Ref: PR74, Vaucluse, Provence, France, £2200 to £2800 pw
This delightful town house is located in Roussillon at the heart of the Luberon and in one of its most sought-after villages, offers the best of Provence. Roussillon is a beautiful hilltop village built in local ochre stone taken from remarkable protected quarries that can be visited nearby.
Living room, dining room/kitchen, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 shower room, 1 wc, 1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot on request (no linen), highchair, telephone, WiFi, CD, electric heaters (£125 per week), fireplace (wood supplied), fans, barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels included (weekly change included). Cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 15 € per hour. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The house is located just 50m from the market square, a third of a way up into the village of Roussillon on a side street. Guests have a free card for parking in the main village car park and have to pay to park in car park next to house to unload luggage.
The living room opens onto a large terrace ideal for outdoor meals (table for 8) which leads up to a smaller upper terrace (table for 6) which commands beautiful panoramic views across the ochre hills. The swimming pool is at the same level as the upper terrace overlooking the lower terrace; it has a ledge on one side approximately 1.5m from the edge and underwater lighting. It is heated up to 24°C free of charge, weather permitting. There is space for two loungers on two sides of the pool.
There are many steps outside so care must be taken with small children and elderly persons.
The attractive front door opens into the spacious and very attractively furnished living room which in turn opens onto a large terrace to one side and a dining room/kitchen to the other, also with a terrace. The interior is very personalised and has a warm atmosphere. Upstairs are a large double bedroom (150cm bed - overlooking the terrace and pool) with an en suite bathroom with a wc (wonderful views from the bath), two twin bedrooms (the larger one (90cm beds) looks over the street and smaller one (75cm beds) has views of the countryside), a shower room and a separate wc.
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Changeover day: Saturday
Single depth 2m (with ledge)
Open end May to end Sep
Carry 102km (pebble/rocky)
Sausset 107km (sandy/shingle/rocky)
La Couronne 111km (sandy)
18 hole 27km
18 hole Saumane-de-Vaucluse 27km
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.
Basic shops and services, and a supermarket can be found in Roussillon.
There are shops and a large SuperU supermarket in Coustellet (17km)
All shops and services including supermarkets are available at Apt (12km), Cavaillon (34km) and Avignon (48km)
Apt (12km): Saturdays
Coustellet (17km): A large farmers market on Sunday mornings
Le Bistrot– brasserie just above the house, reasonable prices
Café des Ochriers – near the car park – good for a light lunch
David at Le Clos de la Glycine Hotel - little square next to the Town Hall - spectacular views (go at lunchtime), more expensive but excellent food.
L’Arome - cosy restaurant in a cave
La Flambee - simple restaurant with great views
Le Fournil - very good fashionable restaurant (Café scene in ‘A Good Year’ with Russell Crowe)
Goult (8km) - La Bartavelle – exceptional food. Café de la Poste - bistro type cooking
Gargas (8km) - Domaine de la Coquillades – new hotel with superb restaurant with own wine.
Near Gordes (10km) - La Mas Touteron - highly recommended
Apt (12km) - L’Assiette Gourmande – nice busy brasserie, inexpensive
Menerbes (15km) - Café Veranda – in the village, traditional, good views
Coustellet (17km) - La Maison Gouin - meat specialist
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.
Roussillon is a beautiful hilltop village built in local ochre stone taken from remarkable protected quarries that can be visited nearby. The typical villages of Gordes (12km), Bonnieux (12km), Ménerbes (15km)and Lacoste(12km), to name just a few, are all within easy reach (18km radius) and have markets all year round. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (28km) has a famous antiques market. The closest town is Apt (12km) which offers all services in a charming Provençal setting. Many marked walks can be taken from the village of Roussillon and there are also various cycling tracks.
Further afield, the coast is little more than an hour and a quarter away and there are the wonderful towns of Arles, Nimes, Orange, and the city of Avignon. It is also only 2 hours from the Carmargue to the south, and to the north the spectacular scenery approaching Mount Ventoux – visible to the north of the village.
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.
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).
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.
Carry-le-Rouet, pebble, rocky (102km)
Marseille, sandy, shingle, rocky (103km)
Sausset-les-Pins, sandy, shingle, rocky (107km)
La Couronne, sandy (111km)
Tennis court: Joucas (5.5km) or in a hotel at Roussillon
Bicycle hire: Bonnieux (12km) and at Coustellet (17km – bikes can be delivered to the property)
Horse riding: Joucas (5.5km)
Leisure lake for water sports (no swimming): Apt (12km)
18 hole golf course: Saumane-de-Vaucluse (27km)
Skiing: Mont-Serein (66km)
Hot-air ballooning possible over the Luberon.
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Le Havre 919km
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Excellent village location. Spacious accommodation. Good external terrace.
Smart, comfortable house in friendly village, easy walking distance from the shops.
Excellent location in the centre of the village with beautiful views. Outside area not really suitable for toddlers as terraces not fenced off.
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Quiet and private yet at the heart of one of the most famous and beautiful villages of Provence. The views and decor are gorgeous.