Beautifully restored 14th century Provencal village house near Vaison la Romaine
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About Louise Nelson
Happily spending our time between two of the most beautiful places in the world, Sablet, France and Ballintoy on the Causeway Coast, N Ireland. Both of us grew up in N Ireland and over latter years we holidayed in France where we have family connections. We enjoyed our trips so much that we started to search for a potential holiday home. After a couple of years search and continually being drawn to this one property, we finally put in an offer and were overjoyed when it was accepted approximately ten years ago. As we were often at home in N Ireland, initially due to work commitments, we decided that there was an opportunity for holiday lets. Our business has grown over this time and we have many guests who return year after year. Three years ago we were lucky enough to acquire a second holiday rental property back home in N Ireland. We purchased a beach side cottage in the popular harbour village of Ballintoy, situated between the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and The Giants Causeway. Two very different parts of the world, not least of all the contrasts of weather, however, each having it's own charm.
Louise Nelson purchased this House in 2006
Why Louise Nelson chose Sablet
We viewed this property several years ago and were blown away by the views (180 deg plus) which was the predominant reason for making the purchase. Upon arrival and without exception, guests are taken aback by the vista. The quality of the recent renovation - the house was lovingly rebuilt from a ruin by a committed German couple, as can be seen in the quality of amenities, fixtures and fittings, this was our second reason. Last but certainly not least, the picturesque, medieval, village itself. We visited an antique market in Sablet several years ago where we purchased an old French chair which was shipped back to N Ireland - we liked the atmosphere and location of the village, rural France but close to road, rail and air infrastructure for sight-seeing and travelling. We felt it was just right!
What makes this House unique
Location, location, location! This spacious village property offers guests a piece of French history, tastefully furnished with all the conveniences of modern life. High ceilings, large rooms, wide staircase, four terraces with unrivalled views, three living areas, five bedrooms, three bathrooms with roomy walk-in showers and cloakroom toilet. Room for families and couples alike with space for privacy when the need arises. Guests who arrive are blown away by the views that are so difficult to capture in image. On one occasion we were offered more rental such was the reaction of one traveller to the view! Guests love the house and it's spaciousness. The kitchen and it's appliances are second to none for a rental property. I have food writers and critics come to stay to prepare meals from the Provencal produce purchased at the market and served on one of the two adjacent terraces to the kitchen. Many a glass of Cote du Rhone wine has been enjoyed as we soak up the view of the sunset in the hot, dry, climate from the library terrace. Depending on budget and party size you can rent our apartment with the garden leading onto La Place des Barrys, the top unit with three bedrooms and four terraces or for larger parties the whole house approached from Grande Rue. Price will depend on numbers in party and season of year. Advertised price is a guide only. On occasions John and I will be in residence if only part of the property is let, specifically, Summer and Autumn. Read reviews to get a sense of the experience had by previous guests. We are delighted by the response.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Please seek permission to hold a party or event.
Only on terraces
Yes, small 'house trained' pets.
Supervise children on terraces, at all times.
Cancellation: Please see Rental Agreement for our individual policy.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Lovely Sablet house
This is an outstanding property. Very well appointed and beautifully renovated. We had a great time in the village. Bar Sport is the place to be in the evening. The owner is excellent to deal with
Better than promised
Not only is “Quatre Térrasses” a deluxe house built into the ramparts of a beautiful medieval city in the splendid Côté du Rhône wine region, with views better than we could have imagined, the owners, John and Louise, were extremely hospitable and made our stay very pleasant. The price and location, the size of the accommodations, and the quality of the furnishings at Quatre Térrasses make this an attractive choice. We booked early and were glad we did, because this place books early.
There are lots of stairs, both within the house and from parking, so be advised if you aren’t keen on stairs. They are wide and well-lit, and no problem for us, two couples in their sixties.
Wonderful home with spectacular views
Our family and friends were very fortunate to spend 10 days this August in this unique home in Sablet. We rented the entire building, including the apartment, and really appreciated the fact that every bedroom had its own floor, and with that, privacy. We were three couples and our 2 adult daughters (for some of the time), and we liked being able to share the large public spaces, as well as retreat to the multiple terraces and sitting rooms in the multi-level home, after a full day of running around the Cotes du Rhone area. The terraces are quite spectacular, and we actually didn't get around to using all of them!
Most of the time we endured quite a heat wave, and it was helpful to have the top room air conditioned because one of our guests really needed it. The main kitchen is well designed and appointed, and worked well for group meals. Daily, we laid out a buffet on the long dining room table and took our food directly outside to the table on the terrace.
This was the second time we have rented in Sablet, and we can also highly recommend the town, which is definitely off the tourist route (a plus) and is a very attractive and charming medieval village.
The owners of Quatre Terrasses were very helpful and friendly when we arrived, and also very easy to communicate with via email.
The home has been tastefully renovated, and we enjoyed the mix of contemporary styling and the knowledge that part of the house (or all of it?) was the original ramparts of the town. All in all, it is a very comfortable house, thoughtfully designed and decorated, with outstanding views of the Provencal countryside from every direction.
We look forward to returning as soon as we can!
Sablet, we will be back!
This was our third year in Sablet and the second time we stayed in this house.
And we already have booked for next year.
What more can I say that will recommend this holiday home.
First, Sablet is a perfect village to spend the summer holiday.
It is quiet but has all things needed at hand and when you are willing to drive around a little, there is enough to see and do for everybody.
The house itself is perfect.
In our first year, we stayed in 'Le petit Jardin' because we were planning a holiday for 2.
However, during our stay my son, his wife and little daughter came over and stayed with us.
There was enough room available and we all enjoyed this very much.
This year, since the family had grown to a party of 6, we rented 'Les Quatre Terrasses'.
An ideal environment for a group of 2 young children with their parents and some elderly people.
It is very spacious and has enough room to enjoy some quiet moments, if wanted.
The kitchen is very well equipped and offers all the space needed.
The four terraces all give a different view on the surrounding and the village of Sablet.
Our hosts, Louise and John, stayed in 'Le petit Jardin' during our holiday.
They make you feel very welcome, are never in the way and are available when needed.
In short, a very fine holiday home, we are looking forward to our stay in 2018.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Good House, Bad Surprises
Les Quatre Terrasses consists of two separate rental units; the house and the basement apartment. My wife and I rented the 2-bedroom house for three weeks in October, 2016 during which the owners occupied the basement apartment. The house and its furnishings are very nice and the owners were hospitable and helpful. There were, however, a couple of surprises.
The first surprise came before we left home but after we were financially committed (final payment, airfare, train fare and rental car) when we learned that we really hadn’t rented a 2-bedroom house, but rather the house with only one useable bedroom. And if we wanted to accommodate visitors for a few days (which we did) we would have to pay a substantial additional fee (in cash) for use of that second bedroom. Over the past few decades, my wife and I have rented 14 vacation houses across the U.S. and Europe, including 3 other houses in Sablet. They were all multi-bedroom/multi-bath houses and there was never any discussion about notifying the owners that friends would be visiting or paying extra to accommodate them. Since we were financially committed and had extended the invitation to our friends, we had no choice but to succumb and agree to the extra cost.
The second surprise came when we arrived at the house and saw that the common staircase connecting the 3 floors of the house extended down to the basement apartment with no door separating the two rental units. Anyone occupying the basement unit can enter the house unit by simply walking up the stairs. It became clear that we hadn’t really rented a house; we had rented some of the rooms in a house. This is not made clear in the description of the house and had we known that beforehand, we wouldn’t have rented it.
And by the way, the house has a clothes washer but the clothes drier included in the description of the house is a wire stretched across one of the terraces.
If we return to Sablet for a fifth visit, it won’t be to Les Quatre Terrasses.
Gracious of you taking the time to write a review. Thank you for your kind comments regarding our hospitality, helpfulness and quality of accommodation. We very much appreciated meeting Mary and her taking the time to call with us, not only to say goodbye and thank us for her stay, but to assure us she would recommend our holiday home to her friends. The Rental Contract was agreed at a heavily discounted rate for TWO adults and deposit paid December 2015 with balance paid after a hiccup August 2016, both via HomeAway payment system. After an uncomfortable discussion, a supplement was agreed for an additional two people - you TOLD me you would ‘pay 150 euros cash’. (For future reference, holiday home owners pay Taxe de Sejour based on number of adults x number of nights x rate - sorry to disappoint, people cannot just randomly turn up as intimated in your review).
Our rental quotes are based on, season, section of the house booked and number of guests. This pricing strategy facilitates smaller parties, like yourselves, who wish to have 2,000 sq ft space, living rooms, dining area, four terraces, laundry room (dryer in vented area - available to all) sleeping for six persons, ensuites, dressing areas etc. This booking flexibility is working with much success despite the open stairwell, as we never let out to two parties simultaneously (note other reviews). We, the owners, may or may not be present during a reservation but as a recent reviewer highlights, if we are, we are ‘always respectful of privacy and space’. I understood our access into you ‘space’ was welcome given the number of times you knocked on our apartment door to ask for assistance with the remote control and lighting the wood burning stove. Once again, I am confused, however, I apologise if our presence was actually unwelcome. Within forty eight hours of your arrival, I detected your ‘unhappiness’, vented through an embarrassing verbal outburst over an emergency telephone call made from our stairwell. I immediately offered you a FULL refund as well as assistance to find more suitable accommodation in the village. My offer was unfortunately declined which would have been the better solution for both parties, given this additional outburst in the form of, a not unexpected, scathing review. Overall a most unpleasant experience and certainly not one we would ever wish to repeat! I am reminded of the words of R Burns 'Gathering his brows like gathering storm, Nursing his wrath to keep it warm.'
This property in Sablet is to die for.
This was our second time at this property. After our short first visit we fell in love with the four terraces, spacious facility and well appointed kitchen so had to come back. Louise and John are caring hosts who answer all questions and are very amenable to all requests. If you need them they are there but respect your privacy and space. They are so pleasant to deal with which only increased our desire to come back. They treat you like family.
Sablet is perfectly situated to explore the Vaucluse. With short drives you can visit so many places like Gigondas, Vaison, Crestet, Cairanne, Rasteau, Roaix, Chateauneuf de Pape, Tavel, Lyrac, Pont D'Arc, Avignon and many other environs all within an hour drive or less. If you use the highways you can even explore further in a day. Of course for us it is being surrounded by world class wine villages and of course provencal markets every day of the week to people watch.
Our first visit was only 4 days and we left feeling deprived so this trip booked for 12 and treated the Sablet rental as a Canadian cottage where we go to re-create and ponder the wonders of the world. With more days to explore we weren't rushed or harried in the least. Of course having excellent fall weather helped. We missed the scorching heat of the summer and left before the French fall weather moved in.
Highly recommend this location and its owners.
Not sure when but we will be back.
Enjoy the traditions of French village life in Sablet, in the heart of the Cote du Rhone wine growing region, approx .9 km from Vaison-la-Romaine, where you can soak up the market atmosphere every Tuesday morning. Walk to the picturesque village of Seguret, stop for a tasting at one of the renowned Sablet Wineries. Explore the well known neighbouring villages - Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacquyras and Beaumes de Venise! All your daily needs can be met in the village: bakeries, butcher, grocery store, fish market (Thursday morning), newsagent, pharmacy, tobacconist (gifts), bank and post office. Enjoy an aperitif, coffee or lunch in the cafe, a simple meal in the restaurant in the square or, for those special occasions, some typical Provencal cuisine in Les Abeilles. The major 'fete' held in July is the 'Journee du Livre' or book fair, a two day event, hosted by the residents of Sablet, when well known authors from all over France come to the village.
Mont Ventoux: Malaucene, is approximately 20 km from the house where you can commence your journey to the summit of Mont Ventoux. A good 'warm-up' for those who wish to cycle. Secure lockup for bikes is provided.
Ski: Ski station in Provence - Mont Serein Ski Station, 9 ski-lifts, 12 km of pistes
Summary of Activities:
Cote du Rhone wines: Chateauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras, Gigondas
Wine Tours: Sablet, Gigondas, Rasteau and Seguret
Medieval villages: Sablet, Seguret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Markets: Vaison la Romaine, Carpentras, Malaucene, Nyons. Bedoin
French Cuisine: Sablet, Roaix, Gigondas, Seguret, Cairanne
Historical Sites: Vaison la Romaine, Orange and Avignon
Cycling: Mont Ventoux and region
Cookery Classes: Vaison la Romaine
Hill Climbing: Dentelle de Montmirail
Golf: Orange or Avignon
Swimming: Beames de Venise, Vaison la Romaine
Kayaking: Pont du Gard, Ardeche
Chateax and Cathedrals: The Palais des Papes, Avignon