Villa rental in Provence

Old May 10th, 2011, 04:18 AM
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Villa rental in Provence

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Planning a trip to Provence in mid-June - 11-18th....and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a villa rental. Would like to stay in a place and do day trips so something that was convenient from that perspective. 6 of us so prefer something with 3+ rooms and ideally with a pool. Any recommendations on where we should stay, sites to book the villa through, day trip options would be greatly appreciated. Will have a car so happy to drive. Also any suggestions for things to do with a 2 year old would be great.
Thanks for your help.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 04:26 AM
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Is it 3 couples or a family with 4 children? Can you give us an idea of your budget as that can make a huge difference to the recommendations you will be given.
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If you are planning your trip for this year, quite a few properties will already be booked. Can you clarify?
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:42 AM
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suzchicago - hi - yes for this year. know it's a bit late but hoping to get lucky and happy to call around and check if i have some recommendations. thanks.
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cathies - 3 couples - 1 child (2 year old). was thinking of around 1,500 to 2,000 euros but could revisit if that was too little - maybe max 2,500.
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At this late date, I'd go to vrbo.com and review all villas meeting your size and cost requirement, then look at the availability calendar on the site. That should rule out a lot. You might also want to check reviews at slowtravel and contact some agencies listed there to see if they have anything.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:36 AM
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http://justfrance.com/

I know absolutely nothing about this agency, but it was mentioned in a recent issue of Conde Nast Traveler. I bookmarked it but have not explored it at all yet.

As others have said, it is late for June, but with all these resources, surely you will find something suitable. Good luck!
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:41 AM
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try homelidays.co.uk or homeaway.com (sister company of vrbo)

Continental_drifter had a similar enquiry last week or so, and i listed a bunch of vrbo properties with pools, for a big family, which had availability in June at that time. So don't give u p!
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Also try Ownersdirect.com. I've used this site on a number of occasions.

Just a piece of advice for what it's worth. We stayed in a villa in Antibes thinking that we'd do the day trips. We were persuaded to use public transportation instead of getting a car. The first mistake was getting the villa, the second was doing without a car. The villa we chose was in a gated community and there was no public transportation in walking distance which meant that literally every time we wanted to go anywhere, we had to call for a cab. We ended up spending more than 500 euros in a week on cabfare.

I still think it's preferable to rent a villa or an apartment rather than staying in a hotel. Just make sure that your location is within walking distance of the town, restaurants, shops, market etc. It's really inconvenient if you have to get in the car and drive to get a quart of OJ.

Additionally, you may want to position yourselves in a town such as Nice where you have access to the train and bus lines. These make it very easy to make day trips without having to always have one designated driver assigned to the task.

You haven't said specifically the areas you are interested in, so I just made the suggestion about staying in Nice as a generic suggestion. The comment was intended to mean give yourselves some options. We didn't and we really regretted it.
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>>It's really inconvenient if you have to get in the car and drive to get a quart of OJ
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thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions. have reached out to multiple places and though there is availability it is limited. hopefully we finalise and book something within this week. happy to stay a little away as stu mentions (within 10 mins of basic stuff) and will have a car so hopefully should be ok.
our current shortlist is below in case someone has specific feedback for one place against another....thanks again

http://www.vrbo.com/92890 - Euro 1,800 (2 baths, sleeps 7)
http://www.vrbo.com/232368#comments – Euro 2,000 (3.25 baths, sleeps 7)
http://www.chateau-de-valmousse.com/parccha.html - Euro 1,500 for 6 nights
http://justfrance.com/properties/leglised.html - $3,750 (6 bedrooms, 4 baths)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p462304 (sleeps 8, 2 bathrooms, 2 half baths)
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france/fr4148.htm Euro 1,900 (sleeps 6/8, 2bathrooms + WC)
www.masdelaboissiere.com (cleeps 10, £3,450 / week).
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I just went through this process and found a charming place 10km south of St. Remy. We're booked and paid for June 2 - 9.

One of the owners to whom I sent an inquiry was already booked. She asked my permission to broadcast my inquiry to other owners in their area who have availability. I have those postings in my email and am happy to share them. Let me know how to reach you by email and I'll forward. So that I'm not sending all of them, let me know how many bedrooms and your budget.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:39 PM
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Please don't ask someone to publish a private e-mail address here--it leads to no end of trouble. I keeping Fodor will institute a private-message system like that on tripadvisor.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 01:19 AM
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@continental_drifter - would be nice if you could send me a link for the place you booked as we need it for the following week. pending that think have a decent number of options for now in the general area and don't want to confuse myself with too many options.
any feedback on the places identified would be great. thanks.
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Stu - yes I do live in a city and have the convenience of being able to walk to the market to get my OJ! I would put a smiley face here but I don't know how to.
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AlokG, the one you rference from Ownersdirect looks fantastic!!!

CYESQ, i hadnt heard of this agency. thanks for mentioning it.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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http://www.theluberon.com/RENTALS.htm

AlokG, i just came across the above site while trip-planning for the Luberon.
Good luck!
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@calinurse - looks great thanks. too many options.......
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The Domaine Rougevin house is available at Provence Paradise in St. Remy. Very convenient for day trips. We stayed in the "hamlet" last summer and it was the most amazing vacation experience due to the host -- William. In your price range as well.

http://www.provenceparadise.com/
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on this site are two three bedroom villas (one has three bathrooms as well) each with pool , St Saturnin les Apt in the Luberon. 1350 euro/week for yoru time period.

http://www.accommodationinprovence.com/

don't see availability calendar though.

I keep researching places i want to see, then finding accompanying pix of great villas. One of these days, i'm taking the kids and grandkids too...so it's all good info to share!!!

Continued best wishes --have you found your perfect place yet?
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