|The Provence Villa||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3||Sofabed, futon, air matress|
The villa has an open design with an upscale kitchen, 3 bedrooms en suite, a large living/dining room with fireplace and it is beautifully finished throughout. The house is fully furnished with all the modern conveniences (electric heating, electric stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer and a large American refrigerator with ice cubes). The villa is on a two acre lot of flowering shrubs, cypress, pine, olive and fig trees. It is maintained to preserve the unspoiled natural beauty of its rugged environment. One can refresh and relax by the outdoor swimming pool while taking in the splendid view of the Provençal countryside and distant hills. The adjacent outdoor patio offers a perfect setting for tranquil al fresco evening meals and sunny breakfasts.
The villa has a modern kitchen which is fully equipped to meet all your cooking needs. It has an electric stove, microwave and dishwasher. Its large American refrigerator and ice box offers much room for storing all your perishables. Next to the kitchen is a pantry to store supplies. You will enjoy the windview from the kitchen while preparing your meals.
The dining area adjacent to the living room is perfect for seasonal weather. While eating there, you will be surrounded by two antique furniture pieces making it a perfect Provence experience. You may also wish to light the fire in the open fireplace in the living room and take in the scenery through the large glass window facing you. But in the fine weather, you will prefer to dine on the veranda outside. Close to the kitchen, you can sit and watch the sun rise in the morning time and also watch it set in the evening time. While there, you will overlook the swimming pool and terrace nearby and may feel like a quick swim to refresh
This beautiful living room is open to the dining room and kitchen. It is bright and sunny as it leads to the outdoor veranda. Modern in design, it is furnished accordingly with two large sofas. There you can sist and watch television or movies after a long day of touring local sights. The fireplace in the living room adds additional comfort and is to be enjoyed in the cold weather. While sitting in the living room, you will be surrounded by the beautiful Provence countryside and hills visible through the large front window. The living room is especially peaceful and tranquil for your complete relaxation. On the shelves you will find great books and interesting materials to peruse for a quiet evening.
The master bedroom is a delight. Its double glass doors leads to an outside terrace with a view of the pool and the Provence hills. It also features a back window bringing in more light. Inside, the room is tastefully furnished with a comfortable queen size bed and two reading lights placed on stands on either side. Next is a dressing area with a stand alone mirror plus a desk for writing.
The second bedroom is smaller but also has double glass doors leading onto an outside terrace with similar views. It comes with a large closet for storage. Its lighting is perfect for reading before bed time.
The third bedroom offers a view of the front entrance. It is bright bringing in the sunshine through its large window which opens out with a screen.This bedroom is very private and tastefully decorated in the Provence style with floral drapes and lighting. Its queen sized bed is extra comfortable. It is the closest to the kitchen for a quick snack during the night.
The master bathroom is exceptional. It is bright with two windows to take in the outside.The entire space is beautifully tiled with different tiles in the shower and toilet. The bathroom offers a large tub to soak in. Beside it is the modern shower with its rounded entrance. Next is the washstand area with double mirrors and basins. In the corner is the private toilet with yet different local tiles. The master bathroom also offers storage for linens and clothes. It is truely magnificent.
The second bathroom supports that front bedroom. This bathroom is complete with local blue and white tiles. Its shower, toilet and washstand are all fresh and bright.The third bathroom supports the back bedroom. It is finished with yellow and white local tiles. It offers a modern shower and washstand with double basins and a large mirror. In the hallway is a modern toilet and washbasin for everyone's convenience. It is cheerfully decorated with a bunch of local dried flowers smiling at you.
There is an open wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a selection of heaters throughout the house and also in each room. Together, they are very effective in heating the house.
The area has much to offer in terms of sporting activities such as walking, hiking, biking, horse-back riding, etc. There is much entertainment in the surrounding villages from open markets, wine tastings at local vineyards, art exhibitions,
to cultural events unique to the region.
In my villa, I keep a large bowl of information on local activities and sights for my visitors to peruse and take advantage of. My visitors really appreciate this pletora of information and select from it for their enjoyment.
The villa is on a two acre lot with flowering shrubs and a variety of trees including olive, fig, pine and cypress. The garden is maintained to preserve the natural beauty of its surrounding rugged environment.
Parking available on the villa grounds for one or 2 cars
Up to 6 people, families or couples
I have been told by visitors that my villa is the most beautiful they have seen. It is modern with all the necessary conveniences. It offers the best of all worlds - a modern facility in a tranquil countryside offering privacy and relaxation. Ideally located close to villages and markets to buy daily fresh produce, meats, breads and wines for home cooking but not forgetting the fine restaurants and cafes nearby for an evening out.
Grew up in Ireland and have lived in the US for many years. While living in the US, I graduated from Harvard with a BA and went onto the University of Chicago for an MBA. With these credentials, I worked in Silicon Valley as a Chief Financial Officer for some years. Currently, I live close to NYC where I enjoy museums, theater, opera and movies. I enjoy travel in Asia and Europe and South America. In my travels, I have covered Peru, Brazil, Argentina, India, China, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Provence is very desirable. It offers sunshine, clean air, nature, blue skies, space, safety, mountains, lakes, ocean, natural resources. One can enjoy great produce, vineyards, local cuisine, fine restaurants, cafes with daily baked pastries. One can explore historic sights, medieval villages, visit the homes of the great painters, walk in their footsteps, observe the landscape of their works. One can visit local markets, purchase local crafts and attend local cultural events. Close by are the great cities of Aux, Nice and Grasse. Near by are the homes of stars like Brad Pitt and George Clooney among many others. It is possible to take day trips to Avignon, the Popes' residence of 100 years and pass Pont du Gard, a world heritage monument, and also the ancient Roma n amphitheater in LIm and while in Arles, stop by to visit the home of Vincent VanGogh where he painted the courtyard and the nearby cafe. Finally, don't miss out on a side trip to the breath taking Gorges du Verdon.|
|Unique benefits of property||The magnificant view, the beautiful surrounding countryside, the Provence hills, the privacy, the tranquility, the fresh air, nature all around. My villa is spacious, modern on the inside, open, bright, sunny, beautifully tiled and finished. It offers a completely equiped kitchen for all your cooking needs, the veranda next to the kitchen is perfect for all your dining.The swimming pool is private with a lovely board walk and terrace. My villa is on the end of a road on a hillside with no through traffic. The entrance and driveway are beautiful with shrubs growing on either side along with fig and olive trees. On front of the pool is a garden with seventeen olive trees in an elegant row. The native flowering shrubs come in ful bloom in the summer months and are spectacular. Within fifteen walk is the medieval village of Entrecasteaux with its castle and fountain. My villa offers easy access to the freeway, yet it is totally quiet and private offering you a perfect getaway.|
Elliott Jacobson -
Margaret Connor’s “Provence Villa”
In the summer of 2017, I spent a magical week at Margaret Connor’s “Provence Villa”, a center for the film production company of the acclaimed film “Provenance”, the winner of “Best Film” at the Madrid Film Festival that same year
This villa is a splendid reflection of the owner herself and the enchanting residence for a wonderful holiday. Ms. Connor, whose origins are in the hard scrabble life of rural Ireland where she and her family tilled the soil and raised their livestock on their modest farm, brings not only her excellent taste and business acumen from her career as an American CFO, but also an encyclopedic knowledge of horticulture and an understanding of the villa’s majestic natural environment. The flowers and plants that she adorns her property with lend new meaning to a “home away from home.”
The beautiful building that is the centerpiece of the villa exceeds the modernization requirements of the most discriminating traveler without compromising the natural milieu. The villa is fully equipped with every imaginable appliance, access to a variety of TV stations, a wonderful fireplace and tasteful, understated furnishings that, like the house, are in communion with nature’s gifts
The pool and the terrace are splendid vantage points to contemplate the magnificent scenery of mountains, a valley and Entrecasteaux. while offering the opportunity to relax, reflect and inhale the utter peacefulness and tranquility of one of the world’s oases.
Nearby and in every direction there are villages and towns that include Salerne, Carces, Cotignac as well as the ancient Roman town, Aix-En-Provence. History, excellent French country cuisine and wine as well as access to the nearby coastal towns and cities are all no more than an hour away as well as often within a ten minute drive from the villa.
Finally, I expect to be returning this summer for not