Les Pierres Blanches

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Sleeps: 11 - 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

In the heart of rural Provence, yet not far from the delightful city of Aix-en-Provence, Les Pierres Blanches is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday amongst the vineyards of southern France.

Made from the white stone so famous in this region, Les Pierres Blanches offers rustic country living in comfortable and homely surroundings. A spacious and characterful living-dining room downstairs, plus a contemporary American-style kitchen, have doors opening up to a gloriously shaded patio, perfect for al-fresco dining by the barbecue or just lazing by the swimming pool. A second lounge area can be found on the first floor, again with French windows leading to a wonderful south-facing terrace, perfect for your morning coffee as you listen to the birds or evening aperitif as the day draws to an end.

Seven pretty bedrooms can be found across three floors, including a bright and spacious air-conditioned games room at the top with a double and a single under the eaves next to the pool table!

Characterful features such as wood beamed ceilings, large open fires and grand stone stairs add to the traditional ambience across this homely abode. Step outside and you can sense the tranquillity of the natural surroundings as you dip into the inviting swimming pool or explore the vast wooded grounds. Bring your rackets and play tennis in the summer sun or have fun with the family enjoying table tennis and boules. A true family home, there is plenty for every generation.

Despite this rural location, near some of the region’s excellent wineries, the local town is only 5km away where you will find charming restaurants and shops. Drive further north and soon you will be in the outstanding Luberon region where you can visit idyllic villages such as Lourmarin, Bonnieux and Ménerbes.

To the south, only twenty minutes by car, is the wonderful city of Aix-en-Provence, loved so much by many artists over the years including Cézanne. Across the city you’ll find museums, galleries, historic fountains and tree-lined avenues with terrace cafes and bookshops. Don’t miss the atmospheric Provençal market four mornings a week!

Exploring the countryside, you can admire the Provençal landscapes of vineyards and lavender, ideal for walkers and cyclists and there’s horse-riding across the region too.

If you fancy a change of scene, discover some of the beaches near Marseille such as Sainte-Croix, Pointe Rouge and Cap Rousset. The best of both worlds, in this part of Provence you can experience the glorious Mediterranean coastline as well as the stunning mountainous hinterland.

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What you should know…

  • The property sleeps a maximum of 14 guests in 6 bedrooms plus a games room comprising of a double bed and a single bed
  • Only two of the bedrooms, including the top-floor games room, feature air-conditioning
  • Car hire is essential in this rural part of Provence

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interiors (450m2, 3 levels)

Ground Floor

-    Living-dining room (80m2) with doors out to shaded terrace by pool
-    Open-plan kitchen, well-equipped
-    Guest WC
-    2 x double bedrooms
-    Bathroom
-    Small single room

First Floor

-    Living-dining room opening up to balcony-terrace and grand stone steps down to garden
-    Second kitchen
-    2 x double bedrooms
-    Bathroom and separate WC

Second Floor

-    Double bedroom with bathroom
-    Games room under the eaves with pool table, air-conditioning, one double and one single bed

Outside Grounds (8000m2)


-    Private swimming pool (14mx7m) with safety alarm. Open mid-May to mid-October
-    Al-fresco dining terrace
-    Gas BBQ
-    Tennis court
-    Table tennis
-    Boules
-    Enclosed grounds

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Air-conditioning (two rooms only)
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Les Pierres Blanches
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Set in wooded gardens with vineyards beyond, Les Pierres Blanches enjoys a remote, countryside location in Provence yet it’s only 5km from the nearest town. It’s just south of the Luberon mountain range in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, where vineyard tours at prestigious wineries are within a short distance and you are only a twenty-minute drive from Aix-en-Provence.

Nearby Rognes (5km) offers your nearest restaurants, shops and a supermarket. It’s a pretty, historic small town which is famous for its stone and also the excellent AOC Coteaux d’Aix wine that the surrounding vineyards produce. There’s a tranquil way of life around here as you will notice as you drive through the peaceful surrounding countryside. One local attraction is La Ferme du Brégalon, just north of the town, where visitors can bottle feed the farm’s goats and learn about making goat’s cheese.

It’s 14km south to Aix-en-Provence, a wonderful city full of art and history. Sip coffee in one of the terraced cafes or discover the book shops of the famous tree-lined Cours Mirabeau. Admire the city’s fountains, shops, museums and galleries across the old town and experience the wonderful Provençal market four mornings a week.

There are many walking trails in the city to follow the life of Paul Cézanne and his workshop, Atelier de Cézanne, is worth a visit en route to the open-air museum at Terrain des Paintres.

Drive out to Cézanne ‘s beloved Sainte Victoire mountain, which is especially ideal for walking in the spring or autumn with Provençal scenery all around you.  It’s also great for mountain biking, rock climbing and para-gliding. There is also a good choice of golf courses within half an hours drive as well as horse-riding stables in the region.

Head north and explore some of Provence’s most captivating areas such as around the Luberon mountains with idyllic villages such as Lourmarin (22km), Bonnieux (35km) and Ménerbes (44km) amazing places to see. The Alpilles Natural Park is also accessible within an hour with archetypal villages such as Les-Baux-de-Provence (62km) and Saint-Rémy (57km) possible to visit in a day.

Impressive Marseille (45km), one of the oldest cities in France, is just forty minutes by car. Furthermore, beaches along the Mediterranean coastline within an hour include Sainte-Croix (60km) near Martigues, La Ciotat (66km), where you can hire canoes or kayaks or closer to Marseille is the Pointe Rouge beach (53km) with its beachside restaurants. Watersports enthusiasts will appreciate Cap Rousset (53km) with diving in the protected crystal clear waters and windsurfing, canoes, kayaks and paddle boarding available.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marseille

(40km)

Nearest Airport Avignon

(60km)

Nearest Train Station Gare d'Aix-en-Provence

(27km)

Nearest Village Rognes

(5km)

Nearest Restaurant Rognes

(5km)

Nearest Supermarket Rognes

(5km)

Nearest Town/City Aix-en-Provence

(14km)

Nearest Golf International Golf of Pont Royal

(24km)

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 Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Just north of the local town, young children will love La Ferme du Brégalon where visitors can bottle feed the farm’s goats and learn about making goat’s cheese.

Animal lovers should also head to Zoo Barben (20km) where you can follow 9km worth of footpaths through the cool oak forests discovering an amazing variety of animals.

The glorious city of Aix-en-Provence (14km) is a delightful day out for the family. You can also take a little tourist road-train around the city, stopping off for gelato on the way or sampling the local sweet, Calissons d’Aix, a delicious iced marzipan well known in the region. Discover the Paul Cézanne carousel for magical moments in the city centre.

Beaches along the Mediterranean coastline, all within an hour, include Sainte-Croix near Martigues, Ciotat, where you can hire canoes or kayaks or closer to Marseille is the Pointe Rouge beach with its beachside restaurants. Watersports enthusiasts will appreciate Cap Rousset with diving in the protected crystal clear waters and windsurfing, canoes, kayaks and paddle boarding available.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service 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

Extra available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning

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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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

Event information

Intimate weddings and small celebrations are permitted at Les Pierres Blanches for parties of under 45 guests. Please contact Oliver's Travels for further 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 €1500 charged to clients’ credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00-7.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes, except October when there is a charge of €30.00 per day, payable locally.
Linen & towels included? Yes, excluding pool towels. Linen and bath towels are changed once a week for stays of more than 7 nights.
End of stay cleaning included? No, there is a charge of €200, payable locally. A mid-stay clean can also be arranged for €100. Please note 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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior arrangement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Yes.
Changeover day Flexible, except in July and August when Saturday.
Minimum stay 3 nights, except in July and August when 7 nights.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request for up to 45 guests only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open from mid-May to mid-October, subject to weather conditions.
Other Ts and Cs One double bed and one single bed are located in the games room and do not have their own bedroom.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Jul 1st 2020 - £1,843 £2,246 £2,649 £2,873
Jul 1st 2020 - Jul 16th 2020 - - - - £4,541
Jul 16th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - - - £5,514
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 24th 2020 - - - - £5,839
Aug 24th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - £4,866
Sep 1st 2020 - Apr 16th 2021 £2,649 £2,873 £2,873 £2,873 £2,873

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Jul 1st 2020 - €2,016 €2,419 €2,822 €3,143
Jul 1st 2020 - Jul 16th 2020 - - - - €4,968
Jul 16th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - - - €6,032
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 24th 2020 - - - - €6,387
Aug 24th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - €5,323
Sep 1st 2020 - Apr 16th 2021 €2,822 €3,143 €3,143 €3,143 €3,143

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Jul 1st 2020 - $2,223 $2,626 $3,030 $3,466
Jul 1st 2020 - Jul 16th 2020 - - - - $5,479
Jul 16th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - - - $6,652
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 24th 2020 - - - - $7,043
Aug 24th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - $5,870
Sep 1st 2020 - Apr 16th 2021 $3,030 $3,433 $3,466 $3,466 $3,466

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We bought this house in 1998.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Firstly, the location. We are very close to Aix en Provence, a very pleasant and lively city all year round, and at the same time in the middle of the countryside.

Secondly, the house itself is a perfect mix between a traditional-style home (built with stones) and a modern house with a lot of terraces.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi have previously rented our house between the Cannes film festival and Roland Garros. 

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
Visit the modern art outdoor exhibition at Chateau Lacoste

Really eat?
Bouillabaisse and les calissons d’Aix

Really see?
Les calanques de Cassis , Les Baux de Provence and Aix en Provence

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Make the most of Les Pierres Blanches’ location in the heart of Provence, an area rich in culture and opportunity for outdoor activities.

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Reviews

  • We would certainly recommend a stay!

    Posted by Daisy on 28/09/2018

    We had a wonderful stay at this house in late September for a nearby wedding of a friend. It was perfect for our needs as a large group of 14 with plenty of space (indoors and outdoors) and a lovely swimming pool and BBQ area. The owner was very flexible and accommodating with early/late check ins.

  • We would certainly recommend a stay!

    Posted by Daisy on 28/09/2018

    We had a wonderful stay at this house in late September for a nearby wedding of a friend. It was perfect for our needs as a large group of 14 with plenty of space (indoors and outdoors) and a lovely swimming pool and BBQ area. The owner was very flexible and accommodating with early/late check ins.

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