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Original, elegant and comfortable townhouse, residential street, heart of Nyons

Bedrooms 2
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Townhouse in Nyons, Drome, Rhone-Alpes, France - Ideal Location with Restaurants, Shops and Hiking Trails into the Drome Mountains

The Jas du Pontias, 85m2, was once a little farm on the edge of the medieval town. Today, we are part of a residential street in the heart of Nyons, a lively town with 7000 people.

Downstairs on street level, where the beasts used to live, you’ll find a garage and a cellar with washing/drying facilities. One flight up is the large terrace, the kitchen/dining room with my cookbook collection and its battery of pots hung against glowing-beige walls. Beyond, you will find the vaulted lounge alias first bedroom with an open fireplace. Adjacent to the lounge with its plastered vault, an elegant black and white bathroom was created with a generous shower and a stylish sink. There is also an independent WC on this level. Mostly authentic pieces of art, with a few reproductions, are scattered over the walls. On the next level up, where the hay used to be stacked, you’ll find the second bedroom, cozy and forest-green under the roof, with its en-suite bathroom, complete with quality gear: bath, bidet, sink and WC. The stairway and hall are brightly lit by natural light through the roof window and its stark-white walls host more of my art collection.

Our street is a quiet cul-de-sac street. Our area is called la Drôme Provençale – the south of the Drôme Department and the north of Provence, located in the South-East of France. You will bathe in the delicious microclimate of Nyons, a small, picturesque and animated town at the foot of the Drôme Mountains. The house is cool in summer and cozy in winter. In the heart of town, you will stay right next to a good choice of restaurants and shops. Meanwhile, vast nature is to be found at walking distance. (There is a good collection of detailed walking maps available to you.)

In case of a rare rainy day, you can borrow our extended collection of board games and cards and for evenings an interesting collection of auteur films on DVD is at your disposal. The spacious kitchen offers semi-professional equipment, including many cookbooks. I make sure you'll find an extensive stock of items for your comfort when you arrive, please ask the list. If need be, you can give me a short shopping-list for your first night's meal.

More Details

Manon van der LAAN
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Manon van der LAAN

My French son Louis and I live in another old farmhouse, right next door to Le Jas, with my Scottish husband Nicholas. I am Dutch and arrived in Provence, by way of New York, in 1993. I live in Nyons since 2012. Nicholas arrived here in 2003. He is a retired British-university teacher and currently paints and writes. Louis is boarding at a not-so-far-away high-school. I teach literacy, write short-stories and I take care of our guests.

Whenever we can, we like to take Louis along to discover new mountain trails and wander around the castles, priories and medieval villages sprawled across nature everywhere. It is good living in Nyons because of the microclimat; without the Mistral (blowing from the north in most of Provence).

Manon van der LAAN purchased this house in 2013

Why Manon van der LAAN chose Nyons

Nyons is located at a two hours drive from the beautiful Vercors (to the north) and between us and the majestic mountains to the north there are green mountains, winding roads, goats, vultures, canyons, bees, underground caverns, olive trees, vines, lavender fields… To the south of Nyons, you will find extensive Roman ruins (Vaison la Romaine), a theatre festival and a pope’s palace (Avignon) and the sea (Côtes d’Azur). Our location has the advantage of being rural and quiet, as well as being close to many places of interest. A part from being heaven for walking aficionados, the area is also a popular destination with cyclists. I bought Le Jas in 2013. Here, I receive family and friends from far away and so does Nicholas. It was renovated and decorated with much care and attention to quality.

What makes this house unique

The Jas is located in the center of town, around the corner from restaurants, shops and the authentic weekly Provençal market. However, our street is very quiet. (It is a cul-de-sac street and only people who live here drive into it.) Also accessible directly by foot are the many hiking trails leading into the mountains.

An advantage of Le Jas for you is that we live next door. One of us will be there to welcome you and show you around at your arrival. During your stay, please feel free to knock on our door and ask any question you might have. I supply a folder with suggestions for restaurants, wineries, day trips, practical information and contact details of the artists who’s original works are exposed around the house. Meanwhile we are on-site for any information you may need.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nyons in Drôme

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Spacious Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , More than 2 square meters of shower, with bathroom sink
    En suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , With bathroom sink and french windows
  • Generous shower for 2, bathroom sink and separate WC adjacent to Lounge/Bedroom 1. En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 2 with French windows, bath for 2, bathroom sink, bidet and WC. Hairdryer supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Green Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Good quality convertible couch
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Vaulted Lounge (25m2), cool in summer, cozy in winter, alias Bedroom 1 with convertible sofa - double bed (140) and fireplace. Bedroom 2 with double bed (160) en-suite bathroom and lots of books in English, French and Dutch.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: In off-season, central heating keeps the house warm. The good insulation also keeps the house cool in summer. All rooms have an ethernet connection, with wi-fi throughout the house. On the subject of children: We have a baby cot, playpen and bath at your disposal. As for toddlers: The house has two staircases and all kitchen equipment is stocked on open shelves. I will love to meet your children when they are over 4 years old and you can enjoy a relaxed vacation, not having to keep a constant eye on them. A note for people with allergies: Animals have never lived in the house (since the complete renovation). However, you may Silver Shadow, our cat, visiting your terrace. Smoking is allowed on the terrace only. At the request Silver Shadow, we ask you to not bring your pets. You have use of the garage but the street being narrow, only small sized cars can maneuver into it. Other free parking is available and you can drop off luggage. Outside: The terrace (17m2), at the kitchen/dining room level, is equipped with a round table with four comfortable chairs plus two easy chairs. You have a small charcoal BBQ at your disposal. Ivy is growing over a trellis, and red flowers in pots in summer. If the sun is too hot for you, you can take out the parasol. This terrace is private, for your use only. Utility Room: The washing machine and drying space are in the cellar behind the garage, on street level. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, sheets, kitchen linen and cleaning are included in the rental price. If your stay covers more than one week, fresh towels, sheets and linen and cleaning will be provided once a week. Other: The bright and white hallway upstairs has turned into a small art gallery. You'll find some authentic artwork. I can indicate artists' workshops in the area


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Original, elegant and comfortable townhouse, residential street, heart of Nyons
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Five stars

  • 5 of 5

Manon and Nick were the best hosts, offering tips on where to eat, shop, hike, and tour the countryside. The apartment was spaciois, beutifully decorated, clean, quiet, and well located. They also helped us overcome the language barrier. Thanks for your hospitality, Manon and Nick!!!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stars, Jamie! It was very nice to meet you and we are pleased you enjoyed quaint Nyons, the Provençal countryside and the house. We hope to see you again on one of your future Europe travels!
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  • 5 of 5

We were here for a month from mid-July to mid-August. The house is very well-appointed and carefully maintained. Thanks to Manon for her careful attention to every detail and exceptionally good taste.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We were very happy to have you here and pleased that you enjoyed the region, including cycling up the Mont Ventoux! Looking much forward to hosting you next year.
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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Still our best all time favorite holiday rental!

  • 5 of 5

To amend our Aloha review, the hire car we booked was a Fiat 500 but they substituted a larger car that we could not get into the garage. It was so easy to find nearby free parking that we kept the larger car and enjoyed this really excellent property in all respects!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this (important) detail - car rental companies do not always respect the model requested. In the case of our street, this is really essential!
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Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Our all time favourite holiday rental, and there have been many!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful, comfortable and very clean house for a month in May/June. The house has a wonderful kitchen with everything you could possibly desire. The bathrooms were exceptionally nice, one with a tub and one with wonderful shower. The house is in the middle of the old town near shops,restaurants, the market, but it is on a very quiet street. Manon and Nicholas were very hospitable, but not intrusive and we enjoyed getting to know them. There is a lot of good walking in the area and interesting towns to discover a little further afield. The food is wonderful! Recommend Le Charette Bleu just outside town.In the spring we had no difficulty finding parking in town. We had a small Fiat500 but the street is too small to turn into the garage that was mentioned. We highly recommend both the house and the town of Nyons. Thank you Manon.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your detailed review. It was lovely to have you two as neighbors for a month - very nice to get to know you! Happy that the Jas and its location pleased you as a base for your discovery of Provençale France. Much looking forward to see you again.
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A perfect place for a sejour in sunny Nyons

  • 5 of 5

This was my second holiday in this lovely house. I was not disappointed. The house is perfect, my hosts were more than helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I will definitely return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I was pleased to see you again at the Jas and on such good form! We are happy to be at your disposal when we can; your enthousiasm makes it worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!
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Absolutley perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Manon has created a beautiful, comfortable home away from home that wants for nothing. The apartment is spotless and is beautifully designed with a kitchen equipped to meet the need of every cook or chef.

My mom, sister-in-law and I spent a week here in September and found it very hard to leave the charms of Nyons and our lovely apartment. We would return in a heart beat and certainly on a Thursday morning in time to enjoy the town's fabulous market.


A bien tot!


  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice words, it was very nice to meet the three of you! I am pleased that you enjoyed Nyons, its market and restaurants, and the sights and modern art events in the area. I'm looking forward to seeing you again sometime!
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Nîmes, Marseille, Lyon, Montpellier, Beziers...
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
A choice...
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
A collection...
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Mont Serein at Mont Ventoux
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Côtes d'Azur, Marseille, Cassis, Stes Maries...
Car: recommended


For day trips, you can drive to the Côte d'Azur from Nyons in 2 hours. We recommend the Saintes Maries de la Mer in the Camargue (closest) or Cassis with its Calanques, next to Marseille.


The close airports include Nîmes, Marseille, Montpellier and Béziers. You can also fly into Lyon or Grenoble, a bit further away. We recommend train travel; the TGV to Valence or Avignon, with connecting local trains and even a bus, which will take you to the center of Nyons. It is not essential to have a car here, as you can do shopping and hiking directly from the house. However, with many sites to visit we do recommend wheels.


Nyons is a 45 minute drive from the A7 motorway at Montélimar Sud and about the same distance to Orange Sud. It is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Avignon. We are at 20 minutes from Vaison la Romaine. Many places of interest can be found at less than 1 hour's drive from Le Jas.

Further Details:

A big Provençal market takes place every Thursday morning in Nyons throughout the year. In season, a smaller market is added every Sunday morning.

On a pedestrian street parallel to our street, you will find a collection of restaurants with their terraces for different tastes and budgets. A few more are to be found on the beautiful Place des Arcades, classified historic monument, at 2 minutes from the house. The town has several supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies, wine stores and cooperatives selling local produce, such as olives and olive oil.

Nyons is quaint and great for an evening stroll, with its mediaeval quarters and Romanesque bridge. Our street is located right in the middle of these.

You can also visit Dieulefit (pottery), Grignan (Château de Mme de Sévigné) and Taulignan (silk museum).

You can do wine tastings and savor the fruitier local wines or prefer the strong and tannic Côtes du Rhône Villages, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, only 30 minutes away. Châteauneuf du Pape is at a 50 minute drive.

The area offers many festivals, mostly in season, with music (everywhere), dance (Vaison) and theatre (Avignon, Grignan) and our mayor organises a series of free concerts around town during July and August.

There’s a choice of walking trails in the mountains surrounding town and several natural ponds where you can spend the day and swim. Nyons has a massive swimming pool with slides and other fun for kids, including a restaurant.

The microclimate is gentle; we are protected from the Mistral (strong Provençal wind). This friendly climate allows for hiking all year. It does get hot in summer, but in the middle of the night the Pontias, a very local wind from the north, often comes to cool the air off for good sleep.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £263.64

Notes the price for your stay at the Jas:
The price includes everything - cleaning, linen, heating, wi-fi, hot water, electricity, gas, fire-wood and candles. Ask for the extensive list of items available to you during your stay at the Jas! (Guests are requested to take care of their own waste disposal and recycling).

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking with the balance being due 4 weeks prior to your arrival. You can pay by Credit/Debit Card, Paypal, send an international money wire, send a French-bank cheque or through Online Payment where possible.
There are more photographs of the house, available upon request. Please visit our website for a wealth of detail on the house!
I will send you a rental agreement with details by email for your confirmation of dates and payment details.
Please let me know if/when you would like to contact me by phone.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day in the Jas is Saturday in the high season. Arrival time starts at 17H and departure is at 10H. You can drop off your luggage any time after 10H on the day of your arrival.

Please let me know if you wish to modify these terms and I will let you know if it is possible to accommodate your request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.