Vacation Rental House, Vacation Apartment, or Luxury Rental Villa
The regions of Provence are called departments.   Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Bouches du Rhone, Var, Vaucluse, and the Drome Provencals make up Provence.

A vacation rental search could start with either the region you desire or the price range you seek. Some villages are more expensive than others but the area is well served by good roads so that you can base in one place and reach many villages and walled cities in an hours drive.  

Transportation will be of crucial importance. Will you have a rental car? (30-60 USD per day and plentiful in the major cities and TGV stations) If not, lodging in one of the larger towns or cities would be a better option unless you want the solitude and isolation of a country vacation villa or retreat.

Provence Rental Cars      Available at TGV train stations.

Transportation: Local buses make trips between major cities stopping at towns and villages along the way.  Schedule.
Vacation Rental House Provence
Luxury Rental Villas or Vacation rentals at the foot of a walled city could accommodate up to 15  or more and give good access to recreation, culture, shopping
Vacation Rental House in Saignon.
Saignon is  on the hilltop overlooking Apt.  The village is postcard perfect and near enough to the larger city to offer transportation
Vacation Season, Europe: High, Mid, Low
High: July August
Mid:  April, May  June, September, October,and School Vacations
Low: November,December, January, February, March
Book a vacation in a rental house or villa to save money on lodging
Book a vacation rental house, a vacation apartment, a luxury vacation rental villa, or a pet friendly vacation home and save on vacation lodging.
Before you make hotel reservations, there are questions that you should ask or features that you should see listed that will make all the difference in your stay.

  • Air conditioning  (or ceiling fan)
  • Parking,  (On site or off)
  • Hotel restaurant
  • In room safe
  • Pool
  • Concierge  (24 hour)
  • Room service
  • Tours from the hotel
  • Airport transfer
  • In room kitchenette
  • Bath tub (or shower)  Hot Water
  • Elevator
  • WiFi in room  (or in lobby)
  • Telephone
  • TV, cable or satellite  (or rabbit ears)
  • Handicap Access
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
  • Child Friendly (Children stay free)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Liberal Cancellation Policy

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Hotels Worldwide with reviews and list of amenities
  • Convenient Hotel Shopping
Shop nearly 200,000 hotels worldwide.  See reviews, photos, maps, room rates, and cancellation policy. Booking .com    See Hotels
Does the hotel offer a restaurant.  A hotel restaurant can offer convenient dining and room service
Shop online for Luxury Hotel, Spa Hotel or Budget Hotel Deals
Hotel Reservation websites offer
  • Reviews,
  • Photos,
  • Maps,
  • List of Services,
  • Cancellation Policy,
  • Room Rates.
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Choosing a Hotel Or Vacation Rental

  • Websites
The websites  show photos of the hotel interior and makes it easier to shop and compare.  
  • Amenities and Reviews
Still the photos do not tell the entire story, you must look at the list of amenities and read the reviews
  • Google Map, Street View
Beyond that,  the section of the city and the street can make a difference.  A street that has continuous heavy bus and truck traffic can make an unpleasant stay while a pedestrian only street could be a blessing.
Once you locate a promising hotel, look on the Google city map and the street view to determine the hotel's location and the availability of transportation to your desired vacation visits: museums, restaurants, shopping, sights, etc.

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House Rental, Villa Rental Details.  Several experienced renters have offered this advice.
  • Shop Well Ahead
You can save by renting a house or vacation apartment for your Provence vacation but you need to shop well ahead of your intended dates and you should do some research.  
  • Reviews, Photos, Google Satellite Map
Read the revues listed,  look at photos, and look at the property with the Google satellite maps, street view if possible.  Does the location match the photos supplied by the owner, is the house really in the village or on the coast, water view, mountain view etc.  Check the neighborhood with Google satellite street view; the cafés can get pretty noisy on weekend nights even in a small village.
    Communicate
Communicate with the owner or property manager by email and save the records of correspondence.  Communicate by telephone to verify that they are actually at that location.  Ask questions via email or telephone.
Does the kitchen have an oven and full stove or is it a hot plate on the counter.  Is there a washing machine, loaner bikes, pool, AC, WiFi, or is it dial-up.  Are there cleaning charges, extra charges for electricity, gas, rubbish removal etc.  How many stairs must you climb to reach the villa or house, is there secure parking    
  • Payment
Pay by credit card.  Pay a deposit but not the full amount before your visit, and only after looking at the agreement or contract.   Wire a small deposit and then call to confirm that the owner or manager received the bank transfer.    
Check Google for any forums or negative reports about the rental company or property.  
You will be asked to pay a security deposit and sign a contract stating the conditions for the return of the deposit.  If the contract is complicated or harsh and the owner or manager offers no reviews, no photos, and no flexibility in the payment method,  keep shopping.   
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