You know why we chose the Provence region of France as our new destination for short-term rentals. You also know how we researched and found our this first (of many?) Provence house.
So finally, after many months of renovation, furnishing, decoration and finishing touches, the time has come to unveil that house: L’Avinia.
The House in brief:
L’Avinia is a grand hundred-year-old bastide house, renovated early in 2013 respecting the authentic history and soul of the property: traditional stone construction, central staircase with a wonderful hundred-year patina gently worn into the stone steps, fine volumes and proportions, with floors in traditional antique Provence tile.
The extensive renovation work (including removing 3 load-bearing walls, creating 2 new bedrooms and 2 new bathrooms, plus adding a terrace extension and of course the essential heated pool), furnishing and detail decoration were all done by our in-house A La Carte Design team, the same team that designed all our Paris rentals commissioned by investors wanting to own a Paris apartment that they can rent out when not using it themselves.
Naturally, the interior design of the house had to match the natural beauty of its Provençal surroundings. The house also had to integrate well with our portfolio of Paris properties and meet the high standards and esthetic preferences of our existing client base.
The aim was therefore to achieve a similar welcoming warmth and feel as our Paris apartments, yet translated into the traditional muted tones, materials and country antiques of Provence.
With 4 bedrooms and as many bathrooms and WC, the house accommodates up to 8 people, whatever the season (two wood-burning fireplaces make winter periods special too).
The occupants in the house enjoy panoramic views over the Provence countryside, saturated with color and scent.
While those outside have everything they need for idyllic moments of relaxation with loved ones. Indeed, the sunny south-facing garden is peaceful and very well equipped, including a heated pool.
Location, location, location:
L’Avinia is located in the tranquil and picturesque village of La Bruguière, just 8 minutes from the fairy-tale town of Uzès, one of the main poles of attraction of Provence, situated within easy reach of Avignon (TGV train), Nîmes (TGV or airport) or Marseilles (airport), on the border of the Gard and Vaucluse departments.
Uzès is the beautifully preserved architectural, cultural, artistic and gastronomical heart of the region, without a doubt one of Provence’ most attractive towns, whose aura and well-deserved international reputation draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Uzès is renowned for its classified heritage (castle, cathedral, church, historic centre), as well as its smart and original boutiques, cafés and enviable selection of fine restaurants, not forgetting a twice-weekly market of 1000 scents and local produce. Feel your senses come alive as you explore the variety of traiteurs, charcuteries, boulangeries, fromageries, as well as small specialty stores selling local wine, honey, olive oil and tapenade.
In essence, Uzès is an adventure in art de vivre.
What’s more, unlike the comparably beautiful villages and towns of the nearby Luberon region, which are largely deserted outside of the peak months of July and August, Uzès thrives and remains full of life all year round.
The sights and activities in the vicinity of Uzès include the monumental Pont-du-Gard aquaduct, the Gardon grottos, Sautaret waterfalls, Nîmes roman arena, Cevennes national park (with canoeing / kayak), Anduze pottery manufacturing, hot air ballooning, not forgetting the Haribo sweet factory and museum for the kids!
Exploring further afield, you will discover the considerable charms of the other Provence towns of St-Remy-de-Provence, Baux-de-Provence, Arles and Avignon.
For golfers, Uzès sports a beautiful flowery 9-hole, par-36 golf course, offering 3Km of rich variations of difficulty, for beginners and experienced players alike. The sweet climate of Provence means that it is open all year round.
Many more details, tips and local recommendations are provided in the “House Guide” booklet in the house, so you can go straight to the best addresses and make the most of your stay.
Grab a rental car and L’Avinia is 40 minutes drive from Avignon TGV train station (which is only 2h40 from central Paris), or alternatively you can fly in to Nîmes or Marseilles airports.
L’Avinia’s key features:
– Traditional hundred-year-old stone house, retaining all its original period charm
– Fully renovated early 2013 to a high standard, with modern comfort and convenience in mind
– Glorious Provençal interior of subdued natural tones and country antiques
– Accommodation for up to 8 people with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 4 lavatories
– Solar-heated pool
– Comprehensively equipped garden: 4 sun lounger mattresses, Weber gas barbecue, teak dining table with 8 teak chairs, outdoor sofa, 4 reclining chairs…
– 8 minutes drive from Uzès, the focal attraction of the region
– Nestled in Provence’s tranquil countryside of lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards.
– The Provence region offers an average of 300 days of sunshine per year! 🙂
The charm and comfort of L’Avinia and its ideal location conspire and come together to bring you the perfect week in Provence: a truly relaxing and enchanting stay for up to 8 people, in any season.
To book, simply send in a request via the website or contact Katy our booker directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrapping up, do please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts, both regarding the house in particular and, more generally, the idea of spending a week in Provence. Your comments are very important because your feedback and enthusiasm will largely condition whether we bring you more selected Provence rentals or whether L’Avinia will remain a one-off experiment.
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