This unique 17th century Provence villa rental is the perfect icing on the cake for your holiday in the Luberon: it may have some quirks, but if you have no problems with stairs you'll love the outdoor areas. Relax by the private swimming pool at this vacation villa in France, protected by a walled courtyard, or explore terraces built right into the cliff, with magnificent views over the Luberon and Gordes. Of course you'll want to explore the magnificent villages and cities that dot the landscape, but at the end of the day you'll look forward to returning to your own villa in Provence!
(1,500 m2) This villa is a 17th century restored s...tone house built on a steep cliff on the outskirts of Gordes. It is surrounded by 1,500 m2 of enclosed grounds on several levels with trees, flowers, and a beautiful view of Gordes and the Luberon. There are several shingle terraces built into the cliff, accessed via small stone steps, as well as a private swimming pool (4m x 8m, 0.9-1.9m deep). The pool is surrounded by a 200 m2 walled terrace. There is also a pool house with a shower, garden furniture, and sun lounges. A summer kitchen has a cook-top, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, and small freezer. There is also a garden summerhouse and covered parking for one car above the cliff, accessed via a small road. Parking in front of the house is available on the private drive.
This stone villa is built on several floors, with two staircases and several different levels. There are a total of four double bedrooms and four bathrooms. As this is a very unique house, there are some peculiarities: certain rooms only have windows on one side, and the majority of rooms have old pointed ceilings or exposed beams. Some rooms are in a row and there are low ceilings in places on the staircases.
Ground Floor: The entrance leads into a 44 m2 living/dining room with a fireplace. In an alcove there is a small kitchen with a cook-top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and a small fridge. From this floor, two staircases hewn out of rock lead to the upper floors. Four steps up from the living room there is a bedroom with a queen-size bed (160 cm: can be split into two 80 cm beds upon request) and an en suite bathroom with hipbath and WC. There is also a living room/library with a TV and a door to the swimming pool terrace.
First Floor: Up ten steps you will find a second bedroom with a standard double bed (140 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. From this bedroom, twelve more steps lead up to a small living room with a door to the terrace and conservatory. Up the second staircase of 12 steps, there is a small lounge with a TV. A third bedroom has a standard double bed (140 cm) and an en suite bathroom with tub and WC. The fourth bedroom has two single beds (90 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Additional Housekeeping: Upon request
* Wood for fireplace: Upon request
* While common in France, 140 cm standard double beds are considered small by some Americans.
* A car is essential for this property.
* Included with the rental is 2 hours of cleaning per week.
Additional amenities include: pets considered, firewood available - extra cost, housekeeping available - extra cost, walk to town, fireplace - indoor, housekeeping - included, outside area - private, independent villa, balcony/terrace, telephone - incoming only, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining.
Left on 11/10/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Jim
Excellent. Everyone loved the village of Gordes and the villa. Both had so much character and charm.
The character. Circa 1725 but modernized. Plastered or stone walls, beamed ceilings and open air windows with working shutters. Tons of space and enough privacy for everyone.
Gordes and all of the villages we visited (Bonnieux, Lacoste, Roussillon, Isle Sur La Sorgue, Menerbes) were all quaint, beautiful, immaculate, and charming. Views from the hill towns were amazing. Great hiking and excellent wineries.
Tim's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 10/13/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Tim
Fantastic! The house exceeded our expectations. Built on the cliff leading to Gordes, the house offers panoramic views of the Luberon. This was our second house rental in Provence and by far the best.
4 bedrooms with comfortable beds and 4 bathrooms--so each couple had their own bathroom.
Great walk up to Gordes town center and The Republican Cafe for a morning cappuccino and free Internet service. You must like exercise as the walk up to town is only about ten minutes but is a serious climb. Great, well-equipped kitchen above the pool with outside dining areas.
Gordes is close to all the best that is Provence. Great wine, great markets where you can buy your dinner, and great restaurants if you don't cook. There is the reason we have been going back for the past 20 years.
Trip's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 10/30/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Trip
Overall, our experience was pleasant. The villa took some "getting used to"
The directions for finding it were poor, and we eventually went into Gordes and asked the proprietor of the pharmacy to help us. He became our friend for the week. Secondly, the keyholder didn't meet us. She left the key under a rock near the door. Since the villa had three doors, it took us half an hour to locate the key. We didn't meet the keyholder until we checked out. We had to leave our deposit in the kitchen and she picked it up while we were out and about, mid-stay. We would have liked the keyholder to speak English and be more accommodating. Since the keyholder didn't meet us when we first arrived, we had no instruction on the property and had to discover everything ourselves...like how to "find" the washer and dryer...then how to operate it.
Gordes is well-located to many interesting Provence sites. We made many interesting day trips during our stay.
Maggie's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 09/18/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Maggie
The house itself was an adventure, particularly for frequent travelers to Provence who have always wanted to know what it is like living in one of the many gorgeous stone houses in the area.
I think that with some minor improvements, the experience in this house could really be enhanced (see below).
The terracing effect. The house was literally built on 5 levels and well done. Ground floor had kitchen, living room and formal dining room. Second floor had 2 bedrooms with a third bedroom off on another wing. The third floor contained a huge master suite with separate library, lounge area and bath, leading off to the pool and yard. The fourth level housed an outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining area, which truly saved the day in this house -- it was well done. The fifth level was an overlook at a garage for a small car.
The kitchen. Many have commented about the size of the kitchen inside the house. Size aside, it truly needs refurbishment and once refurbished, size won't matter so much. The cookware was plentiful but a mish mosh of garage sale quality junk. The apartment-sized appliances need replacement as the refrigerator didn't even work at all, requiring us to use the outdoor kitchen for basic needs. The pool was gorgeous but way too arctic cold to even think about swimming in even in the heat of August. This was a shame. Bathtub/shower combo in the master suite was extremely small in length and difficult to get in and out of because of height. I would not recommend this for older people or those who have difficulty with dexterity. Given the space constraints in the bathroom, a corner shower would probably be a better idea. The second floor bedrooms could also use a coat of paint and some cheering up of the bed linens. We found the rooms rather drab and somewhat uninviting.
Access to all of Provence. It was really quite central in terms of getting to many, many little villages in the Luberon.
Sharon's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 06/19/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Sharon
Great location for where we wanted to explore.
Where we wanted to travel for day trips was within an hours drive.
Sarah's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 06/05/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Sarah
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Jacqueline - the house was slightly unusual in terms of layout etc, but overall it was very comfortable.
The location was fantastic - Gordes is a beautiful village and an excellent place to explore the surrounding areas. The outdoor area, garden, pool and summer kitchen was really nice in fine weather.
The kitchen and living areas are not great unless the weather is good and you can use the outdoor areas and summer kitchen. Also be warned that the contact person doesn't speak any English!
Patty's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 03/31/2009 for a stay in March 2009 | Patty
Our experience was wonderful! Everyone at Rentvillas.com was very professional and efficient in their correspondence and if they were not sure about a question or concern, quickly found out the answer and got back to us.
We loved the charm of the villa. The villa is in a "hilltop village" and kind of winds up the hill with the neighborhood. We looked at many studio portraits of the village of Gordes and you could always pick out the property which was fun for all of us. We went in March which is early in the season but the outside area was outstanding! There are many places to sit in the sun or the shade and many nooks and crannies to relax in. Lots of outside furniture and I'm sure in another month one would not even want to leave the yard.
Downstairs kitchen on the first floor is a bit small. This did not keep us from cooking for six some wonderful meals. Also the kitchen and china ware were well equipped and did not lack anything we looked for to prepare and serve meals. Again we were there early in the season and there is a gorgeous full equipped outside kitchen in its own little stone house. Since we did not eat outside as one would do in warmer temps we did not use it, but also looked like a great warmer weather idea.
We enjoyed Avignon,other hilltop villages, the markets, beautiful landscapes, St Remy de Provence, Les Baux, going to a winery, and relaxing in the cafes.
Jenn's review of Villa Jacqueline
Left on 09/30/2008 for a stay in September 2008 | Jenn
The villa exceeded our wildest expectations. It was spacious with lots of private areas inside and out. The pool was great, with a little alcove that provided added privacy and protection from the elements.
The pool and the summer kitchen, along with the villa's proximity to town.
The kitchen in the main house.
Walking paths, views, the village of Gordes, local wineries.
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