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|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|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||Double beds (4), Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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 6.5m 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.
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 is used as a base by the owners from time to time for maintenance purposes and emergencies. It ensures we can be on hand to help in any given situation whilst allowing clients' to maintain their absolute privacy in the main house.
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.