|La Soleillade||Self Catering||2||6||1||Double sofabed in lounge area|
Wake up in our peaceful green corner of Provence, breakfast 'en plein air' beside your own swimming pool and step back in time and enjoy the slow pace of life in our sleepy southern French village.
Nestling amongst the vineyards of the southern Cotes du Rhone, the independent ground floor apartment is particularly suitable for wine buffs as you are surrounded by the major wineries of Laudun, Lirac, Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape.
Your apartment 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 an hourly direct bus service to Avignon.
The large floodlit pool is great for evening bathing, its bordered by conifers for privacy and equipped with a family sized solar shower. The pool is open from April to October 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 sun worshipers or, if you prefer, there is a grape covered pergola where you can cool off and snooze the afternoon away in peace, or just float up and down the pool in the large inflatable armchairs.
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 amoungst the sunflowers and lavender fields.
Avignon is 20 mins away with its arts festival in July. You have three of the most beautiful villages in France within a 20 km 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.
La Soleillade 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, you will be made very welcome
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.
The living room is furnished with 2 large sofas, one of which converts to a comfortable double bed and a dining table with seating for six 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 two shower heads, a vanity unit and toilet and is equipped with a hair dryer and electric shaver point. All towels and a selection of 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.
Flat screen tv with satellite connection to British broadcasts. Dvd and cd players. Large stock of books in English and dvds in English and French. Wi-fi connection. Games and books for children.
The villa is fronted by an extensive patio area equipped with loungers and a wooden dining table seating 6 persons.
There is a large graduated swimming pool which can be floodlit for evening bathing and is equipped with a solar shower. The pool is open from Easter to late September.
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 property is approached by a long gated driveway and you can enjoy a game of boules on your own petanque court.
Large free parking area to side of villa.
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.
Washing machine and dryer located in garage to rear of property.
Ladies and Gents all terrain bikes can be borrowed free of charge.
Garden swings available for children.
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'.|
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.
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!
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-Cèze, 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!
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.
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.
The owners gave us a warm welcome and were friendly and really helpful throughout our stay. The property was everything we had hoped for, immaculate and beautifully presented. The covered outdoor kitchen in particular was a great asset, equipped with chimney style bbq, paella cooker (really fun to use) and steak grill. The patio and pool area provide both sun and shade and are screened by trees and shrubs for privacy.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone.
Thank you so much, it was a real pleasure to have you all stay at La Soleillade.