Air conditioned, Central location, 5 Bedrooms, 5 -1/2 Bath - sleeps
- english, french, italian, Mandarin Chinese
I grew up in New York, and have worked all over the world. My loves are nature, food, bicycling, writing, cooking, decorating, meeting people and enjoying life! Originally I had planned to live in Italy. Then by sheer luck I was fortunate to visit the Luberon. It was love at first sight. My home is a labour of love. When you walk in the front door you'll be transported to a way of life that is cherished. We know you will love our home as well. Our fan mail from clients is wonderful and it's very rewarding to share a week or two of this magical place with you! I've worked in restaurants, trained as an artisan baker and have spent decades in culinary and housewares business. If home is where the heart is, then this is my 'Couer' My home is a place of transformation for me, my family and our friends. It's furnished to be cozy, comfortable and have all the modern technology you need. Slow down -- really slow down your life and recharge yourself in Ansouis. A la prochaine et tres bientot, Barbs
Barbs purchased this House in 2000
Why Barbs chose Ansouis
Actually, this house chose me.....After a long hike through the Luberon over 19 years ago - we arrived in Ansouis coming up the big hill -- an invigorating walk up the road near the Musee Extraordinaire. When we stopped at the top, I caught my breathe on the corner of Place Des Hotes where the house is located. And -- That was it, I saw the house, and somehow (yes like in the movies) I wound up owning it less than 3 months later....I love this village because it is truly authentic, pristine and not over run with postcard shops and retailers. Ansouis is a village where you can walk the streets at night, close your eyes and go back in time hundreds of years. Ansouis has a profound effect on people. You will literally be swept off of your feet with its charm.
What makes this House unique
I think about your stay with YOU IN MIND. What comforts are you looking for? Is the bed comfortable? Do you have the right cookware for the delicious meal you'll create after visiting the markets? Can you check in on CNN and see what's going on in the world -- just in case. Do you have free calls back to the USA? In my house, the answer is QUI! We are in the center of the village. Our life here is as we were in the center of a charming French film and the characters are walking by, baguette tucked under their arm with their trusted chiens by their side...I love sitting up on the terrace at night and watching the stars come out. As our friends say: sit back and watch nature put on a show.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 9:00 am
No drugs, No events and no vapes in the house
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Perfect village convenience
It is a lovely home and the owner(American) is very nice and helpful. The house is just across from amazing restaurants, both casual and Michelin starred. Parking was easy and it felt safe, could easily imagine to stay there also alone as a woman. Probably biggest down side for us was that we had to drive everywhere (i.e. Aix is about 35 min away) and that there was no private garden nor a pool, which we knew though before coming. And in the fall this is probably a no issue. But we were there during August with 34 degrees and sunny. The house remains cool but it felt a bit dark at times and as I said, we would have loved to have some greens. That is more our oversight as the house is appropriately advertised. You can drive 10 min to a little lake to cool off. Overall, lovely place and welcoming owner.
Thanks for your great review! Your feedback and honesty is so important.
I'd like to address 2 points which we hope will make home rental selection a transparent one for future guests. the first is location; Anywhere you select, unless you choose a big city such as Marseille or Nice, you'll have to drive. We've had positive feedback from guests that our village is so central and a short hop to the motorway, that it is a smart choice for touring Provence. So, no matter where one books a property in Provence, you'll need a car to visit other towns and villages. That's a given.
Secondly -- as I write this, I'm nearly blinded by the sunshine coming in the windows. with 14 and 16 ft ceilings the house is quite open. I believe our caretaker might have recommended partially closing the shutters to help keep things cool during the day as the big heat wave had just occurred -- Please trust me -- the house is very well lit and 'open' in feeling. We're not a cave! (Although some folks might like that!) the French like to partially close the shutters during summers strong rays -- although they will 'bronze' on the beaches non stop.
Our goal is to have happy clients and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. yet for sure it's important for people to know if you come to Provence you need to drive from village to village.
Amazing! Perfect place to enjoy the benefits and relaxation of the Valcuse Country side. The place was clean bright and extremely spacious with a outdoor patio for grilling and rooftop veranda for sunning are enjoying a glass of Rose de Provence! We highly recommend this accommodation and in fact already have sent friends and friends of friends this way!
The owner listed out daily events in the in and around the immediate area allowing us to live like the locals! From tiny Sunday Markets, Truffle hunting in Cadenet, wine tasting and art walk at L Coste Vineyard, a week was not long enough! Extended day trips to Cassis, Avignong and Chatenuf de Pape made the week barely enough. We hated to leave and continue on to Paris!
We will be back!
The perfect place to enjoy Provence
The perfect place to enjoy Provence. A comfortable house with all necessary amenities. Don't miss the Michelin starred restaurant down the street.
We're super happy you enjoyed your stay. And that you appreciated the coziness of the house even during chilly December weather! Thanks again, please come back and experience what we have to offer in spring and summer!
French village life at its best
Walking through the front door, you sink into the relaxed comfort of a French village home. While settling into a soft chair by the fireplace (it was December after all), you can close your eyes and transport yourself to France of another era. Don’t be fooled: with modern communications, bathrooms, kitchen, and ensuite heating/airconditioning, this is as up to date as you could desire. It is a perfect, flexible all-season guest house, situated in a charming village in the heart of Provence. Your host, Barbara, is attentive, engaging, and a repository of local lore. I unabashedly recommend this property, and look forward to a return visit.
Paul, thanks so much for your lovely review and most of all for choosing to stay in my house!
We strive to furnish the creature comforts and coziness you'd expect and welcome your stay again. You and yours are the perfect guests ~ please return anytime, and we'll make sure there's an open week or two ;-)) for you!
A Charming Village Retreat Perfect for A Reunion
This was my third stay at this charming village retreat in the heart of Provence and it proved to be the perfect venue for a gathering of friends. The house is situated in the center of the village in an 18th century manse with 5 bedrooms, 3 of which are ensuite. From the moment you walk into the large salon with fireplace and courtyard, you are swept into another world and era...with all of the modern amenities at hand. The kitchen is totally equipped with all the latest appliances and conveniences. On the top floor of the house, there is a canopied terrace with lounging couches that is ideal for relaxation on a sunny Provencal day in the spring, summer or fall. Each of the ensuite bedrooms is cozy and inviting. We had four couples staying in the house for a reunion celebration and the sleeping arrangements could not have been easier...everyone was content which is unusual in a group of our size! Despite being in the heart of a charming village, parking is absolutely no problem with two lots within a short walk of the house. Additionally, the village of Ansouis offers a true Provencal experience in that it does not seem to be overwhelmed by tourists...it is delightful to wander the small streets and alleys up to the chateau and church with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If you are looking for charm, location and comfort for a group of friends or family, this is an ideal choice!
A house oozing with charm and history
The minute you step through the door, you feel immersed in French country life and centuries of history. We stayed with a few other couples and sipping champagne by the giant fireplace was a treat. We stayed in the left room on the first floor up and our bed was super-comfortable. The modern shower had good water-pressure. Ansouis village is charming and well-located to explore the area. Dinner at the nearby La Closerie restaurant was delicious. Barbs, the owner, was professional and pleasant, with 18 years of knowledge about the village and area on offer. Too bad we didn't have time to cook, for we loved the ambiance of the kitchen as well.
FANTASTIC CENTRAL LOCATION __ This village is the perfect base for touring historic places,shopping the markets, COOKING, visiting vineyards and golfing.