Ferme du Vigneron

  • Location: Town / Village
    Medieval village of Vaison-la-Romaine: In walking distance
    Mount Venoux, an etape at the Tour de France: 26km (3hs by bike)
    Beautiful Avignon: 55km (55 mins by car)
    Marseille, where style and history meet: 140km (1h 40 mins by car)
  • Avignon-Caumont Airport (AVN): 60km (50 mins by car)
    Avignon TGV: 57 km (57 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

You’ll be right there to experience the fragrance of Provence’s world-famous lavender fields.
Both large gatherings and intimate spots are available, it’s only up to you to decide.
At the villa it is as if time were to slow down, allowing you to distance yourself from stress.

The beaches are a bit of a drive away, but the refreshing pool is only a few steps from the villa.

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An introduction to Ferme du Vigneron

How would you describe Ferme du Vigneron in a nutshell?

La Ferme du Vigneron in the village of Vaison-la-Romaine is the perfect place for a rejuvenating family or group holiday. You'll be in Vaucluse, an area of Provence that is world-famous for its beautiful lavender fields.

With five double bedrooms, each named after a grape variety of famous Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape wines, there is space for up to 10 guests who will enjoy the views of surrounding vineyards and olive groves, and also the medieval town of Vaison-la-Romaine and Mount Ventoux. The villa's design gracefully merges light interiors with vintage chic and lots of space to relax, play, and explore.

Please tell us about the history of the farm please.

Originally, our holiday home was a vintner’s farm that also had some livestock. This 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.

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

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 neighbors. 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.

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

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.

What has been most rewarding about the whole experience?

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 people who felt at home straight away because they thought the house was so user-friendly.

Please tell us a bit about your eco policy.

I work very hard on having an eco friendly attitude in our house as I think it affects us all in our daily life. For example, our garden is pesticide and fertiliser free. It is planted with mediterranean plants that need very little or no water, that includes our own lavender field :-). Going away from the green lawn model, towards a mediterranean garden has been a project over the last 10 years, and it has proved to be not only eco-friendly but also very aesthetic as the type of plants used have settled and thrived with very little maintenance.

I can also proudly say that we haven't used any biocides on the devastating box tree moth caterpillars, instead controlling it with pheromone traps, when it normally takes 2-3 treatments of very strong pesticides. We compost the grass cuttings, which is the only fertilizer we use and I also compost kitchen waste which I encourage the guests to do as well. So far most have been very pleased with it as it noticeably reduces the amount of waste. It is very easy to separate as there is a dedicated stainless steel bin in the kitchen worktop especially designed for it.

In 2018 I created a landscaped kitchen garden inspired by the "jardins de curé" which produced an incredible amount of vegetables (and fruits with the strawberry square) growing just in front of the kitchen: it makes the soil to pot a reality. The geometric landscaping keeps it enjoyable to look at in all seasons, and as I researched local and organic seeds, the vegetables have been very strong although I obviously don't use any pesticide nor chemical fertiliser, but a variety of green fertilisers, mainly comfrey and nettle. Over all, the landscaping and the kitchen garden have both been very rewarding as the results are really spectacular

What do you particularly like about this part of Provence?

The perched villages of Provence around our area, starting with Vaison-la-Romaine, Seguret, Le Crestet.. have this wonderful feeling of going back in time while strolling through them. Their old stone keep the freshness so they are very pleasant to visit in the heat of summer.

Vaison-la-Romaine is the biggest Roman archeological site in France. It's Roman theatre is very actively used for shows in the summer, and the remains of luxurious villas, therms, high street shops are there for you to explore. They cover a large part of the "new" town, the old one being the perched medieval town.

I never miss the Vaison Dances festival in July, it takes place in the Roman theater and attracts the best of modern dance, flamenco, tango, modern circus etc. — it always has a fantastic program. Also the New Chorégies of Orange are not to be missed for Opera lovers. The setting is really overwhelming, as Orange is one of the rare Roman theatres to have kept its scene’s back wall.

The Dentelles de Montmirail, a stunning chain of limestone hill which rugged hill tops remind of lace, are a beauty, hiking through them will no doubt create unforgettable memories. The dentelle are diamond shaped, with Vaison at the top, Baume de Venise at the bottom, Gigondas and Malaucene on each side, those names give you the clue to why many of it's hill sides are planted with vineyards.

The Tour de France regularly has an etape climbing the Mont Ventoux, which bottom is just 15km away, and the area is a major draw for cyclists. There are miles and miles of roads for cycling accessible directly from our door-step towards the baronnies and pre-alps which are a favourite. It is a bliss in the wildly untouched nature of the Dentelles de Montmirail, or the Mont Ventoux.

Avignon and it's wonders are less than an hour drive, but to my experience, our guests rarely get that far on a first visit as there are so many things to do locally..

Courtyard
Pool
Entrance
Living area
Living area
Dining room
Kitchen
Bedroom suite
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
En-suite bathrooms
Bathroom
Courtyard
Terrace and vegetable garden
Vegetable garden
Vegetable garden daybed
Pool dining area
Outside seating

Ferme du Vigneron rooms & rates

The main house has three bedrooms and the guest suite has two additional bedrooms. Every bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room, to allow for privacy. The main house also has a TV room, a laundry room, an office, a large eat-in kitchen and a grand living-dining room, which we very much enjoy for its space and comfort. The kitchen is fully kitted with all the perks you might need, from the La Cornue oven to the cooking tools. The professional chefs who have come to use it have always praised it for its functionality.

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.

When we found the house, we fell in love with the size of it, the views, and the perfect location very close to town, yet with no neighbors.

Outside, the 1 hectare property is landscaped in a way to use it's variety of settings for either large gatherings (pool, view points, pétanque court, terrace, patio), or smaller more intimate spots when you feel like some quiet meditative time or just want to read a good book in a fresh spot (the summer house, various day beds).

  • Main House + Guest House for 6-10 people / 420 m²
    / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 3 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 4 Other rooms
    • 3 Baby cot (on req.)

    The main house and the guest house together feature 5 bedrooms for a total of 10 people. Air-conditioning is available in the three bedrooms of the main house.

    The king-size bedroom on the first floor has an en-suite shower, separated toilets, and access to its own terrace. Another suite is located on the first floor. It has a queen size bed and its own bathroom and separate toilet. On the second floor of the main house is a third bedroom with twin beds and its own bathroom and toilet.

    Two further suites have their own private access in the guest house. They are both on the ground floor and are interconnected with double doors. One of the rooms has twin beds and an old fashion en-suite bathroom. The other has a queen size bed and en-suite shower room.

  • Main House only for 6 people / 320 m²
    / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 3 Other rooms
    • 3 Baby cot (on req.)

    The three bedrooms in the main house are for a total of 6 people. Air-conditioning is available in the three bedrooms of the main house.

    The king-size bedroom on the first floor has an en-suite shower, separated toilets, and access to its own terrace. Another suite is located on the first floor. It has a queen size bed and it’s own bathroom and separate toilet. On the second floor of the main house is a third bedroom with twin beds and its own bathroom and toilet.

Included in the rates
Rates include a welcome basket with fresh local produce, fruits, cheeses and wine, the villa's pantry is also stocked with basics, such as pasta, rice, coffee and tea, as well as cleaning and maintenance products. Rates further include maid service three times a week for 2 h each time, all linen, pool towels and toiletry essentials on arrival.
Optional extras
Services on request: Additional cleaning services and a private chef for authentic and delicious Provençal food.
Extra charges payable at the property
Heating is charged separately at EUR 250 per week if used.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby equipment is available in the house (3 baby cots, 2 high chairs, baby audio monitors, toys, etc.).
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
10% off for bookings of more than 14 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Toys for kids
  • Gym
  • Movies/DVDs
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Playground
  • Hair dryer

The exteriors include a courtyard with beautiful Mont Ventoux views, a terrace with a BBQ, several sitting and lounging areas in the garden with opened views over the medieval town of Vaison and Mont Ventoux, a swimming pool, a pétanque court, a ping pong table.

The garden was landscaped around the house, to include a kitchen garden and a lavender filed. The original native forest includes 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.

There is a separate gym with a step master, a stationary bike, yoga equipment and a TV with DVD player. There is also a TV room with a TV and a collection of DVD's both for kids and adults, available. Please note that no TV channels are available.

Things to do in Provence & Vaison-la-Romaine

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding

Vaison-la-Romaine offers lots of sightseeing: the Medieval part of town on the hill with its cobbled streets and stone houses, the Roman theatre and museum, the ruins of the thermal town, and near the post office are the ruins of another part of the Roman village. There are also many more medieval villages nearby to explore.

Wine tasting is a must here too, of course. We have a selection of wineries in the area that we recommend, and local wines are always included in our welcome hamper. Upon request we can also arrange visits to prestigious Chateau La Nerthe, one of the best Château-Neuf-du-Pape producer, and also a marvellous property with a stunning cellar.

Food is taken very seriously, local and slow are the keys. Vegetables are grown literally before your eyes in the kitchen garden. In town, a variety of food shops offer the very best you can expect from the award winning cheesemonger and butcher, to the fishmonger, patisserie and wine merchant.

Avignon is only half an hour away as is Chateau-la-Nerthe, a beautiful chateau, that's been producing Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape wine since the 16th century. It is one of the best domain in the area and has amazing cellars, some of them built with reclaimed stones from the Roman theatre.

Sports are covered with the infinity of biking routes around, the pool, the ping pong table, and a indoor gym if a damage control is on the agenda.

The location of Ferme du Vigneron

We are located near Avignon in a fairly unknown gem of a town. Vaison-la-Romaine is not a huge town, but it has numerous high quality grocery shops because it caters for a large area around it: the cheese-monger, the butcher, the patisserie and the fish-monger are all incredible.

A big attraction is the Tuesday market, which has existed since Roman times. It covers the whole town and sells groceries, but also plants, furniture, fabrics, and so on. The market goes on year-round as this town lives year-round as well.

The house is a five minute drive from the town center. It feels really far away from everything when you’re home, but it’s nice to have the town so close. Culturally the summer is very busy with loads of open air festivals and concerts going on everywhere, from the Roman theatre, to the Medieval chapel and even in the middle of the vineyards!

When is the best time to visit Provence?

July and August are very hot, and one tends to just enjoy the house and its grounds, it’s a whole world in itself to be shared with friends and family...

Outside of July and August, there are no crowds at all, and the whole area is a bliss to visit!

For discovering, I’d recommend May, June, September and early October. Those are absolutely perfect months. It’s usually sunny most of the time.

In April everything is in bloom, but the weather isn’t as stable: it can definitely rain (hopefully for the garden!!).

Winter is a fabulous season, although it is very under rated, as people associate Provence with heat. We just adore staying in Vaison in the winter: with crisp dry cold outside, the sun entering the living room all the way through during the afternoon, and a blazing fire inside to gather around all evening, those are perfect days to enjoy with friends and family.