Le Chapon provides superb accommodations for family and friends who wish to combine a comfortable holiday in relaxing surroundings while exploring the local area. This great 6-bedroom villa located within the Luberon National Park near Gordes enjoys wonderful south facing panoramic views of the valley to the Luberon Mountains and onto the Alpilles in the distance to the west.
The garden pool is great!
The villa lies within easy reach of Avignon, Apt and the celebrated hilltop villages of Gordes, Menerbes, Roussillon, Lacoste, and Bonnieux. The nearest airports are Marseilles(1 hours drive), and Nimes(1-1/2 hours drive). The nearest shops are 2-miles away in the village of Coustellet, the picturesque village of Gordes is 3-miles, and the medieval walled town of Avignon(known as the city of the popes-7 popes resided here)with its ancient churches and chapels is only 25-miles away. The Golf and Country Club de Provence is 5-miles, near Fontaine de Vaucluse. Other activities include nature trails, bicycling, mountainbiking, or horseback riding.
One of the 6 Bedrooms
Excellent service is provided by the off site caretaker. At extra cost, meals can be prepared and delivered(or a cook supplied). The villa has automatic gates, an entry phone and alarm, parking for 4 cars, and the garden and terrace provide ample space for outdoor dining with the gas barbecue. There is a large landscaped garden, around 6,000 square meters, a lawn where children can play, a heated pool(with automatic shutters for child safety), a boules court(a lawn game), and table tennis. Babysitting can be organized at extra cost and only small pets are allowed with the owner being notified at the time of booking.
Traveling with Disabilities
Just because you've had to learn to live with some physical disability doesn't mean that you can't enjoy traveling. With adequate planning and preparation, you can be as comfortable touring Tuscany or Paris as you are in your own neighborhood. I know that as I move into my golden years, my horizons seem to narrow a bit as to what I can successfully accomplish, but I urge you not to cross off your dreams of travel too soon!!
RentaVilla has had experience sending disabled clients to Europe, and will be glad to help you find the right accommodations for your situation. And in conjunction with pointers I gleaned from the U.S. State Department, I want to encourage you to consider making more and more beautiful memories with friends and family, travel being part of the mix. Each year, thousands of persons with disabilities travel the world by planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships, and even bicycles. With the proper planning and attitude, travel can be rewarding and adventurous.
Each person with a disability has his/her special needs and individual countries have their own standards of accessibility for disabled travelers. Some countries have nondiscrimination laws that help to protect travelers with disabilities, while other countries have no such laws. Preparing before you go can often prevent difficulties and ensure that your planned destination will be accessible, safe and enjoyable.
Once you have decided on a destination, and the property to rent, you may also consider local transportation needs to and from the airport, luggage assistance and whether assistance will be needed to leave the airport terminal. It's probably most desirable to take a friend, relative, or caregiver with you to help, but RentaVilla.com can help you arrange many personal services such as drivers, cooks, companions, babysitters, and such.
Another aspect to consider when planning your trip is the level of health care available at your planned stops. Talk to your physician about the activities you have planned and your general physical condition, any immunizations that might be needed, and medications, whether prescription or over the counter, that you might need for your trip. If you take prescription medication, make sure you have enough to last the duration of the trip, including extra medicine in case you are delayed. Pack your medication in your carry-on bag. Delays can occur, and checked baggage occasionally becomes misdirected or lost. Always carry your prescriptions in their labeled containers as many countries have strict narco-trafficking laws and might be suspicious of pills in unlabeled bottles. Bring your prescription information and the names of their generic equivalents with you just in case. Double-check one last time before leaving home that you have your medication with you in your hand luggage.
Make sure you have adequate health insurance coverage while abroad. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. RentaVilla.com encourages our clients, whether disabled or not, to purchase travel insurance. A good company is TravelGuard. They cover health care expenses incurred overseas, including emergency services such as medical evacuations.
If you intend to travel with a service dog, be sure to check on possible restrictions with the embassy or consulate of each country that you will visit. You may want to research the availability of wheelchair and medical equipment providers in the areas you plan to visit before you depart on your trip.
Now, will you consider travel, even with some physical limitations? It might be just the ticket for a fuller, more enjoyable year!
For a little laugh
During military inspection, I was hoping – praying – that our gnarly-looking sergeant would find nothing wrong with my sleeping area. He did. But much to my surprise, he was quite philosophical about it.
"Son, when you're born you come from dust, and when you die you return to dust," he intoned. "Now, someone is either coming or going underneath your bed and you better get him cleaned up."
Ever feel like this?
The small but delicious island of Capri is a beautiful and richly rewarding place, reached easily by a 30 minute ferry ride from Sorrento and other coastal towns along the Amalfi coast of Italy. Just to gaze from the mainland at this gem jutting out of the blue-green sea beckons you to visit. Don't be surprised to see mega-yachts, mostly of the sailing variety, capturing the trade winds that swirl across the Bay of Napoli. And with the impressive volcanic Mount Vesuvius in the background, it's an offshore magnet.
When you land on the steep island itself, you will be at sea level where there is a small marina (Marina Grande), and various shops and cafes lining the tiny port. You can then take a cable car to the top and enjoy a breathtaking view, or even walk up the drive if you feel energetic. Open jitney-type taxis are glad to take you to the various sites, which is a real thrill in warm weather.
In the heart of the island is a charming little piazza called Piazzetta di Capri that was bustling with people when we visited. We sat at a lively café, tables spilling out onto the square in the shadow of the watch tower. It's a great place to watch people as you sip your choice of adult beverage and imagine the elite from all over the world visiting here. Don't be surprised to see movie stars and other celebrities in this romantic setting! From here there are several little paths that get you away from the busy tourist center and give you tremendous views from points such as Puta di Tragara and other lookouts.
From an elevation of 980 feet (299 m) Anacapri is fun to see. It's upscale but not as overtly as its sister village. On the northwest side of the isle is the world famous Grotta Azzurra, the blue grotto. Here you are invited to take a boat ride into the caves along the shore. Inside you will be awed by the intense blue color of the water, and live organisms make the water shimmer with light as you pass through it. It's incredible!
The island is small but so diverse in landscape, agriculture, architecture, peoples, and sites, that you must enjoy if you're anywhere near. The abundance of hills, cliffs, olive groves, vineyards, and garden terraces overlooking the azure blue of the Mediterranean is wonderful. And at night you'll enjoy the lights of Naples across the bay, and white lighted ferries and hydrofoils zigzagging across the water.
Italy is beckoning!
Taglionini with Seafood
Taglionini with Scallops, Cream & Saffron
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb scallops, the smallest you can get
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups whipping cream
pinch of powdered saffron
salt to taste
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Melt butter with the oil in a large skillet. When butter foams, add scallops. Saute over medium heat until scallops are lightly golden, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook until the wine is almost all reduced. Add cream and saffron. Cook over medium heat, 4 to 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt. Return scallops to the skillet and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Stir in parsley.
Meanwhile fill a large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water. Bring water to a boil and add the noodles. Bring water back to a boil and cook noodles uncovered until tender but firm to the bite, 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the freshness of the noodles. Drain noodles and place in skillet with the sauce. Toss noodles with the sauce over medium heat and serve at once. Make 4 servings. (Other seafood such as mussels, prawns, and clams can also be added.)
- Baba Caggiano
The Beautiful Villa Brunello
Villa Brunello 1 is as close to the universal dream of a perfect Tuscan country retreat as can be found! Set amongst a haven of natural tranquility and beauty, surrounded by twenty five hectares of vineyards producing the marvellous Brunello wine, Villa Brunello 1 is a charming stone built house with a cottage that sleeps four. The owners have lovingly restored this Tuscan gem using only natural materials found in the area. It is approximately eleven kilometers from Montalcino which is well known for its Brunello wine. The stylish Tuscan villa with its cottage can accommodate twelve guests with its four bedrooms and four full bathrooms in the main villa and its two bedrooms and two full baths in the cottage. The Villa as well as the cottage have two stories and are elegantly and tastefully furnished with a comfortable mix of antique, modern and traditional Tuscan country style.
Picture yourself at this table!
A splendid swimming pool, set in terraced lawns, enjoys breathtaking views, and a delightful gazebo make the gounds utterly magical! Guests will find a gazebo for dining al fresco complete with barbeque and an original pizza oven. Also in the garden is a small two floor building with a modern gym, jacuzzi and sauna.
Villa Brunello is a Tuscan dream come true!
"The Villa is wonderful and more than lived up to our expectations. We would highly recommend this property!".
- BN, Surrey, United Kingdom
"The most beautiful scenes of Tuscany were from our terrace at the villa. Our chef and our hostess were wonderful! Our trip was outstanding!".
- BH, Landsdale, Pennsylvania
The de Ricard Family in France
The cicadas singing in the distance remind me of how wonderful summer is in Southern France! It's been a few weeks since our arrival, and the Riviera has been good to us! Sunshine, fresh fruits and vegetables at the market and the Mediterranean, what more could you ask for? This summer we are in search of some unique, luxurious villas to offer you on the Riviera and in Provence. I'm sure that our search will be fruitful and in the fall we will tempt you with some new choices!
We hope that all of you are enjoying your summer and will start dreaming of summers to come!
Emmanuel and Cori and family
Newsletter Editor: Kathy Hayes