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Chateau | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Beautiful chateau with private pool in a magnificent setting. Recently renovated throughout, with eight bedrooms, six bathrooms and vast living spaces indoors and out, this is the perfect place for family and friends to share a memorable holiday, enjoy time together and explore the area.
Set in woodland with stunning views from every window, the vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise encircle the chateau. This property and its lovely gardens have plenty of space for large groups of family or friends to have fun together. The property is not overlooked and enjoys complete privacy. The house has been renovated to a high standard and is just waiting to be enjoyed. The pool terrace and barbecue are always favourites and there are shady, and sunny spots all around the garden, inviting a pause to enjoy the view.
The village of Vacqueyras is exactly a mile away, with a baker, butcher, pharmacy, newsagent, greengrocer, small weekly market and two great restaurants. For wine-lovers, the local vignerons of the Cotes du Rhone Villages are waiting to offer you a tasting of their fine wines.
Perfect for those who like to stay in one place and relax for a change on holiday. The new TGV rail service direct from London to Avignon (three times a week in May and June, five times a week in high summer) has just made getting to this part of Provence even easier.
And for those who like to get out and about a bit more, the vast provencal markets of Vaison la Romaine and Carpentras are a great way to spend a morning shopping for produce and souvenirs. There are no fewer than three Unesco World Heritage Sites - The Pont du Gard, the Roman Amphitheatre in Orange, and the Palais des Papes in Avignon - within an hour's drive. And in summer, the festivals of Avignon (theatre and comedy), Orange (music) and Vaison (dance) are not to be missed. There are many other magnificent sights to see in Provence and lots more information available in the Villa Theophile welcome book.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Avignon, 40mins/38km or Marseille, 70mins/100kms 38 km, Nearest railway: Orange, 25mins/22kms or Avignon TGV, 40mins/40kms 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (7), Cots (3), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Six double beds are kingsize (180cm x 200cm). Four of these can be converted into twin beds on request. There is one room with a 160cm bed and one single 90cm bedroom. Three cots are available as required.
All bedrooms have fans for air cooling when necessary.
The satellite TV is tuned to receive the English Freeview channels.
Linens and towels are changed once a week. Cleaning once a week is included, more frequent cleaning is by arrangement at a reasonable charge.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool terrace has a large barbecue and sink, plenty of work surface and the large dining table will seat 12 outdoors with a second table that seats eight more. There are loungers, sofas, umbrellas and plenty of pool toys. There is also is a separate toilet and changing room on this terrace. Pool towels are provided.
The chateau is set in about four acres of land, much of it woodland, with paths leading to the best views and places to sit. There is parking for up to eight cars and the property is protected by remote-controlled gates.
An English-speaking caretaker on site maintains the pool and gardens on a daily basis.
There is no level access for wheelchairs but those with restricted mobility should be able to negotiate the wide steps of the entrance. The stairs indoors have a strong rail to hold onto.
At the pool, there are safety gates, barriers and pool alarms to protect young children but there is no substitute for vigilance. Please consider bringing a small life jacket if your child is an explorer and prone to wander.
Smoking on the pool terrace only please.
About this location
The Provence region
This part of Provence is rich in history, with the Roman Amphitheatre and Triumphal Arch in Orange just 25 minutes away and the Papal Palace and the Pont St Benezet (the famous Pont d'Avignon) only 40 minutes from the chateau. The amazing Pont du Gard is an hour away.
For outstanding natural beauty, the Fontaine de Vaucluse is a 50 minute drive through the countryside, as are the hilltop village of Gordes and the beautiful Abbaye de Senanque - combine all three for a memorable day out.
Provencal markets are not to be missed and both Vaison la Romaine (Tuesday mornings) and Carpentras (Friday mornings) are vast, and offer wonderful places for lunch afterwards and plenty of sights to see in the afternoon. L'Isle sur la Sorgue has a huge market on Sunday mornings which features antiques and bric-a-brac alongside the produce and provencal staples.
The Vaucluse has a wonderful climate with average temperatures in July and August in the upper 20s.
The closest village, Vacqueyras, is within easy walking distance and has two good restaurants as well as a baker, pharmacy and post office. The local vignerons all offer tastings and the wine co-operatives, Les Vignerons de Caractere in Vacqueyras and the Cave de Gigondas, are not to be missed. Vacqueyras celebrates its wines and those of the region each year on 13 and 14 July at the Fete des Vins and there are similar events in other nearby villages.
Walks into the Dentelles de Montmirail are very popular, as are cycle rides. There are tennis courts in Vacqueyras (1.5km), cycle hire in Beaumes de Venise (5km), horse riding in Aubignan (5km) , watersports at the Lac de Monteux (19km) and the nearest golf course is in Orange (18km), with several more courses within an hour's drive or thereabouts.
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31 Oct 2014
"Bliss in Côtes du Rhône country"
My week at the yoga retreat at Villa Théophile was like heaven on earth. The "château" Théophile was absolutely gorgeous and incredibly comfortable at the same time. It had a really po… More
27 Oct 2014
"Villa Theophile--mansion paradise in the heart of Provence, France!"
I've traveled the world and stayed in many amazing places, but staying at Villa Theophile exceeded my expectations and was quite lovely. It will always be one of my all time favorite places! The … More
25 Oct 2014
"Awesome and Perfect in EVERY way!"
Our stay at Villa Theophile was phenomenal! I wouldn't change a thing. It was so perfect in every way. As we headed up the hill from Vacqueyras, a huge home was visible up on the hill. We th… More
20 Oct 2014
"Yoga, Food, and Wine a retreat for those who are not serious about yoga"
Villa Theophile was the site of our retreat. The house is beautiful with elegant decor and spacious bathrooms and bedrooms. We practiced yoga on grey and white marble tiled floors in the ballroom fil… More
20 Oct 2014
Our trip to Villa Theophile was part of a yoga retreat organized by a friend, so besides the wonderful pictures we looked at online, we hadn't seen the place. Villa Theophile far surpassed any e… More
20 Oct 2014
"Beyond all expectations!!! Fabulous experience in every way!"
Last fall I travelled to many villas and guesthouses in Provence, looking for the ideal spot to host a yoga retreat. Villa T. stood out, and after a very productive correspondence with Phillipa, the … More
31 Aug 2014
"A spectacular villa with generous well laid out accommodation, beautiful pool and outdoor areas"
Villa Theophile provided all that could be asked of a holiday villa for our extended family - unlike other villas accommodating large parties, the bedrooms were not small and subdivided - some were… More
5 Aug 2014
"A beautiful chateau in the Gigondas wine country"
Having spent a week at Villa Theophile with our extended family, celebrating my mother's 90th birthday(!) in an area my parents loved, I can only say that this was a pleasure from beginning to en… More
21 Jun 2014
"Gorgeous tucked away castle"
This stunning old villa is a hidden gem in a great wine district of Provence, renovated carefully with all the commodities you'd require for a great holiday. You don't fully grasp the space … More
16 Sep 2013
Brilliant accommodation. We had 14 people in our group and you wouldn't know it. House is well appointed, everything you need. Grounds are immaculate and the caretaker is on hand if you need. … More
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