LES VOLETS BLEU
'A Provençal Dream'
Property for rent
Bonjour! We are thrilled that you are looking at our house in L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It is perfectly located in the "Centre Ville", within a 3 minute walk from over 50 restaurants/bars and cafes. As well as the many gift and antique centres, the road to the left of the house runs along the river, a treat for children who can watch the ducks swim in the crystal clear waters of the River Sorgue.
A bright and airy house surprisingly spacious on the inside. The beautiful roof terrace with retractable roof is ideal for dining or just sunbathing and reading a book. All amenities on site including a laundry room. Wifi and TV. Lots of road parking. Weekly markets steps from your door.
The nearest airports are Marseille (90km) and Avignon (20km). British Airways (www.ba.com) flies to Marseille from London Gatwick; Flybe (www.flybe.com) will get you to Avignon from regional airports in the UK, including Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester.
The TGV service will get you from Paris to Avignon in under three hours. The station is 25km from L’Isle sur la Sorgue.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is well served by buses. Bus no.6 runs from Avignon, bus no.13 runs from Carpentras and Cavaillon, bus no.14 runs from Apt, bus no.20 runs from Avignon and Carpentras and bus no.21 runs from Maubec and Fontaine de Vaucluse.
The town has no fewer than 17 car-parks, but they still fill up very quickly in summer, especially on Sundays.
If you can't find a space in the centre, try the car-park at the Salle des Fêtes (Function Room) on the avenue Napoléon Bonaparte north of the town, about an eight-minute walk from the market.
If you are planning to rent a car, please consider our comparison search engine for all grades of hire car from Smarts to 4x4s and limousines.
A beautiful room on the second level of house. Neutral tones keep it cool and calm. With a very comfortable double bed, side draws, chest and wardrobe.
A lovely bedroom with a double bed, 2 side draws a chest and wardrobe for your guests belongings.
A gorgeous sun drenched bedroom on the top floor. With the balcony on your doorstep, it makes for a spacious and breezy sleep!
THINGS TO DO
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is just what the name says: an island in the middle of the River Sorgue. There are many excellent reasons why this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Provence.
The antiques are a huge draw, there are two big brocante fairs a year, this is the third largest fair of its kind in Europe, around 500 antiques and art dealers and up to 100,000 visitors attend the event. And there are weekly farmers' markets selling the local goods. The market is held on Thursdays and Sundays in the town center of L’Isle sur la Sorgue. The market generally really gets going between 9am and 9:30am, but it is advisable to arrive by 9am or earlier to ensure good parking.
Cafes and Restaurants
There is no shortage of excellent places to eat and drink in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. A good start to any day is the famous Café de France, which, with its elegant Art Nouveau facade, large mirrors and wood panelling, is a classic brasserie.
The 17 Place Aux Vin is one of our favourite wine bars in town. Or stop for a treat at Jouvaud pâtisserie 40 rue de Bishopric, in Carpentras, which is so amazing it has a branch in Tokyo!
The Sorgues and Monts de Vaucluse are at the heart of a department whose wine is well renowned. On our territory, two appellations - Cotes du Rhone and Ventoux.
See HERE for the best surrounding wine cellars and vineyards.
Notre Dame des Anges
Arrive early on Sunday to see the church which is the town's star architectural feature before Mass starts. Notre Dame des Anges dates back to the twelfth century and is now a rare example of baroque architecture in France.
Look out for the richly carved wooden doorway and, above it, something unusual. Provence is famous for its sundials but Notre Dame des Anges has an extra: a moon dial. Both sun dial and moon dial were essential aids for local farmers planning their crop-planting calendar.
Sports & Recreation
Brimming with colors and scents, the beautiful landscapes of the Sorgues and Monts de Vaucluse are an invitation to escape, especially under the sun of Provence! The Sorgue, provides well needed relief from the summer heat, so to the walks in the shade of ash trees, elms and plane trees, are a treat!
You can enjoy sports and leisure activities in the heart of nature - fishing, canoeing, cycling, hiking, horseback riding - or of course swimming, tennis and golf.
See HERE for more info.
"This is a charming delightful place with many many thoughtful details. The pictures do not do it justice - the decor is lovely, the beds are comfortable, the bathroom is great and the kitchen is very well equipped. All of the restaurants and other attractions are a short pleasant walk away and yet the house itself is on a quiet street away from the crowds and noise. Well located for exploring Provence and such a nice place to come back to."