Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 672: Owner, Mas de La Modele
5BR/3BA house near L'Isle sur Sorgue, Provence
Aug 31- Sept 7 2002, 1 week
The house was a classic French mas on a country road 4km from L'Isle sur Sorgue. It was surrounded by orchards and had a very peaceful, remote feel. We never heard any noise at all. The house is surrounded by plane trees and is fully enclosed with an electric gate. It is absolutely gorgeous!
It was necessary to drive for bread and groceries. The closest bakery was about 3km away, which sounds like a possible walk, but you really wouldn't walk on those roads. There were several grocery stores in L'Isle sur Sorgue as well as many small shops. (I wish I had found slowtrav.com before this trip. The first morning my husband found the grocery store, but only came home with a few items because he couldn't figure out how to get a cart. He needed your travel tips!)
The building itself is old (18th century) but fully remodeled. There are lovely large windows and french doors. You feel like you have stepped back in time, but with all of the modern amenities.
There is a covered eating area with teak table and chairs for eating outside. The yard has apple orchards where we picked apples to go with our bread, cheese and wine. The pool is across the lawn from the house and has plenty of comfortable lounge chairs. The pool was not heated, but had a thermal cover that kept it very comfortable.
The house was very clean. The furniture was lovely and very comfortable. We were afraid we would be disappointed, but were amazed at how gorgeous it was.
The beds were very comfortable with high quality cotton bedding and duvets. There were even big fluffy bathrobes! The bathrooms were huge with new fixtures. There were no overhead showers, but all 3 bathrooms had tubs with hand-held showers. We loved opening the casement windows and doors in the bedrooms. We had no shortage of hot water.
The kitchen had a great stove, but counter space was limited. There was a very large table in the kitchen that helped make up for the lack of counter space. We did not cook any large meals. There was a dishwasher in the kitchen. The utility room next to the kitchen had a fridge/freezer and washer and dryer.
Problems or Bonuses
The good suprise was just how perfect this house was and how gracious the owner was. We knew ahead of time that there was nothing within walking distance, so that wasn't a surprise, but we would have enjoyed being able to walk to a bakery or cafe. You really need your car at this house.
There was not a cat at this house. We kept hoping to find one.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the owner, who is British but lives in the area. She was lovely and very helpful. This was our first experience renting in Europe, and it was a bit scary to wire transfer our deposit to a person in cyberspace. Fortunately, our experience was fantastic, and we are now hooked on renting houses abroad. The information on the web site is absolutely accurate -- except the house is even nicer than it appears in the photos.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this house very highly. The living spaces were exceptionally spacious and comfortable, so it is a great house for a group. If you wanted to do a lot of cooking, it might not be ideal, but maybe I am used to American kitchens with miles of counters. I would love to stay at this house again, but there are too many other countries to explore first! I think we might be very spoiled for future rentals. As the vacation researcher for our family, I wonder how I will be able to do this well next time around. Good thing I found the slowtrav vacation reviews!
Things to do in this area
This was our first trip to France. We found this to be a very central location for day trips. L'Isle sur Sourgue is known for its antique markets, which we did not visit, but many people do. Sunday is market day there, and it should not be missed. Gordes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse are close enough to go there for dinner. We took day trips to Vaison-la-Romaine, Aix, Tarascon, Les Baux, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
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