Holiday rent Sharon and David's apartment in Provence
At the northeast gateway to Provence and only 20 km by train, bus or car from Avignon (which is only 2.5 hours via TGV from Paris), Isle sur la Sorgue is known as the Venice of France with its many water ways and wheels. It has many cafes/restaurants (including a one Michelin star restaurant which is exceptional Le Vivier) and the markets held on Sunday are the best we have seen in all of France (smaller markets are also held on Thursday). These markets are also mentioned in Peter Mayle's book 'A Year in Provence' and the Luberon villages he refers to often, Menerbes, Bonnieux and Lacoste (where Pierre Cardin now lives in the chateau that once belonged to the Marque de Sade), are only 20 minutes drive away as well. Twice a year (Easter and mid August), antique markets are held with over 250 stalls - the second largest antique markets held outside of Paris.
You can stay all week in Isle sur la Sorgue and as well as the market days there are lots of other things to enjoy: strolling along the waterways, in the parks or through the narrow cobblestoned streets in centre ville; having a coffee in the main old church square or along the river bank; going for a swim in the local heated indoor, and outdoor in summer, pools; browsing through the couple of main shopping streets or in the permanent antique shops; feeding the ducks; having a glass of wine and some nibblies at the wine shop/deli in town just around the corner from our place; canoeing in the canals, cycling around town or from village to village or going horseriding; or, you can just relax in our apartment/on our balcony, cooking your own meals from local produce or eating out at one of the nearby restaurants/cafes.
While there is plenty to do in town, bus and train transport is also available to many local attractions including Fountaine de Vaucluse, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille (the port capital of Provence), the Riviera including Cannes and Nice, the island of Corsica and Avignon. It is also to Mont Ventoux (feature mountain in the Tour de France) and the Dentelles as well as lots of pictureque villages including Grignan, Gordes (with its abbaye and lavender fields close by), Roussillon, Orange and Vaison de Romanie. The Cote du Rhone wine district is nearby as is the famous Chateauneuf de Pape. Not too far away as well are the towns of Uzes, Arles and Nimes (close to Pont du Gard) as well as the Camargue natural wildlife park and the Canal du Midi. Mediterranean beaches are also only an hour away along with plenty of quaint seaside villages.
Our apartment is located right around the corner from the main cafe/shop strip and, although dating back to 1850, has recently been nicely renovated. It has one double bedroom, a separate large living room which can sleep another three people (and has a door to close it off from the rest of the apartment)with a balcony off it through french doors, overlooking the cafe square. There is a separate kitchen with a dining table/chairs and an oven/four hotplates, a microwave, kettle, coffee machine and extensive cooking equipment. The bathroom, with a shower, is in a separate room to the bedroom and living room. The apartment also has a washing machine, combined TV and DVD/CD player (with around 20 DVD movies and some CDs), books/cards, fans and fixed electric heaters in each room. All linen is supplied. Free WIFI is available in the cafe next door and there is an internet cafe located in centre ville.
For further information about a stay in our house and village:
Price per week is $850. Also payable is a once a stay $75 cleaning fee and $250 refundable security deposit. An initial $250 per week non-refundable up front deposit is required when booking.