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Close to Aix-en-Provence a charming Provençal villa with 5 bedrooms, arge, pretty garden with private 9m x 5m pool. Walking distance to local village.House size: 400 m2Sleeps: 8 peopleBedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 3Garden size: 8000 m2Pool size: 9m x 5mBeach: within 30kmCharming, traditional light-filled Provencal villa with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a wonderful rambling garden and generous living space, with 9m x 5m pool.Only 5 minutes from the centre of the beautiful and lively Aix-en-Provence and half a kilometre from a village.Forest walks a minute away. Villa du Jardin is the perfect place from where to explore one of Frances oldest and most attractive Roman cities.Rural Provence, with its beautiful traditional villages, scenery and light that has attracted generation after generation of artists is also on your doorstep and the Mediterranean is less than 30km away. But you could just as happily lie by the pool smelling the lavender in the garden and nearby Mediterranean forest pines! We have not yet visited this property.Accommodation DetailsThere is a large, elegantly decorated and furnished living room with two sets of double doors leading on to the pool and terrace with plenty of comfy sofas and armchairs to seat 10 and a generously proportioned open fireplace. Wonderful high, beamed ceiling. A semi-enclosed dining area with table and seating for 8 is just off the living room. The kitchen is cheerful and spacious with fridge, freezer, hob, grill, double oven and all the equipment needed to cook the delicious food available at the marvellous street market in nearby Aix! Wooden table and benches and some pretty white Provencal furniture and views out to garden.Separate utility area with washing machine and tumble drier as well as library and study areas with more comfy seating and double doors to garden. Bedroom 5, a double room, is on the ground floor and overlooks the pool and garden while there is also a separate WC with washbasin.UpstairsBedroom 1 with large (kingsize) 4-poster double bed, pretty furnishings and French windows to small balcony and views out to garden and pool. En-suite bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin. Bedroom 2 has a single bed. Bedroom 3 has a single bed. (NB: Two extra folding beds available on request) Separate bathroom with washbasin, bath and WC. Across the terrace upstairs is Bedroom 4, a double with en-suite bathroom with bath, WC and washbasin. Caretakers live discreetly on site in own accommodation.Equipment & FacilitiesWashing-machineDish-washerTumble-drierFridge/Freezer - medium sizedMicrowaveOvenHob 4 ring stoveGrillElectric kettleToasterIronRadioTVSatellite-TV CD - and CDs DVD player - and DVDs VCR player - and videosUnder floor heatingOpen fireBooksBoard GamesGarden furniture - 10 garden chairs, 8 sun loungersBoulesOutdoor BBQ pitLarge cold box2 extra folding beds available on requestCar-ParkingBabysitting service availableCaretakers live discreetly on site.Private Chef can be organised.Outdoor DetailsThe house is approached via an attractive avenue of trees and is typically Provencal in style. Surrounded by a lovely Mediterranean garden with extensive lawns and established trees and planting that includes oleander, lavender, juniper and pine, amongst others. Some pretty gravel areas and plenty of shade under the trees. There are secret bits of garden too and thoughtfully placed tables and chairs for quiet contemplation or a romantic meal outside. The pool is surrounded by a large terrace with plenty of outdoor furniture, including sun loungers and large parasols for shade.There is also a large gazebo for communal outside dining. BBQ pit. Boules available for a relaxing game of Petanque.Nearby ActivitiesAix-en-Provence, approx 7km. Famous for its summer festivals, fountains and cultural events, it is the city of Cezannes canvases and was the Capital of Gaul in the Roman times. Amazing shops, restaurants and museums. (Cours Mirabeau is one of Europes finest streets). Have an aperitif and do some relaxing people-watching at Les Deux Garcons (known locally as Les Deux Gas), one of Frances most famous and historic bars.There is fantastic walking in the Saint Baume range and bike hire is available in many local villages and it goes without saying that the local villages are classically pretty and home to charming shops, squares and restaurants.The Luberon. Located just north of Aix-en-Provence it is above all the Luberon villages that we recommend - for it is the villages (and the surrounding scenery) that are the highlight of this beautiful region of the French countryside.The region has several villages listed as most beautiful villages of France. Marseille apprx 29km. Often underestimated, the third largest and oldest city in France and founded by the Greeks, it has an interesting and very lively old port area with some fabulous shops and art galleries - and of course seafood restaurants. Museums.The city has undergone an impressive transformation in the last 30 years, particularly near the vieux port. Cassis appx 54km - pretty fishing port with a beach and boat trips to the Calanques (see below) Calanques de Cassis, Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton Calanques apprx 50 km.Breathtaking lime escarpments, like embryonic fjords, surrounded by towering cliffs. Great natural beauty, good for walkers. La Ciotat-Plage apprx 55 km. Boasts splendid sandy beaches with exceptionally high levels of sunshine. Bandol apprx 75 km. When it comes to climate Bandol is supreme. Sheltered from the mistral by its wooded hills it enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Its vines produce some of the best wine on the Mediterranean coast. Isle of Bendoris - a pleasant 10 minute boat trip from Bandol. An island with an attractive Provencal harbour, also the Iles des Embiez known as the powerboat playground. The Chateau dIf, in the Bay of Marseille apprx 30km. Famous for being the setting for Alexander Dumas famous adventure story The Count of Monte Cristo. Regular boat trips to the Chateau from the mainland. St Cyr sur Mer apprx 64km. There is a huge variety of beaches to choose from in the vicinity of St Cyr Sur Mer. The nearest is at Les Lecques (3 kms), a quiet seaside town in a sweeping bay, which has tennis courts, horse-riding, aqualand adventure park and an 18 hole golf courseACCESSInternational airports are at: Marseille (international flights worldwide, transatlantic flights) appx 25 km (Tel: 33 (0) 4 42 14 14 14) Nice (international airport) appx 180 km Toulon (Ryanair Stansted) appx 88 km Nimes (Ryanair to Stansted - London, Luton and Liverpool) appx 102 km Montpellier (international and transatlantic flights) appx 154 kms Railway: Bandol, Marseilles and Aix-en Provence have railway stations with nearby car rental.Local Shops & FacilitiesVery close to a village where there is the usual range of shops:- Baker Grocer Cafe-bar Pharmacy Restaurant Aix-en-Provence appx 7 km, is a city with a big range of shops including supermarkets Golf - appx 5 km Riding - appx 10 kn Tennis courts - appx 5 km Bike hire - appx 5 km Beaches - appx 30 km Forest walks nearby.Arrival & Departure- Changeover day is Saturdays. Arrival at 5pm. Depart at 10am. Late arrival (6 - 9pm) possible only by prior arrangement. Please ensure that when you buy your aeroplane ticket, the flight time will allow for arrival before 9pm at the very latest.Breakage Deposit: 800 euros payable directly to the owner 21 days prior to your arrival date. This will be returned less deductions for any breakages within 10 days of departure.Telephone Line- Wi-Fi available.Electricity- Up to 100 kwhrs per week is included in the rent. Thereafter chargeable at Euros0.15/kwhr.Non-electric Heating- Central heating oil consumption is charged at Euros0.50 per litre. If you would like to use the fireplace logs and kindling can be provided at Euros40 per weekBedlinen & towels- Bedlinen and towels, together with pool towels are included.Cleaning: End of stay cleaning included. Maid service during your stay available at Eur12 per hour. End-of-stay cleaning charge is to cover "normal" cleaning throughout the house. However, while you are therefore not expected to hoover and mop everywhere, you are expected to leave kitchen appliances (i.e. oven and fridge), crockery, kitchen utensils, and bathroom appliances clean, and not to leave litter in the garden. If the house is left in an unacceptable state, further monies may be retained from the breakages deposit. Caretakers live discreetly on site in separate accommodation.Pets- Pets are not allowed.Max party size- 8/8The owner is entitled to ask you to leave the property without any refund if the number of occupants exceeds 8.Fire: This is a region which has a high fire risk. It is forbidden to start fires anywhere in the property grounds. Only light BBQs in the area designated for this purpose.Swimming pool Safety: The owner is not responsible for any bodily injury next to or in the swimming pool. Children must be surveyed at all times. No smoking in the house.