Out in the countryside, there is a modern villa in its own spacious grounds. You’re near to a pretty village for everyday French life and in easy reach of bigger towns such as Carpentras, Orange and Avignon with their cultural heritage, retail outlets and night life. You’re also a very short drive away from the wine villages which encircle the Dentelles de Montmirail, our local mountain peaks, and the legendary Mont Ventoux.
What really sets this place apart though, is the views out over the Durance river and up into the adjacent mountains, in which you have cross-country skiing and Serre Chevalier is only about 45 minutes away. As you climb slowly out of Gap, you can see the Gapençais basin behind you, and the lake of Serre-Ponçon sprawling before you: a beautifully sited for admiring the superb sunsets we get around the "Les Demoiselles Coiffées" mountain peaks.
All of this, however, is overshadowed by the valley of l’Avance which stretches as far as the eye can see. Simply stunning. What is even more amazing is that when you arrive at the Provençal Villa, you realise that you have exactly the same southerly view from the large garden. An unbeatable view over the Durance valley very famous in South of France.
A little bit more southerly there is a charming and typical Provencal town house situated in the center of the delightful city of Aix en Provence. Close to all the attractions available, from award winning restaurants to an abundance of historic sites Aix has it all. Just to wander around the tree lined streets and admire the elegant mansions dating back to the 17th and 18th century is a sheer delight. Well worth a visit is the Pavillon de Vendôme mansion with a splendid formal French garden in front. It was built by the duke of Vendome in 1665. Two stone telomons (male figures) adorning the facades are a masterpiece by Rambot. The pavilion houses furniture and paintings from the 17th and 18th century and is one of a cluster of three looking across rolling plains towards the village of Rasteau.
It’s very near to one of the prettiest villages in Provence and some of the best Côtes du Rhône wines, which you can watch growing from the terrace! The local shops are about two kilometres away and the delicious town of Vaison la Romaine is just sixteen minutes’ drive, with its schools, cathedral and Roman remains. The old village is only a short distance from the colourful and southern Port Vauban area of Antibes: a gateway to the French Riviera, passing through diverse and breath taking scenery! The region itself is a mosaic of the past, shaped, coloured, and pasted together by time.
French southern area is dominated by one of the most spectacular sights I have seen, the St Victoire Mountain. As the clear Provencal light catches the peaks, it is inspiring. No wonder then those famous Cézanne and Rembrandt chose to paint and live in such a place! (see Medieval paintings in the South of France). It is opposite this mountain that Cézanne set up his easel and painted 11 oil paintings and 17 watercolours. Inspirational! Famous southerly Voltaire is born here in this southern countryside... The climate is acknowledged as being one of the main draws to the region. Average daily temperatures here vary between 5 degrees Celsius in January and 26 degrees in July. With no more than 80 days of rainfall on average recorded each year, it is no wonder that Provence remains an ambrosial dream!
Moreover the South of France is famous too for french singers: Gilbert Becaud born in Provençal South while Claude Nougaro was singing for famous birth place city of Toulouse located in South West France.
Opposite side in French South east, wonderful city of Valréas is a pretty base to explore the region of Provence. It is only ten minutes walk to the most famous street in Valreas – the fabulous Cours Mirabeau. A super mixture of pavement cafés, chic and traditional bars, fabulous restaurants and super boutiques line this stunning boulevard making it a perfect place to dine and relax watching French life pass you by. How about visiting the many art galleries and museums? Or just wander around the winding streets to marvel at the stunning architecture and innumerable fine buildings that have been preserved throughout the ages.
Only twenty five minutes drive away and you will marvel at the glimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea. Wonderful beaches and stunning cliff tops await the intrepid explorer. Well worth a visit are the many, and I mean many French vineyards that cover the countryside to sample fine wines, rich in tradition and of course taste! If reading this has sparked your imagination then just think of what living here in South of France would do!