La Bastide Mon Plaisir
Save 30% for all new arrivals during low season. Recently renovated, this old eighteenth century traditional mas is located in a stunning region within Provence. Boasting large grounds with an explosion of colours and scents from he lavender, cherry trees and rose gardens, the villa is the ideal rural retreat with views over the surrounding countryside.
Owing to its recent renovation, the interiors of this property are fresh and spacious, equipped with modern furnishings yet maintaining several of its original eighteenth century features including beamed ceilings and stone floorings. All of the bedrooms are large and enjoy en-suites. The two master bedrooms are located on the top floor, situated in the eaves of the building which provides charming slanted beamed ceilings, creating a unique romantic atmosphere. The exterior of the property is just as impressive as the interior with a large swimming pool equipped with alarm making it safe for families with young children. The delightful outdoor terrace under the large cherry trees provides the perfect place for al fresco dining, commanding beautiful views of the rolling countryside beyond.
On entering into the property, you are greeted by the staircase in front with the kitchen to your right and the living room to your left.
Kitchen: modern, well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, American fridge and beamed ceilings. Dining table with seating up to 10 guests.
Living Room: intimate area equipped with sofa and armchairs, open fireplace. Flat screen TV and DVD player. French windows that open out onto the outdoor terrace.
Downstairs guests WC.
Sitting room with armchairs.
Bedroom 1: Double bed with en-suite bathroom. Beamed ceilings with access onto outdoor terrace.
Bedroom 2: Double bed with en-suite bathroom. Beamed ceiling and views over the cherry tree. Separate bathroom with shower.
Bedroom 3: Double bed with en-suite bathroom. Beamed ceilings and views over the pool area.
Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer for guests’ use.
Please note that bedroom 3 can be connected to bedroom 2 via the bathroom.
Bedroom 4: One of two master bedrooms. Large room with double bed and a single bed. En-suite shower room. Located in the eaves and has slanted beamed ceiling.
Bedroom 5: Second master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with antique free-standing bathtub. Beamed ceilings.
- Please be aware that there are narrow steps in the house, therefore young children need to be supervised.
- Kindly note a small country road with occasional passing traffic runs along the end of the garden (about 30 meters from the house itself).
- Central Heating
- DVD Player
- Fans Available
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
- iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Ironing Board
- Library (DVD's)
- Outdoor dining area
- Swimming Pool
- Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
- Table Tennis
- TV (Satellite TV with English Channels)
- Washing Machine & Dryer
General Activities in provence
- Ballooning over the Luberon - one of the most fantastic ways to see the stunning Luberon is by air
- Market trip - enjoy a market in a town close to your villa and buy finest meats, olives, oils, wines and cheese of the region
- Private Art Class - try your hand at landscape painting as a professional artist teaches you the fundamentals in your own villa for a half or full day
- Private Cookery Class - attend a cookery school in Avignon and meet a top level chef who will take you through course in typical Provencal cooking with a modern twist
- Luxury yacht - charter a luxury yacht, powerful speedboat or traditional sail boat and truly immerse yourselves within the culture of this cosmopolitan and chic region
- F1 Experience - Get privately chauffeured to the region of the Var; home to an FIA approved circuit. Tour through the garages, observe mechanics at work, before heading out to the track with expert drivers to study its corners and cambers and pick up top tips
Sporting Activities in provence
- Cycling - France provides flat or rolling countryside suitable for biking. In Provence, rent a bicycle and explore Mont Ventoux, one of the atapes of the Tour de France
- Boules - this typical French game can be played nearly everywhere; many towns provide dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand squares as playing surface for boules
- Hiking - plenty of hiking paths are found throughout this part of France
- Horse riding - you will find horse riding schools in Aix en Provence, Laudun or Vaison
- Golf - find a golf course near you ( Aix en Provence, Marseille, Avignon); there are approximately 17 golf courses in Provence
- Climbing - there are various rock climbing opportunities in the Dentelle de Montmirail and Buoux
- Hot Air Balloon - enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Joucas or Avignon
Local Attractions in provence
- Vaison, the market here (on Tuesdays) is the largest in Provence and can be dated back to antiquity. Sightseeing in Vaison includes the roman theatre and baths, Roman church, cathedral and castle ruins
- The villages perches of Le Crestet and Seguret
- The Ventoux, which offers sweeping views over the Alps and the Mediterranean
- Bonnieux, La Louve - Closed in July and August
- Sorgues, Garden of the Château de Brantes - Open from Easter to November
- Marseille, Abbey Saint Victor
- Marseille, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
- Marseille, Old Harbour
- Marseille, Parc Borély with Botanical Garden - Open all year round
- Marseille, The Palais de la Bourse - Open all year round
- Orange, visit the impressively preserved Roman theatre. Enjoy the 'Les Choregies d'Orange' opera festival during July/August
- Frioul archipelago, Château d'If - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, Cezanne Studio - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, Cite du Livre - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, The Albertas Gardens - Open from May to October
- Saint-Remy-de-Provence,The Centre of Art Présence Vincent van Gogh - Open all year round
- Isle sur la Sorgue, a delight for lovers of antiques and brocante
- Nyons, the centre of the olive oil production area with plenty of opportunities to visit olive oil producers
- Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aquaduct
- Avignon, Palais des Papes
- Avignon, Pont St. Bénézet
- Salon de Provence, Nostradamus’ house and burial place
- Manosque, La Maison de la Biodiversité - Open all year
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Save 30% on the above rates on all new bookings for arrival from 31st August 2013 - 4th January 2014.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.
The standard 2014 season dates are:
High Season: 28th June to 29th August 2014
Mid Season: 17th May to 27th June 2014 & 30th August to 26th September 2014
Low Season: 4th January to 16th May 2014 & 27th September 2014 to 3th January 2015
There may be some variations on the standard season dates at selected villas, details of which can be provided by your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant.
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.
- Train station: Avignon (51.5km)
- Airport: Marseille-Provence (85km)/Avignon (51km)
- City: Aix-en-Provence (61km)
- Beach: Carry-le-Rouet (132km)
- Golf: Provence Country Club (33km)
Up to 10 guests:
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04 January to
16 May 2014
17 May to
27 June 2014
28 June to
29 August 2014
30 August to
26 September 2014
27 September to
02 January 2015
30% discount on the above rates for all new bookings for travel in 2013 mid or low season dates (see the availability tab for remaining weeks).
- The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted 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.
- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
- Maid service three hours a day, twice a week.
- Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
- Private Swimming Pool (9.5mx9m).
- Final Cleaning.
- Central Heating.
- Wi-Fi internet.
- Extra Maid service available on request at €20 hour.
- Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 30/hr plus the cost of groceries.
- Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 80 per person including the cost of the groceries. A full chef service including breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from EUR 350/day.
- Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
- Transfers from Marseille Airport to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 336.
- Transfers from Avignon Train Station (TGV) to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 228.
(Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
- Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available for up to 10 guests. A service fee of EUR 50 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
- We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, tennis or golf courses, bike rental 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.
Practical information for your provence villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
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.
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.
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.