Villa Des Papes

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Laptop Friendly Workspace

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A traditional holiday home just outside Avignon, Villa Des Papes offers pretty gardens and a wonderful swimming pool in a great location for exploring so many different parts of Provence.

Part of a larger property, this 3-bedroom villa dates back to the 18th century and was once the house’s stables. Nowadays its charm lives on in its inviting interiors, simply yet thoughtfully furnished with old-fashioned pieces alongside modern touches such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. The owner, who lives on the estate, is proud of the care she has taken to make this a comfortable and welcoming home for families or friends alike.

Sliding doors open straight out to a picturesque terrace for al-fresco meals, looking out towards the swimming pool and garden dotted with olive trees and summer colours. Find a shady spot beneath an ancient tree and sit back with a glass of Côtes De Provence rosé, perhaps before strolling out for a meal at the prestigious five-star auberge offering fine-dining and spa services just a short walk away.

Spend the day in nearby Avignon, exploring its bustling markets, eating out in characterful restaurants and visiting its two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Pont d'Avignon and Palais des Papes. Then there’s so many picturesque towns across the Vaucluse such as Carpentras, Pernes-les-Fontaines and Orange – visit on market day to pick up all sorts of wonderful Provençal produce.

Cycling enthusiasts will be keen to head to Bédoin and Mont Ventoux whilst walkers will adore the undulating landscapes of the Luberon with picture-perfect hilltop villages such as Gordes and Ménerbes set amongst orchards, vineyards and woodland.

Then there’s wine-tasting in nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the olive groves of Les Alpilles, the art galleries of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the antique stores of enchanting L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, before returning to the sweet surroundings of your charming holiday home.

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What you should know…

  • The owner lives on the estate in a separate part of the building.
  • You will need to book ahead to dine in the local fine-dining auberge or use their spa facilities.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interiors (two floors including open-tread stairs)

-    Living-dining room with fireplace
-    Kitchen, well-equipped
-    2 x double bedrooms
-    Quad bedroom
-    Bathroom
-    Shower room
-    Laundry room with washing machine and dryer

Outside Grounds (1500m²)


-    Swimming pool (13x5m, depth: 1.7m) with safety shutter and alarm
-    Pool inflatables
-    Landscaped garden
-    Al-fresco dining terrace
-    Weber barbecue
-    Ball and racket
-    Pool inflatables
-    Boules pitch

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Air-conditioning
-    Library (books for all ages)
-    Board games
-    Ball and racket
-    Pool inflatables
-    Boules pitch
-    Washing machine and dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Des Papes
<1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Des Papes is in the Vaucluse department of Provence, set in the outskirts of Avignon around a 15-minute drive to the heart of the historic city.

In a residential neighbourhood, it’s just a short stroll through the local tree-lined park to a five-star auberge which offers fine-dining for lunch and dinner as well as spa services (treatments, indoor pool, hammam and jacuzzi). The area also features useful amenities such as supermarkets and shops as well as an 18-hole golf course within a 5-minute drive.

The heart of historic Avignon is only 7km by car and a wonderful place to spend the day. Of course, it’s most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Pope’s Palace and Saint Benezet Bridge, but it’s also loved for its bustling markets and excellent restaurants. Head to the atmospheric quarter near the Sorgue river and soak up the village ambience as you admire artists at work and stop off in a café or wine-bar.

History-lovers should also include Nîmes (53km) on their to-do list, home of some of France’s best preserved Roman remains including Maison Carrée, perhaps stopping off for a picnic or canoe excursion by the Roman Aqueduct, Le Pont Du Gard (33km), yet another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Closer to home, visit some of the picturesque villages and towns dotted across the Vaucluse department - Pernes-les-Fontaines is lovely on market day, especially in the summer months when all sorts of seasonal fruit is sold by local farmers, whilst L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is enchanting with its waterways, antique stores and superb Sunday morning brocante.

There are ample wine-tasting opportunities in the Rhône valley including the well-known wine-town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape only 14km away. The mesmerising Luberon is another good area for sampling local wines – there are many great walks through vineyards, orchards and woodland as well as idyllic hilltop villages such as Gordes and Ménerbes.

The artistic town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence which inspired so many of Van Gogh’s paintings, is half an hour by car - visit on a Wednesday morning to experience its popular Provençal market or perhaps combine with a visit to Les Baux-de-Provence (40km), one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. Set in Les Alpilles Regional Nature Park, this region is a paradise for walkers and there are some fine olive oils to be sampled in farms dotted across endless olive groves.

Cyclists will love the many trails through this part of Provence whether following routes through the Vaucluse plains, discovering the landscapes of the Luberon or heading towards the challenging Mont Ventoux – the charming village of Bédoin is around 36km away, a mecca for cycling enthusiasts.

Not forgetting other gorgeous towns nearby from historic Orange (28km) to the north or Arles (45km) further south, the gateway to the Camargue. Even Aix-en-Provence can be reached in just over an hour, no doubt passing landscapes loved so much by Cézanne.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon

(9km)

Nearest Airport 2 Nîmes Airport

(65km)

Nearest Train Station Gare d'Avignon TGV

(12km)

Nearest Restaurant Fine dining restaurant

(5-min walk )

Nearest Supermarket U Express et Drive

(2km)

Nearest City Avignon

(7km)

Nearest Golf Golf Grand Avignon

(3km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There is plenty to keep families entertained in this part of Provence whether touring the historic town of Avignon on the little road train, taking boat trips along the Rhône or enjoying a range of outdoor activities across this region’s wonderful landscapes.

Just a 5-minute drive from Villa Des Papes is a watersports lake specialising in wake-boarding, usually open April to October on certain days of the week. There’s also an indoor trampoline park if kids need to let off steam on rainy days as well as a bowling alley and soft play centre within a few minutes by car.

Watersport enthusiasts should also head to picturesque Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and hire canoes or kayaks to paddle down the Sorgue river in beautiful surroundings. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is also home to a tree-top adventure centre with activities for a range of ages as well as some stunning walks.

Towards the market town of Carpentras, Parc Spirou Provence is another popular trip out with all sorts of rides and amusements. The fascinating caves at Grottes de Thouzon are a short drive away, as is the charming model railway centre, Le Jarditrain, just the other side of Carpentras.

Not forgetting ample horse-riding, rock-climbing, cycling and walking opportunities across Les Alpilles and the Luberon regions, both mesmerising parts of southern France. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's books
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Pool inflatables
  • Child-Safe Pool

Extras

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

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!

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Event information

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.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 paid via bank transfer to the owner at the time of bookings and refunded two weeks after departure (or up to 60 days if there is a dispute), subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. 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.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? 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.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €4.40 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? Small pets on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £3,483
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 £4,478
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 £5,473
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 29th 2025 £3,483
Jun 29th 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 £4,478
Aug 24th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 £3,483

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €3,763
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 €4,838
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 €5,913
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 29th 2025 €3,763
Jun 29th 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 €4,838
Aug 24th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 €3,763

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $4,009
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 $5,154
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 $6,299
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 29th 2025 $4,009
Jun 29th 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 $5,154
Aug 24th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 $4,009

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.

Reviews

  • Enchanted by the place

    on 02/01/2024

    We enjoyed everything about our stay. Our friends were enchanted by the place under a bright sun and a blue sky in December which delighted us. Really thank you for everything.

  • Magical stay

    on 07/09/2023

    The Villas has an incredibly elegant style with many furnishings throughout. We spent a wonderful 2 weeks holidaying this summer. A magical stay.

  • Stunning

    on 10/08/2023

    The host is very gracious. Her château is absolutely stunning and we had a really wonderful time. Absolutely recommend.

  • Brilliant time

    on 10/08/2023

    We have had a lovely couple of weeks at Villa des Papes. 6 of us (parents and grown up children) have enjoyed days by the pool and great day trips out across Provence. We enjoyed the welcome and warmth of the host, sharing great company and a glass or two on a couple of evenings. We flew into Marseille with very convenient car rental and only an hour up the A7 to Avignon. Certainly a car is essential to make the most of all that is around. A grand entrance with a large lounge/dining room opening on to the shaded rear terrace in the secluded garden with a large swimming pool, a practical kitchen, utility room with washing machine and dryer, and a downstairs toilet (serving bedrooms 2&3). Upstairs the main bedroom, bathroom and toilet are independently accessed by staircase from the lounge. The main bedroom has a double and a pull out bed, accommodating up to four. A second spiral staircase at the opposite end of the house takes you to double bedrooms 2 & 3 with a separate bathroom (shower/ sink). The main bedroom and bedroom 2 adjoin by two doors, providing for both access across the upstairs rooms and for privacy. Villa des Papes retains its family home charm with many original features, at the same time served by very fast WiFi, very effective air conditioning in the bedrooms and lounge, and a good sized swimming pool. Villa Des Papes is a quiet haven on the outskirts of Avignon. Hilltop gite with views across Provence or modern villa by the sea - it is not, but secluded, full of charm and with the advantage of location. We have found it a brilliant base to access all that is great in Provence… It’s a quick 15-20 minute drive or taxi ride right into the centre of Avignon with the famous sites and wide choice of great restaurants, well served by local shops and a huge Centre Commerciale only 10 minutes away. Many things to do within an hour’s drive - the Pont du Gard (we enjoyed a canoe trip down the Gard under the Roman acqueduct), amazing Uzès, the beautiful hilltop villages of the Luberon valley (a guided day tour on e-bikes through the Luberon has been a particular highlight!), wine tasting in the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, the amazing citadel of Les Baux, the Roman cities of Nimes and Arles, and up to 90 minutes drive to Marseille, La Camargue and the beautiful port and calanques of Cassis. We have had a brilliant time and would look forward to a return visit.

  • We definitely recommend

    on 22/07/2023

    A quintessentially Provençal feel ! A just short drive from Avignon, Villeneuve les Avignon, Isle sur la Sorgue, les Baux de Provence et St Rémy de Provence. We loved the confortable living room with wooden beamed celling just near the pool and of course the shady terrace with wicker seats and fantastic barbecue for dining. Thanks so much for our stay in this beautiful Villa. We definitely recommend.

  • Clean and spacious Amazing

    on 18/07/2023

    This property was amazing. Villa des Papes is so lovely, clean, spacious and well equipped. Well located close to the shops and many restaurants. I would highly recommend it.

  • Magnificent

    on 10/07/2023

    Nothing more to say. Fantastic week in a magnificent part of the castle.

  • Well situated, beautiful and spotless

    on 14/06/2023

    Spotless and really beautiful. We appreciated littles touches that showed through, soap and some basic meal ingredients. It is very well suited for a quiet relaxing break. The pool is very well maintained, clean as well. Great pleasant host.

  • Exquisite taste

    on 31/05/2023

    We had a wonderful stay. The villa was everything we could ask for with a special mention for the quality of the renovation which is of exquisite taste.

  • Brilliant

    on 31/01/2023

    This villa certainly allows you to get away from it all. An old fortified castle with a large tower and your own section with an enclosed garden and a lovely swimming pool with ample outdoor space. The old character and the walls keep you cool and the villa has really everything to cook at home. Close to supermarkets and a small bakery and butcher (and an excellent restaurant) the owner's help is always on hand when needed. Brilliant place to explore the south of France and completely relax.

  • Great memories

    on 31/08/2022

    Our family lucked into a 2 week stay at Villa des Papes at the end of summer. The villa was expansive, with plenty of room for the 6 of us, all the modern amenities but with a classic charm. The pool and deck were great, there were organic markets very close and a quality gas grill on the pool deck. The villa was centrally located and we were able to take short drives to all the Cotes du Rhone wine villages, as well as Avignon, Arles, Orange and even Cassis and the Camargue were easy day trips. The host and owner, lives nearby and was a joy - we ended up having champagne, snacks and laughs several times over our stay and are happy to say we left Villa des Papes with not only great memories, but new friends as well.

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