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Le Petit Bijou is in the Provencal town of Saint Rémy-de-Provence in southern France and is owned by the author Vicki Archer. The house is inspired by the spirit of Vicki's books and her blog ‘French Essence’.
Le Petit Bijou has undergone a two year restoration led by the talented local architect Hugues Bosc and has been decorated by Vicki with many pieces sourced from local brocantes.
Vicki has created something that works for those who would like to discover Provence in a stylish way. Le Petit Bijou is all about providing a supremely comfortable retreat after a day of discovery in the region.
Le Petit Bijou is an air-conditioned, two story village house with a sitting room and dining area on the ground floor with a connected kitchen, guest powder-room and a lobby room. The first floor comprises a master bedroom and a double bedroom. The double bedroom opens onto a terrace with views over the garden of the Hôtel de Sade and the village rooftops. There is a separate WC and a bathroom with a shower and bath.
Le Petit Bijou was recently featured in the August 2014 edition of ''25 Beautiful Homes''.
Le Petit Bijou is right in the center of Saint Rémy-de-Provence in the historical precinct close to the Musée des Alpilles and the Hôtel de Sade. It is in a quiet street off the rue Carnot with its restaurants, a patisserie and a presse. Saint Rémy’s Wednesday market is only a few hundred metres away. The spectacular Alpilles mountain range and the gorgeous village of Eygalieres are nearby.
Saint Rémy-de-Provence is a brilliant jumping off point for Avignon, Aîx-en-Provence, Arles, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Marseille, Nimes and the Camargue. The Luberon, Gordes and Sénanque Abbey with its lavender fields are about 50 minutes away.
The area is well served with transport links.
By train: It is 20kms and 25 minutes’ drive from the TGV fast train station outside Avignon. The TGV operates direct to Avignon from London in the summer months and from Paris year round.
By air: It is 75kms and about 55 minutes’ drive from Marseille Provence airport. There are daily flights to Marseille from London by British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair and by Air France from Paris. XL Airways operates a New York to Marseille service. The smaller Avignon airport (20kms and 20 minutes) is served by Flybe from Southampton.
Rental cars are available at Avignon TGV train station, Avignon Airport and Marseille Provence Airport.
Inside the property:
• Entrance hall
• Kitchen with oven, microwave and dishwasher
• Two air-conditioned double bedrooms with high-quality Treca beds and views of the village, one with a terrace
• One bathroom with free-standing bath and separate shower
• Two WCs
• Reverse cycle air-conditioning and double glazed windows
• Wide screen television with Canal Plus satellite TV
• Unlimited high-speed wireless Internet
• Telephone for local calls
• Nespresso coffee machine and capsules
• Convenient on-street parking is generally available outside the house
• High grade bed linen and towels from the White Company
• Soaps, shampoo, conditioner and hairdryers
• Separate laundry with washing machine and dryer and consumables
• Mid-week housekeeping for rentals of seven days or more
• Cooking and extra cleaning by arrangement with the Manager
• Detailed written guide on Le Petit Bijou and the surrounding area
• Service by phone or email for recommendations or troubleshooting
• Alarm system and round the clock support for emergencies
Special requests can always be arranged via our local property manager, who is on hand to ensure a perfect holiday experience.
Our stay in Le Petit Bijou was outstanding. Everything in the house is as it is pictured and in perfect and immaculate condition and in superb working order. My husband and I are great tourers so we used LPB as our home base and returned home to have a glass of wine either on our terrace or in a cafe in St Remy, just minutes away. Everything necessary is around the corner, including great restaurants, patisseries, boulangeries and of course the famous market. St. Remy is a great walking town.
Arrangements to rent were very easily made and Christiane, the local manager, was on hand to welcome us and provide guidance whenever needed.
It is indeed a jewel.
My husband and I enjoyed our recent visit to St. Remy. Le Petit Bijou was a welcome sight after staying in hotels in Italy. The first full day at LPB, we took care of our laundry, walked around the lovely village, shopped, and enjoy a delightful meal at Le Laille ou la Cuisse. (It was so good, we went back for a 2nd time)
St. Remy is, as stated in other reviews, a perfect base for venturing out to see other towns nearby. But there is so much to see in St. Remy too: Glanum, the Greek/Roman ancient city - fascinating, Saint Paul de Mausole, where Vincent van Gogh spent a year recuperating and painting, and Les Baux - a quick 20 minute drive away.
We would definitely recommend Le Petit Bijou! (Also thank you to Christianne (sp) who manages the house. She took the time and effort to meet us near the church on our first night to "guide us" to the house! We had traveled all day, car, plane, train, and we were exhausted! )
My husband, adult daughter and I so enjoyed our recent weeklong stay at Le Petit Bijou in the heart of the delightful village of St Rémy. We heartily echo all of the reviews posted before our stay; the problem with LPB is that you may never want to leave the rental unit to see all of things that you planned to see! In terms of trip planning, St. Rémy is easily a base for sightseeing and day trips and Marseille is a convenient airport for flying in/out from London and other destinations within Europe. A quick trip to the TGV station in Avignon takes you to/from Paris and beyond. Try to plan your trip so that you are there to shop the market on Wednesday and do leave some time for wandering around town, walking out to Glanum and following the Van Gogh trail. We felt more immersed in french culture at Le Petit Bijou and in St Rémy than in Paris and found the locals very appreciative and patient with us as we practiced our French (our daughter and I were taking a language refresher course at Parlons en Provence). The gracious owners were very responsive and helpful in giving us advice about the area and they and the caretaker made us feel as though we were friends visiting them at their home! I look forward to our return.
The moment we walked into Le Petit Bijou, we felt like we were truly at home, away from home - only this is that home that you've always dreamed of, where the decor (modern French elegance), the comfort (down to the gorgeous, crisp bedding and very comfortable central air conditioning), the luxurious details (brocante picked up from local markets; L'Occitane and Savon de Marseille soaps) exude the love that the owners have for France and for the village of St. Remy. As homeowners who have overseen a major renovation, we were so impressed by the vision and quality of the work that was done.
We spent 5 days in Provence as a family with two young children and did not want the time to end because LPB was our base. We started each day with fresh pastries from a local boulangerie, enjoyed the lively Wednesday market (incredible produce, meat and fish), and did mini-adventures in Les Baux (the castle is a real kid-pleaser), Passerelle des Cimes for climbing/ziplining, Gordes (breathtaking) and Aix-en-Provence. But our favorite collective pastime was just relaxing in the charming house and cooking up a storm.
The owners, who are based in London, were incredibly hospitable from afar with their restaurant and sightseeing recommendations, their welcome gift of olive oil from a chateau that uses olives from their farm, wine, stocked kitchen basics, and the kind concierge who welcomed us and who was on call. After renting many properties on VRBO and Airbnb, this house and the wonderful service truly top it for us (and we've stayed at some incredible places). We can't wait to stay here again!
We have had quite a few wonderful places to stay during our wonderful holiday in Spain and France. Le Petit Bijou certainly is one of those wonderful experiences that you remember long after the holiday sadly comes to an end. The house is picturesque and the photos are accurate, no maybe not. The house is prettier than the photos could ever show and the lovely village of Saint Remy is a dream to wander up and down the little streets crammed with wonderful things to take in and buy if you wish. There are some fine epiceries there if you don't want to leave the beautiful dining table and you can buy some wonderful produce, and of course their divine rose and just sit and relax and feel fortunate to stay there. Otherwise some great dining experiences are to be found close by or drive to some beautiful villages for wonderful lunches and dinners.
The owners are very generous with lovely candles, wine, Nespresso coffee, and also a wonderful lady to come in and clean once a week. She is part of the charm of this special place and my husband, son and myself will long remember this place and special village.
There are not enough words to describe how great this house is. We stayed here for a week and absolutely loved it. The decor is beautiful, so romantic and everything fits perfectly. You can see that the owners spent a lot of time and effort to make sure that everything matches and fit just right, perfect! It was all done with such love, thought and overall great taste. I hope to someday own a vacation home as beautiful as this one.
This house BY FAR exceeds any other house we've rented in the past and we hope to stay here again!
The town of Saint Rémy-de-Provence is very quaint with a perfect location for easy day trips to many great site seeing destinations (20 min to an hour drive). Although the town itself is great and definitely worth spending a day in. The restaurants are fantastic. We had a great meal every night.
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