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Converted Early 19th Century Farm Complex with Garden and Large Pool - Oak Alley (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10)

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Oak Alley (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10)

Ground floor:

Fully wheelchair accessible.

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

Utility room with washing machine.

Sitting room with large traditional Provencal chimneypiece. and wood burning stove. CD & DVD players & free internet access (Wifi).

Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite shower room, bidet and toilet (adapted for wheelchair users).

Sliding glass doors from all rooms opening onto the south facing terrace.

Access to the garden, barbeque area and swimming pool

Wooden staircase leading to the:

First Floor:

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

Bedroom 3 with double or twin bed(s).

Bedroom 4 with four single beds.

Separate bathroom with bath/shower and toilet.

The accomodation is spacious throughout.

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About the property


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.

Jennifer Green
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 January, 2017

About Jennifer Green

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.

Jennifer Green purchased this house in 2003

Why Jennifer Green chose Haut-Vaucluse

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

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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.


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


Brilliant Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Oak Alley, the house met all the needs of two families with 5 children. The setting was lovely and we really enjoyed our time using the pool, games area, garden, evening bbq's. Learning to play Eaton 5's was great fun for parents and kids. The owners were really friendly and helpful, we can highly recommend staying here.

The local village was pretty and we had many relaxing evenings in the local bar/restaurant. Lots of places to visit nearby - canoeing, roman ruins, tree climbing, mountains, swimming, bike rides, nice villages. All made for a great combination of activity and relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your comments, we hope we will see you all again another year.
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Superb spot to relax

  • 5 of 5

We arranged to visit Friday to Friday by special arrangement as one of our party was constrained by work dates and the owners made a great effort to ensure everything was just right.

The accommodation, outfitting and facilities were all first class and pretty much everything you could want or need for a few wonderful days in Provence was provided.

We had a mixed bunch from teens through to granny but the layout of the house meant everyone could get on and do their own thing if necessary, whilst being plenty big enough for family games round the table.

Would definitely recommend a car, because there are so many things to see in easy reach of the village. Ancient towns, River gorges, Historic sights and charming villages are all within an hour or so by car and there is a market somewhere almost every day!

We also made a lot of use of the pool and the lawn, and with a bit more energy might even have had a go on the cycles which were available, but chilling out in the sunshine was good too.

Thoroughly recommend these houses for anyone looking for a civilized place to stay off the beaten track just enough...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and we're delighted you had such a good time.
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Accommodation and facilities for Oak Alley (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10)in Grillon in Vaucluse

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Internet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Toilet adapted for disabled use, wheel-in shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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
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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