October 09, 2007

Provence: Two traveler-tested villa rentals

My sister, Leslie, returned from an August trip to Provence with rave reviews on two properties she rented with her family. Renting abroad is one of my favorite ways to travel, so I thought I'd share Leslie's comments and links to the properties she rented. (See my June 14, 2007 post for tips on renting property abroad -- there is a key out there with your name on it.)

Said Leslie about her rental near St. Remy, France, where Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night:

"Loved the hospitality of the host. And the place itself - you really need to see this place. It was huge - a big bastide or Provencal-style farmhouse. It had so much character, so much property, a great built-in pool and hammock and boules court. Just wonderful. Felt like we were living the Provencal life." Check it out at www.romanil.com:80/anglais.htm .

Of her rental in Nice, she said:

"Loved the location - across the street from the beach -- the Riviera -- on the Promende des Anglais and just down the street from the Negresco Hotel (photo) and great dining. Also, a fabulous kitchen and bathroom and an area outside where you could eat, relax, read. The water at the beach was gorgeous - bright blue and pristine." Check out this property at www.vrbo.com/9192 .

And, while you're checking out vacation rental listings, take a look at my sister's place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Available year-round, it's a beautiful base from which to enjoy foliage season or to ski, swim, golf, bike, hike, relax... Find it here: www.cyberrentals.com/NH/SullNHWV.html .