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La Provencale

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Bonnieux | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8

Rates: from £3,665 per week

'As views and locations go, they don't get much better than this. Take a stroll into Bonnieux, relax by the pool or venture into the Provençale countryside - a superb family villa.'
It's easy to see why La Provençale is a particular favourite with light and spacious interiors, mature gardens and beautiful views stretching out from the tranquil, heated pool; this villa ticks all of the boxes for a family holiday in Provence. Its recent renovation has restored charming original features which blend seamlessly with a host of modern amenities ensuring a very relaxing and comfortable stay. Located in Bonnieux, the property is within walking distance of the town with a selection of restaurants and shops. Bonnieux also hosts a Friday morning market which sells delicious local produce and beautiful local crafts.

Whether relaxing by the pool and admiring the far reaching views over the Luberon, enjoying a French feast prepared by a local chef around the dining table or making the most of the barbecue facilities, La Provençale has everything you need for a relaxing villa holiday. Whitewashed walls and stone floors give the villa a traditional feel whilst air-conditioning throughout ensures that rooms are pleasantly cool in the mid-summer months. Large French windows frame the views of the majestic French countryside perfectly and open out onto the sun-drenched terrace and veranda. A large heated and covered swimming pool is great for all seasons and perfect for families, and a barbecue and outdoor dining area ensures the long summer days continue well into the evenings. Children will also be entertained by a selection of board games and a library of DVDs. All of the living areas and bedrooms throughout La Provençale are modern and spacious with a very high standard of fittings and furnishings. Separate sitting areas allow plenty of space for all family members to relax and unwind. The historic hilltop village of Bonnieux is one of the most impressive and beautiful villages in the Luberon. Dating back to Roman times, it has crept further and further up the hill over the centuries as inhabitants protected themselves against invaders and attackers. Its prime position ensures outstanding views over the Luberon and Mount Ventoux, affectionately nicknamed as the 'Giant of Provence'. At the top of the village sits a 12th century Gothic church. A weekly market, artisan shops, restaurants, vineyards and even a bread museum, the Musée de la Boulagerie, can be found in this beautiful little Provençale village. Bonnieux is a delight for food lovers, whether you're looking for an intimate café for a casual lunch or a Michelin star restaurant for special occasion, this Provençale village has it all.


Click here to see a floor plan of the villa.

Ground Floor:

  • Modern fully equipped kitchen and dining room with seating for up to 8 guests
  • Separate downstairs W.C with laundry facilities
  • Sitting room with two separate seating areas with Satellite TV, DVD player and open fireplace
  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bedroom (160cm) with en-suite shower room
  • French doors open out to the terrace and to the Veranda where you can enjoy an al fresco lunch or dinner under the stars

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 2: Master bedroom with King size bed and en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3 and 4: Two twin bedrooms that share a family bathroom with bath tub and separate shower as well as double basins

May, Luberon Jazz Festival (Apt)
The annual festival, featuring the new generation of French jazz musicians and numerous regional musical treasures. Plus, plenty of European and African discoveries too.

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

July, Summer festival (Lacoste)
Lacoste's old stone quarries and chateau provide the unique backdrop and exceptional acoustics for this summer festival,

Mid July to Mid August, International Piano Festival (La Roque d'Antheron)
Considered by many to be the most important piano festival in the world, with concerts in outdoor and indoor venues.

July to Sept, Summer Music Festival (Lourmarin)
In the castle or on its terraces, enjoy concerts of classical music with award-winning and highly talented artists. A grand traditional Jazz evening is also programmed on the terraces of the Château de Lourmarin at the beginning of August. It is also the opportunity to visit the village classified "Most Beautiful Villages of France.

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 Luberon:

Perched villages abound in Provence, but Gordes is said to attract the most visitors. On an escarpment of the Vaucluse Mountains, it is dominated by a 16th century Chateau perched above massed houses and almond trees. In a wild valley north of Gordes stands the beautiful 12th century Abbey of Sénanque. In 1969, its Cistercian monks moved to the island of St. Honorat, off the shore of Cannes and the admirably preserved buildings are now a cultural center. Just to the south of Gordes lies the village of Bories, a bizarre, primitive habitat. Bories are tiny, beehive shaped huts built of overlapping dry stones, which a skilled craftsman can assemble without tools. The construction techniques are thought to date back to Neolithic times and inhabited from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.

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.

L’Isle sur la Sorgue used to be called L’Isle en Venaissin reflecting its watery heritage: it was a city among marshlands, which were drained by the construction of canals, in and around the town. The waters of the Sorgue river, which flow down from Fontaine de Vaucluse used to provide the power needed for the silk industry, and today, a number of water wheels still remain. The city was the birthplace of the well-known poet Rene Char, born in 1907. The town is also famous as a centre for antiques, recently described by the Sunday Times as "a town sized antique shop." The shops are mostly open over the weekend. Twice a year, L’Isle sur la Sorgue organises a Foire Internationale de Antiquites & Brocante. There is also a big market every Sunday, and a food market on Thursdays.

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



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.

Guest Book

6th June 2014
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our week at your lovely home.

We enjoyed the authentic French country experience. We cooked breakfast every morning and ate a few evening meals of delicious breads, wine and cheese. On Monday we went to Nimes and ate at the Edouard Loubet Restaurant at the Domaine de Capelongue upon our return. After dinner the chef invited us to meet him in his kitchen, what a treat! On Tuesday we went to Saint Remy. We toured the Van Gough garden, where he painted, and Glanum, an ancient town discovered through an archaeological dig. The shopping was fantastic in Saint Remy. On Wednesday we did a wine tour with Oliver Hickman, who was phenomenal! He took us to four vineyards where we tasted a total of 19 wines – an awesome day! On Thursday we went to Aix en Provence, an old town with a wonderful market where we made several purchases for our French country home in America. On Friday we returned to Bonnieux, where we had already explored Saturday and Sunday following our arrival, for the market.

All in all it was a spectacular experience, thank you for opening your home to our family. Back to America!

JoAnn & Joe Pierce, Duncan, OK

Kelsey & Lauren Pierce, Tulsa, OK
Nikki & Jeff Wolff, Dallas, Texas

23rd May 2014
We've just returned from a week at La Provencale. What a beautiful place to stay. The quiet and tranquil garden that surrounds the property is perfect for those looking for a relaxing stay and the lovely town of Bonnieux, with its wide choice of restaurants, is within walking distance.

We explored plenty of little villages and local markets and ate way too much delicious fresh bread, pastries and cheeses but looked forward to coming home to La Provencale at the end of every day for a refreshing dip in the pool!

Kieren & Claire Powell, UK


  • Train station: Avignon (46km)
  • Airport: Marseille-Provence (78km) / Avignon (43km)
  • Villages:
    Bonnieux (800 metres)
    Lacoste (10km)
    Goult (10km)
    Apt (13.5km)
  • City: Aix-en-Provence (49km)
  • Beach: Carry-le-Rouet (88km)
  • Golf: Provence Country Club (28km)

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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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.


  • The usage of electricity, gas and water.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Final cleaning.
  • Maid service included 3hrs mid-week.
  • Wi-Fi broadband internet.
  • Full air-conditioning.
  • Central Heating.
  • Private Swimming Pool (10mx5m) with pool cover.
  • Pool heating (Temperature max. 24 degrees, subject to weather conditions).

Extra Services

  • Maid service available on request at €22/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 312.
  • Transfers from Avignon Train Station (TGV) to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 216.
    (Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 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 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,  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.
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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.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Recreation (Board Games)
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (with Cover)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine


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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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