Our Vacation Rental Homes in Sablet, Provence

Sablet Village, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins, or "les Pelerins" as we affectionately refer to our dream come true, of owning our own homes in Provence, are located in the heart of the Vaucluse. We thoroughly enjoy hearing from our guests to "les Pelerins" that they feel they are spending time in their own home in Provence. To be a part of village life, Sablet is the perfect place. "Les Pelerins" dates back to the time when the Popes administered the Catholic Church from Avignon, with a Papal Vice-Legat having a residence right here in Sablet. Our neighbor's home was the Vice-Legat's residence. Ours was one of the buildings that housed visitors and pilgrims and was connected to it, as we can see from the internal portals, and the front door of Maison des Pelerins. Hence the name - Pelerins is French for pilgrims. I hope this Blog will help you get to know Provence and live your Provencal Dream.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Walk through a Nearby Village - Venasque

The first time I heard of Venasque was a number of years ago, when Francoise and Jean Pierre - the then owners of Mas Pichony in Pernes les Fontaines, a Chambres D'Hotes (Bed and Breakfast) we had stayed in on many of our visits to Provence, emailed us and told us they were selling the Chambres d'Hotes and would be moving to nearby Venasque - "un tres, tres beau village".  Since that time, of course we have purchased Masion des Pelerins and la Baume des Pelerins in Sablet  and visited many towns and villages in the area.  I'm always taken with the special character of each town or village and Venasque is no different.  It is a quintessentially French village where villagers shop for their daily needs in the few small village shops and everything stops for two hours at lunchtime and the village streets are deserted.

One quiet Saturday morning we took a stroll through Venasque and discovered that it is really as lovely as we had heard it was.

This Picturesque village is filled with pretty cream rock houses and narrow village streets which cling to the rocky hill it stands on.

The ruins of the Medieval wall commonly called "Barrys".  This part of the wall and three Saracen Towers are all that remains of Medieval Venasque

The remnants of the old Medieval Wall show how well reinforced this fortress was - three walls with stone reinforcing in between!

The narrow streets and tall buildings are typical of many Provencal villages, but in this village, the residents take care to make sure it is always neat, tidy and pricturesque

Colorful Virginia Creeper climbs up the walls of a village house adding charm and color to the scene

As we walked through the village, all the petite streets had their own version of Provencal charm and most of the pictures that follow do not need any explanation.  I hope you will enjoy a petit tour of a very picturesque village.

The Eighteenth Century fountain stands in the middle of the village with shops, restaurants and cafes surrounding it in the square.

This cross stands in the church square, in front of the Church of Notre Dame

The Church of Notre Dame with its tall campanile occupies a prominent place in the Village.  The campanile can be seen towering over the landscape as you look up at the village on it's rocky outcrop.

The impressive entry to the Church of Notre Dame 

The magnificent Eleventh Century Baptistery in the Church of Notre Dame was restored in the 19th Century.

The Boy's School and the Girl's School of times gone by.

Venasque -  perched village on a rocky peak at the foot of Mt. Ventoux overlooks fertile plains planted with vineyards and cherry orchards.

During our walking tour of Venasque, we acquired a new friend who accompanied us through the village and all the way to our car, wagging his tail and smiling whenever we spoke to him.

Bye  Venasque .... a beautiful little village and a great way to spend a morning visiting one of 
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, (The Most Beautiful Villages in France),  which we are fortunate to have so close to our home in Sablet

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Walk Through The Vineyards - Sablet to Seguret

A walk through the vineyards from our village of Sablet to the closest neighboring village of Seguret is a favorite activity of ours as well as many of the guests who visit us a Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins.

I thought it would be fun to do a picture blog of a walk we took in October last year ... I hope you will enjoy the pictures of the trail through the vineyards and also of the beautiful little village of Seguret.

Getting started - from the Route de Carpentras, turn onto L'Olivet and this is what you see along the road ahead ...

Along the road - Brightly colored Virginia Creepers decorate fences and the walls of houses ..

In the vineyards - the vines range from yellow to orange and various shades of pink and burgundy ..

This is almost harvest time for olives and all the olive trees are laden..

Climbing up the small road towards Seguret, we see the first signs of the rocky outcrop that forms the backdrop to this perched village ..

As you walk up the hill and onto a level area, the village is now in plain view as are the sharp rocky walls that look like the Dentelles de Montmirail ..

Around the corner, walk across a small bridge and up into the village ..  near the entrance to the village -a terracotta cat climbing a roof!

In the village and it's time for lunch ... decisions, decisions..

Cafe Poternes or Le Mesclun?  They're both open today..

We decided on Le Mesclun and settled in at a table under a large fig tree with a view over the valley ..

Lunch was great - but dessert really got my attention -  wasn't sure if we were supposed to eat it or save it as a hat for the next Royal wedding!

We decided to eat it! Yum! Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!  Now .. time for a walking tour of the village after all that chocolate.

A pretty fountain in the square..
A baignoire that has no doubt seen a lot of use over the centuries ...

The story of this fortified village and its renovation ...

A communal oven that would have been used by all the villagers at their allotted day and time ... 

Tall village houses made from local rock cling to the hills behind them ...

Village houses huddled together for protection around narrow ruelles ....

The Chapelle Ste Thecle where you can see lots of great "expositions" - including a Christmas Eve 
"Cacho-Fio" celebration which is the beginning of the Provencal family traditional Christmas Eve dinner. The oldest member of the family together with the youngest, carry a fruit tree log to the fireplace, circling the dining table three times (a symbol honoring the Holy Trinity) and then places it in the fireplace. The oldest member of the family then douses the log with wine saying, "God give us his grace to get through the New Year, and if we are not more, let us not be less."  Some say that this log which burns slowly until the New Year is the source of inspiration of the Yule Log that is a traditional French Christmas dessert.

More pretty ruelles..

Must taste some wine!

More walking ....

There's always time to take a peek at Santonnier Marcel Carbonel's work ... He's closed today but peeking in the window reveals his great craftmanship ...

L'Eglise St. Denis ... where each Christmas Eve the whole village joins in to celebrate the Pastoral Midnight Mass which is celebrated in the Provencal language and features many residents of Seguret in a living Creche.

The rich interior of this Romanesque Church 

Time to return to Sablet ... we've spent most of the day walking to an from and around Seguret so the sight of our little village across the vineyards is a welcome sight as we head back along the same roads. You can take a different road back, but this time we decided to go back on the same road.