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Head to Villedieu a Vaucluse Village for a Provencal Lunch

As long-time readers of Our House in Provence blog know, one of our favourite villages besides Sablet is Villedieu. It’s a small village (population 505), built on a hill overlooking vineyards, olive grows and pine trees near the Eygues River on the border of the Drome Provencale. Villedieu is located about 7 1/2 miles northwest of Sablet in the direction you would take if you were headed to Nyons. The village has a central square surrounded by 100-year-old Plane trees (Platanes). Please look at Michel’s photos of the town and their lunch!

Where to Eat in Villedieu

Le Bistrot de Villedieu (website)
Place de la Liberation
84110 Villedieu
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 28 97 02
Only open from June – SeptemberThis Provencal bistro has a lovely setting and a menu to suit many choices from the wood-fired oven.

A Vaucluse Village

The exact origins of Villedieu are unclear as there is no written text (or at least none that has been found). However, like many Provencal villages, the theory is that the town began as a Gallo-Roman villa surrounded by agricultural lands. The fields would have required peasant workers, and such a hamlet likely developed with time.

What to see in Villedieu

Church: Built from the 10th to the 17th centuries, Saint Laurent and Saint Michel parish church, combines several architectural styles beginning in medieval times.

Watchtower: At 18.5m, this tower is not only tall, but it also has a substantial base. It is attached to the church.

The ramparts: Dating the exact construction of the ramparts is difficult, as they were built, rebuilt, and expanded several times from the 10th century forward.

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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.

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