Self catering vacation home in France
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Li Cigalou

A bright Provençal stone cottage for a couple, in a vineyard setting with a pool, between the villages of Gigondas and Sablet.

Michael Carpenter
With since May, 2012
+44 7980654957

About the Holiday Home

The heated swimming pool
The heated swimming pool

Li Cigalou is a one-bedroom stone cottage set in the vineyard property of an English family. The owners use the large farmhouse next door as their second home.

The compound is entered through large wrought-iron gates. The main house and the separate little house of Li Cigalou are situated in such a way that the owners and tenants can come and go without disturbing each other. The property is set in the middle of the green vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône wine-producing region, in the appellation of Gigondas, and is the perfect get-away spot for any couple who appreciate a peaceful and quintessentially Provençal setting. It is also an excellent place from which to discover the ancient cities, villages, vineyards and cultural events of Provence.

There is a tennis court on the property available for tenants of the gite.

The kitchen and dining area
The kitchen and dining area

Li Cigalou consists of a large living room with an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a bedroom and a bathroom. It is a traditional Provençal house with polished terracotta tile floors, white interior walls and Provençal furnishings.

The house also has a strikingly modern feel in its comfortable furnishings, its bright bathroom, and especially in its well-equipped and brightly illuminated kitchen, which has an under-counter refrigerator, four-burner stove with stainless-steel hood, coffee maker, toaster and a sizeable counter-top combined microwave/oven.

The bedroom
The bedroom

The kitchen has painted oak cabinets, plenty of counter space and is well equipped for cooking. High quality traditional crockery, glassware and serving pieces are available for guests. There are plenty of lamps for reading throughout, and in the dining area is an attractive oval wood table. Li Cigalou is remarkably bright, being filled with light from two large arched windows, one of which contains the entrance. A terrace with a table and chairs is just outside the entrance and is an ideal spot for reading and outdoor dining. From the terrace and swimming pool, there is a superb view overlooking vineyards and the orchard of cherry and apricot trees toward the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range.

Sunset in the garden
Sunset in the garden

The rooms at Li Cigalou are of ample size and have views onto the gardens and surrounding vineyards. The living room is equipped with a TV and DVD player, with access to English and French satellite channels, and broadband internet. The bedroom has a king-sized bed, a large built-in cupboard behind antique doors, and two bedside tables with lamps. The bathroom has overhead micro lighting, a hairdryer, a chestnut-colored marble counter and an excellent tiled shower with glass door.

The owners of Li Cigalou respect the privacy of their tenants, and expect the same in return. For this reason tenants have access to the swimming pool from 9AM to noon, and again from 3 to 6PM. Li Cigalou offers everything for a relaxed holiday; there is no need to bring anything.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: Heated pool 5m by 11m, sometimes shared with owner
  • Bilingual assistance available on site
  • Online payments accepted


Provence-Côte d'Azur
Rural but walking distance to nearest village
Nearest large town
Vaison La Romaine
Other towns nearby
Vaucluse (84)
Rental information

Li Cigalou

2 guests
1 bedroom
One bedroom with a king-size bed.


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

Rental rates per week

Time of year Cost per week
January 1 until April 20 € 700
April 20 until May 18 € 850
May 18 until June 22 € 1,100
June 22 until August 31 € 1,250
August 31 until October 5 € 1,000
October 5 until December 31 € 700

Rental Conditions

A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation, and the remaining 50% is due six weeks before arrival. Payment is in euros by bank transfer or PayPal. Prices include gas, electricity, water, linen and towels. Rental is Saturday to Saturday, arrival is between 4 pm and 6 pm, departure by 10 am. A €250 security depsoit is required and will be returned within one week of departure if the property is undamaged. Travel Tip

A clear and detailed rental agreement will help to ensure a trouble-free holiday.
It will define your rights and obligations as a guest in a rental property. Before you send your deposit, we recommend that you call or text the homeowner (or the owner’s agent) at the number shown on this page to ensure all is in order and as agreed.
Your rental agreement should state:
  • the name and the exact address of the property
  • the name of the homeowner and/or the agent, as well as his or her cellphone number
  • the name of the tenant and his or her address and phone number
  • the start and the end of the rental period (including time of access and departure)
  • the rent amount and what it includes (linen, towels, cleaning, electricity, water…) as well as what it excludes (heat, wood for the fireplace?…)
  • how the rent should be paid (Pay-pal, bank transfer, money wire, cheque?…), and when the rent should be paid (dates and amounts of down payment and balance)
  • whether a damage deposit is required, and if so, when is it payable, how damage is measured, how and when the deposit is refunded, and how deductions are made
  • what referrals are available or required for and from the landlord and the tenant.


Michael Carpenter at Li Cigalou.

About the Area

The restaurant <i>Les Florets</i>
The restaurant Les Florets

While Li Cigalou offers total quiet and tranquillity in its vineyard setting halfway between the famed wine villages of Gigondas and Sablet, it is also conveniently close to other interesting Provençal towns. It is a 15-minute stroll to Sablet, and less by car to nearby Gigondas, Séguret and Vacqueras.

In Sablet you can buy your everyday needs from the village shops, which include two bakers, a small supermarket, butcher, pharmacist, newsagent, bank and post-office. Restaurants abound in the area, such as the lovely L’Oustalet in Gigondas, Les Florets close by the Dentelles de Montmirail, or the Montmirail, close to Vacqueyras, for an unforgettable evening on the terrace under the platanes near the hidden Roman thermal baths.

The beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail
The beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail

A short drive away, the village of Gigondas was enjoyed by the Romans for its wine. The name is supposedly from Jocanditus, which means merry or joyous. With tiled roofs and cavern-like dwellings – the doorways appear to lead right into the hillside – it is an altogether idyllic secluded spot.

This part of the Côtes-du-Rhône region is excellent for cycling and long walks amongst the vineyards and olive groves and through the medieval villages. Behind the village of Gigondas are the beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail, a magical area of high rocky crags, wild forests and vineyards clinging on to the rocky slopes. This area abounds with footpaths for walkers and cyclists as well as cliffs for rock climbers.

About the Region

The Papal Palace in Avignon
The Papal Palace in Avignon

The market town of Vaison-la-Romaine, with its abundant Roman ruins, is about a 15 minute drive to the north, while Orange and Carpentras, other busy towns with a rich past, are at a similar distance. These towns offer many different shops, not to mention wonderful outdoor weekly markets selling all types of products of the region. The town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its streams and bridges, is about a quarter of an hour south of Carpentras, and just beyond lie the historic villages of the Luberon, made famous by author Peter Mayle.

The beautiful and ancient city of Avignon is about 40 minutes away. An hour and a quarter’s drive away are the wonderful cities of Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Nîmes. Within Li Cigalou you will find information on the many local restaurants and places of interest in the region.

Photo Album

The terrace and garden
The terrace and garden
The kitchen
The kitchen
The living and dining area
The living and dining area
The living area
The living area
Dining on the terrace
Dining on the terrace
Growing the grapes for the famous Gigondas
Growing the grapes for the famous Gigondas
The bathroom
The bathroom
A local street in Gigondas
A local street in Gigondas
The terrace of the restaurant Montmirail
The terrace of the restaurant Montmirail
Wining and dining at the local square
Wining and dining at the local square
The restaurant l'Oustalet in Gigondas
The restaurant l'Oustalet in Gigondas