Provence Accommodations Centre

Provence Accommodations Centre: Accommodations in Provence with Swimming Pool

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Provence Accommodations Centre: Best Location to discover the whole of Provence

Within one day you can visit the entire Provence Area, from East to West Provence, from the North to the South Provence – from Arles to Monaco, from Dignes  to Saint Tropez – by car from this central location. You will thus have the opportunity to explore the whole famous, fabulous and unique Provencal area, which is on your doorstep!

Ideally situated in the middle of Provence, within a quiet park spanning 3 500 sqm (37 450 sqft), Provence Centre House is perched on a hill, with  breathtaking views of the distant hills, especially at sunset when they are clearly visible from the terrace.

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Provence Centre House is located in a sunny microclimate and relatively windless part of Provence, near the village of Villecroze, in an astonishingly beautiful park, which was developed by an enterprising and environmentally conscious American.

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Provence Centre House is in close proximity to a host of interesting wonders of nature waiting for you to discover:

· The best Waterfalls of France,

· The deepest European Canyon (gorges du Verdon),

· The biggest lake in France (Sainte-Croix lake)

· The best Vineyards (Especially for Rosé wine)

· The typically authentic Provencal village like Villecroze

· World-renowned reputation for teaching the finest Classical Musicians, thanks to a huge investment from one of the richest families in France  (Schlumberger). Free concerts with world-famous Musicians are organized in May, June, September and October each year at 1,5 km from Provence Centre.

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Provence Centre House Description

The doors to this delightful house in Provence lead out onto a peaceful, sunny garden and a private furnished terrace where delicious breakfasts can be  enjoyed beside a sparkling pool.

Provence Centre House is the perfect choice for families and couples:

· It is mere 1 km (0,62 miles) from the closest village of Villecroze,

· The Mediterranean coast can be reached in 20 minutes,

· The beautiful Provencal villages of Tourtour and Lorgues are 10 minutes away

· The Sainte Croix Lake lies 20 minutes away

· Saint-Tropez can be reached in 60 minutes

· Nice airport in 75 minutes,

· Monaco in 100 minutes.

· Arles in 120 minutes

· Barcelonette in 120 minutes

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On your return to the house, the crystal clear outdoor swimming pool, opened from early April to mid-November, will invite you to partake of a refreshing  dip to cool off after the heat of the day.

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With a well-deserved cocktail or aperitif in hand you can recline round the pool under the shade of a poolside umbrella.

Provence Centre Interior Design

The House comprises a single storey of 160 sqm, with 3 bedrooms ranging from 15 sqm to 25 sqm in size, including one master bedroom sleeping 3 persons  (ideal for one couple and one child).

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Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, with individual shower and toilet.

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Décor is a profusion of Provencal style, inspired by our love of birds and the very best modern art, with a special tribute to the famous painter, Georges  Braque in each room.

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Provence Centre Exterior

The swimming pool, with a terrace and a fully equipped pool-house, which includes hot showers and changing rooms, is aesthetically placed for viewing the  distant hills and the sunset.

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In order to fully enjoy the swimming pool, it is recommended that you consider coming to Provence Centre during June/July/August/September.

A landscaped garden, utilizing natural resources, enhances the view from the terrace.

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For your peace of mind 4 cameras maintain a 24-hour video surveillance all around the house and the garden.

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Parking bays for cars inside the property allow you to park safely.

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Provence Centre in-House activities

At Provence Centre, we have made full provision for your recreational requirements:

· To swim and relax at the swimming Pool

· To play table tennis

· To play Baby Foot

· Bowling (pétanque)

· For watching Movies about Provence in English or with English subtitles

· To cook Provencal dishes thanks to a collection of Provencal recipe books in English

· To relax in the garden or in the terrace

· To use the outside barbecue (wood is provided) to cook

· To read a book about Provence and Provencal artists at the Fireside

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Provence Centre Services

Transportation

· Bicycles are available for free

· Electric cars (2-seaters) can be rented without a driver’s license @ 35 US$ per day, 80km range),

· Cars are available to rent from Nice International Airport provided you hold a driver’s license valid in France (starting @ 50 US$ per day)

We recommend Sixt car rental Company:

http://car-rental.sixt.com/

If you have a driver’s license issued by a country part of European Economic Area (EEA, 31 countries), your driver’s license will be valid in France.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Area

To obtain an International Driver’s License should you have a US or Canadian driver’s license please contact the:

NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB

OR

AAA (American Automobile Association)

AAA/CAA is an association of regional clubs and your local AAA/CAA club is best equipped to provide you with International Driver’s Licence.

To find the nearest AAA/CAA office:

http://www.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/ZipCode.woa/wa/route?stop= yes& 

· You can rent a taxi for a round trip from the airport for 400US$ or for one day @ 900US$ per day:

http://pickmecab.co.uk/

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Laundry

· A washing machine is available

· A clothes horse on request is available

· All the equipment to iron is provided

· Laundry service available at 10 euros per kilogramme (min. 3 kilograms, 48 hours delivery).

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Cooking

To prepare meals:

· Cookbooks to introduce Provencal Recipes are available in English

· Oven, induction hob, microwaves

· All crockery, cutlery and glasses are provided

· A wood barbecue is available (to be manipulated with caution, danger of fire and burden)

· A dishwashing machine is available

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Provence Centre Tariffs : 65US$ per Day & per Person (min. 7 nights)

450 US$ per week (7 nights) and per person, all year.

Maximum one group of 7 persons, pricing is per week (from Saturday to Saturday) and per person.

Should you be less than 7 persons, you may well have to share some areas (swimming pool, garden, living room, kitchen, barbecue) with other visitors.

Babies are welcome from 3 years’ old, same price, a cot will be provided on request.

No pets allowed.

Provence Centre Seasonal Changes

Each season has its charm and it is recommended that you visit us during all 4 seasons on different occasions in order to sample their unique  opportunities.

In Provence, the villagers are warm and welcoming and we urge you to take the time to exchange few words with them in French or English, and you will soon  feel accepted and part of village life in Provence.

Winter in Provence Centre

The winter is mild and sunny in Provence, especially in Provence Centre.

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The average January temperature in Provence Centre is 8 ° C and temperatures can rise to 22 ° C, even in January.

Because tourists are far less numerous during the winter, the streets of typical villages in Provence are very quiet in general, except for a few hours in  the morning when the local Provencal markets set up in the streets and market places to sell their wares.

Off-season prices are advantageously lower.

The reason for the mild winter can be explained by the low altitude, the presence of the sea moderating the temperature differences and the mountain ranges  that reduce cold winds.

The famous painter Henri Matisse was succinctly quoted as saying:

“The richness and clarity of the silvery light of Provence, especially in the beautiful period of January seem unique and essential to the spirit of a plastic artist.”

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The great philosopher Nietzsche further endorsed this view as follows:

“The days follow each other in Provence with a beauty that I would describe as insolent. I have never seen a winter of such constant perfection. ”

Christmas and New Year holidays in Provence

We urge you to plan ahead and prepare to celebrate your Christmas and New Year festivities in our house in Provence in December, in order to discover the  many special festive activities taking place in Provence.

It is the only season when you can experience the Provence Santon fairs, its crèches, and the “big supper” (le gros souper) ending with the ritual 13 desserts. The pretty Santon village of Villecroze includes the largest Santon of Provence.provence-centre-christmas-market-1

In the evening, delight in the Calendale vigils: songs, dances and Christmas stories interpreted by local groups in Provence.

For gourmets, all the ingredients of the famous Thirteen Desserts of Provence: oil pump, nougat black and white, dried figs, etc. can be bought at the  local markets.

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Finally, take an afternoon stroll through the Christmas markets of Provence (Cannes, Nice, Grasse, Monaco, Valbonne, etc.) where you will be spoilt for  choice when purchasing exquisite Christmas gifts for your loved ones back home.

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The star of winter in Provence: truffle mushrooms

The truffle season officially begins in early November.

Two of the most important truffle markets in the world are found in Vaucluse, in the villages of Richerences and Carpentras

Furthermore, several small truffle markets in a number of villages in Provence are accessible within 10 minutes by car from our house in Provence.

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The king of winter in Provence: Mimosa

From mid-January, falling leaves and the first fragrant mimosa flowers lend nature a festive air.

In the second fortnight of January, visitors can roam the radiant “Mimosa Road” in the “Massif du Tanneron”, and in February, dance to the rhythm of the  beautiful flower processions (parade floats) in Mandelieu- la-Napoule, Valbonne, Pégomas, Tanneron, etc.

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Events in Provence during Winter

In February, our visitors can enjoy two great events:

· The Lemon Festival in Menton, where 120 tonnes of lemons, oranges, grapefruit and kumquats portray a new theme each year together with parades of floats, exhibitions and attractions.

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· The Nice carnival takes place about three weeks before Mardi Gras.

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Parades (parade floats), with 20 800 tanks and Big Heads Parade Wacky Weekends, during the day and some evenings.

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Special Activity in Winter: Skiing

From your accommodation in Provence, you can go for a day of skiing or another mountain sport at Gréolières-les-neiges (65 minutes by car) in the north of  Provence.

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Founded in 1963, this ski resort, located in the hinterland of Grasse, is the closest to the coast (25 km as the crow flies). From the top of Cheiron, you  can take in a unique 360 ° panoramic view of the French Riviera, the Esterel Mountains in southern Italy, Corsica on a clear day as well as the Alps chain.

Spring in Provence

This is blossom time in Provence when nature awakens after a short sleep.

The markets celebrate the Carros and Carpentras strawberries, as well as asparagus of Mormoiron.

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Almond trees in bloom in Provence in March

The almond tree, widespread in Provence, produces lovely white flowers very early in spring. The almond tree then yields its crop of almonds, the  delicious nuts which are an integral ingredient used in the preparation of one of the famous Thirteen Desserts of the Provencal Christmas as well as in  making the sweet almond oil and the well-loved almond syrup (Sirop d’orgeat).

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Provence Lavender in bloom in June

Seen throughout the four departments of the territory of Provence, the “lavender roads” invite you to discover many places related to the cultivation and  uses of lavender.

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The events in spring in Provence

During first weekend of March in Golfe-Juan, you are invited to come and admire the re-enactment of Napoleon’s landing.


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In Nice, you will attend the spring arrival of the legendary cycling race “Paris-Nice” on the Promenade des Anglais.

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In April, the “Masters Series Monte Carlo” Monaco, the honey festival in Mouans-Sartoux and Pascale Feria in Arles take place.

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In May, you will discover “Exporose” in Grasse (Rose Flower Festival):

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Bravades of Saint- Tropez (yearly celebration by the local people who were protecting Saint Tropez from the Pirates):

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the Feast of herdsmen in Arles:

 

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the pilgrimage of gypsies and holy to  Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer:

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the Feria de Nimes (big parties with corrida show):

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the Feast transhumance in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (muttons going to top of mountains):

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The International Film Festival of Cannes:

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The Grand car races Formula 1 in Monaco:

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Summer in Provence

The quintessential Provencal summer: beautiful hot weather and no rain which attracts and delights tourists seeking the sun.

Other attractions include:

The magnificent Lavender fields

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The Promenade des Anglais in Nice

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The alluring Côte d’Azur which offers its finest to the rich and well-heeled and boasts a temperature of 28 ° C average in July-August.

This is the time  of yachting and scuba diving, cocktails and fairytale holidays in the villages of Provence.

The main events during summer in Provence include:

· Classical music (Avignon, Aix and Orange) and festivals are innumerable in Provence in the Summer:

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· Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes,

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· International Jazz Festival in Juan-Les-Pins

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· Jazz Festival in Nice:

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·  Jazz Music Festival in Ramatuelle:

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· Festival of fireworks in Cannes and Monaco:

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· Grape Festival in Fréjus:

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· Theatre Festival in Ramatuelle:

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· Pottery Festival in Vallauris:

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· World of petanque in Marseille:

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· Melon festival in Cavaillon, Arles

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Autumn in Provence

Autumn in Provence heralds the harvest and olivades.

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The temperature in autumn is milder than in summer and visitors can enjoy nature more fully in Provence at this time of the year.

The harvest in Provence punctuates the life of vineyards of the Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône, the Luberon and Ventoux.

The olive harvest in Provence is all a matter of time … time in the meteorological sense for judging the acceptable maturation time for picking the  olives, and in a sense, the time it takes to share a moment with family and friends!

The Villecroze Park itself is beautiful in the fall.

Sit on the grass or on a bench and enjoy its rivers, its waterfall, and its high rocky path that leads  to the cave of Villecroze, and especially its splendid vegetation and flora.

The events in autumn in Provence

In September, you can discover:

· The “Royal Regatta” at Cannes:

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· The honey festival in Roquebrune-sur-Argens:

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· The chestnut festival in Collobrières:

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· The St. Tropez Sails:

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· The wine festival in Bandol:

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· The wine festival in Cassis:

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· Southern fiestas in Marseille:

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· The Santon (figurines) market in Tarascon,

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· The feast of shepherds in Istres:

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