|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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There are many lovely houses in Provence, but few so inviting or so interesting as this. From the moment you enter the front gate and drive through the maze-like high hedges of the front garden, you will be aware that you have arrived. Here is special place, created special people with extraordinatry talent, good taste and whimsical sense.
The house itself is extraordinarily welcoming and comfortable while the garden is as entertaining as it is beautiful. Much sought after for visits by gardeners and horticulturists, the property shows off the whimsy of its owners. No plain vanilla here - the garden has delightful surprises in the least-expected places. From geometric landscaping to secret gardens, to jungle delights, it is a horticultural tour-de-force.
Despite being located in one of the most interesting parts of Provence to visit, anyone who stays will want to spend a lot of time right here. The property itself is tough competition for the charms of the local sights at St.Remy, Avignon, Aix, L'Ile-sur-la-Sorgue, Egalières, Beaucaire and Arles.
The formal gardens, with their hedgerows and cypress trees, their fountains, sculptures and pools, are eye-catching. From an ivy-covered wooden horse staring over the fence, to the rear of a wooden terrier sticking out of a hole in the ground, to metal sculptures of bulls in the pastures, to a miniature dolls house, delightful eccentric touches abound. What is astounding is that 20 years ago, this was a farmer's field - this beauty has been conjured up as if by magic (and hard work).
The larger swimming pool is fed through three fountains, and the adjacent pool house has everything imaginable for such a facility, including showers and its own outdoor kitchen. The second pool is a square, deep plunge pool and is hidden in a private garden with comfortable lounge beds, surrounded by high hedges. It is adjoined by a little Folie, for siesta, and private times.The house has the low ceilings and layout of an ancient country cottage, although few country cottages would contain seven delighful bedrooms like this one. With characterful bathrooms, and attractive views on all sides, they represent the acme of hospitality. The ground floor reception rooms are attractive and comfortable, especially the large living room that opens directly onto a lattice-covered terrace and a formal garden. There is a separate dining room for cozy off season interior dining, and a country kitchen with provencal charm to make cooking a pleasure.
The following service are included with the house rental.A Service person is available from 8h00 to 14h00 and from 18h00 to 20h00 daily. Inside Services Include
Beds (linens changed twice weekly)
Table set for lunch, followed by kitchen cleanup (cooking not included)
Table set for dinner followed by kitchen cleanup (cooking not included)
A cook can be provided upon request
Outdoor Services Included:- 9h00 set-up of pool equipment, outdoor furniture, and garden maintenance
Storage of pool equipment, outdoor furniture in the evening.
Additional services may be added at a supplement.
Have you been someplace and had to pinch yourself to be sure you weren't dreaming? That is how my family felt when we walked out the back door of the villa and saw the manicured landscape/gardens for the first time. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner each day under the Plane trees, overlooking a pond filled with lily pads. I'm sure Monet must have been looking over my shoulder. Having been raised on a farm in Tennessee I love gardening (flowers and food) and farm animals, especially chickens. Our youngest granddaughter ran to the hen house each morning and afternoon to gather fresh eggs which the whole family enjoyed eating. The two donkeys were a bonus form of entertainment. Each day we traveled on separate journeys, returned in the evening with food to share, which always included a few carrots for the donkeys. The children's playhouse, another added surprise, was magical for the children and grandparents! Our family included parents, children, grandchildren ranging from 8 to 77 years. Each of us enjoyed every aspect of La Bastide de la Felicité, including the pool area, tennis courts and the hide-n-seek games played in the gardens. I can still see a head pop up from behind an olive tree pot, or what looked like a gazelle running from hedge to hedge. I can't conclude without thanking the caretakers, Laurent and Christy, who were so very helpful, friendly and accommodating. They even arranged for someone to cook a meal for the entire family on the night of our arrival, which was our 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Thanks Laurent and Christy! I also want to say a special thank you to the owners for letting our family share your wonderful home, and it did feel like home.