La Maison des Peintres is a typical village house at the top of a hamlet at the foot of the Géant de Provence, the Mont Ventoux. It looks unimposing from the outside but as soon as you enter it is warm and light-filled, painted in rich Provençal colours. The ground floor is divided into three areas - kitchen, dining and living. This leads onto a sunny terrace that overlooks one of the most beautiful views in the area with a patchwork of cherry orchards, vines and poplars. This view is particularly dramatic in the autumn. The kitchen is well stocked. It is important for us that you have good coffee making facilities and proper glasses for drinking the fine wine of the region as you watch the sun go down. Each bedroom is large with top quality mattresses, pillows, duvets and linens. Towels are fluffy. Everywhere there hang paintings by your host and other painters who have visited. For winter guests, there is an original Godin stove and an open fireplace which keep the place toasty. One of the bedrooms also has a working fireplace. All rooms have electric heaters. There is wifi available throughout and an ipod/phone sound dock in each bedroom. This is one of the most magical areas of the Vaucluse and indeed Provence. Because you are at the foot of the mountain you only have to walk out of the door and you are on the 'Grand Randonée 91', a walking trail that circles the Ventoux. There, in summer, the oak, pine and moss paths (the 'Garrigue') will provide delicious shady walks. Right in front of the house there are cherry orchards, vineyards and poplars. In every season it is heavenly, from the white blossom through the wild irises and scented broome of spring to the scarlet explosion of autumn. In winter the snow can turn everything into a winter wonderland or you can be eating outside on the terrace. The hamlet consists of a few houses and an average pizzeria which is a great place to hang out to have an apéro. Bedoin is two kilometers away. Bedoin is a pretty and lively place not just for tourists like so many of the villages around. It has a school, a lovely municipal pool, a supermarket, an organic butcher and three bakeries (two of which are good). On Mondays it hosts one of the regions fine Provençal markets and on Saturday evenings between May and September there is a farmer's market where you can get the freshest seasonal produce from Ventoux lamb through goats cheese and asparagus. You are in the best cycling and walking country (the Mont Ventoux is famous for the regular visits by the Tour de France). You are twenty or so minutes from the lavender capital of Provence - Sault - and from the famous Côtes du Rhône villages of Seguret, Vacqueyras, Gigondas where you can spend hours pottering through the vineyards and tasting some of the world's best wine. Meanwhile, if you are in need of some city bustle, the luminescent papal city of Avignon is just 30 minutes away.
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- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Jun 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Making a living as a musician can mean not having much chance to take a vacation.
But I was scheduled to go to Germany on business and decided to take 10 days and spend them on my own in Provence, taking cello lessons. So I found this English lady who teaches and had just purchased a villa...sort of a town house...in a tiny little village, and rents it out.
I arrived and found myself in a lovely place at the foot of a mountain and vineyards and farmland all around. After hours on a plane, a train trip and then an hour driving up from Avignon, I was hoping that I could take a long soak in the tub, remembering the landlady in Italy who only let us have hot water one day a week. The tub was the longest I have ever enjoyed and the water, lots of it, was hot. This little village was full of nice people who were did not seem to mind a visitor staying near them, making it a great place to go to unwind. It's off the beaten path and you will not find trying to speak French in a restaurant embarrassing as a waiter switches into English and rushes you into ordering food. Each day I drove to a different area, visiting a monastery where Benedictine monks sing Gregorian chant daily; attending a concert with Ruth Phillips where a cellist played Bach in a church that was standing before Bach was born; and taking a lot of pictures of people's dogs! No one was rude, the quiet of the villa was lovely. At night it was wonderful to sit on the open air terrace and seeing the moon and stars. I recommend staying there highly...they even had arranged for high speed wireless internet - the internet being hard to find in the mountains, so each day I was able to send pictures back to make my wife regret that she stayed behind to work. So this year we are going to go together. On my return to Paris before flying back, I stayed at the Citizen M hotel...which had very luxurious bedding that must have come from the same place as the bedding at the villa...and how often can you stay in a villa with artwork by a famous artist? Don't miss it.