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Le Mas du Ventoux

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Carpentras | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 10 + 2

Rates: Rates available on request.

This stunning property has one of the finest views in all Provence. Nestled in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, the 360 degree panoramic views look out on to the Mont Ventoux and the vineyards of the Rhone valley, as well as the olive groves and pine forests which abound in every direction.

The property has been extensively modernised in the last year. Its impressive open-plan sitting room, dining room and spacious gourmet kitchen all lead out through large French windows to the East and South onto large vine-covered terraces which are scented with jasmine and roses. The large master bedroom has two spacious ‘his and hers’ en-suite bathrooms and both bedrooms on the ground floor lead out onto the East terrace. Upstairs there are three double ensuite bedrooms and a fourth bedroom interconnecting with one of the bathrooms.

All bedrooms and bathrooms have been designed with the utmost comfort and privacy. The pool (11x5m) and pool house is reached by a short stroll through the olive grove. It is equipped with a sink, refrigerator, BBQ, dining table and chairs, with charming night lighting, all ready for impromptu parties. It also includes a shower, wc and running machine.

The extensive grounds are landscaped with more than300 olive trees, more than 200 lavender bushes and more than100 oleanders. Every detail has been meticulously considered to ensure that guests have a relaxed and memorable holiday in this very special house.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Floor:

  • Open plan kitchen with pantry and living room with a dining area. Stunning panoramic views over Provence.
  • Master bedroom with 180 cm size bed accessing east terrace. Two separate bathrooms ensuite with bath and shower attachment.
  • Guest bedroom with 180 cm king size bed accessing to East terrace. En-suite shower room.
  • Guest toilet.

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 3 with 160cm queen size bed and ensuite shower room. Stunning views.
  • Bedroom 4 with 180cm king size bed and ensuite bathroom with bath and shower attachment. Shared bathroom with bedroom 5.
  • Bedroom 5 with 160 cm queen size bed under the roof. Shared bathroom with bedroom 4.
  • Bedroom 6: Twin bedroom ideal for children with ensuite shower room.
  • Office on landing Lovely views.

Outdoor

  • Secure heated pool 11m x 5m with summer kitchen and shower room with WC (fenced).
  • Spacious private grounds surrounded by olive groves.
  • Spectacular views.

KINDLY NOTE:

  • There are some drops in the garden. Young children need to be supervised.

November to end of March, Winter Truffle Market (Carpentras)
From late November to early March, when the outlying countryside takes on its winter colours, the black diamond becomes worth its weight in gold. Lovingly harvested on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the "tuber melanosporum" is traded on Friday mornings in Carpentras, with buyers coming from far and wide. In an elaborate ceremony, the truffles are weighed on hand-held scales and carefully wrapped, money is discretely exchanged and produce handed over from grower to gourmet customer.

January, Truffolio, Truffle festival (Pernes-Les-Fontaines)
This festival brings together enthusiasts, first-timers, tourists and foodies to celebrate truffles.

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

Easter week-end and August, International Art and Antiques Fair (Isle-sur-la-Sorgue)
Provençal boutis, ceramics smoothed with age, commodes, old dishes, furniture, rare finds, must-haves, antiques and collectibles from the south of France and elsewhere during this international fair in August in Isle sur la Sorgue. The fair got started in 1966 with 14 exhibitors, and now over 200 exhibitors fill the city. Full-time dealers have opened stands in over 10 clusters in the city, each pole has a theme such as Contemporary Art, Antique Books, Design/Decoration ... These clusters, normally open at the weekend, are wide uope during the Fair days. A wonderful treasure hunt, a wonderful way to wander a beautiful town with overwhelming offerings. No charge to get in.

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 Ventoux region:

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
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.

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. Travelers looking to escape the bustle of Aix-de-Provence, Avignon and Arles, will find Saint-Rémy-de-Provence a tranquil base for exploring the region and despite its diminutive size, the strategically located town has plenty to offer visitors. A cluster of hotels, restaurants and shops line the town center, which is easily traversed on foot, and the Wednesday markets transform the sleepy village into a hive of activity.

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 stations:
Avignon (38km) / Aix-en-Provence (105km)

Airports:
Avignon Airport (40km) / Marseille Airport (106km) / Nice Airport (273km)

Villages:
Caromb (2km)
Beaume de Venise (5km)
Vaison la Romaine (19km)

Cities:
Avignon (37km)
Aix-en-Provence (106km)
Marseille (121km)

Golf: 30km

* Please note that this map is just an approximate guide, usually 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

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

  • Usage of gas, electricity and water.
  • Maid service 3 hours mid weekly.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for rentals longer than 7 nights).
  • Final cleaning.
  • Fans in every room.
  • Wi-Fi Broadband internet.
  • Private gated swimming pool (11x5m) with electric cover.

Extra Services

  • Additional maid service available on request from EUR 20/hour.
  • Pool heating on request (EUR 150/week).
  • 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 156.
    (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.

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.



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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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