The Setting: Villa 'Provence-Amerique' is a stylish, luxury, stone house with heated pool. Located in the heart of Provence, the location is ideal. You cannot get better. You are in the midst of all the best that Provence has to offer. The villa is in Joucas, next to Gordes, perched high above the vast Luberon Valley, with the Grand Luberon Mountains as the backdrop. You have a breathtaking 180-degree panorama. Set in mature gardens of fragrant lavender, oleander, and roses with ancient olive and cypress trees. The totally private grounds are surrounded on three sides by old, ivy-covered, stone walls and are open to the south to the magnificent view.
The View: The entire house, pool, terrace, and gardens are oriented toward the view. In the valley, you can see in all directions, a patchwork of farms with their lovely old stone barns and rows of cypress trees. There are vineyards, olive trees, lavender, and sunflower fields. Perched on top of nearby hills are the charming, famous hill towns of Provence. From our terrace, you can see Roussillon, Bonnieux, Saignon, and Menerbes, all within a short drive. These are some of the most beautiful villages in France, officially so designated by the French government.
This is the most highly sought after location in Provence, only minutes to Gordes. You are surrounded by great restaurants (Michelin starred), the best outdoor markets (choose a different one each day), and antiquing. Isle Sur La Sorge, where the enormous Sunday market is held, is also the antiques center of Provence (within 20-minute drive).
The Village: While the villa is set above and within very private grounds, you are only a one-minute stroll down in to the small village. The history of the village dates back over 1000 years. The chateau was built by the Templar Knights. One of our tenants said, 'There are no words in the English language to describe how charming the village is.' It is a gem! This is an unspoiled, historic village whose architecture is treasured and protected.
You will find the grocery, post office, cafe and small restaurant in the center. There are two very good tennis courts, boules courts, and a jogging path just below the village. There is also hot air ballooning and horseback riding right in the valley. We have two Michelin starred restaurants! There are dozens more restaurants within a few minutes drive.
Walking trails begin just behind our property and lead you on long walks into the 'garrigue' - hills covered in yellow broome and wild thyme. The air is perfumed when the broome is in flower.
The Villa: Built all on one level, the villa opens onto the gardens through three sets of French doors. Almost all of the rooms face the view. The house is spacious and bright with white-washed walls, old terra cotta floors, and highbeamed ceilings throughout. All of the furnishings are extremely high quality and tasteful (aesthetics are crucial to us). There is a generous supply of all the things you will need. The kitchen opens onto the dining terrace, which overlooks the pool and view. There is a beautiful, large, stone table and eight comfortable arm chairs set under a pergola of thick vines that provides good shade so you can linger over breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The inviting heated and lighted pool is set in the large stone terrace and looks over the valley below. There are plenty of loungers (eight), garden chairs, tables, etc., as well as both sunny and shaded areas to lounge and read around the pool.
The interior has a large, lovely living room/dining room with a fireplace. These open out to the garden and view through two sets of French doors. We have collected plenty of guidebooks, cookbooks, and novels. There is also an assortment of film cassettes in English for the VCR and DVD. The satellite TV gets CNN and Bloomberg. There is also wireless internet. There are many good antiques interspersed with the contemporary white cotton upholstered furniture. Many of the doors and cabinets are centuries old. For winter use, the house is fully heated, well-insulated, and has a good wood-burning fireplace.
The three bedrooms are fresh and sunny, with excellent beds and reading lamps. They all have crisp, fresh linens and towels. There are insect screens on all the windows. The three bedrooms all have very good privacy from one another (suitable for three couples or a family). There are two king-bedded rooms and one with two twin beds. The tile baths are large, modern, and have real showers (one also has a tub). One of the king-bedded rooms has a large cream colored marble bathroom en suite with a dressing area.
The kitchen is equipped for the serious cook. There are high quality pots and pans (All Clad, Cuisinart etc), knives, and utensils. There are plentiful and stylish dishes, glassware, and serving pieces as well as a Miele dishwasher, Miele clothes washer and dryer, and a big side-by-side refrigerator. There is a stainless steel Gaggenau cooktop, double sink, and wall oven. The phone and fax and wireless internet are available for your use.
We are lucky to have a team of wonderful people who keep everything maintained. Our house manager, who lives nearby and is fluent in English, is the one to call should you need anything. Our housekeeper, gardener and pool man make sure everything is looking great. Gourmet meals at home prepared by a wonderful chef can be arranged.
I hope you will love it here as much as we do. This is truly the Provence you dream about!
We are frequent renters of beautiful homes in fabulous locations and have very high standards regarding the properties we stay in. This home is absolutely terrific in almost every way. The view is simply one of the best you can have in the Luberon Valley, the home is clean, well-cared for and very nicely furnished. The art work is spectacular (not an exaggeration, the owner is a noted artist and his paintings adorn the home) and the owner is extremely pleasant to deal with; reasonable, thorough and very customer-oriented. We stayed here for 5 weeks and will be returning for another 5 weeks because we loved it so much. You simply cannot go wrong with this beautiful home and we highly recommend it to anyone who wants to rent a first-rate property in a stunning setting.
This place was everything that was described -- even better. Tastefully furnished throughout, with a kitchen that had everything to make a gourmet meal easy to prepare. Lovely view and heated pool let us spend as much time outside (or more) than we did inside. Very private , but was able to walk into the village every morning for fresh croissants and bread. Owners very kind and accomodating. I would highly recommend to all my friends this lovely home.
This is a delightful and private property sitting on a hill. The villa was spotless and well equipped with high quality appliances and furnishings. We stayed with two children, 8 & 10, and the pool was perfect for them and the road cycling in the area is sensational. The surrounding villages are easy to reach and the frequent markets makes food shopping easy and fun. I would recommend this property and the general location to others.
Daily Outdoor Antique and Food Markets, Canoeing, Gourmet Restaurants and Cafes, Historic Hill towns
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
50% deposit to hold reservation. Balance to be paid 90 days prior to arrival.