Mas Du Heron
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What Oliver loves…
- Appreciate the tranquil surroundings of île de la Barthelasse whilst being so close to the historic city of Avignon
- The boutique style bedrooms are gorgeous with beautiful furnishings, Smart TVs and sumptuous shower rooms
- The salt-water swimming pool sits in a hectare of glorious grounds with ancient planes alongside olive and fruit trees
- Use the farmhouse’s bikes to cycle around the island passing orchards, farms and diverse wildlife along the banks of the Rhône
- Taste wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, seek antique treasures in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s and follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
*EARLY BIRD 2023*
Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:
- A welcome hamper on arrival
- Up to £100 private chef voucher
- Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay
Stay in a 19th century farmhouse set in the most wonderful gardens in the tranquil surroundings of Barthelasse Island, just a 7km drive or cycle ride from the historic city of Avignon.
Pass century old trees and borders of vividly coloured hydrangeas as you stroll along the path to your Provençal holiday home. There’s an air of authenticity here with the old stone building so typical of the past, juxtaposed beautifully with interiors akin to a boutique-style abode.
Five gorgeous bedrooms await, each one thoughtfully renovated by the mas’ owners. With refined décor alongside original features, guests can expect mostly queen or king-size beds, air-conditioning, plush luxuriant shower rooms and Smart TVs in every bedroom. At the top of the house, a family suite takes over the second floor with a twin and double bedroom alongside characterfully tiled floors and an Italian shower with a hydromassage feature.
The living spaces are also elegant with a lounge, dining room and contemporary kitchen whilst the outdoors offers ample room for al-fresco feasts. Pour a Provençal aperitif, perhaps from the island’s distillery, as you watch the children play amongst the fruit and olive trees – here you’ll find pears, figs, plums and apricots.
The salt-water swimming pool is also a joy, set within the hectare of glorious grounds. As you relax by the pool you can truly appreciate the tranquility of the island, surrounded by a patchwork of orchards, farmland and countryside.
Take advantage of the farmhouse’s bikes and cycle along the island’s many trails, especially by the river where there’s a diverse variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Around 4km away, stop off by the marina on the banks of the Petit Rhône where you have such lovely views over the river towards Pont d’Avignon and the Palais des Papes, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. A little ferry will transport you across to Avignon.
As well as the city’s historic sights, soak up the artistic ambience during Avignon’s festival in July and make the most of the vibrant restaurant and wine scene. It goes without saying that the markets around Avignon and nearby Villeneuve-lès-Avignon are a must for food lovers.
Heading further afield, visit L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on a Sunday morning for its famous brocante, follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or Arles, and discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Luberon landscapes. Not to mention the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, so easily reached from your picture-perfect island holiday home.
What you should know…
- If you prefer to ride electric bikes, hire them in advance via the owners – cycling is such a great way to explore the island and beyond.
- Lounge with fireplace
- Breakfast room
- Kitchen, well-equipped
- Bedroom (33m2) with queen-size double bed (160x200cm) and bathroom with Italian shower with hydromassage feature and WC
Raised Ground Floor
- Bedroom (37m2) with king-size double bed (180x200cm) and bathroom with Italian shower with hydromassage feature and WC
- Bedroom (35m2) with queen-size double bed (160x200cm) and bathroom with Italian shower with hydromassage feature and WC
- Bedroom (24m2) with queen-size double bed (160x200cm) and bathroom with Italian shower with hydromassage feature and WC
- Family suite (60m2 over two rooms) with king-size double bed, two single beds, bathroom with Italian shower with hydromassage feature and 2 x WCs
- Salt-water swimming pool (11x5m) with safety alarm. Available approximately May to end-September
- Terraces and courtyard for al-fresco dining
- Parkland (1 hectare) with green space and fruit trees
- TVs x 6 (in bedrooms)
- Bikes (x6)
- Table tennis
- Elliptical bike
Mas Du Heron enjoys such a picturesque setting within its hectare of vast grounds on île de la Barthelasse, the island between the two arms of the Rhône, only 7km from the beauty of historic Avignon.
Île de la Barthelasse is France’s largest river island and has been protected by urban development meaning it’s a patchwork of orchards, farms and countryside. It’s best explored by bike – the owners can help arrange electric bike hire so you can follow the island’s cycling paths, looking out for a diverse range of flora, fauna and wildlife by the banks of the river. Stop off at nearby farms to buy delicious local produce and visit the island’s distillery to purchase drinks inspired by the flavours of Provence.
There’s no better place to cycle than the banks of the Petit Rhône with a view over the river towards Pont d’Avignon and the Palais des Papes, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are boat crossings to Avignon from a marina around 4km from Mas Du Heron or you can drive into Avignon in around 10 to 15 minutes.
Of course, Avignon’s historic sites are a must-see, yet you should also take time to soak up the cultural ambience of this small yet vibrant city. The contemporary Avignon festival draws visitors from across France and beyond in July whilst there are charming museums and art galleries scattered across the city. Experience the colours and aromas of the market traders at Les Halles d’Avignon, try excellent Provençal wine in atmospheric bars and take advantage of the city’s lively restaurant scene.
Food lovers should also head across to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (7.5km) on a Thursday morning when traders set up their stalls on Place Charles David. It’s one of the most wonderful markets of the region, as is the flea market on a Saturday morning. Not to mention other fantastic markets across Provençal villages and towns such as L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (40km), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (30km), Coustellet (40km) and beyond. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s famous Sunday morning brocante is also not to be missed, perhaps followed by lunch on a waterside terrace in this incredibly picturesque town.
For wine-tasting you have the highly regarded wineries of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (25km) within easy reach and other vineyards of the Rhône valley. Alternatively, head south-east towards the undulating landscapes of the Luberon with its vineyards, woodland, orchards and some of Provence’s iconic perched villages such as Ménerbes, Bonnieux and Gordes, so loved by Van Gogh, all reached in around an hour by car.
|Nearest Airport 2||
|Nearest Train Station||
Gare d'Avignon Centre/Gare d'Avignon TGV
In and around Avignon
Keen cyclists will love the many cycling trails across île de la Barthelasse, especially by the river where there’s so much diverse wildlife. There are also fishing opportunities on the island as well as horse-riding and paintballing nearby.
Around 4km from Mas Du Heron, a little ferry crosses the Petit Rhône to Avignon. Youngsters may enjoy a trip on the little road train that tours the historic city or look out for longer cruises along the river.
For outdoor adventures whilst appreciating Provence’s natural beauty, head to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse for kayaking and canoeing opportunities along the Sorgue as well as a tree-top activity centre.
For a change of scene, the amusement park Piratland is located around a 15-minute drive away whilst Parc Spirou Provence and the waterpark Wave Island can be reached in half an hour. Slightly closer to home, just outside Avignon you will find indoor activities such as a trampoline park, soft play and bowling.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Easy By Train
- <1hr to Airport
- Tennis Nearby
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Child-Safe Pool
- Table Tennis
- Wine-Tasting Available
- Electric Bike Hire Available
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Electric bike hire
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€1200 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes (except winter heating - see below).|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, except October to April when guests can request heating at a charge of €500 per week, payable locally.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes. Changed once for stays of over one week.|
|Pool towels included?||Yes. Changed once for stays of over one week.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, including mid-stay clean for stays of over one week. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry,maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Tax||French Visitors Tax is included in the rate.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights.|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Pool opening dates?||The pool is open approximately May to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings and stag/hen parties are not allowed. Special events/celebrations are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 2nd 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||£12,724|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||£14,759|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||£16,286|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||£14,759|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024||£12,724|
|Jan 1st 2024 - May 30th 2024||£12,724|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||£14,759|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 5th 2024||£16,286|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 2nd 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||€13,438|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||€15,588|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||€17,200|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||€15,588|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024||€13,438|
|Jan 1st 2024 - May 30th 2024||€13,438|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||€15,588|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 5th 2024||€17,200|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 2nd 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||$14,807|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||$17,176|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||$18,953|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||$17,176|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024||$14,807|
|Jan 1st 2024 - May 30th 2024||$14,807|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||$17,176|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 5th 2024||$18,953|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its authenticity, the charm of old stones and the space of each room.
Its location: in the middle of the unspoiled countryside while being very close to the historic center of Avignon (10 minutes by car).
Are there any intersting stories in its history?
It was built in 1850 and we are the 4th owners only. We have completely restored it with high quality materials.
For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…
Visit the emblematic places of the region: Avignon and its Palace of the Popes – the most beautiful Provençal villages (Gordes, Saint Rémy de Povence, les Baux de Provence, Uzés, Isle sur la Sorgue, etc.) – the historic sites of Roman times: The Pont du Gard – the Roman theatre
Fresh, locally made products: go to Provençal markets and buy local products (cheese, honey, fruit, seasonal vegetables, olive tapenades)
The lavender fields between June and mid-July towards the village of Sault and Gordes. Estates producing olive oil and/or very famous wines (Domaine Castelat, Estoublon castle, Châteauneuf du Pape cellars, Maison Manguin: producer of brandy on the island of Barthelasse).
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