Ref: PR04, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £4300 to £7525 pw
This modern villa built of local stone in typical Provençal style is a beautiful property located in a small hamlet a few km from the picturesque village of Gordes, and near the many other pretty villages dotted around the Luberon Valley. It offers quality modern accommodation and the broad south-facing terraces and lawns give onto marvellous views.
Living room, dining room, study/TV room, kitchen, 1 bathroom with shower and wc, 2 bathrooms with wc, 1 shower room with wc, 1 shower room, 3 separate wcs, 6 twin bedrooms (can be made up as doubles)
Washing machine, 2 dishwashers, dryer, 2 cots (linen supplied), 2 highchairs, telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD, CD, alarm, heating (cost varies according to season), fireplace (wood supplied), fans, air-conditioning in two upstairs bedrooms, alarm, barbecue, table tennis, boules
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning 4 hours per week included (for bookings of more than 1 week), additional cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 15 € per hour. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The hilltop location provides stunning south-facing panoramic views across a valley towards the Luberon Mountains and onto the Alpilles in the distance to the west. The house is set in a large well-maintained landscaped garden of 6000sqm with lawns ideal for children. There are various terraces for sitting out and outdoor dining, and a wc close to the pool. There is one neighbouring house with quiet occupants. There is a charge of 320 € per week to heat the pool to 27°C, weather permitting - payable locally.
The interior is spacious and furnished to a high standard in a comfortable and contemporary style. On the ground floor are a large double-height living room with a beamed sloping ceiling and an open fireplace, and a dining room (both leading to covered terraces), a study/TV room, and a large very well-equipped kitchen with a further dining area and doors opening onto a terrace with a barbecue. Also on the ground floor are a twin bedroom with French doors to a terrace and an en suite bathroom and a wc, two twin bedrooms and a shower room with a wc, and a separate wc.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with French doors to a private terrace and an en suite bathroom with a separate shower and a wc, and a twin bedroom with an en suite bathroom with a wc (both bedrooms have air-conditioning).
The sixth twin bedroom is located in a separate annexe (external access only) and has an en suite shower room and a separate wc.
All the bedrooms have twin beds (90cm) which can be put together to make double beds (please give preference at time of booking).
Changeover day: Saturday
Electric security cover
Can be heated
Open mid-Apr to mid-Oct
Les Imberts 2.5km
Marseille 90km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
Carry 90km (pebble/rocky)
Sausset 94km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 98km (sandy)
18 hole 16km
9 and 18 hole Saumane-de-Vaucluse 16km
This floor plan was prepared in good faith and may not be exactly to scale.
The Luberon Mountains in central Provence are an area of charming hilltop villages, especially along the verdant northern slopes overlooking colourful plains of olive groves, cherry orchards, and pastureland. Roussillon, built in the local ochre stone, commands views as far as Mont Ventoux. Ménerbes has a colourful history and was home to Picasso and de Stael. Gordes is an exceptional village arranged in tiers around the Renaissance château at its summit. The dramatic site occupied by Oppède-le-Vieux lay abandoned for years; the village has come back to life but still retains a haunting sense of vanished past.
Coustellet (4.5km): Basic shops and services. Good bakery, best deli in the area and a supermarket
Cabrières-d’Avignon (5km): Groceries
Gordes (6km): Restaurants, cafés and a grocery store
Ménerbes (6km): Bakery, various small shops, restaurants and cafés.
The nearest supermarket is at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (15km)
Sunday: Coustellet: farmer's market and some brocantes. It is very popular and gets busy so you should try to get there quite early.
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: famous antique market as well as food market (be prepared for big crowds in the summer)
Monday: Goult, Cavaillon, Cadenet
Tuesday: Gordes, Fontaines-de -Vaucluse
Wednesday: Rousillon, St. Rémy
Thursday: Oppède -le-Vieux, Maussane, Robion
Friday: Bonnieux, Eygalières, Lourmarin
Saturday: Uzes, Oppède, St. Rémy, Apt
Coustellet (4.5km): Babouchka, Gavin
Ménerbes (6km): La Veranda, La Galounet, Délices de Charlotte
Maubec (6km): La Bergerie
Goult (8km): Le Tonneau, La Terrasse, Café de la Poste, La Bartavelle
Bonnieux (15km): Le Fournil
Some suggestions in approximate descending order of price:
Le Mas des Herbes Blanches: Situated in a beautiful setting of an elegant hotel in Joucas (11km), on the road to Murs beyond Gordes. The menu is traditional French and quite fancy and expensive but worth the treat.
La Bastide de Gordes: Gordes (6km). The 4-star hotel constructed in what was once the old ramparts of Gordes has a gourmet restaurant (beautiful terrace with panoramic views)
La Bastide de Marie: Route de Bonnieux, Menerbes (6km)
Les Bories: Elegant hotel with fine restaurant in Gordes (6km) on the road to Sénanque.
Ferme de la Huppe: Reputed restaurant in a charming farmhouse in les Pourquiers (7km) on the D156 between Gordes and Goult.
Le Mas Tourteron: 5 mins in car from house. Chemin de Sainte blaise, Les Imberts, (sign-posted on the D2 in Les Imberts). The walled terrace is charming and the food (Elisabeth Bourgeois) excellent.
Le Mas de la Senancole: Les Imberts (3km) on the D2.
Le Clos de Gustave: Gordes (6km).
Le Fournil: Charming restaurant with terrace in Bonnieux (15km). Particularly nice for lunch.
Le Café de la Poste: Goult (8km) on the village square.
Le Vieux Bistrot: Cabrières.
La Terrasse: Goult
Café César: Bonnieux
Maison Gouin: Coustellet (also traiteur) is only opened for lunch.
Restaurant de l'Horloge: Cucuron, excellent value.
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
The Luberon Valley is known for its beautiful hilltop villages, its natural park and its vineyards. It also hosts some of the great music and theatre festivals of France.
Gordes: Gordes has been listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of France".
Arriving in Gordes on the D2 is spectacular. It is best to park in the car park (turn left at the roundabout in the village centre, the car park is on your left). Gordes will be busier on a Tuesday morning as it is market day.
Abbaye de Sénanque: The abbey is one of the most beautiful and most photographed monuments of Provence, particularly during the lavender season (end June, July). The monks have been living there since the 12th century and they sell some of their home produce. There are several footpaths from the abbey into the hills.
The Bories village: is also situated outside Gordes off the D2. It gets very busy in the summer months so it is wise to get there early. The ancient dwellings known as bories are dry stone buildings made from lauzes (limestone slabs) and date from 2,000 BC.
The Moulins de Bouillons Museum: (olive presses dating back to the 16th century) is situated near the house on the road to St Pantaléon. Some local olive oil is still made there. Closed on Tuesdays.
The Lavender Museum: based in Coustellet on the D2. Presentation of distillation processes which were used to make essential oils (16th century to present time).
Roussillon: It is considered one of the most impressive villages in France.
Situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries.
Goult: is a peaceful little village with some half-dozen restaurants and a few shops. Goult has resisted the temptations of village sprawl and souvenir shops, and in our view ranks among the Luberon's most delightful villages.
Oppède-le-Vieux: you have to leave your car in the car park and walk up the terraced gardens to the old village. The old village remains quite unspoilt.
Ménerbes: built at the top of a hill at the foot of the Luberon Mountain. You can see it, due south, from the terrace of the house.
The Corkscrew Museum: It displays historical, technical and artistic aspects of the corkscrew from the 17th century to the present time.
Lacoste: another beautiful hilltop village, fun to explore by foot. It is the ground of the ruins of the Marquis de Sade’s castle (recently bought by Pierre Cardin), opened for concerts during the Cardin festival in July.
Bonnieux: one more beautiful hilltop village with two churches. You can walk up the stairs opposite the Fournil restaurant to the top of the hill for a dramatic 360 degrees view.
Fontaine-de -Vaucluse: The source of the Sorgue river begins underground in the closed valley above the town.
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: It main street is lined with watermills wheels and it is the antique centre of the area (Thursday and Sunday)
There are many other beautiful villages on the South side of the Luberon mountain (Ansouis, Lourmarin, Pertuis, Cucuron), in the Grand Luberon (Forcalquier, Mane, Montfuron, Viens), or in the nearby Alpilles (St-Rémy, Les Baux, Eygalières)
There are great activities for children nearby: visit the Haribo factory, a crocodile farm, a bamboo forest, grottoes, a giant maze, and a treetop adventure course (further details at the house).
Musicales du Luberon (in Ménerbes) - music festival in July
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – opera festival in July
Chorégies d’Orange in the Orange Roman theatre – opera festival in August
Festival de Lacoste created by Pierre Cardin – musical festival in July
Festival d’Avignon – theatre and dance festival in July
Les Suds d’Arles – music festival in July
Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron – piano festival in July and August
Festival de Lourmarin – music festival all summer
Festival Jazz de Luberon – jazz festival in May
Aioli (garlic mayonnaise to accompany fish and vegetables)
Pissaladière (onion tart)
Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato)
Bouillabaisse (fish stew)
Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes)
Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise)
Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste)
Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
The Côtes du Luberon appellation covers 3500 hectares. It is situated between Cavaillon and Apt, with 36 districts sharing the vineyards. Eighty per cent of the wine producing land is grouped into co-operative wineries (caves co-operatives). Comprising 70% reds, 15 % to 20 % rosés or whites depending on the year, the Côtes du Luberon wine is appreciated for its delicate bouquet. The reds are well-balanced and flexible, the rosés fresh and nervous, while the whites are fresh and well-rounded. It is generally better to drink the Côtes du Luberon wines when they are young.
Mid-November: La Gouleyade: "Fête du vin bourru" (First wine of the year). Village parades, wine-tasting.
End of June: Festivals at the châteaux around the Luberon.
Also discover the Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes de Provence and Côteaux d’Aix. There are many good local wines on sale at local markets (in particular at the marché paysan of Coustellet).
Marseille, sandy, shingle, rocky (90km)
Carry, pebble, rocky (90km)
Sausset, sandy, shingle, rocky (94km)
La Couronne, sandy (98km)
Tennis courts: The owners are members of the Cabrières tennis club. Clients have free access.
Horse riding: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (15km), Lauris (16km)
Bike hire: Coustellet (4.5km)
Golf: 9 and 18 hole golf courses: Saumane-de-Vaucluse (16km)
Leisure lake: for swimming and sailing: Apt (21km)
Skiing: Mont-Serein (65km)
Walks: There are many nature trails and heritage walks in the area in the area. The most important routes are GR4, 6, 9, 92 and 97. You will find a book on walks and various maps in the house.
Canoe-Kayak: you can Kayak on the Sorgue River. There is a trip from Fontaines de Vaucluse to Ile-sur-la-Sorgue
Cycling: There is a complete circuit of the Luberon that is 236km long and is designed to take in some of the best sights on the way.
Accrobranches: Obstacle courses for children set out in the air between the pine trees, using cable walkways, rope bridges, beams, swings, and best of all, zip lines. Lagnes/Fontaine de Vaucluse.
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We just returned from the South of France and we all have enjoyed it very much. Perfect setting, very beautiful environment, wonderful house. In one word: perfect!
With a party including 5 children it was perfect - plenty of room in the house - lots of space in the garden to play - very large swimming pool and fantastic view.
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
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Top quality accommodation and beautiful furnishings in a wonderful setting. The owner has paid attention to each small detail.