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Historic Center: Classic Town House Apt. with Elegance, Absolute Calm, Gardens

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2)

Located only steps away from the daily farmers' markets and the shops and restaurants of Aix-en-Provence, in the heart of the Historic Center and off of one of the most active and beautiful squares of Provence, this Town house apartment in a former mansion features Classic style of elegant French town living, absolute calm, unobstructed garden views and a generous and wonderful layout. A truly rare find in a medieval city where light, quiet and views are very difficult to come by! With southern and western exposures, over 12 foot high ceilings, original 'tomettes' or Provencal tiles, this completely renovated property will provide a sophisticated and elegant oasis from the active hustle and bustle of town. Enter the property off the square, through the landmarked door and immediately find yourself surrounded by the peace, coolness and calm of the gardens (an elevated portion of which is not accessible). Upon entering the former mansion, walk up the large stone staircase to the second floor and enter the apartment. You will find yourself in the dining area, with an open kitchen featuring dishwasher, four burner induction cook top, oven, refrigerator and freezer, microwave, new utensils and top-grade cookware. The kitchen is fully equipped (toaster, coffee maker, etc.) and if you have special needs for baking, etc., please let me know!

To the left of the dining room is the living room, featuring its high ceiling and Art Deco chandelier, garden views, decorative fireplace, fully equipped entertainment center, a mix of antique and art-deco furnishings and off to the side, a bathroom, with a toilet, sink and shower. The living room has a door and can be closed off to give privacy to anyone enjoying a siesta on the sofa. To the right of the dining room, is the bedroom, with its high ceiling, authentic Art Deco chandelier, antique furniture and artwork from the region. The bed is a custom designed hand forged iron creation by a local artist and hosts a queen size mattress and box spring, fine quality linens from the US, down comforter and pillows. In front of the bed is a hand forged iron bench to sit and read from while looking out onto the surrounding gardens. Off to the side of the bedroom is the attached 'retro-style' master bathroom with marble floor, tiled shower, toilet and pedestal sink featuring amenities such as towels, hairdryer and towel racks.

The property evokes the feeling of Grand French town living and features the very best of antique French and Provencal decor along with all the amenities for a comfortable stay - whether you stay for a long or short visit.

This property is not handicap accessible.

Pay, secure parking is literally only steps away - though a car is not needed for a stay in Aix-en-Provence! The town is mostly pedestrian and the infrastructure for visiting the surrounding areas is excellent.

The property is also located only steps away from the world renowned Spa located on the site of the ancient Roman Thermal Baths.

Keywords: City center, apartment, elegant, sophisticated, town-house, sunny, calm, quiet, peaceful, near markets, near restaurants, center of town

More Details

Holly Poirier
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Holly Poirier

I've been living here and welcoming the traveler to Provence since 2001. A former New Yorker, I became enchanted with the region like so many others but had the opportunity to make my dreams come true with my first home in the Luberon. Since then, I've added the apartments to my list of favorite places on the planet. I too spend many joyous times in these properties, so I make sure they are comfortable, well maintained and reflect the spirit of the region I love.

Holly Poirier purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Holly Poirier chose Centre Ville

Perhaps only someone who has never visited Aix-en-Provence might ask the question 'why buy here?'. A friend once commented - 'you no longer take vacations since it seems staying in Provence is enough of one for you'. Please do come and experience the area for youself. You will understand.......

What makes this apartment unique

This property, located in a former mansion and surrounded by gardens, is a truly rare find in the center of town. It provides the best of both worlds - all the fun and convenience of being right in the center of town with the peaceful feel of the countryside! This three-hundred year old apartment has been completely renovated with every modern amenity and ultimate comfort.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Centre Ville in Aix-en-Provence

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Arrival time after 6 pm might necessitate a late check in fee of 30 euros. Please let me know if there is a possibility of late arrival.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) with mattress and boxspring shipped from the U.S., all cotton linens, linen armoire, dresser drawers, alarm clock, bedside lighting and side tables. Attached bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, and amenities such as hairdryer, cotton swabs, etc.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
While situated right off of one of the most active and beautiful squares in Aix-en-Provence, this property is located behind a large landmarked entry, through a garden and into complete tranquility. Flooded with light and views onto the gardens, the apartment offers a great respite from the hustle and bustle of town. Only steps away from the daily markets and shops, yet a magnificent, calm and peaceful setting amidst a garden.


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Historic Center: Classic Town House Apt. with Elegance, Absolute Calm, Gardens
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews

A stunner!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is simply amazing. It is absolutely central, right in the heart of things, and yet also a tranquil oasis. A dozen restaurants are literally right outside the door, while just around the corner are the famous Aix belltower; the Hôtel de Ville with its cafés and daily flower market, and the Place Richelme, with its lively cafés and daily (wonderful) food market. Aix's lovely cathedral, St. Sauveur, is about a three-minute walk in the other direction. But once inside the gate, you feel like you are in the country, with lots of plants and flowers in the garden and genuine quiet. Best of both worlds, to say the least.

The apartment itself is also the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is full of Provençal charm, from the traditional red-tile floors to the high ceilings with moldings to the French-door style windows in every room to let in lots of light and air. On the other, it is extraordinarily comfortable and functional, from the excellent mattress to the recently-renovated bathrooms and full (and fully equipped) kitchen. Holly has clearly put a tremendous amount of thought into setting this place up and no convenience or comfort has been overlooked. The furnishings are not the usual low-end, let's-see-how-cheaply-we-can-do-this items you find in a rental... and it makes a tremendous difference. The apartment is spacious as well-- none of the claustrophobia you get in so many tiny little rentals. This is an apartment in which you can really spread out a bit and live.

We have rented many apartments in France over the years and all of them have been nice. But, truth be told, they have tended to be an A- sort of nice. There are always a few things that get in the way of a truly excellent experience: a saggy mattress, a bedside table that doesn't work, a wobbly coffee table, no place to stretch out comfortably to watch TV, a too-small and doesn't-really-work washing machine, etc. This place has none of those drawbacks; it is literally perfect. Probably the first apartment we have ever stayed in that truly earns an A+ rating. Bravo, Holly and John! Highest possible recommendation!

PS Holly is very helpful and professional and absolutely available if you need anything, which inspires great confidence. But she leaves you alone if that's what you prefers. Once again, best of both worlds!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing, and detailed, review of the property. We're so happy that you really enjoyed your stay in the apartment and that it went beyond expectations! I do believe - in no small part - that the comfort level and attention to detail can only come from having owners who actually live in the property, as we do when it is not rented. We've made it a place to love for ourselves and are so happy to share it. Of course we agree that the location, vues, tranquility are perfect too! Please do plan a return visit, we'd be thrilled to see you both again.
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A perfect home in Aix

  • 5 of 5

We felt very sad to leave this delightful property which was our home for a week in Aix-en-Provence. The apartment ticked all our boxes which included being full of character, a fabulous centre-of-town location, beautifully presented and extremely well-equipped. We felt very privileged everytime we arrived home, unlocked the gate and walked up the pretty courtyard path to the entrance - just like lucky locals! It was so peaceful despite being in the heart of the town, we loved the views from all the windows and it was so convenient having two bathrooms! Holly was a really lovely host - she gave us a great welcome to the property despite our arrival being much later than planned and was really helpful later in the week when I asked for recommendations for a celebration dinner. Aix Cigales was the perfect place for our special trip - so look no further and book yourselves in!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this thoughtful and wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you stay at the property and I hope it made the spacial birthday even more so! Perhaps a longer stay next time?
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Wonderful Provençal Home

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our week in Holly and John’s delightful apartment in Aix. Their welcome was warm and included a thorough orientation to the apartment and the city. Their recommendations of shopping, dining, markets were excellent and invaluable. The entrance to this beautiful apartment is through a big door off a busy square, along a delightful garden path and upstairs to the peace of our home from home in Aix. Would love to stay again. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gem in every way

  • 5 of 5

Add us to the list of rave reviews for this exquisite retreat. We stayed for a week and grew more attached by the day to its many charms — the tasteful Provençal decoration, the light and views, the incredibly quick access to Aix’s lively squares, markets and sights, the fully- and thoughtfully-equipped kitchen, and, less tangibly, the graceful comfort of a real home that it exudes. Holly and Jon were just the hosts you’d expect from such a place: gracious, personable, informed and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for better.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I believe great reviews go both ways - it was a pleasure meeting you both and having you stay at the apartment! Thank you so much for such high praise. We do hope you return soon and are really pleased the property went beyond expectations. Our very best, Holly & Jon
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Truly beautiful and comfortable home away from home! The best!

  • 5 of 5

Location, comfort, natural light, high ceilings and stunning attention to detail make this apartment feel twice its size and wonderfully enjoyable. Holly and Jon have created a classic modern apartment in the center of Aix's historic center. You are living in the midst of historic tradition while a lovely home awaits you at the end of your day. Holly offers hospitality and guidance par excellence! This is the best residence of a dozen or more we have rented through VRBO.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, we are so flattered by this incredible review!!!! Thank you 'mille fois' for your stay, and do come on back!
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Beautiful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This was probably one of the nicest places we have ever rented while traveling. Holly and John met us when we arrived and were very helpful . The apartment is bright, spacious and very comfortable. Location could not be better! It s set back with a courtyard in front so that the noise from the street is muted. the apartment was well equipped to cooking meals in and restaurants were literally a stones throw away from the front step! Holly was very receptive to any questions that we had about the area and she really was a terrific host. Aix is a great base to travel from and an interesting city to explore. Thank you Holly and John for all your help! We will not hesitate to recommend this apartment to our friends!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan, for this amazing review, and for your stay at the property. I'm so pleased it met your expectations and helped you enjoy your visit to this wonderful region. I know you had a number of choices as where to stay, and I'm truly flattered you and your husband chose to stay at our apartment in Aix. Please consider a return - it would be a pleasure to welcome you back!
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Car: not necessary

Aix-en-Provence offers world class music and entertainment with its yearly international festivals and provides a picturesque and easy-to-navigate town from which to explore the region. From Aix-en-Provence you can easily visit the cities along the Cote d'Azure (Nice, Cannes, Marseille) the towns of Arles and Avignon and the small Provencal villages in the Luberon. Many guests have commented on loving the access to all the sites in Provence, but loving more so the return to the picture postcard town of Aix. The city center is mostly 'pedestrian only', is entirely walk able and offers every service imaginable, including English language movie theatres. Pay parking is available steps away from the apartment. for those wishing to rent a car.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Please inquire for long-term stay discounts or one-person discounts.
Rates include unlimited internet access, free and unlimited international telephone, cable TV, linens, cleaning, utilities...
Christmas/New Years vacation rates are considered Peak Season rates.
Heating fee may apply depending on the month of rental.
Manager or owner will be on site during your stay.

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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