Ref: PR09, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £5375 to £7740 pw
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
Changeover day: Saturday
Fenced-off (on request
Can be heated
Open mid-May to mid-Oct
Carry-le-Rouet 88km (pebble/rocky)
Marseille 89km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
Sausset 93km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 97km (sandy)
18 hole 11km
9 and 18 hole Saumane-de-Vaucluse 11km
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.
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)
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
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.
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).
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).
Carry-le-Rouet 88km (pebble/rocky)
Marseille 89km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
Sausset-les-Pins 93km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 97km (sandy)
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A truly fantastic villa.
A fantastic and very well equipped house. Madame Chabert was very helpful and the catering was delicious and good value.
A wonderful haven in heavenly countryside - the perfect holiday escape - we shall return.
Ideal for large family with the pool away some distance from house so that adults could escape the noise.
Idyllic. Very relaxing. Very friendly and helpful madame.
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.
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.