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If you can dream it, you can do it. That's been my motto on the French Home odyssey that began for me nearly 20 years ago. So if you've been dreaming of a beautiful house with rooms to rent during seven months of the season and to enjoy in peace and tranquility the other five, La Maison aux Volets Bleus can make your dream come true. Read on for details.
Location. Location. Location.
There is no place quite like Venasque, a medieval village in the Vaucluse Valley, east of Avignon in the South of France. A stroll around its narrow, winding streets suggests a history of intrigue in the time of the French Popes, exiled to Avignon in the 14th century. Forty years ago, most buildings were in ruins and the pigeon population easily outnumbered us. In the 60's, a few adventurous Parisians, a notable American composer and others, slowly began to build anew.
Today, Venasque is designated as one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France and it lives up to the honor. Brightly colored flowers stream from windowsills and stoops. Behind aged shutters and stone walls, there are surprizes. Beautiful vaulted ceilings, mysterious private courtyards, modern conveniences, rooftop terraces. Each home is giftwrapped and entering a new door is always and surpize and a delight.
La Maison aux Volets Bleus - The House with Blue Shutters - is a village 'mas' facing Mt. Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence and is known as one of the most treacherous stages of the Tour de France.
A recent archeological survey of the village estimates that part of the house dates between the 11th and 12th century. The architecture is typical of the 'Comtat Venaissin' style during the Middle Ages and was likely part of the fortifications of the village. The vaulted cellar is thought to have been a guard house with twin windows. Because of its constant temperature, it has in more recent times been used as a wine cellar.
Chambre d'Hôte or Private Home?
Volets Bleus has been a congenial Bed & Breakfast or Chambre d'Hôte since the current owners renovated it nearly 20 years ago. It has been featured on the cover of Karen Brown's Annual Directory of B&Bs, in Gourmet Magazine, and in a host of other European publications.
This lovely property can continue as a Chambre d'Hôte or B&B with new owners, or it can be converted to a private residence either with or without parners. For complete details on operating income and expense, information on fractional or outright ownership, please contact me. I look forward to helping you make your French dreams come true.
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Balcony/view of Mt. Ventoux
Sheltered patio for dining alfresco
Picture windows on Ventoux
Office with mezzanine
Bedroom suite (accessible)
Large pantry with commercial refrigerator & freezer
Entrance to wine cellar
First floor - B&B
Three 1-bedroom suites
One 2-bedroom suite for 3-4 guests
Second floor - Owners' apartment
Large studio with efficiency kitchen
Small bedroom for family visitor
Artist's studio or exercise room
With potential for conversion to spa, small swimming pool or dining for a large group
320 Square Meters = 3200 Square Feet (appx)
Most windows double pane
Airconditioning in some rooms
Rents from Easter to mid-November
Dinners prepared for guests at the option of owner
Courtesy to brokers
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