LA MAISON DE L'ISLE
Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A perfectly located house in the heart of L'Isle on Sorgue (in a small cul de sac street without cars). You will like its Provençal charm and nice decoration. The house is fully furnished and equipped like a cosy home. Linen, towels and wifi included. On the ground floor a dining room, an equipped kitchen, WC and a flowery provencal patio. On the first floor one bedroom (2 single beds) with TV, DVD aerea. On the second floor one bedroom (double bed), a very nice shower room with WC and a dressing.
L'Isle en Venaissin: The town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue used to be called “L'Isle en Venaissin” was originally a city of fishermen on land salvaged from the river. Called “Insula” in the Middle Ages, the city was a true island amidst marshlands which were slowly drained by the construction of the canals. Many canals were dug, both through and around the town, giving rise to the affectionate name of « Venice of the Comtat ».
Waterwheels: Since time immemorial, the steady, abundant waters of the Sorgue river have powered crafts and industry. Sturdy waterwheels led to the establishment of flour mills as early as the 12th century, then to the creation of workshops which worked with wool and silk. The picturesque water wheels which today remain, imparting a special charm to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, only barely represent the seventy-two wheels which churned away in the 19th century, and the intense business activity which thrived in the city centre. Silk works gave rise to immense fortunes, and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was also the wool centre for the entire department of Vaucluse.
Historical center: The historical city centre was once surrounded by ramparts, and continues to exude the charm created by the marks left by each passing era. The “Tour d'Argent”, which stands near the apse of the church, was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Toulouse. Not far from there, sumptuous city mansions with Gothic or Renaissance façades line the narrow city streets, bearing witness to the fact that Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was once the chief city in the Comtat. Notre-Dame-des-Anges collegiate church, rebuilt (except for the chancel) in the mid-17th century, is an outstanding example of Baroque art in southern France. The Brun family of architects has left several remarkable constructions, including the Granary, now home to the Tourism Office and the hospital with its lovely vestibule, chapel, apothecary and beautiful garden and fountain. The Brun family also built many city mansions, including the gracious Hôtel Donadeï de Campredon, now home to the Maison René-Char.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||CASSIS 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: MARSEILLE 60 km, Nearest railway: L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is one of those places in Provence that one has to see. This "island city" lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin.
Its colors are nature's green and the bright reflection of the water shining from the several canals running through its center.
The river Sorgue surrounds the city as if to hug it. Walking along the canals you will notice how they run between the narrow ancient streets. There are little bridges to cross and great wheels to look at with mossy blades turning in the river.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue
History has left its mark on L'Isle sur la Sorgue and points out its importance in Comtat Venaissin in the 14thc. The Collegiate church Notre Dame des Anges has an exceptional Baroque interior and the 18th c. hospital pharmacy boasts a rare collection of Moustiers faience.
Also, magnificent mansions have been converted into art galleries, in particular the famous Maison René Char - Hotel Donadeï de Campredon (18thc.), now a museum exhibiting such great artists as Miro, Mauguin or Dufy and a display area dedicated to René Char.
Antique lovers and art collectors will be gratified by the nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second hand shops here.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue hosts antiques' fairs at Easter and over the August 15th holiday that have given a worldwide reputation to this small city. More than 500 antique dealers and second hand dealers gather here to show their treasures to customers from all over the world.
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4 Mar 2014
Nous avons passé un séjour merveilleux dans cette maison de ville typiquement provençale .Aménagée avec beaucoup de goût on s'y sent comme dans un cocon douillet.
Le descriptif proposé correspond réellement à la réalité et la ville de l'Isle sur la Sorgue est très animée par ses marchés et les dizaines d'antiquaires qui s'y trouvent. De plus, l'Isle sur la Sorgue est très bien située permettant ainsi de belles balades à pieds, vélo ou voiture.
22 Jun 2013
"A Gorgeous House in a Perfect Location"
It's been over a year now since we stayed for 1 month at La Maison de L'Isle but I'm delighted to be able to recommend this property to anyone heading for the beautiful town of Isle sur La Sorgue. The town is a MUST VISIT for anyone venturing to Provence, with it's ancient buildings and waterwheels. There are 2 market days per week where fabulous food of all kinds is sold.
The house is over a hundred years old but has been renovated beautifully and with great taste.The owner, Valerie, has also maintained it's historical integrity. (It has 2 storeys PLUS ground floor)
The location is great - literally 50 metres and just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the village. But it is also very quiet - the only sounds we would hear were the distant chiming of the church bells.
Valerie was a delight to deal with, helpful in every way. She also speaks very good English so we were able to converse when our limited French fell in a heap. So anyone feeling a little nervous about communication needn't worry.
I'm hoping to return to France in 2014 and will definitely be returning to Isle sur La Sorgue and definitely to La Maison de L'Isle
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