House in Sablet, nr Vaison la Romaine, Vaucluse, Provence - A Beautiful Old Provencal Stone House, Lovingly Updated
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.
Top Traveller Review
La Trouvaille - truly a discovery!
About the Owner
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.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"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
4.9 based on 11 holidaymaker reviews
La Trouvaille - truly a discovery!
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!
Even more than we hoped for
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.
Beautiful and wonderfully furnished apartment
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.
Amazing & Memorable
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!
Wonderful Home in Charming Hill Town
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.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
Coastal beaches can be reached by car in 1- 1 1/2 hours. SplashWorld Waterpark and Lac Monteux just 24km away. There are also popular wading and swimming holes in the rivers not far from Sablet. Public swimming pools available in nearby Vaison-la-Romaine and Beaumes-de-Venise.
Marseille/Marignane airport, 117km
Avignon TGV, 43km
Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport, 93km
A car is highly recommended. Taxi service is available, as is limited bus service to neighboring towns.
Avignon, 40 km
Arles, 90 km
Pont du Gard 60 km
Nimes 80 km
Aix-en-Provence, 117 km
Marseille (Vieux Port), 120 km
WiFi throughout the house. Guests must provide their own computer. Printer provided. Chromecast on both HDMI TVs.
Free international calling to landlines (and to U.S & Canadian cellphones) with Internet-based phone service.
ATM is close by at the Credit Agricole bank.
Medical services in the village include a pharmacy, physicians office, dentist. Closest hospitals are in Vaison-la-Romaine and Orange.
Sablet's small grocer has a surprising selection of goods, including fresh local produce, cheese and deli offerings, local wines. A fish vendor's van visits on Thursday mornings, and often a goat cheese vendor. Friday morning's small market may feature Italian specialties, Moroccan couscous, farm-fresh local produce, fresh roasting chickens, and local baked & prepared goods. There are several larger grocery stores in the area. Closest are the Intermarché in Vaison-la-Romain or in Sarrians; Grand Frais in Orange has fine foods, organic products and out-of-season fruits and vegetables.
Sablet's helpful tourist office also features an excellent tasting room for sampling the products of 18 wine producers and during summer months posts weekly tours of local wineries. The wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne are in close proximity and Chateauneuf de Pape is only 20km away.
Sablet is uniquely situated to provide easy access to many attractions in the Vaucluse. Explore Roman ruins or attend a live production in an antique theater in Vaison-la-Romaine or Orange. Visit a different Provençal market every day of the week, including our favorites in Vaison-la-Romaine, Bedoin, and Ste.-Cecile-les-Vignes. Take a lovely stroll to Seguret or picnic on the hillsides. Ride a bicycle among the vines or challenge yourself to ride or hike to the summit of Mont Ventoux--a classic Tour de France route. Search for treasures at a local "vide grenier" or the famous antiques market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
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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.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.”
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- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- water parks
- winery tours
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- 120 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Handsome fully-tiled shower stall with security bars
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Lovely tiled bathroom, new in 2016
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, W.C. only, on ground floor convenient to den & kitchen
- Generously-sized bathroom includes two sinks, tiled shower enclosure with grab bars for extra security, toilet behind partition, heated towel racks, hair dryer The second full bathroom was added in 2016 and features a fully tiled shower enclosure, heated towel rack, sink, toilet, hair dryer Small WC--toilet only--on the ground floor.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen-sized bed and private sitting area, Bedroom 2 with queen-sized bed; Day room/den with a queen-sized convertible daybed
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- This house is ideal for sharing because of the separate relaxation/entertainment areas on separate floors. Families travelling with teenagers will enjoy the day room with entertainment center convenient to the kitchen/dining area. The middle floor bedroom also has its own comfortable and private sitting area. The handsome top floor sitting room opens through French doors onto the terrace and is ideal for grilling and entertaining or as a gathering space for the larger group. Although the weather in Provence is usually ideal for vacation, this sheltered terrace allows guests to enjoy outdoor dining and lovely views on days when it might be very warm in the sun or on the occasional day when the mistral blows or showers fall. One can enjoy reading, sketching or painting here at any time of day, or an evening glass of wine by candlelight. Outside: A shaded terrace is cut into the stone facade of the house and faces east with fine views of the clay rooftops, vine-covered hillsides, the neighbouring village of Seguret and the dramatic limestone ridges of the Dentelles de Montmirail. A round table & chairs invite "al fresco" dining and a gas grill is provided. For relaxing, there is an antique iron daybed with cushions in cheerful Provencal print fabrics. This terrace provides shelter from the hot mid-day sun, as well as protection from winds or occasional rain, enabling guests to spend even more time enjoying the views. Just a short walk away near is a village playground and boules courts. In the house you will find sets of boules de petanque and rules for play for beginners! We are able to provide a private one-car garage for use by guests who stay during busy village summer festivals like the "Journees du Livre" and the 5-day annual Fete Votive. Utility Room: The laundry area has a washing machine and condensing dryer, utility sink, cleaning supplies, as well as an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens and towels are included. Spare linens will be provided for stays of two weeks or longer. End of rental cleaning is included in the price. Other: Next to the day room is a work space with a large oak table perfect for games and puzzles or for arranging gear for a hike or bike ride. Cookbooks and books on French culture, language and travel are provided, as well as recreational fiction