3 bed 2 bath villa at the top of Sablet, Provence, 360 deg views over vineyards
About Tony Byrne
Hi, We are Mary & Tony Byrne, an almost retired couple who fell in love with Provence and Sablet when really close friends of ours bought a house in the village in 2004. Our friends alerted us La Grande Maison in late 2006, mind you at that time is was not so grand. Over the next 18 months there was lots of work from our builders, Patrice and Jean Claude and many hours from Mary & I, family and friends, who probably did not know what they were getting themselves in for when invited to join us in Provence. Now we have 3 lovely bedrooms in the main house and a separate self contained apartment. We live in Perth in Australia but try and spend 3 months or so in Sablet each year, usually in the apartment. We love the village and the friends we have made there, in fact we love it so much we are renovating another villa just a stones throw away on the other side of the church. We hope that it will be completed in time for renting in 2020. We completed the pool and outdoor lounge area while we were there this year and are happy to make it available to guests in the main house and apartment until work recommences in November 2019. We would love to meet you if you happen to be staying while we are there and would be more than happy to show you around the many and varied highlights of the area.
Tony Byrne purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Tony Byrne chose Sablet
Sablet is a small living French village perched atop a hill and surrounded by vineyards. It is not on the tourist route, no tour buses and yet it has all you need in terms of shops, bars, and dining from standard to 5 star. We did not really intend to buy. We fell in love with the place after spending some time with our friends and when the opportunity presented itself we jumped at it. Not normally so impetuous but delighted with the decision.
What makes this Villa unique
When we stay in Sablet we spend some time working on the house, there is always something to do. And then we either relax in the village or visit the nearby towns. Even now after 11 years we are still discovering jewels within 30 minutes of home. I suppose the thing we look forward to most is spending some time on the terrace of a summers evening with a glass of local red wine and 360 degree views over the Cote du Rhone. We love to relax at the Cafe de Sports with Bruno and Sylvie and the fine dining at Le Bistro les Copain just next to the bar. One of the great things about Sablet is its self sufficiency. You can get everything you need in the village. There is of course the bar, fine dining at the Bistro and La Table de Magdali, food and other essentials at Alain and Mimi's small supermarket and fresh meat at the butchers. There are two patisseries, two hairdressers, a florist, a Tabac and a beauty salon. The local tourist bureau doubles as wine degustation where you can taste and buy wine from all the local vignerons at cellar door prices. The village is backed by the Dentelles a lovely range of forested hills with loads of walking paths to suit all tastes from challenging to gentle. Bike riding is of course a French passion and there are many bike routes through picturesque villages. There are lots of suggestions on our website.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Toutes les commodités dans un emplacement tranquille.
A été un séjour très agréable: il ne manquait pas de rien, dans une maison très accueillante, placée à un village tranquille et avec charme. Les propriétaires, très attentifs et sympathiques.
Special interest holidays
1 hour drive to coast.
Nearest airport Avignon.
3hr TGV train ride from Paris to Avignon.
Hire cars available at station in Avignon.
35 min drive from Avignon to Sablet.
Hire car recommended.
Just a short distance from Sablet you will find the pretty villages of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine-du-Vacluse where tourists can enjoy local markets or visit Vaison La Romain, the site of famous Roman ruins. A day visit to Avignon is a must, only 40 mins by car. There you can visit the palace of the Popes, indulge in some shopping and wander around the old walled city.
There are 2 Boulangeries (bakeries), 2 Epiceries (convenience markets), a Boucherie (Butcher), a Fleuriste, a Tabac – Presse, where you can pick up your daily copy of the local and Parisian daily newspapers as well as the International Herald Tribune, a Banque (with cash machine), Post Office and Medical Center with on duty doctors and a dentist.
The Café des Sports is a great place to relax over a café au lait, or an early evening aperitif, maybe before dinner at one of the neighboring restaurants - Les Bistro le Copain just next to the bar - very fine food and a lovely terrace overlooking the Dentelles - La Table de Magali with a courtyard shaded by large plane trees and only a short walk from the village center on the Route de Vaison.