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Domaine du Vallon

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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 12

Rates: from £9,904 per week | Special offers available!

Amid lavender fields, olive groves and lush gardens, Domaine du Vallon is a traditional stone-built farmhouse one would expect to find in Provence. Its exceptional location within walking distance to Saint Remy makes for a perfect base from which to explore the rich history of the Alpilles region.

Domaine du Vallon is a traditional Provencal farmhouse that has been painstakingly restored to offer warmth and comfort with a modern feel. Its elegant furnishings blend with rustic features, such as exposed wooden beams and fireplaces to create a cosy atmosphere in light and airy interiors. The large entrance hall leads to an elegant dining room with a large fireplace and seating for up to 14 guests. Adjacent to the dining room is a modern kitchen with every appliances to create a French feast with fresh produce from the local markets. If you choose to eat outdoors, the impressive terrace can be accessed directly from the kitchen. Leading off the entrance hall, two further rooms can be found on the ground floor, the TV room and a cosy double bedroom with its ensuite bathroom with shower. The stone staircase leads you to five bedrooms of which three are en suite and two share a separate large bathroom with shower and bath. All bedrooms enjoy lovely views across the sprawling gardens and are perfectly set up for a family or group of friends travelling together. Sun worshippers will enjoy the large 16m swimming pool and the various relaxation areas. For the more active, there is a private tennis court and various hiking trails that run past the extensive 12 hectare grounds of the property. Nearby activities on offer include biking, mountain hikes and golf, plus wine tours and visits to the famous markets in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and nearby. The weekly market in Saint Remy is famous for its local produce and inspires to indulge in Provencal delicacies, while the fragrance of rosemary and thyme fills the air.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Level

  • Large entrance hall and TV Room
  • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and access to terrace
  • Large living room with wood floor and beamed ceiling
  • Dining room with direct access to the kitchen
  • Bedroom 1: Double bed (160 cm). En-suite bathroom with shower and toilet

First Floor

  • Bedroom 2: Double bed (160 cm)
  • Bedroom 3: Twin beds (90cm each)
  • Separate bathroom for bedroom 2 and 3 with shower, bath and separate toilet
  • Bedroom 4: Double bed (160 cm). En-suite bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Bedroom 5: Double bed (160 cm). En-suite bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Bedroom 6: Master bedroom with king size bed (180 cm) and large dressing. En-suite bathroom with shower and toilet

Lower Floor (access by pool area)

  • Staff apartment with 1 single bed and bathroom with shower

KINDLY NOTE:

  • Caretakers live in a cottage located on the property grounds.
  • There is a public hiking path running along the property.

April, Easter Festival 'Feria du Pacques' (Arles)
Bullfights and bull games in the Arena and lots of other activities around town.

May, Feria de Nimes (Nimes)
Nîmes goes wild at the five-day Féria de Pentecôte , a Spanish-flavoured Whitsuntide festival that draws almost a million visitors. The celebrations begin with the Pégoulade, a parade-cum-conga that winds through Nîmes’ streets and boulevards before finishing up at Les Arènes. After this, the focus is on music, partying and bulls, with abrivados (bull-running), corridas (bull-fighting, with the bulls killed) and courses Camarguaises (a kind of non-fatal bull-taunting). Reserve tickets (from €20 to €100) several months ahead via the Billetterie des Arènes . Similar antics occur at the lower key, three-day Féria des Vendanges (Wine Harvest Féria), held over the last weekend in September.

21st June, Fete de la Musique (nationwide)
Day and night, free music will take over streets, cafes, music venues, historic sites, gardens, parks and churches all over France.

14th July, Bastille Day (nationwide)
Also called the Fete Nationale. This public holiday commemorates the day that Parisian commoners and peasants stormed the fortress and prison of Bastille, provoking events that would end the monarchy and usher in the age of liberty, fraternity and equality. In Paris, there's a traditional military parade along the Champs Elysees and a festival atmosphere throughout the day, finishing with the city night-sky turned bright by magnificent and noisy fireworks shows. In smaller cities and villages throughout France, you'll find parades, street fairs, live music, fireworks, bals (dances) and much more.

July, Festival d'Avignon (Avignon)
A day by day "Spectators Guide" has all the info about readings, films, exhibits, live radio broadcasts and other events. Most are free. The guide will be available starting in early July at the reception desk of the Cloitre Saint-Louis, on the Place Horloge, on the Louis Pasteur campus of the University of Avignon and at every performance venue.

July, Annual Avignon Jazz Festival (Avignon)
Featuring known artists and up and comers, this has become the number one jazz competition in Europe

August, medieval Fete de la Veraison (Châteauneuf du Pape)
The festival celebrates the first harvest of the grapes, and the locals dress in medieval costume to man stalls selling everything from wine and grape juice, to arts & crafts and other local produce.

Places to see in and around the Alpilles and St Remy:

St Remy de Provence
The Provencal village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 20 km south of Avignon, is most famous for its impressively preserved Roman ruins, but behind its ancient façade lies a lively town full of character. The magnificent Triumphant Arch of Glanum is the town’s most dramatic attraction - the oldest Roman arch of the narbonensis region - and the ruins of its 14th century defensive walls still encircle the ancient Gallo-Roman center, with the original portes still used as gateways to the center. The Nostradamus fountain, in honor of its namesake who was born in the town, is another popular sight, as is the elegant 16th century Mairie (Town Hall). The town also possesses a more unusual claim to fame – the town’s Monastery de Mausole housed Van Gogh during his period of psychiatric treatment prior to his untimely death and was where he painted his late masterpieces Starry Night and Self-Portrait.

Monastère St Paul-de-Mausole
The monastery of St Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy de Provence was built in the 11th century and is a feast of Romanesque architecture with chapter houses, tranquil cloisters and manicured formal gardens. The monastery also had an asylum (maison de santé) run by the monks and nuns, which is most famous for being the year-long refuge of artist Vincent Van Gogh after he suffered with mental problems in 1889 and – famously – sliced off his ear. While Van Gogh recuperated in St Paul-de-Mausole, he fell in love with the light of Provence and went through a wildly productive period, creating nearly 250 drawings and oil paintings in just over a year, including his best-loved masterpieces The Irises, Starry Night and Room in Arles. Appearing to be at the peak of his powers, tragically he declined when he left the safety and comfort of St Paul-de-Mausole and took his own life just two months later in July 1890. Today St Paul-de-Mausole is still a functioning psychiatric health institution but in homage to the great artist also has a bleak reproduction of the room in which he was confined – he painted the view of the wheat fields from this room 15 times – and a small exhibition on the history of the asylum.

Carriere de Lumieres in Les Baux
Located in the dreamy, medieval and semi-ruined Provençal village of Les Baux-de-Provence in the Alpilles Natural Regional Park, the Carrières de Lumières is a multi-media attraction featuring the works of world-famous artists such as Klimt, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Making use of a former quarry with huge, bare galleries held up by massive columns, art-based images are projected onto the surrounding rock accompanied by stirring music in an amazing son et lumière show that lasts for 40 minutes. The current show (due to end in January 2016) features the spectacular works of Italian Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael in a totally immersive experience backed by the use of numerous video projectors and 3D audio. In between shows, the quarry walls are illuminated with ever-changing colors to reveal glittering minerals in the walls.

Avignon
Housed within colossal defensive walls, Avignon is a warren of medieval alleyways and with the colossal Palais des Papes at its heart where seven exiled Popes stayed between 1309 and 1377 after felling Rome. Avignon's most famous landmark is the Pont St. Benezet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon in the children's nursery rhyme.

Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard, a Unesco World Heritage site, is an exceptionally weel-preserved, three-tiered Roman aqueduct that was once part of a 50km-long system of canals built around 19 BC by Agrippa, Augustus' powerful deputy and son-in-law, to bring water from the Eure Springs in Uzès, 25km north-west, to Nîmes. The scale is huge: the 35 arches of the 275m-long upper tier, running 50m above the River Gard, contain a 1.2m by 1.75m watercourse that, for a century and a half, carried 35,000 cubic metres of water a day. The Romans took 15 years to build the aqueduct, which remained in use until the 3rd century. From giant car parks either side of the River Gard, you can walk along the road bridge, built in 1743 and running parallel with the aqueduct's lower tier. The best view of the Pont du Gard is from upstream, beside the river, where you can swim on hot days. The aqueduct is illuminated from 40 minutes or so after dusk until midnight nightly in July and August, and on Fridays and Saturdays in June and September.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Located between Avignon and Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape spreads out at the foot of the remains of it's fortress castle. The village looks over the plain of Comtat and the 3 000 hectares of vine fields. The village is almost completely dedicated to its world famous wine "Châteaunef du Pape" which is also part of the similarly famous Côtes du Rhône. In the XIVe century Pope Jean XXII, chose Chateauneuf as the location for their summer residences, and then decided to plant vines on the stony land which surrounded their landholdings. For a long time the wine production remained a secret but in 1929, it was officially recognized and bestowed with its own appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Practical information for your provence villa holiday

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

French

Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping in provence

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather in provence

Provence is considered a dry temperate region with an average 300 warm and sunny days a year and rain falling on a maximum of about 90. Average rainfall in spring and autumn is low. December and January are the wettest months. With temperatures about 28°C during the summer months those long hot summer days can last late into the evening. The warm and sunny spring and autumn have an average temperature of 24°C. The average temperature of the dry sunny mild winter months are around 14°C with February the coldest month at 12°C. Temperatures are slightly lower near the coast due to the sea breezes. During the summer months, this makes the high temperatures more bearable.

Health consideration

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity supply in provence

Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving in france

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
  • Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

LOCATION:

  • Train station: Avignon (20,5km)
  • Airport: Marseille-Provence (67km) / Avignon (22km)
  • Villages: St Remy (2km), Beaucaire (14,5km), Graveson (8km), Eygalieres (14km), Les Baux-de-Provence (8km)
  • City: Aix-en-Provence (71,5km) / Avignon (22km)
  • Beach: Carry-le-Rouet (93km)
  • Golf: Golf des Baux de Provence (10km)

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K Concierge services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service 6hrs per day, Monday to Saturday.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Central heating.
  • Private swimming pool (16mx7m) with security cover.
  • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet.
  • Telephone (Local calls only).

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request at €18/hour.
  • Pool heating available on request for €1000 per week (€1500 for two weeks).
  • Cook service (local cuisine) and Chef service is available on request.
  • Private transfer can be arranged upon request.
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of €60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to €200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Concierge offering.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, bike rental, tennis or golf courses, yacht charter or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

Domaine du Vallon, Provence, France

Domaine du Vallon, Provence, France

Save 20% in September 2016
Book to stay at  Domaine du Vallon throughout September and save 20%. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Bicycles
  • Central Heating
  • Children's Toys
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (with Security Cover)
  • Tennis Court
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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