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Mas des Lavandes

Ref: PR09, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £5375 to £7740 pw

  1. 1 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
  2. 2 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
  3. 3 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
  4. 4 - Mas des Lavandes - side of house and garden
  5. 5 - Mas des Lavandes - views of the Luberon
  6. 6 - Mas des Lavandes - Luberon at dusk
  7. 7 - Mas des Lavandes - Annexe terrace
  8. 8 - Mas des Lavandes - view towards the house on left
  9. 9 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and pool house
  10. 10 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
  11. 11 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and views of the Luberon
  12. 12 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
  13. 13 - Mas des Lavandes - breakfast in the garden
  14. 14 - Mas des Lavandes - private tennis court
  15. 15 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
  16. 16 - Mas des Lavandes - views from the terrace
  17. 17 - Mas des Lavandes - evening view
  18. 18 - Mas des Lavandes - 'borie' in the garden
  19. 19 - Mas des Lavandes - hallway
  20. 20 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  21. 21 - Mas des Lavandes - living area opening onto kitchen
  22. 22 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  23. 23 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  24. 24 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen
  25. 25 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  26. 26 - Mas des Lavandes - access from hallway to twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  27. 27 - Mas des Lavandes - twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  28. 28 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (first floor)
  29. 29 - Mas des Lavandes - terrace off double bedroom in main house (first floor)
  30. 30 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (first floor)
  31. 31 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  32. 32 - Mas des Lavandes - shower room in main house
  33. 33 - Mas des Lavandes - side of  house, entrance to annexe
  34. 34 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen in annexe
  35. 35 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in annexe (ground floor) with stairs up to mezzanine
  36. 36 - Mas des Lavandes - double bed in annexe mezzanine
  37. 37 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  38. 38 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  39. 39 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  40. 40 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  • 1 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
    1 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
  • 2 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
    2 - Mas des Lavandes - main entrance and terrace
  • 3 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
    3 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
  • 4 - Mas des Lavandes - side of house and garden
    4 - Mas des Lavandes - side of house and garden
  • 5 - Mas des Lavandes - views of the Luberon
    5 - Mas des Lavandes - views of the Luberon
  • 6 - Mas des Lavandes - Luberon at dusk
    6 - Mas des Lavandes - Luberon at dusk
  • 7 - Mas des Lavandes - Annexe terrace
    7 - Mas des Lavandes - Annexe terrace
  • 8 - Mas des Lavandes - view towards the house on left
    8 - Mas des Lavandes - view towards the house on left
  • 9 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and pool house
    9 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and pool house
  • 10 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
    10 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
  • 11 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and views of the Luberon
    11 - Mas des Lavandes - pool and views of the Luberon
  • 12 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
    12 - Mas des Lavandes - pool area
  • 13 - Mas des Lavandes - breakfast in the garden
    13 - Mas des Lavandes - breakfast in the garden
  • 14 - Mas des Lavandes - private tennis court
    14 - Mas des Lavandes - private tennis court
  • 15 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
    15 - Mas des Lavandes - side terrace
  • 16 - Mas des Lavandes - views from the terrace
    16 - Mas des Lavandes - views from the terrace
  • 17 - Mas des Lavandes - evening view
    17 - Mas des Lavandes - evening view
  • 18 - Mas des Lavandes - 'borie' in the garden
    18 - Mas des Lavandes - 'borie' in the garden
  • 19 - Mas des Lavandes - hallway
    19 - Mas des Lavandes - hallway
  • 20 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
    20 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  • 21 - Mas des Lavandes - living area opening onto kitchen
    21 - Mas des Lavandes - living area opening onto kitchen
  • 22 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
    22 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  • 23 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
    23 - Mas des Lavandes - living area
  • 24 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen
    24 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen
  • 25 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (ground floor)
    25 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  • 26 - Mas des Lavandes - access from hallway to twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
    26 - Mas des Lavandes - access from hallway to twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  • 27 - Mas des Lavandes - twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
    27 - Mas des Lavandes - twin bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  • 28 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (first floor)
    28 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in main house (first floor)
  • 29 - Mas des Lavandes - terrace off double bedroom in main house (first floor)
    29 - Mas des Lavandes - terrace off double bedroom in main house (first floor)
  • 30 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (first floor)
    30 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (first floor)
  • 31 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (ground floor)
    31 - Mas des Lavandes - single bedroom in main house (ground floor)
  • 32 - Mas des Lavandes - shower room in main house
    32 - Mas des Lavandes - shower room in main house
  • 33 - Mas des Lavandes - side of  house, entrance to annexe
    33 - Mas des Lavandes - side of house, entrance to annexe
  • 34 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen in annexe
    34 - Mas des Lavandes - kitchen in annexe
  • 35 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in annexe (ground floor) with stairs up to mezzanine
    35 - Mas des Lavandes - double bedroom in annexe (ground floor) with stairs up to mezzanine
  • 36 - Mas des Lavandes - double bed in annexe mezzanine
    36 - Mas des Lavandes - double bed in annexe mezzanine
  • 37 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
    37 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  • 38 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
    38 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  • 39 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
    39 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  • 40 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
    40 - Mas des Lavandes - nearby Gordes
  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 5
  • Private heated pool
  • Private tennis court
  • Internet available
  • More InformationSecurity deposit £2000

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A dream come true…

Beautifully restored and decorated, this ancient sheepfold with its beautiful pool and tennis court lies in a quiet hamlet close to Cabrières-d'Avignon and close to the sought-after and picturesque village of Gordes, and the many pretty villages dotted around the Luberon Valley.

Accommodation details

Main house Living/dining room, sitting room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 1 shower room with wc, 1 shower room, 1 separate wc, 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 2 single bedrooms
Annexe Kitchen, 1 shower room and wc, 1 twin (or double) bedroom, mezzanine with 2 single beds

Facilities

Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 2 cots (linen supplied on request), highchair, telephone, WiFi, fax, satellite TV, video, DVD, CD, 2 iPod docks, air-conditioning (upstairs bedrooms in main house), heating (on a meter - 200€-500€ per week), alarm, barbecue, tennis court, boules


Services

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 (on a Wednesday), additional cleaning (2.5 hours minimum) 15 € per hour. Services are payable locally.

Prices quoted are subject to change.

Exterior

Set in extensive grounds of 3 hectares of which one consists of landscaped gardens, the property enjoys a peaceful location and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. It is surrounded by lavender and olive trees and boasts two original "bories" (small sheepfolds built of stone without mortar and probably dating to the 18th century), which are numbered and classified. There are lovely views from the private tennis court.

The pool house contains a summer kitchen, dining for 12 persons, a barbecue, a shower and a wc.

There is a charge of 210 € per week to heat the pool to 23°C, weather permitting. This is payable locally.

Interior

The interior is spacious, bright, elegant and of a high standard. The house is set out in two parts. The main house has the living areas on the ground floor, a well-equipped kitchen (opens onto courtyard with door to self-contained wing), a double bedroom (160cm bed also with a sofabed) and a twin bedroom (90cm beds) each with an en suite bathroom, a small single bedroom (90cm bed) ideal for an au pair and a shower room with a wc on the other side of the kitchen.

On the first floor of the main house are a double bedroom (160cm bed) opening onto a terrace with lovely views, a shower room and a separate wc and a single bedroom (90cm bed).

A wing of the building is self-contained with a kitchen, a twin bedroom (90cm beds - can be made as a double) with an en suite shower room with a wc on the first floor (ideal for children) and a twin bedroom (90cm beds) on the first floor mezzanine.

The first floor bedrooms in the main house have air-conditioning. The ground floor bedrooms are quite cool in the summer and do not need air-conditioning. There are fans in the twin bedroom on the annexe mezzanine.

Occupancy is limited to 12 persons (including 3 children).

Read Peter Browne's interview with Dominique in the Condé Nast Traveler >>

Changeover day: Saturday

Swimming pool

Private
Security alarm
Fenced-off (on request
charge payable)
Roman steps
Can be heated
Size 12x7m
Depth 1-2.50m
Open mid-May to mid-Oct

Tennis court

Private

Beaches

Carry-le-Rouet 88km (pebble/rocky)
Marseille 89km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
Sausset 93km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 97km (sandy)

18 hole 11km

Skiing

Mont-Serein 66km

Other features

  • Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Pets accepted
  • Ground level bedroom

Golf Details


9 and 18 hole Saumane-de-Vaucluse 11km
www.provencecountryclub.fr 

Ground floor

Ground floor

First floor

First floor

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 (50 minutes away by foot) 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.

  • Shops & services

    Villages

    Cabrières-d'Avignon (2km): Basic shops and services.
    Coustellet (4km): Basic shops and services. Good bakery, best deli in the area and a supermarket.
    Gordes (7km): A larger selection of shops and services
    The nearest large supermarket is at l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km)  

    Towns

    Cavaillon (14km)
    Apt (25km)
    Avignon (33km)
    Aix-en-Provence (77km)

  • Market days

    Coustellet (4km): Sundays
    Gordes (7km): Tuesdays
    Cavaillon (14km): Mondays
    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (15km): Thursdays; Sundays for famous antique market
    Bonnieux (18km): Fridays
    Apt (25km): Saturdays
    St-Rémy (35km): Wednesdays
    Carpentras (35km): Fridays

  • Recommended restaurants

    Les Imberts (3km): Estellan
    Coustellet (4 km): 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 (18km): Le Fournil
    Caseneuve (34km): Le Sanglier Paresseux

    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.

  • Places to see

    Cavaillon (14km), with its ancient cathedral.
    There are many lovely Luberon villages nearby: Bonnieux (18km), Roussillon (15km), Oppède-le-Vieux (9km), Lacoste (14km - visit the Château of the Marquis de Sade), Goult (8km), the Bories village (8km - a group of thirty dry stone huts) among others.
    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km): famous for its lively antiques market and intricate waterways.
    Avignon is 33km away and Aix-en-Provence 77km.
    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).

  • Local events

    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

  • Regional food & wine

    Food

    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)
    Truffles
    Fruits confits

    Wine

    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.

    Wine events

    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).

  • Beaches

    Carry-le-Rouet 88km (pebble/rocky)
    Marseille 89km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
    Sausset-les-Pins 93km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
    La Couronne 97km (sandy)

  • Activities

    Tennis court: on site
    Horse riding: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km)
    Bike hire: Coustellet (4km)
    9 &18 hole golf course: Saumane-de-Vaucluse (11km)
    Leisure lake for swimming and sailing: Apt (25km)
    Skiing: Mont-Serein (66km)

  • Getting there

    Airports

    Avignon 27km
    Marseille 72km
    Nîmes 89km  
    Flight info >>

    Ferry ports

    Le Havre 907km
    Caen-Ouistreham 955km
    Calais 1013km
    St-Malo 1055km
    Cherbourg 1066km  
    Channel crossing info >>

    TGV stations

    Avignon 34km
    Orange 56km
    Miramas 56km
    Aix-en-Provence 75km
    Nîmes 77km
    Arles 84km
    Eurostar & TGV info >>

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Eleanor Hamilton

If you dream of the perfect holiday in Provence, then this beautiful villa will be beyond your expectations. We, a family of grandparents, adults and children ranging from 8 to 17, had the most perfect holiday. The house itself is furnished with taste and style and yet is welcoming and comfortable for all ages. Every step has been taken to make sure you have the perfect holiday, from games and DVDs to a kitchen equipped with everything a dedicated cook could want. It is situated in the Luberon National Park, within 15 to 45 minutes of every single beautiful village or town in the area - that is if you actually want to leave the stunning grounds. We didn't leave for 9 whole days, preferring to relax by the lovely large pool, playing tennis or boules, or just sitting on the terrace looking out at uninterrupted views for mile after mile. Bliss!

Deborah Miller

Bob and I enjoyed an extraordinary week at Les Murets in March 2004. What an amazing place! Every detail, under the watchful care of Madame Chabert, was perfect. While my husband loved the tennis court, I thrived on the ambience, including the peaceful view from the patio.

Catherine Bennett

Each time we have been fortunate enough to stay in this beautifully decorated home, our experience in Provence has been quite different. Given its proximity to antiques, sights, markets, and culinary delights, Les Murets is an excellent base for exploring Provence. If you are in the mood for rest and relaxation, Les Murets also provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle complete with breathtaking views, pool, and tennis courts. And, if you want to explore just a bit, try the hike to Gordes, walk to the village for croissants, or wander around the extensive property which contains its very own bories. The owners have thought of every detail to ensure your comfort and convenience, and the delightful caretaker of the property makes it her goal to ensure that your needs are met. As you can see, we can't think of a vacation we've ever enjoyed more and hope to return.

Marty Carter

A visit to Les Murets is paradise. The house is styled and decorated with lovely antiques and accoutrements of a manor house while offering cozy warmth and charm. The kitchen for me becomes the centerpiece of gathering with family and friends cooking a gourmet delight after strolling the markets for deliciously fresh foods. The chicken eggs were so fresh I yearned to take the chicken bank to the States, but Customs said no. Les Murets is conveniently situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Provence. The area surrounding Gordes offers many "sight-seeing" opportunities. After being in Provence a number of times, it's refreshing to simply stay at Les Murets and enjoy all it has to offer. One of the highlights of my visits is making a new friend, Mme Chabert. She is more than a caretaker for she left food in the refrigerator, a fire laid, fresh flowers, etc. Mme Chabert is well-known in the community and provides any assistance needed.  I do not speak French, but that has never been a problem as she speaks in French and we pantomime, always ending in gales of laughter. Several friends have followed my suggestion of a holiday to Les Murets and ALL would give it 5 stars.

DHA

My wife and I spent two weeks at Les Murets in March 2004, accompanied by several guest friends. The house has every amenity needed for a wonderful vacation, and if not the always helpful Madame Chabert, the caretaker, and her husband are nearby to help. We appreciated her so much that we had to give her a parting present. Particularly helpful, the home's owners maintain a portfolio of restaurants reviewed by guests and - well read - nearby wineries are included! Because it was March, we didn't use the pool but the tennis court got daily use and the pétanque court was used once. Peggy Schaller: I would like to express my great enthusiasm for Les Murets as a vacation spot, any time of the year. I have been to Les Murets several times and always the accommodations were spotless, the house prepared tastefully, with additional details that made me feel more welcome (bottle of wine, soap, house gift, etc) than in many other rental properties. Les Murets actually does not seem like a rental property, it seems like a HOME! The house is beautifully decorated, the garden, pool and tennis court welcoming with lounge chairs, and other amenities. It is an ideal spot for an ideal vacation. The caretaker, Mme Chabert, plays a big role in making what could be a wonderful place even better. She tirelessly welcomes, helps, advises and goes the proverbial extra mile with a smile and enthusiasm that must be fast becoming legendary. Her tip on doctors, wineries, tourist attractions, etc., are even better than local tourist guides. Even with almost non-existent English, it is not a problem because her warmth is contagious and makes her understandable. She is always present in a crisis, and takes care of everything. She is a wonderful asset to Les Murets. I would also like to mention the owners of Les Murets, they have always graciously welcomed me and other family and friends upon arrival, making sure that everything was in perfect order for our first day at Les Murets. That sort of personal touch exemplefies why Les Murets is a special place to be.

Dr. J Buchanan

We had a lovely holiday - the villa was ideal for our requirements - 6 adults, 2 babies - in a beautiful area. The caretaker Mme. Chambert was charming. Many thanks.

Mrs Tessa Warren

The caretaker was extremely helpful and very generous to the children. Lovely furnishings, comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen and beautiful views. We wouldn't have changed anything. Local information and suggested activities extremely useful. We're looking forward to returning with my parents and family in 2007!

Mr Robert Boyle

A truly fantastic villa.

Mrs Alison Redgrave

A fantastic and very well equipped house. Madame Chabert was very helpful and the catering was delicious and good value.

Miss Lisa Walden & Mr Mark Wood

A wonderful haven in heavenly countryside - the perfect holiday escape - we shall return.

Mr J. S. Rood

Ideal for large family with the pool away some distance from house so that adults could escape the noise.

Mr Charles Scott

Idyllic. Very relaxing. Very friendly and helpful madame.


Read Georgie Taylor's Villa Story >>

 

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.

We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.

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This is the property dreams are made of. The interior is furnished with impeccable taste and the views are stunning from both the pool and the tennis court. The most famous of provençal villages are just a short drive away.

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