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Medieval Village in the Heart of Provence

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,044 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Two bedroom 'Maison Village' with roof terrace, magnificent panoramic views

Centuries old, stone built, corner property in the centre of the village. Attractive frontage with deep red door & window shutters.A short stroll to the main square with cafe/bar. Front door opens into a warmly decorated lounge with wood burning stove, satellite TV. Lounge leads into a hallway, off which is a bathroom with shower and wash handbasin, plus a utility area with washing machine and freezer. Separate WC. On 3 levels,stairs lead up to 2 good size bedrooms. Main bedroom has double bed, attractive antique cupboards, a bath with shower & wash basin. 2nd bedroom has twin beds, a wash basin & hanging space. The HUB of the house is the light & airy kitchen/diner & roof terrace on top floor. Kitchen has oven,grill, induction hob,microwave & fridge. Living area has pine table to seat 6/8 plus sofa. Casement doors lead onto a large terrace with stunning west facing views and sunsets. Outside dining for 6 and raised decking area for sunbathing with UV protected sun canvas. Provence at its best.

Property Website: www.maisonvilledieu.co.uk.

Getting There: BY AIR

Plenty of airports and of low-cost airlines to choose from:

Montelimar - 24 miles

Nimes - 42 miles

Marseille - 59 miles

Montpellier - 72 miles

Grenoble - 75 miles

Beziers - 170 miles

Lyon - 142 miles

BY TRAIN

High-speed TGV trains run from St Pancras to Avignon

BY CAR

590 miles from Calais but it is motorway all the way

CAR HIRE available at all airports and train stations mentioned above

ACTIVITIES & SIGHTSEEING: Walking - plenty of scenic walks in the Dentelles, or even starting from your doorstep.

Cycling - lose those extra calories by cycling from one hilltop village to the next. If you're mad, you can even cycle to the top of Mont Ventoux and while you catch your breath the amazing views will take your breath away again!

Canoeing or swimming in the gorges of the Ardeche.

Horseriding - 3 equestrian centres nearby, with training ring.

Tennis - 2 courts in Villedieu.

Dining - stop for a coffee or a long, lazy lunch in a pavement cafe.

Wine Tasting - this is Cote du Rhone country and all the caves offer wine tastings(degustations) to visitors.

You are in the heart of Provence surrounded by charming medieval and Roman towns & villages in abundance.

Discover and explore the wonderful traditional Provencal markets.

The Mediterranean is just over an hour away (don't miss Cassis harbour and beaches). The Cote d'Azur is a couple of hours away. Italy and Spain are a day trip away.

More Details

Owner
Mandy and Ian Moore
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
6 May, 2018

About Mandy and Ian Moore

Ian & Mandy Moore

We live in the Brecon Beacons, Wales where we have our own small business. We left good jobs in the City of London to move to Wales some 18 years ago when we bought a small hotel (formerly the workhouse) on a hillside above the Monmouth/Brecon Canal with magnificent views of Table Mountain. We built up a flourishing business and sold the hotel after 10 hectic years, by which time we knew we wanted to stay in Wales and not return south. We took a year out and travelled. We are now settled in a pretty hamlet in this lovely rural area with mountain views of the Brecon Beacons on our doorstep, and a lot more time to enjoy it. Although very different scenery, the views from our roof terrace were what cemented our decision to buy this house in Provence. We visit our home in Villedieu several times a year, often with friends and/or family and are always impatient for our next visit. We look forward to retirement when we will have more time to make longer visits.

Mandy and Ian Moore purchased this house in 2011

Why Mandy and Ian Moore chose Villedieu

It was love at first sight from the picture in the estate agent's window of this house with its old stone walls and red shutters. We viewed the house the same day and that was it. We already knew the village and knew it offered everything we wanted. All the ancient villages in this area have their own charms, but some of them have the main road running through the middle of the village and some of them do not have a restaurant or cafe or a bakery. However, Villedieu has a couple of restaurants and a Cafe/Bar all set in its charming and convivial central square, which is so typically Provencal - the heart of the village. Buying this house has proved to be one of the best decisions we ever made and far exceeded expectations. We love the history of the village and the property itself. The sympathetic renovation of the property has been very tastefully done, and provides today's discerning guest with the modern conveniences they expect. The spacious roof terrace offers the ability to live and dine outdoors and to watch some magnificent sunsets while taking in the truly spectacular and panoramic views across the vineyards and olive groves. We could never tire of that view. Even on the lower floors there are no bad views from any window. It is a short stroll to the village square where the restaurant and Cafe/Bar owners are friendly and welcoming. There is a village store where one can buy fresh bread daily and any provisions needed. There are delightful walks and bike rides on your doorstep. Villedieu is a lively and friendly village and we love the fact that everything you need is only a short walk from your front door. Our neighbours and the villagers are all very friendly and it is easy to become part of the community and join in with village life. Provence at its best

What makes this house unique

The ancient stone walls,the facade of the house with its deep red door and window shutters and the rose bush growing up the wall by the front door were what made us want to view this house, and it did not disappoint. We like the fact that you have summer and winter living, with a wood burning stove in the downstairs lounge and a spacious roof terrace on the top floor. By the time we walked out through the French doors onto that roof terrace and saw the views out across the vineyards we had fallen in love with this house. It wasn't just the views, it was the raised decking area on the terrace with drapes and lanterns giving a mixed Far Eastern and African feel to that area. It was the table and chairs on the terrace offering the choice of al fresco dining as well as indoor dining in the top floor living room with its characterful sloped, beamed ceiling. It was the use of old antique doors to make wardrobe doors and kitchen cupboard doors. All these touches are what made us choose to buy this property and we have no regrets. Villedieu is a unique village - a peaceful hilltop Knights Templar village, with a lively village square and community life. It offers fantastic scenery and is close to the ancient Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine which has one of the best weekly markets in Provence.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villedieu in Vaucluse

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1044 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower , wash hand basin
  • Downstairs shower cubicle and wash handbasin, adjacent to the utility room. A separate WC is next door. The master bedroom has a bath/shower en-suite and wash hand basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 has bath/shower and wash basin en-suite. Built-in wardrobes have antique doors. Hairdryer in wardrobe Bedroom 2 has wash handbasin. Open plan wardrobe.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Villedieu is a charming and friendly Provencal village with a traditional square and fountain under the shade of majestic plane trees. The house is a couple of minutes walk to the square where the Cafe/Bar offers free Wi-Fi connection. Good general store (fresh bread and croissants every morning). All windows in the house have lovely views. Both bedrooms overlook pretty lanes free of traffic. There is car parking a few steps from the house. The property is on 3 levels and not suitable for elderly, infirm or disabled guests. Young children should be supervised on the stairs and roof terrace. Towels (not beach) and linen are provided. There is a satellite TV in ground floor lounge. DVD & CD library. There is a TV/DVD player and CD player in top floor living area. The cupboards under the stairs on the ground floor house cushions for sunbathing on the decking, a parasol, picnic garden chairs, picnic blanket. There are also 4 tennis racquets and balls to use on the local tennis courts

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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

A perfect spot in a perfect place

  • 5 of 5

As others have said, this is a beautiful old house which has been done up charmingly and appropriately by the owners, but lacking nothing that you might need for a relaxing holiday. The roof terrace is the real star, however, with its dining area, barbie and, of course, the sunbathing four-poster bed. The views across vineyards towards the distant hills was wonderful at any time of the day, but the sunsets were often truly spectacular. The village of Villedieu did not disappoint either. For such a tiny place, it was well stocked with places to eat (including weekly visits by a pizza van and a paella van), a shop where you can order your morning croissant, and a variety of public entertainments, from jazz to Europop. A local vineyard also had a free weekly concert of young talent where you could enjoy their wine and a platter of organic food. Further afield, we enjoyed all the history (especially at Vaison), the walking and splashing about in rivers and swimming pools. Our thanks to Mandy and Ian, who were extremely helpful, before and after. There was only one downside: we had to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fiona, Nick and Finn - it means such a lot to us when guests enjoy their time in our house and it is always very much appreciated when they take the trouble to write such a glowing review. We are delighted you had such a wonderful holiday.
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5

A WONDERFUL WEEK AT MAISON VILLAGE VILLEDIEU!

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a wonderful week at Maison Village in Villedieu. Ian and Mandy's house is beautiful. It is very traditional having kept most of the original features but modernised in a sympathetic way. The views from the roof terrace are superb, we spent many an evening there watching the sunsets! The house is well-maintained and fully equipped and there is nothing the owners haven't thought of. Villedieu is a lovely Provencal village, quiet in the day but vibrant with life in the evenings. It's in a great location, close to all the surrounding towns, countryside and places of interest. A good day out is to Vaison-la-Romaine, only 6kms away. There is a fantastic market there on a Tuesday, also the old Roman town and medieval hilltop quarter with a tranquil river nearby. Other good days out are driving to The Dentelles Mountain Range and Mount Ventoux. There is so much to do and see in this area. We would definitely recommend a holiday here and we will be returning in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The perfect Provencal hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay in Villedieu was what we were hoping for and more. We were keen to find somewhere we would enjoy spending time in,as well as a base to set off and explore the surrounding areas. The house certainly didn't dissappoint - it is a lovely place to be, is decorated stylishly and the view from the terrace is something I could never tire of gazing at. Villedieu itself is a very welcoming and friendly place and from there we were able to drive around the countryside and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of that part of the world. I've been to the Cote D'Azur many times before but never to Provence and I think it's safe to say that I'm converted - I can't wait to visit again. Until then, the workaday stresses melt away when I remember the sights, tastes, aromas and atmosphere we were lucky enough to savour whilst we weere there.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A perfect week in Provence

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in this amazing gite. The property was so unusual and imaginative but with everything you could need as a base for the hol. Luckily having great weather meant we could enjoy mornings on the sun decking catching the rays and evenings on the terrace with the barbecue full of steak!

The village is idyllic, surrounded by vineyards for exploring and a central square which is always buzzing and full of life, even when the rest of France appears to have closed for the day! Villedieu is a perfect base from which to explore the region - with activities such as canoeing, walking, wine tasting all within an hours distance and even the coast not too far away!

I would recommend highly and only wish I hadn't had to leave to return to work!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in an idyllic Provencal village

  • 5 of 5

We can't wait to return. The owners ensured we were equipped with directions and comprehensive info on the house itself and the surrounding area, thus ensuring an excellent start to our first visit to Provence. The house, whilst centuries old, has been tastefully modernised, providing all the necessary comforts and equipment. A beautful outside space has been created at the top of the house, affording breathtaking views across unblemished countryside, much of it vineyards. Given the rural location, you can be sure of a perfect night's sleep. Parking is a few steps from the house, as is the village centre with two restaurants and the archetypal Cafe du Centre, the local watering hole where splendid wine can be bought by the "pichet" for a fiver. There is also a "Tabac" and "L'epicerie" nearby, as well as tennis courts and the local "Cave". The location is superb, you're just a few minutes from the Roman village of Vaison La Romaine, which has the area's, if not France's, largest weekly market and Avignon is a 40 minute drive. We only stayed for a charming and beguiling week, and left feeling that there was plenty more to discover.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Ein wunderschöner Ort/a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Die Unterkunft hielt, was sie versprach: Das kleine Dorf war wunderschön gelegen, das Haus mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet! Das Haus und das Dorf waren sehr gepflegt. Die Menschen in Villedieu waren alle sehr freundlich zu uns. Auf der Dachterrasse konnten wir den Sonnenuntergang betrachten und am Tag die schöne Aussicht genießen. Am späten Abend saßen wir gemütlich am knisternden Kamin. Informationen zur besseren Orientierung im Haus und in der Umgebung erhielten wir vorab per mail und waren zusätzlich im Haus in einem Ordner verfügbar. Gebrauchsanweisungen zu allen Elektrogeräten waren griffbereit. Das Haus verfügte über eine Satellitenschüssel mit zig überwiegend britischen TV Sendern. Für uns persönlich war das ein unerwarteter Vorteil, da wir französisches TV nicht gut verstanden hätten. Uns hat es besonders gefallen, in der Region wandern/spazieren zu gehen. Trotz Schulferien in Frankreich war der Ort ruhig und bot einen idealen Rückzugsort vom Allag. Wir hatte wundervolle Ferien und wünschen uns sehr, wiederzukommen, in genau dieses Haus!

The house fulfilled all our expectations! The little village is situated in a beautiful area, the interiour was picked out with loving care. The house and the village were very neat. The people in Villedieu all were very friendly. Sitting on the roof terrace we enjoyed very much looking at the sunset in the evening as well as we enjoyed looking at the fantastic landscape. Late at night we sat by the crackling fire in the living room. We received some information for a better orientation in the house and in the area via email before starting our trip. The information were also available in the house in a file. Manuals for all electronic devices were also available. The TV offered dozens of british TV stations. For us it was an advantage because we would not have come along too well with french TV. We loved to go for walks or hiking in the area. Though there were holidays in France Villedieu was very calm and a very good place to be free from every day live. We had a wonderful time and wish to come back, in exactly this beautiful house!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Silvia and Simone for your kind and positive review. It is always pleasing and reassuring to know that guests have enjoyed their time in our house and in Villedieu as much as we do. We look forward to your next visit :-)
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Location

Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Marseille
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Cafe du Centre Villedieu
Nearest Ferry
865 Kilometres
from UK Le Havre
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Golf Orange
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Avignon
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
A7 Orange
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
La Maison Bleu Villedieu
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Mont Ventoux
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Perols, Carnon-Plage
Car: recommended

Villedieu is a delightful medieval hilltop village (a former Commandery of the Knights Templar) and our house nestling behind the ancient ramparts is set amid vineyards, olive groves & lavender fields. It is only 10 mins from the Roman/Medieval town of Vaison-la-Romaine. Orange with its Roman amphitheatre is 15 miles away. A little further away is Avignon with its Papal Palace (30 miles). The world famous aqueduct the Pont du Gard is 45 miles away, close to Nimes & its Roman amphitheatre. Scenic walks abound in the Dentelles mountains and around Mont Ventoux, the 'Giant of the Mountains', or canoe in the Ardeche Gorges. The Sault Plateau has spectacular views of the lavender fields. Villedieu is in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone, close to many famous wine producers - Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise.The beaches of the Camargue are 60-90 mins west, 2 hrs south-east are Cassis & Bandol. Internationally famous for antiques, Isle sur la Sorgue is an hour away.

Other Activities: wine tasting, canoeing

Golf: 9-hole golf course at Orange Golf which is within a 20 minute drive.

There are 18-hole golf courses nearby at Avignon, Saumane and Montpelier.

Ski: Mont Ventoux is about 12 miles away.

Grenoble is about 75 miles away

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Bedlinen and basic after-stay cleaning incl in price of your holiday. Towels extra for £5 pp.
Guests are requested to leave the property as they found it, otherwise any extra cleaning needed will be charged at 15E per hour and will be deducted from the security deposit. In the low season, there may be a heating supplement of max 100E, depending on usage. Cleaning available at 15E an hour

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