Ref: PR132, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, France, £3870 to £5375 pw
Located at the centre of the historic town of Tarascon on the banks of the Rhône River, this exceptional 17th century property was built under the reign of Louis XIV along with many other convents and monasteries. It was originally a convent which welcomed 'penitent girls'. It has been beautifully restored and is furnished with much taste retaining an authentic atmosphere. There are two courtyards; one inside which houses the living area and one outside with a pleasant terrace and the private swimming pool.
Living room, sitting/billiards room, library, TV room with double sofabed, dining room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with separate shower and wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with wc, 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms with wc, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot (linen provided), highchair, telephone (incoming and local/emergency calls), WiFi, 2 TVs, DVD player (DVDs available), home cinema, Hi-Fi, heating 150€ per week, piano (regularly tuned), barbecue, billiards
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning is included 2 hours daily. Additional cleaning is available at 15 € per hour. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted as subject to change.
The house is reached via a small street at the centre of Tarascon. The original stone walls are mainly intact apart from some partly-ruined external walls in the open courtyard which create a magical atmosphere. Although surrounded by buildings the courtyard is not overlooked. A covered terrace, ideal for meals or just relaxing, opens via original Gothic arches onto the outdoor courtyard which is set to lawn with the swimming pool to one side. There is a series of open terraces; one is at a middle level with a small stone pond, and there is an upper terrace reached via steps from the pool area, where meals can also be taken, and which enjoys views of the town and the Château. There is also a large terrace accessed from the first floor which overlooks the pool and garden. The ancient stables have been converted into a lovely covered terrace.
You can drive up to the house to offload luggage or shopping and park on the main road free of charge just 100m away, just outside the walls of the old town.
The interior has been harmoniously restored and decorated in perfect keeping with the beautiful original features which abound - stone walls and floors, decorated cement-tiled floors, beamed ceilings, and fireplaces. The thick walls allow for a welcome coolness in the summer months. A large entrance leads into what was originally an open courtyard and has now been covered and contains a sitting area with a French billiards table; off this space is the dining room (seats 10) and the comfortable living room which both open onto the open courtyard. Also on this floor is a TV room with a double sofabed, and a well-equipped kitchen with a pleasant breakfast room (seats 4) and which also opens onto a terrace.
There are two separate sets of stairs leading to the first floor but all rooms can be reached from either. There is a large study with library and two double bedrooms. Bedroom One (200cm wide bed) has a dressing room and an en suite bathroom and a wc. Bedroom Two (with a 180cm wide bed which can be made up as a double or a twin) has a dressing room and an en suite bathroom with separate shower and a wc; this bedroom opens onto a balcony which overlooks the interior courtyard and living room. There is an upright piano at this level also overlooking the interior courtyard.
A set of quite steep stone stairs leads to the second floor where there is a comfortable sitting room with TV, home cinema, and a double sofabed and three double bedrooms. Bedroom Three has a double bed (160cm wide) and an en suite bathroom with wc. Bedroom Four (180cm wide bed which can be made up as a double or a twin) shares a bathroom with a wc with Bedroom Five which has two single beds (90cm wide).
The laundry room is situated on the third floor.
Changeover day: Saturday
Just outside Tarascon
9 hole 18km
18 hole 26km
Tarascon is a beautiful medieval town located on the east side of the Rhône River (on the west side directly opposite and joined by a bridge is the town of Beaucaire). From here you can easily visit Arles, Avignon, and Nîmes, and many other beautiful villages such as St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Perched on the northern tip of the Camargue is the historic Roman provençal capital of Arles, with its 1st century amphitheatre and théâtre antique. Van Gogh came to Arles in 1888 and was inspired by the town and its light, producing many of his greatest works until madness overtook him. St-Rémy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh was hospitalized, was built on the site of the Greco-Roman city of Glanum, fascinating vestiges of which are still in evidence. The twisted limestone landscapes of the nearby Parc des Alpilles rise dramatically from the Rhône plain, and from their hilltop stronghold the quarrelsome lords of Les-Baux-de-Provence dominated the region for several centuries. The ruined castle atop the village offers spectacular views over the Alpilles.
All shops and services including supermarkets are found in the following towns:
Tarascon (house situated in town)
St-Rémy de Provence (16km)
Tarascon (house situated in town) Tuesdays
Beaucaire (2.5km) Sundays
St-Rémy-de-Provence (16km) Wednesdays
Arles (18km) Saturdays
Maussane (17km) Thursdays
Avignon (24km) Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mouriès (24km) Wednesdays
Nîmes (26km) daily
Eygalières (28km) Fridays
Meo and Le Bistrot des Anges in Tarascon - within walking distance of the property.
Various good restaurants in Beaucaire (just cross the bridge from Tarascon)
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
The area is one of the most beautiful in Provence with many stunning villages and beautiful landscape.
Tarascon (house situated in town): A world-famous and spectacular town full of charm.
St-Rémy-de-Provence (16km): Beautiful and sophisticated. There are many lovely cafés and restaurants.
Arles (18km): Full of Roman vestiges.
Avignon (24km): Visit Le Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon.
Fetes de la Tarasque – an annual victory parade held in June
Festival d’Avignon – theatre and dance festival in July
Les Suds d’Arles – music festival in July
And many other local fêtes and festivals in the summer
Aioli (garlic mayonnaise to accompany fish and vegetables)
Pissaladière (onion tart)
Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato)
Bouillabaisse (fish stew)
Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes)
Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise)
Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste)
Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
Côtes du Luberon
Côtes du Ventoux
Côtes de Provence
Sandy beaches at Saintes-Maries de la Mer (49km)
Bike rental is available in Tarascon. Cycling is a good option to reach the tennis club and horse riding just outside Tarascon, as well as the jet ski and sailing facilities on the Rhône River at Beaucaire (just cross the bridge from Tarascon).
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Le Havre 900km
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There has been very positive feedback regarding this property but unfortunately we have no written comments from our clients to quote at this stage as this is a newly acquired property.
What a wonderful place this convent is, full of history in its old walls and stones, and oozing elegance and taste. It's just a short walk from the centre of the beautiful town of Tarascon, famous for its imposing Château.