Have you ever seen one of these many wonderful French films in which a couple spends a long summer in Provence? So plastic that you can almost smell the lavender scent, feel the mild sun on your skin and hear the buzzing of the insects in the olive grove? Well, all of this can be experienced live in the Baye des Anges.
Veterinarian and self-made interior designer Meilin and her husband Christophe have created an inviting holiday home in the Baye des Anges from an abandoned 18th-century ruin. The house is large enough to enjoy a country outing with a larger group and at the same time has many intimate corners where you can be completely on your own. The garden with lots of trees and flowers is also a paradise for children.
The best way to start the morning here is with an extensive breakfast on the terrace in the shade of the house. Delicacies of all kinds can be bought in numerous local grocery stores in the area. Right at the start of the holiday, the hosts present a "panier garni" filled with fresh fruit, cheese, local wines, bread and some patisseries that make you want more.
There is no shortage of activities. Cyclists can venture on a tour of Mont Ventoux. If you want to take it easy, you can swim and sunbathe in the pool or play ping-pong. A walk along the path from the house up to the hill is rewarded with a wonderful view of the entire region.
Lunch can be taken either on the terrace under the acacia tree or by the pool. A holiday in the French province also includes a nap by the pool or in the summer house - surrounded by the scent of the Mediterranean herb garden. Lots of interesting sightseeing trips are also possible; for example to a nearby Roman theater or to the medieval town of Vaison-la-Romaine, which is within walking distance.
The evenings often begin with a game of boules at the petanque area directly below the pool. The aperitif can then be taken at one of the terrace seats, from which you can enjoy a great view of the medieval city. In the meantime, the grill is fired up. The pergola shadows the terrace during the day and keeps it warm at night. It is gently illuminated by solar-powered LEDs that shimmer like real candlelight. At sunset, the lights come on one after the other, creating a magical atmosphere. Just like watching the stars appear over the Baye des Anges garden.
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ArchitectureThe house is a former stone farmhouse from the 18th century. The building was literally dug into the hill - one wall of the living room goes deep into the floor. This enables the earth to be used as a thermal controller. In summer, the rooms feel pleasantly freshly chilled - provided that you don't let the summer heat penetrate through the windows. Nevertheless, air conditioning is available. The renovation work deliberately avoided moving in room dividers and so the real luxury here is: space. The house is large and flooded with light. The interior consists of a very successful mix of designer and vintage furniture that go perfectly with the natural building materials. Solid wood or terracotta floors, solid wood furniture, everything is in natural colors, the walls are lime plastered. All cupboards and most of the doors and the fireplace have been refurbished. All outdoor furniture is either vintage or from a local artisan and wood from the local sawmill. Only natural fibers were chosen for the fabrics: cotton for towels and sheets, linen for bed linen.
FoodThe house is self-catering, but if the guest wishes, the hostess can make contact with a local chef. In the surrounding area there are numerous opportunities to buy fine delicacies at the markets or the local grocery stores. Whether it's a cheese factory, pastry shop, bakery, butcher, fishmonger, Italian delicatessen - there are so many incredible offers in the city that there is no excuse to go anywhere near a supermarket. The proof of this can be found in the "panier garni", a welcome from the hostess, which contains fresh fruit, cheese, local wines, bread and some patisseries to make the local offer tasty for the guests.
EnvironmentIn the dry climate of Provence, the first and most important measure was to reduce water consumption in the garden. For this purpose, only Mediterranean plants were planted that manage in a dry environment with very limited irrigation. So far, this has worked very well and is also a pleasure for the eyes and nose: the wonderful aromas of lavender, suction, rosemary and thyme fill the garden. Only recently has a vegetable garden been created, which includes a mixture of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. From the garden, guests can help themselves as they please. Of course, no herbicides, insecticides or fertilizers are used in the vegetable garden or on the rest of the property. Pests are kept at bay through the use of natural additives, fertilization takes place through green manure and layer composting. The hosts have started to use more and more homemade cleaning products, as well as products from ethically and ecologically responsible providers. The use of solar energy is planned. Of course, as much as possible is recycled. There is compost for biowaste.
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Vaison-la-Romaine is about 50 km northeast of Avignon, an hour's drive away. The nearest airport is located in Marseille, from there it takes approximately 1.5 hours (121 km). It takes just under 3 hours (292 km) from Nice, just under 2 hours (136 km) from Montpellier and about 2.5 hours (213 km) from Lyon. Geneva is just under 360 km away. You will receive the exact address and route description when booking.
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