The large 14 x 7 m pool is can be heated for your comfort. There is also an outdoor shower right next to it and a ping-pong table just to the right of this picture, as well as a sumptuous rose garden located just behind the shot (not pictured as it wasn't in bloom when we took our photos).
The courtyard is simply beautiful and will undoubtedly be the highlight of your outdoor living here at Le Petit Mérindol. It features a delightful pond filled with water lilies and has sunloungers and apéritif tables for everyone. Guests rent the entire left-hand side as well as the top floor of the right-hand side of the château; the owners generally live in the two bottom floors but of course leave them unoccupied when the rest of the property is rented.
This vaulted dining room leads directly through to the living room (behind the photographer), the kitchen (the archway at the far left) and the courtyard. While most dining will undoubtedly happen outside in the sunshine in summer, this room is perfect for a windy or rainy day, or even just for staying cool while you eat when the fans under the pergola aren't enough.
If the sun is beating down too hard, you can drink or dine under this roofed pergola, which is fitted with ceiling fans and heaters for use throughout all seasons, as well as outdoor speakers for adding to the atmosphere.
The kitchen, which was once a chapel in the former life of this stunning property, is equipped with all kinds of useful appliances, but of course in a home like this one is more likely to have a cook or a chef catering for most meals. Just ask the helpful house manager about booking chef service and he'll arrange everything for you.
Emotional Escapes presents Le Petit Mérindol, a luxury chateau rental near Avignon, Provence.
Le Petit Mérindol is a luxurious private rental property within 5 minutes' drive of the historic city of Avignon. With 6 spacious and very well-equipped en-suite bedrooms (plus a nanny room), this château in Provence can sleep up to 12 guests in the highest comfort. Each bedroom features air conditioning, a king-size bed (180 cm) that can be divided into 2 separate single beds on request, and a flatscreen TV with a DVD player.
With le Petit Mérindol you get the exactly the same luxury and accommodations as at the Château de Mérindol but without the top floor of rooms.
Built in the 14th century, it used to serve as a residence for bishops awaiting their audience with the pope at Avignon's world-renowned Palais des Papes. Fully restored to its former glory in the 19th century, this luxury château enjoys beautiful, tailored grounds as well as a large 14 x 7 m heated swimming pool.
Le Petit Mérindol is an ideally located luxury vacation rental for exploring the Roman ruins spread around the area, with such unique sites as the Pont du Gard, the famous arenas of Nîmes, Arles and Orange and the ruins of Glanum at St-Rémy-de-Provence all less than an hour away.
Arriving here is easy, as Avignon TGV station is about 10 minutes away from the property and connects directly to London, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, or indirectly to any major city in Europe.
Owner's policy on pets: Pets not allowed. You can find our list of pet-friendly properties by clicking here.
Le Petit Mérindol is also available with the top floor for rent, which contains 4 extra bedrooms. With this 10-bedroom configuration, the property is know as Château de Mérindol.
Avignon is one of the three main cities in Provence, along with Marseille and Aix-en-Provence; it became even more important city of Provence after 1308 when the Popes moved to Avignon.This radical move would prove a major influence and boost to the city.
In 1308 Pope Clement V, a Frenchman, announced that the new home of the papacy was to be in Avignon. Avignon was a small town of 5,000 people and it on the borders of the only territory owned by the papacy to lie outside Italy so it was safe from the political problems. It was also on the border of France, who since the Pope was French, the French King was very powerful ally.Soon Avignon would grow larger than Romae, and become one of the wealthiest and most glittering cities of Europe. The city dripped gold and jewels, full of glamour. To many people, most notably the Italian Petrarch, Avignon symbolized gredd, nepotism, corruption, abuse of power, and outrageous moral laxity.
Avignon had 7 successive popes, each one totally different from his predecessor and successor.
Avignon as we see it is essentially the same medieval city built by the Popes. The only major change is the construction of the Rue de la Republique along with the train station around 1850.The most iconic symbol of Avignon is the ramparts, the current ones built in 1358.