Family friendly, perfect for small children to elderly adults
Guy and Gaby
- english, french
About Guy and Gaby
We are Guy and Gaby, your hosts at Moulin de la Roque in Noves Provence France. Guy came from Belgium over 25 years ago searching for an estate in France where he could relax, engage in some agriculture and enjoy the Provencal lifestyle and mild weather. He found such a place in the Moulin de la Roque. A historic old flour mill (dating back as far a the 1500s), located in the countryside, near a small village but not far from Saint Remy and Avignon. It was nestled up to a mountain and rock cliff and surrounded by a lovely river. There were fields of orchards and a small vineyard. The only problem was that most of it was in ruins. Being an engineer by education, Guy had no hesitation to begin a renovation of the property which continues even today. A historic old flour mill (dating back as far a the 1500s), located in the countryside, near a small village but not far from Saint Remy and Avignon. It was nestled up to a mountain and rock cliff and surrounded by a lovely river. There were fields of orchards and a small vineyard and a grand chateau. The only problem was that most of it was in ruins. He had no idea what he would do with it, however, being an engineer by education and an architect at heart, he had no hesitation to begin a renovation of the property which continues even today. Guy met Gabrielle (Gaby), an American, 15 years ago when she came as a guest to the Moulin with some artists to paint. Air France had lost her luggage for over 10 days. At that time she spoke little French so he, of course, helped her to retrieve it. Thanks to Air France, she has never left! Some say she is still there waiting for her luggage to arrive. Guy and Gaby are passionate about their mill and their Provence and love sharing both with their guests.
Guy and Gaby purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1994
Why Guy and Gaby chose Noves
They have created 8 villas or a little 'Provencal village. Each year they continue to restore and create this little village paradise for their guests. People from around the world visit the Moulin each year and are surprised by its beauty, quality, and attention to detail. Some of their best compliments are 'it's so beautiful, even better than the internet site!' We enjoy being your hosts and treat you as if you are a guest in our home. We are there to provide you with advice on the area, reservations for restaurants, help if you are sick or lost or any other support you may need. You arrive as guests and you leave as friends. The little piece of paradise was created with you in mind. We are passionate about our estate, Provence and about you, our guests. Gaby loves the cuisine, the ambiance, and charming villages, the markets of Provence and people, especially our guests! I am an avid hiker and adventurer and together we would love to advise you to make the most out of your stay in Provence.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Staying in Les Cigales at the Moulin de la Roque offers a unique mixture of stunning beauty, provencal history, community, new acquaintances, seclusion, and privacy. As it is also the home of the owners who live full time on the estate, Guy and Gaby, your English speaking hosts and their staff, will provide you with whatever you need. You will have privacy and support at the same time, a great combination of the successful vacation. It takes “self-catering” to another level! The chateau-like atmosphere of the estate provides a wonderful ambiance to either stay on the estate or to come home to every night after touring the area. The spacious grounds and structure of the estate are magnificent. The large swimming pool is secluded and secure for children. And in addition, there is a large park for children with plenty of games, including two trampolines. The small neighboring village of Noves, is within a short walking distance from the estate. It is quaint and still holds onto the traditional Provencal way of life. Charming and historic, it is relatively unknown so free of tourists and souvenir shops. It has all the provisions you will need for your stay and friendly people who adore the occasional visitor from abroad. Centrally located in the heart of Provence, the estate is close to just about any major site, most within 20-30 minutes. (Such as Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Pont du Gard, the Luberon (Gordes, Bonnieux, etc.) Arles and the Camargue, and the Les Alpilles (Saint Remy and Les Baux). For groups, the estate is ideal as each family or group, can take a house, all just around the corner, maintaining their privacy as a family or group, yet easily coming together in the large dining areas or terraces of each other’s homes for meals. And there is a lodging for every budget. Just adjacent, there is a large forest, and mountain where you can take hikes each day in the midst of wild rosemary and thyme and enjoy the views.
Check-in: 4:30 pm
Check-out: 9:30 am
Minimum age of primary renter:21
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Moulin de la Roque is jaw-dropping--you think the online photos must be lucky shots, and then the real thing is better. We were 10 people (two teens) staying two weeks (very hot weeks) and we just loved everything that happened. The pool and the air conditioning overcame the heat, and all the facilities were excellent. We will come again.
Thank you Karen for your kind words. We are delighted that you has such a good experience with us and look forward to seeing you again someday soon we hope! It was our pleasure to host you and your family.
Gaby and Guy
Gorgeous, central, warm hospitality
A gorgeous, well kept, absolutely French property that is large enough, and has enough going on, to stay put for a few days. But when you DO want to venture out, everything is close by. We had a big group for a special birthday and spent quite a bit of our time on the property because it was just too nice to leave. Anything Gaby and Guy recommended was perfect. The best restaurants, markets, activities, and how to make the most of a particular day, were all covered by their generous and thoughtful recommendations. The kitchens were well stocked. Even the knives were good, and all the appliances you might need were available. Did I mention how gorgeous the property and buildings are, inside and out? A great place to book. We will be back.
Wonderful, in every good sense
It was dream-like. Such a beautiful setting and warm, comfortable home (with modern, high-end conveniences). The hosts, Gaby and Guy, were welcoming and always helpful, especially when Gaby drove with me to the nearby town where my credit card had been overcharged. The old mill itself has been preserved, and Guy was a tireless guide of its intricate workings. Meanwhile, that area of Provence is rich with town markets and hidden, fabulous restaurants.
Wonderful Stay at Moulin de la Roque
Two couples enjoyed the very spacious Le Cigales villa at Moulin de la Roque in early October. It was a lovely time to visit with no crowds anywhere we went and cool refreshing weather. The estate is so lovely that one hates to leave but we did manage day outings each day and looked forward to returning in the late afternoon to our special provencal home. The villa is incredibly comfortable and beautifully decorated and supplied with everything a visitor might need. Guy and Gaby have compiled excellent notebooks full of ideas for outings, meals, shopping, etc. We particularly enjoyed our daily walk into the charming village of Noves to stock up on croissants and baguettes as well as fruit and vegetables. Market day at Chateaurenard and Eygalieres were also favorite memories and provided for delicious dinners in our villa. We are already planning a return visit!
We stayed in the Cigales villa which is a spacious home that in addition to 4+ bedrooms, offers a very spacious kitchen, dining room and living room areas with beautiful furnishings. The location also has a great outdoor patio with covered barbeque and overhead trellis of Wisteria. We cooked at home multiple evenings and enjoyed having such a beautiful and peaceful place to return to each day after site-seeing. The location of these accommodations is very convenient to the other sites in Provence. Also, our hosts were very welcoming and helpful and we enjoyed playing with a resident young boxer puppy (Gucci) who made the accommodations seem even more like home,
Ideal for family and friends
We (two families with a collective 5 children) stayed here for a week in April. Kids and adults loved it. Plenty to do locally and as well as being great hosts Gaby and Guy's recommendations for local trips were all spot on. Les Cigales is very well equipped for large parties and ideally designed with opportunities for separation (and relative peace from the kids) as well as communal areas that fit everyone easily. All in all I have no hesitation in recommending.
Wine tours, bicycling tours, trekking, local festivals, antiquing, wildlife tours, historique momuments, local daily outside markets, cooking classes, wine tours and art workshops.