Stepping out of a narrow, winding street in the heart of Pernes you find yourself in a scene from the Arabian Nights-or might it be Petarch? An enclosed courtyard holds a spring fed pool, a wide terrace, greenery galore, a wooden pergola, romantic lighting: poetry that on a warm summer's night would melt the heart of the toughest pragmatist. From here into the 21st century: a cool haven of space with an airy feel, a minimilist decor, earth colours, natural fabrics, and plain good taste. Quirky touches too. You'll want to stay a while to experience both world's the ice-cube lamps against old stonework, the Art Deco style and the abstract art.... Comfortable bedrooms have quiet style, the excellent kitchen has an extraordinary quantity of of crockery, cutlery, platters and baskets, and the living area's 30's style leather sofas open arms to a superior music system: the owner is a professional trombonist. Just up from the market square: yet quieter than the countryside: no tractors, no roosters. Fine dining, festivals great and small, history, art and winegrowers are all around you. beautifully converted 18th Century stone barn situated in a typically Provencal village in the heart of the Vaucluse.
La Saga is a very large converted barn situated in the ancient village of Pernes Les Fontaines. The house is entered through a gate from a typically old narrow street in the village. A stunning courtyard with a swimming pool is overlooked by the 3 storey house.
The house has been designed for enjoyment and indulgence. The floors are traditional stone throughout and there is electric central heating as well as three wood-burning stoves.
This is an ideal house for you to unwind from the fast pace of your professional lives or indeed for a more mature group of people to spend time enjoying the surroundings of the Vaucluse and Luberon countryside and relaxing around the pool. It is a perfect place from which to explore the surrounding ancient cities and indulge in the cultural events of Provence.
Ideally situated within a few minutes walk from all the local amenities, yet once inside the courtyard it could not feel any more private.Read more
La Saga - A beautifully converted 18th C. barn Pernes-les-Fontaines, Provence, France
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Pernes-les-Fontaines is an ancient walled village whose origins go back to Roman times. It takes its name from the 37 fountains in the town. Pernes-les-Fontaines has a good range of shops and services, including excellent pâtisseries, boucheries, and fromageries, as well as a post office and a tabac.
Every Saturday morning, there is an excellent open-air market selling local farm produce. Within the walls of the old village, there is a Michelin recommended restaurant, just a five-minute walk from La Saga. A favourite restaurant is La Camarette about 1km from La Saga. It's a must for anyone who loves good food in a beautiful setting.
Every second year in July the Tour de France passes close to the village before the cyclists make the famous uphill climb to Mont Ventoux. Cycling is a great way to explore the local countryside, and two bikes are provided at La Saga for guests who may want to head into the hills of Les Dentelles de Montmirail.
There's also lots to see and do on foot, such as exploring the many nearby vineyards and villages. Many other leisure activities are available nearby, including tennis, horse-riding, motocross, and kayaking, and at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, there is an excellent 18-hole golf course with great views.
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11 of us gathered at la Saga and were so pleased with our choice. The house if beautiful and well maintained; the town is quaint and centrally located for easy visits to everything from avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Rousillon; and the owners go out of their way to make the stay enjoyable.
Left on 08/18/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | The Birtles Family
We took 3 generations of a family of 11 people for a week of warmer weather, southern French village ambience and relaxation together and exceeded all our hopes.
La Saga is beautifully restored and converted, very well equipped and has a homely, special feel to it. The location in the fascinating village of Pernes-les-Fontaines is inspoiled but close enough to the south coast for excursions. The pool and facilities provided make many excursions very optional.
Local restaurants are varied from excellent cuisine to economical and are plentiful.
Pool heating was problematic but not needed nost of the year.
Left on 08/08/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | J Miller
We didn't think La Saga could be even more beautiful than in the photos, but it truly is. It's an incredible home that comfortably fit 12 of us. We were there with our daughter and extended family - La Saga and its location had something special to offer to all three generations. The village is beautiful, with locally produced vegetables, meat and, of course, bread and pastries. But all of Provence is accessible from Pernes-les-Fontaines. We found the owners very responsive and accomodating, both before and during our stay. There was one slight problem with ants in the kitchen, but otherwise our stay was absolutely perfect and we hope to return soon. We recommend La Saga without reservation.
The house and the village were wonderful; we loved every minute.
Left on 07/16/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Jim and Judy
The house is beautiful; on a narrow street in a small village within walking distance of restaurants, shops and historic sites. There were only six of us in a house suited for 12 so we had more than enough room to ramble around. The furnishings, baths and kitchen are all new and modern and everything we needed was included.
The owners were very accomodating and easy to work with. The people in the village were wonderful. Not many spoke much English but they were very helpful and tolerated our fractured French. We loved going out each day to buy fresh foods for dinner and just baked bread and croissants for breakfast. We area already planning to go back.
Left on 07/18/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Claire
La Saga is a beautiful authentic French townhouse with all the modern comforts you could wish for. The small town is a short walk away and has everything you need. The pool at the house is perfect and our 2 yr old son loved it. There are lots of places to visit and the minature railway nearby is great especially for kids. Also close enough to visit avignon which is the nearest big town and has plenty of shops and ammenities. The location and accomodation are second to none is but if you stay here and want to vist outside Pernes-les-Fontaines you need to hire a car. We will definitely be going again.
Left on 07/08/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | francophile
We loved La Saga for its central location - centre ville, in between the Luberon and the Cotes du Ventoux, its amenities - including a professional cook's kitchen, full laundry facilities and a beautiful pool, and its comfort. We shared the house with another family and found it quite spacious for 8 people. The house was ideally located near the center of town, only a few steps away from several boulangeries. We appreciated the convenience of a washer/dryer and dishwasher. Absolutely perfect stay!
Left on 05/03/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Down Under.
We spent One week @ La Saga and it was exactly what we wanted for our Stay in Pernes-les-Fontaines fully self contained with plenty of room for 8 Adults plus grandchild well located and safe holiday home.The only we needed was our landlord Peter to serenade us.Regards Cribb Family
Left on 04/29/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Teri S.
This spacious home has all of the comforts needed to have a relaxing, comfortable stay in Provence. It is conveniently located in the quaint Provencial village of Pernes-les-Fontaines on a quiet street. Yet, it is only steps away from local shops including a patisserie, boulangerie, charcuterie and a sweet shop with the tastiest chocolate delights. The large kitchen and dining area, and large selection of cookbooks, allow you to create wonderful dinners with the local produce. Or if you prefer, there are a number of wonderful restaurants in the surrounding area. Pernes-les-Fontaines is close to many of the major sites in Provence; only about 30 km east of Avignon. La Saga has an incredible selection of CDs (great jazz collection!) and DVDs. The bedrooms are arranged with a lot of privacy for 3 couples traveling. The owner was in touch with us regularly leading up to and during our stay, answering any questions we had and providing information. Also, in the house were great suggesting for local attractions and restaurants. I look forward to a return to Provence and hope to stay longer at La Saga when we return!
Left on 12/15/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | Jana from Fort Worth
This home far exceeded my expectations. Our room had a lot of storage space and the view was beautiful. We loved the gourmet kitchen which had everything we needed, especially for experienced cooks! I loved the large dining table where we could all enjoy a meal together. The location was perfect, we could walk to wonderful markets everyday for our shopping. I would highly recommend renting this home and our host was fun and very eager to make our stay plesant.
Left on 08/20/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | RebeccaA
La Saga is the perfect holiday destination. The house is staggering, with everything you could need, and more. The pool is beautiful and just what is ideal for cooling off in the glorious Provence sunshine. Located in a lovely bustling village with markets, exhibitions and festivals galore, I could not have asked for anything better. I will definitely be returning to La Saga without a doubt!
Left on 08/20/2009 for a stay in April 2009 | Gees
On entering La Saga one is immediately impressed by the courtyard and the swimming pool. The pool is large and heated with seating and plants around the edges. External stairs lead up to a sunny terrace, also decorated with pot plants. The owner has done much to make this a very pleasant area in which to relax.
The house itself is extensive including a large well appointed farmhouse type kitchen leading through a doorway to a dining area with table seating for twelve. Step down from the open plan dining area and you are in the spacious lounge. A wonderful room this, with comfortable seating providing a cool environment on hot days. There is also a large open fireplace to provide warmth on chilly evenings.
Bedrooms are well furnished and comfortable. Some are large enough to be used as bed sitting rooms.
The situation of La Saga is in a quiet village street with parking outside.It is very close to the shops and bars. The village has everything you need for day to day living, and plenty of walks and places to see. Look through the helpful guide provided by the owner and you will discover excellent restaurants, activities and towns worth visiting, all within a short drive.
If you are looking to spend time in France, living the French style, then la Scala is probably the place for you. Just one word of caution. The proximity of the pool to the house would make this unsuitable for a family with infants or young children. Otherwise I have no reservation in wholeheartedly recommending this property to you.
This was my first holiday in more than five years and we chose the perfect place.
The house is a hidden gem, and my partner and I both felt that the photos on the site didn't do it justice. It's totally secluded despite being in a town and is big enough to get lost in.
We were so relaxed by the end of our stay that we nearly forgot to leave.
Our advice is definitely to take the train. Really beautiful and not much longer than a Ryanair flight once when all is said and done. Certainly less stressful.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It's clean and easy to feel at home in immediately. Although we didn't have kids with us it would be safe and secure for them and there are enough places nearby to divert them. Worth taking a trip to the river at Goudarges for a swim and a meal there. Also some gorgeous nearby towns to explore.
A car would be handy...
la saga was a great place for a friend filled holiday. for my week in residence, all but one of the bedrooms was in use. we came from all over to celebrate a birthday, and had a most enjoyable time. touring the spectacular region, shopping the local markets, cooking every night en masse...the location and home could not have been more perfect. pernes les fontaines is picturesque and delightful; the wine country, seaside, mountains and nearby villages are all accessible, history filled and fragrant - or if you feel like sitting quietly poolside with a good book you need only negotiate with your team. there was room for everyone to have solitude and together time, and the pictures of folks flopped on couches reading and napping, dancing about the kitchen and grill preparing sumptuous meals, and parading about on day trips will remain fondly in my mind. i only wish i had been assigned one of the "really big rooms", though my clean, white, third story bedroom was truly lovely.
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