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An intimate garden and private pool will ensure enjoyment of the outdoors. The house is attached to, and completely private from, the owner’s residence with private pools, gardens and entrances.
Enjoy the benefits of being on the grounds with tennis courts and a lovely small restaurant just moments away by foot.
Located walking distance to the quaint village of Villeneuve les Avignon and 1.5 miles from the historic walled city of Avignon - just 5 minutes by car.
6 bedroom/ 6 bathrooms sleeps 12
Ground Floor (RDC) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Dimensions/ Depth: 9m x 7m
Security (Fence, Alarm): Fence
Salt water System: No
Note: The pool is nestled in stone walls, surrounded by flowers, in a beautifu private setting.
The pool is set 80 m from the house with views of the Château Fort d'Avignon.
End of stay cleaning included, as well as 4 maid hours twice per week. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.
5 out of 5
Our family of ten loved every minute of our stay at Mas De Montolivet and would give it a five star rating, with a bonus for the graciousness of our hosts. The house and garden had been beautifully restored, with every modern convenience. We have rented numerous villas in Europe over the years and this was our favorite!
It was also great to be within a five minute walk to town where we often went for provisions, especially our morning croissants from the patisserie! We highly recommend Montolivet for a fabulous vacation!
We found Only Provence to be remarkably cooperative and helpful and would give them five stars.
The wine tour was fabulous at Chateauneuf du Pape, with a side trip to the Roman theatre in Orange.
We asked for a chef to prepare our first meal (on arrival) and our last. The first was delivered before arrival and was delicious. We thought the second meal would be prepared and served by the chef on site and were disappointed that it too was delivered and we had to cook and serve ourselves. Given the difference in expense and the description of the service, we were disappointed.
We had a magnificent stay at Mas de Montolivet. The owners were terrific hosts. The house was perfect for our family. We had a 20 months to 83 years spread in ages and all were comfortable and well taken care of. We loved our stay. Chef David was remarkable. We felt his meal was the best we had all week! He is so charming. Chef Marie prepared a delicious meal that we all enjoyed. Our tours were outstanding. Both guides were well prepared and interesting. They were very attentive to all our needs and requests.
The staff at Only Provence was top-notch. Everything ran smoothly and was professional. I have already recommended the company and the house to several friends
Thank you for such an outstanding experience.
Mas de Montolivet - What did you like about your experience?
The two weeks we spent at Mas de Montolivet was one of the best experiences of our lives. Going through the gate prompted my son to hum the theme song to Jurassic Park. The biggest problem we had was deciding on what bedroom to choose. All were simply wonderful. Getting up each morning to beautiful gardens and scenery, walking to the best bakery for breakfast and the daily baguette. Although we had been to France and Provence many times, we had never fully explored Avignon or Villeneuve. Both were spectacular. I truly think that you could spend a year at this location and not run out of things to see and do.
We highly recommend Mas de Montolivet. It is a unique and wonderful property.
Would you recommend Only Provence?
Yes, we would recommend Only Provence. They are professional, patient, accommodating and easy to work with.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? 5 Stars
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5 Stars
All of us (there were 8 adults) enjoyed our stay at Mas de Montolivet. The owners were warm, welcoming, friendly and very helpful. Their dog Diego added that final touch that made us feel at home. Francois went out of his way to do whatever he could to make us feel comfortable and to offer his assistance in any way we needed. He is very proud of his home (as he should be) and is very proud to share it with his guests. I would recommend (and already have) this home to anyone interested in staying in Provence. A definite 5 star rating
We enjoyed a "truffle tour" and a "grape stomping". I would highly recommend both experiences. Johan is very funny and knowledgeable and Lisa is very nice. They know how to entertain their guests! These two events are unique and something we will always remember. My only suggestion for improvement would be to have an age limit to participate. It is my humble opinion, that no one under the age of 12 should be allowed to be involved. Another 5 star rating.
I had made arrangements with one of the staff at Only Provence, that when we arrived at the train station in Avignon, there would be two taxis waiting to take us to Mas de Montolivet. To our disappointment, the taxis were not there. After waiting for close to an hour, we hailed our own taxis and got them to take us to the villa. At the end of our stay, Only Provence staff did get two taxis to take us back to the train station with no hiccups.
Again, everyone had a delightful time and thought it was a vacation of a life time, one they will never forget and one we would all like to do again. I thank you for helping make our dreams come true.
The property was spectacular and the owner was very helpful and attentive. We were a group of friends revisiting this part of France where we had been students in the late '60's. The Mas de Montolivet met our needs perfectly.
Areas for improvement:
The owner informed us of a need for a handrail on the stairway and we concur that the handrail is needed. Checking for burned out light bulbs could be added to the maid's duties.
We highly recommend Mas de Montolivet as it is very well appointed and in a wonderful setting. Only Provence offered prompt service and communicated well in regards to arranging the stay.
We used a hiking tour and suggest that the concierge be more involved in the arrangements. I handled the contact directly with Jean Bernard and my earlier communication on some members who had knee problems and needed to go slowly was apparently not retained by Jean Bernard. He attempted to readjust on the fly and it was not ideal. Nonetheless, he is very good and we recommend his services. If the concierge had been copied or involved in the communication between us in selecting and preparing the outing, the hike plan may have been better.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? 5 stars
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5 stars
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours 3 stars
We spent two weeks recently at Mas de Montolivet with our whole family as a special birthday treat for Sue. Reality far exceeded our expectations and we had the holiday of a lifetime. The booking process through Only Provence was exceptionally professional and straightforward. Sandra and Stanley were amazingly helpful in the lead up to the trip and Carole was very welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
The villa itself was just perfect with 6 beautiful bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and air conditioning. There were so many places to relax on the property which meant that the twelve of of us never got in each other's way. We made full use of the various spots to eat and had many memorable al fresco meals. The location was made even better by the proximity to Villeneuve and morning trips to the bakery were a treat.
Having a swimming pool with full security meant we could safely have the young grand children with us.
I would recommend the villa to anyone seeking a very special experience in Provence and we are hoping to return before too long.
We’re back after a glorious week at Mas de Montolivet. I cannot pay enough compliments to the owners. Suffice it to say that we will be back there and will likely send friends and family. The house, the grounds, the village, THE POOL were exactly what we had envisioned and hoped for. The only caveat I would add is that perhaps it isn’t ideal for young children, particularly because of the pool. My boys did break 2 things which we offered to pay for, but Francois, the perfect gentleman took care of them and wouldn’t hear of payment. I think he was the highlight of our stay—ever so lovely and even made great suggestions of things we could do with the kids like the Haribo Museum which of course was a hit.
If ratings were required for this stay, Mas de Montolivet would get a 5/5 easily.
Thank you, Only Provence again for making this another memorable experience!
8 of us stayed and we all loved the vibe from the moment of arrival. Francois and Veronique were wonderful hosts and so friendly. Beautiful property, fantastic, relaxing garden and it’s proximity to Villeneuve les Avignon is incredibly convenient. You’re far enough away to not feel like you’re part of the village but close enough to walk there and back any time of the day/night. We loved being able to wander down to the village to grab a bite to eat from one of the many café/restaurants to choose from.
Areas for improvement:
A hand rail for people coming down the stairs, would be about the only thing to mention. Otherwise wouldn’t touch a thing.
Would definitely recommend Mas de Montolivet to any and all. If I ever decided to go back I’d stay there again.
The Villa Mas de Montolivet was PERFECT. We could not have asked for a more incredible, authentically Provencal place to stay. The villa is beautifully restored. It is the perfect mix of the old and the modern. The owners have furnished it beautifully and have thought of everything to provide for the enjoyment of their guests. There is so much room in the villa—6 bedrooms and 6 full baths (always enough hot water) plus a half bath. All simply beautiful. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows were so nice I asked where I could buy one. The villa is secluded enough that you feel you are in the countryside but it is only a five minute stroll to town. We felt very safe and secure the entire visit. The view of the old fort on the hill overlook the town from the villa was simply inspiring. The kitchen had everything you need to prepare every meal. There were ample pans, dishes, glasses, utensils –everything you might need.
The garden was somewhat past its prime when we visited in late September but it was still peaceful and a truly lovely place to be. The pool! I loved the pool! It is so nicely landscaped and designed and comes with a kitchen, dishes and linens so you don’t have to pack anything from the house to enjoy an evening beside the pool.
The location of the villa was terrific. We could easily walk to town in 5 minutes and right there was a bakery, a grocery, restaurants, bars and places to buy wine. There is convenient bus service into Avignon that is very inexpensive.
Areas for improvement:
The chef we hired was aloof and seemed to be in an extreme rush to be done with our dinner. The presentation was beautiful but the food was not as good as most of the other food we enjoyed during our trip.
Absolutely I would recommend Mas de Montolivet and Only Provence. I would highly recommend Eric our wine tour guide as well. We had a lot of fun with him and he is extremely knowledgeable about wine and wine making which made the tour even more interesting. He clearly was very familiar with the wineries we visited and was entertaining throughout the day. The chef I would not recommend.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) Five
What star rating would you give Only Provence? Five
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? The Chef I would give 2 stars; the Wine Tour (and Eric) I would give 5 stars.
The villa was perfect for the 6 of us. Better than what the pictures show and the host Francois and Veronique were fantastic. They were so helpful, and when we got lost our first day there, Francois tracked us down and got us to the villa. All of our accommodations were met and it was an easy walk to the village. What a perfect place to stay for a group of friends or family.
Areas for improvement:
Would highly recommend Mas De Montolivet and the wine tour that we took with Eric.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? 5 star
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5 star
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? Wine tour 5 star. Eric did a great job with the wine tour and very knowledgeable about the wines. Chefs service 3 star.
I would highly recommend the services and villa to any family or friend. What a great location and best of all what great hosts we had. They made the trip for all of us. Special Kudos go out to Francois and Veronique. I would love to see what it looks like in the spring and summer with all the beautiful gardens surrounding the villa. Perfect base for day trips throughout Provence and perfect villa for large groups. For those that like to cook, nice gourmet kitchen with most all of the utensils necessary and best of all, washer and dryer and extra fridge and freezer. Modern ensuite bathrooms for each of the bedrooms was a big plus. I would definitely go back and stay at this villa.
I have rented homes/villas in Italy, Ireland, France and the U.S. – and there is no better experience than Mas de Montolivet! I am incredibly picky about accommodations and this Villa has absolutely NO flaws – our guests thanked us profusely for sharing this wonderful experience! And its location at the northern part of Provence and the southern part of the Rhone Valley is outstanding for wine lovers!
Most mornings we walked into town – Villeneuve les Avignon – and picked up croissants from the local patisserie – or sat at one of the cafes and had petit dejeuner. The walk is less than a half mile and very easy. I absolutely love the location for this feature – you are part of a private estate, but minutes away by foot you have wonderful amenities! On Thursdays, Villeneuve has a wonderful market that was enjoyed by all.
The house is comfortable beyond belief! The proprietors have done a marvelous job with the renovation of the chateau. With six bedrooms, each with a private bath, we were able to offer every guest/couple a private room of their choosing. The bathrooms are very modern with Italian tile, rain showers, and good water pressure, which I consider a real plus – as did all our guests. All have large walk in showers – and if there is someone in your party who prefers a tub, the Garden Bedroom offers a tub/shower combination.
On the last night of our stay, we hired Chef Youcef, with assistance from Only Provence. He and his assistant (Chrystal) prepared a wonderful three course meal which we enjoyed on the patio. It was particularly fun to watch Chrystal set the table, creating a floral masterpiece from only the foliage and flora of the garden. It was truly a magical evening.
Areas for improvement:
Really – there are none. Sure, they could add a handrail to the stairs to the second floor, as other reviewers have suggested, but we did fine without it and we were all in the 55 to 75 age group!
I have already recommended Mas de Montolivet to friends and will continue to do so! I wouldn’t stay anywhere else – the location, the home itself, the owners, all add up to a wonderful experience. And Chef Youcef – absolutely! And kudos to the staff at Only Provence who made booking a breeze.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? Five Star
What star rating would you give Only Provence? Five Star
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? Five Star for Chef Experience; we did not arrange any Tours.
We loved Mas de Montolivet. The house was well appointed with plenty of space for our family of ten. The gardens were a joy to wake up to each morning and made the setting a peaceful retreat. The owners could not have been any more helpful or engaging. We felt like we were a part of their French family. Our experience was made perfect by the care of the owners and the beauty of our villa. It was difficult to leave .
The location was just what we were looking for...great for walking to restaurants, shopping and sightseeing. The weekly market in town was more than we expected. We could buy excellent meals to take home as well as everything we needed to prepare our own meals.. Outdoor dining options at the villa were exceptional.
We truly felt pampered by the housekeeper. She was so helpful .
We cannot say enough good things about the villa and the owners. Will recommend it to our friends. We travel a lot and have always found wonderful places to stay but Mas de Montolivet was the very best. It was just special.
Five stars for Mas de Montolivet as well as for the arrangements and professionalism of Only Provence.
I forgot to mention the villa, gardens and pool were far better than the photos!
1. We loved the entire villa, the pool, decorations, beds, rooms with baths, the laundry room, great kitchen, seating areas, the small village with the bakery, and restaurants. The restaurant just near the house was also a blessing, especially on our first night there.
Francois and Veronique gave us a warm welcome and helped us often and quickly. After we left, Francois even looked for a camera cord, which I had misplaced on the trip.
2. Only area for improvement:
As an elderly group, we would have appreciated railings on the stairwells. Otherwise, everything was top-notch.
3. We highly recommend the villa!! Would love to return there some day!
4. Villa: Star rating: 5 plus!!!!!!!!!!
5. Only Provence: 5 plus!
6. Chefs and Tours: 5 plus!
Chef Sophie was excellent! Loved that lasagna and her desserts. Just wish I had the lasagna recipe!!
We enjoyed every moment of our holiday at Mas de Montolivet . There were 10 of us staying there and we all agreed it was the most beautiful home we had ever stayed in . The owners were wonderful and made us feel very welcomed !
Areas for improvement:
The directions to the home . Even with a GPS we still had difficulty finding it .
We would highly recommend Mas de Montolivet. This home had everything you could possibly need and want . The owners were very generous with their time and made our week at Mas de Montolivet very memorable! The Chef service was excellent. We highly recommend Chef Gerald , the food was amazing .
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) 5
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? 5
You will not be disappointed . The pictures do not do it justice ! Beautiful home with lots of history.
We will be back!!
The whole experience was fabulous! First of all, Only Provence was wonderful to deal with - from the initial phone call with John to get more information to the regular emails back and forth from Stanley - I can't say enough about how terrific Stanley was to deal with; Louise was also really helpful!
Mas de Montolivet was incredible - better than expected! The setting was lovely, the house was charming and comfortably updated. Francois and Veronique were delightful! They were there when we got in - they showed us around and left us with some tasty champagne. The garden was beautiful - waking up in the morning and walking onto the terrace and seeing all the olives on the tree and underfoot was such a treat! We enjoyed shopping at the market in Aix en Provence, and then a cooking class, followed by a wonderful dinner - Chef Ronald and his wife Geraldine were wonderful - we had such a nice evening and the food we made was delicious.
I would rate Mas de Montolivet 5, Only Provence 5, Chef Ronald 5.
In addition to the search process being so easy, the house was really perfect.
The owners were so kind and invited us to their house to see the library and tour their property. The gardens were beautiful, the pool and pool house with outdoor kitchen was stunning.
The location was amazing-feeling very private and secluded, but a short walk to town and great proximity to Avignon and a good home base for exploring Provence.
We are looking forward to coming back!
Our stay at Mont Olivet was lovely. We were two families with 4 adults and 6 children between ages 8 and 15. Having six master suites was very easy and the teenage girls loved the privacy of their separate space off the courtyard. All of us enjoyed the freedom of being able to walk to town to bring back fresh morning croissant to the garden. We also enjoyed walking to dinners after long days of touring in the car. The local market was great and all of the kids were able to go to town on their own. It was very safe and close to the house. We used the pool every evening after touring which was refreshing and beautiful. We cooked a few outdoor poolside dinners in the outdoor kitchen which was easy and a fun break from restaurants.
The inventory was perfect.-
The explaination of the villa and the way to get there was very professional.
Areas for improvement:
option to pay with credit cards .
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) -5*
What star rating would you give Only Provence? -5*
From the drive up the driveway with its stunning views, and the warm welcome with wine and cheese by our hosts, it was everything we could ask for and more, even better than it looks on the website. It provided a quintessentially Provencal experience, including the wonderful historic house with every amenity, gorgeous gardens and pool, the perfect location within walking distance of a village, and easy drive to other locations.
Areas for improvement:
Better directions or a map provided ahead of time, (a GPS is almost essential), but also on arrival provide the tourist office map of Villeneuve d’Avignon.
Would you recommend Mas de Montolivet, Only Provence, Chefs or Tours to friends/ family and why/ why not? Yes. We were 3 generations with 7 adults and 4 children, all of whom had the vacation of a lifetime, capped by an outstanding dinner provided by Chef Yvan on our last night.
Only Provence provided excellent guidance, particularly when we were searching for the “perfect” house on your website (as well as others) and trying to work on the logistics of train travel etc.
What star rating would you give Mas de Montolivet? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) *****
What star rating would you give Only Provence? *****
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? *****
Mas de Montolivet was truly amazing, and the support provided by Only Provence was excellent. Ingrid was very helpful, as was Louise who also recommended a great photographer. Yvan’s dinner was declared best meal EVER by all adults. But finally, Francois exceeded our expectations, as did Mas de Montolivet. I had hoped that this would be an exceptional experience and vacation for all, and it was, from age 10 to 75. And oh yes, we had perfect weather!!
|Closest Village||Villeneuve les Avignon||1 KM||0.62 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Saint Rémy de Provence||20 KM||12.4 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Gordes||30 KM||18.6 mi||Map||Village Info|
City of history and city of theater, the fortified city of Avignon will not leave you indifferent. Avignon's architecture is marked by papal history.
Avignon - Palace of the Popes
Going through any of the seven doors of the superbly preserved walls one discovers the city of the Popes. The Palace of the Popes built in the 14th century overlooks a lively square.
Nearby are the museums the Petit Palais and Palais du Roure, not too far away stands the famous Pont d'Avignon.
Avignon : Square and ramparts
Take your time wandering about the streets of Avignon. The ancient streets, the courtyards of the private mansions, the renovated facades will all charm you!
One of the most elegant streets is the rue Joseph Vernet, adjacent to the Calvet museum and the Requien Museum.
Don't miss the Antiquaire quarter, the Place de l'Horloge or the Chemin de Ronde which will take you to the Rocher des Doms.
From the top of the ramparts you can understand why the site was chosen for a fort: Avignon stands high above the immense plains of the Rhône River and is the strategic point of the whole valley.
Avignon - Cathedral
The theater festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known.
These shows (dance, theater or music) are enhanced by the background of powerful history and often appear renewed or refreshed in this environment.
Avignon - The historic city
The Off Festival is a series ot street shows set up by would be actors and is considered to be an excellent work lab for these aspiring young people.
Late at night when the shows are over the terraces fill up with actors and spectators alike all creating a unique atmosphere found only in Avignon in the summer.
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.
Avignon Papal City
Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards, Saint Rémy de Provence and Gordes are all less than half an hour drive.
Morning Outdoor Markets:
Tuesday: Aix en Provence et Vaison la Romaine
Wednesday: St-Remy & Uzes
Friday: Bonnieux, Carpentras & Lourmarin
Saturday: Arles & Le Thor
Within Walking distance
Villeneuve les Avignon village center is only 10 minutes' walk.
Small grocery shops in Villeneuve, larger stores in Les Angles, 5 minutes' drive.