17th C. House, 3 bedroom near Avignon (Luberon)
The house, front entrance

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General Information About the Three Bedroom House Near Avignon

The setting and location: The house is on a 12 acre wine and quince estate. The estate also contains an interesting water-driven flour mill, dating from the 14th Century. It is just outside the small, medieval town of Noves and only about 6 miles east of Avignon. Noves was apparently the hometown of Laura, object of the beautiful love poetry of the great medieval Italian poet, Petrarch. A short morning walk along a fenced path from the estate to the town will yield fresh croissants, baguettes and other pleasures at the local boulangerie. Avignon, with its famous medieval bridge (you may have learned the French children’s song, "Sur le pont d’Avignon" in elementary school), palace (with museum) and cathedral was the seat of the "pretender" popes of the 13th Century. Noves is on the edge of the Luberon area of Provence, known for its hilltowns. About 20 miles east of Noves is Menerbes, a classic hilltown of the Luberon, with its lovingly restored medieval stone houses. Menerbes is the basic setting of Peter Mayle’s best selling book, A Year in Provence.

The house: The 17th Century stone house was completely restored in 1999 and has about 1,200 square feet. Its wood beams and stone were sandblasted to restore their original luster, the house was completely re-wired and re-plumbed and new appliances, fixtures and central heating were installed.

Ground floor: Entering the house, which has tiled floors throughout, there is a very large living/dining room with a large stone fireplace and with telephone and television. There is also a fully-furnished kitchen with microwave, conventional oven, dishwasher, as well as a clothes washer. A bathroom with toilet completes the ground floor. Outside is a private, arbored terrace, with tables and chairs and barbecue.

Upper floor: Upstairs, there are three spacious bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed, and two with two twin beds each. A bathroom with bathtub and shower and a separate bathroom with toilet complete the upper floor.

The swimming pool and enormous, park-like grounds: A very large (56 feet by 23 feet), tiled swimming pool (with high-quality lounge chairs), screened by flowering shrubs, is located nearby on the enormous and beautifully landscaped grounds. There is a small building with changing rooms, shower and toilet next to the pool. There are furnished spaces for barbecuing and eating outside. There is a laundry in the ground floor of the old mill building, with a washing machine for use of guests. The house is a few hundred feet from the old mill building with two two-bedroom apartments and another independent house with two bedrooms. The owner’s own imposing house and several small work buildings, as well as vineyards, quince orchards and woods in the middle distance, complete the estate. Above a cliff against which the estate nestles, begins a wooded, legally protected, natural area of about 900 acres.

Terms of rental: The weekly rent is €2,100 in June, July, August and September, €1,300 in April, May, and October, and €1,000 in other months. Clean sheets and towels are provided weekly. There is an extra charge for any heat used. The rental period runs from 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon until 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Once you let me know a specific rental period in which you are interested, I will check availability with my client, the owner. Payment terms are a 30% (of the total rent) non-refundable payment at the time of booking with the non-refundable balance due 60 days before scheduled arrival. Payment is to be made to me, and I will transfer it to my client.

Additional Information: If you would like additional information, please contact me.

Thanks for your interest.

Ken Lawson