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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.