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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.