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This stone cottage on 1.8 hectares (4 acres) of farmland has been meticulously restored to the highest standards of taste and comfort with antique finishings and modern conveniences and is available for rental in all four seasons. Taking maximum advantage of a relatively compact space, the ground floor offers a living/dining area overlooking a stone patio (the actual dining area for most of the year), a fully equipped ultra-convenient gourmet kitchen, a functioning wood stove, and a half-bathroom under a custom-made plaster spiral staircase. The house has satellite television, high-speed WiFi, and internet telephony with free calling anywhere. The staircase leads up to a master bedroom with views in all directions and an artisan-created fully modern bathroom with shower and double sink fitted out with antique doors and tiles. The house is cool in summer and warm in winter, with both electric heat and a functional wood stove. It contains two iPod stereo players. The large property includes a magnificent round stone irrigation bassin (10 meters in diameter), which has been transformed into a swimming pool while retaining its original form. The pool sits in a well defined area 30 meters (100 feet) square, planted with grass and willows, with a full view of the village, including sunsets behind the chateau. The bassin was originally fed by a spring (on old maps the location is called 'Le Gourt,' spring in Provencal) which now flows into six wells on the property. The house has open views in all directions, south to the Luberon mountains, north to the plateau of the Vaucluse, and west to the hilltop village of St. Saturnin-les-Apt with its ruined chateau, church, and windmill. The house is surrounded on three sides by a terrasse (patio) incorporating two old stone wells and paved on the south and west by a 'calade' constructed entirely of stones from an old threshing floor unearthed during renovation. The south side is shaded by a wisteria-planted custom-made iron tonnelle (canopy) overlooking the Luberon mountains in the distance. The immediate view is of a gently sloping gravel pathway bordered by lavender, boxwood, roses, and olive trees, leading down to the pool area.
Please note that the pool is normally opened by the start of May and closed by the end of September, depending on weather conditions.
360 degree open views. Pool is a restored stone irrigation basin 10m in diameter with beautiful views of village. meticulously restored cottage antique finishings, modern amenities. Quiet and private but walking distance to village, stores, ATM, post office, etc. Within 1.5 hours of Mediterranean beaches. Cherries, olives, figs, grapes, almonds, herb garden....moreless
The house has stereo iPod/MP3 players in both the living rook and the bedroom, so you can bring your own music library....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
We have satellite television with a broad selection of English and French-language channels. The TV has an integrated DVD player....moreless
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Full view of the chateau and church of St. Saturnin-les-Apt. ...moreless
On open farmland with mountains of the Grand Luberon in the distance and hilltop village close by. ...moreless
View of St. Saturnin-les-Apt, including Chateau and church....moreless
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Hunting Small Game
Small dining area inside. Spacious stone terrace with views for meals outside....moreless
Fall shoulder Sep 6 - Oct 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Low season fall Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fifty percent at time of booking, which includes a non-refundable 200 € deposit. The remainder 60 days before the start of the booking.
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Many concerts and cultural activities in high season. Gastronomy, wine making, truffles. Nearby Michelin-rated restaurants from economy to two-star. Fabulous local farmers' markets. Within day trip to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, other top wine areas. Lavender cultivation and processing in season. Very diverse and interesting mixed population of locals and expats. Ochre mines in Rustrel and Roussillon. Amazing cultural life (music etc.) in the summer. Lovely hiking.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We (Barney Rubin and Susan Blum) are a 60-ish couple living in New York City (though in this picture we are Rio de Janeiro). Susan is a psychotherapist. Barney is a political scientist who has taught at Yale and Columbia and worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center on International Cooperation at NYU. Currently he advises the State Department on Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are both originally from Philadelphia. When we are not spending time in the cottage we are delighted to share LaFerrage with others.
Why the Owner Chose St. Saturnin-Les-Apt: We first went to the Luberon in 1993, when we decided to take a 'real' month-long vacation for the first (and so far last) time. We then tried several other places -- Ardeche, California, Andalucia, Greece, the Haute Savoie (French Alps), but finally returned for our 25th wedding anniversary in 2000. Except for one year in Umbria, we have returned every year since, attracted by the unique combination of history, culture, food, wine, scenery, hiking, and a diverse collection of people. We started toying with the idea of buying in 2006, and finally bought the right place in 2008. It then took nearly two years (not just the one year in which Peter Mayle managed) to get this place habitable, but the results were worth waiting for.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Our cottage's farmland mainly produces cherries, cared for by a farmer belonging to one of the village's oldest families. It also produces olives, which are pressed into oil at the nearby mill, St.-Julien. The farmer's brother is a renowned caterer based in the nearby town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and is available for parties of ten or more. You can cook with the olive oil we get from the local cooperative in return for our olives, sample the cherries preserved in alcohol that grow on our property, and sample the wine grown within a few minutes of our property. The house is located on extensive sloping farmland with views in all directions. It is delightful to sit on the terrasse of ancient stone (unearthed on the property) under the hand-crafted iron tonnelle with a long view in every direction over our plantings of cherries, cypress, olive, boxwood, rose, fig, and almond and sampling local delicacies seasoned with the herbs grown in the garden under the cypress on our western terrace. In spring there are cherry blossoms, in summer lavender and white roses; in fall the vineyards turn umber, and in winter the vistas open and are perfumed with the odor of burning cherry wood, vines, and oak.