I stumbled across a lovely article by Sharon Santoni on renting a property in France rather than staying in a a hotel. I think you will be doing the same when you read her blog article!
Happy Reading Meredith
Whenever we travel as a family we prefer to rent a property rather than stay at a hotel. There is a freedom of movement and a liberty to structure our days when staying at ‘our own’ place, that suits us well.
Of course finding the ideal property to rent can be quite daunting and generally involves a lot of time in front of a screen, finding a property that is big enough, pretty enough and free for the dates that suit us.
Now that the children are older, a summer holiday becomes a privileged moment when it is possible to group everyone together for a week or more. And if we find a place that’s big enough then there is room for friends and a quiet holiday becomes a two week houseparty, with the emphasis on ‘party’!
We tend to head to the south of france for our holidays, often to Provence, and ideally we look for a property within easy distance of a small village where we can buy fresh bread each morning, and not too far from a town with a good market and some nice restaurants – yes, that’s right, food is high up the agenda for my crowd!
But with all of those considerations in mind, I have rarely come across anything as stunning as this property. It is an 18th century convent that has been converted into a very beautiful home. The house is furnished with a real collection of antiques, and the walls decorated with original artwork and plates.
The house has managed that delicate mix of hotel standard decor with a personal touch. And the kitchen, well the kitchen feels real, and would be totally wonderful filled with friends and family while meals are being prepared and tables laid.
This is pretty much my ideal holiday home, with six bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, there is ample space for 12 people. Meals can be enjoyed outside near the pool surrounded by the lavender bushes and ancient mulberry trees.
If you want to know more about this property which is just outside the quaint stone village of St Saturnin les Apt, then pop over to Haven in Paris and read all the details.
Source: My French Country Home
Author: Sharon Santoni