AVIGNON - The Apple Orchard
House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The Apple Orchard is perfect for family holidays.
It is big and spacious and enables families to spread out between two floors and enjoy a large garden and pool together. It is centrally located just outside the small local village of Le Thor, amongst peaceful countryside in the valley of the River Sorgues, yet only twenty minutes from the city of Avignon. It boasts 5 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with a kitchen that leads directly out on to the balcony terrace overlooking the garden and pool, a great place for adults to sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst keeping an eye on the kids. The house is south-west facing for sunshine all day long, with a large lawn and mature trees and plenty of games and activities for all the family. And now the pool is heated to ensure younger children have the advantage of playing in the pool all day long.
Please note that my Mother no longer lives at the property (see reviews) and the additional space of the apartment, accommodating 5 people, remains unoccupied if not rented alongside The Apple Orchard. This apartment, fondly known as The Willow Tree, is available to rent by itself between November and April at a very affordable price for that off season trip to Provence.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cassis 90 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marseilles and Nimes 80 km, Nearest railway: Avignon Centre or TGV 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Approached via a downstairs hallway, a sweeping staircase leads you up to an impressive open-plan living space incorporating lounge, kitchen and dining area. With its high beamed ceilings, limestone floors, huge traditional central fireplace and double french doors, the room extends out onto a balcony terrace overlooking the extensive, mature gardens and pool area.
This terrace has a large table that seats ten and its own BBQ. Sofas are set amongst coffee tables, chests and bookshelves with a library of useful guidebooks and information. A large cabinet houses the TV with Satellite TV in English and DVD player. There is also a WiFi setup for the use of your own personal laptop. The kitchen is light and spacious, with a door leading directly to the outdoor eating terrace. Modern appliances, including hob, oven and microwave, granite work surfaces and an additional bar with stools completes this kitchen with a stylish finish.
There is also an indoor dining table and chairs, seating 12 and a utility room with washing machine.
A spacious, light bedroom with wooden floors and fitted wardrobes, leads directly into a large en-suite bathroom with W.C. walk-in power shower, and ornate Victorian bath. There is a separate W.C. and two further bedrooms upstairs (one twin and one double) both with wooden floors and large windows looking out on to the garden. Both bedrooms have doors leading to the same en-suite bathroom between them, with two sinks and large power shower. Leading off from the main hallway are the ground floor bedrooms, both with beautiful French doors leading directly out on to the garden terrace. These are wonderfully light and tastefully furnished with double beds, mirrors, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobes and share a modern bathroom directly next door with beautiful large walk in limestone tiled power shower, W.C. and wash basin.
|Further details outdoors|
A variety of mature trees, including cherries, olive and fig, combine to create a beautiful enclosed garden with large lawn. There is a spacious, tiled, fenced-in pool area, a 10.5m X 5.5m pool, with another BBQ by the pool and plenty of sun loungers. There is an enormous amount of space around the pool area and garden which must be emphasized as it is perfect for families with lots of children.
There is another large table on the downstairs terrace which seats 10 people. The house is South-West facing for sunshine all day long and is surrounded by orchards and fields ensuring safety and quiet. Floodlights in the pool, under the shelter and trees around the pool create the perfect evening ambiance. The villa provides ample secure parking with shelter from the sun for cars.
There is an apartment located within the house to the side with its own separate entrance, garden and driveway with gates. It does not overlook the main house or garden and ensures clients at The Apple Orchard have complete exclusivity of the main house, garden and pool at all times. This apartment can now be rented as an addition to the main house. It has 3 bedrooms (1 single, 1 double and 1 twin) both with en-suite bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with large doors opening directly out to the downstairs terrace with views overlooking the garden. If you are looking to bring other family members, friends, grandparents or nannies, the apartment offers this very private addition to the main living space. As it is located on the ground floor it is also wheelchair friendly.
This apartment is available to rent as an addition to renting the main house between May and September (Inclusive).
It is possible to rent the apartment on its own sleeping 5 people in the mid-low season between October and April.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
It is not simply the blue skies that make Provence so special. It is the magical light that falls over the picture book landscape setting a relaxed tone to everything it touches. Such is the beauty of exploring this region of France. Calm days pottering through local towns, steeped in history. From castles to brocantes, cafes to ice cream parlours, markets to wine tasting caves, there is an abundance of activity and places to visit.
Avignon sets the tone with its magnificent Palais du Papes and Pont d’Avignon; the wondrous Pont du Gard with the river to take you back in time, bountiful vineyards with caves for tasting, Mount Ventoux for hiking and cycling, and a network of market towns with cobbled streets and intriguing shops.
Le Thor is a very typical, local French town made charming by the presence of the river running through, with colourful flowered bridges and the impressive Romanesque church, “Le Notre-Dame-du-Lac”. The morning markets, with fresh local produce and wares, bakeries, flower shops and tabac’s, bring an abundance of activity whilst the cafes, set under Platane trees in the shade, are the perfect spot to sit and watch it all go by. There is also a large super market just outside Le Thor for all your shopping that stays open late on Saturdays (8pm) and until 12 noon on Sundays.
Le Thor is very central to many different places of interest. 20 minutes by car can take you to some of the most famous villages and landmarks: There is the beautiful and picturesque Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and the famous antiques markets and river cafes of L'Isle sur-la-Sorgue.
Both Avignon and Carpentras have long summer festivals with music, dance and theatre, with Avignon's cultural activities continuing throughout the year. The local villages have fetes during the long, hot summer months. Avignon and Carpentras are also a shoppers delight, as are all the daily local markets and brocantes.
The coast is a one hour drive away, with the pretty resort of Cassis the closest. The Camargue is just over an hour and a half away, with its wonderful wild life of flamingo's, bulls and horses. The Roman cities of Vaison, Orange, Aix en Provence, and Arles are also not far away.
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24 Sep 2012
"Our enjoyable stay at The Apple Orchard"
The house was ideally suited to a three generation holiday. The ground floor with two bedrooms and small shower room accommodated our son and his family and the remainder of us were on the first floor. We were seven adults and four young children. The layout on the first floor was ideal for young children as we did not have to worry about safety. The kitchen was very well equipped. The situation of the house suited us very well being only a short car journey to Le Thor for croissant and brioche but close enough to places of interest . Very helpful information and maps in the house . We enjoyed our stay immensely.
11 Jul 2012
"better than the photos!!!!"
I rent the Apple orchard property for 2 weeks - from June 23 till july 7, 2012 to spend some time with my family in the Provence. We have all ages in the group; from a 78 years old grandma till a 7 ye… More
2 Jul 2012
"Fantastic Provencal home with all the modern amenities you will need"
Our family with a 20 month old baby and grandparent stayed at the Apple Orchard in June. We loved it immensely based on three factors. 1) Location - it's idyllic location in the Luberon region. Le Thor makes a great home base to travel to all parts of the region, including going west to Avignon, Pont du Gard, going northwest to Gigondas, Chateauneuf de Pape for the vineyards and then east to L'isle sur la Sorgue, Fontaine du Vauclause, Gordes, Menerbe...etc. 2) Modern amenities - the bathrooms are comfortable and modern. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped, down to kiddie bowls for little toddlers. The Wifi worked well (except it only worked in the living / dining rooms, doesn't reach to the bedrooms). 3) Privacy - Wendy is the person who lives there full-time. However, she has her own entryway and parking, basically separate living quarters. She was available when we really needed her (our baby came down with fever and she recommended a great doctor in town). Otherwise, we felt that we had our own house and the privacy that we wanted. All in all, a wonderful place that we hope to visit again. The one big drawback I would say is that the gate is manual and very tricky to open. A few times, we struggled with it for up to 10 mins and worried that we may be stranded outside of the house until someone could open it for us.
18 Jan 2012
"Superb residence, beautiful landscape, quiet, convenient to Avignon and surrounds!"
Grandparents, parents and three young-adult grandchildren could not have been happier with this house, its location and value. We'd all love to return!
17 Jan 2012
"An idyllic stay in Provence"
The Apple Orchard is a gorgeous, spacious property well-located near a decent marché (Le Thor) and convenient to the bustle of Avignon on the one hand and the scenic wonders of L'Isle Sur Sorgue, Gordes etc. on the other, The house has a huge amount of space, is very well appointed, and has a walled yard you could play soccer in. It has a beautiful pool, cherry trees, and sense of gentle isolation (punctuated by the sounds of nearby agriculture that are, in their own way, very relaxing) that is incredibly restful after a day out in the tourist bustle. You can walk to a local winery with quite passable wines. What more can one ask? Audrey and Peter were excellent hosts, and though they're now mostly in England I'm sure the place will retain their sense of welcome. The place was so lovely that we didn't do nearly as much sightseeing as we had planned. It was just too easy to stay by the pool...
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