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Villa In a Charming Provençal Village - Home To Château Picasso

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

5 bedroom villa with pool, beautiful views of Mount St. Victoire

Mas des Oliviers is a spacious villa of 350 m2 and sleeps 10 . Situated on the outskirts of Vauvenargues village the villa is set in 10,000 m2 of enclosed grounds of olive trees and lavender, with a swimming pool and covered terrace areas. The villa is full of charm and character. Countryside setting yet within easy reach of shops. 20 km west of the historic market town of Aix en Provence. Phone and wifi.Within easy reach of Arles or Avignon . The villa is also well situated for exploring the rest of the south of France. West to the salt lagoons & flamingos of the Camargue, east to the wilds of the Gorges of Verdgbon and pre-Alps (skiing in winter), and south to the colourful sophistication's of the Cote d' Azur, a pleasure to explore in the quiet of me direct on

Hilary Collins
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Hilary Collins

I live in France and Scotland with my husband and 2 teenage sons. We built the house and still work and live here. We love the tranquillity of the area mixed with the ability to be in bustling Aix in a few minutes.

Hilary Collins purchased this villa in 1993

Why Hilary Collins chose Vauvenargues

We love Vauvenargues because of the fantastic scenery in the area. It is twenty minutes from Aix en Provence with its wonderful Provençal markets and restaurants. The area is easily accessible with Marseilles airport 40 minutes hours drive away.

What makes this villa unique

Unique benefits of the property

The villa is suitable for an extended family with 2 of the bedrooms in the ground floor annexe, attached to the villa but with a seperate entrance. The property is in peaceful countryside looking onto Mount St Victoire which was painted by Cezanne and Château Picasso is in the centre of the village. There are plenty of mapped walks to take advantage of around St Victoire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic luxury house and pool. We had a great relaxing holiday" Nicole 2013

‘Lovely peaceful location and fantastic views- the house has everything you need and more’ Debby and Garth August 2011

“What a lovely house and you could not find a better location” Joyce and Arnold July 2009

"We rent a holiday villa every year and this is the best yet " Olivia 2014
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vauvenargues in Bouches-du-Rhône

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite to master
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom (1) off bedroom 1 with bath, whb & toilet. Bathroom (2) upstairs toilet and whb. Bathroom (3) upstairs shower, bath and wash hand basin. Bathroom (4) downstairs with shower, toilet, whb Bathroom (5) off guest suite with toilet, WHB and bath
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , access to terrace
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , ensuite bathroom and access to a furnished balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed , access to covered terrace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , access to terrace
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 in 5 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 king size bed, en-suite bathroom private terrace. Bedroom 2 double bed, access to balcony. Bedroom 3 double bed, access to balcony. Bedroom 4 2no single beds Bedroom 5 2no single beds Baby cot
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Garden, outside barbecue, parking for up to 6 cars, satellite TV, telephone, wifi, central heating, private pool (for sole use of guests) Children welcome. Car required. The villa location ensures cool evenings and air conditioning is not needed. The style of the home is modern classic. The villa is very spacious with access to terrace via french doors from all rooms. No smoking inside the house please. Open Barbecues and fires are not allowed during summer time but a gas barbecue is provided. Outside: Extensive grounds (10,000 m2) offering plenty of space for ball games and parking. The private pool (12x 5m) has a paved surround, 6 loungers and table and chairs. Weber Gas Barbecue. Tables and chairs on the terrace and patio for open-air dining. The rear of the villa and fenced grounds lead on to a conservation forest. In front of the villa lies the St Victoire mountain range. The garden grounds are fenced off. The pool is not completely fenced in but complies with French safety requirements. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine, sink, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bed sheets and duvets are supplied. Pool cleaning is included. Cleaning services can be provided on request. Other: Large open plan dining area (seats 8) with TV area off. Sofa bed in TV area provides additional occasional sleeping accommodation. French doors to south facing patio area.BBQ on terrace. Fenced garden with electronic gated access for vehicles.


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Villa In a Charming Provençal Village - Home To Château Picasso
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful and relaxing with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

The property met and exceeded our expectations. It was beautifully furnished and well-equipped yet informal enough not to worry about the kids damaging things. It was clean and well-maintained with the owners calling by to clean the pool at regular intervals during our stay. They were very friendly and helpful at all times, suggesting good places to visit etc. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday spent mostly by the pool enjoying the stunning views of Monte Sainte Victoire. Highlights were walking to the top of Monte Sainte Victoire and visits to Aix-en-Provence, the Aqueduc de Roquefavour and Le Glacier in Miramas le Vieux for amazing ice cream sundaes! We would love to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you really enjoyed your holiday. The views from Mount St Victoire are truly incredible aren't they. We hope to be able to welcome you again.
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Fantastic Property - Views.....!!!!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived after a stressful but relatively short trip from Lyon, what we were greeted with was, quite simply, a breath taking view and a wonderful property. The differentiating factors for us were the annex, which enabled our four teenagers to have their own area, the view and most importunately the fact that you were staying in someone’s home rather than a generic standard holiday home; we loved the idiosyncratic nature of the interior design not particularly French but in keeping with the accommodation. There are several good day trips in the surrounding area but we found the property so comfortable that it was difficult to leave the pool and the kids got full value from Netflix. We would thoroughly recommended this property to anyone wishing to get away from it all and wanting to stay in a wonderfully equipped accommodation with fantastic mountain views, unsurpassed in any of our other 10 years visiting a plethora of places throughout France.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you had a great time. It has always been a privilege for us to look out on Mount St Victoire and the mountain range that Cezanne spent his life painting! You were fantastic guests!
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Great holiday home in secluded location

  • 5 of 5

We used this villa for an extended family holiday bringing together three generations. The villa is situated in a stunning location with maginificent views across the valley to Mont St Victoire. The weather was very hot so the excellent pool provided the centre for most of our activities. Al fresco dining on the terrace was also a great opportunity for the family to get together.

The villa is very well equipped for a large group - the rooms are all spacious, comfortable and beautifully furnished.

The location is secluded and not overlooked, but there are other properties in the area. The Spar supermarket in Vauvenargues (about ten minutes drive from the house) is well stocked with essential items, but to visit a more substantial supermarket is a twenty minute drive away.

We tried two excellent restaurants in the vicinity but mainly eat at home and used the gas barbecue on a number of occasions.

The owner and her husband were at the property to meet us when we arrived and made us feel very welcome. They were anxious that we made full use of the facilities and it was a pleasure to share their home for two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the villa and the pool. Warm regards HIlary
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Spacious house, stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group ranging in age from 7 to 79 and the house was perfect for all of us. The large, very well-equipped kitchen and adjacent outdoor eating area was perfect for mealtimes, and the rest of the day was usually spent in or around the pool. The view really is amazing. Bedrooms were spacious and comfortable, and there were plenty of bathrooms for all eight of us. It's a little way out of the (lovely) village, where there is a small shop, but there is also a decent Carrefour 15 minutes away in Rians, if you can't be bothered to drive to Aix. We loved it, well worth the trip all the way from Australia, and we would certainly consider staying again!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments but more importantly we are so pleased that you enjoyed the villa so much you would consider staying again. Thank you also for taking such care of the villa.
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Modern well equipped villa with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Truly amazing Villa. Set high in the mountains, scenery around the the villa & pool side is spectacular. The property has everything you would want & need. Kitchen was really well equipped. Satellite TV kept us & kids evening's entertained, especially with the the Olympics on! Owners, Hilary & Eshan, are very friendly and looked after us very well. Kids spent all day in the lush pool, with the stunning back drop of the moutain. Highly recommend the stay here, small town with a Spar and a fantastic pizza Restuarant nearby (Chez La Garde). Aix only 25 mins away for a day trip and Marseille under 1 hr. We will revisit this place as we thoroughly loved the peaceful environment.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a great holiday and enjoyed the villa.
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Fantastic villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for a tranquil stay in the foothills of Mont St Victoire. It is remote but nearby Vauvenargues has a well stocked shop, bar and restaurants. The house is extremely comfortable, finished to a high standard and has a very well equipped kitchen. It is well placed for exploring nearby Aix, walking in beautiful countryside or visiting vineyards for sampling some excellent wines or you could just stay by the pool all day! We will definitely return for another stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your great review. The villa is out of the village itself but in an area where each villa has at least 1 hectare of land so definitely tranquil and people are around if you need them! I'm so glad you intend to return and you are most welcome.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Marseille- Marignane
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Set Golf Club, Aix en Provence
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Aix en Provence
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Marseile- Nice
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La Garde
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Cassis and Bandol are 45 minutes drive away. They are pretty little seaside towns offering beaches with lifeguards, fishing harbours, water sports, boat trips (from Bandol to Bendor and Embiez islands, from Cassis to the beautiful Calanques (creeks) and excellent seafood restaurants.


Marseille Airport 30 minutes drive (Easyjet, Ryanair and BA from Gatwick, Liverpool, Glasgow, Dublin).

Nimes Airport 1.15 hours drive (Ryan Air from Luton and Stansted).

Please check flights as there are frequent changes and additions.

Nice Airport 2 hours' drive (several airlines).

As the house is situated in the countryside, the use of a car is essential.


Village of Vauvenargues centre 4km

Aix-en-Provence 15 minutes' drive

Marseille 45 minutes' drive

The Luberon 25 minutes' drive

Avignon, Arles, Nimes 1 hour

The Camargue 1 hour

Further Details:

Small supermarket, some good restaurants and pizzeria are in Vauvenargues. Supermarkets are 15 minutes drive on the outskirts of Aix en Provence. Aix has huge market 3 times a week, banks, hundreds of restaurants, cinemas, boutiques, concerts, festivals and is a bustling historic cultural community.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vauvenargues, Bouches-du-Rhone

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
19 Apr 2019 - 25 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
26 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
30 Jun 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
20% booking deposit (non-refundable), remaining 80% due 6 weeks before holiday. Breakages deposit of £500 returned within 1 week of end of stay if no breakages. Starting/finishing day is usually Thursday, but please see the availability calendar.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible but generally will be a Thursday. Departures before 10am and Arrivals after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
I am happy to consider arrival days other than a Thursday.
Discount available for a long rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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