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Delightful house with original character, in the heart of the Drôme Provençale



Updated: 18-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Village House in Mirabel-aux-Baronnies, Nr. Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence - Located on Provencal Village Square

L'Hirondelle is a three-bedroom house with garden, built in 1760 on medieval foundations, in traditional provençal style. It is situated on the charming village square in the centre of the village of Mirabel-aux-Baronnies and sleeps 5-7. It is ideally placed for exploring this beautiful region, while being centrally located in a village with all amenities within walking distance. Mirabel-aux-Baronnies lies between the Rhone Valley and the Alpes, 50 km from Avignon, in the upper part of Provence, between the historic Vaison-la-Romaine to the south and Nyons to the north, a market town famous for its olives. The village is sited between the provençal landscape of olive groves and vineyards to the west, and the pre-Alps to the east, offering impressive hiking and mountain bike trails, as well as ski-ing (the Mont Ventoux is just 45 mins away). In summer, there is a choice of places to cool off: two waterparks, local rivers, or the spectacular gorge of the Vallée de Toulerenc.

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About the Owner

Juliet Carpenter
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Encore merci pour votre maison que est très agéable, nous avons passé deux très bonnes semaines à Mirabel aux Baronnies".
Aug 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Encore merci pour votre maison que est très agéable, nous avons passé deux très bonnes semaines à Mirabel aux Baronnies".
Aug 2016
  • 1 of 3

8 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Really charming house at base of Mt Ventoux

  • 5 of 5

This was a really charming gite in the foothills of Mt Ventoux. Lovely walled garden, located in beautiful village and close to Nyons and Vaison La Romaine. Would highly recommend this!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable stay in beautiful environment

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much.

Listing accurate and property squeaky clean and well maintained. The village, though small, has excellent facilities in terms of butcher, two boulangeries, and green-grocer cum general store all of whom provided us with fresh and flavoursome food. The restaurant is up for sale but we enjoyed self-catering and all the wherewithal was available to do it.

It is very convenient for visiting interesting towns and villages lying round about. And also nice to chill out in the small sheltered garden.

We were well briefed on arrival and helpful advice was available when we needed it.

We thoroughly recommend the place and hope to make a future visit.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, and so pleased that you enjoyed the house, the village and the area. You’re right, there are so many interesting towns and villages nearby, from the set-piece sights in Avignon and Orange, to the understated local Provençal villages, not forgetting Séguret, classified as “one of the most beautiful villages in France”, just 25 minutes’ drive away. Do come back again!
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Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic 2 weeks at L'Hirondelle. The house is very spacious and comfortable. It is very well equipped, a real home from home. It is situated in a lovely square. It was nice to be able to walk to the bakers in the mornings and enjoy a drink in the Cafe De France in the evenings. Fortunately we had some great weather allowing us to enjoy sitting in the garden which is very private. The area is beautiful with so much to see we would love to return sometime in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, it's great to know how much you enjoyed the house and area. It's true, June is a wonderful month to visit northern Provence, with warm days and balmy nights, the local markets full of summer fruit and vegetables, the recipe for a perfect holiday! Hope to see you again sometime at L'Hirondelle.
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  • 5 of 5

We first stayed at L'Hirondelle for one delightful week in the summer of 2012. We liked it so much that we came back again with our four year old son for a much longer stay at the start of 2013, and then again in autumn 2014.

It's a wonderful house, on a charming square at the heart of a delightful medieval village.

We searched far and wide to find a place with all that L'Hirondelle has to offer. We never found anywhere else that matches it:

* charming house

* in a medieval village in Provence

* with a garden

* walking distance to the shops

* near to numerous climbing and walking areas

The house is beautiful & romantic; the village is simply delightful; the garden is ideal for small children (and (grand)parents!); the shops in Mirabel-aux-Baronnies are excellent (two bakers, one butcher, one general store and one newsagent, plus two cafes) and within 200 meters of the house; and the surroundings are as good as it gets in Provence (walking, climbing, cycling...).

In addition, the house has a large collection of art, culture, children and cookery books just waiting to be enjoyed. Plus a piano. And a great record collection.

During our long stay in 2013 we rarely found the need to venture further than 30 minutes drive from Mirabel. There is so much to do nearby.

In short: a unique and superb place to stay in Provence!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, we’re glad that you enjoyed your stay again at L’Hirondelle! As you say, the garden is great for all ages: paddling pool for kids, loungers for adults, boules, a badminton set, bbq … We hope to see you in Mirabel again soon!
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in L'Hirondelle and would definitely stay in the house and in the area again. The village is in a fantastic position within the region and it is easy to get to a variety of towns and villages from there, including Mont Ventou.

The house is large, spacious and comfortable but above all it is very authentic and has a lovely 'old French' feel to it.

The owners are helpful and sent us loads of information to help us find the house and to explore the area.

We enjoyed evening walks round the village and the views over the hills are fantastic.

All in all, a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. As you say, early evening walks in the countryside around the village are a lovely way to end the day, before returning to the house and garden for aperitifs and a game of pétanque!
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Beautiful townhouse

  • 4 of 5

We spent two lovely weeks at L'Hirondelle in Mirabel. The huge old house is both conveniently and romantically located on a quiet square where we had our own parking space. Around the corner there are an epicerie, a bakery and a tobaco store.

The views from the house are beautiful. On the backside of the house there's a large and green walled-in garden, with both sun and shade, and with all kind of garden chairs and tables, a BBQ etc. The garden is lovely to hang out and great for kids to play in.

The house itself is old and very tastefully restored, and cool on hot days. The bedrooms are large and there's plenty of closets to put your things away. The kitchen is sober but adequate and we really appreciated it having a washing machine.

We loved the well tuned piano in the living, and all the excellent recordings and literature too that were available.

The house was tight and clean when we arrived and we were welcomed by the very friendly and helpful sister of the owner.

The area offers lots of possibilities for day trips and we had a good routine of swimming at the outdoor Nyonsoleado pool (at 7 minute drive), every evening. Nice detail: the olives, vigs, apricots and wines from the region are the best!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so pleased you had a lovely holiday. As you say, the house is lovely and cool in the heat of the day. And the Nyonsoldeado pool is a great place to cool down, especially for kids. There are also nearby rivers and the Gorge de Toulourenc not far away, for other swimming possibilities. You are welcome back anytime!
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nimes or Marseilles at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cafe de France at 130 Metres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 970 Kilometres Nearest Train : Orange at 36 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N7 at 32 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Petit bistrot, Vinsobres at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mont Ventoux at 34 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Saintes Maries de la Mer at 150 Kilometres Car: recommended


Nearest beach is 1.5 hour drive, at Saintes Maries de la Mer, beyond the unique wild landscape of the Camargues. Alternatively, you can explore the steep sided cliffs and fishing villages of the Calanques, just west of Marseilles.


Airports: Marseille Airport is approx 1.5 hours by car, as is Nimes Airport. Montpellier Airport is 2 hours drive and Lyon airport is about 2.5 hours by car. Nice Airport is about 3 hours by car. Train: Avignon TGV Station is 1 hour drive with direct links from St Pancras (London) with the Eurostar.

Road: 45 mins from the A7 motorway, exit Montelimar Sud.

It is advisable to have the use of a car.


The 2 local market towns are Vaison-la-Romaine (8km), with its Roman ruins and lively Tuesday market, and Nyons (8km), famous for its olives and provencal market (Thurs and Sun mornings).

Other places of interest include: The Mont Ventoux, which is 45 mins drive to the summit (1909m/5800ft): Avignon, with the 14 century Pope's Palace and lively summer theatre festival (1 hour): The famous wine villages of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueras, set in the spectacular Dentelles mountains. English wine tours and tastings available through "Rhone Wine Tours" based in Nyons.

Further Details:

The village offers an excellent local butchers and 2 bakeries. A well-stocked village shop for groceries and local wines, newsagent, post office, doctors, hairdressers etc., all within a few mins walk of the house. There are also 2 bars and a local restaurant. The village has tennis courts and table tennis tables for general use (bring your own racquets). There is free car parking on the square in front of the house. Wifi internet access is available in the house.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Mid season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Low season
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £125.48

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day. Departing guests are asked to vacate by 10 am, and arriving guests are asked not to arrive before 4 pm, so that the house can be cleaned.
In winter months, there is some flexibility on changeover day; contact us for details.

Minimum booking period:
In general, there is a 7 night minimum booking period, but please contact us to discuss as it may be flexible at certain periods.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week. Price includes cleaning, linen and towels, gas and electricity (ie there are no 'hidden extras'). The sterling equivalent is calculated according to the exchange rate on the date of enquiry. For longer winter lets, please get in touch for prices. *Price November-April is exclusive of electricity use.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room with bidet and wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Child's bed suits 3-4 year old
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed (and cot). Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed (and child's bed).


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The house offers something for everyone, including a library and piano, and is a perfect base from which to explore this wonderful region, with its markets, pretty villages, vineyards, apricot and olive groves. Outside: Doors lead from the sitting room to a south-facing terrace and walled garden (60 ft long), with rosemary, thyme and other provençal herbs. The garden also has table, chairs, parasol and a BBQ: it's the ideal setting for aperitifs and long lazy lunches, or a game of boules before an evening BBQ. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and linen included. Cleaning service included. Other: Library room off living room.

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