Charming 18th Century Country Home Between Gordes & Roussillon
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Gordes chateau / country house description
Welcome to L’Etoile, an 18th century, provencal stone country holiday home situated between Gordes and Roussillon – two of the most beautiful villages in Provence!
Located in a small hamlet, L’Etoile means: “The Star” – and you’ll see why at night when thousands of stars blanket the night sky!
L'Eotile sits on over an acre of land with stunning views of the surrounding Luberon valley and the hilltop village of Roussillon.
The property is very well positioned, facing south overlooking the valley, olive groves, orchards and vineyards and just a short drive to all of the famous hilltop villages of Provence.
The three story house has been recently renovated by one of the best renovation masters in Provence. It’s perfect for up to 8 people and a great setup for two families.
One of the best features of the house is the large pool and summer kitchen, with gorgeous views of the gardens, the olive groves, vineyards and the village of Roussillon.
Here’s what’s included.
- Front Terrace – Just off the main entrance, the front terrace is perfect for morning coffee and croissant, afternoon tea or to savor some of the great, local wine
- Cozy Salon – A relaxed room with a stone fireplace and an old, beamed ceiling, complete with CD player/stereo and portable (battery charged) Bose iPod docking station to enjoy inside the house or down by the pool.
- Intimate Dining Room – Perfect for dining in with an antique table that seats up to 8 people and has a view to the stone fireplace in the salon
- Provencal Kitchen – Fully stocked and recently renovated kitchen with vaulted ceiling, perfect for cooking great Provencal meals with fresh ingredients from the local markets
- Laundry Room – Outfitted with brand new, full-size washer and dryer
- Powder Room – Just between the kitchen and laundry room
- Master Bedroom – A very large master bedroom with king size bed, beautiful old, wood beamed ceiling and a large sitting room with game table, a desk, plenty of seating and spectacular views across the property and the village of Roussillon
- 2nd Bedroom – Includes two twin sized (single) beds, full of light and with the same spectacular views as the master bedroom
- Full Bath – Newly renovated, Provencal style bath with full-sized bathtub with shower
- Large Bedroom – A large, top-floor bedroom with a king size bed, wood beamed ceiling and a fantastic view across the entire property and the village of Roussillon
- 4th Bedroom – Also includes two twin sized (single) beds, beautiful wood beamed ceiling and the same great views
- Full Bath – Newly renovated, Provencal style bath with full-sized bathtub with shower
Summer Kitchen and Pool:
One of the best parts of L’Etoile, there is an additional stone house that serves as the pool house and summer kitchen. The cozy kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, dishwasher and all the cookware and dinnerware to serve a party of 10.
There is an open fireplace for cooking and a two burner gas stove. There is also a half bath inside the building and a private outdoor shower area with hot and cold water that you will love to use.
The beautiful building opens fully on to the large pool and gardens in the summer. The gardens are very secluded and are full of lavender bushes, roses, herbs, fruit trees, and seasonal blooming varieties which are all surrounded by a grove of olive trees that create a wonderful afternoon shade and privacy.
There are plenty of places to lounge by the pool or read and nap in the shade of the trees. At night, the sky is completely taken over by the constellations. It is amazing to view the nighttime sky in such a beautiful natural setting. We frequently marvel at the many shooting stars!
In the summertime you can cook and enjoy your meals in the summer kitchen by the pool. When the nights are cooler, light the fireplace and enjoy your meals inside by the fire.
The weekly rental price includes 3 hours of house cleaning per week. Also, free Wi-Fi and free calls to France and the US are included.
Book your vacation now at L’Etoile. Check our calendar below and reserve your dream vacation in the heart of Provence!
Keywords: Gordes Holiday Vacation Rental - Charming 18th Century Provencal Country House with Pool in the Heart of the Luberon - Between Gordes & Roussillon...2 of the Most Beautiful Villages in France - Child/Kid Friendly
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2.75 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Wood Fireplace:
- Washing Machine:
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Stove
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
ReviewsWrite a review
My family and I stayed at L'Etoile for one week in late June. This house is absolutely beautiful with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. The home is immaculate and the photographs posted on the website really don't do the home justice. It was even more lovely than the photo's provided. I was concerned when I booked this home as I had never rented a villa through VRBO. The owner is honest and true to his word. He was overwhelmingly helpful, both before and during our stay. He cannot do enough to ensure that your stay at his home is wonderful. He provides a "hand book" prior to your arrival (via email) with a copy also at the home. This hand book proved to be immensely helpul, as it provides guidance regarding every aspect of the home and also regarding restaurants and suggestions regarding the surrounding areas. This was an amazing tool to have at our disposal as this was our first visit to this area. The home itself is amazing, but it is the summer kitchen that was the hit with my family. We had some wonderful dinners by the pool at night, under the stars. We purchased fresh fruits, vegatables, cheeses and olives at the local markets each day. (The "hand book" provides the location of the market for each day!) In the next town (Cousillant) we found our favorite pastry shop and butchers shop and purchased fresh pastries each day, bread and wonderful steaks, which we grilled at night. Wonderful memories, to say the least. Gordes and Rouissillion are little towns which are very close to this home. I had an amazing time shopping in these areas and purchased, amoung many other things, the most beautiful linens here. We also ate one of our best dinners at "Davids", a restaurant in Rouissillion. (Also within the hand book). I strolled into a local art gallery, struck up a conversation with the artist. who happens to be close friends with the owner! I have traveled with my family to many areas of the world and have stayed at beautiful hotels. I have previously rented expensive villas through other venues. This is a wonderful home in a breathtaking area. Do not hesitate to rent this home. You will not be disappointed. My family and I had a wonderful time and will always remember this summer vacation as one of our favorites. I would not hesitate to return and look forwad to doing so. Sincerely, Karen
- Guest Karen (Palm City, Florida)
- Date of stay 06/22/13
- Review Submitted 07/11/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you Karen. Thank you for all your kind words. I'm glad you had a great time. Steve
Great time for three couples
Great time for three couples
We drove to l'Etoile from the Nice area and stayed there from Sept. 29 until Oct. 13. It was a wonderful experience. The owner has prepared a booklet describing in detail what you need to know about the property including how to run the dishwasher and washing machines, how to get to the separate summer kitchen with pool, where to go to find the best markets and restaurants in the area and much more. The bedrooms were spacious, the beds comfortable and the supplies throughout the house were plentiful and well thought out for guests. The owner was quick to reply to our email questions on two occasions. The surrounding fields of grapes and lavandar are beautiful as are the flowers and olive trees surrounding the summer kitchen. The nearby towns of Gordes, Roussillion and Apt provide lots of options for shopping, dining and exploring. This is a top-notch place to stay in Provence.
- Guest vet63 (Bonita Springs, FL, USA)
- Date of stay 09/29/12
- Review Submitted 10/19/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you Dick. I'm so glad you and your friends liked the house and the area. I hope you come back again soon. - Steve
The perfect home for a Provence getaway
The perfect home for a Provence getaway
L'Etoile is a beautiful place. Our visit to L'Etoile was the highlight of our month-long vacation in France. The house exceeded our already heightened expectations. Steve and John have done a masterful renovation to the house. It is well equipped. They've thought of every detail to create a comfortable, functional vacation house. The beds/bedding/pillows/towels are very comfortable. Both kitchens are totally functional and nicely equipped. The outdoor grilling area was perfect for cooking our Provencal dinners using the fresh, delicious ingredients we procured from the local village markets nearby. Outside dining areas are fantastic - we ate every meal outside. The photos do not fully convey the beauty of the home and its views of Roussillon and the Luberon valley. The views of Roussillon are really magical from the house and the summer kitchen/pool area. The house easily accommodated our 2 families. There is enough room inside and out that you do not feel like you're on top of one another. At the time of year we visited - June - you wanted to be outside as much as possible. Setup of the rental with Steve was very easy and he was very responsive in his communications and in answering all of my questions. In our opinion, this house is a perfect place to spend a vacation in Provence - I highly recommend it.
- Guest Jude (New Orleans, LA USA)
- Date of stay 06/18/11
- Review Submitted 07/12/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you Jude - I'm glad your 2 families were able to enjoy the house and the area.
What can we say? Not enough words or photos to fully appreciate 'L'Etoile' and it's immediate surroundings! Everything that others have written already are true and then some. We have particularly appreciated the feeling of 'home' here, waking to the gorgeous view of Roussillon and the sounds of the birds each morning! We are easy access to Roussillon and Gordes for our morning croissant and to be there as the towns wake up before day tripping crowds arrive. We've enjoyed meeting some of the locals who have become friends of the villa owners. We've had the best time just exploring the countryside and it's villages -- everyone having a unique quality. Right around the corner is the village of Lioux, a gem. And Goult and Perotot. And the Luberon route to Lourmarin and the gorge route to Venasque. The list goes on and on. Wish we could stay a month here. L'Etoile makes it all so easy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Guest Cassie (San Francisco, CA)
- Date of stay 05/21/11
- Review Submitted 05/27/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you Cassie and Mickey - sounds like you had a great trip! We love nothing more than being at L'Etoile with our family and friends. And glad you got to meet all our friends in Roussillon.
Un paradis pour les cyclistes !
Un paradis pour les cyclistes !
Nous étions 5 cyclistes et 2 accompagnateurs lors de ce merveilleux voyage où nous nous sommes installés pour 1 semaine. L'endroit est vraiment merveilleux non seulement pour les cyclistes mais également pour les conjoints qui nous accompagnaient. Évidemment, il faut un véhicule pour ces personnes sans vélo ! L'Étoile est un superbe endroit pour rayonner à vélo (faut-il souligner qu'il faut aimer "grimper"). Il existe plusieurs possibilités de circuits: Petit Luberon, Grand Luberon, Tour des villages, les Gorges de la Nesque et la Forêt de Venasque, le Plateau d'Albion, le Ventoux (Sault à 25 km et Bédouin à 35 km). Il y a également la piste cyclable moins montagneuse et en excellente condition La Calavon qui relie Apt à Cavaillon (loge la D900). Enfin, les possibilités sont nombreuses. Le proprio a toujours été soucieux de notre confort (même à distance) grâce aux personnes qui s'occupent de la propriété avec un soin jaloux. Ils ont toujours été disponibles lorsque nous avions besoin de leurs services et ce rapidement. À proximité, plusieurs villages dont Roussillon à moins de 5 km et plusieurs bons resto dans les environs. La maison est décorée avec un goût sans faille et d'une propreté exemplaire. Seuls bémols, l'absence d'air climatisé (s'il y a canicule), l'exiguité des pièces communes (salon et salle à dîner) pour 8 personnes et un frigo pas très grand. Mais comme nous étions à la fin août, nous étions toujours à la cuisine d'été (petit frigo supplémentaire) où est la piscine. Endroit idyllique,à 30 m de la maison principale, pour préparer les repas, cuisiner, dîner et faire la farniente avec vue sur le Luberon. Cette cuisine est équipée de façon à n'avoir rien à transporter de la maison principale. Vraiment génial ! Enfin, ce séjour a été extraordinaire. Endroit idéal pour rayonner dans le Luberon et visiter les nombreux marchés de Provence.
- Guest Biquette (Montreal)
- Date of stay 08/28/10
- Review Submitted 09/15/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Best Location in Luberon
Best Location in Luberon
We had a magnificent vacation at L'Etoile in the heart of Provence. The villa has all the character of the region but has been completely renovated with all the modern comforts of home. The summer kitchen is a fantastic outdoor experience and we spent most of our time there. The view from the top bedroom is absolutely spectacular, especially in the morning. The house is great for two couples with children as there are two master bedrooms with adjoining an adjoining bedroom for the kids. Best of all, L’Etoile feels like a home, not a rental property. We spent a month in France at 4 properties and having extra linens, towels, and the other little things makes all the difference.
- Guest John (New York, NY USA)
- Date of stay 08/14/10
- Review Submitted 09/13/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children.
L'Etoile was the most beautiful, relaxing home to vacation in. The house has a warm charm in the architechture that is so perfectly complimented by the decor. Having the outdoor summer kitchen made the house feel twice it's size. We enjoyed dinners on the veranda every evening, stargazing at midnight, afternoon swims, the lovely fireplace, 15-30 minute drives to the most amazing little towns and markets, and fresh figs right here on the property. I can't imagine a better location in Provence. We plan on staying here again next year, we loved it so much. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely French home with us! We look forward to many more adventures at L'Etoile.....
- Guest Georgia Lister (Houston, Texas)
- Date of stay 11/24/09
- Review Submitted 11/24/09
Owner response: Thank you Georgia.
Our home stay at L' Etoile was the best. The beautiful setting, grounds, and convenient location made our vacation extremly relaxing. The pool is set amongst olive trees which shaded us when needed relief from the sun, fig trees from which we enjoyed the plentiful ripe fruit, and lavender which scented the air when a breeze came through. Rosemary bushes adorned the front patio, which smelled great, and came in handy for our roasted potatoes! We were four couples, and the house was ideal, great views from all four bedrooms. The simple, but very elegant provencal furnishings of the home and pool were top notch. The bathrooms were heavenly! The washer and dryer came in very handy. Both main kitchen and summer pool kithen were ambly supplied with all the culinary accoutraments one needed to prepare simple to gourmet meals. We did this every evening- was a lot of fun. We dined at pool side looking at the viilage of Roussillion in the distance , and gazing at stars. The I pod player was great to have we listened to a lot of music we brought, and danced off fea meals under the stars :) The location of the home was very convenient to all the villages and towns we wanted to tour. Nothing was more then 45 minutes away. Very relaxing, we were back at pool side by 4:00 each day. The daily markets were great, hit most of them from the list on the house booklet. We also thought that the Simply market in Apt carried wonderful produce, and seafood. The house, the food, the wine, the weather, the warmth of the people made this one of our best vacations ever. We all had a great time at L'Etoile, and recommend it highly for couples or couples with children. Merci, Lizzie Walker
- Guest Lizzie Walker (Brookside, NJ)
- Date of stay 09/29/09
- Review Submitted 09/29/09
Owner response: Thank you, Lizzie, for the wonderful comments. I'm so glad that enjoyed your big birthday celebration at L'Etoile. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.
We had a wonderful stay at L’Etoile. Close by were beautiful vineyards, dense forests, rugged cliffs, and lush meadows. The house is wonderfully located near the two scenic villages of Gordes and Roussillon. Both villages are spectacular, and have good shopping, restaurants, and weekly markets. Gordes is the larger of the two, and is perched on a step hillside. It’s an amazing sight when you first see it, as the houses seem to stair-step and tumble down the steep slope like a vision. One of the nice features of the home is an outdoor pool and kitchen area. The pool area is private and lushly planted, and is situated in a small olive grove close to the house. After a day of exploring, having a glass of wine and watching the sun set glow on Roussillon in the distant hills is a treat. At the house there is a list of the daily markets, recommended nearby restaurants, and places to visit. The richness of the place and the pace of living there began to charm us. Some days we’d drive north toward the Alps, or perhaps east toward the Riviera. The house itself is made of old sturdy stone, and equipped with modern conveniences. It is well furnished and is true to its roots. It’s a wonderful base to explore and experience the charm of Provence, and we highly recommend it.
- Guest Tony & Nancy Horn (Houston, TX)
- Date of stay 03/25/09
- Review Submitted 03/25/09
Owner response: Tony and Nancy, Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. You're description was so vivid - I wish I was there today!
This is a magical place! We so enjoyed the rural setting combined with such deluxe creature comforts (Washer/dryer, WiFi, capuccino machine, VOIP phone line). "Is minimalist luxury" a term? Comfy beds, quality linens, beautiful French decorative elements- but not a scrap of clutter! Staying here for 2 weeks enabled a real sense of "living in Provence". The location was perfect for day-trips all over Provence. There are also several great hikes directly from the property. The owners were a pleasure to deal with... their enthusiasm and helpfulnes facilitated our adventures. We can't wait to go back!
- Guest Jennifer Langdon (Houston)
- Date of stay 02/28/09
- Review Submitted 02/28/09
Owner response: Jennifer, thank you for your comments. I'm glad you had such a great time. I love your term: "minimalist luxury". I think it fits.
L'Etoile is Available on a Weekly Basis - Saturday to Saturday High Season .. Jul-Aug ............€3,277/week Mid Season ... Mar-Jun & Sept .... €2,677/week Low Season ... Oct-Dec, Jan-Feb .. €1,977/week We accept checks, bank transfer and credit cards through Pay Pal (Fees Apply)
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We love Provence and we love this old country house. It's the perfect place for our vacations with our friends and families. It's perfectly situated between Gordes & Roussillon Gordes so we have the best of both worlds. We can easily access village life and markets within minutes and then easily return to the peace and quiet of the Luberon countryside. We have 3 children of our own - they love L'Eotile - so the house is perfect for kids of all ages.
Why the Owner Chose Gordes:
We love this area. It's home to us and our children. We have been vacationing in this area of Provence for about 14 years. For us, this is the perfect location between Gordes & Roussillon, two of the most beautiful hilltop villages in Provence. We're close enough to the town to get our daily baguette and croissants. But we're far enough to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country side, hear the birds sing and see thousands of stars at night.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
In the summertime, we love spending the day outside by the pool. The pool is surrounded by a nice olive grove and some lavender and roses and the kids love it (so do the adults!). We have a pool house with a fully stocked kitchen, a large fireplace and plenty of seating. So, most days, we have lunch and dinner out by the pool. And, because it's a fully outfitted kitchen, we don't have to haul food, cookware and dishes back and forth to the main house. Everything is right there in the Summer Kitchen. In the cooler months, we have dinner inside across from a big, roaring fire. It's very cozy and quiet in the winter months. Perfect place to unwind. During the day, we usually go to one of the many, famous Provencal markets in the surrounding towns - all about 10-15 minutes away. There are plenty of places to shop and buy antiques. There are about a dozen or so vineyards within 10 km from the house, and about 2-3 just down the road. There's no shortage of hiking trails and national parks. In fact, there's a great hiking trail right behind our house that leads up to the top of the hill overlooking Lioux and the great big stone wall. It's breathtaking to see that view from the top of the mountain and only about a 10 minute hike.
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Sitting Room in Large Master Bedroom and Great View Over Valley and Olive Groves
All Bathrooms Recently Remodeled in Quaint Provencal Style With Shower and Bath
Top Floor Bedroom with 2 Twin Beds - Perfect for Families or Friends
Provencal Kitchen with Ancient Vaulted Ceiling Recently Updated & New Appliances
Summer Kitchen Fireplace - Great for Outdoor Dinners by the Fire at Night
Dinner on the Terrace with Family and Friends and Thousands of Stars!
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Large Master Bedroom with King Size Bed & Great Views of the Luberon
Very Cute Twin Bedroom on Second Floor with a Great View of the Luberon
Top Floor Bedroom with King Size Bed and Great View of the Valley and Roussillon
Cozy Dining Room - Perfect for Coffee and Crossaints from the Village Baker
Large Pool Surrounded by Olive Groves and Lavender with Great Views
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This is the View of the Luberon from All 4 Bedrooms in the House!
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