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Villa d'Olea

Ref: PR140, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £3655 to £7848 pw

  1. 1 - Villa d'Olea - pool area with far-reaching views
  2. 2 - Villa d'Olea - pool and guest house
  3. 3 - Villa d'Olea - views towards Gordes
  4. 4 - Villa d'Olea - pool terrace
  5. 5 - Villa d'Olea - pool house and terrace
  6. 6 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by pool
  7. 7 - Villa d'Olea - open dining terrace by pool
  8. 8 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by the house
  9. 9 - Villa d'Olea - seating area in the lavender garden
  10. 10 - Villa d'Olea - view of house from the grounds
  11. 11 - Villa d'Olea - living room
  12. 12 - Villa d'Olea - dining room
  13. 13 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen
  14. 14 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom One
  15. 15 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom One
  16. 16 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Two
  17. 17 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Three
  18. 18 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Four
  19. 19 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom Two
  20. 20 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Five / study
  21. 21 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen area in Guest house
  22. 22 - Villa d'Olea - sitting area in Guest House
  23. 23 - Villa d'Olea - lavenders in the garden
  24. 24 - Villa d'Olea - lavender in the garden
  25. 25 - Villa d'Olea - seating in the garden
  26. 26 - Villa d'Olea - private drive through olive groves
  • 1 - Villa d'Olea - pool area with far-reaching views
    1 - Villa d'Olea - pool area with far-reaching views
  • 2 - Villa d'Olea - pool and guest house
    2 - Villa d'Olea - pool and guest house
  • 3 - Villa d'Olea - views towards Gordes
    3 - Villa d'Olea - views towards Gordes
  • 4 - Villa d'Olea - pool terrace
    4 - Villa d'Olea - pool terrace
  • 5 - Villa d'Olea - pool house and terrace
    5 - Villa d'Olea - pool house and terrace
  • 6 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by pool
    6 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by pool
  • 7 - Villa d'Olea - open dining terrace by pool
    7 - Villa d'Olea - open dining terrace by pool
  • 8 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by the house
    8 - Villa d'Olea - seating area by the house
  • 9 - Villa d'Olea - seating area in the lavender garden
    9 - Villa d'Olea - seating area in the lavender garden
  • 10 - Villa d'Olea - view of house from the grounds
    10 - Villa d'Olea - view of house from the grounds
  • 11 - Villa d'Olea - living room
    11 - Villa d'Olea - living room
  • 12 - Villa d'Olea - dining room
    12 - Villa d'Olea - dining room
  • 13 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen
    13 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen
  • 14 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom One
    14 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom One
  • 15 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom One
    15 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom One
  • 16 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Two
    16 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Two
  • 17 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Three
    17 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Three
  • 18 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Four
    18 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Four
  • 19 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom Two
    19 - Villa d'Olea - bathroom Two
  • 20 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Five / study
    20 - Villa d'Olea - bedroom Five / study
  • 21 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen area in Guest house
    21 - Villa d'Olea - kitchen area in Guest house
  • 22 - Villa d'Olea - sitting area in Guest House
    22 - Villa d'Olea - sitting area in Guest House
  • 23 - Villa d'Olea - lavenders in the garden
    23 - Villa d'Olea - lavenders in the garden
  • 24 - Villa d'Olea - lavender in the garden
    24 - Villa d'Olea - lavender in the garden
  • 25 - Villa d'Olea - seating in the garden
    25 - Villa d'Olea - seating in the garden
  • 26 - Villa d'Olea - private drive through olive groves
    26 - Villa d'Olea - private drive through olive groves
  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 5
  • Private heated pool
  • Internet available
  • More InformationSecurity deposit £1500

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One hundred and one olive trees

Villa d'Olea is a beautifully-restored old sheepfold, recently converted into an exquisite holiday property offering comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to twelve. It is set in sumptuous private grounds full of lavender and over a hundred olive trees, just below the quintessentially provençal hilltop village of Gordes in the heart of the Luberon. 

Accommodation details

Main House Open plan living/dining room/kitchen, library bedroom with 1 twin/double bedroom, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room, 1 twin/double bedroom with bathtub and corner sink, 1 bedroom with 3 single beds (or 1 double bed and 1 single bed) with en suite shower room, 2 separate wcs
Guest House Living room, kitchen, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 twin/double bedroom
Pool House Summer kitchen, 1 twin/double bedroom, 1 shower room with wc

Facilities

Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot (linen supplied on request), highchair, full service telephone, average mobile reception, WiFi, satellite/cable television, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, heating included, open fireplace, air conditioning (Guest House), plancha, wood barbecue (great care must be taken in the summer), table tennis, pétanque, piano

Services

Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Five hours of cleaning per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) are included, and extra cleaning is available at a cost of 20 € per hour, minimum 2 hours. Cooking services may be available on request. All services are payable locally. 

Prices quoted are subject to change.

Exterior

Villa d'Olea enjoys a beautiful setting just a few kilometres south of Gordes, with twenty acres of lovely landscaped provençal gardens adorned with over a hundred olive trees, and with fragrant lavender beds basking in the sun, cypress trees, and of course the ever-present song of the cicadas. There are wonderful views from the grounds over the Luberon Mountains and the Alpilles.

An entrance drive leads through a coded/alarmed security gate up to the main house, with parking for 5 or 6 cars. The picturesque drystone walls of this restored traditional provençal sheepfold are topped with warm russet ceramic tile roofs, with massive 16th century Spanish oak doors opening in to the living areas. The garden offers peaceful shady groves hung with hammocks, with rustic outdoor furniture scattered about under the trees. A vegetable garden for clients' use offers tomatoes, melons, and other delectable produce, and there is a pétanque pitch, a quaint chapel built into a small hillside, and at the far end a small hut which contains a double bed. 

Spacious terraces give off the main house and onto the pool area, and are furnished with fine quality wicker outdoor dining suites and settees. Flowerbeds set with elegant decorative statues and ceramics add to the elegant atmosphere. The large (15x6m) infinity-edge swimming pool is set in a broad teak sunbathing deck with parasols and loungers, including a double sun lounger; it has corner steps, an electric security cover, and features a surface-and-underwater music system. The pool is heated by hidden solar cells to a minimum of 27° at a cost of 210€ per week (from May until the end of September). The adjacent pool house has an open terrace with dining seating for 12; it has a well-equipped summer kitchen with a plancha and a barbecue (not usable in summer). The pool house houses the ambient music system, and also has a double bedroom with a shower room. There is also table tennis for clients' use, and an antique well.

Interior

The Main House features a stylish and roomy open-plan living/dining room/kitchen on the ground floor. Throughout there are lovely stone slab floors and original beamed ceilings, with a wonderful authentic provençal feel. The fully-equipped kitchen area is nicely decorated and equipped with all modern appliances, as well as a wood-burning stove. It gives onto the dining room, which unusually comes equipped with a nice French grand piano. Stairs lead up to the spacious living room, which has an open fireplace, television and other entertainment equipment, and is lined with bookshelves - the previous owner was a noted French author. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor of the Main House: a twin or double bedroom with a corner sink and a quaint antique bathtub, and a bedroom with three single beds (or a single and a double) with its own shower room.

On the first floor are two additional bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, and a library room used as a twin or double bedroom, with of course lots of bookshelves. There is a separate wc on each floor. 

The pool house has a twin or double bedroom, a summer kitchen, and a shower room with a wc, and just beyond is the "Guest House", a fully self-contained accommodation with a cool terracotta brick floor and old beams from the sheepfold, and including a twin or double bedroom giving onto a full kitchen, a bathroom with a wc, and a comfortable living room with lovely picture windows overlooking the lavender beds and the gardens.

Available for short stays

More Information

Changeover day: Saturday

Swimming pool

Private
Electric security cover
Corner steps
Can be heated
Size 15x6m
Depth 1.1-2.5m
May to end-Sept

Tennis court

Tennis Club de Pernes: Pernes-les-Fontaines 24km

Beaches

Plage de Port de Bouc 84km (pebble)
Carry 90km (pebble/rocky)
Sausset 94km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 97km (sandy)

18 hole 17km

Other features

  • Internet
  • Table tennis
  • Piano
  • Air-conditioning
  • Pets accepted
  • Cook (request)
  • Ground level bedroom

Golf Details


Provence Golf Country Club: Saumane 17km
www.provencecountryclub.fr

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.

  • Shops & services

    Villages

    Coustellet (5.5km): Basic shops and services. Good bakery, best deli in the area and a supermarket
    Cabrières-d’Avignon (5km): Groceries
    Gordes (5km): Restaurants, cafés and a grocery store
    Ménerbes (7km): Bakery, various small shops, restaurants and cafés.
    Goult (7km)
    Roussillon (12km)
    The nearest supermarket is at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (16km)

    Towns

    Cavaillon (14km)
    Apt (21km)
    Avignon (42km)
    Aix-en-Provence (65km)

  • Market days

    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

  • Recommended restaurants

    Coustellet (5.5km): Babouchka, Gavin
    Ménerbes (7km): La Veranda, La Galounet, Délices de Charlotte
    Maubec (9km): La Bergerie
    Goult (7km): Le Tonneau, La Terrasse, Café de la Poste, La Bartavelle
    Bonnieux (16km): 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 (10km), 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 (5km). 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 (7km)
    Les Bories: Elegant hotel with fine restaurant in Gordes (5km) 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 (4km) on the D2.
    Le Clos de Gustave: Gordes (5km).
    Le Fournil: Charming restaurant with terrace in Bonnieux (16km). Particularly nice for lunch.
    Le Café de la Poste: Goult (7km) 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.

  • Places to see

    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).

  • 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

    Plage de Port de bouc, pebble (84km)
    Marseille, sandy, shingle, rocky (90km)
    Carry, pebble, rocky (90km) 
    Sausset, sandy, shingle, rocky (94km)
    La Couronne, sandy (98km)

  • Activities

    Tennis courts: Cabrières tennis club - please enquire.
    Horse riding: Haras de Lagnes: Lagnes (9km) Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (16km)
    Bike hire: Coustellet (5.5km)
    Golf: 9 and 18 hole golf courses: Saumane-de-Vaucluse (17km)
    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.
    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.

  • Getting there

    Airports

    Avignon 27km
    Marseille 73km
    Nîmes 90km
    Montpellier 104km  
    Flight info >>

    Ferry ports

    Le Havre 908km
    Caen-Ouistreham 956km
    Calais 1014km
    St-Malo 1056km
    Cherbourg 1067km  
    Channel crossing info >>

    TGV stations

    Avignon 36km
    Orange 57km
    Miramas 58km
    Aix-en-Provence 77km
    Nîmes 79km
    Arles 86km
    Eurostar & TGV info >>

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