La Maison de l'Isle : 2 bedrooms, dining room and patio A perfectly located house in the heart of L'Isle on Sorgue (in a small cul de sac street without cars). You will like its Provençal charm and nice decoration. The house is fully furnished and equipped like a cosy home. Linen, towels and wifi included. On the ground floor a dining room, an equipped kitchen, WC and a flowery provencal patio. On the first floor one bedroom (2 single beds) with TV, DVD aerea. On the second floor one bedroom (double bed), a very nice shower room with WC and a dressing.
The town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue used to be called “L’Isle en Venaissin” was originally a city of fishermen on land salvaged from the river. Called “Insula” in the Middle Ages, the city was a true island amidst marshlands which were slowly drained by the construction of the canals. Many canals were dug, both through and around the town, giving rise to the affectionate name of « Venice of the Comtat ».
Waterwheels: Since time immemorial, the steady, abundant waters of the Sorgue river have powered crafts and industry. Sturdy waterwheels led to the establishment of flour mills as early as the 12th century, then to the creation of workshops which worked with wool and silk. The picturesque water wheels which today remain, imparting a special charm to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, only barely represent the seventy-two wheels which churned away in the 19th century, and the intense business activity which thrived in the city centre. Silk works gave rise to immense fortunes, and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was also the wool centre for the entire department of Vaucluse.
Historical center: The historical city centre was once surrounded by ramparts, and continues to exude the charm created by the marks left by each passing era. The “Tour d’Argent”, which stands near the apse of the church, was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Toulouse. Not far from there, sumptuous city mansions with Gothic or Renaissance façades line the narrow city streets, bearing witness to the fact that Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was once the chief city in the Comtat. Notre-Dame-des-Anges collegiate church, rebuilt (except for the chancel) in the mid-17th century, is an outstanding example of Baroque art in southern France. The Brun family of architects has left several remarkable constructions, including the Granary, now home to the Tourism Office and the hospital with its lovely vestibule, chapel, apothecary and beautiful garden and fountain. The Brun family also built many city mansions, including the gracious Hôtel Donadeï de Campredon, now home to the Maison René-Char.TripAdvisor property ID 3149025...Read more
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