Ideal location with restaurants, shops and hiking trails into the Drôme Mountains, around the corner.
Manon van der LAAN
- English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
About Manon van der LAAN
My French son Louis and I live in another old farmhouse, right next door to Le Jas, with my Scottish husband Nicholas. I am Dutch and arrived in Provence, by way of New York, in 1993. I live in Nyons since 2012. Nicholas arrived here in 2003. He is a retired British-university teacher and currently paints and writes. Louis is boarding at a not-so-far-away high-school. I teach literacy, write short-stories and I take care of our guests. Whenever we can, we like to take Louis along to discover new mountain trails and wander around the castles, priories and medieval villages sprawled across nature everywhere. It is good living in Nyons because of the microclimat; without the Mistral (blowing from the north in most of Provence).
Manon van der LAAN purchased this House in 2013
Why Manon van der LAAN chose Nyons
Nyons is located at a two hours drive from the beautiful Vercors (to the north) and between us and the majestic mountains to the north there are green mountains, winding roads, goats, vultures, canyons, bees, underground caverns, olive trees, vines, lavender fields… To the south of Nyons, you will find extensive Roman ruins (Vaison la Romaine), a theatre festival and a pope’s palace (Avignon) and the sea (Côtes d’Azur). Our location has the advantage of being rural and quiet, as well as being close to many places of interest. A part from being heaven for walking aficionados, the area is also a popular destination with cyclists. I bought Le Jas in 2013. Here, I receive family and friends from far away and so does Nicholas. It was renovated and decorated with much care and attention to quality.
What makes this House unique
The Jas is located in the center of town, around the corner from restaurants, shops and the authentic weekly Provençal market. However, our street is very quiet. (It is a cul-de-sac street and only people who live here drive into it.) Also accessible directly by foot are the many hiking trails leading into the mountains. An advantage of Le Jas for you is that we live next door. One of us will be there to welcome you and show you around at your arrival. During your stay, please feel free to knock on our door and ask any question you might have. I supply a folder with suggestions for restaurants, wineries, day trips, practical information and contact details of the artists who’s original works are exposed around the house. Meanwhile we are on-site for any information you may need.
Smoking on terrace only, please.
Equipped for babies, not suited for toddlers 1-4.
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A perfect home base for exploring the area
Manon’s apartment is one of the most comfortable and tasteful places we’ve ever stayed in. She and her husband Nick are extremely knowledgeable and their love of this very special place is both palpable and infectious. We will look hope to return for a much longer stay.
Thank you very much for your kind words! Five days is indeed too short to (re)taste all the wonderful local wines and visit the different markets and archeological sites... We will be delighted to see you again in Nyons for a longer stay!
Manon and Nick were the best hosts, offering tips on where to eat, shop, hike, and tour the countryside. The apartment was spaciois, beutifully decorated, clean, quiet, and well located. They also helped us overcome the language barrier. Thanks for your hospitality, Manon and Nick!!!
Thank you for your stars, Jamie! It was very nice to meet you and we are pleased you enjoyed quaint Nyons, the Provençal countryside and the house. We hope to see you again on one of your future Europe travels!
We were here for a month from mid-July to mid-August. The house is very well-appointed and carefully maintained. Thanks to Manon for her careful attention to every detail and exceptionally good taste.
Thank you for your review. We were very happy to have you here and pleased that you enjoyed the region, including cycling up the Mont Ventoux! Looking much forward to hosting you next year.
A perfect place for a sejour in sunny Nyons
This was my second holiday in this lovely house. I was not disappointed. The house is perfect, my hosts were more than helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I will definitely return next year!
Thank you, I was pleased to see you again at the Jas and on such good form! We are happy to be at your disposal when we can; your enthousiasm makes it worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!
Absolutley perfect place to stay
Manon has created a beautiful, comfortable home away from home that wants for nothing. The apartment is spotless and is beautifully designed with a kitchen equipped to meet the need of every cook or chef.
My mom, sister-in-law and I spent a week here in September and found it very hard to leave the charms of Nyons and our lovely apartment. We would return in a heart beat and certainly on a Thursday morning in time to enjoy the town's fabulous market.
A bien tot!
Thank you for your nice words, it was very nice to meet the three of you! I am pleased that you enjoyed Nyons, its market and restaurants, and the sights and modern art events in the area. I'm looking forward to seeing you again sometime!
A lovely hide-away
The online photographs probably don't do justice to this lovely apartment. Beautifully well equipped with top of the range kitchen items including dishwasher! The apartment has been designed and specified by the owner and everything has been carefully thought about and it was sparklingly clean when we arrived.
Manon greeted us on arrival and was just next door if we needed anything but was not at all intrusive. An invitation for a glass of wine was gratefully accepted and it was lovely to get to know both Manon and Nick a little.
Just a two minute walk gets you to morning croissants or lunchtime ice creams and a selection of good restaurants only another couple of minutes.
There is great walking in the area but mostly, it being very hot while we were there, we relaxed on the terrace and played lots of games of Yanif! There is swimming in local rivers and also at the towns new Water Centre but it has strange opening hours and we missed it! There is a lavender still in the centre of town so the whole town has a wonderful aroma!
I would definitely recommend this for a couple or two couples. We came with my daughter and husband and, as we were paying, we got the good bed and they got the sofa bed! (they said it was comfortable though!) Two bathrooms ensures privacy and no waiting around for the shower.
Thank you very much for your detailed review! I am delighted you made real use of the big kitchen of the Jas and that you enjoyed life on the terrace. Would love to see you all again!
For day trips, you can drive to the Côte d'Azur from Nyons in 2 hours. We recommend the Saintes Maries de la Mer in the Camargue (closest) or Cassis with its Calanques, next to Marseille.
The close airports include Nîmes, Marseille, Montpellier and Béziers. You can also fly into Lyon or Grenoble, a bit further away. We recommend train travel; the TGV to Valence or Avignon, with connecting local trains and even a bus, which will take you to the center of Nyons. It is not essential to have a car here, as you can do shopping and hiking directly from the house. However, with many sites to visit we do recommend wheels.
Nyons is a 45 minute drive from the A7 motorway at Montélimar Sud and about the same distance to Orange Sud. It is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Avignon. We are at 20 minutes from Vaison la Romaine. Many places of interest can be found at less than 1 hour's drive from Le Jas.
A big Provençal market takes place every Thursday morning in Nyons throughout the year. In season, a smaller market is added every Sunday morning.
On a pedestrian street parallel to our street, you will find a collection of restaurants with their terraces for different tastes and budgets. A few more are to be found on the beautiful Place des Arcades, classified historic monument, at 2 minutes from the house. The town has several supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies, wine stores and cooperatives selling local produce, such as olives and olive oil.
Nyons is quaint and great for an evening stroll, with its mediaeval quarters and Romanesque bridge. Our street is located right in the middle of these.
You can also visit Dieulefit (pottery), Grignan (Château de Mme de Sévigné) and Taulignan (silk museum).
You can do wine tastings and savor the fruitier local wines or prefer the strong and tannic Côtes du Rhône Villages, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, only 30 minutes away. Châteauneuf du Pape is at a 50 minute drive.
The area offers many festivals, mostly in season, with music (everywhere), dance (Vaison) and theatre (Avignon, Grignan) and our mayor organises a series of free concerts around town during July and August.
There’s a choice of walking trails in the mountains surrounding town and several natural ponds where you can spend the day and swim. Nyons has a massive swimming pool with slides and other fun for kids, including a restaurant.
The microclimate is gentle; we are protected from the Mistral (strong Provençal wind). This friendly climate allows for hiking all year. It does get hot in summer, but in the middle of the night the Pontias, a very local wind from the north, often comes to cool the air off for good sleep.