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Cozy Restored Cottage Among Cherry/Olive Trees, Circular Pool

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South facade of house, August 2012.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

St. Saturnin-Les-Apt cottage description

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.




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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (1) This is the most comfortable bed we have ever had., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a futon in the living room that easily converts to a small double bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    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

  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Full view of the chateau and church of St. Saturnin-les-Apt. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    On open farmland with mountains of the Grand Luberon in the distance and hilltop village close by. ...moreless

  • Village:

    View of St. Saturnin-les-Apt, including Chateau and church....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Small dining area inside. Spacious stone terrace with views for meals outside....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking area in the back of the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    (4) Cell phone reception is good. Land line and internet telephony. Each has handsets on ground floor and upstairs....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Front-loading washer in the kitchen....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi throughout the house and surroundings....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is an anthracite Petit Godin stove. (http://www.acheter-moins-cher.com/asp/produit100_rwt_p_136384.htm.)...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Neighbor/farmer'sbrother is caterer; exclusively for parties of 10 or more....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Top of the line Ikea knives, cast iron, cast aluminum, glass, and ceramic pots, pans, and casseroles, all equipment from garlic press to zester....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    State of the art gas cook top, electric oven, food processor, farmhouse sink, dishwasher, furnished in antique local tiles, ventilated, with village views....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Surrounds the house on three sides, two of which made of ancient stone calade; incorporates two old stone wells, outstanding views, privacy....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Circular pool 10 meters in diameter converted from traditional stone irrigation bassin. Formerly spring-fed, now with full sanitary facilities (U/V)....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Mar 21 - Apr 24, 2015
7 night min stay

€1,200
Spring shoulder
Apr 25 - May 29, 2015
7 night min stay

€1,500
High Season
May 30 - Sep 5, 2015
7 night min stay

€1,750
Fall shoulder
Sep 6 - Oct 3, 2015
7 night min stay

€1,500
Low season fall
Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2015
7 night min stay

€1,200

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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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Location

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.

 

Owner info

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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • South facade of house, August 2012.

    South facade of house, August 2012.

  • Terrace seating and dining area.

    Terrace seating and dining area.

  • View of south facade from direction of pool. August 2012.

    View of south facade from direction of pool. August 2012.

  • View from hammock of pool and village.

    View from hammock of pool and village.

  • Kitchen: stove, oven, antique-tile backsplash, provisions, tableware, equipment.

    Kitchen: stove, oven, antique-tile backsplash, provisions, tableware, equipment.

  • Bed with reading lamps and bull's-eye window.

    Bed with reading lamps and bull's-eye window.

  • View from bathroom window:  St. Saturnin.

    View from bathroom window: St. Saturnin.

  • Summers bounty:  cherries in eau de vie, stuffed vegetables.

    Summers bounty: cherries in eau de vie, stuffed vegetables.

  • View from terrace toward pool.

    View from terrace toward pool.

  • West terrace: dining area shaded in morning, cypress, herbs, view of St. Sat.

    West terrace: dining area shaded in morning, cypress, herbs, view of St. Sat.

  • Pool and seating area.

    Pool and seating area.

  • Living room and inside dining/seating area, with stairway.

    Living room and inside dining/seating area, with stairway.

  • View of bathroom; shower is behind and right of the photgrapher.

    View of bathroom; shower is behind and right of the photgrapher.

  • View from bedroom into bathroom.

    View from bedroom into bathroom.

  • View from bedroom window -- Luberon, pool, lavender, roses, olives, cherries.

    View from bedroom window -- Luberon, pool, lavender, roses, olives, cherries.

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  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Calendar last updated: 04/15/2015
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