A heavenly cottage in Provence that is hidden away on a picturesque street in Villeneuve-les-Avignon, across the Rhône River from Avignon, with cool terraces and modern conveniences, 7 minutes from the Avignon TGV train station, connecting the south of France with all major cities. Lush gardens along with bordering national park create cool, quiet atmosphere. WiFi throughout the house and property means you can connect whenever you want. A jacuzzi on the back terrace is plus.
My home is a 2-story cottage on a charming residential street in Villeneuve-les-Avignon across the Rhone River, walking distance from Avignon, only 7 minutes from the TGV bullet train station by taxi. You can rent the upstairs apartment OR the downstairs apartment OR both floors, meaning the entire home, and so fees are based on exact number of guests in your party. It's a quiet, modest place, but it seems like a little piece of paradise to me, with Spanish tile roof, covered in vine, and hand-crafted wrought iron pergolas in the front and back for shade and quiet meals. The front of the house is set back from a narrow picturesque street running down into the village, where there are open-air markets with magnificent fruits and vegetables, bakeries, a post office, several cafés and some decent restaurants. There's public transportation in the village. In back of my house is a 20-foot stone wall built in Medieval times which runs between my vegetable garden and a public park that is chock full of Mediterranean pines and olive trees. The upstairs portion of the home has a master bedroom, study, living room, kitchen, and modern shower/bathroom. The downstairs portion has a master bedroom, a kitchen, a living room and modern shower/bathroom. Each floor is an independent living unit for 4-5 guests. All windows have been upgraded with double panes to resist the sometimes rowdy Mistral winds that blow down the Rhone Valley. There is WiFi for the entire home which reaches both the front and back terraces. The place is redolent with the aroma of thyme, laurel, lime blossom and pine. The home is ideally situated in the heart of Provence to explore all the region's cultural and culinary attractions or have a reflective homestay, cooking great dishes and enjoying long meals on either of the home's shady terraces.
Guests have access to my front terrace under a cool vine arbour and my back terrace with covered pergola and barbecue for quiet meals day or night. There's a jacuzzi and an outdoor shower on the back terrace as well!
Before guests go to Provence, I like to talk with them directly to answer and questions they might have and make sure that every rentor is going to treat my home like their own.
There is a vibrant cultural agenda at the town's cultural center built in an old monastery called "La Chartreuse." The town has set up lovely nature walks next to the Rhône River. And the Fort St. Andre, located on a prominitory above the village, attracts tourists all year long.
Take care of the home as if it were yours. No smoking inside the upstairs or downstairs sections of the house, please. Put organic waste in the compost in the garden, bottles in the glass recycling bin and separate waste according the village rules, plastic, paper, cardboard, tin in the yellow trash bags, everything else into the black trash bags. Lock doors when you leave, turn off lights when not being used, no loud noise, it's a quiet neighborhood.
Hello, I ran the Avignon Film Festival for 25 years so I suppose I would call myself a film lover. Now I work and live most of the year in NYC, still promoting independent cinema through a salon-type event called "Cinemonde." You can find out all about me and my activities at
My place in Provence is very special to me, and I'm pleased to share it with like-minded people who appreciate the area and want to stay in a place that favors reflection, long meals and savory foods and spirits.
I expect my guests to treat my property as if it were their own. So far, all the people who stay at my home always love it and see it's special charm.