Mas de la Rose, Le Thor, Provence

A beautiful designer home for up to 10 people near Avignon, in Provence

 

Renovated and decorated by a well-known interior designer, mostly using the famous antiques market at nearby Isle sur la Sorgue, Mas de la Rose is a delightful, elegant 18th century home between the Luberon and Avignon, and 1km from the amenities of Le Thor. It sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms.

Living Rooms

Downstairs is the living room, piano room/library and vast kitchen with dining table. The magnificent, light-filled provencal kitchen is the centre of the house and all life revolves around it.

A spacious and cosy kitchen/dining room is at the heart of the house.

The kitchen (above) combines age-old charm with modern convenience: dishwasher, two fridges, large oven, 4 gas burners and a hot plate, microwave. Next to the kitchen is the laundry room with washing machine.

The south-facing piano room is also library and study 
 
Large and sunny living room

The house is a treasure trove of antiques and collectables, evidence of the owner's passion for beautiful objects. Despite the sheer tastefulness of every room, this is a very relaxed and relaxing house to stay in. As much as possible the downstairs rooms open onto the garden through large french windows, which also serve to flood the house with light.

There is TV with French channels, plus a DVD player, and also free wireless high-speed internet.




Bedrooms

There are 6 bedrooms sleeping 10 people, and 4 bathrooms. There are 3 double bedrooms, one triple room, and 2 singles, with one of the doubles and bathrooms downstairs.

 

Master bedroom with writing desk and fireplace.

The ravishing master bedroom (above and below) is an enchanting place with dual aspect and a vast bed, 2.1m wide (6ft 11").

Master bathroom with pedestal bath. Master bedroom with vast bed, almost 7 feet wide

The master bathroom (above) has a stone basin, pedestal bath with hand-held shower, and WC.

The garden bedroom on the ground floor, with en suite shower room.

The garden room downstairs (above) opens onto the front terrace through three gorgeous patio doors. The bed is 1.4m wide (4.5ft) and in the sunny bathroom are shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom 3, the corner room with 1.6m bed Bedroom 4 is the children's room with three singles.

 

Bathroom 3 with antique bathtub 

Additional bedrooms upstairs are the corner room with 1.6m-wide double (5.25ft), two single bedrooms and one children's room with three single beds.

These bedrooms share the two bathrooms pictured here, one with pedestal bath-tub and one with shower.

 Bathroom 4 with shower.

 

Bedroom 5 with 1.2m bed. 
 
Bedroom 6, the red room with 1.1m bed





Garden & Pool

There are 2.5 acres of land, planted with lavender, cypress, olive and fruit trees. At the front of the house is a formal garden with clipped hedges and walls, roses and santolina, with a an ancient plane tree shading the terrace.

 

To the front of the house is a formal garden.

To the side of the house is the pool which is 10m x 4m (33 x 13ft) and with its lines of box balls follows on the theme of the formal garden. The pool has roman steps at one end and a pool alarm for security.

 

The pool is 10m x 4m.

Beyond the pool is a large lawn, and in the middle a stone fountain feature with large terracotta urns and oleander. There is a second smaller water basin by the house.

There are several spots to sit, relax or eat - along the front or side terraces, or under the plane tree.

 

Th rose arcade between the formal garden. and lawn

A beautiful feature is the rose arcade (above) next to the formal garden, providing colour, structure and sightlines.

The olive tree lawn is on the other side of the house. There are two decorative water basins.

On the other side of the house is another large lawn planted with olive trees (above left), with a stand of high cypresses as a back-drop.

The water feature in the middle of the main lawn. The path from the gate to the house, lined with olive and lavender.

Mas de la Rose has a gated entrance and is well set back from a very quiet country road. From the gate to the house is a beatiful path lined with olive trees and lavender (above right).




The Location

Le Thor, 1 minute away. 
 
Isle sur la Sorgue, 5 minutes away.

Le Thor, 1km away, is a medieval village on the banks of the Sorgue river, with some of its 14th century walls and gates still standing. It still has its castle and an elegant campanile (bell-tower). Le Thor is a good-size village with plenty of shops, some banks and a supermarket. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday.

The beautiful town of Isle sur la Sorgue is only 5km away and is the antiques capital of France. This is a town of waterways and antique dealers, restaurants and cafes, boutiques and grand merchants' houses. On Sunday Isle sur Sorgue gas an antiques and bric-a-brac market, as well as a food market, and is a must-see.

The best farmer's market in the region is the one at Velleron, 5km away. This takes place at the end of the day (6 days a week in summer, 3 days in winter): local farmers bring what they have picked that day, ensuring amazing freshness and low prices. This is not one of those markets designed for tourists - it is where real locals come to shop and it simply takes place in a parking lot on the side of the road. This is where you come for a real taste of Provence.

Le Thor is very well positioned for exploring Provence. Within 30 minutes to the east are all the famous hill-top villages of the Luberon like Gordes, Bonnieux (where 'A Good Year' was filmed), Roussillon, Lacoste and Menerbes (where 'A Year in Provence' was written). The striking Fontaine de Vaucluse is 15 minutes away.

 

Avignon is just 10 miles away from the house.

The beautiful and lively medieval city of Avignon is 10 miles to the west - you are a short hop away from the summer arts festival that is known around the world. Aix en Provence, St Remy, Nimes, Arles, Les Baux, Marseille, the Camargue and Cassis are all an easy drive away. The Cote d'Azur is about 2.5 hours drive, and the Gorges du Verdon are also a day-trip away. The Rhone wine trail begins at Avignon and heads north to Chateauneuf de Pape, Gigondas, Cornas, Cote Rotie, etc. All around Le Thor and the Luberon are wineries you can visit for tastings.

In the long summer months there are festivals, concerts and other art happenings almost every night somewhere close by. The big arts festival at Avignon; the opera festivals at Aix and also in the amazing Roman amphitheatre at Orange; the world-class piano festival at Roque d'Antheron; the Musicales du Luberon; and the Lacoste festival courtesy of Pierre Cardin - these are the best known, but there are cultural events on every scale competing with each other all over the region.

The summer arts festivals in (left to right) Aix en Provence, Orange and Avignon.



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Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : ff

East Sussex, UK

Date of stay: 2018-07-19

A spacious period country house with many original features

Mas de la Rose is a beautiful property. The owner has amassed a fine period collection of furnishings and fittings, and objets d'art that enhance the general ambience of the house. Complementary with these are family photos and paintings depicting the history of the house and the family who have lived there. Our stay was during a very hot period, but there were always rooms available that were cooler, and with shade. The garden is similarly impressive. In particular two very large plane trees offer much shade, as well as other sympathetic planting throughout - with a variety of trees, roses, shrubs and herbs. The website photos do not do justice to the extent of the garden. There's plenty of room for individuals in a large family to find secluded spots. We spent many hours during our two week stay in the swimming pool, which is excellent and well maintained. Helpful and efficient staff make regular visits to clean, do the laundry and change the sheets. And a gardener is also regularly on site. The staff were always very helpful if we had any queries. They were patient with our halting French, and one lady spoke excellent English.

Reviewed by : Susan R

Austin, Texas, USA

Date of stay: 2017-05-17

Charming inside and out

Beautiful , peaceful Mas in very rural setting but 5 minutes from a super market. The garden and terraces full of roses under the shade of two huge plane trees, plenty of sun by the pool. And a wonderfully provincial interior, full of treasures and charm. A very kind helpful gardener near who lived next door and two charming cleaners, nothing was too much trouble.

Reviewed by : Cindy

Georgia, USA

Date of stay: 2013-05-25

Amazingly Beautiful Property!

A group of ladies traveled to Provence and rented Le Mas De La Rose for a week. We have taken many trips to Europe and this house, by far, was the most incredible. From the beautiful grounds to the magnificent home, everything was perfect. The pictures of the house are exactly how it looks. We didn't want to stay in a place that looked American - we wanted to feel like we were in France. Needless to say, we couldn't have picked a better place. The kitchen has everything you need to cook meals. The bedrooms are beautiful and the beds are also very comfortable! We rented a car to take day trips and all towns are easily accessible from the house. We brought a GPS with us that was loaded with France maps. I highly recommend this if you plan on driving through Provence. It made day trips very enjoyable. There is also a supermarke! t close by which is great because we cooked every night. Enrica, the owner, is delightful and the caretakers of the home are helpful and kind as well. All of my friends share my enthusiasm for this incredible home and we would highly recommend it to others who want to experience a beautiful holiday in Provence!

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Weekly Rates


June5000 euros
July - August6000 euros
September 1 - Oct 205000 euros
Oct 20 - December 203900 euros
December 20 - Jan 125500 euros
Jan 12 - March 203900 euros
March 20 - April 35500 euros
April 3 - 275000 euros


Included in the rental rates: utilities, bedlinen, towels, 2 hours of cleaning per day, after-stay clean, local phone calls, WiFi internet.

To secure a booking you would send a 25% deposit, with the balance payable up to 8 weeks before your stay.

There is a refundable security deposit of 1000 euros against any breakages or damage.

The caretaker lives on the grounds in a separate house.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 5pm to Saturday 10am. For stays over a week there is a change of bedlinen once a week.

Cancellation policy: if we can find another booking for your dates we will return any money sent (minus bank charges).

The house is for a maximum of 10 people. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house.


Insurance: you need personal liability insurance when you rent a property in France - find out about that here.



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