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Cozy Restored Cottage Among Cherry/Olive Trees, Circular Pool

Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, France
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

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.

Keywords: Self-catering house, cottage, bastidon, cabanon, gite, farmhouse, mas, bastide


Barney Rubin

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About Barney Rubin

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.

Barney Rubin purchased this Cottage in 2008

Why Barney Rubin chose Saint-Saturnin-lès-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.

What makes this Cottage unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • 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.


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
          • 1.5

          Location Type

            • Monument View
              Full view of the chateau and church of St. Saturnin-les-Apt.
            • Mountain View
              On open farmland with mountains of the Grand Luberon in the distance and hilltop village close by.
            • Village
              View of St. Saturnin-les-Apt, including Chateau and church.


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Parking
                        • Broadband Access
                          Internet via DSL.
                        • Heating
                          Electric heating.
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Free Long Distance
                          (2) Free calling to anywhere in the world via internet telephony.
                        • Parking Off Street
                          Parking area in the back of the house.
                        • Telephone
                          (4) Cell phone reception is good. Land line and internet telephony. Each has handsets on ground floor and upstairs.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Front-loading washer in the kitchen.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          WiFi throughout the house and surroundings.
                        • Wood Stove
                          There is an anthracite Petit Godin stove. (http://www.acheter-moins-cher.com/asp/produit100_rwt_p_136384.htm.)


                            • Microwave
                            • Catering Available
                              Neighbor/farmer'sbrother is caterer; exclusively for parties of 10 or more.
                            • 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.
                            • 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.
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Small dining area inside. Spacious stone terrace with views for meals outside.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 8 people


                                    • 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.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      We have satellite television with a broad selection of English and French-language channels. The TV has an integrated DVD player.
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Surrounds the house on three sides, two of which made of ancient stone calade; incorporates two old stone wells, outstanding views, privacy.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              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).


                                                    • arboretum
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • cycling
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis


                                                                    • 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.

                                                                      30 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      A perfect Provencal retreat for two people

                                                                      Trevor D.

                                                                      We had a wonderful stay at La Ferrage. The house itself is so tastefully decorated with every room at a high standard and very roomy. The bathroom is big and wonderfully appointed with dual sinks. The bedroom is roomy and very comfortable. The lounge is just right, tastefully decorated and comfortable and the kitchen has all you need (even sharp knives... a first in a rental property for us!). However, it's the outdoor spaces that make this property such a superb holiday rental. Wandering down through the lavendar avenue to the large circular pool (much bigger than we were expecting) for a morning swim was wonderful. Spending the evening beneath the clematis canopy on the patio was so relaxing and the view across to the Luberon hills as they change colour in the evening light is beautiful.

                                                                      The cottage is located a short walk from the town, which has all you need. We had a lovely lunch at St Hubert's Hotel and there are a few other options close by. The town has two boulangeries and a Spar for essentials. Apt is only 10 minutes in the car for Supermarkets and from that road you can get to all the lovely villages of the region for sight seeing and long, lazy lunches.

                                                                      It really is the perfect place for two people wanting to soak themselves in the Luberon lifestyle.

                                                                      Le Ferrage

                                                                      Simon C.

                                                                      Thank you very much for having Sarah and me to stay at your perfect house. We have never found a house better equipped, laid out, organized, and directed than yours in very many years of coming to France.

                                                                      Provencal magic

                                                                      Very, very belatedly, I'm afraid....to tell you how enormously we enjoyed our time at La Ferrage. It was just pefect...(and the weather was very kind).

                                                                      We visited the local markets and villages....and chateaux....and on our last morning walked all over Buoux almost completely by ourselves which was just sensational.

                                                                      Marie Aude was wonderfully helpful.

                                                                      And we would love to think that we might be able to return, maybe next Autumn, for another dose of provencal magic.

                                                                      Better Than My Dreams!

                                                                      Catherine R.

                                                                      My trip was more relaxing and amazing than I had even hoped for. What an amazing spot, total confirmation that Provence is my happy place!

                                                                      I was able to run and ride my bike every day ( really I'm not an athlete but I wanted to justify all the cheese eating). I walked to town a few times every day (stood in line for my baguettes etc.) and even managed to run to the Chateau on my last morning to see the sunrise. I also did a fair share of napping in the hammocks and laying in and out of the pool.

                                                                      The kitchen had everything you need and more to prep & enjoy the spoils of the markets in the area. And the amazing sound system in the house allowed me to set a sound track to the whole vacation.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Catherine, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at LaFerrage. The cheese, baguettes, and other treats available right in St. Saturnin and in the neighboring weekly markets do provide irresistible temptations that can be happily enjoyed because there are so many delightful ways to exercise -- walking, biking, swimming...and then to rest from all that activity with a nap under the trees in the poolside hammock. You made good use of all that the cottage, and the region, has to offer!

                                                                      Provençal Heaven

                                                                      This cottage has every amenity you could wish for and more. We know the area quite well and love visiting so to get accommodation as good as this was the icing on the cake! The trouble is that it's now spoilt us for anywhere else. Marie-Aude was very welcoming and explained everything we needed to know. And yes we are coming back....!

                                                                      San Saturnin Les Apt is great place to stay as it's handy for large cities like Avignon and Marseille or all the beautiful little villages dotted around the area. If you like markets you will be in your element as you can find one nearby every day of the week.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      We are happy that you enjoyed LaFerrage and used it as a delightful home base to explore the Luberon and the towns and cities beyond. Now that LaFerrage has spoilt you for anywhere else in the region, we're so pleased to hear that you will be returning and we look forward to welcoming you back!

                                                                      Pure relaxation

                                                                      Graeme M.

                                                                      What a fantastic week we have had at La Ferrage, (only spoiled by the Referendum vote outcome!) - you might have to change the name for UK visitors!!!

                                                                      I can see why you were attracted to the area as there are so many lovely villages to visit and the views and privacy / garden are exceptional.

                                                                      If you get the opportunity please thank Roland for his very generous gift of the cherries before we left to join the rest of the family for our second week – they were very much appreciated! He was lovely and whilst our respective grasp of each other's languages left a lot to be desired we were pleased when he greeted us like long lost friends on his way to deliver produce to the Spar shop.

                                                                      We found the stairs challenging but view from bedroom and bathroom were well worth the effort!!

                                                                      Definitely on our list of places to revisit!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Graeme, You're right about the cherries -- it is quite something to be able to stroll down the pathways between the fruit trees on the property and pluck ripe fruit right off the branch during the growing season. (Cherry blossom season is also a marvel on the property and in the region as a whole!). Roland, the farmer who cares for our trees, is a gracious and welcoming presence and a lifelong resident of St. Saturnin. We -- and he -- look forward to welcoming you back to LaFerrage for another stay.


                                                                      Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, France

                                                                      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.

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