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elegant 17th c. family home in mediaeval Luberon Village

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps 6, with gorgeous roof terrace in Saignon

A spacious 17th century village house, with original terracotta tiles, Provencal ceilings, and inset oak cupboards throughout, and a roof terrace( with a summer kitchen) for lunching and sun bathing! The reception room is large and has a high ceiling, with a dining table, and the kitchen is fully-equipped with an oven, dishwasher, hob and a fridge. Thick walls ensure that the house is cool in the summer, and the central heating is efficient in the winter. The staircase is original and fairly steep! This is very much a home, with the owners coming as often as possible with children from 20 to five years old.

Saignon is beautiful and unspoilt, and children can play around the fountain on the square in front of the house, and explore the village with its ruins and 12th century church, there is an excellent bakery next to the house, and a couple of good restaurants,. Approximately one hour's drive to Marseille (with its creeks and beaches). the Camargue (Arles), Aix en Provence, and Avignon.

The other Luberon hilltop villages (Gordes, Lacoste, and Menerbes) are 20 minutes away, and Apt, a bustling market town is five minutes away with a fabulous , large and CLEAN municipal pool, in our experience relatively empty even during the holidays, and two small children/toddlers pools, and lots of life guards (!) a picnic area and a famous Saturday morning market.

The house itself begins on the first floor, with a big reception room (dining and sitting areas) and the family kitchen, with a wrought iron balcony running round it . Upstairs to a large room with a double bed and its own basin, and a large twin room ( the beds can be pushed together to make a double) . These rooms share a fully equipped bathroom, with a bath/shower, loo and basin. Up again to a small twin room, a shower room and basin, and a separate loo. Out onto the terrace, a large dining table and chairs, some sun chairs, and an outside kitchen- oven, fridge and sink. The terrace is half covered, so there is no need to be in the sun all day ! Although there is no TV , there is wifi access throughout the house and mobile phone access !

Keywords: Village House

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elizabeth Parker
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About elizabeth Parker

Interior designer, half english half french, always lived between the two countries.

elizabeth Parker purchased this house in 1996

Why elizabeth Parker chose Saignon

it is primarily a home for us and the children , for whenever we can get away for a few days.. and the whole of july, where our youngest goes to the village school for a month.


Le Castelas Ferme Auberge
"this is the most beautiful place, not for the faint hearted - access is down a very long tra..."
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Saignon/ Apt
Car: necessary

the Luberon is famous for its hill walking, and bicycling. There is fun kayaking on the River Sorgue, and a wonderful outdoor pool in Apt. The beaches of Marseille and the Camargue are a dytrip.The whole area is also steeped in history with many fascinating places and cities to visit; the historic city of Avignon with the Pope's Palace, the Old Port in Marseille, the ruins of St remy de Provence.. and all the little villages dotted round, all mediaeval and perced on hillsides each with its own story. The Summer Festivals all around embrace formal theatre, street theatre, opera, music of all sorts ..there are things going on for all ages. and lots of sun ! even in the winter, it gets extremely cold but with beautiful piercing light and sunshine ...


Saignon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The top floor has a shower room and basin, and a separate room with a loo
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) one of the bedrooms has twin single beds which can be pushed together to make a double, Baby Cribs (1) a travel cot available
  • Books ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
, Full Kitchen with electric oven and gas hobs, iron


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elegant 17th c. family home in mediaeval Luberon Village
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful stay in Saignon. Thanks Elizabeth!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely old, characterful house in centre of village. But also very practical - 2 bathrooms, a great second kitchen on the roof terrace. We were only there for a few days for a wedding but the house would be very comfortable for a much longer stay.

Elizabeth was extremely helpful and accommodating and allowed us some flexibility in arrival and leaving times.

We had a fantastic time and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The house was utterly beautiful, even better than the photos. My husband and our two daughters felt like we were staying at a friend's home, so comfortable and the furniture and decor are fabulous, we would love to return. Elizabeth the owner was really helpful. The village of Saignon is stunning and a great place to explore the surrounding area's.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home full of character

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time here. It feels like a home rather than a soulless rental property. We really enjoyed cooking & eating on the roof terrace. The village also has a lot of character, is beautiful & less touristy than some of the other villages in the region. Whilst small it has a few good restaurants including the fantastic Le Petit Cave.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Very charming house, stunningly beautiful region, authentic Provence

  • 5 of 5

This was the third time I stayed in this lovely house: I fell in love with it and the village of Saignon several years ago, because it still feels and looks like an authentic French Provence village, not a luxury touristic estate.

The good surprise this year was the new top floor terrace, second kitchen and extra bedroom & very modern second bathroom at the top of the house, which means in summer you breakfast on the terrace looking out over the roman-tiled roofs of the entire village. This is in addition to: a downstairs hallway & utility room, a kitchen and large drawing room , all on the first floor; then a master bedroom and a large guest bedroom plus a bathroom and a small sewing room.

The house wa stone-built to last centuries ago, so even at midday in August, the rooms inside are cool and restful. The décor is shabby elegant in the way decorators strive for; but here it is authentic. There's a combination of old family furniture, comfortable sofas you sink in, antique tiled floors, garden chairs in the kitchen, books that have been read and re-read in the bookcases; but good firm beds. It's got oodles of charm and enough modern conveniences to spend a great summer en famille.

You need a car because the local buses are slow and come every hour or so only; the one going from Apt (the market town a couple of miles down the hill from Saignon), all the way to the TGV station at Avignon takes nearly two hours. The area is stunningly beautiful; you can walk across picture-book lavender fields; visit the region's chateaux and monasteries; attend the Avignon theatre festival in season (summer) as well as many summer classical music festivals; there's a municipal swimming pool for your teenagers at Apt. Further out is Aix en Provence with the greatest French opera festival in summer. Avignon had monuments and museums from the time it was the Pope's residence; it also has goos restaurants; and of course the entire countryside was where Cézanne, Picasso, Renoir, and many more painted.

In short, I wish I wre back there now!....

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week in this gorgeous old house in the centre of the village. The house is full of character and charm. We spent most of our time using the summer kitchen, enjoying meals on the roof terrace and didn't even use the dishwasher! The village is peaceful and there are superb views from Le Rocher! The boulangerie is just next door, ideal and we also had a couple of lovely meals at the restaurant Balthazar on the next corner. Provence is my favourite place!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful old house in an unspoilt village

  • 5 of 5

Entering this house is like stepping back in time. From the antique floor tiles and rope staircase handrail to the wonderful roof terrace, it's absolutely delightful. The owner has obviously taken great care with her choice of fittings and furnishings and it's comfortable and homely, but very chic. The house was clean with lots of thoughful touches, and the owner was more than helpful in answering all sorts of random queries.

Saignon is the ideal base to explore the Luberon. The village itself is absolutely delightful and has no through traffic so it's very peaceful. We nipped down to the boulangerie every morning for fresh bread and croissants, and by the end of our stay we felt we knew the boulanger very well!

We loved the nearby town of Apt which has a market and lots of interesting shops. We also went further afield to Avignon, where we bought a bargain ticket to the Pope's Palace and the Pont which the children loved. You do need a car to get around, but there is a car park just outside the village and it's a two minute walk to the house. On arrival you can unload outside the house, so you don't have to carry suitcases anywhere.

We went in April which was a lovely time of year and it was warm enough to sit on the roof terrace on several occasions. The villagers were very welcoming, and we felt we had a window on a part of France that not many people get to know well. We loved this house and are looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $93.27
Refundable damage deposit $133.24

.. Long term rates ( and Christmas and New Year ) to be discussed. The weekend rate is a basic of £500 plus £70 cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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