Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Discounts on Last-Minute Provence Rentals

This time of year, I often get emails from villa owners and rental agencies looking for help filling up empty weeks. Sometimes it's because of a last-minute cancellation; other times it's because the owner changed his plans. Sometimes it's just because. And because I'm exceedingly gracious, I always try to help...but first I (ungraciously) ask them to offer my readers a discount to make things, as the French say, ''more interesting.'' So here are a few wonderful houses you can rent during August and September, with original and discounted prices. And of course all of these houses are available at regular prices the rest of this year and next. Book early and book often!


La Tourelle (top photo) is located in Sarrians, between Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise... and near Vaison-la-Romaine. This Wine Country home is available August 17 to 31. It has five bedrooms and four baths in the main house and one bedroom, one bath in the guest house. All bedrooms have AC and the pool can be heated. Original price per week:   $10,200. Discounted price $9,200. Note: This is for the main house only for up to 10 guests. An additional reduction is available for smaller groups. That means, you get $1,500 off for up to 6 people; $1,750 off for up to 4 people and $2,000 off for 2 people. The guest house can accommodate two guests max for $1,200 per week. For more info, click here 

La Perle de Goult (photo #2) is in Goult, in the Luberon, and is available August 17 to September 14. It has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The company writes: ''This house is extremely popular and already firmly booked for late August through mid October of 2014." Original prices for one week: $7,000 a week in August, $6,200 a week in September. Discounted prices: $6,000 a week in August, $5,200 a week in September. For more info, click here.

La Maussanaise (in Maussane, near Les Baux) has four bedrooms and three baths. It's open from August 31 to September 14. Original price for two weeks: $16,000. Discounted price for two weeks: $15,000. That means: if you rent the house for two weeks or more, you get $500 off per week. For info, click here


La Gallardo (photo #3) is within walking distance of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and sleeps ten. It has an alarmed pool for safety, 3000 square meters of landscaped gardens and its own petanque pitch. The house is available from August 17 to 31. The original rate is 5,640€ per week; the discounted rate is 4,680€ per week. For info, click here.

Mas des Florettes (photo #4) is within walking distance of Bonnieux, in the Luberon. It sleeps 15 in seven bedrooms. Normal weekly rates are 5,995€ (September) and 4,795€ (October). The discounted rate is 7,195€ for a 2 week booking in September or October, subject to availability. For more info, click here

Mas du Temps, between the historic perched villages of Ménerbes and Lacoste, has four bedrooms, a heated pool and lots of other nice amenities. For the first three weeks of September, the company is offering the house at 3,650€ per week instead of 4,560€ per week. For more info, click here.

From Owners: 

Mas La Belugo (photo #5) is located in Mas Blanc, 10 minutes west of St. Remy. The house has five bedrooms, three of them with en suite bathrooms, a family bathroom and a guest bathroom. English-language TV with DVD library, WiFi, iPod docking station, laundry room, high-end kitchen (two ovens, two American-style fridges, etc.), large pool and secure parking are a few of the nice amenities. The week of September 7th is now €2950 (normal price €3950) and any week after October 20th until Christmas is €2150 (normal price €2950). For info, click here.

Charming village house in Eygalieres, with three bedrooms and two baths, is available Aug 3 to 24. Normally $1800 per week. Now $1300 a week or $2500 for any two-week period within those weeks. For info, click here. 

This Elegant Provencal style town-house in St. Remy de Provence sits on the grounds of an old chateau, with secure private parking and electric gates. The house has two bedrooms and one bath (sleeps two to three), plus a kitchen/dining room, salon, a small private terrace and WiFi. The location is ideal: just a five-minute walk from the medieval town center of St. Remy, in a quiet garden setting. The owner is offering a nice discount on the listed price to my readers from October 13th onward: 800€ per week. You can see photos and get more info here.

This brand-new duplex "eco" home called Appartement Insolite (photo #6) was completed just a month ago and sits in the heart of the village of St. Remy. Perfect for a single or couple (3 people max!) it has a small terrace with dining table, fully equipped kitchen, small living room with fold-out couch, bedroom and tiled bathroom with shower. It has lots of light, gated parking, washer/dryer, AC and WiFi.  Total size is 40 square meters. Insolite is available the week of Aug 24, the week of Aug 31 (590€ per week, Saturday to Saturday) and the week of September 21 (350€). October, November and December (except Christmas week) are also 350€ per week. For info, call +33 (0) 6 10 92 64 87. If you speak French, see the apartment listed here...and/or email the owner at: If you don't speak French, you can email me at juliemautner (at) and I'll be happy pass your message along to her.

*Note if you have empty space in your Provence rental property for August or September, feel free to leave the info as a comment below. Make sure to include a link so readers can see your property online.


  1. Hi Julie - we have the first & third weeks of September available & I am offering 20% discount on the listed price (further discount if there are only two people staying).

  2. hi Julie, thanks for all the information!!
    I have tried to make contact with Appartement Insolite but email keeps on coming up as invalid.
    do you have any other contact details?
    many thanks,

  3. Hi Gerda,
    Thanks for letting us know. There was indeed a problem with the owner's email so I've just posted her phone number instead. Or, you or anyone else who is interested can just leave a comment here and I'll see that Marie-Pierre gets it. Or email me at and I'll pass your note along to her.

  4. Hi Julie , you know that people who are coming in Provence and haven't found a rental house can see some last minute deals on , (free app on this web site...) Many thank's. Régis Levetti

  5. Hi Julie, I only have five days available from September 23rd - 28th, but if anyone is interested in these dates, my house is in the medieval town of Tarascon, between Avignon and St Remy(there is a railway station) otherwise I have availability after the 19th October, also interested in renting it long term over the winter months at a reduced rate. You can see the house here

    And read about the town of Tarascon here

  6. Julie: thanks so much....I have two openings in August - #30388

    In the heart of the Luberon - 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, with a soaring inner atrium which opens to the sky. An incredible roof top terrace which is great for cocktails, reading, hanging out....
    AC on every floor. Wifi throughout the house.

    Our regular rate is $3200, the last minute rate is $2800 per week.

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  9. Gilles and Nathalie, the owners of Lou Grilladou restaurant in St. Remy, have just finished renovating one of two B&B rooms. The other will be done in a couple weeks. The room available immediately is up two flights of stairs and has no AC but there's a fan and large windows. It's actually two rooms, totaling 45 square meters. This is a nice option for a low-priced stay in the heart of the village. Rates are 150€ per night including breakfast, 700€ for a week or 600€ for the week without the weekend. The room has a large bed, skylights, jacuzzi, small dining table, flat screen tv, tiled bathroom, walk in shower, mini-bar, safe and WiFi. Be aware that the rooms overlook the outdoor restaurant tables so there will be noise at lunchtime and in the evening; otherwise it's a quiet, pretty, dead-end street in an historic location. This renovation was just completed so everything is fresh and new. Nathalie speaks no English, Gilles speaks enough and our friend Philippe, who speaks perfect English, is happy to be the go-between if that makes things easier for you. His email:

    Meanwhile, here are two links for more info:

  10. Christine wrote me to say:

    Because of a cancellation my house, Mas Buena Vista, will be available from August 17 - September 7. The normal price ranges from 1.400€ to € 2.200, depending on the month and the number of guests. I'll be happy to give a 10% discount. More info and photos are here: and your readers can email me for more info in English at

    The house has 3 bedrooms (2 x double bed, 1 x 2 single beds), 2 bathrooms (1 x bathtub, 1 x walk-in shower), a big living room with an impressive, old open fireplace (which you certainly don't need during summer!!), a large, well equipped kitchen, an outdoor kitchen with a "plancha" (Spanish BBQ) next to the house, pool (7 x 12 m), big "terrain" of approx. 5.000 sqm.

    The house features an old terracotta floor, impressive old roof beams - one shows the year 1891, and some other historic construction elements on the outer walls.

    From some areas in the garden and one of the bedrooms you have a nice view of the Alpilles Mountains.

  11. Our wonderful little house in the village of Ansouis at the foot of the Luberon mountains is available from Aug 9 through Sept 15th. Please see for more details. We'd be happy to offer a 10-20% discount depending on the length of the stay.



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