So, if you are anywhere in the world except for California or Florida, you are probably snowed in today. Enough of winter! This has been a really cold one for Texas and I’m ready for summer and sunshine and beaches. Last week I showed apartments to rent while in Paris, but really, wouldn’t you whether rent a house in Provence and pretend you are Vicki Archer? I know I would! Here is an assortment of houses to rent. There seems to be more cuter houses available than apartments. I could have shown about 50 great houses today. I tried to pick a variety of houses there were large and small, and with views and no views so you could pick what you really would want in a rental. Enjoy!
This villa, available HERE, Bastide Lavande, is surrounded by lavender fields. The mas is so pretty – who cares what it looks like inside?
Actually, the inside is nice: tiled floors, seagrass, and antique country French antiques! I love the dining room and how it opens to the outside through true French doors.
Gorgeous fireplace and mirror! Notice the cute side table on the right. I wish I owned a hundred of those tables!
The view outside the living room looks over the acreage, 20 acres around the house and over 1,000 around the estate.
Outside the house is a large graveled terrace that overlooks the estate.
And a large swimming pool, surrounded by stone walls.
Six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Notice the French doors and the hardware.
Another cute bathroom.
This house has it all. A large property, views, old fashioned house, and pretty interiors.
L’Ambiance HERE is located within walking distance to the town of Goult and is considered a townhouse.
The property is on 1 1/2 acres and has a beautiful garden with fountains and a swimming pool.
The swimming pool is set into a stone wall.
The house is filled with beautiful antiques inside and out.
The 17th century farmhouse is a rarity in the town with its acreage.
The beautiful wood door opens up to the house.
The house is stunningly decorated, one of the best ones I saw. I just know an American owns this house! I love the silk pillows, the painting, the tea table, and the fireplace!
Limestone floors and stucco walls. The mantel is gorgeous.
You can see into the dining room here. Such pretty antique tables.
The kitchen is every bit as pretty as the rest of the house.
Precious! I love the wood carvings over the beds. The house is small with only 3 bedrooms and baths. Notice the gorgeous night stand.
Another bedroom, perfectly furnished. Darling chair. Notice the small niche next to the bed.
Each bedroom has a small sitting area.
The master bedroom is so pretty with its fireplace and painting and sconces. The bathroom is through the arched door.
The master bathroom. I love all the wood cuttings in the house. I just love the way this house is decorated.
Another sitting room. Cute child’s chair.
The wine cellar.
Another view of the swimming pool. I think I might have to pick this house to rent. I’m more into the interiors than the location and I love the way this is decorated! But, this one is basically a town house and not out in the country with sweeping views. Does that matter to you?
The next mas, Les Vignes, is located within walking distance from the medieval town of Goult, seen here on the property, through the clouds.
The stone house is small with just 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and is reasonably priced.
The graveled terrace sits next to the arched French doors that once probably led into the barn.
The terrace, looking the other direction towards the pool.
The swimming pool is set within stone walls.
Notice the charming stone pool house.
Inside the house, the living room is charming and cozy.
The kitchen is adorable with all the skirts in lieu of cabinet doors.
Another view of the kitchen shows the pantry and the arched ceiling.
Notice the large column on the left that holds up the ceiling.
There is a mix of French antiques throughout the house.
One of the four bedrooms, in white and linen.
The remodeled bath – love the window!
Another bedroom with antique iron bed.
The grounds are so charming and beautiful.
Les Lignes would be perfect for a small family – I really like this one too. It’s got views and a cute interior, yet close to a town.
Villa Le Relais is in the Luberon Village, located HERE, and has 4 new bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and a new kitchen.
Here, the living room/dining room. Notice how the walls are painted two colors to simulate wainscoting.
The dining area with antique buffet.
Looking up at the second floor balcony.
Beautiful arched windows.
The table set for dinner.
The newly built kitchen.
You can see the living/dining room through the doorway in the kitchen.
The terrace runs from the kitchen to the living room.
Typical French checked fabric and limestone floor.
Another bedroom, the faux wainscot is painted throughout the house.
A typical tiled bathroom.
Villa Le Relais overlooks the terrace and the swimming pool.
The terrace next to the swimming pool past the stone wall.
The swimming pool. Small, nice furniture, with views, but in some photos it seems like the neighbors are close by.
Mas des Pierres HERE near Avignon has five bedrooms and five baths. Here, the traditional gravel terrace sits next to the converted barn door.
This 17th century farm has been recently remodeled.
Overlooking the grounds.
This house is furnished with antiques. Unfortunately, many of the pictures were too small to show here.
The large living room and dining room in one space.
A corner of the living room/dining room.
The kitchen is so wonderful and authentic!
One of the bedrooms. All the bedrooms are charming, decorated in typical Provincial style.
One of the bathrooms, traditional, not contemporary.
The terrace at Mas des Pierres. The house is traditional with antiques, five bedrooms, and with a nice property and view. Do you want something more modern or traditional?
Bastide Vallat HERE is located in Luberon Provence.
The 7 bedroom and 7 bathroom mas has recently been completely redone. It is very large and luxurious and very expensive to rent.
There is a “garden kitchen” and an outside eating area.
The furnishings are modern and there are very few, if any, antiques. The bar area sits behind the sofa.
The bar area. The remodeling is first rate. There are beautiful wood French doors throughout and the floors are limestone.
The stone walls were kept exposed.
The kitchen is amazing – set within the stone wall arches.
All of the bedrooms have sitting areas. This one is huge!
In this bedroom, the sitting area is behind the bed.
A designer obviously was hired to completely furnish the mas. All the rooms flow together in a cohesive design.
Notice the charming small windows set into the stone walls on the right.
The bathrooms are all luxurious.
Each is fitted out with robes and towel warmers.
This spa bathroom with a steam room and massage tables is located next to the gym.
Of course there is a wine cellar!
A private sunbathing terrace.
Of all the houses, this one is most decorated and extravagant. It is also the most contemporary. Would you rather rent a smaller, more charming mas or a larger, more contemporary one like this with all the bells and whistles?
Fleurs de Provence HERE in Alpinnes Provence is the largest house and the most expensive. It has 10 bedrooms and 9 baths.
The grounds are large and beautifully landscaped especially during lavender blooming season.
There is also a tennis court, seen in the upper left corner.
The terrace overlooks the grounds and has its own fireplace.
The mas has been completely renovated. It has a mixture of antiques and traditional furniture.
Despite its size and cost, the interiors are not dressy.
The breakfast room is the most charming one in the house.
There is a completely fitted out kitchen.
A large bedroom. The furnishings seem lacking when comparing the property and the landscaping.
All the bathrooms are tiled like this.
Fleurs de Provence is a beautiful house and its grounds are wonderful, but the furnishings seem ordinary. Would that be important to you? Would you rather have the grounds or the furniture or both?
La Belle de Crillon HERE literally hangs off the cliff overlooking the town of Crillon le Brave.
It has six bedrooms and six baths. There are incredible views from each room in the house.
The house is four stories, but there is an elevator inside!
The views are incredible from this mas. The swimming pool is at the bottom level.
Completely remodeled and refurbished, the house is elegant and somewhat dressy.
Stone floors and stucco walls, the house is professionally designed.
The large dining room has beautifully painted walls.
What a range!!
The tiled floors are beautiful.
Another bedroom with tiled floors.
Charming bathroom with footed tub.
Every salon and bedroom share this view of the countryside. This house almost has it all, the size, the elegance, the view, the furnishings – but there is no large property. Would that be important when choosing a house to rent? Would you care if there was only a small area outside to sit and enjoy the sweeping views?
To view more beautiful houses and pick your own dream rental, these two companies have a large selection:
And this reminder about the Urban Market next weekend - don’t forget they are at a new location!!!!! Check out their website to read where it is: www.theurbanmarkethouston.com
finally, my sister just sent me this hysterical You Tube video about our huge “snow day” in Houston! It would be funny if it wasn’t so true, every word of it!!!!