Apartment in Languedoc for holiday rental - RG004764

Laudun (28km from Avignon), Gard, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RG004764 Advertiser since: 19 April 2016
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La Soleillade Self Catering Flexible 2 6 1 Double sofabed in lounge area

About this property

Ground Floor Provencal Type Apartment with Pool. This villa is in a village setting.

Wake up in our peaceful green corner in the heart of Provence with breakfast beside your own private swimming pool. Step back in time and enjoy the slow pace of life in our sleepy southern French town located within the Golden Triangle of Provence.

The large pool is bordered by conifers for privacy and equipped with a family sized solar shower. It's open from March to November making La Soleillade an ideal location for your Spring or Autumn break.

There's a poolside Summer kitchen equipped with facilities for making your own paella, a plancha grill, a fridge-freezer for cool poolside drinks and an inbuilt charcoal barbecue. Meals can be enjoyed on the patio and the pool is surrounded by loungers for sunworshipers or, if you prefer, you can just float up and down the pool with a cooling drink in the large inflatable armchairs.

Your apartment is situated on the ground floor of our villa and opens directly onto the terrace and swimming pool. It's completely independent, has exclusive use of the pool and benefits from a southerly aspect so you have the sun all day long. It's within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants and has a direct bus service to Avignon.

Children are very welcome, the spacious garden is equipped with a set of swings and the pool has a selection of age related inflatable toys. There are plenty of places to keep the children amused include a visit to the Haribo bonbon museum at Uzes or the crocodile farm at Pierrelatte. You can hire canoes or use our bicycles free of charge to discover the beautiful valley of the river Ceze, or go horseback riding amongst the sunflowers and lavender fields.

Nestling amongst the vineyards of the southern Cotes du Rhone, La Soleillade is particularly suitable for wine buffs as you are surrounded by the major wineries of Laudun, Lirac, Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape.

Avignon is 20 mins away with its arts festival in July. You have 3 of the most beautiful villages in France within a 20km radius or you can discover the World Heritage Sites of Orange and the Pont du Gard or visit Arles and follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, or just wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the weekly Provencal market in the Duchy of Uzes. Whatever you decide, the apartment offers you a tranquil base to return to after a day exploring this historic region and no matter what time of year you choose to visit, everyone is welcome at la Soleillade.

The apartment offers you a tranquil base to return to after a day exploring this historic region and no matter what time of year you choose to visit, everyone is welcome at la Soleillade.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped separate kitchen decorated in the Provencal style with a selection of local colourful pottery and equipped with a dishwasher, electric hob/oven, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and fridge-freezer.

We offer a welcome basket of croissants, coffee, tea, jams, butter etc to get you started and store cupboard items of local produce and olive oils. The apartment is fully equipped with cleaning materials, soaps and detergents.

Living rooms

The living room is furnished with 2 large sofas, one of which converts to a comfortable double bed and a dining area with seating for 6 persons for use on cooler evenings. French doors open directly to south facing patio area bordering the pool.


Accommodation comprises 2 bedrooms. The first bedroom has a double bed and an excellent view of Mount Ventoux. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds and a poolside view. We have a double sofa bed in the living area and there is also a box bedroom with a cot. All bed linen is provided.

Windows are equipped with integrated mosquito nets which allows you to leave the windows open in the heat.


The bathroom has a large Italian walk-in shower with 2 shower heads, a vanity unit and toilet and is equipped with a hair dryer and electric shaver point. All towels and a selection of local olive based soaps and shower gels are provided.


There are electric oil filled radiators in all rooms and an electric towel rail in the bathroom so the apartment is warm and cozy in the winter months and the heating is included in the price.


TV with satellite connection to British broadcasts. French TV and a DVD Player Free WIFI connection. Large stock of books in English and movies in English and French.

Garden and outside

The villa is fronted by an extensive patio area equipped with loungers and a wooden dining table seating 6 people.

There is a set of swings for young children.

The garden is planted with apricot, peach, fig and almond trees and you can help yourself to the grapes which cover the pergola area. The bird table encourages the local birds to visit so you wake up to the sound of the doves.

La Soleillade is well set back from the local road, you are surrounded by Mediterranean oaks and have no-one overlooking the pool. It has an electric gate and is approached by a long private driveway where you can enjoy a game of boules on your own petanque court.

Parking and garages

Large free parking area for two vehicles in courtyard.

Visitor suitability

You have everything necessary for travelling with baby including a cot, play pen, high chair, bath, potty, plastic bowls, cutlery, sippy cups and a changing mat.

The apartment has no wheelchair access but would be suitable for persons with limited mobility as it's all on one level and has a large walk in shower.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

Information about any additional facilities

Washing machine and dryer located in garage to rear of property.

Ladies and Gents all terrain bikes and a full set of golf clubs can be borrowed free of charge.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout and zander. The nearby river Ceze is also great for carp and of course we have the mighty Rhone on the doorstep if you fancy trying to catch some catfish
Name of nearest fishing location: La Tave, a category one river flows through the village
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Orange
Distance: 22 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ballade du Val de Ceze
Distance: 27 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cotes du Rhone



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Camp de Cesar


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave Co-operative Laudun
Distance: 0.5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Linda Cairns

I'm Scottish by birth but now a French national. My husband and I have spent many years visiting and living in France and have now settled in Laudun, close to Avignon. We have a private apartment on the first floor of the property and are on hand if required for help and advice but otherwise you will be left in peace to enjoy your holiday and we warmly welcome you to La Soleillade.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? We bought La Soleillade because of its quiet location, southerly aspect and the warm welcome of our French neighbours who have become life long friends. We have stayed in all the departments of the Languedoc but chose the department of Gard because its the greenest and the most easterly with direct connections to north south autoroutes. La Soleillade is situated in the most southerly corner of the region known as the Gard Provencal.

Unique benefits of property The unique benefits of the property are its green surroundings providing much welcome shade in the hot days and with the summer kitchen and pool most of the summer is spent 'en plein air'.

The Owner Recommends

Camp de Cesar

Laudun is famous for its Gallo/Roman remains. There is a beautiful walk up to Caesar's camp through Mediterranean oaks and pines. The 18 hectare site has a viewing platform with magnificent views over the southern Rhone valley. The Camp de Cesar is also a renowned mountain biking trail.

Provencal Market

The village hosts a Sunday morning market where you can buy all the fresh local produce or just relax in one of the neighbouring cafes and watch the world go by. The famous Uzes market is held every Wednesday and Saturday and well worth a visit for buying your local souvenirs.


To celebrate Bastille Day on the 14 July, the village is en fete. We have a feria in the main street which includes the running of the bulls, skillfully controlled by the cowboys of the Camargue, with the blessing of the beautiful white horses taking place first outside the church. There are many bodegas opened up by locals where you can enjoy the local vino and tapas and the whole atmosphere is enhanced by a jazz band. These celebrations are not just confined to July as Laudun loves a feria!

Museum Albert Andre in Bagnols

Art lovers should not miss the Museum Albert Andre in Bagnols. Andre moved to Laudun after his demobilization from World War 1 and became curator of the art museum of Bagnols-sur-C├Ęze, where he remained until his death. He was a contemporary and best friend to Renoir who essentially served as his teacher and mentor. The museum is located on the second floor of the city hall and contains works by Rodin, Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, etc. and admission is free!

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Mary Rennie 14 October, 2019

This property is a little piece of paradise in Provence. It is also hosted by one of the nicest, thoughtful and accommodating people you will ever meet. There's food in the fridge and pantry on your arrival and a welcome drink. The accommodation is spotless and in my 20 yrs of villa rental this has been the best by far. It is so well equipped that a guest wants for nothing. Also Linda, our host has not furnished the villa with disposable/ easily replaced tableware, dishes ect. She has tastefully decorated this villas like a home and should you wish to spend all your holiday there without going out you certainly could.
There is ample outdoor furniture and the garden immediately makes you relax. The perfect clean pool and outdoor kitchen makes you never want to leave this sunny leafy outdoor space. However when the sun goes down you can go inside to the lovely decorated living space and watch tv or read one of the plethora of books available to you. There are games and toys for the children too. And because of the built in mosquito nets, you can open the window without fear of being bitten to death.
Laudun itself is perfectly situated with some of the most scenic and historical towns and cities within an easy hours drive. Avignon, Nimes, Arles and Orange take your pick. The Pont-du-gard is a must. Everywhere you turn there is something to do whether your a wine drinker or an adventurous child.
This villa has it all and is in a perfect location with the best host.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your comments it was a real pleasure to meet you both and share your joy in this lovely lovely region. We aim to treat our guests as friends and family and it gives us great pleasure to meet people from all over the world and welcome them home to La Soleillade and glorious Provence. Haste ye back!

10 / 10 Family McKinnon 28 July, 2019

Had the most enjoyable 5 days hosted but the lovely Linda. Apartment is very spacious with a stunning outside area. Temperatures soared to 41 degrees so pool was well used. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay with all amenities available locally. Excellent location for following TdF stages and also for cycling. Visited Avignon - a fantastic vibrant city with so much history. Thank you Linda - we will be back. X

Owner response

...and you would be most welcome. So glad you enjoyed your stay in our lovely corner of Provence. Great to have you all here and share in the excitement of the passing of La Grande Boucle.

10 / 10 Alyson 28 September, 2018

The apartment was immaculate. We particularly loved the vast shower, the pool and were impressed by the outdoor kitchen. We very much appreciated having the fans in the bedroom as it was so hot during our visit. The owners obviously take great care to keep the property clean, well maintained and attractive. They provided us with a great service by giving us a warm welcome and by giving us information about local places of interest we could visit. They checked in with us periodically and unobtrusively to see if we required anything further and were able to help us with a restaurant booking.

We had a fantastic holiday at La Soleillade as we were able to combine the rest and relaxation we needed with visits out to a range of places. We were very impressed with the care we received and would definitely consider returning to La Soleillade.

Owner response

Thank you both so much. It was a real joy having you stay at La Soleillade and we would be more than happy to welcome you home to wonderful Provence for another dose of sunshine and relaxation.

10 / 10 Wendy and Jan 14 July, 2017

My friend and I have just returned from the most fabulous holiday at La Soleillade. Linda and John were the most wonderful hosts with Linda picking us up from the station and John making delicious quiches for when we arrived. Most welcome as we had been travelling for almost 24 hours. The welcome basket was filled with everything that you would need for breakfast and more. As we didn't have any transport, we were delighted that the local bus went to Avignon and from there we could travel further afield. The scenery on that bus journey was so pretty that we never tired of it. Linda and John were full of useful local information and were so helpful....but never intrusive. The apartment is very spacious, clean and very nicely furnished. We particularly liked the huge shower cubicle. Everything is of very high quality and the mosquito screens meant that we could open the windows without being bitten. It was so lovely, after being out all day to come 'home' to the pool where we could really relax and cool down. We could not have wished for anything better and Linda and John made our stay even more special. We would love to return to this lovely part of France and if when we do, we would certainly stay at La Soleillade again. It gets booked very quickly though and having been there, we can understand why.

Owner response

Thank you, it was a real joy having you both stay in this special place of sunflower and lavender fields. You would be welcomed 'home' to Provence anytime in the future.