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Property Details

Sleeps:
20 - 28
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
8
Type:
Villa
Property #:
15773
Nearest Town:
Banon

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Large Luxury Villa in Provence with a Pool and Tennis Court

Villa de Banon

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Fields of blue and mauve flowers dazzle your eyes. This holiday villa is near the village of Simiane la Rotonde, for many years the regional capital of lavender. A truly magnificent property, Villa de Banon features a private heated swimming pool, garden, tennis court, and lawn bowling game. Perfect for groups and family-friendly, feel free to meander around the countryside on one of the six bikes at this Provencal vacation villa. Luxuriously decorated with attention to every detail, this rental villa in France is a great way to appreciate country life with modern amenities.

Location Description

This wonderful villa is located 2 km from the village of Simiane la Rotonde, between Forcalquier and the Luberon. Activites in Simiane la Rotonde include hiking, guided tours, summer festivals, exhibitions, arts and crafts: ceramics, paintings, sculptures and traditional music. The Luberon mountain range is beautiful to visit by car, foot, bicycle or horse. Many lovely ancient villages with castles, forts, ruins, and towers are along the way. Banon as a beautiful medieval village to visit surrounded by fields of lavender and wheat fields and perfumed by local aromatic herb. This is a small village known for its tasty goat cheeses with ancient residences and medieval fortifications. Apt is a great market town. Though it is not a small village, there is an old town within Apt, centered about an 11th century Cathedral. Along the narrow paved streets in this area you will find vaulted passages and some lovely fountains. Saignon, alternately, is a quaint hilltop village, great for exploring on foot. Here you can climb to the top of the huge rock behind the village and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the plains and the Luberon mountain range. You can also find horse-riding and mountain biking. Forcalquier offers excellent dining, museums, markets, wine tasting, hiking, and cycling along the Luberon en Velo path, easy access to bus and TGV. If you venture into Avignon, you will find a charming walled French town with history, restaurants, museums, shops and a vibrant local scene. There is so much to see: the Place de l'Horloge, the outdoor market in Uzes on Saturday, the Pont du Gard, the antique markets in Isle sure la Sorgue on Sunday, Mount Ventoux, the vineyards, the Festival d'Avignon in July, Fountaine de Vaucluse, and on and on.

Nearby Attractions: Simiane la Rotonde (hiking, guided tours, festivals, exhibitions, art, traditional music), Banon (lavender, wheat, goat cheese, medieval fortifications), Apt (11th century Cathedral), Saignon (the plains and Luberon mountain range, horse-riding, mountain biking), Forcalquier (dining, museums, markets, wine tasting, hiking, cycling the Luberon en Velo path, bus, TGV), Avignon (TGV station, restaurants, museums, shops, Place de l'Horloge, outdoor market, Pont du Gard, antique markets, Mount Ventoux, vineyards, Festival d'Avignon, Fountaine de Vaucluse, Marseille (Airport).

Marseille Airport: 100 km/62 mi
Avignon (Airport, TGV Station): 75 km/47 mi
Forcalquier: 36 km/22 mi
Saignon: 27 km/17 mi
Apt: 25 km/16 mi
Banon: 9 km/6 mi
Simiane la Rotonde: 2 km/1 mi
Exterior Description
(83 hectares or 200 acres)

This magnificent property is perched high on a hill surrounded by fields of lavender in Haute Provence. There is a private swimming pool (15m x 7.5m, heated to 25°C from June to September included in the rental price; for May and October the cost of heating the pool is extra) and a fully equipped summer kitchen with BBQ, stereo, garden furniture and shower. Additional outdoor amenities include table tennis, swing, tennis court, lawn bowling game, and 6 bikes. The property is secured with an automatic gate and security alarm. It is located 2 km/1.2 mi from the village of Simiane la Rotonde, between Forcalquier and the Luberon. For many years, Simiane was the regional capital of lavender, and this small village was made famous by its tasty goat cheese delicately wrapped in a dried cedar leaves and tied with a raffia ribbon. A traditional music festival is held from mid-July to mid-August.

Interior Description

This family property can accommodate 28 people with 8 double bedrooms and 2 children dormitories (with 6 single beds in each one).

First Floor: There is an entrance hall; 3 salons with fireplaces, sofas, Hifi, Satellite TV, and DVD player; a library; dining room; fully equipped kitchen (microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, professional oven); laundry area; WCs, and cellar.

Second Floor- East Side: There are 4 double bedrooms. The 1st bedroom has 2 single beds (which can be joined to form a king-size bed) an en suite bathroom with toilets and shower. The 3 other bedrooms each have 2 single beds and a sink. They share a large bathroom with tub, shower, and toilets.

Second Floor - West Side: There are 2 large dormitories (one for the boys and one for the girls) with 6 single beds and a bathroom in each one.
2nd level - Separate: There is another bedroom with 2 single beds (which can be joined to make a king-size bed) and an en suite bathroom with toilets and shower.

Third Floor: There are 2 double bedrooms. One bedroom has 2 single beds and an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. The other bedroom has 2 large single beds (which can be joined to form a large king-size bed) and an en suite bathroom with tub and toilet.

By the pool: At the back of the swimming pool there is an independent double bedroom with 2 single beds (which can be connected to form a king-size bed) and bathrooms with shower and toilets. Wheel chair access is possible.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Babysitter: Upon request
  • Pool Heating: 1500 Euros per week

Please Note:

  • There is an English-speaking "Meet & Greet" upon arrival.
  • A Welcome Dinner is offered upon arrival.
  • Breakfast is prepared each morning.
  • The caretakers are nearby. There are 2 Maids and 1 Butler available full-time.
  • Pool Heating is available for the months of April, May, and October. This service must be requested prior to arrival.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Tennis Court - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Whole House
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Sep-23-2017 - Dec-16-2017 $23,938 1 wk
Dec-16-2017 - Jun-23-2018 $30,251 1 wk
Jun-23-2018 - Jul-07-2018 $33,722 1 wk
Jul-07-2018 - Jul-14-2018 $31,902 1 wk
Jul-14-2018 - Aug-25-2018 $33,722 1 wk
Aug-25-2018 - Sep-22-2018 $30,251 1 wk
Sep-22-2018 - Dec-15-2018 $25,852 1 wk
Dec-15-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $30,251 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Along with the final payment, a refundable security deposit is due. You will be requested to post a check to Rentvillas.com in the amount listed. The security deposit will be returned to you within 2 weeks of your departure from the property minus any damages to the property, or any charges incurred during your stay. The listed security deposit is: $6,250

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Arrival Fee (between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 30 EUR
  • Arrival Fee (between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 60 EUR
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival

Other Notes

  • Arrivals (After 8:00pm): Not Accepted
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 6 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
Excellent experience.
Enjoyed Most:
Perfect for handling a large group. Staff were superb. The staff provides all the cooking and service and this is included in the price; we were only responsible for the cost of groceries and drinks!
Enjoyed Least:
The bikes on site were marginally good. We remedied that by renting hybrids and road bikes. Serious cyclists should definitely rent bikes. I think the rental agency was Albions--located within a 30-minute drive away.
Surrounding Area:
Nice variety for the varying tastes of members of our group. Great longer distance and more challenging routes for serious cyclists.
Directions:
The directions were correct.

Peter , July

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Overall:
We have taken many high end trips, but this was the best one we have had so far. A. Over the top. Wonderful. I don't have enough superlatives.
Enjoyed Most:
Very comfortable set up for a family. The bedrooms are many and large and comfortable. The food served outside, inside and by the pool was very relaxed. The pool was over the top. The whole place is well kept up and modern. We had internet access, ping pong, tennis, fous ball, petanque. We kept 9 children and 13 adults delightedly amused all week. The staff was very friendly, helpful, on the spot. We really liked Andre and Jean-Jacques, Lina, Josie-Anne and Chantal. The took great care of us.
Enjoyed Least:
No complaints.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding Provencal area is magical. Great mountain biking and hiking. Easy access to all of the stunning Luberon region.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Simiande La Rotande is about 3K away. We walked and ran there often. We also biked and drove to Banon several times, which is about 7K away. Both are beautiful little perched villages.
Tips or Restaurants:
No good restaurants in the area, but the food at the house was great. We had a great time going to the market in Fortqualquier on Monday morning.
Directions:
The directions worked great. It also helped to rent a car with a GPS.
Check In Out:
Andre does a great job of handling everything. All went smoothly.

Jeep, July

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Overall:
Excellent. Gorgeous property and grounds. Wonderful swimming pool, tennis courts. Lots of privacy for a smaller group like ours.
Enjoyed Most:
The key for us was the fantastic staff--the caretakers, Jean Jacques and Andree, the cook, Lina, and the two housekeepers. The food was fabulous and the service unflaggingly good-natured and attentive. They made our stay a true vacation. Between the pool, the tennis court, the bikes, the ping-pong table and the wi-fi, the 7 tween-teens in our group were always busy when at the property.
Enjoyed Least:
Our thoughts are really constructive suggestions. They should have bike helmets of appropriate sizes to correspond to the 6 bikes. They should be clear in the property description that soap, shampoo and hairdryers are not provided in the bathrooms so that guests come prepared. It would also be very helpful to have at least 2 converters from U.S. to French current to run appliances.
Surrounding Area:
Access to active sporting adventures and to beautiful scenery and scenic-historic towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Simiane is only a few kilometers away but it is very small and up such a steep hill that it really was not a walking destination for us. The more active family members found themselves biking to Banon, which is larger and about 9 kilometers away - up a very steep hill. We often drove into Banon for small errands. With the ruggedness of the terrain, which we loved, we largely walked for pleasure and drove to towns when necessary. The nearest big market was in Forcalquier, which was easily 30-40 minutes by car. The biggest town-city nearby, which has everything, was Apt, about 25 minutes by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
Most of the board games are in French; we had brought our own. We ate casual lunches when out and about and ate all our dinners at the property. The staff cooked increasingly fantastic dinners to our own and their! specifications. As this is a rugged and utterly gorgeous area, visitors should be aware that the hill towns are fairly far apart, even by car. The house is an oasis of beauty and calm, and definitely "in the country".

Tania, June

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