a tranquil base to return to after a day exploring this historic region and no matter what time of year you choose to visit, everyone is welcome here.

More Details

Owner
Linda Cairns
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Linda Cairns

I'm Scottish by birth and French by nationality. My husband and I have spent many years visiting and living in France and decided on retirement to move to 'the Sud' for a more leisurely style of life. We live on the first floor and have our own entrance. We are on hand, if required, otherwise you will not be disturbed. I love meeting people, introducing them to this historic region and sharing all my tips to make their holiday truly memorable.

Linda Cairns purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Linda Cairns chose Laudun-l'Ardoise

We bought La Soleillade because of its quiet location, southerly aspect and the warm welcome of our French neighbours who have become life long friends. We have stayed in all the departments of the Languedoc but chose the department of Gard because its the greenest and the most easterly with direct connections to north south autoroutes. La Soleillade is situated in the most southerly corner of the region known as the Gard Provencal.

What makes this apartment unique

The property is well situated for transport connections and you can visit all the important towns of the region very easily and have a beautiful peaceful base to return to after a days sightseeing. I love to take the train to Aix en Provence or Marseille for a days shopping and Avignon is only a 20 mins drive or you can take the local bus and spend an hour touring all the surrounding beautiful villages en route. By staying here you can experience life in a small undiscovered southern French town, its a bit like stepping back to life in the 1950s with real church bells chiming the hour and peaceful Sundays when you can wander into the village for fresh baguettes and visit the local morning market.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Laudun-l'Ardoise in Gard

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Mexican pottery handbasin and large Italian shower.
  • Bathroom with large walk-in Italian shower with twin heads, vanity basin, toilet and heated towel rail. The bathroom is equipped with towels and a hairdryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double sofa bed in lounge area 135 x 185cms
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 twin beds 80 x 200cms and view of pool.
    Boxroom - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1 with 140 x 200cms double bed and view of Mount Ventoux.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
There is the opportunity to enjoy many walks in the surrounding areas, including a climb up to the Camp de Cesar, with its Gallo/Roman remains and superb view of the valley of the Rhône. You can explore the Gorges of the Ardêche to the north by canoe or just cycle around amongst the vineyards and sunflower fields. We have a category one fishing river flowing through the village. Permits can be obtained at the local tabac and there is the opportunity to catch both trout and zander. We are also only a stones throw away from the river Ceze for chubb, carp and barbel and of course the possibility of catfish in the mighty Rhone.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Fantastic ~ Still feel relaxed

  • 5 of 5

I could tell you about the wonderful accommodation. I could tell you about how nice the area is. I could tell you about how well Linda and John unobtrusively hosted us (and John does work so hard to keep the pool pristine).

But that you can read from the posts above.

Let me say this. We have been home now for nearly a week and I still feel like I am on holiday. I, as many of you, work in a pressured environment, yet I still feel relax and rejuvenated. That’s just what a holiday should be.

P.S. We have already booked for next year, so you better rush to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Linda and John.

Ian, Rowena and Joshua ~ August 2017

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My goodness, thank you all so much. We try so hard to make La Soleillade a peaceful retreat, a place you can come back to and recharge after touring this fantastic region. We are really looking forward to seeing you again next year.
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5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best accommodation we have stayed in. Lynda and John made us really welcome and Lynda was very helpful. The place was very well equipped with everything you needed for your stay. Would highly recommend and will certainly come back. Many places to visit in the area and lots to see.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Pam and David. Its been a real joy having you both here and sharing your experience of this beautiful part of France. We hope to see you again soon and wish you a 'bonne continuation' of your French holiday.
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5

Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was well equipped and homely. Outdoor space was amazing. A lovely good size pool which john kept spotlessly clean and summer kitchen which had everything you need.

Linda was on hand if needed for advice on local area and around, also for a friendly chat to see if she could do anything for us.

Highly likely we will return!!!

A great relaxing family holiday would highly recommed

Steve & jill

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve and Jill. Its very satisfying to see a young family enjoying their stay and taking such evident delight in the pool and outdoor living at La Soleillade, especially in the heat. Hope to see you all again soon.
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5

Superbly equipped apartment, great location, fantastic outdoor living with pool and outdoor kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have wished for a warmer welcome from our hosts, John and Linda. The fridge and cupboards were really well stocked and John had made a lovely quiche for our late arrival. The apartment is like a home from home and there are warm, homely touches throughout. Both kitchens, indoors and out, are really well equipped and we never wanted for anything during our stay.

The most outstanding feature of the property is the outdoor space. The pool is a great size and was carefully and discreetly attended to by John during our ten night stay. The outdoor kitchen has everything you need: fridge freezer to keep your beer chilled and your ice frozen; a paella pan, a plancha grill and a barbeque to keep you well fed and all this overlooking the patio and the pool so the chef isn't too far from the action.

Linda and John are fabulous hosts. Linda goes to so much trouble to make sure your stay is extra special. About three days into our stay I fell foul to the dreaded Mosquitos and got a couple of nasty bites. Linda was quick to react and gave me a tube of cream and later picked us up a mosquito coil which greatly alleviated the problem. She was a great source of local knowledge and pointed us in the direction of many a great day out.

The apartment is about a 20 minute stroll into the centre of the village which is well equipped with a great stocked smallish supermarket, a great Sunday market, a couple of bakeries, a tabac, a pharmacy .... I could go on but I won't!

We ate out at the Villa Montenesque- which was slightly pricy but well worth the extra spend - the service was excellent and the food was absolutely divine.

We throughly recommend a stay at the Solliadade - You couldn't wish for better hosts, the apartment is amazing and there is so much to do in the surrounding area ( I'd strongly recommend hiring a car) that we have already started planning what we will do on our return.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Michelle, its been a real pleasure meeting you both and sharing your pleasure in discovering the fabulous region and flavours of Provence. We take such a pride in our beloved La Soleillade and its always a joy to greet our guests and share our knowledge of the area.
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Absolutely Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Linda and John gave us a very warm welcome, made sure we had plenty of food for our first day, and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. The apartment was a real home from home with everything we needed. It was lovely; clean and so nicely decorated. We spent a lot of time relaxing on the patio and swimming and playing in the pool. I felt like a kid again floating around on the inflatables. We rarely go back to the same place twice but this may well be an exception. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, La Soleillade lends itself to a relaxing peaceful location. It was a real pleasure having you both stay and we would be very pleased to see you both again on a future visit to Provence.
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5

A delightful home with comfortable furniture, a patio, wonderful hosts and a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Soleillade for 3 full days (4 nights) and had a wonderful visit. The apartment is comfortably large and well appointed. The furniture is quite comfortable and the kitchen has everything you need if you want to eat in. The refrigerator was thoughtfully stocked for supper (quiche, some prepared salads, bread) and breakfast when we arrived late on a Saturday afternoon. Linda is an excellent host, warm, helpful and very enjoyable to chat with, but never intrusive. (Unfortunately her husband John was laid up and we didn’t meet him, but we’re looking forward to that on a later trip.) There is also a lovely pool and patio that invite you to spend an afternoon or evening just sitting and reading or talking. The house is on the outskirts of Laudun, but it is sited on a small slope well off the road, at the end of a driveway perhaps 100 yards long. The overall result is that you feel pleasantly secluded in a lovely natural environment.

Laudun itself is a small town, but you have easy access to places like Avignon (accessible by bus as well as car), Orange, and the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. We also enjoyed visiting (at Linda’s suggestion) the lovely nearby town of Uzes, with its cafes and its medieval garden, and the pottery studios in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. Finally, there is an old Roman camp on the edge of Laudun that should not be missed.

All in all, La Soleillade was a wonderful place to stay--one of our favorites in years of traveling--and we are looking forward to returning

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan. It was a joy to meet you both and share this wonderful region with you. La Soleillade will always welcome you home to Provence.
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Location

Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Avignon
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Laudun
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Avignon TGV
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Roquemaure (A9 exit)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Laudun
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Camargue
Car: recommended

Located within The Golden Triangle of Provence, La Soleillade is an ideal base for exploring all the important sites of the area.

The apartment is an great base for wine buffs, who will enjoy visiting Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Tavel and of course Laudun, which is one of the 'Cotes du Rhone Villages'. We are surrounded by vineyards and there are many winery tours and Cave Cooperatives to visit 'pour une petite degustation'.

Art lovers should not miss the Museum Albert Andre in Bagnols sur Ceze. Andre moved to Laudun after his demobilization from World War One and became curator of the art museum of Bagnols, where he remained until his death. He was a best friend of Renoir who essentially served as his teacher and mentor. The museum is located on the second floor of the city hall and contains works by Rodin, Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, etc. and admission is free!

There are plenty of places to keep the children amused include a visit to the Haribo bonbon museum or the crocodile farm at Pierrelatte. You can hire canoes and bicycles to discover the beautiful valley of the river Ceze, or go horseback riding amongst the sunflowers and lavender fields.

Laudun is famous for its Gallo/Roman remains. There is a beautiful walk up to the 18 hectare site of Caesar's camp through a forest of Mediterranean oaks and pines and with magnificent views over the southern Rhone valley. The Camp de Cesar is also a renowned mountain biking trail.

The village hosts a Sunday morning Provencal market where you can buy all the fresh local produce.

To celebrate Bastille Day on the 14 July, the village is en fete. We have a feria in the main street which includes the running of the bulls, skillfully controlled by the cowboys of the Camargue, with the blessing of the beautiful white horses taking place first outside the church. There are many bodegas opened up by locals where you can enjoy the local vino and tapas and the whole atmosphere is enhanced by a jazz band. These celebrations are not just confined to July as Laudun loves a feria!

Avignon is 20 mins away with its arts festival in July. We have three of the most beautiful villages in France within a 20 km radius and you can discover the World Heritage Sites of Orange and the Pont du Gard or visit Arles and follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh or just wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the weekly Provencal market in the Duchy of Uzes.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Laudun-l'Ardoise, Gard

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£345
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£115
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Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
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£630
 
 
Winter Season
13 Oct 2018 - 29 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
£160
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Spring Season
30 Mar 2019 - 3 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
£270
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Mid Season
4 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
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£300
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High Season
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£900
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£900
 
 
Autumn Season
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
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£300
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Winter Season
28 Sep 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
£270
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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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