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About us

Invitation to Provence is a small family run agency that personally hand-picks and inspects all properties. Started over 30 years ago in Tuscany we are now also finding beautiful properties for rent in Provence and in the Italian Lakes. We think self-catering homes are the best way to really experience a region – they allow you to immerse yourself in the area and in the local culture – shop in the local markets, visit vineyards and taste the wines. We contract directly with the owner and have personal knowledge of the area and of the houses; we also have somebody on the ground so that, if you need help there is always somebody close by.

Dan WrightsonAll our houses have something that makes us love them, whether they are a small, romantic cottage or a grand old chateau. We have built up a reputation over many years for personal, reliable service and will always give you the best advice we can. Dan Wrightson, the owner, is also an artist and paints many of the houses and the surrounding landscapes and towns, sitting in the sun for hours with only a glass of wine for company. You can see his work around the website and on We are part of Flipkey and Tripadvisor and collect independent reviews through them – have a look at some here: Tripadvisor. You can also see reviews for each property at the bottom of their web-page.

Bonding with ABTA

Some people ask if we are bonded and we are not. The short reason is that bonding is only required for companies that sell packages, which we don’t. The longer, and more comprehensive reason, is that we have a very simple business model and we don’t pre-buy any weeks or other periods – we simply act as agents – so it is highly unlikely that we would go under. In addition to this, if you pay by credit card you’re covered anyway, so there really is no need.

Online booking

You can also book online – we always prefer to talk to you, but this can be useful if you are looking at the property of your dreams and the office is closed – you can make sure the week or weeks you want are held for you. There is no difference in price and you can run your whole booking online and never talk to us, or manage everything via phone and old-fashioned post.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8003 6447

A painting of the Pavilion de Vendome in Aix en Provence by Dan Wrightson

A painting of the Pavilion de Vendome in Aix en Provence by Dan Wrightson