Stylish Village Loft for Two, in the Heart of Provence
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Lourmarin apartment description
This loft-like one-bedroom apartment(420 sq ft)is located right in the heart of Lourmarin, officially recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of France. (see link below for information on Lourmarin)
'Le Loft' overlooks the picturesque village square, faces south, and is very light, with high ceilings and large casement windows. There is a cosy, quiet double bedroom (queen-size bed - 160 cm) which has a small but adequate ensuite bathroom with shower and a craftsman-made fitted closet. The large living/dining room is elegantly furnished and very comfortable. Adjacent to the living-room there's a generously-equipped gourmet galley kitchen behind a room-divider.
Located above one of Lourmarin's several chic cafés and sheltered from the street by a leafy elm tree, Le Loft is situated in a historic building that was previously one of the few grand patrician houses of the village. It has striking architectural features - very high ceilings, and decorative mouldings with cornucopias of fruit and flowers and cherub faces.
We have furnished the apartment with an eclectic, yet harmonious assortment of antiques and bric-à-brac, contemporary furnishings and objets d'art, and craftsman-built cabinets and furniture. This apartment provides comfortable accommodation for two people (plus a child or young person)in elegant surroundings, while losing nothing of the slightly faded charm of this beautiful property.
On the square below, guests have the choice of three café terraces, for breakfast, lunch and dinner too. There are also four fine restaurants within 100 yards. Although the square is pleasantly lively, the effect inside the apartment is of a gentle hubbub filtered through the branches of the mature elm tree outside the windows. There is very little traffic on the street below, and on weekends it is closed to motor vehicles.
Incidentally, the windows of the apartment and the café terrace below are THE place to be for people-watching, a popular sport in fashionable Lourmarin. The Loft offers a very French experience.
Lourmarin is of course officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' - a classification made by the French Tourist Board which goes to only around 140 villages in the whole of France. It's about 25 minutes from Aix-en Provence, 35 from Avignon and St Remy/Les Alpilles. In short, it's a pretty good base for touring and exploring the whole of Provence and especially the Luberon Region.
The village is typical of the region, with many houses either in the local golden stone or stuccoed in various shades of beige and ochre. There is a Renaissance chateau, a Protestant church and a Catholic church, which reflect some of the history of the village and the area.
Lourmarin lies at the foot of the Luberon hills, which are covered with a typically Mediterranean mix of pine, oaks and other trees. The highest point of the Luberon is around 4000ft. Around the village are old farmhouses, fields, vineyards, cherry orchards and olive groves. It is a lively and popular destination both for people from other parts of France and for foreigners - hence the 15 restaurants.
In terms of practicalities, the apartment is ideal for a couple, and can also accommodate a child (we can provide a crib or a child's bed). There is everything you need for cooking gourmet meals in the kitchen. Guests will find a washer and dryer about 100 yards away, in a laundry room shared with one other rental apartment.
- On floor 2
- 380 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Broadband Access
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
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K and J from Canada
K and J from Canada
Absolutely loved our stay at Le Loft in Lourmarin! Such a cozy place to call home for a week, and an absolute delight to return to each day after sight seeing. The pics on the internet made it look lovely, and it was even more lovely in "real life!" We were warmly welcomed by Elizabeth and escorted to Le Loft from a meeting place at the edge of the village. We spent much time exploring Lourmarin, and surrounding villages with the help of a tour guide book that graces the coffee table in the living room of Le Loft. spent many a morning hour, and later an evening hour or so enjoying coffee or a glass of wine at the little table right in front of one of the tall windows, which was thrown open to allow the breeze to sweep through, and to soak in the beautiful view. Many choices of restaurants and cafes as well for lunch and supper, a couple of them right outside our window. A grocery store just down the street at which we bought fresh strawberries most mornings! And mmm cheese and baguettes...! do go to France, and do go to Lourmarin, and do stay at Le Loft!!
- Guest K and J from Canada (Brantford Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 05/02/09
- Review Submitted 11/27/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Having spent a week at “Le Loft” in Lourmarin, we found we miss the excitement of spending each night in an unfamiliar town, searching for a place to park, arguing about which direction we might find a hotel, then engineering our luggage into a room large enough to fit only a bed and a desk. I feel a little guilty lounging on Le loft sofa in a comfortable room larger than most of our hotels. We did have a wonderful time, and and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Joseph, Elisabeth & the dogs.We recommend this apartment for anyone interested in visiting Provence and having a great experience. The apartment is conveniently in the center of Loumarin, strolling distance from restaurants, bakeries, shops, and the outdoor markets. From Loumarin, we visited many small, cute, and interesting villages. We also hiked several trails to enjoy the outdoors and scenery.
- Guest Rob Costantino (Milford, NH)
- Date of stay 02/08/09
- Review Submitted 02/08/09
Nov 1st to March 1st .. €490/week March 1st to May 1st & October 1st to November 1st .. €640/week May 1st to October 1st.. €730/week Long term winter rates available. Please contact us for information. Rates include taxes, linen & towels, weekly cleaning, all utilities, and WiFi
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We have lived in Lourmarin almost for ever. Joseph is American, Elizabeth is British, and our children are....French. We love this village!
Why the Owner Chose Lourmarin:
Le Loft is well-placed in the centre of the village, above the Café de l'Ormeau. It is unusual for a village apartment in that it is very light, with high ceilings and large windows.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The great thing about Le Loft is that opportunity it offers to participate in village life. The café terraces are where Lourmarinois gather to swap gossip and tips, and they happen to offer good food and wine too. There can be a hubbub of conversation, but it's rarely more than that, and the bedroom gives onto a quiet side street anyway.
- Primary: +33 4906 80352
- Secondary: +33 6122 91113 (France)
Links to more information:
'Le Loft - the two tall windows (left) above ice-cream shop
Cosy bedroom with crafstman-built bed and fittings
Le Loft - view facing south from bedroom window.
View from living room window
Dining area/kitchen counter, showing casement windows giving onto the square
Fireplace with original features
Le Loft: View from bedroom window facing North
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Date last modified - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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