Portes de Provence Montelimar
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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 8
A large, detached Maison Bourgeoise-style villa situated within just a few minutes walking distance of Montelimar, a lively market town with excellent night-life including high-class restaurants, bars and cafes.The house and gardens have been sensitively refurbished and modernised in recent years (including new swimming pool).
All rooms are of substantial size with high quality, comfortable furnishings.The enclosed gardens are spacious and provide a safe place for younger children to play, or for adults to practice their skills at Boules. The attic room - with separate TV, CD player, single beds and "hang-out" area - will be attractive to teenagers who enjoy their own "space".
An ideal location for exploring the beautiful Drome valley and the more rugged Ardeche hills by car or bicycle (a Saab convertible is available and ladies and gents bicycles are provided at no charge). A beautifully manicured 18-hole golf course is just a 5-minute drive away (2 sets of golf clubs and one chariot provided at no charge).
As this luxury residence is situated so close to the centre of Montelimar, visitors of all ages can choose from a range of evening entertainment (live music, cinema, bars, regular arts festivals, etc.). More mature 'teenagers' (age 21+) might like to try one of the local nite-clubs (for example, l' Hacienda Club - very sophisticated apparently - a short taxi-ride from the house).
However, if relaxing is your preference, then just lounging by the private pool in the summer sun, reading a book and sipping a chilled cocktail during the day will probably be your choice. A fully-equipped BBQ and al-fresco dining area within the sensitively floodlit gardens, under the evening stars and with the sound of the cicades all round, provides a very appealing evening experience.
Being somewhat off the main UK tourists' trail, Montelimar allows you to experience the 'real' France while also offering sophisticated shops and contemporary restaurants. The local market is held twice a week (Saturday's is the best one).
An ideal base for a summer holiday, a winter golf break, for keen photographers, or for wine buffs....
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lyon and Marseille 140 km, Nearest railway: Montelimar 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
* Saab convertible car available for use
* All rooms are spacious
* Original flooring throughout
* Large working fireplaces x 2
* Excellent kitchen/dining room
* Central heating and Air conditioning
* Large cellar space for storage (including wine!)
* Modern appliances throughout
* TV (x2) + selection of DVDs
* CDs - selection available
* Board games provided (Cluedo, Scrabble, Monopoly, etc)
* Boules provided
* Books - a large and varied selection of books provided
* Large attic space for teenagers to hang out
* Toddlers travel cot, buggy and chair seat
* 2 sets of golf clubs (left and right-handed) available
* ladies and gents bicycles provided
|Further details outdoors|
Excellent for cycling (Drome/Ardeche), kayaking (Ardeche Gorges) and golf (5 minutes); for lovers of wine (Cotes de Rhone Villages) and food (Montelimar has restaurants to suit all tastes); and for those who enjoy exploring ancient hilltop villages or just walking through lavender fields (June/July).
* Automatic entrance gates
* Lots of parking space
* Car (Saab Convertible) available
* Gardens and pool professionally managed
* Sensitive outdoor lighting around trees and scrubs
* Purpose-built barbecue area
* Private, floodlit pool area with automatic safety cover
* Sun trap area around pool, with sun-loungers and a variety of pool chairs
* Outdoor, floodlit al-fresco dining area (with table and 8 chairs)
* Front verandah (ideal for aperitifs)
* Bicycles (2 men's, 2 ladies), 2 x golf clubs (1 right + 1 left-handed) + 1 x golf trolley available
* Logs for fire (and axe) on site
The Rhone/French Alps region
Also known as Drome Provençal, the area around Montelimar is blessed with the weather of the Cote d'Azur while enjoying the influence of the food "gastronomique" of Lyon (Montelimar is also France's most famous producer of Nougat). Rich is history, with ruined and restored castles perched on its many hill-tops, and with beautiful villages linked together by a network of quiet roads (ideal for cyclists), Drome Provençal presents the newcomer with an experience of France that has come straight out of the tourist guides - but without noisy tourists.
Summers are hot and dry (with the occasional spectacular electric storm) while the dry windy winters make the front-room log fire such an alluring place.
The rugged hills of the Ardeche with its spectacular gorges - all just a short drive away - provide a fascinating contrast with the rolling valleys of the Drome. To the south, while Avignon is always worth a visit (too crowded if you ask me!), the Roman aqueduct near Nimes (Pont du Gard) the beautiful town of Arles and Vincent van Gogh's St Remy de Provence, are amongst the places you should take time out to see. I particularly recommend the 'wine route' which will take you to Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf du Pape - each town worth a visit - where you can sample wines before buying.
This part of France has everything. Recent editions of French Property News included the following:
"The southern Ardeche and the southern Drome are truly magnificent, generous and seductive, stretching either side of the Rhone river just north of Langedoc and Provence respectively." (Sept 2008).
"The southern Drome is even more beautiful than the southern Ardeche. The quality of its produce is excellent, going from Cotes du Rhone and Coteaux de Tricastin wines to top-class olives, apricots, cherries lavender and truffles." (Sept 2008).
If you enjoy golf (10 minutes), cycling (Tour de France 2007 overnighted in Montelimar), kayaking (Gorges de l'Ardeche) or just sightseeing (quiet villages, lavender fields), then Montelimar (population 33,000) has something for you.
"With more than its fair share of mountains, lakes and rivers, the Rhone-Alps is unsurpassed for the range of sports and outdoor activities on offer including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and canoeing. The vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves to the south are ideal for cycling and other pursuits." French Property News (Jan 2009)
"Montelimar has been changing for the better at a rate of knots. The centre feels vibrant, and pedestrians have priority in the spruced-up streets and squares. the shops are enticing, going far beyond the nougat places for which the town is famous across France." French Property News (Sept 2008)
"Montelimar is known as the gateway to the south (Portes de Provence)... It's a very Provençal town, with cafe terraces and pedestrianised streets in the old town, and plenty of good shops." French Property News (Nov 2008)
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12 Sep 2013
"A relaxing stay in a beautiful and luxurious French property."
I stayed in this luxurious villa over the summer with some friends and their baby. We thoroughly enjoyed using many of the facilities in the property including the swimming pool, outdoor BBQ and large… More
8 Sep 2013
"All we were looking for ... and more"
We loved our week in Montelimar. Delicious food and wine and idealic old villages all in close proximity to the house. Plenty to savour and explore. The house was charming. Didn't feel like you… More
3 Sep 2013
"A french home from home experience, not to be missed!"
The villa or probably best described 'grand maison' is charming in every way. A large comfortable house with personal touches everywhere which just add so much to ones stay. The bedrooms are… More
24 Aug 2013
"A lovely quirky place to stay."
The property has just about everything you could need on holiday - no matter the weather: air conditioning and log fires; sun traps and shade; pool and indoor games; well equipped kitchen and BBQ; goo… More
21 Aug 2013
Portes de Provence Montelimar is a lovely house on the outskirts on Montelimar. The house is spacious and has a lovely pool area. This location is idea for exploring the local area and especially the … More
22 Jul 2013
"France as it should be- pleasurable, welcoming and unpretentious"
I can say wholeheartedly that our stay in the house was fanastic. We loved the house, it was spacious and very well stocked with equipment. We loved the pool, BBQ and outdoor dining table. We loved the local shops: there's a great parade of shops 5 min walk away with bakery, cheesemonger, grocers/deli. We loved Montelimar, which is not too touristy and so is like I imagine France was 15-20 years ago. The town is also very well served with transport connections, it's on the TGV line (half our party flew Leeds-Paris and caught the train down) and Avignon and Aix are easy day trips. It was all perfect.
17 Jun 2013
"Home away from home"
We had a fabulous time and found the house just right for us, Montelimar is a very relaxing environment, and the area very convenient to access some great places to visit – there's plenty more … More
11 Dec 2012
"ticked every box and much more, simply wonderful"
A lovely house that felt much more like a cherished home. Excellent convenient location for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and close to town to wonder in for a little shopping or, for… More
2 Oct 2012
"Home from home"
Brian the owner provides a very personal and professional customer service. All of our email questions and phone calls received an immediate and well informed reply. The house is decorated and furnished to a very high standard and the kitchen/cooking facilities are second to none. It was particulalry pleasing to find small items such as tea bags, coffee, sugar, oils, spices and all cooking ingredients were readily available. We really did feel that we were staying in a friend's house which gave us an immediate sense of calm and familiarity. There is a small parade of food stores a short 3 minute walk from the house where we bought croissant and fresh bread each day, a wonderful cheese store, butchers and fresh fish and the most wonderful fresh vegetable and fresh fruit store that also sells high quality locally produced wine. The golf course and restaurant is well worth a visit, as is Pont d'Arc, the Gorges de l'Ardeche and the beautiful town of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of the many benefits of staying in this typically French house is that the location provides something for everyone. You can walk into town, take one of the several cycles and explore the French countryside, play a bit of golf or simply enjoy the fine food and wine. La belle vie!
12 Sep 2012
"Everything supplied for a comfortable stay"
The house is absolutely beautiful - the photos don't do it justice- and very well equipped. The large and fully-enclosed garden was a great bonus as we had our small dog travelling with us. What really made for a great stay however was the focus on comfort ie antique bedsteads but very comfortable new mattresses ensuring a good sleep, and the thoughtfulness of the welcome - access to the car and fully maintained bikes, as well as ample towels, loo rolls, kitchen towel, washing powder etc and loads of games, cds and dvds. Little things that make a big difference to the overall experience!
We loved the area and barely scratched the surface of it in a week - would like to return.
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