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Le Mas Helene

  • Location L'Isle sur la Sorgue Villa - near Avignon - Provence, France
  • Sleeps 15
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Baths 6

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This beautiful and spacious Bastide has been restored with impeccable taste, and is surrounded by over two acres of private landscaped gardens.

Centrally located between Avignon and l'isle-sur-la-Sorgue, in the heart of the Sorgues country, this area is ideal for guests wishing to visit the most beautiful natural and cultural sites of the Vaucluse. The nearest village of Althen des Paluds also offers a sweetness of life typical of small Provencal villages.

On the ground floor of this 600 square meter Bastide, you will find the kitchen, library, living room, and TV room on the northern wings; as well as the renovated Barn on the East Wing - a large room housing a summer kitchen and large table perfect for group dinners.

Just past this communal space, guests can walk directly to the pool and garden areas. Ideal for those traveling with children, the pool is fully fenced and secure. And the central courtyard acts as a wonderful gathering space for all.

With luxurious and spacious areas to relax both indoors and out, this is truly an ideal holiday home for large families or groups of friends.



7 bedroom/ 6 bathrooms sleeps 15

Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 (for children) - King bed or twin beds with en-suite bathroom (Tub, sink) and separate WC. Extra bed in the entrance. AC.
  • Bedroom 3 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks and WC). AC.
  • Bedroom 4 - Queen bed. View on the pool.

Third Story (2e étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 2 - Queen bed with en-suite living room. AC.
  • The bathroom is located in the 3rd floor (15 steps) (Tub, 2 sinks). Separate WC.
  • Bedroom 5 - Queen bed (8 steps to access it)
  • Bedroom 4 & 5 share the same bathroom (Tub, 2 sinks, WC).
  • Bedroom 6 (Dormitory) - 4 single beds with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 7 (mezzanine) - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor (Shower, sink, WC). This bedroom is accessible through Bedroom 6 or "The Barn" (play room with kitchen and living room of 100m2)

Extra bedroom for children

  • Twin beds - upon request


  • Air Conditioning in 3 bedrooms
  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Cd player/ stereo
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers in each bathroom
  • Indoor Dining for 10 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 20 people
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • English-speaking House Manager/ Caretaker
  • Cartakers living on property
  • Baby Crib/ Cot and High Chair at your disposal
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels


  • Sun Loungers
  • Parasols
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Outdoor Dining for 20 People
  • Summer Kitchen in "the barn" (room of 100m2)
  • Electric Plancha
  • Shaded or Grassy areas
  • Table tennis
  • Private Parking

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 12m x 7m / Depth 2m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Fence

Salt water System: No

Heated?: No

Maid Service

4 hours per day from Monday to Saturday maid service included. Please inquire for extra maid service. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.


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The Village

Nearest Villages

Closest Village L'Isle sur la Sorgue 9 KM 5.58 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Fontaine de Vaucluse 24 KM 14.88 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Avignon 17 KM 10.54 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Carpentras 13 KM 8.06 mi Map Village Info



Situated in the heart of Provençe, just a short drive from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and a few kilometers from the Luberon National Park, in the center of the village of Althen des Paluds.

Known as the “Land of Water”, Althen des Paluds is a village surrounded by two river ways - the Sorgue de Velleron and the Sorgue d'Entraigues. There are 80 km of canals criss-crossing through town, creating a unique and beautiful atmosphere. Surrounded by fields and rivers, the village has retained its rural character while benefiting from its proximity to Avignon and Carpentras.

Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Inland Provence from the US is to fly to Marseilles International Airport (MRS). If you would like to see Paris, fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport then connect directly to the TGV(high speed train) from CDG TGV2 to Avignon TGV(3 hours direct) and rent a car. You would plan to see Paris on the way back, taking the TGV from Avignon TGV to Gare de Lyon, getting a cab to your hotel in the city.

Things to do

Local Attractions
L'Isle sur-la-sorgue markets and antique shops


Luberon Mountain Villages

Local Markets
Morning Outdoor Markets

Velleron market 6 days per week in the summer

Sunday: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Monday: Cavaillon

Tues: Avignon, Gordes

Wednesday: Avignon, St-Remy

Thursday: Avignon, Roussillon, Goult

Friday: Velleron, Avignon, Carpentras

Saturday: Avignon, Menèrbes

Within Walking distance
The Village of Althen des Paluds; grocery, bakery, shops, cafe and nice restaurants

Local shops on foot. Larger Markets within 10 minutes' drive


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Note: Maps show approximate location


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Terms and Conditions Overview

Arrival: Saturday (arrival date subject to availability)

Minimum Stay: 1 week - please inquire about exceptions outside the summer months.

Services Included: Final cleaning and any additional maid service listed on the web page

Making your reservation: These properties are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, before you reserve, you are required to review and sign a rental agreement for the villa (the “Rental Agreement”). We will send you the Rental Agreement by email. The Rental Agreement explains in detail all of terms and conditions regarding rental and use of the property in detail. We shall have no obligation to accept any reservations, unless the Rental Agreement is fully executed.

Payment: After you have signed the Rental Agreement and filled out the appropriate information, as approved by us, a nonrefundable payment of the one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee (which price is defined in your Rental Agreement) must be received by us within seven (7) days to confirm the reservation. The remaining one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee is due 60 days before the arrival date, and is also non-refundable. If reservations are made less than 60 days prior to the arrival date, then 100% of the Rental Fee must be paid upon the signing of the Rental Agreement. Please know that a failure to pay any portion of the Rental Fee as set forth above and in Rental Agreement can result in loss of the reservation of the villa and a termination of the Rental Agreement. We will confirm receipt of each payment and note any outstanding balance and due date(s).

Cancellation: We have a no refund cancellation policy, but usually succeed in rescheduling cancelled reservations to the Spring or Fall or re-booking the cancelled period to another group and refunding the party that cancelled. Failure to pay the final balance (which is due 60 days before arrival) or provide required information for the security deposit may be deemed a cancellation with no refund due. Clients are advised to consider Trip Cancellation Insurance with the carrier of their choice at the time of confirmation.

For more information about how you can reserve this villa for your vacation, please contact us:
+1 (404) 806-2278


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Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.