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The house is on the second and third floor of an old house (actually made of two houses from the 17th and 18th century) above a little Provencal fabric store that makes its own table cloths and aprons. Light filled, with windows in all directions, the house is perched on the highest point of Arles, overlooking the Antique Roman theater and the public gardens, with a 600 year-old tree out the window. The interior is treated with a modern, uncluttered look: A sleek modern kitchen, and up to-date bathrooms, but plenty of old beams and stone walls.
Richard Klein is a retired French Literature Professor, who spent most of his career at Cornell in Ithaca. Susan Holland is a prominent event designer in New York. We all appear on Susan's website.
Richard Klein purchased this apartment in 2007
Richard has been going to the feria in Arles for almost forty years, and has many old friends there. Since he married Susan, they have made many new ones. Leaving New York and going to Arles is like entering another universe. There is beauty and pleasure at every corner.
The house is modest but very beautiful, with every necessary amenity. It is perfectly located in the center of everything, only a few steps from the great market twice a week, down the street a bit from Roman ruins almost 2000 years old.
I could not believe my good fortune when arriving at this rental location in the heart of historic Arles. The apartment is a 5 minute walk from much of Arles and perhaps 10 minutes from the grocery store and train station. It is steps away from the fabulous market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The TI and bus station are very convenient. The master bedroom is airy with great views and you are awakened with the lively sounds of the street, primarily the children heading to school. The church bells on Sundays are fabulous. Otherwise it is a peaceful, sun-filled and quiet place. The kitchen is outstanding as are the bathrooms. I was so impressed with how spacious the apartment was and it is easy to find a space of your own if you are traveling with others. The owner provides a fabulous orientation guide to both the apartment and Arles. I would definitely come back here for another visit!
My wife and I and another couple shared this house for four nights, and we loved it. The location is fantastic -- close to the Roman sites as well as many of the Van Gogh sites -- definitely within walking distance of everything. Well equipped kitchen, two great bathrooms, comfortable beds, and wonderful, breezy nights -- we were comfortable even in the midst of the heat wave that hit France while we were there. Isabelle and Frank were very helpful and welcoming -- they went the extra mile for us, even when we had trouble with our car. It was nice having on site laundry machines. From the kitchen window, you can watch everything happening in the old city on the street below -- wonderful. One thing visitors should be aware of (which has little to do with the apartment -- except access) is that Arles can be hard to get in and out of by car at certain times. Market days (Wednesday and Saturday) and Friday nights of the bullfights (July and August), many of the roads simply shut down, and you will have real trouble trying to enter or exit the area and its parking. If you are aware of these things and plan ahead, you will be fine, but we weren't/didn't, and it was kind of a headache for us. Overall, a wonderful stay in a wonderful house!
We stayed 5 nights and it is worth every cent and minute spent in the house. The moment we stepped into it, we were delighted with the size and decor. The rooms are airy and spick and span. The kitchen is inviting with its neat shelves of glasses, crockery, cutlery and seasonings! The washing machine and dryer are modern and easy to operate. Two bathrooms are a boon when you have 4 or more people. We were excited by the beautiful sunset sky outside my bedroom window on our first day of arrival.
We did not cook because the eateries are within the vicinity. One thing to bear in mind is to eat between 7pm to 7.30pm as kitchens seemed to close early by 9pm even if tables are unoccupied. We visited the market in Arles on Wednesday but were told that Saturday market offers greater variety and should not be missed.
What really made a difference to our stay was Frank and Isabelle, the caretakers of the house. We did not have a car but Frank offered to drive us around for a reasonable fee. As a result, we were able to visit several villages such as Fontvieille, Roussillon and Maussane which are not easily accessible by public transport, historic monuments like Pont Du Gard and magnificent abbeys and churches such as MontMajour Abbey on the Alphilles and Luberon. We were able to explore these interesting sites without being hurried. Arles is a great town to travel to different villages. We had a chance to try apertifs like the pastis, kir and rosette over lunches and dinners. Food in Provence is fresh and tasty most of the time.
Richard, the manager, is quick with replies. He even emailed us in Mandarin. We highly recommend this house that comes with friendly people to all.
Meng & Company
We spent four nights at this fantastic house, but wish our stay had been longer. The house exceeded our expectations. It is spacious, airy, comfortable and in a fantastic location. With all due respect to the owners (who made the rental a breeze with the on-site assistance of Frank and Isabelle), the pictures do not do it justice. We spent two weeks in France and the mornings spent in the kitchen as the street below came to life, and the evenings spent sleeping with the windows thrown open were highlights for us. Some details: beds and linens were all great. Two full baths with excellent water pressure. Kitchen is huge, comfortable and fully functional. Every window opens differently and allows you endless control over the light and breeze. The house wears its years well - it is rustic, but tastefully, simply decorated and spotless.
We had a great stay in Arles and really appreciated the house.
It is a very comfortable place, nicely designed and close to the city spots.
We also had a great welcome from Isabelle. She was very helpful.
We recommend this address and we would be happy to rent it again if an opportunity occurs.
Its not fancy-schmancy but this house has integrity. Touch the walls and you may be touching Roman stones scavenged from the theater in the back yard. The bedroom gently holds Provincial light, the light Van Gogh painted filtered through green, leafy trees. Leave the windows open and wake to the soothing sound of a passing rain shower. Hang out the window in the kitchen and watch the parade of tourists meandering up and down the street, checking out the restaurants, everyone experiencing the placeness of Arles - just as you are. Its not just tourists walking the street however. School kids travel up and down full of early adolescent chatter. Locals run out of their cars to grab a pack of cigarettes from the tobacco shop across the way. While the street may be hundreds of years old it is not a museum. It remains an interesting connective passage to the whole of the city.
Even though the house spread out across two floors, we spent most of our time at the kitchen table or out on the streets, walking. The kitchen is as the photo shows and is easy to live and cook in. There are sitting rooms to the side which are furnished with simple seating. The walls look like they are in transition from one kind of treatment to another but the rough, gritty in-between state adds to the honesty of this apartment. The beds are comfortable and we slept deep, more deeply then we have in months.
While we had planned to arrive in mid-afternoon on a Thursday, a French Air Traffic Controllers strike diverted our plans to a mad cap dash from Geneva to Arles via train connections we’d never have chosen but found to be stunning in natural beauty. Who knew we’d be careening through the French countryside on a train/bus with French Afro Pop on the bus radio at 11:15 pm? Thankfully the local property caretaker was willing to wait up for our arrival and not only escort us to the house but also deliver a detailed and helpful orientation to its charming quirks.
In addition to the grocery store near the train station, we found a cheese shop close to the local bridge that was worthy of its calling and a charcuterie near the Forum that looked like the son was a skilled student of his father. Standing in line behind the little old lady with her classic french shopping cart on wheels, you can sense the generations of artistic craft in the meat cases on display. However, the Saturday Market, just steps away from the house, would make Julia Child sigh with joy.
The house is in the historic center of Arles, overlooking the antique Roman theater, and the lovely public gardens. It is in easy walking distance of everything: wonderful cafés, bookstores, great restaurants, even the train station. Unlike many other cities in Provence, Arles has not been gentrified or industrialized. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, it has the greatest outdoor market in Provence.
Arles is at the head of the Camargue, the vast rice-growing delta of the Rhone. Twice a year, at Easter, in September, the city organizes ferias with bull games and corridas in the Roman amphitheatre. In July and August, Arles invites you to the Rencontres Photographiques, the vast, curated exhibition of photography from all over the world, the biggest such event in Europe. Summers are full of music and dance. The theater festival in Avignon is sixteen minutes away by train; thirty minutes away by bus or car is the adorable beach-town of Saintes-Maries-de-la Mer.
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