L'Avinia is a grand hundred-year-old bastide house, renovated early 2013 respecting the authentic history and soul of the property: traditional stone construction, central staircase with a wonderful hundred-year patina gently worn into the stone steps, fine volumes and proportions, with floors in traditional antique Provence tile.
The extensive renovation work (including removing 3 load-bearing walls, creating 2 new bedrooms and 2 new bathrooms, plus adding the heated pool), furnishing and detail decoration were all done by our in-house A La Carte Design team, the same team that designed all our Paris rentals commissioned by investors wanting to own a Paris apartment that they can rent out when not using it themselves.
Naturally, the interior design of the house had to match the natural beauty of its Provençal surroundings. The house also had to integrate well with our portfolio of Paris properties and meet the high standards and esthetic preferences of our existing client base.
The aim was therefore to achieve a similar welcoming warmth and feel to our Paris apartments, yet translated into the traditional muted tones, materials and country antiques of Provence.
In terms of layout, the central stone staircase serves 3 levels, distributing a grand double living room, spacious dining room, kitchen, 4 generous bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms and 4 lavatories. The house therefore accommodates up to 8 people in comfort, whatever the season (two wood-burning fireplaces make winter periods special too).
The Provençal kitchen is very cosy and includes 2 comfy armchairs arranged around a large central fireplace. Well appointed, the kitchen features a Lacanche traditional stove and oven, plus a big American fridge / freezer with chilled filtered water and ice dispenser.
The view is a strong point of this house, with the 3 large living room windows and 2 of the 4 bedrooms opening onto panoramic views over the Provence countryside, saturated with color and scent.
The sunny south-facing garden is protected from the Mistral wind and is peaceful, with no through-traffic on the quiet country road crossing this little village.
The garden includes a large terrace and a 7mx2,20m pool to stay cool and fresh, from May to October (solar-heated for optimum comfort in spring and autumn).
The garden furniture includes a large teak table & 8 teak chairs for outdoor eating, 2 big umbrellas for shade, a Weber triple-burner gas barbecue, 4 sun lounger mattresses, an outdoor sofa and 4 reclining chairs.
Although the garden is quite compact, it offers everything needed for memorable moments of relaxation with loved ones. Also, there is a 1500m² public garden directly opposite the house for your kids to run around or play games in. The garden is almost always deserted, so it feels like having a big private garden extension.
Active people will be happy here too, with mountain bikes provided, and Badminton, Ping Pong and a traditional boules set (the boules area is just 50m away on the village square).
The charm and comfort of L'Avinia and its ideal location come together to bring you the perfect week in Provence: a truly relaxing and enchanting stay for up to 8 people, in any season.
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