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Bastide des Papes

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

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La Bastide des Papes is a noble bastide with a true history and story that the owners love to share.

Experience the feeling of life within a castle while here, while simultaneously enjoying great comfort of a recent and full renovation.

The garden invites you to long walks under the majestic plane trees - an atmosphere both unique and private. Only birds and cicadas can be heard during summer weeks, and it seems nothing can trouble your quietness here.

On the East side of the house, the garden hosts a large renovated pool, perfect for swimming, and offers a sitting area and summer kitchen.

On the ground floor of the bastide you will find a recently renovated kitchen with all amenities, two salons, and a large air conditioned sitting room dining room referred to as the Orangerie. There is so much space here for large groups or families - all rooms (with the exception of bedroom 6 viewing the East side towards Monts de Vaucluse) open onto the terrace and the park, welcoming you to truly enjoy the whole space.

Two large comfortable bedrooms on the first floor and three on the second floor are meant for adults, while two bedrooms are more fit for children.

The two largest rooms on the second floor are air conditioned, and all the bedrooms can boast of high ceilings, genuine beams and tiles.

This property is a real « Demeure Française »; our guests feel simultaneously privileged and at home.

Only two kilometers from the house you will find the beautiful village of l’Isle sur la Sorgue, often called la Venise Provencale. A perfect place to find antiques, and many cafés and restaurants.

The owners are open to different days of arrival / departure than Saturdays, and to durations outside of the standard weekly schedule - Please inquire.



7 bedroom/ 6 bathrooms sleeps 15

Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (Walk-in shower, sink, WC). Dressing room, Fridge. Large bedroom, 35 sqm.
  • Bedroom 2 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, sink, WC). Fireplace, Dressing room. Large bedroom, 40 sqm.

Third Story (2e étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 3 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks, WC). Dressing room, Fridge. Large bedroom 45 sqm. A/C.
  • Bedroom 4 - King bed with a separate bathroom (Shower, 2 sinks, separate WC). Fridge. Dressing room. Large bedroom, 35 sqm. A/C.
  • Bedroom 5 - Two single beds, communicates and shares bathroom with bedroom 4.
  • Bedroom 6 - King bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, 2 sinks, WC). Bedroom 35 sqm.

Children's bedroom, dormitory on the first floor:

  • Bedroom 7 - Three single beds with a separate bathroom (Shower, 2 sinks, WC). Bedroom is 35 sqm.


  • Air conditioning on the ground floor Orangerie, and in 2 of the 4 bedrooms located on the third floor.
  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Home Cinema in the Orangerie
  • Satellite TV with English News Channels
  • Cd player/ stereo
  • Fans if requested
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers in each bathroom
  • Indoor Dining for 15 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 15 people
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Billiard
  • English-speaking House Manager
  • Caretakers are living on the property in a different house
  • Baby Crib/ Cot and High Chair
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels


  • Sun Loungers
  • Parasols
  • Pool House, sitting area
  • Outdoor Terraces
  • Outdoor Dining for 15 People
  • Summer Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Beautiful Park with huge old plane trees, shade and grassy areas
  • Private Parking

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 18m x 8m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Perimetric Alarm, no fence

Salt water System: No

Heated?: Yes, upon request. Additional charges may apply.

Please note that pool heating is dependent on outdoor weather conditions and specific temperatures cannot be guaranteed

Note: The heated pool (May 1st - September 30) is set apart from the main bastide, with a beautiful spacious lawn and plenty of shade.

Maid Service

End of stay cleaning, as well as 10 cleaning lady hours per week are included in the rental. 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 2 KM 1.24 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Fontaine de Vaucluse 6 KM 3.72 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Gordes 15 KM 9.3 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Avignon 20 KM 12.4 mi Map Village Info



This exclusive property is located near l'Isle sur la Sorgue which is one of those places in Provence that one has to see. This "island city" lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin.

Its colors are nature's green and the bright reflection of the water shining from the several canals running through its center.

The river Sorgue surrounds the city as if to hug it.

Walking along the canals you will notice how they run between the narrow ancient streets. There are little bridges to cross and great wheels to look at with mossy blades turning in the river. 1 kilometer from the city is the "partage des eaux" where the river splits in two and forms a small pond where plane trees and green foliage abound

Long ago, the inhabitants lived off crayfishing (up to 35,000 crayfish a day!), and the silk and paper industries used those great wheels in the river for manufacturing their local products.

History has left its mark on L'Isle sur la Sorgue and points out its importance in Comtat Venaisson in the 14thc. The Collegiate church Notre Dame des Anges has an exceptional Baroque interior and the 18thc, hospital pharmacy boasts a rare collection of Moustier faience.

Also, magnificent mansions have been converted into art galleries, in particular the famous Maison René Char (18thc.), now a museum exhibiting such great artists as Miro, Mauguin or Dufy and a display area dedicated to René Char.

Antique lovers and art collectors will be gratified by the nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second hand shops here.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue hosts antiques' fairs at Easter and over the August 15th holiday that have given a worldwide reputation to this small city. More than 500 antique dealers and second hand dealers gather here to show their treasures to customers from all over the world.

This city is truly worth the trip! But just a suggestion: leave your car in the parking lot provided, and stroll around the town -slowly taking in the atmosphere and letting yourself be captured by its charms.

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
Fontaine de Vaucluse

Canoeing on the Sorgue River

Restaurants and Luberon villages

Local Markets
Sunday and Thursday: L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Tuesday and Saturday: Apt

Wednesday: Merindol

Thursday: Roussillon, Les Beaumettes, Goult

Friday: Bonnieux/Lourmarin

Saturday: Menerbes

Local Restaurants
Cabrieres d'Avignon
Fontaine de Vaucluse
L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Within Walking distance
Walks through the Countryside, Biking on the small roads.

Local shops and stores are only 5 minutes' drive. L'Isle sur la Sorgue village is 2 km from the mansion.


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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.