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La Cigale

A charming two-story apartment near Le Thor, Provence

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Named for the cicadas that are well-known in Provence, La Cigale is a comfortable two-level apartment that makes up part of the house where the owners, Corinne and Olivier, live as well.

The apartment itself is set on two levels, with the ground floor comprising the living room and a fully equipped kitchenette that looks out over the living/lounge area. There is direct access from the living room to an outdoor terrace with garden furniture that is shaded by a pergola. From here you can access the swimming pool which is shared with the owners.

Upstairs is the bedroom, which features both a queen-sized bed (can be separate into two singles) as well as one single bed. The shower room is also on the 2nd floor as is the separate WC. Both the upstairs and downstairs have A/C which is rare among accommodations in Provence.

Located in the countryside outside of the town of Le Thor, the La Cigale makes for a comfortably home base from which to see all the sights of Provence.


What's included

  • One week (or more) in a personally selected apartment in the scenic French countryside.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Marseilles, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf (See UnTours' air policies)
  • Transfer assistance for airport arrivals, or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment with ease.
  • Car rental, with unlimited mileage and basic insurance, for the duration of your UnTour.
  • One or two weeks in a personally selected apartment in the scenic French countryside.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Marseilles, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf (See UnTours' air policies)
  • Transfer assistance for airport arrivals, or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment with ease.
  • Car rental, with unlimited mileage and basic insurance, for the duration of your UnTour.
  • An orientation session given by our local staff to start your trip off on the right foot followed by a traditional Provençal meal.
  • Exclusive local information on our UnTours travel app for your mobile phone to have all of our recommendations at your fingertips before and throughout your trip -researched and written by UnTours staff on the ground in Provence and full of the best restaurants, sightseeing, and other suggestions.
  • A local cultural event, like a game of pétanque (French version of bocce ball) with locals along with aperitifs.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
  • Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.

Le Thor, France - Provence, Home of La Cigale

Le Thor is a small, picturesque village (population 8,500) located along the banks of the Sorgue River in the heart of the Vaucluse Mountain region. There's been a settlement here since the 7th century and, today, the village boasts some interesting remains.

Le Thor is a walled village, with much of its ancient walls and portes still standing, including the 14th-century fortified Porte Notre-Dame. Standing over the town is the 12th century church of Notre-Dame du Lac, which retains its original character and has some lovely sculptured doors. Though mostly Romanesque, the nave features some of the earliest Gothic arches in Provence.

There are some nice walks that can be done from town, including a walk up to Thuzon hill, topped with the ruins of a chateau and chapel. Just about 3km from town one can also visit the Grottes de Thouzon, a natural underground where, by guided tour, you can walk along the fossilized river bed and see stalactites.

As with most towns in the area, Le Thor has its own market days, a smaller produce and food market on Wednesday mornings and a more sizeable produce and food market as well as flea market with upwards of 150 merchants on Saturday mornings. Altogether, a typically charming town that will serve as a quiet and pleasant home for your Provence UnTour.


Location


Landlord

The owners of La Cigale, Corinne and Olivier, speak just a bit of English and look forward to greeting and being neighbors to their guests.


Property details

Here's some important details about this property.

Occupancy

This property sleeps 1-2 people

Sleeping

One bedroom with a queen-sized bed (can be made into two single beds) plus an added twin-sized bed.

Bathrooms

One shower room with separate WC.

Kitchen

Fully equipped kitchenette with stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

Laundry

Washing machine (no dryer, line dry)

Level

Two levels, bedroom and bath on 2nd floor.

Accessibility

Two level with bedroom and bath upstairs.

Transportation

7 minutes drive to Le Thor; 18-20 minutes drive to Isle; 35-40 minutes drive to Avignon.

Minuses

Further out from town than most (3.3 km or a 7 minute drive to Le Thor)

Pluses

Pool (shared with owners), WiFi, hosts nearby; A/C on both levels

Special Features

Pool (shared with owner). A/C on both levels.


Reviews

Here's what our guests have to say

N. and H. Wood, Mountain View, CA

★★★★★

The cottage La Cigale was lovely, beautifully furnished and set in a gorgeous garden complete with paddock and horse. Our hosts, Corinne and Olivier, were so gracious, welcoming and helpful with local destinations and attractions.

T & S Garman, Kirkland, WA

★★★★★

Olivier was very kind to take a drive with us on our first day at La Cigale to explain French driving rules and introduce us to the local neighborhood, including Le Thor, Velleron, and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. His training proved to be very important for quickly learning to drive safely and in compliance with traffic laws.


Disclaimer

Our staff have inspected this property and the above description and photographs reflect what they saw at that time. It is possible that the owner has made changes to the property without our knowledge. While we do our best to keep up with any changes or improvements made to our properties, we cannot guarantee that everything in the above description will be accurate.


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  • Local support
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