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Built into the 12th-century ramparts of the medieval part of the village, this beautiful old Provencal stone house serves as a local landmark because of the hole in the wall--'le trou'--which creates the terrace. Ideal for visitors who want to feel the pulse of village life, this house has a bakery and a flower shop as neighbors. Throughout, the beauty of walls of locally-quarried stone, traditional Provençal ceilings of plaster and dark exposed beams, and handsome traditional tiles give “La Trouvaille” its special warmth and character. The house is spacious and inviting, providing an unusual degree of privacy with separate relaxation areas on each floor. Furnishings reflect the owners' enthusiasm for Provençal style and regional crafts. Handsome antiques, shabby chic “finds” and quality reproductions are placed alongside comfortable leather sofas and more casual seating. Owners have taken special care to add modern comforts, while sacrificing none of the house's Provençal charm. A highlight of the house is the covered terrace, with fabulous views looking over the rooftops at the vineyards and the serrated limestone Dentelles de Montmirail, while providing shelter to relax or dine "al fresco" even during the hottest part of the day, protected from the wind or the occasional shower.
After exploring Provence and other parts of southern France on the back of our bicycles, we found ourselves drawn again and again to this lovely Côtes-du-Rhône wine-growing region. In Sablet we found a charming rental house to which we returned for many visits and in several seasons. When a lovely old stone village house became available, a friend joined with us to make a long-time dream of owning a home of our own in France come true.
Deborah Locke purchased this house in 2012
The surrounding hills of vineyards and olive groves, and the dramatic limestone ridges of the Dentelles de Montmirail, offer countless opportunities for lovely long walks, challenging hikes, and exhilarating bike rides.
We love that Sablet is truly a working wine village, with more than 20 wine producers. The local tourist office offers an inviting tasting room and offers weekly tours of local wineries during the summer months.
At the same time, Sablet is ideally located for visiting local attractions--a different Provencal market every day of the week, a live performance in an antique Roman theater, the antiques market of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or the art museums in Avignon or Aix-en-Provence.
Sablet has a beating heart in every season, with a small, but lively commercial center and many familiar faces. "La Trouvaille" is perfectly situated for those who want to feel the pulse of daily life in a typical French village.
Unlike many surrounding villages, Sablet's center is not bisected by a major roadway, so the round medieval center is refreshingly free of most vehicle traffic and strolling the narrow spiraling streets and stairs to the 11th century church and its little garden at the top of the village is a delight.
Evenings are generally very quiet in Sablet and church bells are likely to be the first sounds to greet you in the mornings. Early risers may enjoy a gorgeous sunrise from the terrace and watch the first customers arrive to collect their morning baguettes.
"This was one of the most comfortable holiday homes I have ever stayed in, with every detail thought of." Linda, UK, July 2014
"We have arrived in heaven ! What a wonderful introduction to Provence. A beautifully decorated villa apartment with everything provided, set in the village square of a lovely little village just 40 minutes from Avignon. Well-appointed and beautifully decorated home with thoughtful hosts. This is the perfect place for people trying self-booked accommodation for the first time ... it is the best we have ever stayed in and was made so easy. "
Jenvier, Auckland, NZ, June 2014
"We spent a fabulous week in your beautiful home in Sablet and we loved it! It is a home furnished with such taste and love... Our lovely view from the window will stay with us for a long time." (translated from Russian)
?Natalia, Irina, Svetlana, Anastasia, Arina, Egor July 2014
“Lovely house in a great location…lots of home comforts and thoughtful touches. Friendly, helpful communication from the owners. The terrace at the top of the house was fantastic and we never tired of sitting there in the evenings with a glass of wine watching the comings and goings in the market place below.”
Stitchinmama from Oxfordshire, UK, August, 2013
"Charming, comfortable home in a great location in the heart of the village...the cafe, boulangerie and the weekly market all just a few steps away. The terrace is fabulous for a cup of coffee or glass of wine with great views"
R.P., Cheshire, CT April, 2013
“A cozy and comfortable house...done with taste and much thought. We loved to sit on the terrace and watch the light play across the buildings around the town square. Hiking up the ridge offers views to the valley, vineyards and Dentelles. This is a plein air painter's dream house. I will be coming back some day.”
Valerie, Beals, Maine, USA, May, 2013
Out of all the many villages and towns we visited Sablet came out on top as a place to make a base. A cheerful village, friendly local people, shopping on the doorstep plus Vaison nearby if needed. The house was very comfortable with different sitting areas and lovely bedrooms, a really well equipped kitchen, and a lovely terrace for afternoon aperitifs. So much to see and explore, the house has a wonderful collection of books and brochures of the area. A not-to-be missed experience!
Four of us stayed for a week at La Trouvaille. From our first emailed contacts with Deb, to our initial meeting with the local manager, the house itself, and the village and the whole experience were more than we expected or hoped for. The house is larger than it looked from the photos, beautifully appointed, fully equipped - we lacked for nothing - and were so comfortable. Sablet is a lovely village in an excellent location. We ate a wonderful meal one evening at La Table de Magali, and had a special birthday celebration dinner in nearby Gigondas, at Les Florets. A friend recommended the latter to us, and we would certainly do the same. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sablet in general and La Trouvaille in particular to any friend planning a stay in Provence.
La Trouvaille is a fantastic example of a wonderfully furnished and decorated gite full of little touches which provides for a beautiful experience.
The house provides lovely views into the village of Sablet and over to the medieval village of Seguret and provides both privacy for couples and communal space for all ina party to mix and mingle together.
Bedrooms are beautifully appointed with excellent bathrooms attached. The kitchen has everything you would want and the information provided by Deb and Gary means that there are no difficulties in using any of the equipment and facilities throughout the house.
The village is a delight although the boulangerie can create havoc with the waist line. The Cafe is a great place to sit out at any time of day providing opportunities to to talk to locals, cycling enthusiasts and other holiday makers. Wine tasting is within walking distance in the village at several venues and dont miss the walk up to the church which provides a great view across the valley.
Sablet is easy to get to being only a few miles from Orange and there are some lovely places to visit in the area including Bedoin, Mount Ventoux, Vaison and of course the lavender fields.
Totally sold on France, Provence, Sablet but all because of the quality of La Trouvaiille.
The fall turned out to be a perfect time to visit Provence and " La Trouvaille" in Sablet was an amazing home base for our travels through the region.The autumn light and colour in the surrounding vineyards were exquisite and provided a wonderful backdrop for walks to neighbouring Seguret and around the village.The view from the terrace was mesmerizing and we spent time there every day,sipping coffee or wine and taking it all in.The home is immaculate,warm and inviting and is even more beautiful than the listing photos portray.The owners,Deborah and Gary, were fabulous to deal with, from initial contact to check-out, and their house manager,Judith, was delightful, showing us through when we first arrived and leaving her number should we need anything. As the house was so well equipped and maintained we had no reason at all to contact her. The village of Sablet is enchanting and its people are warm and friendly. We enjoyed the bakeries,the small grocery,the local cafe and the wine-tasting co-operative ,all only steps from the house.The beautiful markets,Roman ruins, medieval architecture,and stunning countryside surrounding Sablet are forever etched in our memories and we want to return to this lovely stone house." La Trouvaille" is indeed a special find and we highly recommend it.
That's how my husband and I would describe our time and accommodations at "La Trouville". The house was located right in the town and we walked to the bakery, grocery and the wine co-ops. The house was immaculate and decorated with lovely French colors, dishes and pottery. No detail was left undone. It was by far the best accommodations we enjoyed during our 5 weeks French adventure. The location was perfect for day trips and yet at the end of the day we loved coming "home" to our open air balcony and a glass of wine. We highly appreciated being met by Judith who explained about the house and also the maps, brochures and restaurant recommendations and French magazines that Deborah Loche had so graciously provided 5 Stars!
My wife and I had a wonderful for two weeks in La Trouvaille in Sablet. The home was very spacious and had all of the conveniences, including washer, dryer, and excellent wifi. The owners Deb and Gary were very helpful before our visit, including providing extensive guides to local sites, restaurants and wineries.
The town of Sablet is a great place to get a real sense of small town life in Provence. It has elements of its medieval past, including the old ramparts and a church that was started in the Romanesque style. What' particularly convenient is that Sablet has one of the few grocery stores in the area, as well as two boulangeries! The Cafe des Sports is a delight, where you can get your coffee in the morning and then finish off your day with an excellent pizza or one of the special nights, like Fish and Chips. it was great fun and very informative to see how the locals live in such a small town.
The neighboring town is an even older hill town, with steep medieval streets and interesting shops. At the foot of the town are good restaurants like Domaine de Cabasse and La Bastide, the former in a winery and the latter in a small hotel.Also fun to visit nearby is Gigondas, which is a famous wine town and which also has some good restaurants.
The closest big town is Vaison la Romaine, which has both a medieval hill town section and an area with extensive Roman remains. Also the market in Vaison on Tuesday was one of the hits of our trip. It's large but manageable, with everything you would want from local produce to various kinds of artisan goods
Also worth visiting is Nyons, which is about 20 kilometers away and has a great selection of restaurants on a old pedestrian street.La Farigoule is a provencale restaurant well worth the trip.
in sum La trouvaille was everything that we could have hoped for in a place to base our vacation in Provence.
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5 night minimum stay
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|Refundable Damage Deposit||£169|
A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required within 5 days of booking to reserve the dates and can be paid via PayPal by credit card or direct debit or by direct transfer to our French bank. Signed rental agreement and deposit are required before the confirmation of the reservation.
Final balance is due and payable 60 days prior to arrival--less 150 Euros which will be payable upon arrival to the house manager.
Saturday; Flexible according to availability
Arrival after 4 pm: Specific arrival time to be arranged in advance. Late arrival may incur extra charges.
Departure by 10 am. Please, no late departures! New guests may be arriving on the same day.
Notes on prices:
Prices are quoted in Euros.
We are happy to offer reduced rates for stays of three weeks or longer. Special rates for a two-week stay during the Fete Votive in August.