Poolside homes in Provence

Maybe it’s the lavender fields - or is it the olive groves? Perhaps it’s the country lanes and the village squares. Then again, it could be that cold glass of Rosé amongst the roses. Whatever it is about sun-baked summer in Provence, if you’ve holidayed in France’s beautiful south you’ll understand it’s special charm.

This pretty property with pool and gardens makes an exceptional holiday home right in the centre of Saint-Remy-de-Provence

The shuttered houses of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and farm buildings of Maussane-les -Alpilles are all part of that romance, tempting holidaymakers to return as buyers looking for a permanent holiday idyll. At Winkworth International we love a romance, but we’re just as excited by the practical aspects of Provence that tick all the boxes in our location checklist.

During the long summers when the temperature rarely falls below twenty-eight degrees, a property with a pool is all you’ll need. Take a look at our Provence property listings and you’ll see pools of all sizes to accommodate a cooling dip. When you’ve had enough of lounging by the pool, take to the foothills of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park for hiking and mountain-biking. Purchase a property in the village of Eygalieres and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Les Alpilles everyday.

A beautifully restored farmhouse in Eygalieres, set within extensive grounds that include an olive grove

We’ve found that despite their gentle pace of life, rural towns and villages in the Provence countryside are well supplied. The quintessentially French Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, for example, boasts a delicatessen, wine bar and boutique which happily exist within the sleepy cobbled streets just minutes away from Van Gogh’s famous lavender fields. A property purchase in Saint-Rémy is all about enjoying the retreat without feeling isolated.

Summertime in Avignon

Meanwhile, if you choose a holiday property in Avignon you’ll find yourself positively spoilt for choice. This walled city (pictured above) dates back to medieval times, with a smattering of renaissance buildings for good measure. Art lovers and history buffs are well catered for by galleries, museums and theatres, while shoppers and foodies can acquaint themselves with markets and Michelin-starred restaurants. Avignon is a relatively small city so you can easily wander around its streets and squares. Just beyond the city walls, elegant properties set in verdant parkland will make you want to stay forever.

Whether your Provence property remains yours alone or earns its keep as a holiday let, choosing a location with access to all these attractions is important. Tourism has been a mainstay in the South of France for many years but it’s still essential to do your homework. For example, researching the airports serving Provence - Marseilles, Avignon and Nice - to establish which international airlines operate in the region is vital. This is a factor that can affect property value and rental prospects.

Having sold property in the South of France for many years, Winkworth International is ideally positioned to help you find a holiday home where you can live your Provençal dream and look after your investment. Contact our Winkworth France office to find your perfect match.

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