La Maison Secrete

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Overview

Pool Modern Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

Located in the centre of the picture-postcard village of Fontvielle you will find La Maison Secrète; a traditional Provencal home which is well-situated for taking day trips to other villages and the surrounding mountains.

The home is set over two floors and is packed with original exposed stone work, tiled floors and shuttered windows. While the house retains these period features, the owners have recently carried out extensive renovations, creating a modern, welcoming place to stay. After entering the hallway with sweeping staircase, you can walk through to the open-plan living area. In this room which opens on to the garden, there are two comfy sofas and a TV for if you fancy watching a film one evening and a dining table to dine together. The adjacent kitchen has everything you need for preparing meals with the delicious fresh produce which can be bought a short walk away at the market.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms with views on to the garden and the village. There is one bright and airy double room and another bedroom which can be set up as a double bedroom or a twin bedroom depending on the needs of your guests. The bedrooms share a well-appointed bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate WC.

Outdoors, there are two outside spaces with spacious terraces and even a private swimming pool. Guests can cook on the griddle and dine al-fresco on balmy evenings when the terrace is lit up by twinkling lights under the iron pergola.

When you wish to pick up some groceries or head out for breakfast, you can wander in to Fontvieille with ease. This is a charming village with a rich history; guests can visit the chateau, museums and ancient churches. The village also has a thriving market square, artisan shops and a great range of eateries from cosy bistros to fine dining restaurants.

There are a wealth of pretty villages dotted around the countryside of Provence and another incredible place to visit is Les Baux-de-Provence which is 9km away. This village is set on a rocky outcrop 250m high looking over the valleys below. Though the village was almost completely destroyed by the royal army in the 17th century, visitors can explore to castle ruins and dozens of historic attractions such as the gorgeous Church of St-Vincent. The village is well worth visiting even just to walk around the maze-like streets and enjoy dinner with amazing views.

If you would like to spend the day in a busy city then why not try nearby Arles which is 10km away or the enchanting city of Avignon which is 30km away and known as the former home of the popes. 

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What you should know…

  • Please note that the first floor bathroom has a separate WC.
  • Conveniently located in the centre of Fontvielle, La Maison Secrète is tucked down a side street and therefore has no parking.
  • Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Saltwater Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con TV

Villa Interior 

Ground Floor

- Entrance hall
- Fully-fitted kitchen with induction oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and kettle
- Open-plan living and dining room with doors on to the garden, two sofas, TV and dining table seating four
- Laundry room
- Guest WC

First Floor

- Bedroom with double bed (160cm)
- Bedroom with double (160cm)/twin beds (2x80cm)
- Family bathroom with sink and walk-in shower
- Separate WC

Outside Grounds

- Private saltwater pool (4m x 2m, depth:1.3m)with security alarm and step access
- Walled garden with two terraces
- Dining table seating four
- Outdoor armchairs
- Electric griddle

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air-conditioning
- TV
- Washing machine
- Dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Vacuum cleaner

Location

About the surrounding area of La Maison Secrete
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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La Maison Secrète is set down a little side street in the centre of Fontvieille village. This charming village is surrounded by vast amounts of parkland and walking trails within the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles and there are many more villages and towns nearby too, making this a fantastic base for exploring Provence.

Fontvieille is uniquely set in a former limestone quarry and all of the buildings you see as you wander around have been constructed with this local stone. The village has been here for over four centuries and is packed with historic sights and buildings. The village featured in the famous 1860s book “From my windmill” by treasured French author Alphonse Daudet. If you are a fan of Alphonse Daudet or would like to learn more about him you can visit a museum based on him, visit Ribert Mill which inspired him and follow the hour-long Path of the Windmills walk. Visitors can also see Daudet’s summer home, Chateau de Montauban, which is an attraction in its own right. This palatial home hails from the 17th century and has beautiful interiors as well as a local history museum inside. The village also has a great selection of shops, cafés and restaurants which are walking distance from the house. You can also visit the brilliant market to pick up some fresh bread and local honey. The market is held every Monday and Friday in the village square.

Also close to the house is the tranquil mountainous nature reserve the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles. This is a must visit place for lovers of nature and outdoor pursuits. Without travelling far from the villa, you can hike through dense woodlands and climb limestone bouldering routes. This mountain range also has some smaller peaks for those who wish to try their hand at climbing. You could easily spend a full day exploring the open spaces, even traversing the landscape by horseback with a nearby equine centre for a memorable day out.

Art lovers should Saint-Remy de Provence to their itineraries which is 18km away from the villa. This picturesque town has attracted artists for hundreds of years who would flock here to paint the surrounding landscapes and parts of the town. Vincent Van Gogh was one such artist and lived in the town for a year during a difficult period in his life, seeking solace and accommodation at the monastery of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he lived in a bare cell and created hundreds of art works. Those interested in Van Gogh can visit the monastery and take tours of inspiring settings around the village. There are other tours available here too, such as historic walking tours, food and wine tours and trips to nearby farms and vineyards with knowledgeable guides. Saint-Remy de Provence is a lovely place to stroll around, soaking in the Provencal culture while looking at the Renaissance buildings and the incredible Roman ruins. Make sure to head to the old town to shop for fresh herbs at the little shops and pick up some fresh breads and lavender at the lively market. 

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nîmes Airport

(34km)

Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Provence Airport

(65km )

Nearest Village

(280m)

Nearest Town/City Arles

(10km )

Nearest Restaurant

(65m )

Nearest Shop

(300m )

Nearest Golf

(9km )

Nearest Tennis

(1km )

Nearest Beach Plage du Cavaou

(45km )

Region

The Provençal way of life is one that’s deeply tempting for anyone who’s been feeling the need to get away from it all. This is a place where the Mediterranean weather turns fields of corn and lavender into picture-perfect backdrops, where you can sip your locally bought wine and enjoy the landscapes before heading out and tackling them head-on with a range of great activities for families, groups of friends and adventurous foodies. Better yet, our range of villas in Provence and chateaux and holiday homes in the Côte d’Azur make the perfect base to explore this enchanting region!

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Kids

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

With stunning open countryside, delicious local cuisine and charming villages to visit, Provence is a much-loved holiday destination for families and is packed with attractions that can be easily reached.

One lovely place to visit with the children is the small village of Paradou which is just 7km away. The village is easy to walk around on foot and there are pretty gardens and the ruins of a medieval castle which kids love to run around. A great place to visit while here is a museum called La Petite Provence. The museum has lots of displays of quaint village scenes which contain hundreds of skilfully made clay figurines. These clay figures are made locally and children can learn how to make these at workshops held regularly by the museum. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Butler Available
  • Bike/Boat/Private Plane Rental Available
  • Well-being Coach 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
- Bike hire

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

-24h Concierge
-Private chef
-Airport/train station pick-up/drop-off
-Chauffeur/private car rental
-Bike rental
-Boat rental
-Private plane rental
-Shopping service
-Babysitting
-Butler
-Well-being coach
-Cooking classes
-Wine-tasting
-Booking of local activities (restaurants, festivals, concerts, exhibitions etc.)

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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €800 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m. Late arrivals after 9.00 p.m. may be charged a late arrival fee of €120.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
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.
Linen & towels included? Yes, changed once for stays over 14 nights.
Pool towels included? Yes, changed once for stays over 14 nights.
Energy costs included? yes.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for civil liability as well as cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay. A copy of this policy may be requested by the owner before arrival.
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.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Please click here to view the full property terms and conditions.

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to FRENCH TVA 20%

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £1,667
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £2,004
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £2,550
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £1,886
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 £1,111
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 £1,339
Christmas & New Year £1,312
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 £1,111
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 £1,339
Apr 5th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £1,667
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £2,004
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £2,550
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £1,886
Sep 30th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 £1,111

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €1,822
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €2,190
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €2,788
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €2,061
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 €1,215
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 €1,464
Christmas & New Year €1,434
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 €1,215
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 €1,464
Apr 5th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €1,822
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €2,190
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €2,788
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €2,061
Sep 30th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 €1,215

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $1,971
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $2,369
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $3,015
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $2,229
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 $1,314
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 $1,583
Christmas & New Year $1,551
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 $1,314
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 $1,583
Apr 5th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $1,971
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $2,369
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $3,015
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $2,229
Sep 30th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 $1,314

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

  • Beautiful

    Created on 09/08/2023

    A beautiful cottage in a lovely spot. The owners have been so helpful. We're loving it. Can't get our daugther out of the pool!

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