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Le Four à Chaux

A large restored stone farmhouse with a pool, set among the vineyards of the Rhône valley, near the medieval villages of Sablet, Séguret and Gigondas.

Sarah Kennet
With Gite.com since March, 2003
+33 4 90 46 82 76

About the Holiday Home

The back of the house overlooking the owners' vineyards
The back of the house overlooking the owners' vineyards

Le Four a Chaux is a large but intimate Provençal country house or mas, built from old stone, carefully restored in keeping with the period, and fully equipped with modern amenities including wi-fi. It has great character, with ancient stairways, original tiled floors, traditional beamed ceilings and tasteful decoration.

The house is set in its own vineyard and surrounded by many more. The beautiful landscaped gardens offer far reaching  views to the front and rear of the property. Open and covered terraces offer different options for outdoor dining and relaxing. There is always a peaceful spot to be found  in shade or sun.

The dining area with its exposed ceiling beams
The dining area with its exposed ceiling beams

The large back garden overlooks the Côtes-du-Rhône valley and the ancient villages of Sablet, Séguret (officially recognized as one of France's most beautiful villages) and Rasteau.  The back garden opens directly onto the owners vineyard. This is the perfect spot for enjoying the spectacular sunsets. There is a dining terrace with traditional Provencal furniture. The stone table seats eight.

 

The walled south facing front garden has a large lawn and is surrounded by established borders. Around the gated  swimming pool (11 x 5.5 m) is a summer kitchen, barbecue and sun terrace.  There is also a  large stone dining table shaded  by a bay tree,  a separate breakfast terrace  and numerous areas for relaxing.

On the ground floor of the house, the main entrance hall leads into a large living room with plenty of comfortable seating, a raised dining area with a large dining table suitable for eight, and a large open traditional fireplace. There is a small separate television room with satellite TV channels and a DVD player. The comfortable furnishings and open fireplaces complemented by a full central heating system make Four à Chaux suitable for all seasons.

The front garden
The front garden

A corridor leads to the spacious and fully equipped kitchen with  a gas  stovetop  and electric range cooker, marble work surfaces, two fridges, a wooden table for informal dining, and a raised open fire.  Adjacent to the kitchen is a separate large utility room with washing machine and dryer. There is also a large sink and stainless steel worktop.

A door from the kitchen leads directly onto the south-facing dining terrace, gardens and the pool house, which has a summer kitchen and barbecue and outdoor dining furniture, shaded by a pergola.

The traditional Provençal kitchen
The traditional Provençal kitchen

Three sets of stairs lead to the upper floors, where there are four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom or shower room. The separate staircases mean that the bedrooms provide privacy, and the house is ideal for two or three couples or a family with children.

The first floor  master bedroom opens onto the rear garden terrace through a set of double French doors; its ensuite bathroom has a free standing bath and a separate shower. All bedrooms on this level  have direct access to the terrace, gardens and vineyards. Stairs from the main landing lead up to the second master suite which comprises  a master bedroom, an ensuite bathroom with free standing bath and walk-in shower.  There is an additional dressing/childrens room.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: Outdoor pool, 11 x 5.5 metres
  • Bilingual assistance available on site
  • Maid, Cook and Driver can be arranged on request

Location

Region
Provence-Côte d'Azur
Village
Sablet
Setting
Rural setting on the outskirt of a medieval village
Nearest large town
Vaison-la-Romaine
Other towns nearby
Avignon
Carpentras
Orange
Département
Vaucluse (84)
Rental information

Le Four à Chaux

Accommodates
8-10 guests
Bedrooms
4+ bedrooms
1st master bedroom with queen size bed. 2nd master bedroom with small double bed. 3rd bedroom with twin beds that can be connected into a double bed. 4th bedroom with twin beds. Childrens room: Single bed plus a cot available on request

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates per week

Time of year Cost per week
April 6 until June 15 € 1,900
June 15 until September 7 € 3,200
September 7 until December 21 € 1,900
December 21 until January 5 € 3,200
January 5 until April 5 € 1,750

Rental Conditions

A deposit of 20% is required on booking with the balance payable eight weeks before arrival. All utilities are included. A cheque for €200 is held against damages.

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About the Area

The village of Sablet, seen from the back garden
The village of Sablet, seen from the back garden

Le Four à Chaux is quiet and situated amidst vineyards, but it is not isolated. It is a ten-minute stroll to Sablet and less by car to the nearby medieval villages of Séguret, Gigondas, Vacquéras and Rasteau, all famous for their Côtes-du-Rhône wines.

In the village of Sablet you will find all the shops for any everyday needs, including bakers, a general store, a post office, a pharmacy, and a medical centre. Every Friday there is a  small market in the lively village square.

A street in the nearby village of Séguret
A street in the nearby village of Séguret

There is a typical French café in the centre of the village with a traditional lunch menu and Bistro style evening meals.  Both have outdoor terraces.  Next door is a popular takeaway pizzeria. There is second  restaurant within a ten minute walk of the the village centre and numerous others a short drive away. 

There are tennis courts open to the public within a kilometre of the village, and golf courses in Orange and Avignon.

The Dentelles de Montmirail
The Dentelles de Montmirail

The location of the house is unique: it is set at the foot of the cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail (famous among rock climbers) with several beautiful marked hiking and cycling trails starting a few hundred metres away.

Wine lovers will find Domaines and caves à vins in abundance where one can taste and buy excellent wines direct from the winemakers. Food lovers can visit the ferme-auberges (country inns) to enjoy traditional Provençal cooking.

About the Region

Mont Ventoux
Mont Ventoux

The house is located in the Vaucluse, a Côtes-du-Rhône wine producing region rich in history and with plenty of sunshine.

The cultural wealth of the region is legendary. Within walking distance you will find the picturesque villages of Gigondas, Sablet and Séguret, where shops, fine restaurants and small bars and cafés await visitors.

Mont Ventoux, the famous landmark of the Tour de France, is nearby and offers splendid views over the region and beyond.

The famous medieval <i>pont d'Avignon</i>
The famous medieval pont d'Avignon

The papal city of Avignon is a short drive away, and the Roman cities of Nîmes, Arles and Aix - well known for their festivals and museums - are all within comfortable driving distance.

Within a twenty kilometre radius are the Roman towns of Vaison-La-Romaine, Carpentras, and Orange with their historical sites, Roman ruins, and ancient theatres where events are staged throughout the summer months.

The bridge of Vaison-la-Romaine
The bridge of Vaison-la-Romaine

Every day there is an excellent market to visit and the lovely town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a haven of antique dealers and brocante shops.

Further afield are the cities of Marseille and Montpellier, the beaches of the Mediterranean, the National Parks of the Camargue and the Vercors, and the Canyons of the Ardèche and the Verdon rivers.

For those who like winter sports, the greatest alpine resorts in France are within a three-hour drive.

Photo Album

The main entrance of Le Four à Chaux
The main entrance of Le Four à Chaux
The front of the house and its south-facing garden
The front of the house and its south-facing garden
The front garden
The front garden
A shady spot to sit by the pool
A shady spot to sit by the pool
The swimming pool
The swimming pool
The view from the poolhouse, which has a barbecue
The view from the poolhouse, which has a barbecue
The swimming pool by night
The swimming pool by night
The shady terrace under the pergola enjoys views of the Rhône valley
The shady terrace under the pergola enjoys views of the Rhône valley
The courtyard
The courtyard
A shady dining area under the bay tree
A shady dining area under the bay tree
The back garden
The back garden
The stairs in the main hall
The stairs in the main hall
The range cooker and kitchen dining
The range cooker and kitchen dining
The salon and fireplace
The salon and fireplace
The first master bedroom
The first master bedroom
The first master bedroom's bathroom
The first master bedroom's bathroom
The third bedroom can a double bed or twin beds
The third bedroom can a double bed or twin beds
The third bedroom's shower room
The third bedroom's shower room
The fourth bedroom
The fourth bedroom
First master bathroom
First master bathroom
A watercolour painting of Le Four à Chaux by Marina Kulik: www.marinakulik.com
A watercolour painting of Le Four à Chaux by Marina Kulik: www.marinakulik.com
The second master bedroom
The second master bedroom
The second master bedroom
The second master bedroom
The second master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom
The second master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom
The second master bedroom's en-suite bathroom
The second master bedroom's en-suite bathroom
The second master bedroom's walk in shower
The second master bedroom's walk in shower
Second master suite dressing room/childrens room
Second master suite dressing room/childrens room