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Charming two-bedroom holiday house in Sablet, Provence

About La Tour des Anges...

La Tour des Anges (the angels' tower) is a unique and beautifully renovated house built inside the medieval ramparts of the village of Sablet in Provence. It has been restored with taste and charm and fitted with all the modern facilities you would expect to find whilst retaining its authentic provençal character.

The house has been furnished in a traditional style, with many vintage pieces sourced by the owners at local antique markets such as the famous Isle sur la Sorgue. It is fitted throughout with high quality fixtures and appliances as well as wireless broadband, dvd player with a range of dvds, a telephone with free calls to European landlines, Hi-Fi in the living room with connection for iPod/mp3 player.

There are two generous double bedrooms:
The master bedroom has a beautiful view across the vineyards from the bed, a wicker sofa with cushions, an antique pine table and chair, a spacious wardrobe built with reclaimed windows. A doorway leads through to an en-suite bathroom housed inside the medieval watch tower, with a bath tub (with wonderful views out over the vineyards through the three arrow slits as you sit and soak!), a shower over the bath, a washbasin and toilet.
A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom as well as lots of fluffy towels!
The second bedroom, which can be used as a twin, has a pretty antique writing bureau, a shower bult into the corner, a wash basin and plenty of hanging space in the alcove. Again, the lovely view over the vineyards can be seen from the bed!

The bright, airy living room has a comfy sofa, two arm chairs, and a window seat with cushions, looking out over the vines. The impressive walls are a metre thick in places, which keeps the house lovely and cool in the summer and warm in winter. There is a stunning stone arch in the rampart wall of the living room, giving it a really ancient and rustic feel! There are bookshelves with plenty of holiday reading, a collection of restaurant guides and books of local interest for you to browse, a TV, DVD player with lots of DVDs, a Hi-Fi with connection for an iPod/mp3 player. The wood-burning stove is a cosy addition for chilly winter evenings (wood is provided). There is a second window looking out over the walled garden.

One of the owners is a chef, so the bright, spacious kitchen contains all the high quality utensils you may need, as well as a collection of classic cookery books in both French and English. The kitchen table sits four. A cold box, ice packs and picnic plates and cutlery are provided.

The large double doors of the kitchen open straight out into the pretty walled garden, with its vintage metal table and six chairs, a large parasol, Lafuma sun loungers and antique iron day-bed with a comfy mattress and lots of cushions. The garden is planted with lavender and herbs (help yourselves!), an old fig tree and two olive trees. There is a Weber gas-fired barbecue. Two old window-holes in the rampart wall provide views from the garden out over the valley with amazing sunsets!

There is a separate toilet /utility room with a washing machine.

About the village...

La Tour des Anges is tucked away in a quiet spot on the western side of the village, but all the bustle of the shops and amenities of the village are within a few paces:
bakers, butcher, mini-market, grocer, wine boutique, newsagent, chemist, stationer, florist, hairdressers as well as a post office and a bank with cashpoint.
An excellent fresh fish stall and a fresh goats cheese maker visit the village on Thursday mornings.

In the main square, there is a traditional village bar, the perfect place to watch the world go by, or read the paper over your morning coffee and croissant. The bar also serves excellent 'Prix Fixe' lunches.
There is also a relaxed family restaurant/pizzeria, "Les Remparts", with a large terrace and beautiful views.
Less than five minutes' walk from the house, near the town hall, or 'Mairie', is a gastronomic restaurant, "Les Abeilles". A little further, you will also find "Les Genêts", a simple restaurant housed in a family-run winery.
Within a few minutes' drive, there are many other restaurants - from simple establishments serving locally produced, traditional provençal dishes, to the Michelin starred "Le Grand Pré", for special occasions.

The main square also hosts the tourist office, or 'Syndicat d'Initiative', where you can find all the information you need about the village and about touring the local area, including detailed maps of marked trails straight from the village into the famous 'Dentelles de Montmirail' hills, suitable for both walkers and cyclists, and ranging from a gentle stroll to a six-hour hike.
The tourist office is also a showcase for the local independent wine-makers, who have made the village famous, and you can taste and buy their wines here.

Not to be missed is a visit to some of the local wineries, which are dotted all around Sablet and its outskirts, all of them happy to show you around and let you sample their wares.
Many of them host events, from jazz nights to provençal picnics in the vines at sunset.

Sablet also has a small health centre with doctors, dentists and physiotherapists as well as a chemist.

Sablet's location provides a perfect base for exploring Provence as there are places to visit in all directions! Go to the 'About the Area' page to find out more... And it's very easy to get to - it is within easy reach of many airports, stations and motorways. Go to the 'Location' page for more information.