Designer: Meilin Bristiel
Vaison House, Provence, France
From approx £3,700
This 18th-century mas/vintner’s farm has been extensively restored into an elegant holiday home.
The remodelling of the interior was carried out by designer Meilin Bristiel, with the assistance of architect Joel Schiltz. Together they have have created a light and fluid space. The décor combines design classics, minimalist icons, flea-market finds, antiques and vintage furniture. There is ample room for socialising as well as for privacy, allowing everyone to follow their own pace of life (there is approximately 420 sqm of internal space).
The house is set in one hectare of land, comprising a tree-shaded garden and swimming pool, various outdoor lounging areas, viewing points (over the Ventoux, the medieval town and the Roman theatre) and a petanque court. Externally, there is also a garden room where guests can enjoy reading and relaxing next to a beautiful lavender field.
Vaison-la-Romaine has been restored in a way that respects the natural environment: this includes a pesticide-free garden, composting and natural mosquito deterrents.
There is a main house with three air-conditioned bedrooms, and a separate guest house with a further two bedrooms. All bedrooms have their own WC and bath or shower room. There is also an office with WiFi, a gym, and a TV room.
The owner of the house is a professional sommelier, and is available off-season to give wine-tasting classes at the house and presentations of Côtes du Rhône wines, for beginners or experts.
A chef is available if booked in advance. They can offer Provençal cooking classes, and speak good English.
Vaison-la-Romaine and the Provence des Papes epitomises the Provençal art de vivre. The area has exceptional food (Vaison’s market is one of the oldest and best known in Provence), as well as wine (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Rasteau, Muscat de Beaume de Venise etc. are nearby), history (Roman ruins, medieval villages), cultural events (including the Vaison dance festival in the Roman theatre, the Chorégies d’Orange opera festival and the Festival d’Avignon) and sporting challenges (the famous Mont Ventoux climb attracts serious cyclists, and the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail mountains also provide some classic climbs).
Approximately 45 minutes to Avignon TGV station; approximately 90 minutes to Marseille airport
Jan-Apr €4,300 per week (for ten people, €3,660 for six)
May €4,880 per week (for ten people, €4,300 for six)
Jun €5,800 per week (for ten people, €5,200 for six)
Jul-Aug €7,300 per week (full capacity only)
Sep €5,800 per week (for ten people, €5,200 for six)
Oct €4,880 per week (for ten people €4,300 for six)
Nov-Dec €4,300 per week (for ten people, €3,660 for six)
Extra weekly fee of €250 for heating, if used
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