Les quatre terrasses
Les Quatre Terrasses, Sablet, 84110, France
Les Quatre Terrasses, a 600 year old Provencal village house, lovingly restored several years ago, offers the traveller everything one would expect of a twenty-first century property. As the house name suggests, the property offers four terraces each with a slightly different view of the sweeping French countryside, village and vineyards. The house can accommodate up to nine persons. However, it is arranged in such a way that if your party needs do not require a large property one can opt for the self-contained apartment, with garden, that sleeps up to four persons or the upstairs section with all four terraces that sleeps up to five persons. In addition, infants can also be accommodated.
Wine tourism attracts many people to this area, being in the heart of the Rhone valley; however, many people visit this part of France to soak up the culture, markets, summer festivals, visit ancient buildings or enjoy some outdoor activities such as swimming, cycling, mountain climbing, walking or kayaking. There are those, however, who simply want to sit back and rest in the shade, read a book, listen to some music or try their hand at painting.
The accommodation offers a great communal space for two families who wish to spend their holidays together while, at the same time, enjoy a little privacy should the need arise on their own private terrace.
Sablet is a typical French village built into the hillside. The ramparts contains the very old village houses, of which Les Quatre Terrasses is one. The commercial part outside the ramparts offers many services for locals and travellers alike – bakeries, butchers, supermarket, bank, café, newsagent, restaurants, chemist, health centre, hairdressers, library and tourist office where you can also purchase wine from one of the Sablet producers. No need to travel for your daily needs. There is a small local farmer’s market on a Friday morning. A cheese producer and fish seller set up their stalls on a Thursday morning outside the local supermarket.
The village comes to life in the summer months and week on week there is some activity centred around the local bar, Café des Sports. Food is served there daily at lunchtime and the vine workers eat a simple, inexpensive, home-cooked meal offered alongside a small pichet of local Cote du Rhone, Sablet wine. The village clock on the church chimes on the hour so no danger of forgetting to return to work in the afternoon.
Year on year Les Quatre Terrasses is pleased to welcome back repeat guests, who travel from all over the globe, to stay in this luxury, holiday let accommodation, a seal of approval for the service offered by Postcard Property Lets.
Five bedrooms – Two king size beds, six single beds (can be made into king beds upon request).
One bathroom with bath (en-suite)
Two bathrooms with spacious showers
One cloakroom toilet
Two washing machines (one located in downstairs apartment)
Two tumble driers (one located in downstairs apartment)
Four terraces with more than 180 deg views of vineyards and villages
Small garden under the vine – leads onto La Place des Barrys and its famous viewing point
Three sitting rooms – apartment, ground floor and first floor
Our little village of Sablet and its commercial services
Office de Tourism (sells wines from Sablet vineyards)
Boutique de cadeaux
Taxi (bike hire)
Bus route – Vaison la Romaine, Orange….
Weekly (all year):
Thursday – Fresh fish stall and cheese producer sell in space outside the supermarket up to 1.00 pm
Friday – Small market selling fresh produce, charcuterie, cheese, olives, fruit and vegetables up to 1.00 pm
July – Journee du Livre
August – Fete de Votive
October – Le Festival des Soupes (Sablet, surrounding towns and villages)
Mid-September – Harvest and associated celebrations
Throughout the summer, Sunday Brocantes et Vides Greniers, soirées musicales dans les vignes.
Wine tasting – central area for Cote du Rhone named wine villages, Seguret, Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, Chateauneuf du Pape. Tours are available through a local tour guide.
Cooking – pick up some tips at a class run at one of the local Provencal cookery schools.
Musical festivals – Vaison la Romaine have annual musical concerts – Choralies de Vaison la Romaine (4,000 choristers and musicians come together).
History – Vaison la Romaine Gallo-Roman Archaeological Sites, Cathedral, Our Lady of Nazareth, Vieux Village, Archaeological Museum
Cycling – through the vineyards or perhaps the popular route to the top of Mont Ventoux – you might be lucky enough to see some famous cyclists competing in the Tour de France! Our local taxi office hires bikes (including electric ones).
Walking – there are many walking routes along the quiet roads and lanes leading from Sablet
Climbing – Dentelles de Montmirail
Swimming – Piscine Municipal: Beaumes de Venise; Vaison la Romaine, Orange. Lac de Monteux (also a water park, Lac du Paty (Caromb), Gorges du Toulourenc near Malaucene.
Gourmet Fair – Vaison la Romaine, end of October
Photography – Daily Provencal life, architecture, Lavender Fields – Sault or Senanque Abbey near Gordes
Relax – Spa de Ventous, Malaucene
Markets – dedicated day for each of the following nearby villages and towns:
Monday – Bedoin
Tuesday – Vaison la Romaine
Wednesday – Buis les Barronnies
Thursday – Nyons
Friday – Carpentras
Saturday – Ste Cecile les Vignes
Sunday – Isle sur la Sorgue (including famous antique market and shops)
Avignon – 40 minutes
Uzes – 1 hour
Nimes – 1 hour
Les Baux – 1 hour
Saint-Remy-de-Provence – 1 hour
Marseille – 1 and a half hours
Cassis – 2 hours
Aix en Provence – 1 and a quarter hours
Nimes – Just over one hour.
Marseille – One hour fifteen minutes.
Avignon – Fifty minutes,
Driving Time TGV: Avignon – Forty-five minutes.