While in Provence this summer, we visited friends in their beautiful 17th bastide, and when I discovered that they occasionally let their house, in the month of August, I thought you would like to know about it.
This beautiful property is just 10 minutes from Aix en Provence, and yet firmly in the countryside.
The garden is generous and surrounded by vineyards, the view from the house and from the pool is over endless grape country and across towards Aix and the blue mountains beyond.
Being so close to Aix makes it easy to pop into the market, or to eat out in the evening, but frankly if I were here, I think I’d just stay put!
The interior of the house is very French, very elegant but without bling. It is comfortable without being luxurious. The rooms are huge, with high ceilings and stone, or antique terracotta floors.
It is furnished throughout with a mix of antique furniture, comfortable beds and loads of books.
The kitchen is big and simple, with light streaming in through the windows. There are four bedrooms, one elegant bathroom and three simple shower rooms.
Outside dining is divine with the stone barbecue and iron table under a grape vine, and in the shade of a huge fig tree. Warm in the evenings and cool in the shade, away from the midday sun.
The surrounding countryside is mostly vineyards and small towns or villages, it makes for great cycling country, and I hear that bikes are easy to rent close by. You could even cycle to the vineyard that makes wine from the grapes on the property
If you are interested in renting this bastide, the best thing is to check with the website homeholidays.com from next May, the house will be available for next August…… happy planning!