Le Four a Chaux is a large but intimate Provençal country house or mas, built from old stones, 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. Built on a large estate, the property offers open and covered terraces on both sides with garden furniture.
The large back garden overlooks the Côte-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 connects directly to the owner's vineyards.
The south facing front garden consists of a new swimming pool (11 x 5.5 m) with a summer kitchen and barbecue. There is a garage for one car and additional parking on the property for one other. The comfortable furnishings and the open fireplaces complemented by a full central heating system makes Le Four à Chaux suitable for all seasons.
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 seperate television room leading from this with satallite tv and dvd player.
A corridor leads to the spacious and fully equipped kitchen with a modern stovetop, marble working surfaces, two fridges, fine wooden table for informal dining, and a raised open fire. Adjacent to the kitchen is a separate large utility room with washing machine, dryer. There is also a large sink and stainless steel working unit.
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.
Three sets of stairs lead upstairs, where there are three bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom or shower room. The separate staircases mean that the bedrooms provide complete privacy, and the house is ideal for two or three couples or a family with older children.
The main bedroom opens onto the garden terrace through a set of double French doors; its ensuite bathroom has an ornate bathtub and a separate shower. All bedrooms have direct access to the terrace, gardens and vineyards.
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 Côte-du-Rhône wines.
In the village of Sablet you will find all the shops for any everyday needs, including a post office, a pharmacy, and a medical centre.
There is a Provençal style restaurant with a patio and a typical French café in the centre of the village. There is second more upmarket restaurant within a ten minute walk of the the village centre.
There are tennis courts open to the public within a kilometre of the village, and golf courses in Orange and Avignon.
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 meters 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.
The house is located in the Vaucluse, a Côte-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 papal city of Avignon is a short drive away, and the Roman towns 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.
Every day there is an excellent market to visit and the lovely town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgues is a haven of antique dealers and brocante shops.
Further afield are the cities of Marseille and Montpellier, the beaches of the Mediterranean sea, 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 of France are within a three-hour drive.