Elegant house L'Isle sur Sorgue. Courtyard garden.
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||135 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Golf, Historic, Luxury, River, Town, Waterfront|
Description from the owner
Charming renovated traditional townhouse with tranquil courtyard garden in the heart of ancient L'Isle sur la Sorgue with its abundance of canals. 3 double bed, 2 bath + 1 separate WC, large beamed sitting room and airy fully equipped kitchen. In the heart of a bustling market town but benefiting from a beautiful L- shaped courtyard garden and sunny, private roof terrace. A perfect place from which to explore Provence with its many beautiful villages, stunning scenery, beautiful coastline and nearby mountains. Lively bi-weekly markets and world renowned antiques shops are enjoyed throughout the year in L'Isle. Varied sports from kayaking, cyc...Read more
Elegant house L'Isle sur Sorgue. Courtyard garden.
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, France
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
L'Isle sur la Sorgue in the heart of Provence, is known as the Venice of the Comtat, due to its abundance of canals and famous for its water wheels. A lively ancient town with its bi-weekly markets and easy access to the wonders of Provence including Avignon, Aix, Marseille, Mont Ventoux, the Luberon, the Alpilles and several of the prettiest villages in France. Both skiing and the Mediterranean coast are less than an hour's drive and most sporting activities can be found close by including magical ballon rides over the Luberon.
Location Type River, Town, Waterfront
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$193||$193||$1,027 - $2,055||$3,698||4 nights|
|Apr. 6 2013 - Jun. 28 2013
|May. 11 2013 - May. 25 2013
Late Booking Discount
|Jun. 29 2013 - Aug. 30 2013
|Aug. 31 2013 - Nov. 1 2013
|Nov. 2 2013 - Dec. 20 2013
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Dec. 21 2013 - Dec. 27 2013
|Dec. 28 2013 - Jan. 3 2014
|All Other Dates||$193||$193||$1,027||$3,698||4 nights|
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- Damages Deposit - $963 / stay - Security Deposit - On/prior to arrival
- Bank reception fees - 4% of rental - Fee - Per deposit/booking via PayPal, can be more for an international BACs transfer.
Additional notes from owner
Rates are for the entire property (regardless of party, size upto a maximum of 8 people) and include all linen, towels, soaps, utilities, post-rental cleaning, free Wi-Fi. a secure designated parking space and a welcome pack of groceries.
Deposit can be made by Paypal or cash and will be returned after satisfactory checkout (minus any damages).
NB - Renter is responsible for all their own bank's transfer fees and all the reception fees incurred by the client (per deposit/balance received) dependent on payment method chosen by renter (via Paypal or BACs transfer only).
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What Past Guests Are Saying
la femme folle
Lovely Townhouse in a lovely town
My husband, inlaws, my 7 year old, and I spent a week in La Marisol and hated to leave. It is very comfortable with 3 large bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The stairs were a bit steep, which worried us at first, but my son took his time and it was fine. They also have gates if you have smaller children. The living area is large with TV with Intl channels. The kitchen is large, and we found everything we needed (pans, utensils,corkscrews) was supplied. Decent size fridge and freezer. The only problem we encountered was the dryer not working, but it wasn't a big deal. We never ran out of hot water even with dishwasher and 4 showers going on in the morning. The WiFi worked, a bit slow, but this isn't a large corporate Paris hotel either.
The Sunday market went from 8a-2pm and was just outside and covers the whole town. We bought good sausages, veggies, cheeses and breads. The market also had everything from soaps to clothes, antiques, and all kinds of homemade Provencal items. There is a Spar grocery store about a 3 or 4 minute walk (right next to the parking area) which is also handy. I loved the town, nice selection of shops/restaurants. Don't expect any form of nightlife though. My husband and I went looking for a bar about 11:00 at night and everything was closed! Oh well, it just forced us to have another bottle of wine at the house.
Perfect location, great restaurants, house and village facilitie
The house is in a village with lots of character and in an area that we love to explore. The house is very comfortable is very convenient to everything with all necessary amenities. The village can be quite busy especially on market day which is great fun. There are enough good restaurants in the village so you don't have to wander around the countryside at night looking for a good place for dinner and there are shops that sell almost anything that you are likely to need while on vacation.
Very disappointed renter
Terrible experience with the owner
Our extended family (including 3 toddlers) found the house quite inconvenient for a few reasons. The first time we left the house, the lock on the front door broke and needed to be replaced. The air conditioner was not working in the living room. Also, there were drainage issues in the bathroom resulting in a pool of water in the floor at all times. The biggest inconvenience was the lack of advertised wi-fi- it was impossible to get a connection and we were only able to use the internet less than 10% of the time, and only with 1 person connected . The stairways were also very narrow and steep.
What made the stay ultimately nightmarish were the difficulties we had with the owner. We got an email from her after our stay stating a 300 euro charge for damages, including: new lock, labor cost to fix lock, 5 sets of keys for new lock, extra cleaning, late check-in for next guests, extra linen, extra admin. We were shocked, particularly as most of the cost had to do with the broken lock, when this was clearly due to wear-and-tear. In fact, the staff apologized multiple times for the broken lock and said that she had been asking to fix it for some time. The explanation for the additional cleaning cost and late check-in of the next guest was kids fingerprints on windows- were our children not to touch any surfaces during their week stay? There was no explanation given for the extra linen and admin costs.
Our email exchanges with the owner have been frustrating. She claimed the staff told us of these charges and that we should have been aware (this did not happen). She also said we shouldn't be upset about wi-fi as this is a free extra service and that there is an internet cafe in town. She wrote a final email saying she would no longer correspond and proceeded to deduct 300 euros. Our family rents vacation properties annually and have never paid additional costs upon checkout, or dealt with such an unreasonable owner. Please be wary of renting this property.
Response from Rachel Postgate - 08/15/2012
As an owner, it is impossible to vet potential guests to your home, but a degree of responsibility and care is assumed (as clearly published in the Terms & Conditions). Unfortunately for the first time in 3 years, I had to retain 40% from this party’s Damages Deposit due to extra costs incurred by their negligent actions and lack of thought. Only 30% of the actual costs incurred were retained, with all the rest being paid for by the Owner.
Prior to checkout, the sole complaint from this party was the WiFi connection (provided as a complimentary benefit), which due to the house’s location in the midst of town is not able to cope with up-to 7 people trying to connect simultaneously. As this appeared to be a problem, the party were informed of a 7 day internet café within 2 mins walk for any urgent work calls if necessary. Other complaints were only communicated after they were informed that a small amount of their damages deposit was being retained towards the costs of actual damage caused to the main access to the property, not for normal wear and tear.
The matter was thoroughly investigated with the management company and with their faultless reputation (looking after many rental properties in the area), I was completely satisfied that the responsibility, though not malicious, was due to this party’s negligence and complete lack of thought.
Value score 1 – For this oversized party of 10 people, Euros 110 per person for 7nts rental in this high-end rental property can only be considered good value.
Service score 1 - The management company did everything in their power (out of hours) to sort out the damages caused by this party. Solutions were found for alternative access and suggestions given for additional internet connection within 2 mins walk. The party were only asked to pay for 1/3 of the costs they actually incurred and the Owner paid for the rest. This score is very low for all the additional help they were given.
Comfort score 1 - All linen, towels and furnishings are very high quality according to all my former guests and there is no explanation as to why they have scored this so low.
Cleanliness score 2 - After every rental there is 4-5 hours of intensive cleaning and most guests compliment how spotless the property is on check-in. However, after this party departed, it took more than 8 hours to clean the property to get it back to the condition it had been on their check-in. Again no explanation given as to why this has been scored low.
la Marisol is correctly advertised as a traditional Provencal townhouse. Stairgates are provided for children and former guests (from babies to those in their 70s) have managed the 15 steep steps. This is not a fully serviced hotel and as a self-catering property, guests have full use of mops etc should they require after exuberant bathing.
They were directed on more than 6 occasions to the published Terms & Conditions referred to in their signed rental agreement. I found their assurance of the publication of a bad review (should I retain any part of their damages deposit), morally reprehensible, and could see no further point in correspondence with a party who simply refused to accept their liability.
I’m confident that a discerning reader will see this as a spiteful review from a party with no substantive argument nor any reason for grievance. It is very clear that every other review is diametrically opposite to theirs regarding rentals at la Marisol. For the first time I have been deeply disappointed by the actions of guests I welcomed to my home, but am certain this was just a very unlucky one-off. I look forward to welcoming back previous guests for their 3rd visit and have also gained bookings from friends of previous extremely satisfied guests.
In the Heart of Town - but so quiet!
Although La Marisol comes with a parking space, one could spend an entire week in this charming town house, doing something different every day, and never needing to drive somewhere! (We did take the car out, however, and found this location to be perfect for visiting other villages in Provence.) This beautiful place is in the heart of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, surrounded on all sides by neighbors, but you never see or hear them. We saw only the Courtyard Chat Noir, who shyly snoozed on the Chaise each day. We walked everywhere: to the open markets, to the supermarket, to wonderful restaurants, to the antique shops, and just around "the island". The ancient accommodations were wonderful, charming, beautifully - exquisitely! - decorated, and all "systems" were up to date and convenient. Rachel has done a marvelous job choosing the perfect location and outfitting La Marisol so that her guests have every convenience and comfort. A lovely place for a holiday. One caviate: the stairs might be tricky for someone not used to steep stairs - but we 70-somethings were fine!
We just returned from a fabulous vacation, with a week spent in La Marisol. The house was very spacious and a superb choice for 2 couples and our adult daughter. The town is lovely and fun with very busy markets on Sunday and Thursday, and quieter other days. We had a car which made exploration of nearby towns and hiking trails easy; having a nearby dedicated parking spot was quite helpful. The house is even more lovely than the pictures show, with high quality, tasteful furnishings. By being tucked in the middle of the block behind other houses, it's very quiet and private. Buying food in the market, then cooking in the bright kitchen and on the grill, and then eating in the courtyard is relaxing and fun. Staying here made us feel part of the community. The house was immaculate, and we were welcomed with basic groceries in the fridge and a bunch of fresh flowers on the kitchen table. I would highly recommend this house.
An excellent base in a lovely town
We had a very pleasant week at La Marisol - the house is extremely well furnished, decorated and equipped. There are many unexpected touches which makes it a home from home experience. We would love to return.
Lovely place to stay in 'Provence'
This was a wonderful property to spend the week. I wish we had of stayed another week!
The apartment was very spacious and well fitted out. The furniture and fittings were of high quality. The property consisted of 3 levels. The first an entrance area. The 2nd had a large kitchen and dining area, living room and toliet. The 3rd had 3 bedrooms, one with an ensuite bathroom and another bathroom.
The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything you need. There was even a great welcome pack and lots of little things like salt and pepper that you need available. The bedding was very comfortable and of high quality. The apartment overall was very clean apart from the floor. It needed a good mop and there was no mop available.
We travelled with a toddler and a baby. Stairgates were provided which was helpful but the stairs were very steep so our toddler had to be closely supervised when using them. There was an extra lock on the door of the family room so this was reassuring.
The town of 'I'isle sur la sorgue' is a fantastic place to base yourself. Close to many things to do in the area and full of high quality restaurants and cafes as well as boutiques for shopping.
Great place to stay.
Response from Rachel Postgate - 09/25/2011
Many thanks for your kind review. I am surprised that you felt the floors were dirty as the 2 cleaners have always been very thorough in the 4 hours they have between tenants checking out by 11am and the next tenants arriving at 3pm. I have however asked that they leave the the mop and bucket, broom and dustpan and brush in the kitchen pantry for guest use during their stay.
la Marisol is an ancient, traditional townhouse which is why it is so charming and why so many tenants wish to experience a truly authentic Provencal vacation. We have done all possible to make it safe for all tenants (with the provision of stair-gates and a security lock between the main living quarters and the stairs), however all parents are expected to take full responsibility for their children whilst staying (as per the T&Cs).
Although the staircase is steep, there are only 15 steps from the main floor (1st) up to the bedroom floor (2nd), so it has not proved that onerous for most of our guests.
I'm glad to see that you would happily recommend la Marisol to your friends and do hope to welcome you back to la Marisol in the future.
A Taste of Provence
Having lived in the south of France, I was eager to share it's secrets with my sisters. Check in was very easy with someone from the agency waiting at the house when I arrived after a long day's travel.
La Marisol is truly a little "bijou"-tastefully furnished and a comfortable delight to come home to after a day of touring. Some nights we opted to stay home and cook savoring the wonders of the markets! The kitchen is extremely well equipped and made this a pleasure. It's a stones throw from the town centre and an easy 2 minute walk. On Sundays, the market is just outside the door around the corner.
If "les antiquaires and les brocantes" are of interest, you have come to the right town! If you want to explore the haunts of Peter Mayle, or soak up the history of avignon they are a short drive away. La Marisol made for a truly delightful week's holiday!
A peaceful oasis
My sisters and I rented La Marisol for a week in March. The weather turned rainy but La Marisol was a cozy haven from the elements. The house is very well appointed. The beds were comfortable, the house was warm and well lit not to mention clean as a whistle. There was Wi-fi for my notepad and a large TV with cable for those that wanted it. The house is steps from everything and yet is set back from any noise on the main street. In short it was a little piece of heaven. The only difficulty we had was finding the street because the sign was down. There are a lot of stairs to climb if that makes a difference.
Tasteful and charming provence town house
This is a beautiful, tastefully furnished and extremely welcoming house that oozes relaxing vibes. The town of Isle sur la Sorgue is intriguing and characterful in its own right, but also a great location from which to strike out into wider Provence. We were here to spend a very atmospheric family Christmas, for which La Marisol is ideal. We recommend it without any hesitation.
A wonderful haven in a beautiful Provencal town
La Marisol is a delightful house. It is right in the centre of L'Isle yet really quiet surrounded by it's private courtyard garden. The house is elegant, yet comfortable and every detail has been carefully thought out with immense taste. It really is a home from home.
If you have a car there's masses to explore in the region - little villages, markets, gorges, Mont Ventoux etc. but even without a car you will not be disappointed. L'Isle is a lively town with great shops, cafes and restaurants. Highly recommended.
Chilled out Provence
An elegant secret house in the heart of this town. Brilliantly suited to summer living but perhaps not totally practical for off season lets unless you prefer to dine out in the evening ( the only indoor eating area is the kitchen). Very well equipped.
Response from Rachel Postgate - 09/25/2011
The kitchen is a large elegant room with a trestle table that easily seats 10 people There is also a 10 seater dining table in the garden (with Weber BBQ) plus 2 x small metal tables in another part of the garden (seating 6) plus a table and chairs on the sunny roof terrace (seats 2) for a variety of alternative eating spaces at la Marisol.
When deciding the best use of space in la Marisol for guests, it was considered that there were enough dining areas for the property and allowed for the creation of an Entertainment area (at one end of the double length beamed salon) which provides a large flatscreen TV with Sky, DVD and iPod dock as well as a selection of board games and a desk for laptop use for guests. The comfortable sofabed in this area also provides sleeping space for an additional 2 guests if necessary. As our guests have ranged from 3 months up to the elderly, this was considered an invaluable use of space to the majority of guests, rather than retaining a 5th designated dining area.
As most people are are on vacation (year round bookings) guests tend to cook when it suits them, but otherwise like to enjoy the numerous restaurants close by.
What a stunning place!
My partner and I had the pleasure of staying at La Marisol in 2009, and it was the most wonderful, peaceful holiday we have had together. It was truly magic, so we decided to go back this year... and what an amazing experience it was!
It has been completely transformed over the last year.
La Marisol retains its tranquil charm in its secluded spot in the heart of Isle sur la Sorgue, but now when you enter the property, you are met with a property that exudes class!
The quiet private courtyard garden is a perfect suntrap, the spacious living area is comfortable and beautifully decorated.
The kitchen is large and well equipped - I am a chef, and I felt compeltely at ease in there!
The bedrooms are everything you could wish for in a bedroom - comfortable and clean, and the owner has utilised the famous antique markets of the region to furnish the property and there is an artistic eye there that has done a good job!
Isle Sur la Sorgue as a town is stunning - we had some wonderful food, amazing wine and loveley evenings in the bustling restaurants overlooking the river, and La Marisol is a perfect base from which to experience all this.
The property is right in the middle of the town - actually on the 'island' itself, and there is a private, secure parking space about two minutes walk away.
Isle is situated within driving distance of Mont Ventoux, Chateauneuf du pape, Gordes, Rousillion, and even the gorges of the archeche and the cevennes mountains - we had a few lovely day trips into the Languedoc-Rousillion area, the Carmargue, Avignon etc...
I cannot recommend this place highly enough!