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



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 home Oak Alley (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 3 Bathrooms

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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Bookable online

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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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 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 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
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 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

  • house


  • Internet

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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


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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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