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Cottage Stay in Pernes, Provence


Pernes-Les-Fontaines, a well-preserved small town standing at the western edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse, is known for its many fountains, in particular for three of its finest ornamental examples; the 18th century Fontaine du Cormoran, the Gran'Font or Fontaine Reboul and the Fontaine du Gigot. This ancient capital of the Comtat Venaissin and former papal State has some magnificent architecture including the 14th and 16th century fortified gates opening onto pleasant lanes and squares. The last vestiges of the wall that protected the Counts of Toulouse is to be seen in the Port Villeneuve with its two crenellated towers. Other fine ancient buildings include the Tour Ferrande which contains the oldest frescos in France (circa 1275), the 16th century Hôtel de Vichet, and the 12th century Tour de l'Horloge with its campanile.

Pernes-Les-FontainesPerne-les-Fontaines CanalPorte Villeneuve, Pernes-les-Fontaines

In the same street as 'La Galerie', our cottage in Provence, are the Comtat Venaissin Costume Museum exhibiting regional and traditional costumes, and a wood-fired boulangerie. The weekly village market, held on Saturday mornings along the banks of the River Nesque, is at the end of the street.

There are at least four good restaurants and three boulangeries within easy walking distance of our house in Pernes. The patisseries make delicious sweets including the soleil pernois, a crystallised melon-based cake topped with raspberries and almonds. A musician in the court of Louis XV was born in Pernes and there is a delicacy named after him, the esprit blanchard. Other shopping is excellent and facilities for all commercial activities are available.

Charcuterie at Pernes-Les-FontainesRestaurant Pernes-Les-FontainesPatisserie Pernes-Les-Fontaines

From Pernes there are many attractive and historically important villages nearby. ILSE SUR LA SORGUE is well known for its waterwheels and famous for the extensive weekend market including the antique market that attracts buyers from all over France and visitors from overseas. There are also excellent markets in many other villages throughout the Vaucluse. LES BAUX is a city of past glories and sheltered many a warlike feudal prince adventurer. SAINT RÉMY, GORDES and many perched villages such as OPPÈDE LE VIEUX, LACOSTE, MÉNERBES, LOUMARIN, BONNIEUX, SÉGURET, CRESTET and GIGONDAS can be easily reached by car.

The stone walls of the original Provence house have been preserved. New tiled concrete floors have been laid and a third floor and balcony, overlooking the street, added. The ground floor entrance hall gives access to a large double bedroom with a capacious built-in wardrobe. Over the hallway and through a large laundry/utility room there is a bathroom with bath (shower over), bidet, WC and hand basin. There is also a shower room with WC and hand basin. There are portable fans for your improved comfort on very hot days.

On the second floor a large bed-sitting room and another bedroom containing a double bed and a single bed open onto the long balcony with glazed overhanging canopy. There is a table on the balcony at which you can sit and watch both the Pernois going about their daily activities in the sunny south of France, and the occasional visitor, travel guide in hand.

Our house in Provence is managed locally by a French lady who lives nearby and the configuration is as follows:.
  • 2 Bedrooms - 2 Double & 1 Extra bed
  • 1 Living/Dining Room - Middle Floor
  • 1 Sitting Room or Bedroom - Top Floor
  • 2 Shower Rooms
  • Kitchen - Middle Floor
  • Balcony - Top Floor
The first floor has a large living/dining room and a separate kitchen. There is an electric oven, electric hotplates and a Microwave oven. In the living room there is a portable radio with CD and cassette player, a colour television and telephone. The telephone service allows calls within France, Europe and to Australia but not to Mobiles. Internet is available in the cottage. Off the stair hall on this floor there is a toilet with WC and hand basin. Bedroom Ground Floor with very large wardrobe and shutters opening out. Bathroom ground floor with shower and bath. Upstairs has ensuite. Toilet 1st floor. Lounge dining room with view out over Pernes, Provence. Comfortable seating.

Price: $1,175 per week. $250 pw deposit and final payment approx 6 weeks before the rental. Bookings are Sat to Sat during peak seasons.

If you would like to book, email us.

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