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Amongst a mosaic of cultures, this former coaching inn now awaits large families and groups of friends to show them the simple joys of a Provencal holiday resort between Orange, Cavaillon, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Avignon. Four towns that bring dreams to life and invite you to explore the riches of Vaucluse - the 'closed valley' famous its monuments, wines and fruit producers. The Garance caters to the most languid of guests with the shade of its plane trees, the cool edge of the crystal clear pool and the coolness of its whitewashed walls.
We had been tempted to move to Provence for many years and we have plenty of close friends here. We eventually took the plunge and began working on restoring this house that enchanted us. We wanted to share the property for baptisms, weddings, birthdays, holidays or a chance to switch off for a few days in a protected environment.
About fifty meters in length, the main building was partly built with stones from the Chateau of Thouzon - a former Benedictine abbey of Saint-André of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon between the 11th and 17th centuries. The property is surrounded by a one-and-a-half-hectare park with a view of the chateau. An open barn converted into a living/dining room with a summer mezzanine was added later. A small building with a large awning, known as the Bastidon, partially shelters the 600m2 courtyard where two majestic plane trees have stood for over three hundred years.
The main building, which is a former coaching inn, dates back 1672. Over time it became an important farm in the Sorgue region where madder was cultivated, a red pigment was then extracted from it which made the fortune of this region. The property belonged to the same family for one hundred and fifty years. We restored it in 2005 with old materials mostly found on site.
The property and its one-hectare park are in the middle of the Provençal countryside where madder, alfalfa, lavender and olive trees grow amongst diverse and colourful cultures. We have a vegetable garden and a fruit tree. We offer a return to nature where guests can relax and immerse themselves in individual and collective living, all the while remaining close to the activities that Avignon and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue have to offer. The decor is focused on objects and furniture that we have found in the area over the years. Wellness and reflexology programmes are available by appointment and bicycles are available on request.
A short walk of fifteen minutes up to the chateau of Thouzon is rewarded with a beautiful view. It is restored each summer by groups of young people. One and a half kilometres away are the underground caves of Thouzon, where stalactites and stalagmites, which are rare in this region, can be found. The farmer's market in Velleron is three kilometres away, it features local producers and the honey of Rucher de Thouzon, not far from the village of the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue antique dealers.
4500 € - 7000 € per week
The house is spread over two levels and includes six rooms which can accommodate up to twelve people. On the ground floor, there is an entrance lounge with a fireplace, a library lounge, an office, a large dining room/kitchen with a fireplace and two bedrooms (one of which has an en suite bathroom). The four bedrooms upstairs, including one suite, can be reached by two flights of stairs. All rooms are south-facing and have en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and one or two sinks. There is a 17x5m infinity pool and a smaller pool with massage jets in the park.