Papillon

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Pool Modern Ideal for Kids

Whether enjoying breakfast by the swimming pool, kicking back in the cinema room or preparing Provençal feasts in the large kitchen-diner, Papillon makes a fantastic holiday home for friends or family looking to stay in Les Alpilles near the gateway to the Camargue.

This air-conditioned villa sleeps 6 adults and up to 6 additional children across its four bedrooms. On the ground floor, beside the cosy lounge and vast kitchen-diner, find a dorm-style en suite bedroom with bunk-beds that will delight siblings or friends whilst upstairs there are three double bedrooms (one of which can also be a twin) each with their own private shower room. The mezzanine cinema room is another brilliant feature, as is the pool house with its summer kitchen, bar and lounge.

The outside space here is superb with thyme, rosemary, poplars, olive and fruit trees as well as towering pines. The heated swimming pool and its pool house are perfect for warm summer days and balmy evenings whilst there is ample space to read on a south-facing terrace or picnic on the lawn, always surrounded by scenery so typical of the region.

Head out to Maussane-les-Alpilles for a meal in one of its charming restaurants and don’t miss the Thursday morning market. Take long walks through the endless olive groves and visit one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, Les Baux-de-Provence, with its historic chateau.

Elsewhere, soak up the ambience at the weekly market in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in Arles, visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Avignon and you can even drive towards the Luberon region of Provence with idyllic perched villages such as Ménerbes, Gordes and Lourmarin around an hour away.

The Camargue is also within easy reach with its vast lagoons, salt plains and marshes, a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists who can admire the scenery on horse-back, by boat or simply hiking through the captivating landscapes.

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What you should know…

  • The villa sleeps 6 adults and up to 6 children/teens across four bedrooms (one with three sets of bunk-beds).
  • Please supervise children on the elegant open-sided staircase, in the mezzanine cinema room and on the upper terrace.
  • 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 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.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con

Villa Interiors (350m2)

Ground Floor

-    Living room with stone fireplace
-    Open plan kitchen-diner with doors sliding open to terrace. Kitchen well equipped including central island, two fridges, freezer, wine cabinet, gas hob, microwave, steam oven and dishwasher
-    Cellar/laundry room
-    WC and sink
-    Dorm-style bedroom with 3 x sets of bunk-beds (90x200cm each), door leading to garden and shower room with shower, double sink and WC

First-Floor (via open-sided staircase with no hand-rail)

-    Mezzanine level cinema room (overlooking lounge below)
-    Master bedroom with double bed (180x200cm), dressing room, door to private terrace (low rails) and shower room with Italian shower, sink and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm), large wardrobe and shower room with Italian shower, sink and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (180x200cm, can be split into twin) and private shower room with Italian shower, sink and WC

Upper bunk-beds should only be used by children with a minimum age of six years

Pool House

-    Lounge with two benches (which can be converted into single beds on request)
-    Shower room with Italian shower, sink and WC
-    Summer kitchen and bar

Outside Grounds (3 hectares)

-    Heated swimming pool (13x6m) with safety cover
-    Pool house and summer kitchen (see above)
-    Barbecue
-    South and east facing terraces
-    Private parking
-    Electric gate with videophone

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (main house)
-    TV and Home cinema
-    Hairdryers
-    Washing machine and dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Papillon
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In the Bouches-du-Rhône department of southern France, Papillon is located just 3km south from the pretty Provençal village, Maussane-les-Alpilles. Further amenities can be found in the attractive town of Saint-Martin-de-Crau (8.5km) which is known to be one of the gateways to the Camargue.

Maussane-les-Alpilles is a lovely village known for its charming restaurants, deli shops and wonderful olive oil produced from the surrounding groves. Try and visit the Thursday morning market, a great way to pick up some delightful local produce or alternatively, Saint-Martin-de-Crau’s market is on a Friday morning.

Keen gourmands may wish to consider booking a table at nearby Le Bistrot du Paradou (4km) and you will also find some excellent restaurants serving delicious Provençal fare in other local villages and towns including Arles (19km) and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (13km).

Indeed, you can follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in both Saint-Rémy and Arles – be sure to visit Arles’ Place du Forum where the Dutch Artist painted ‘Café Terrace at Night’ and Saint-Paul de Mausole just south of Saint-Rémy. Elsewhere in Saint-Rémy, the Wednesday morning market attracts visitors from across the region whilst Arles, on the banks of the Rhône, is a fine day out with its Roman heritage and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Another gem of Les Alpilles is Les Baux-de-Provence (8km) and its impressive château with the most spectacular valley views. Classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, head there early to avoid the summer crowds and wander around the medieval village soaking up its historic ambience. There are some brilliant walks around the village, a fantastic way to admire the undulating scenery of Les Alpilles.

The wild and mesmerising landscapes of the Camargue are easily reached and you could even drive to the Mediterranean coast with the beaches around Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer under an hour away. Look out for white horses, pink flamingos and bulls en route as you pass the Camargue’s lagoons, salt plains and marshes.

The Luberon is also waiting to be explored with its vineyards, cycling routes, hiking opportunities and perched villages including Ménerbes (50km), Gordes (55km) and Lourmarin (55km).

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon Airport

(32km)

Nearest Airport 2 Nimes Airport

(42km)

Nearest Airport 3 Marseille Airport

(57km)

Nearest Train Station Saint-Martin-de-Crau

(11km)

Nearest Village Maussane-les-Alpilles

(3km)

Nearest Restaurant Maussane-les-Alpilles

(3km)

Nearest Supermarket Small Spar grocery store

(3km)

Nearest Golf Golf des Baux de Provence

(4.5km)

Nearest Town Saint-Martin-de-Crau

(8.5km)

Nearest City Avignon

(40km)

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: Teens
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Travelling with children, enjoy the best of both worlds staying Les Alpilles yet also being so close to the beautiful landscapes of the Camargue.

Arles will impress you with its Roman heritage and UNESCO World Heritage sites, especially the amazing amphitheatre. Follow a trip to the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh (which often hosts mini-sessions for French speaking families) by enjoying a drink in one of the terrace cafes of Van Gogh’s beloved Place du Forum.

Head to the Camargue for long cycle rides, stunning walks/hikes, pony-trekking as well as bird-spotting, boat rides and horse-riding, looking out for bulls, white horses and pink flamingos as you explore the mesmerising landscapes. You can also reach the sandy beaches around Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer within an hour.

Young animal lovers may also enjoy a trip to Zoo Barben, 42km away. Martigues (54km) is another fun family day out with its summer watersports on the Étang de Berre as well as the nearby Parc de Figuerolles with its tree-top activity centre and pony-club.

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Car/Bike/Boat 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
- 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 €3500 charged to client’s credit card as a pre-authorisation one month 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.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, and 2 hours of cleaning per week also included. 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.
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.
Pool heating charge? Included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
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.
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 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 Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs The villa sleeps 6 adults and up to 6 children/teens across four bedrooms (one with three sets of bunk-beds).

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 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £7,969
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £9,699
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £7,969
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £6,284
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 £4,554
Dec 14th 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 £6,011
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 £7,650
Jan 4th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 £4,554
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 £7,969
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £9,699
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £7,969
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 31st 2025 £6,284
Oct 31st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 £4,554

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €8,710
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €10,601
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €8,710
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €6,869
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 €4,977
Dec 14th 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 €6,570
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 €8,362
Jan 4th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 €4,977
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 €8,710
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €10,601
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €8,710
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 31st 2025 €6,869
Oct 31st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 €4,977

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $9,422
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $11,468
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $9,422
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $7,430
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 $5,384
Dec 14th 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 $7,107
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 $9,045
Jan 4th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 $5,384
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 $9,422
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $11,468
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $9,422
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 31st 2025 $7,430
Oct 31st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 $5,384

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.

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