- Sleeps: 18
- Bedrooms: 5 doubles, 1 double/twin, 1 twin, 1 double also with a single bed, 1 children's twin, 1 childrens room (2 pairs bunk beds & a double bed which can be split into 2 singles)
- Bath/Shower Rooms: 4 bathrooms (with showers), 3 shower rooms
- Rent per week: £5,930-£8,520
- Key features: 18th century olive mill
Main House and Annexe
11 acres of grounds
13 x 5.5 metre pool
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Moulin de la Tour
Le Moulin de Le Tour was once an olive mill and is quintessentially Provençal, located at the very heart of the iconic landscape of sunflowers, lavender fields and olive groves. Its bedrooms are divided between the grand Main House and a separate Annexe, while the gardens include a swimming pool and a tennis court.
"We had a fantastic week at Moulin de la Tour, and were delighted by the kindness and attention to detail shown to us by the caretaker. It was a total joy from beginning to end, and very special for me to be surrounded by my 4 children, plus their spouses and their own children.
I usually rent a house for the entire family every other year, and I very much hope that 'Moulin de la Tour' will be available in 2 years' time".
Lorna Alexander, London, England
"A few words to say how much we all loved Moulin de la Tour - it was perfect! We spent lots of time in the pool, playing 'boules' and tennis and just "hanging out". We wish that we could begin it all again! Jeannie Chardon cooked some excellent dinners, and we were able to eat outside every evening. Whether at the Moulin or visiting many of the nearby villages, abbeys and other interesting sites, we were as happy as we'll ever be, being together in such lovely surroundings".
Flora Biddle, New York and Connecticut, U.S.A.
Our family of three generations enjoyed a wonderful week at "Moulin de la Tour". The villa is luxurious and the extensive grounds with swimming pool, tennis court and boules area provided activity for all.
Jeannie, the caretaker, was very supportive but not intrusive and she cooked some delicious meals.
Muriel Stewart, Co.Down, Northern Ireland.
Moulin de la Tour is a south-facing 18th century Provençal olive mill which was converted into a spectacular private House some 80 years ago. It has been renovated and redecorated with immense taste by its present owner, who lives mainly in Paris, to provide very spacious, stylish and comfortable accommodation in the 6-bedroom Main House and the 3-bedroom Annexe.
The Main House
- Sitting Room or "Salon" – measuring 200 square metres with an impressive stone stone-vaulted ceiling. The sitting area comprises groups of sofas and armchairs, a grand piano, substantial double-sided wood-burning stone fireplace, library area, wide-angle satellite TV with a video and DVD player and a CD/cassette player with 50 or so CDs.
- Dining Area – at one end of the Sitting Room, with a dining table seating up to 12. If required, an additional table and chairs can be moved into the dining area from the adjacent Kitchen.
- Kitchen – large, bright and well-equipped with a table seating 8, larder/pantry on either side, gas cooker, 1 electric and 2 gas ovens, 2 fridges (one with a freezer and an ice-maker) and a dishwasher.
- Games Room – with a stone vaulted ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, French billiards table (no pockets!), bar and a fascinating collection of bullfight posters, photographs and costumes. (See ‘Things to see and do’).
- 2 Staircases to the first floor – the principal staircase with an ancient glass-topped well at its base and a second staircase from the Games Room.
- Utility Room - with a washing machine and a dryer, an iron and an ironing board.
Moulin stands on a slope and, whilst the south-facing main entrance is located on its ground floor, (ie. facing the garden), there’s a second entrance off the first floor hall on the other side of the building.
- Bedroom 1 – located mid-way up the principal staircase, with a double bed, cupboards, and en suite (Shower Room 1) with a shower and a W.C.
- Bedroom 2/Study – with two children’s beds and a desk-style table with chairs.
- Bedroom 3 - the Master Bedroom, accessed through bedroom 2, with a canopied 4-poster double bed and a spacious en suite (Bathroom 1) with a bath, a separate shower, double washbasins and a WC. This Bedroom is air-conditioned.
- Bedroom 4 - with an attractive raftered ceiling, a double bed, small adjoining dressing room and an en suite (Bathroom 2) with a bath, separate shower and a W.C.
- Bedroom 5 - with a double and a single bed, a dressing room and en-suite (Bathroom 3) with a bath, separate shower and a W.C.
- Bedroom 6 – large beamed-ceiling children's room with 2 pairs of bunk beds (ie. 4 beds in all), and a separate double bed which can be split to make 2 single beds. An en suite (Shower Room 2) has a shower and W.C.
Single storey and about 20 metres west of the Main House:
- Living Room/bedroom 10/Kitchenette - with 2 full-length single beds, 2 electric hobs, a fridge, a kettle and a sink, plus table-top football and an elecric piano.
- Bedroom 7 - with a double bed which can be split into two singles and direct access to the garden.
- Bedroom 8 - with a double bed which can be split into two singles and direct access to the garden.
- Bedroom 9 - with a double bed.
- Bathroom 4 - with a bath, separate shower and a W.C.
- Shower Room 3 - with a shower and a W.C.
Garden & Grounds
Moulin de la Tour stands in 4.5 hectares (11 acres), of grounds which comprise olive and almond groves, vines, a vegetable garden, a lavender field and an orchard of apple, fig, mulberry, cherry, apricot, plum and pomegranate trees. The House is surrounded by sunny terraces with tables and chairs, overlooking extensive lawns studded with a variety of shrubs, flowers and shady trees, including the bright colours and fragrance of hibiscus, oleander, roses and geraniums.
From the electronically-controlled entrance gates, the cypress-lined drive leads through an olive grove to the ample parking area near the front door on Moulin's north side. Just off the drive is a first-class all-weather tennis court, complete with an umpire's chair.
The magnificent filtered, alarmed, swimming pool measures 13 x 5.5 metres, with wide steps into the shallow end (80 cms) shelving to 2.5 metres at the deep end. Around the pool is an excellent range of sun beds, mattresses, parasols, tables and chairs. There are 2 changing rooms, a shower and W.C. in the nearby pool house, along with an indoor barbecue and a table seating 16.
There is a ‘boules’ court in the garden, with ‘boules’ kept in the Main House and also a table tennis table stored in the garage which can be set up on the lawns or terraces as required.
Moulin de la Tour is situated in a very special part of Provence. This is van Gogh’s landscape of dazzling bright summers, vivid sunflowers, silvery olive groves and timeless hill-top villages (‘villages perchés’) with, all around, the scents of rosemary, thyme and lavender. There is the lovely hill country of the Alpilles to explore, a wealth of Roman monuments to discover and the mysterious wetlands of the Camargue - one of Europe's most important nature reserves, known for its flamingos, fighting bulls and wild horses.
Moulin de la Tour is 1 km from the centre of the attractive village of Fontvieille with good shopping facilities, pavement cafe bars, several Michelin-rated restaurants and an outstanding small hotel with its own restaurant.
The property is 8 kms from Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence which boasts 2 of France's most distinguished restaurants and 20 kms from St Rémy-de-Provence.
The nearest beach is at Stes Maries-de-la-Mer (½ hour's drive) and Nîmes, Avignon, Orange and Aix-en-Provence are all within easy driving distance.
Marseilles international airport (Marignane) is ¾ of an hour away and the smaller international airports of Nîmes and Avignon are both about half an hour. The super-fast train, the TGV Mediterranée, stops at Avignon, where drivers can also put their cars aboard a train and travel with them to a number of European towns and cities.
- The rent includes 4 hours of general housework per day on 7 days per week (including bed-making and bathroom cleaning, as well as changing and washing bed linen and bath and pool towels on a weekly basis). This will be done by one or more cleaners who will be happy to work additional hours if requested at €16 per hour, paid direct to her/them by tenants on a weekly basis.
- Each tenant will be provided with one pool and one bath towel per week.
- There's an excellent cook who lives locally and who will, prepare/cook dinners and/or lunches as required if requested in advance. Her charge for doing so (as well as for her time spent food shopping) is €17 per hour.
- The caretaker, Michaël, is employed by the owners to looks after the buildings, the grounds, the swimming pool and the tennis court.
- There is an electric heating system throughout both the Main House and the Annexe.
- There are fans in all the bedrooms. There are 2 or 3 hair-driers.
- There is a telephone/fax system with extensions in all the bedrooms in the Main House and calls can be made room-to-room.
- There is Broadband/WiFi internet access.
- There is a high chair, plus 2 cots with mattresses and bedding.
- There is a useful information folder in the Main House which contains the telephone numbers of doctors, dentists etc. as well as who to contact with various queries, eg. Michaël should be advised if a plumber or electrician is required. There are also hints and instructions regarding the buildings and the grounds, whilst Michaël has considerable knowledge about the superb local outdoor markets in Arles, St Rémy, etc.
Things to See & Do near Moulin de la Tour
- Bicycles can be hired in several local villages and there are also a number of nearby riding stables.
- The Camargue offers wonderful opportunities to ride, bicycle and walk in its strange and fascinating landscape.
- There is also excellent riding, cycling and walking in the Alpilles hills close to Les Baux-de-Provence.
- The nearest beach is at Stes Maries-de-la-Mer (½ hour's drive). Its local church, and its patron saint, Sara, is the goal each May of the "Pélerinage des Gitanes", the huge and colourful gypsies' pilgrimage from all over Europe.
- The beaches around Cassis (1¼ hours' drive) offer windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing.
- The nearest golf courses (all 18 holes) are at Les Baux-de-Provence (Domaine de Manville - 10 minutes), Mouriès (Golf de Servanes - 15 minutes) and Golf de Nîmes Vacquerrolles (25 minutes).
- Nîmes is graded as one of the 5 top bullrings in Europe, along with Madrid and Seville. Bullfights (where the bulls are killed) take place in Nîmes at the end of May and September and in Arles in April and September.
- There are many other bull-oriented events and festivals where the bulls are unharmed. Local villages stage "courses à la cocarde", whilst the Camargue holds both private "tientas" (the testing of the young bulls reared on its plains), as well as actual Provençal-style fights in which the bulls aren’t killed.
- There are many good restaurants in the vicinity in all price ranges, including excellent Michelin-starred restaurants (see ‘Location’). Several feature gypsy music and flamenco-style dancing.
- Many local vineyards offer wine tastings and on-the-spot purchases. Particularly recommended are the white and rosé wines of nearby Chateau d'Estoublon.
- This region is one of France's most important cultural treasure houses. Highlights include the Roman amphitheatres in Nîmes, Arles and Orange which are all still very much in use, the necropolis of Alyscamps, the classical excavations near St. Rémy as well as its Van Gogh museum and the nearby Abbey of Montmajour to which countless pilgrims flocked throughout the Middle Ages.
- There are distinguished music festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Orange.
Rents & Terms
2017 Rents and Terms
May, October & November
£5,930 per week
June & September
£7,240 per week
July & August
£8,520 per week
In principle, and unless otherwise agreed, all lets will be for a minimum of 1 week, and will begin and end on a Saturday. However, there are occasions when the period of availability can be less than 1 week, and/or the start or ending date may not be a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5 pm on the commencement day (not earlier), and should leave before 10 am on the agreed day of departure. They will be met on arrival by the caretaker.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing a Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing a Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover: (a) the cost of telephone and fax calls made on the house telephone during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) the cost of any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy.
This Booking and Security Deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.
There should not be more than 18 people in all (including children and babies) staying in the Main House and the Annexe at any one time.
The owner's insurance policy requires that all downstairs windows and shutters are closed, and that all outside doors are locked whenever tenants are away from the property.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any losses, breakages or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
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