LA MADELENE IS AVAILABLE FOR WEEKLY RENTAL
Former Benedictine priory dating from 1180 - stylishly converted to an 8 bedroom country house, 550m2, located between Mt. Ventoux and the Dentelles in the Vaucluse Provence - 40k NE of Avignon. The house was formerly the home of French novelist Marie Cardinal. Each bedroom has en -suite shower rooms installed in the last 8 years. There are terraces for al fresco eating/relaxing and a 11x5m pool. There is a large communal room "The Chapel" for internal meals/relaxing. Broadband internet connection. Large Provencal kitchen, fully equipped. Dining space al fresco, in the kitchen or in the Chapel dining room.
The house is located between the scenic Dentelles de Monmirail hills and Mt. Ventoux which at 1912m dominates the landscape and is an iconic landmark for followers of the Tour de France. Needless to say the area is a mecca for cyclists - the local village of Malaucene boasts one of the regions best bike shops where you can rent all sorts of bikes up to the very highest spec. For history lovers, nearby are the Roman archeological site at Vaison -la -Romaine, the Roman arena at Orange and for wine fans the famous vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and a 30 minute drive takes you to Chateauneuf du Pape. The Luberon villages of Gordes, Roussillon , Bonnieux are just over an hours drive to the south.
Other activities: hill walking in the Dentelles is immensely popular as is rock climbing; the Tuesday Provencal market at Vaison ( 10 mins) is immense and attracts visitors from a vast catchment area; cookery school in Vaison; Olive oil production at Beaumes de Venise co-op; Goats cheese farm just 5 minutes away, 40 charming goats ( great entertainment for young ones); visiting the Benedictine monastery near Suzette to listen to Gregorian chants; river walking in the Toulerenc river to cool off; numerous high quality to simple/fun restaurants & bistros within 10 minutes drive; there is a luxury Spa complex available in nearby Malaucene. Private wine tours can be arranged.
La Madelène is available for weekly rents in July & August