Ref: PR135, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £3000 to £3950 pw
La Bergerie du Ravin is a lovely stone-built provençal country house dating from the early 1800s, and recently restored to a high standard of comfort and style. It enjoys a wonderful setting within the Luberon area of Provence, one of France's most charming areas, with 18 acres of private woods, meadows and landscaped gardens. It is impeccably furnished and cheerfully decorated in modern style, and enjoys lovely views and expansive outdoor terraces.
Open plan living/dining room, kitchen, laundry room, 1 separate wc, 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower room with wc, 2 double/twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 2 cots available (linen on request), 2 highchairs, baby equipment, telephone, good mobile reception, WiFi, satellite TV (Freesat), DVD player, central heating (possible charge), open fireplace (firewood provided), alarm, barbecue, table tennis, board games, petanque
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. No cleaning is provided during rentals, but can be arranged at an extra cost of 15€ per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours. A local outside catering service can be booked; details will be provided. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
La Bergerie is set in 18 acres of meadow and woodland - the area around the house has been carefully landscaped, but most of the 18 acres are native scrub, woodland and areas of meadow. This presents a charming combination of fragrant flower beds set among stone wall-lined gravel paths, shady trees bordered by vines and native scrub vegetation. It enjoys fine views over vineyards, rolling countryside, the Luberon hills to the north, and to the south to the hilltop village of Grambois and further to the iconic bulk of Montaigne Ste-Victoire.
The house is set in a large gravel terrace, with the warm stone construction complementing nicely the provençal light-blue hue of the woodwork. The south-facing terrace off the kitchen, shady terraces outside the living/dining room area, and terraces outside both ground floor bedrooms offer plenty of space for al fresco dining and relaxing, with plenty of good quality outdoor furniture. The swimming pool is set in a broad paved border, with sun loungers and an awning-covered space for shade. The pool is heated from May to September free of charge (specific temperature not guaranteed). There is a pétanque pitch, parking for several cars under the trees, and an original well in the grounds is well secured with a padlocked iron grill.
Carefully restored and pleasantly decorated, the interior retains many original features of the old bergerie: wooden ceiling beams and some lovely interior stone walls. It enjoys shade from surrounding trees and remains pleasantly cool in the hottest weather. It is furnished in a mixture of contemporary and rustic styles, with some antiques, and plenty of nice decorative touches and paintings.
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor off the living area: one double bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc, and a double or twin bedroom with an en suite bathroom with wc. Both give onto private terraces through French doors. The large open-plan living/dining area includes a sitting area with comfortable sofas and chairs and a large-screen television, a dining table seating twelve, and a well-equipped modern kitchen, and also opens through two sets of French doors to the outside. There is a separate wc on the ground floor. A staircase winds up to the first floor, where there is a double bedroom with en suite shower room with wc and a double or twin bedroom with an en suite bathroom with wc. There is a laundry room on this floor.
The double bedrooms have a 160m wide bed. The other bedrooms each have two single beds which are 80cm wide and can be made up as doubles.
Changeover day: Saturday
La Tour d'Aigues 10km
18 hole 14km
18 hole 42km
This floor plan was prepared in good faith and may not be exactly to scale.
La Bergerie du Ravin is located in a very special area of France. It nestles in tranquil countryside, close to the beautiful scenery of the Luberon and its picturesque and famous hilltop villages, only a short drive from the vibrant historic towns of Aix-en-Provence, Apt, and Marseilles, and also within easy reach of Mediterranean beaches at Bandol, Cassis and the Côte Bleue.
The landscapes of the southern slopes of the Luberon become more Mediterranean in character, with the limestone studded and herb-scented garrigue continually buffeted by the mistral winds. One of the area’s most picturesque villages is Cucuron. It is best known for the large bassin surrounded by centenary plane trees in its main square, a coolly idyllic setting on a hot afternoon. Lourmarin, one of the Luberon’s non-hilltop villages, has a lively café scene and some fine restaurants. Its Renaissance château bears the grandiose title of Villa Medicis de Provence. Lourmarin was the home of Albert Camus, who is buried here. The village of Ansouis is also definitely worth visiting.
The best croissants, pains au chocolate and varieties of bread come from La Bastide-des-Jourdans and the best light white baguettes come from La Tour du Pain at Moulin du Pas (5km) where there is also a very good fruit and veg shop which has local wines, cheese and meat.
Grambois (5km): bakery, café from where you can order English newspapers
La Motte d'Aigues (7km): small supermarket open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays
La Tour d’Aigues (10km): small supermarket open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays
Larger supermarkets (Carrefour and Hyper-U) can be found in Pertuis (16km)
St Martin de la Brasque (6km): Sundays (popular for Oysters to eat 'sur place' under the trees from 10.30am or to take away!
La Tour d’Aigues (10km): Tuesdays
Mirabeau (17km): Thursdays
Pertuis (16km): Fridays
Ansouis: (15km) Sundays
Villelaure (19km): Thursdays
Beaumont de Pertuis (14km): Saturdays
Cucuron (16km): Tuesdays
Cadenet (22km): Mondays
Lourmarin (23km): Fridays (excellent)
Lauris (28km): Mondays
Apt (40km) - Saturdays
Aix-en-Provence (40km): Place du Palais de Justice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, Place de la Mairie on Sunday mornings and antique book market on first Sunday of each month.
Summer evening markets:
La Motte d’Aigues (7km): Thursdays
Mirabeau (17km): Fridays
Vaugines (18km): Tuesdays
Lauris (28km): Saturdays
Moulin du Pas (3km) Auberge des Tilleuls
Ansouis (12km) La Closerie
Pertuis (16km) Le Goût du Jour, La Paillote
Cucuron (16km) Restaurant de l’Etang, La Petite Maison, Les Temps Modernes
Lourmarin (23km) La Fontaine, L’Antiquaire, La Louche à Beurre, L’Insolite
Cadenet (21km) La Source, L’Auberge de la Fenière
Mérindol (36km) La Bastide du Grand Tilleul
There are dozens of good restaurants in Aix-en-Provence (40km) - here are a few recommended by our owners:
Le Clos de la Violette, Le Passage, Chez Antoine, Le Mas d’Entremont, Le Comptoir des Orangers, La Table Marocaine, Le Bistrot des Philosophes.
These are classic restaurants in Marseille (70km): Péron, Une Table au Sud, Fonfon, La Cantine, Les Acolytes.
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 southern Luberon is rich in history and landscape. Grambois (9km), La Motte d'Aigues (7km), and La Bastide des Jourdans (11km) – are all delightful places.
Lourmarin (23km) is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Cucuron (16km) commands fantastic views.
Ansouis (12km) has a 12th century castle and many craft shops.
The northern Luberon's famous hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon and Lacoste, to name just a few, are between 35km and 50km from the property.
Aix-en-Provence (40km) is an attractive and lively town of ‘a thousand fountains’ – well worth spending some time here.
The Montagne Sainte-Victoire (40km) has inspired many artists such as Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky, and is a very popular place for walking and climbing.
There are many theme parks around Aix for children, such as Aquacity, OK Corral, Le Zoo de la Barden.
Also visit the Gorges de Verdon, north east of Grambois, and admire the deep blue lakes. There are lots of activities in the area and it takes about 45 mins.
Outdoor live screenings in Cucuron of Aix music festival in July
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)
Wine produced from the vineyard around the property is available at the Grambois Cave Coopérative and can be purchased just outside Moulin du Pas (5km).
There are tours and wine-tasting nearby at La Dorgonne vineyards.
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 (70km)
Carry le Rouet, pebble, rocky (78km)
Sausset, sandy, shingle, rocky (76km)
Cassis (88km) boat hire, beautiful fishing port with good restaurants and historical connections with Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group
La Couronne, sandy (93km)
Bandol (109km) – try the beach café of the Ile Rousse Hotel. Visit the old castle, the yachts and the promenade with fish restaurants.
The property is close to the Luberon cycle route. Cycle hire from Vélo Luberon who deliver.
Tennis courts: Tour d’Aigues (10km)
Bowling: Pertuis (16km)
Horse riding: Pertuis (16km - Ecurie du soleil)
18 hole golf: Pierrevert (14km), Aix-en-Provence (42km), Les Milles (48km) and Mallemort (43km)
Hiking: Luberon, Montaigne Ste-Victoire, Mont Ventoux
Squash: Pertuis (16km)
There is a lake at the Lac de Bonde with swimming, restaurant and fishing (8km), Lac de Peyrolles (30km) with pedaloes, table tennis and beach volleyball.
Sailing: Marseille (70km)
Beautiful villa in a splendidly isolated position with lovely gardens, grounds and views. Well-equipped house and kitchen with a fine heated pool. An excellent refurbishment to a very good standard in one of our favourite parts of Provence. We would visit again.
The villa was very well appointed....supplied with everything we needed....
It is a lovely area of Provence. And a great time to visit. No tourists and still great weather. And fantastic autumn colours! We were lucky in that the temperatures were good, only two days of grey and wet weather, otherwise lovely sunny days. Lots of good places to visit. Our usual scheme is to explore during the daytime and have lovely French lunches out...then simple meals at the house in the evenings. It was nice having cosy log fires...good supply of firewood. A plentiful supply of good restaurants in the area, too. Our favourites were La Feniere, between Lourmarin and Cadenet; Chez Eric in the small village of Montfuron; and the tiny Aux Deux Anges in Forcalquier which was a very interesting, very French experience.
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 a charming restoration of an old stone country farmhouse, with lovely terraced gardens and a fine swimming pool, and in the heart of one of France's most magical areas.