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Converted Early 19th Century Farm Complex with Garden and Large Pool - Farmhouse (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8)



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Two 4-bedroom houses in quiet rural village location amongst the vineyards

La Croisette is an early 19th century farm complex, which was lavishly renovated in 2006. The Farmhouse is a pretty traditional Provencal farmhouse dating from c1835. Oak Alley is largely a newly built barn conversion with traditional features, but designed to be compatible with wheel chair use, on the ground floor. It is close to the centre of the small friendly agricultural village of Grillon, nestling around the base of its ancient citadel. Simple shopping and 2 bars and a restaurant are within 3 minutes walking distance. Situated in the Cotes du Rhone area between Valreas and the picturesque Chateau and village of Grignan, it provides splendid opportunities for exploring northern Provence. Ideal for peaceful relaxation or the more energetic holiday maker. Would appeal especially to walkers, cyclists and winetasters.

Details for holiday farmhouse Farmhouse (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms

Ground Floor:

A fully fitted and well equipped kitchen/dining room with all modern appliances (electric hob and oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, iron/ironing board).

Sitting room with wooden beams, traditional Provencal chimneypiece and wood burning stove, original stone flooring. CD & DVD players. Free internet access (Wifi).

Access to a small private garden, barbeque area and swimming pool

Original stone staircase leads to the:

First Floor:

Bedroom 1 with double bed, original stone flooring, and en suite shower room and toilet.

Bedroom 2 with double bed and en suite shower room and toilet.

Top Floor:

Bedroom 3 with twin beds.

Bedroom 4 with twin beds.

Separate shower room and toilet.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Nigel Cox is a retired physician (Rheumatologist). He retired from Medicine in 2009. His main enthusiasms are food and drink in convivial company, architecture, history, classical music (at which he sadly has no playing ability whatsoever), playing Eton fives (which he still does two or three times a week), croquet, and painting. In 2009 he cycled down to Grillon from England; a trip he is unlikely to repeat.

Jennifer Green is a freelance management and training consultant, who fits her work around both her family and home activities. When she has any spare time, it is spent on family research, uncovering the untold stories of previous generations. She loves cooking and entertaining; and is an unashamed Francophile, although her French language skills are not as good as she would like.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We loved the space we all had in Oak Alley. The downstairs bedroom & wet area was perfect for Ben as a wheelchair user & accessibility was great. Also lovely & clean with everything we needed to make our holiday stress-free" "Thank you for the experience of staying in your fantastic home in France. We were extremely impressed. We loved the area, especially Grillon and the bar in the square, Richeranches and Grignan. You were right - we should have stayed for longer and we didn't want to leave".

"Beautifully equipped to a high standard. Very comfortable"

"Comfortable, stylish and spacious".
Jan 2007
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

East Molesey, Surrey

Three visits and a fourth coming up

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed staying in the Farmhouse in both early and late summer. It is spotlessly clean, well-equipped and very comfortable. We have experienced it in blazing sun (comfortable sun loungers in the shade, basking in or by the large pool) and in pouring rain (it can rain in Provence!) when the comfortable sofas are very welcome. We cannot fault it or the warm welcome and caring but unobtrusive presence of Jennifer and Nigel. The attractive countryside is very accessible to walkers, cyclists and motorists, and we are greatly looking forward to our next visit in 2015.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Blissful French holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We have visited La Croisette twice now and our sons (3 and 5) keep asking when we're going back! We love the village and its rural quietness; La Croisette is wonderfully fitted out, and the garden setting makes outdoor living easy. The pool is a huge asset, we must have taken 4 or 5 dips a day!

One of us is a very keen cyclist and has found everything from rolling hills to the infamous Mont Ventoux much to his liking.

Lots of lovely wine to sample and nice restaurants, pretty villages and medieval chuches etc. A great spot and one we find easy to get to on the trains from London.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks and we hope we will see down in La Croisette another time, we have new cycling challenge that is a record I know will be irresistible
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From the Owner

We bought La Croisette, after we got married in 2003. It was then a run-down, disused Farm, which had not been lived in since the early 1970’s. The farm, built in 1853, consisted of an old house with no facilities, a number of barns and outhouses and a large dirt yard, but Grillon had everything we wanted in a location including easy access to the centre of an agricultural working village. We immediately fell in love with it, and spent the next two years carefully restoring the farmhouse, converting the adjacent barns for our own occupation, and building Oak Alley, which is virtually a new build from the ruins of the old forge, and is designed to be suitable for wheelchair accessibility on the ground floor. The total project did turn out rather larger than we had originally intended, and also included installing a swimming pool and two Eton fives courts. A slightly quirky plan it has to be admitted, but one which we have never regretted as it enables us to share the peace and slow moving pace of La Croisette and the beautiful surrounding area with our many friends, family and guests.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Avignon at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : La Truffe Noire at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Montelimar at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A7 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Truffe Noire at 500 Metres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We arrange Eton Fives tournaments on a regular basis for experienced players, conversely guests may like to learn this unusual & traditional old English game. Please contact us for more details. Free coaching is available.


The nearest beach is Saintes Maries de la Mer, in the Carmargue, which is about a 2 hour drive. Marseille (on the coast) is about the same distance.


Car highly recommended.

By air: The nearest airports are Nimes and Avignon (45 minutes), Montpellier, Lyon and Marseille (1½ hours)

By train: TGV stations at either Valence or Avignon are about 1 hour from the house with direct links to Waterloo and Eurostar.

By road: 20 minutes from A7 Motorway, exit Montelimar Sud (9 hours drive from Calais or Le Havre).


There are local markets and places of interest in the nearby picturesque villages of Grignan and Richerenches which are both about 4km (5 mins) away. Richerenches is famous for its truffle markets from November - March.

Shops and Supermarkets and hospital are available in the nearby town of Valreas (5km).

Other nearby places of interest are Vaison la Romaine, (Roman ruins and lively market) and Orange (Roman theatre), both about 30km. The Pont du Gard and the Ardeche are about 1 hour away.

Further Details:

Equipment for babies is available by prior arrangement, free of charge (cots, highchair, baby bath and stair gates). Bicycles available for rent by prior arrangement. The area is perfect for cycling through the vineyards, or up into the mountains for the more adventurous.

The village is situated on one of the Routes de Vin, and local vineyards for Cote du Rhone wine surround the property. There are many open air concerts in the area in the evenings to suit most musical tastes. Orange Theatre with its prestigious opera productions in July is 45 km away.

Public tennis courts are available in the village.

Horse riding is on offer at Grignan (4km). The village offers a small village shop, an excellent local supermarket, 2 boulangeries, 2 bars with cafe/restaurants, tabac, and post office. All within a few minutes walk from the property.

Other good restaurants are available in Grignan (4km) Richeranches (4km) Valreas (5km) & Nyons (12km).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November/ December
29 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christams/ New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
The booking is confirmed when a 40% non-refundable deposit has been received. The balance, together with a £500 refundable security deposit against damage & the general condition of the property, is due 8 weeks prior to the rental period. Full payment immediately on booking, if booked at less than 8 weeks notice. Anyone who is disabled & wheelchair dependent is strongly advised to ring & discuss their requirements when booking. We may be able to arrange help with hoists, etc.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday. Departures by 10.00am. Arrivals after 4.00pm, to allow time for cleaning. This can be varied outside the high season, by prior agreement. Please contact us for details.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds Sterling. Discounts may be available for (1) bookings confirmed early i.e more than 6 months before the date rented, (2) previous guests & (3) longer winter lets, or for parties of 4 people or less who want to stay outside the high season. Please contact for more details.
Price for November – April is exclusive of electricity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

This part of France is amazingly varied. It has everything - mountains, picturesque hilltop villages, all-year round sunshine, great wine and vineyards; not to mention fantastic walking and cycling country. The lavendar fields in early summer are truly breath-taking. When we are here, we quickly relax and the pace of life slows right down. We have time to appreciate the good things in life, and all our guests seem to feel the same.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Internet


  • Dining Area

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: All rooms in both properties are heated by electric radiators and there are wood burning stoves in the sitting rooms. Between November - April, there will be an additional charge for electricity and/or wood. Towels and linen are included in the price. Pets are not permitted. Outside: The properties are south facing with a large garden with roses, vines, lavender and other herbs. A large secure (15m x 4m) swimming pool is shared with visitors to both properties and the owners. There is plenty of space for games of boules and a dedicated shaded barbeque area for each house, with tables and chairs for al fresco dining. Parking space is available within the grounds of the property. A large lawn is available and croquet equipment can be hired by prior arrangement. Bicycles are available for hire if required.

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