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Ferme du Vigneron is managed by Meilin, Interior designer.
507 - 1200/night
Suitable for 6-10 people

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Holiday home exterior - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
— Meilin: “We took advantage of the large grounds we have with a wild Mediterranean forest of oak trees, rosemary, thyme and other types of herbs.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe the villa in a nutshell?

Meilin: “Ferme du Vigneron is a beautiful villa rental in the Provence. Originally it was a vintner's farm. Today our road is a succession of farms, many of them now turned into family homes, but the land is still mainly agricultural. We are surrounded by vineyards producing Côte du Rhône wine, and walking distance up the road are some ancient olive groves.”
Holiday home exterior - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
— Holiday home exterior

— Please tell us a about the layout of the house and the rooms.

Meilin: “The main house has three bedrooms and the guest suite has two more bedrooms. Every bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room, to allow for privacy.

Access to the main house is through a fairly large and grand entrance leading to the grand living-dining room which we very much enjoy for its space and comfort. Also on the ground floor is a large eat-in kitchen, a TV room, pantry and a cloakroom. The first floor has an open office on the landing, a laundry room and two beautiful bedrooms. There is another bedroom on the second floor.

The guest suite is independent from the main house. Both rooms have independent access from the outside and are also interconnected with a double set of doors for privacy.”
Entrance - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
— Entrance

— Please tell us about the facilities and services available.

Meilin: “We are always happy to help make our guests’ stay as perfect as possible. With some advance notice, we can arrange visits to some fantastic wineries in the area and wine tastings and we can organise traditional Provencal cooking classes. If you need a babysitter we can help with that as well.

We have a gym located in one of the dependance buildings (where the animals and tools used to be housed) with a step master, a stationary bike, yoga equipment and a TV with DVD player.

Outside we have a courtyard with beautiful Mont Ventoux views, a terrace with a BBQ and a summer kitchen by the pool, several sitting and lounging areas in the garden with opened views over the medieval town of Vaison, a swimming pool and a pétanque court. The garden was landscaped around the house, but we left the original native forest of oak trees, parasol pines, thyme, rosemary and native bushes largely untouched. We don’t have any direct neighbours because of the size of the property grounds.”
 - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France

— What was your inspiration to buy an old vintner’s farm and turn it into a luxury holiday home?

Meilin: “It is something we had in mind for several years: we were visiting houses in several areas in the south of France. It was by chance that we visited this house after turning down another one that was too small in a nearby village. We fell in love with the size of the house, the views, and the perfect location very close to town, yet with no neighbours. We didn’t mind the dilapidated state of the place as it was exactly what we were looking for: the renovation allowed us to tailor the space to our needs.”
Pool - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
— Pool

— Please tell us a bit about the refurbishment and the interior.

Meilin: “The place was run-down and had been abandoned for about 10 years. It was basically a ruin. We used to live in London at the time. I came down to meet with the architect and builders every month for a long weekend or more in order to oversee the works and choose the materials. The fireplace, the terra-cotta floors of the guest suite, and all of the main house’s doors are reclaimed from old houses. It was very important for me to have some antique materials as most of the original features of the house were lost, except for the kitchen’s ceiling, and I didn’t want the house to look new, but to show some link to its past. The renovation took 12 months.

The interior design of the holiday home is pared down and bright: light is very important to me, I need plenty of it! The decoration is restrained and restricted to functional items in order to make the space open and easy to use for everyone. I was looking for a serene, open and welcoming style.”
Bedroom suite - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
— Bedroom suite

— What has been most rewarding about the whole experience?

Meilin: “I used to be a veterinary surgeon and have recently taken interior design as a profession. People have been very encouraging about my new career as a designer when realizing how involved I am in the interior design of the house. I’ve also had some really nice comments from guests who felt at home straight away because they thought the house was so user-friendly.”
 - Ferme du Vigneron, in Provence, France
 
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