La Maison du Puits
About the home
Located in a Provencal village between Avignon and Arles, the house dates back to the 14th century. It is our second home and is situated just within the ramparts of an old fortified chateaux and about 100 metres from the village square. Part of the structure contains the communal well and washing sinks for the old fortified town, hence the name ‘La Maison du Puits’ or ‘The Well House’. The house floor area is 120sq meters on 3 floors and was totally renovated in 1999 by a local stone mason. It has 3 bedrooms, (two doubles and one twin) and two bathrooms, one en suite. A bed settee in the lounge means it can sleep up to 8.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Camargue), 62km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
The house is well furnished with a mixture of traditional French and modern furniture. Facilities include cooker, microwave, toaster, slow cooker, hand mixer, 2 fridges, dishwasher, washing machine, barbecue, hair dryers plus 4 bikes.
For entertainment there is Satellite TV and a CD player plus a well stocked bookshelf.
Wifi is available in all rooms in the house.
The house has a wood burning stove in the lounge and electric heaters in each room. Logs are included in the price for winter months.
Electricity and water are included.
Further details outdoors:
Our favourite location is the terrace which is very secluded and gets sun in the afternoon. It is ideal for all meals in the summer and has an open barbecue. It has an outdoor cold shower for cooling off whilst sunbathing.
Because of the unique location in the old streets of Boulbon the nearest vehicle access is about 20m from the house where there is room for temporary parking to unload. There is a free car park some 150m away. (The latter was closed last time we visited but there are 2 other free car parks with within about 250m). Street parking is also free.
Each bed has a duvet, pillows and beadspread. Guests may bring their own bed linen and towels if they prefer but we can also provide bed linen packs which include bath towels at extra cost as follows;
Double bed linen pack £18
Single bed linen pack £10
Hand and tea towel pack £2
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Because we offer flexible start and end dates it is not possible to arrange cleaning for every changeover. Guests are therefore asked to leave the house as they would wish to find it. The house is deep cleaned during gaps in bookings, every 2-3 weeks.
No pets please.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur / Bouches-du-Rhone region
The Bouches du Rhone region has a warm mediterranian climate in summer with daytime temperatures in the 30's. It was the clear blue skys and the unique light which attracted Vincent Van Gough to the area in 1888. Winters are often sunny with clear blue skies but can be very cold when the north 'mistral' wind blows. The area is steeped in Roman history and was originally named by the Romans as Provencia. Famous Roman landmarks are the arenas at Arles and Nimes and the Pont du Gard aqueduct. The area has a strong influence from the Camargue with 'abrivado' and 'course carmagaise' in many towns and villages.
The Boulbon area
The town of Boulbon (population 1600) is steeped in history and was first mentioned in the history books in the 11th century.
It lies some 16 kilometres south west of Avignon and close to many well known provencal landmarks such as St Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Nîmes and Arles. To the west lies the Rhône plain, ideal for cycling, and to the east the hills of La Montagnette with marvellous walks and mountain bike tracks.
Mediterranean coastal resorts such as Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are about an hours drive. The nature reserves of the Camargue are about half an hour as is the famous Roman aqueduct, ‘Pont du Gard’
The town offers the following shopping facilities;
- Mini Supermarket
- Hotel/Restaurant, La Bastide du Boulbon
- Bar/Lunchtime Restaurant, Cafe du Commerce
Other nearby restaurants are about 4 kilometres away on the road to Avignon.
The town has many fêtes and festivals the most promenant of which are;
Bénédiction des Bouteilles on 1st June each year. All men from the town are presented with a bottle of fortified wine which they take to church in procession to be blessed. The blessed wine is then used by the family throughout the year as an ailment remedy.
The Fête de la St Eloi on the last weekend in August. This starts with a church service in Provencal followed by a parade which includes a chariot pulled by 18 horsed at a canter thoughout the town. A formal lunch is served in the town square followed later by bull running in the streets (abravado) and dancing in the square.
The Fête du Club Taurin is in the last weekend of September. It is organised by the local bull club and includes young men taunting bulls with the aim of removing ribbons from their horns (course carmagaise) and bull running in the street (abravado)
The town has municipal tennis and boules courts and rackets, tennis balls and boules are available for the use of quests.
How to get there
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Fly Flybe from Southampton or Exeter to Avignon (Summer only) (15km)
Fly Ryanair from Luton, East Midlands or Liverpool to Nimes (35km)
Fly Ryanair from Bournemouth to Marseilles (97km)
Fly Easyjet from Gatwick or Bristol to Marseilles (97km)
Fly British Airways from Gatwick to Marseilles (97km)
Eurostar from St Pancras to Avignon direct (Summer only) (16km)
Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras to Avignon, change at Lille. (16km)
Eurostar/TGV St Pancras change at Lille to Avignon (14km)
Hire cars are available from all the above destinations and we use www.holidayautos.com to book.
Activities near Boulbon
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
16 Jan 2013
La Maison du Puits certainly provided that WOW factor on our recent European trip. Of the 28 places of accommodation we stayed during the trip, the Well House in the lovely village of Boulbon was a... more
09 Oct 2012
An amazing experience. Bulbon itself is a gem; close to Avignon, Arles and St. Maries and Uze. So A+ on location. La Maison du Puits itself is nestled into what could be a (much cooler) version of Disney World. I'll never forget the feeling of driving up at night and seeing the way the whole village is lit up in the rocks. So A+ there as well. Bulbon is small but charming. Everyone was glad to see us and really delighted in being of service. We made friends everywhere we went. Les, Margaret , Paola, and Maison du Puits itself were above and beyond for hospitality. We were comfortable immediately. It felt like a home away from home. Tres Fantastique! je suis heureuse.
25 Aug 2012
My husband and I originally booked this property just for ourselves, but then decided to extend the invite to family. In the end there were 6 of us ranging from 17 - 53 and were all well catered for. Two bathrooms and an additional toilet meant there was never any waiting for a bathroom and all the bedrooms were equipped with fans to keep everyone cool at night. There is a lovely terrace area where we ate most of our meals, complete with BBQ which were used on a couple of occasions. There was also Sky TV so we didn't miss any of the Olympics closing ceremony!
The local shop was very well equipped and has everything you need for your stay.
Les and Magaret were also incredibly helpful before our trip, promptly answering any questions. We would definitely recommend their place and look forward to returning again.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|September/October||1 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||£ 550||£ 95||£ 95||4 Nights|
|November/December||3 Nov 12||22 Dec 12||£ 415||£ 74||£ 74||4 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 495||£ 84||£ 84||4 Nights|
|January/April||5 Jan 13||28 Apr 13||£ 436||£ 78||£ 78||4 Nights|
|May/June||28 Apr 13||29 Jun 13||£ 578||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
|July/August||29 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 656||£ 112||£ 112||4 Nights|
|September/October||1 Sep 13||3 Nov 13||£ 578||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
|November/December||3 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 466||£ 78||£ 78||4 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 550||£ 92||£ 92||4 Nights|
|January/April||4 Jan 14||3 May 14||£ 488||£ 81||£ 81||4 Nights|
|May/June||3 May 14||29 Jun 14||£ 607||£ 101||£ 101||4 Nights|
|July/August||29 Jun 14||30 Aug 14||£ 689||£ 115||£ 115||4 Nights|
|September/October||30 Aug 14||2 Nov 14||£ 607||£ 101||£ 101||4 Nights|
|November/December||2 Nov 14||22 Nov 14||£ 458||£ 76||£ 76||4 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
A deposit of 20% is required to make a reservation and the full amount is to be paid 4 weeks before the start of the rental.
Payment is by UK chequue or Paypal. Paypal payments can be made by debit/credit card
Whilst the house sleeps 6 to 8 we offer a 10% reduction for couples who wish to visit.Enquire now
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