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Cozy, Provencal Chic -- Centrally located for touring, and relaxation.

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Air conditioned, Central location, 5 Bedrooms, 5 -1/2 Bath - sleeps


From the moment you cross the threshold and enter the grand salon of this historic monument -- now our home, you're transported to a way of life rare to find anymore.

The soaring beamed ceilings, the 7 foot wood burning fireplace greet you and your friends with warmth, charm and tres chic comfort.

As you enter the grand salon and dining area, you'll rest in sumptuous sofas and chairs from Roche Bobois.

Their collection Les Provinciales is rarely seen in the USA, but here in France it's a combination of comfort, ease and elegance.

A Sony wifi enabled flat screen TV beams in programming from the BBC, NBC, CNN, Bloomberg and dozens of channels from the UK. And if you use Apple TV, you'll be able to log in and enjoy Netflix and other streaming programs from your personal accounts.

Tucked in a 'petit coin' just off the living room is a spectacular 3 story open atrium. Originally part of the barn structure, it's now housing a dramatic 7 foot long fountain, seating for coffee + petit dejeuner or on a warm summers' night a glass of cool rose under the stars.

The gas BBQ is at the ready for your 'en plein air' meals and grillades.

Glance skyward and you'll see the original beams which housed the various floors of the barn, including a hayloft. All that's left now is an open view of the non stop Provencal sky -- true blue.

What makes my home special and different?

Each and every year, during the off season we invest in the upkeep and remodeling of the home. That means new linens and bedding, pillows, upgraded wifi, cookware and so on. I'm about to run out of bathrooms to remodel, but am sure to find something new to inspire me and make your stay better. yes, I'm a rehab addict!

When you watch a charming film such as 'Chocolat' "Amelie" or 'Jean de Floret" and the inspiration to come and spend a week living in a French village excites you -- well, this is the house that will make that happen.

From the Boulangerie, the Pizza oven and the 'Bar' on the village square the social hub of old style France, and Provence is at your doorstep.

Enjoy the robust, luxurious seasons of Provence. Our village offers the best of artisanal experiences. Savor flavors that will take your breath away. Hike the hills of the Luberon, sample local goat cheese, visit olive oil artisans, and experience markets full of fresh flavors, foods and excitement. The vineyards tell the ever changing stories as seasons shift. Striking colors, flavors and the scents make our corner of Provence and particularly our village a memorable experience. If shopping is your hobby, everyday is a 'shop-ortunity' in Provence. Cultural visits to Avignon, Aix en Provence and Roman ruin are easily managed from our central location.

Our home is the perfect respite from the stresses of the office and 'back home.'

Featured in the French magazine; Maison et Decors, our home is an official historic monument. However -- it's not a museum nor stuffy.

All aspects of its' appearance are under the watchful eye of our Mairie. After the French revolution, Ansouis remained 'loyal' to the royals. Our home was the local meeting place and headquarters for those in favor of the new Republique.

If you enjoyed the film 'A Good Year,' you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard as many scenes were filmed in neighboring villages. in fact, several of our friends and neighbors were extras in the film.

'French Kiss' with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline shot several key scenes in a nearby vineyard; Val Joanis.

The beauty of the Luberon and our local villages are featured in these movies, and now you can experience the same.


We have French style airconditioning systems on each floor of the house to take the heat off those sunny and warm Provencal days. Village houses like ours, are regulated and we're not allowed for US standard HVAC systems. Central air is simply not installed as in the USA.

We keep our place up -- Each and every year, we put every dollar back into refurbishing, renovating and keeping the house in good working order. This means new Grohe plumbing fixtures, new toilets, baths, renovated kitchen (for which my French friends asked Why?) Well the answer is that I travel non stop for work, and I want to make my home better every time. Maybe it's crazy, but I'm dedicated to continual improvements and so YOU HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO STAY .

You'll sleep on top quality mattresses, with sheets from the USA, Pillows from the USA, Wifi throughout the house, dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, and so on.

The house decorated in easy, casual chic. My culinary background and work for a former Food Network and current Michelin chef in the USA, means that our kitchen is fully loaded. It is perfect for cooking great meals with friends. ... 5 unique bedrooms, all with American size towels and 400+ thread count luxury linens. Our beds are high quality - dream beds with anti allergy covers.

Need to be connected? We have satellite tv with CNN, CNBC, BBC, etc. We've installed a permanent 'internet' center with free DSL, and a USA laptop/keyboard. The laptop is Skype enabled for free calls 'skype to skype.' We even have iPod docking stations and chargers.

Wifi is free, secure and log on information is provided.

Hungry, but too tired to cook? You can directly work with a private chef whom will come to the house, or deliver prepared meals directly to the kitchen door.

This is a big roomy house, with 3 levels, and lots of airy rooms, and high ceilings. King and Queen size (comfortable) beds. Nooks and alcoves to read, and nap in. There's plenty of private space for your group - so that friends and family aren't tripping over each other.......

...Upstairs there is a Large Roof terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ, and mini prep kitchen. Living room is superb, with a 7 foot wood burning fireplace!.... On the ground floor we have an small Private garden with breakfast table - the perfect place for your cafe creme and croissant with the blue Provencal sky peeking over you......inside there is large marble dining table for dinner parties.

Ansouis (An-Swee) is officially classified as One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Less than 45 minutes to Isle sur sorgue, 25 min to Aix en Provence, Apt, less than one hour to Cassis, Marseille, Avignon, and Arles. Day trip to the Camarque or Cote D'azur, visit the wineries at Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone! Hike, Bike, Hot air balloon, visit boutique wineries, dine in the Michelin star restaurants which are in our area...........

Swimming?........Join the locals and go for a refreshing swim in our nearby fresh water lake - Etang de la Bonde -- it's clear spring water, and a 5 minute drive from the house.

Everything is here in our little village, and at night it's peaceful and quiet. You can walk 2 minutes to the new 'hot restaurant' La Closerie, where a certain author (his latest book was made into the feature film referenced above) dines regularly or drive 10 minutes to Lourmarin for a variety of dining - from cafe casual to Michelin star. It takes 30 seconds (if you walk really slowly) to get to our Boulangerie! The chocolate croissants are sinful.

Our house is the perfect haven to de-stress, and immerse yourself in AUTHENTIC French village life. In many ways you will feel you've returned to a lost era.

We are always available to answer any questions and to help you plan itineraries and steer you in the right direction for a fun vacation.

PRICING: VERY IMPORTANT! We quote US Dollar rates -- that ensures that when you book the price you pay doesn't increase by the time of your final payment due to currency fluctuation. Pay in Euros and you're risking a rate hike by the time you pay your closing costs.


'Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time at your place in Ansouis. Picture-perfect, the village and your place. We will recommend it to our close friends and family. We are also thinking of visiting again next year in July!' Mrs. H. ................

'Hello Barbara! We all wanted to say a big 'Thank You!' for making your beautiful home available! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit again! Provence is spectacular! As an artist, an oil painter, I was definitely inspired.' - Nancy C.............

'Your house has a lovely warm authentic feel with many original features. stunning village with lovely walks in picturesque surroundings. spacious rooms of plenty all with lovely en-suites. We loved our stay!' Gail, Liverpool, UK ..

'great house.......

so warm, so user friendly and so convenient to everything.Had a great time. Look forward to going back.' M.S., NY

WE GIVE BACK ~ Each year we donate stays at our house for fundraising for organizations such as;

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Keywords: Village house, historic,enchanting, rustic, romantic

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Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, Italian, Mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2018

About Barbs

I grew up in New York, and have worked all over the world. My loves are nature, food, bicycling, writing, cooking, decorating, meeting people and enjoying life!

Originally I had planned to live in Italy. Then by sheer luck I was fortunate to visit the Luberon. It was love at first sight.

My home is a labour of love. When you walk in the front door you'll be transported to a way of life that is cherished. We know you will love our home as well. Our fan mail from clients is wonderful and it's very rewarding to share a week or two of this magical place with you!

I've worked in restaurants, trained as an artisan baker and have spent decades in culinary and housewares business. If home is where the heart is, then this is my 'Couer'

My home is a place of transformation for me, my family and our friends. It's furnished to be cozy, comfortable and have all the modern technology you need.

Slow down -- really slow down your life and recharge yourself in Ansouis.

A la prochaine et tres bientot,


Barbs purchased this house in 2000

Why Barbs chose Ansouis

Actually, this house chose me.....After a long hike through the Luberon over 17 years ago - we arrived in Ansouis coming up the big hill -- an invigorating walk up the road near the Musee Extraordinaire. When we stopped at the top, I caught my breathe on the corner of Place Des Hotes where the house is located. And -- That was it, I saw the house, and somehow (yes like in the movies) I wound up owning it less than 3 months later....I love this village because it is truly authentic, pristine and not over run with postcard shops and retailers. Ansouis is a village where you can walk the streets at night, close your eyes and go back in time hundreds of years.

Ansouis has a profound effect on people. You will literally be swept off of your feet with its charm.

What makes this house unique

I think about your stay with YOU IN MIND. What comforts are you looking for? Is the bed comfortable? Do you have the right cookware for the delicious meal you'll create after visiting the markets?

Can you check in on CNN and see what's going on in the world -- just in case. Do you have free calls back to the USA?

In my house, the answer is QUI!

We are in the center of the village. Our life here is as we were in the center of a charming French film and the characters are walking by, baguette tucked under their arm with their trusted chiens by their side...I love sitting up on the terrace at night and watching the stars come out. As our friends say: sit back and watch nature put on a show.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Chez Westfield. Everything was perfect - the house, the village, le Closerie. Even the weather was perfect for the whole week. We especially enjoyed the roof garden at night, with our tea lights and our wine. Helen prepared an outstanding dinner for us, and our final evening dinner at le Closerie was ideal. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.

I inadvertently took home your Michelin map. I have the same one and when I emptied my suitcase,
May 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ansouis in Vaucluse

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , toilet on ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure , This bathroom features a shower, plus sink and skylight
  • 5 bath or shower combo's. Our baths are updated with Grohe fixtures, fabulous stone from Brazil and tile from Italy. 1/2 bath on ground floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , this splits into 2 twins!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4) 1 can split into 2 twins for 2 singles sharing one room, Baby Cribs (1) can be arranged
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
WIFI. AIRCONDITIONING, 2 Satellite TV's - CNN, CNBC, BBC, - VCR, Weber Charcoal Grill (BBQ), we maintain a Non Smoking House for everyones' enjoyment, however Smoking is OK on terrace or in garden


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Cozy, Provencal Chic -- Centrally located for touring, and relaxation.
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
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French village life at its best

  • 5 of 5

Walking through the front door, you sink into the relaxed comfort of a French village home. While settling into a soft chair by the fireplace (it was December after all), you can close your eyes and transport yourself to France of another era. Don’t be fooled: with modern communications, bathrooms, kitchen, and ensuite heating/airconditioning, this is as up to date as you could desire. It is a perfect, flexible all-season guest house, situated in a charming village in the heart of Provence. Your host, Barbara, is attentive, engaging, and a repository of local lore. I unabashedly recommend this property, and look forward to a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, thanks so much for your lovely review and most of all for choosing to stay in my house! We strive to furnish the creature comforts and coziness you'd expect and welcome your stay again. You and yours are the perfect guests ~ please return anytime, and we'll make sure there's an open week or two ;-)) for you!
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A house oozing with charm and history

  • 5 of 5

The minute you step through the door, you feel immersed in French country life and centuries of history. We stayed with a few other couples and sipping champagne by the giant fireplace was a treat. We stayed in the left room on the first floor up and our bed was super-comfortable. The modern shower had good water-pressure. Ansouis village is charming and well-located to explore the area. Dinner at the nearby La Closerie restaurant was delicious. Barbs, the owner, was professional and pleasant, with 18 years of knowledge about the village and area on offer. Too bad we didn't have time to cook, for we loved the ambiance of the kitchen as well.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paris, France

A Charming Village Retreat Perfect for A Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was my third stay at this charming village retreat in the heart of Provence and it proved to be the perfect venue for a gathering of friends. The house is situated in the center of the village in an 18th century manse with 5 bedrooms, 3 of which are ensuite. From the moment you walk into the large salon with fireplace and courtyard, you are swept into another world and era...with all of the modern amenities at hand. The kitchen is totally equipped with all the latest appliances and conveniences. On the top floor of the house, there is a canopied terrace with lounging couches that is ideal for relaxation on a sunny Provencal day in the spring, summer or fall. Each of the ensuite bedrooms is cozy and inviting. We had four couples staying in the house for a reunion celebration and the sleeping arrangements could not have been easier...everyone was content which is unusual in a group of our size! Despite being in the heart of a charming village, parking is absolutely no problem with two lots within a short walk of the house. Additionally, the village of Ansouis offers a true Provencal experience in that it does not seem to be overwhelmed by is delightful to wander the small streets and alleys up to the chateau and church with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If you are looking for charm, location and comfort for a group of friends or family, this is an ideal choice!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place ,loved village and Barbara is a great hostess

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place to enjoy Provence

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to enjoy Provence. A comfortable house with all necessary amenities. Don't miss the Michelin starred restaurant down the street.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're super happy you enjoyed your stay. And that you appreciated the coziness of the house even during chilly December weather! Thanks again, please come back and experience what we have to offer in spring and summer!
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Very special getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what fun, a great hostess, and attention to our needs. We used her new air conditioners 2 days and they were perfect. Nice facilities all in all, and very good kitchen.

The upstairs terrace was our own private get away. This house is in the center of town and we walked to everything. Will come back

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Marseille Provence (Marignane - code is MRS)
Nearest Barpub
12 Metres
Voila! across the street
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
several choices within 30 minutes
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Autoroute A51
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
La Closerie - sensational - Michelin Star
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Alpes maritimes
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Cote D'Azur + Cote Bleu
Car: recommended

FANTASTIC CENTRAL LOCATION __ This village is the perfect base for touring historic places,shopping the markets, COOKING, visiting vineyards and golfing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ansouis, Vaucluse

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
La Vendange
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall Colors
30 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £73.69
Fuel winter supplement £186.08

PROVENCE Rental Week is scheduled as: SATURDAY CHECK IN after 4 pm, SATURDAY AM CHECK OUT by 9 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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