Spacious inside and out, calm, well equipped; a paradise for adults and children
Dr Jeanny Valls
- english, french, german, spanish, dutch
Why Dr Jeanny Valls chose Barbentane
It feels so good being here. Maybe not the most beautiful house nor the most sumptuously furnished (although there's everything you need and much more than you normally find in rental accommodation) but the setting is -- wow! Walk or run up the hillside, explore the Montagnette on foot or mountain bike, stand, sit, lie or float and look around you, enjoy the views, or close your eyes, relax, feel the breeze on your face, draw in the scent of pine, rosemary, thyme and jasmine, bask in the sound of birds or crickets or the wind in the treetops, soak in the warmth of the sun...
What makes this Villa unique
There's the space to be yourself. If you all want to be together in the living room or the dining room or round the barbecue or in the pool, no problem. But when you want to be on your own, you can come and go as you please without bumping into anyone else : counting the French windows there's 8 (yes, eight) entrances and exits from the bedrooms and other parts of the house to the main terrace, side terrace, kitchen terrace, pool area and garden (though you have to be tall enough to reach the upper locks on the front door and the French windows, so you needn't worry about a child wandering out). The grounds are on several different levels. You can curl up on a seat or stretch out on a sunbed in total privacy among the olives -- or under the pines -- or on an open lawn -- or behind a clump of large shrubs -- east, west, north and south of the house. You can exhaust yourself playing hide and seek with the children -- they'll win -- and it's a safe environment for them, provided you cover the pool (or set the pool alarm and have an adult close by). And even when you're out of sight, you need not fear starvation -- just outside the kitchen there's an old-fashioned ding-dong bell on the wall with a rope-pull for the cook(s) to call in the hungry.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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2 baby cots available -- see below
Minimum age of primary renter:21
BABIES : 2 cots available and do not count towards max occupancy of 8
PETS : We love them -- but only if they really are the 'you would never have known they were there' sort (ie no fur, chewing or scratch marks).
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was our third stay at the property - 2003, 2008 and 2019. We'll try again in a few years. A great property in a great location.
This is a beautiful property in fantastic grounds and could not have been better equipped. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms it was perfect for our family - grandparents, parents and baby.
The pool was great especially as we had chosen what turned out to be the hottest June/July on record.
Superb property set in beautiful grounds
We spent 1 week at Montagnette and wished it could have been longer as there is so much to see and do in the area. On arrival we were met by the caretaker as arranged and we found the property spotlessly clean and very comfortable with top quality appliances, a well equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds and modern power showers with ample hot water. The whole property is very spacious with plenty of options for outdoor seating and dining.We enjoyed the large pool and beautiful gardens, the only effort being that it's a 2 man job to take the cover off the pool.
Barbantane is a quiet village within a 5 minute drive of the property. It has a grocery store and boulangerie but we found very few of the restaurants open during our stay. We took a walk up the Montagnette and were rewarded with a panoramic view of the region. Further afield you are within an easy drive of Avignon, Arles, Nimmes and Les-Baux de Provence in the Alpilles. It is also well worth the extra miles to get to Fontaine de Vaucluse which is really beautiful (take a picnic and swimming gear to enjoy the river setting). From there you can also reach the Abbaye de Senanque, Gordes and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (weekend antique market). The Camargue is about an hour away but we were a little disappointed, it is very flat region and not particularly attractive and we saw more riding ponies than wild horses but perhaps we were just unlucky.
This is a very comfortable property set in beautiful tranquil grounds within easy reach of many interesting places. A delightful property and thoroughly recommended.
A little bit of Heaven
This is the second year we have stayed at La Montagnette, for 3 weeks each time, and we still haven't run out of new places to visit. The area is so full of wonderful towns, villages and sights. Barbentane itself is a beautiful, non touristy village with heaps of amenities and two good restaurants. And, of course, you are only 10 minutes away from all the choices in Avignon.
But it is the house itself which is the star. So relaxing. A wonderful garden with lots of chairs and recliners for shade or sun worshiping and a beautiful pool. The house is always spotlessly clean when you arrive and cleaned at the end of each week if you stay for more than one week. The bedrooms, and particularly the bathrooms, are superb and there are lots of lounging places to relax.
In the house. The kitchen has everything you could possibly want. Lovely artwork, lighting (inside and out) and all of the things that make for a truly wonderful stay.
The only reason I didn't write a review last year was because I knew we would want to come back this year and didn't want it to get booked up!
Lovely house with loads of space
This is a lovely well maintained house, with everything you need for a great family holiday, peacefully located yet only five minutes drive from the boulangerie. The three main bedrooms have lots of space and storage, the attic room (as it says in the description) is smaller but still very nice, and quietly located away from the other rooms - good if you have a baby that wakes at 5.30am! It is great to have such a nice big pool, with plenty space around it for loungers. We had two small children in our party, there is a large paved patio area around the house, which is great for them to potter about while you sit in the sun. The ride-on tractor was a particular hit for our two, and the sand pit and wheel barrow were also popular and thoughtful additions. The owners were very helpful both when we were making the arrangements and during our stay. We'd highly recommend this house, one of the best we've stayed in.
Idyllic holiday retreat
This house fulfilled all our expectations and more. Very good for our family group, which included 2 very young children. Three bedrooms on the ground floor all with en suite giving easy access to main parts of the house. The grounds are spacious, enabling childen to run around and explore and adults to find a shady spot away from it all. Pool was very well maintained. We particularly enjoyed watching the robot at work every day, cleaning up the pine needles! Kitchen is very well equipped, but equipment - cooker and microwave a little too sophisticated!
There is plenty of information about local sights and games provided. We made good use of the sound system which could be extended to outdoors. The house very much has the feel of a family home. Communication with the owners has been friendly, informal and helpful. I would highly recommend this property.
The villa stands in our private woodland -- pines, mediterranean oaks and olives -- of 8000 square metres (2 acres), grassed and wooded on a gently terraced hillside, a paradise for children and adults. To the south, from the end of the garden, it opens up into a natural reserve of 'garrigue' - rocky mediterranean scrubland and our mini-mountain range dominating the view from the terrace, leading one visitor to remark that in effect we had a 10,000 acre back garden - a slight over statement of course. East and west there is more woodland. North, the ground slopes down gently towards the Rhone through olive groves, farmland and orchards.
Nearby (about 1 mile away) is the picturesque village of Barbentane: Medieval castle remains, 12th-15th century church, 17th century Château, narrow streets with steps and archways, old windmill, three boulangeries / patisseries (bakers and cake makers), butcher, greengrocer, supermarket and several restaurants.
Other Activities: Pétanque, gourmet dining, hot air balloon
Golf: http://www.ngf-golf.com/gardengolf-avignon 18 + 9 holes 20km
http://www.golfgrandavignon.com 18 holes lakeside practice (over water) 23 km
http://golfbarbentane.free.fr 6 holes 2km