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Truly charming 'Gatehouse' Venasque near Gordes.

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 2 reviews

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Your holiday home in Venasque holds 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' award because It is beautiful, original and still a hidden jewel in the heart of Provence. Just like the film 'a good year' you can enjoy this house all year round. Each season with its own seasonal theme. Venasque once home to some of the most influential Bishops when Avignon was The Vatican, you will find lots of preserved monuments and treasures. Your holiday home is believed to have been the Gatehouse. The gatehouse is light, airy, sunny and mixes old and new with modern appliances and lovely furnishings.

It is fully equipped and suited to everyone and all size of parties up to 6 people. Roomy enough for 6 but very cozy for two.





Lovers of history will love this house as will sightseers, hikers, food and drink enthusiasts, antique hunters, art lovers, sport lovers, culture lovers, adventurers and even just lovers! and lovers of family holidays.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cassis Cote d'azure to the East .Carry le Rou 90 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Marseille Provence International Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Avignon TGV 20 km
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Fully equipped to a high standard, spacious spread over 3 levels. Soft furnishings and fabrics which compliment the feel and history of the house. This is a friendly house which lends itself to gatherings of friends and family. A very large dining/family room with en-suite kitchen is the hub of the house, where everyone meets and shares good food and good wine of the region. Lots of board games and books for rainy days. Ideal for groups of friends of up to 6 (more with permission) and for couples or individuals who want to relax. An open fire so It is cosy in winter. Thick walls so it is cool in the summer.


Roof terrace with 360 views. The highest terrace in the village and not overlooked. Not huge, but accommodates 4 sunloungers and occasional fold away chairs. Leading to.....

Fabulous large sunny grenier loft room with twin bedroom facilities en-suite washroom and toilet. Romantic heavy curtains separate the sleeping area from the upstairs lounge area. Television, two settees, one being a double sofa bed for additional guests. Lovely light contemporary furnishings. Small balcony/door overlooking the ancient ramparts.


Lovely feature spiral staircase leading down to the large living area.

Dining table capable of seating up to 12, (with permission from owner) but is set for 6. Very cosy for just two.

4 Fireside chairs. Open fire. Music and CDs. Lots of board games and books. Huge sideboard housing serving dishes and linen. Original pretty Provencal paintings from visiting artists are displayed in this room.

Kitchen is fully equipped to a very high standard with modern range style oven both gas and electricity in case of power cuts and modern white goods. All you need to buy are the ingredients to cook some of the lovely local dishes.


Two double bedrooms: One themed provencal and is a pretty beamed room. With a shuttered window overlooking the quiet lane-no through traffic-.

Bedroom two has a romantic fourposter bed drapped in provencal linen, with its own door to the outside quiet pretty lane. Walls are typically provencal white.

Bathroom with shower attachment and heated towel rail, and bidet. Decorated blue and white.

There are two toilets, one upstairs and one downstairs.

There are sprial staircases with wrought iron banisters and are quite safe for the mobile elderly person. Children will need supervision around the spriral stairwells.

A cot can be provided.

Further details outdoors

There is a large boulodrome area to practise Petanque, or boules. A children's play ground just behind the ramparts. Large communal free carpark. The village is small but has a post office, boulangerie, small shop and various arts and craft shops. A tourist office, library.

Tennis club. 3 lovely restaurants ranging from the expensive to inexpensive. St Didier small village town is a car drive of 5 minutes through fabulous countryside, here you have more choice. Large supermarkets at Pernes les Fontaines and Carpentras. Wine cellars on the door step! 2 minutes and you can be walking in forests. The house is in a small road with typical provencal houses and no through traffic.

Further details

Rentals are normally from Sunday to Saturday allowing ample time to do emergency repairs or cleaning.

However guests are welcome to arrive at the house on Saturday afternoon, not before 4 pm. THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR THE SATURDAY NIGHT! on the understanding that they may find the house in a less than perfect condition. See booking conditions.

Guests are expected to leave the house as they find it. It is not a catered holiday. Cleaning materials are provided. Where the housekeeper considers that the house must be cleaned following guests departure a fee of 10€ per hour is deducted from the deposit. Minimum charge 20€ for 2 hours. Normally, guests respect the need for arriving guests to find the house in a clean and tidy state, and it is rare to deduct from the deposit.

A laundry service is charged a 15€ per person per change of laundry. There is a good supply of towels.

Excessive fuel consumption will be charged at .20 euros per unit. Normal usage does not usually exceed the level. A metre reading is taken at the start and finish of each stay.

The Provence region

Venasque is unique and protected. This beautiful village 'One of the most beautiful villages in France' coveted award is perched high on a rock and is protected by ancient ramparts. Venasque would appeal to guests who love history and 'old stone'. A famous church and baptistery and fascinating history attracts discerning visitors from around the world. As does the pure beauty of the surroundings. Guests have described the village and house as 'magical'.

Venasque is surrounded by forests and with no through traffic is a walkers paradise. Views are stunning from all aspects, Luberon mountains to the right, Mont Ventoux to the front. Rocky gorges to the rear and the Dentelle Mountains to the left. Cherry orchards and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Down in the valley, bustling market towns like Carpentras and Pernes Les Fontaines. Polution free, blue skiies , starry nights, and warm climate! and sun pretty much all year round. Cold and crisp in winter, and skiing possible on Mont Ventoux.

For romantic guests roman and more ancient vestiges and ruins to discover. The fauna and flora is in abundance, so it is a nature lovers paradise. This house is ideally located to visit ALL the recognised main attractions of Provence. Just look them up in the tourist guides and you will see they are all within striking distance of this lovely area. However, be warned you do need a car, bike or motorcycle for this holiday because it is an explorers dream.


This area is perfect for people or families who like to design their own holidays. There is nothing unavailable. You name it, it is here. Obvious attractions like wine tasting, wonderful food and realistic prices. If you like swimming, there are rivers and lakes. Supervised and wonderful swimming pools in Pernes Les Fontains and Carpentras. Rock climbing clubs. Tennis in the village. Golf courses and horse riding nearby. Canoeing. Biking-if your up to it, cycle Mont Ventoux, the Tours de France route. Markets of every type -antiques, food clothes and on every day.

Visit Gordes, Senanque, Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, Chateau Neuf du Papes, Gigondas, Beaume de Venise. Orange, Nimes, Arles amphi theatres. Roman ruins in Vaison La Romain. Beautiful villages in Lacoste, Menerbe in the Luberon. Find an antique bargain in Isle Sur la Sorgue.

Visit Sault and the Lavendar capital region. Days out to the fabulous Gorges of the Verdon (Frances answer to the Grand Canyon) with a huge watersports lake and the Ardeche gorges and grottos. Swim in the river or canoe under the Pont du Gard. Closer to home an adverture park Zip chords and abseiling through the woods then swim in the man made lake or eat in the restaurant in Mormoiron. Just 15 minutes from the house. Then drive to the top of Mont Ventoux a take in the views.

Village festivals all year round. Catch the lovely Cherry Festival in Venasque end of May. Venasque is a capital for a cherries.

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15 Oct 2014


"Our week in Venasque was a unique experience, living in a tiny Provencal hill town jewel"

As we drove up and up the narrow, swtich-back road, we were a bit apprehensive as dusk was fast approaching, but as we turned the final corner into the Plaza des Tours, we were rewarded with the spect… More

3 Oct 2014


"It's homely, extremely comfortable, great night sleeps & a fabulous location."

I loved relaxing on the roof top terrace in the afternoon/evening watching the sunset over the valleys & mountains, with a glass of Rose'- great colours. There is plenty of room in the house for… More

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Calendar last updated:24 Jul 2014

Based in France

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