Family villa with garden and stunning view, outside of Aix-en-Provence

Cosy family villa with scenic view of mountains - near Aix-en-Provence

Our home is located in a quaint, residential, hill-top village half-way between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

We share a spacious 138m2 villa on 770m2 of land including a large lawn and fruit trees. Our street is a quiet dead-end on the edge of a pine forrest.

In the spring and summer, we enjoy meals on our elevated terrace that overlooks a mountain range, the Massif de l`Étoile, peaking at 779m.

Location is central, with quick access to the beach, 25 minutes away. 3 minutes away from the old village, which hosts a local farmer`s market weekly.

The historic town of Aix-en-Provence, with its 17th and 18th-century style city center, is located 18 minutes northward from our home.

To the south, in just 20 minutes, you can reach Marseille and its famous old harbour, as well as the splendid national park of the Calanques, which stretches along the Mediterranean coast for 20km.

You can also visit the Luberon, its iconic lavender fields and medieval abbeys, as well as the brine lagoons and deserted shorelines in the wilds of Camargue.

We have air conditioning, and automatic sprinklers that water the garden.

About the location

Located in quiet, picturesque village in the heart of Provence
25 minutes to beautiful, sandy beaches
Scenic view of mountain range from elevated terrace that sits 5-6 people

We live in a quiet, hill-top village right outside of Aix-en-Provence (14km away) and 14km north of Marseille. A pine forrest borders our dead-end street.

Our village is one of the most secluded and costly areas in southern Provence.

About Aix-en-Provence (a 15 min drive to the Rotonde/Cours Mirabeau (underground parking there) :

Venturing north of the Cours Mirabeau into the pedestrian old town, or the Vieille Ville, is where you`ll find the Medieval Quarter with narrow walkways, remnants of the medieval wall (at Rue des Guerriers and Rue Gaston de Saporta) and the beautiful Saint Sauveur Cathedral. Aix Cathedral, as it`s also known, was built on the site of a pre-Roman pagan temple, which later became the site of the Roman Forum and as the legend says, a temple of Apollo. One of the oldest sections of Aix Cathedral is the 5th century baptistery of St John the Baptist.

In the old town, you`ll also find the ornate architecture of the hotels particuliers, former private residences of wealthy noblemen…and more of the Fontaines de la Vieille Ville.

The main thoroughfare through the city is the Cours Mirabeau, a tree and cafe lined boulevard that divides Aix, with the old town to the north (built on the old Roman settlement) and the Quartier Mazarin to the south. Constructed in 1650 along one section of the city`s ramparts, Cours Mirabeau provided a broad promenade, lined with massive mansions and dotted with beautiful fountains. This was the place for the wealthy and noble elite to be seen. Today, it serves much the same purpose and is still a popular place for locals and tourists who enjoy the many shops and cafés under the shade of the plane trees.

At one time, Cours Mirabeau had 4 fountains along its route (3 of which remain) : Fontaine des Chevaux Marins (Fountain of the Seahorses), which was removed in 1778 to make way for new roadways, Fontaine des Neufs Canons (Fountain of Nine Cannons) built in 1691, served for a time as a watering trough for livestock, Fontaine d`Eau Chaude (Fountain of Hot Water) from 1668 is so named for the fountain`s thermal water sourced from the hot springs of Bagniers, and whose nickname ‘moussue’ refers to the moss that covers the fountain, and Fontaine de Roi Renee (Fountain of King Renee), built between 1820-1823 in honor of King Renee of Anjou who was a defender of the arts and is credited with bringing the Muscat grape to Provence.

Type of swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange

Conditions of exchange

  • Non smokers only

Bouc Bel Air (HE30712)

Provence,   France

  • 4 bed   (sleeps 5) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers
  • London
  • Isle Of Wight

Dates available

July 2019 - August 2019
October 2019 - November 2019

Swap duration: 1 - 2 weeks

Meet the member

Adults: 3      Children: 1
Experienced Exchanger

Membership expiry date: 28 Jun 2020