Let us paint a picture for you. Clouds of lavender, cicadas in the olive trees, a sea of vines, and Medieval hilltop villages. Yes, Villa Mimosa is true Gallic country living, and in luxurious style and comfort. This rustic stone cottage sits...
La Bergerie Terre Blanche
The name may conjure up images of Little Bo Peep, but La Bergerie de Terre Blanche is more country mansion than shepherd’s den. Located within the grounds of a five star golf and spa hotel in scenic Provence, La Bergerie is an independent, fully...
This bijou but beautiful luxury villa on the Côte d’Azur makes for a perfect romantic hideaway. High up on a hill, surrounded by woods and olive groves, Villa Riou has wonderful views over the chateau and out to sea. The private terrace was...
Villa Saint Martin
This luxury Côte d’Azur villa with views of the Mediterranean is a real retreat from the world. The main living space is restful and elegant, with just a hint of English country manor house about it in the floral patterns and traditional pieces of...
Villa La Foux
Understated elegance is what this luxury villa on the Cote d’Azur is all about. Set atop a green hillside and looking over olive groves to the sea beyond, you couldn’t ask for a prettier outlook. The villa is quiet and secluded, yet based within the...
La Maison de Manville
Hidden away on this beautifully peaceful estate, this luxury villa in Provence is a retreat from the world, and golf enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven here. Nestled with just a few other villas almost on the golf course of this exclusive...
Destination Guide: Provence
You might think you know Provence, but there’s far more to this vast region than Peter Mayle ever told you about. Certainly, the undulating hills, lavender fields and air heavy with the scent of herbs and sun are all there, and luxury holiday villas in Provence enjoy all these in abundance. However, the area is enormous, taking in some of the Alps, the glitzy Côte d’Azur and numerous bustling towns, too, so there is something for everyone.
There’s lots here for art lovers. The natural beauty of Provence has attracted artists from every corner of Europe, from the Bloomsbury set to Van Gogh to Cezanne and Renoir and you will see when staying in a luxury villa rental in Provence. Cezanne’s home in Aix is well worth a visit – all is just as he left it, even his hat remains on the table. Culturally, Provence has it all, from Roman ruins in Arles, to the Papal Palace of Avignon.
And foodies will find plenty to feast on in the many village markets. Almost every town in Provence has its own market day where you can lose yourself among stalls of lavender soap, antiques and cloth, as well as gastronomic delights from truffles to bull steak.
Nice and Marseilles airports are the main airports servicing the region and Eurostar also goes to Avignon in less than six hours from London.
Best places to eat and drink in Provence
When dining out of your luxury villa you will find that food in Provence is high on flavour and making excellent use of local produce, cuisine in Provence is as delicious at the Michelin-starred end as it is at the eat-it-hot-off-the-market-stall end. For an excellent Bouillabaisse try the aptly named La Bouillabaisse beach restaurant in St Tropez.
If you’re looking for somewhere for a once-in-a-lifetime meal, Le Petit Nice in Marseilles has three Michelin stars and seafood that is only outshone by the stunning sea views. Further inland, L’Estagnol in St-Rémy-de-Provence does robust cuisine really well, including jars of foie gras and thick slices of Provencal lamb.
To sample some of the area’s best wines, plan a trip to Chateau La Dorgonne, where you can learn all about the processes of wine-making while you drink.
Best time to visit Provence
Spring lavender season is when you’ll get the best of that famous Provencal light and the weather here. May or June are considered the best months for a luxury villa holiday in Provence. September is pleasant, too.
What we love about Provence
We love the mediaeval stone village of Le Baux near St-Rémy-de-Provence. The views from the castle ruins at the top, out over the olive groves, are pure Provence.
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