A Provençal Haven // Haven In

One of my biggest travel fantasies was to rent a villa in southern France, visit the village market on the weekend, and cook delicious homemade dinners for my husband while drinking the best of French rosé. Since we had four days to fill before having to be in Paris, we knew of the perfect place we wanted to fulfill this fantasy at in Provence. We booked the most quaint looking Provençal villa through Haven In, and for four blissful nights we enjoyed a little taste of French country life.

After weeks and weeks of nonstop travel, hotel hopping, long road trips, and too much alarm setting, Tor and I could not wait to unwind someplace romantic and beautiful. As we pulled up to our charming villa that we would have all to ourselves for a few days, we knew we found that special place we were looking for. No staff. No other guests. No itinerary planned. It was just the two of us and enough bottles of wine to last us a month. Our 7-bedroom villa provided by Haven In immediately felt like the Provençal home you have always imagined in your mind – exposed stone walls, luxurious furnishings, a modern kitchen with the grandest stove I’ve ever cooked on and all the necessities needed to throw a grand dinner party, and plenty of outdoor seating that invites you to spend more time outside than in. Despite the outside yearning for our attention 24/7, we still brought our travel Apple TV with us to watch some movies and TV shows each night after dinner as the evening thunderstorms rolled through.

Sézane dress (sold out, similar here, here, and here)

Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog stays at the Haven In villa in Bonnieux

Our villa

If you’re looking to rent the most luxe of villas in France, England, or Italy, look no further than Haven In. Our 7 bedroom villa, located just 5 minutes outside of the hilltop town Bonnieux, was full of luxury, history, comfort, and relaxation. Built in the 18th century, our villa had been refurbished as recently as 2011 and featured large sitting rooms, a large indoor and outdoor dining table, a TV room, 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a modern kitchen. Situated within famed Provençal lavender fields and fruit trees, this is the perfect villa for both couples or groups (including families), as there is plenty of space for everyone. Haven In also oversees dozens of other villas that are perfect for those who wish to skip hotel life and feel more at home.

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On our first morning, Tor and I woke up early to get to the Sunday outdoor village market in Coustellet. It had been my dream to visit a French weekend market, and luckily we were in town on the right days to make that happen. As soon as we parked our car, I beelined straight for the flower stand selling the freshest peonies. I wasn’t even sure if our villa had any vases stocked in the pantry (luckily they had plenty!), but I was determined to buy a large batch of my favorite flower. We also stocked up on fresh loaves of French bread, different kinds of goat cheese (much to Tor’s chagrin – he’s not a goat cheese lover like me), different kinds of jams, fresh vegetables, and some gourmet sweets. Basically, we left this market with our hands completely full. We immediately returned back to the villa and cooked ourselves a delicious Sunday brunch of brioche French toast, eggs, and fresh squeezed orange juice and dined outside underneath the large tree in the front courtyard.

LA Double J dress c/o (also available in this style and this style; also love this dress and this dress)

 

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I’ve been in love with this Italian label for a while now. LA Double J makes some of the best dresses and skirts with the most vibrant colors and patterns. Every season they come out with new pieces that I find myself obsessing over and adding to my cart. This summer, they also designed some of the prettiest swimsuits which of course I had to wear while lounging in our private pool in Provence. Check out my previous features of LA Double J here and here.

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As I mentioned earlier, we had no itinerary planned for these four days except the large Sunday market. Our villa was located just 5 minutes outside of the hilltop town of Bonnieux, which we visited one day for a hearty lunch and a sweet crêpe snack. It’s also located under an hour from the towns of Gordes and Avignon. While it was just the two of us for our visit, we immediately began planning another trip back to bring our friends. Our stunning villa had 7 bedrooms (we occupied the master suite) that we could easily fill with our friends next time. But since Tor and I wanted to take it easy, we spent plenty of time by the private pool to beat the southern France heat and catch up on some reading. I didn’t even work on the blog during this trip, since we had found the perfect spot to unwind, unplug, and unleash.

Hemant & Nandita dress c/o (similar pattern here and here)



Saying goodbye to French country life was hard to do, since this villa had been such a dream to indulge in for a few days before we returned to the hustle and bustle of our crazy lives. While we cannot wait to return again with friends, for now we will relish in the romantic memories we made at this Bonnieux villa and look back on our week as Provençal residents with many thanks.

Alyssa Campanella and Torrance Coombs stay at the Haven In villa in Bonnieux, France

Thank you to Haven In for hosting part of our trip. As always, opinions are my own.
Photos by Torrance Coombs.

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