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La Loubiere lies at the foothills of the Luberon Natural Park, surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the ten acre grounds of a 16th century chateau. An ideal location for hikers and mountain bikers with its proximity to the Durance River, it offers a contrast, with the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, just twenty minutes away.
The accommodation is spread over three houses which are separate and private. They can be let separately, sleeping four, six or ten respectively, or together, making an ideal location for a group/family of up to twenty.
Each of the three houses have been lovingly restored by the owners to provide modern accommodation, whilst retaining the character and original features of the old buidings, with stone walls, beams and tiled floors. The interiors are furnished to a high standard with beautiful fabrics and bed linens in a Provencal style.
La Grange, once a stone barn, now offers accommodation for ten, in two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and three twin bedded rooms with a large family bathroom. The open plan kitchen/dining/livig area is vast(1000 sq feet, with high ceilings, a huge fireplace and comfortable sofas - plenty of space for everyone. There is a laundry room with an additional toilet and basin. The raised terrace is south and west fcing and has views of the swimming pool, surrounding countryside and beautiful sunsets.
Les Platanes, a charming stone cottage, sleeping four, is steeped in character. The two bedrooms, one double and one twin are fresh and light with Provencal fabris and bedlinen. The open plan kitchen/dining/living room has exposed stone walls and beams and is comfortably furnished with two sofas. The bathroom is bright and airy. There is a private south-facing terrace, with views of the park and adjacent to a grass area,shaded by four large plane trees (Platanes)
Sebastian's House is built into the rocky hillside and sleeps up to six people. It has a cool, bright kitchen and sitting area and leading off this, a large stone built room with a dining table. This room can also be used as a third bedroom, with a queen sized bed. There is a large double bedroom, a twin bedded room and a bathroom on the first floor. Sebastian's House has its own drive way and exterior parking, adjacent to a private, west-facing terrace.
Guests at La Loubiere have their own fenced pool (39-feet by 20-feet) with comfortable loungers to relax on, surrounded by over two acres of grounds, with views of lavender and the thyme and rosemary covered hills. The tennis court, which is set in the grounds of the chateau, has been resurfaced in 2008. Guests have unlimited access to the court. The English owners inhabit the chateau, which is set to the east of the property, slightly apart from the houses. However, they are always happy to help or give advice.
The town of Pertuis is three miles from La Loubiere and offers a wide range of shops, from small family bakers to large supermarkets. The area is well served by restaurants and more markets than there are days of the week.
The motorway is only a ten-minute drive away which gives easy access to coastal resorts such as Cassis, Marseille and the Camargue. Also, the cities of Aix en Provence, Avignon and Arles, steeped in culture and history. In contrast there are the famous villages of the Luberon, including Lourmarin, Cucuron, Bonnieux, and La Tour d'Aigues, all easily reached by meandering country routes.
Low 20 Apr-25 May/28 Sept-12 Oct Mid 25 May-29 Jun/31 Aug-28 Sept High 29 June-31 Aug.
Keywords: Tennis, Pool, Charming, characterful accommodation
(3) Each house has their own private terrace with chairs and tables. If all three houses are taken by one group, there is plenty of space for everyone to dine togehter outside or in 'La Grange'....moreless
During July and August the three houses are let as a whole sleeping up to twenty people, outside of these months the houses can be let together or separately, sleeping 4, 6 and 10 respectively. The prices in Low and Mid reflect the cost for one of the two smaller houses, the High season rate is for the three houses combined. Any minimum stays of three nights have to fall between Saturday and Saturday, not over a weekend.
50% required on booking with the balance due 60 days prior to the stay. Payment by wire/bank transfer in euros of GB sterling
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About the owner: We are originally from England, however, work took us to The Netherlands, when our family was young. Living in mainland Europe gave us plenty of opportunities to explore many different countries, but something always drew us back to southern France for family holidays. We often dreamed of buying an old place to restore when the children had grown up, but then when the situation actually presented itself, we found ourselves moving with three children still in education. Fortunately, none of us has ever regretted it for a second. We had restored old houses before, but taking on a property that was nearly 500 years old, was quite a challenge - often a nightmare, but more often than not full filling a dream. Everyone gets roped in from time to time to help with big projects, like excavating wells and discovering secret passages. The property is so old and has so much history and charater, we feel more like we are its caretakers, rather than the owners.
Why the Owner Chose Aix en Provence: Actually I think the property chose us, parts of it were so run down, no one else would have been crazy enough to take it on.... but we quickly fell in love with it ... and we like a challenge! It has certainly been a labour of love - a lot of hard work but very rewarding, particularly as we can now see our guests enjoying it as much as we do. This is the most beautiful part of Provence, with the coast only a 45 minute drive away and the lush Luberon hills above us, and the wonderful villages and markets that make Provence unique. There is so much to see and experience, that when we do'remember' to take a day off, we are still discovering news places and 'gems'
The Unique Benefits at this Barn: The three houses can be rented individually except during July and August, when they are let as a whole as they are very popular with groups of friends and large families who want to holiday together but don't necessarily want to be all under the same roof! There are secluded areas where guests can escape for some quiet time, but plenty of space to enjoy each others company dining al fresco or working off the effects on the tennis court or in the pool. Set in the countryside, 'La Loubiere' is only five minutes drive from a bustling town and a short drive from the numerous Luberon villages and their markets. In contrast Aix-en-Provence, one of the most beautiful cities in France is only twenty minutes drive away. Returning to 'La Loubiere' after a busy day exploring and being able to relax and watch the sun setting with a glass of wine - there is nothing to beat it!