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Gorgeous in Gordes, Elegantly Furnished with Pool, Tennis and Views

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It's always 'five o'clock somewhere' on the terrace at Les Murets!

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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Gordes estate description

Located just on the outskirts of Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages of France, Les Murets is an enchanting property that sits on seven acres of lavender, thyme and rosemary fields with sweeping views of the Luberon Mountains, a swimming pool, tennis court and pool house. Just fifteen miles east of Avignon, and forty miles from the Mediterranean, it is conveniently located within an hour's drive of the Marseille airport and the TGV train station in Avignon. The interior of the house was completely gutted and renovated in 2011 and has been decorated in soothing, comfortable and casually elegant neutral tones. The kitchen has a large island that is always command central, with a wonderful gathering place for people who want to socialize or help with dinner preparations. The terrace, with its large wrought iron table is the perfect place to enjoy long, leisurely dinners, overlooking the beautiful mountains in the distance and the valley below.


Arriving at Les Murets


When you arrive at Les Murets, you will be greeted first by our wonderful caretaker who lives down the street, and second, by the incredible smell of lavender that permeates the house's thick stone walls and causes just about everyone to say, 'Ahhh ....' as they walk through the door. It's a welcome feeling, especially after a long trip. Our caretaker, who loves the property as her own and has been watching over it for the last twenty years, will show you around the house and property and go over how things work. If you are a little too jet lagged to take it all in, there is a detailed manual in English that you can pore over at your leisure, as you sit down and sip the wine that has been awaiting your arrival. If you would like a sneak preview of all the things to do at Les Murets, you may enjoy reading through our top 100 activities, which we will send you ahead of time.


Enjoying the Property


We jokingly say that Les Murets is like a mini resort. We're fortunate to have a beautiful large pool, which can be heated. There is also a private tennis court with a quick dry surface. And, for those wanting the full Peter Mayle experience, we offer a 'boules court' - but you must buy your own pastis (unless you request it from us ahead of time, in which case we are happy to accommodate). In addition to our favorite 100 activities, we probably enjoy most just sitting outside on the terrace, overlooking the Luberon Valley and the mountains in the distance, eating a delicious meal of fresh ingredients washed down with plenty of local wine from one of our favorite vineyards, in the company of friends and family. We spend much of our time on the terrace, from the time that it is bathed in sunshine in the morning, to the late evening when long shadows cover the lavender field and the Luberon mountain turns purple in the sunset.


Getting the Most out of your Stay


You could be perfectly happy staying home the whole time, but for those who want to be a little more active, we have put together a two week itinerary with suggestions for every single day, from morning to evening, based on market days, restaurant closings and other scheduling details. You really don't need to think about anything -- just get in the car and go. This way, you will enjoy the planning and the reliving stages almost as much as the actual trip. We also can make arrangements for catering meals, delivery upon your arrival, a private chef, babysitting, chauffeur, and many other services – all provided at an additional cost. Just let us know with at least one month's notice and we will make the arrangements for you.

Keywords: 6 Bedrooms plus a loft, 5 bathrooms, Pool, Tennis Court, Views, Estate, Gordes, Provence, Elegant, Recently Renovated, Heated pool, Luberon

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Estate
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            We hear it came out of a 19th century boy's refectory. It's a great table, with 12 drawers for ... napkins, of course!...moreless

          • Stove:

            A commercial grade Lacanche stove that is so pretty to look at and very efficient ... once you get the hang of it!...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            A warm and pretty kitchen that is both functional for cooks and a favorite gathering place for guests....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Large pantry stocked with the staples you will need for your stay....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Nespresso machine and regular drip coffee....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Large 'American' style fridg with icemaker...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            You won't run out ... we promise....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            12...moreless

          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Ice Maker
          • Dishwasher
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Seating for 12 people

          Amenities

          • Babysitter
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Fireplace
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking

          Entertainment

          • Stereo
          • DVD Player
          • Television
          • VCR
          • Video Library
          • CD Player
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Music Library

          Communications

          • Broadband Access
          • Telephone
          • Wireless Internet
          • Internet

          Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Tennis:

                It's a beautiful tennis court with lovely views and a quick dry surface, in case you get that unexpected summer shower....moreless

              • Balcony
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio

              Theme

              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Live Theater
                  • Hunting
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Rafting
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Tennis
                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Golf
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Antiquing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Ruins
                  • Churches
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer
                  Jun 28 - Aug 30, 2014
                  14 night min stay

                  €6,500
                  Late summer
                  Aug 31 - Oct 4, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  €5,500
                  Early Fall
                  Oct 5 - Nov 1, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  €4,500
                  Late Fall
                  Nov 2 - Dec 20, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  €3,500
                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay

                  €5,600

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Taxes Not included

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                  Rates vary from 3,500 euros per week to 7,000 depending on the season.

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                  Location

                  We have two 'Bories' on the property, which are conically shaped stone houses, over 200 years old, built by shepherds out of local limestone with no mortar. Symbolic of the area, they are considered French monuments, and are registered and numbered by the government. We don't charge admission to visit them, however!

                   

                  Owner info

                  About the owner: We have owned Les Murets since 2001, after a glorious 'sabbatical' year in Provence, when we fell in love with the area and decided to plant roots there. Everything about this experience has been wonderful, from discovering secrets about the property, to meeting and befriending our most marvelous caretakers, to hosting lots of friends and guests at this property, to writing about it extensively. Our favorite thing is to relax on the terrace in the evening with friends and family, overlooking the Luberon, enjoying a wonderful feast of fresh food from the market and a few delicious glasses of our favorite wine, listening to birds, smelling the lavender and enjoying every minute. We hope you will too. Ann and Bill Huff

                  Why the Owner Chose Gordes:
                  We had rented a charming house in the valley several years before buying ours and decided that it was the place we wanted to be. Luckily, we were able to justify this purchase because I own an art gallery and home furnishings store and represent several French artists and always jump at the opportunity to 'fill a container' with French antiques. Planting roots in the Luberon was almost like an extension of my business, and gave us all several reasons to return frequently. We fell in love with the area and when we came across this amazing property, we took a leap of faith ... and have been thrilled with it ever since.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                  There are so many things to do in the valley that we started a list of 25 favorite things to do. But as I was writing it, I realized that actually there were closer to 50 things. And then I read them to my family and they suggested another 25, and before I knew it, we had come up with 100 things to do in the area. The other evening, my daughter went through the list and checked off all the things she's tried. I loved listening to her comments like, 'Oooh, I remember when we did that!' and 'Oh that is my favorite thing to do!' There were several, 'Nope, haven't tried that' comments, and when I looked over her shoulder I was happy to see that they usually involved wine tastings! We have published our 100 things to do on our website, and we also offer our guests a full itinerary that goes day by day, taking in to account when stores, markets and restaurants are open so that you don't have to do the planning. We send you this itinerary when we receive your last payment for your stay.


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                  Photos

                  • It's always 'five o'clock somewhere' on the terrace at Les Murets!

                    It's always 'five o'clock somewhere' on the terrace at Les Murets!

                  • Our large pool at Les Murets, with the pool house in the distance.

                    Our large pool at Les Murets, with the pool house in the distance.

                  • Don't let the view distract you on the private tennis court at Les Murets!

                    Don't let the view distract you on the private tennis court at Les Murets!

                  • The kitchen of Les Murets a.k.a our favorite gathering place around the island.

                    The kitchen of Les Murets a.k.a our favorite gathering place around the island.

                  • Our living room, fireplace and dining area with a long table that seats twelve.

                    Our living room, fireplace and dining area with a long table that seats twelve.

                  • The front hall of Les Murets doubles as a cozy library and office (with a view!)

                    The front hall of Les Murets doubles as a cozy library and office (with a view!)

                  • So it's a little over the top, but we loved decorating the upstairs 'master'!

                    So it's a little over the top, but we loved decorating the upstairs 'master'!

                  • These twin beds can be made up as a king, if you let us know your preference.

                    These twin beds can be made up as a king, if you let us know your preference.

                  • Bedroom with Queen sized bed, sitting area and private bathroom

                    Bedroom with Queen sized bed, sitting area and private bathroom

                  • One of the five renovated bathrooms at Les Murets. Ask us about the stone floor.

                    One of the five renovated bathrooms at Les Murets. Ask us about the stone floor.

                  • Loft area for our 'petites' with twin beds upstairs in the Petite Maison

                    Loft area for our 'petites' with twin beds upstairs in the Petite Maison

                  • View from the front hall of Les Murets overlooking terrace and Luberon mountains

                    View from the front hall of Les Murets overlooking terrace and Luberon mountains

                  • The front of Les Murets taken from our happy little lavender field.

                    The front of Les Murets taken from our happy little lavender field.

                  • Our favorite place to snooze on a lazy afternoon is at the pool, at Les Murets.

                    Our favorite place to snooze on a lazy afternoon is at the pool, at Les Murets.

                  • Lunch is on, at the terrace of Les Murets!  Won't you join us?

                    Lunch is on, at the terrace of Les Murets! Won't you join us?

                  • Who needs overhead cupboards when a Louis XVI armoire does it all?

                    Who needs overhead cupboards when a Louis XVI armoire does it all?

                  • The cozy fireplace corner of the living room at Les Murets.

                    The cozy fireplace corner of the living room at Les Murets.

                  • Photo of master bedroom upstairs, taken from its private terrace.

                    Photo of master bedroom upstairs, taken from its private terrace.

                  • Bedroom with twin beds, large windows, sitting area and private bath.

                    Bedroom with twin beds, large windows, sitting area and private bath.

                  • Light and charming bedroom with twin bed, desk and sitting area overlooking LR.

                    Light and charming bedroom with twin bed, desk and sitting area overlooking LR.

                  • Small, private light filled bedroom with door to courtyard and private shower/WC

                    Small, private light filled bedroom with door to courtyard and private shower/WC

                  • Queen sized bed in the adjoining guest house, with private kitchen and bathroom

                    Queen sized bed in the adjoining guest house, with private kitchen and bathroom

                  • The kitchenette in the 'Petite Maison' perfect for stashing a bottle of bubbly!

                    The kitchenette in the 'Petite Maison' perfect for stashing a bottle of bubbly!

                  • We call this the Gordes reward - the view from the hike to Gordes!

                    We call this the Gordes reward - the view from the hike to Gordes!

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                  7 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

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