The Studio is a newly renovated, beautifully decorated and furnished building, within grounds of several hectares. Surrounded by gardens, olive trees and with astounding views of the Grand and Petit Luberon, as well as the village of Lourmarin, it offers easy access to the café society of the village, but a restful, gracious space in which to relax, read, or enjoy a glass of rosé in your own private space.
A large, airy space, in a rural but convenient setting, with modern amenities.
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- Oct 16, 2018
About Jenny Barton
Both Ian and I worked for many years in the IT industry before retiring in 2008. In the following two years, we consolidated our plans to live in France, and finally found the house of our dreams in 2009. In October 2010 we moved to Lourmarin, and have never regretted it. The renovation of The Studio, originally for the use of our family and friends, means that now we can offer the things we love about Provence to a wider audience. The light, the heat of the sun, the warmth of the people, the Mediterranean diet, the history, the landscape - all combine to make a holiday in Provence something you will always remember. We are so lucky to live here.
Jenny Barton purchased this Studio in 2010
Why Jenny Barton chose Lourmarin
We had visited Provence and specifically Lourmarin over a number of years before we finally agreed the village was to be our centre. We arranged with a house finder to view six properties in one day, each hopefully matching our specific requirements. Mas St Jacques was the fifth house we viewed, and neither of us can remember number six. We got out of the car and just went 'wow'. The house is not particularly old, built some time in the sixties, we think, although probably on the site of a previous building, but it has all the traditional touches of Provence we love - the stone floors, the beams, the clever use of windows to provide cooling breezes. And the view? Is to die for. I have hung a painting of Oxford Street, London, in the rain, just to the right of a huge window which looks down over the village and the Chateau to the Luberon beyond. After six years here, I still find myself just standing and comparing them.
What makes this Studio unique
The view. The space. The forest behind where we can walk our dog, and where she can run free. The convenience of being near the village, so we can walk there if we want, yet we come back to rural tranquillity. The garden, which need lots of work, and which has now come together to something close to our vision. And finally, the blue, blue Provençal sky, which never fails to lift the heart.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Wonderful place to stay
Really lovely apartment, beautifully fitted out with everything you need. Lovely terrace overlooking garden for sitting out. Two minute drive into Lourmarin which is a really attractive town with good shopping and lots of restaurants. Excellent location for touring the area.
Thank you! Pleased you got home safely and have good memories of lovely Provence, and thank you for leaving the Studio so beautifully clean & tidy. Kind regards, Ian & Jenny
Wonderful peaceful stay with fantastic hosts
Wonderful peaceful stay with fantastic hosts
Lovely accommodation all new this year and very clean and tidy
Fully equipped with everything you would need
Area was very nice and lots of things to do locally
Local Village was wonderful
Patio was well laid out with sunbeds, Umbrella’s chairs & tables & BBQ
Shaded and sunny areas
Many Thanks for a great holiday and we hope to see you again in the future
Thanks so much, Sue & Andrew. We enjoyed meeting you both, and you're welcome back any time! Good luck to Leicester for the coming season.......
The Luberon is one of the most beautiful areas of southern France, designated an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. It is a spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, villages perchés (villages built on top of a hill, for easy defence), outstanding natural produce (in the Luberon there is a market in a different village or town every day of the week, where the local produce tastes like food should) and the light which enchanted Van Gogh and Cezanne.
In the nearby town of Aix-en-Provence, you can visit Cezanne's atelier, left exactly as it was when he walked out of it for the last time, or see which exhibition is on at the Hôtel Caumont Centre d'Art, the stunningly restored 18th century 'hôtel particulier', or private residence. Or you can find a seat in Les Deux Garçons on the nearby Cours Mirabeau and simply sit and watch the world go by.
In Avignon, there is the Palais des Papes to see, plus wonderful shopping. In the heart of the Alpilles at Les Baux, the extraordinary, groundbreaking "Carrières de Lumières" hosts life enhancing multimedia shows which are unique in the world, and take you right inside the talents of world famous artists in a breathtaking sound and vision experience. And a few miles from Les Baux is the lovely village of St-Remy-de-Provence, where Vincent van Gogh spent probably the most difficult year of his life at the Monastère Saint-Paul de Mausolé asylum. It would also prove to be one of his most creative as an artist, when he produced many of the best works of his career, particularly landscapes such as the exquisite Wheat Field with Cypresses.
Just a few miles away, on the other side of the Luberon, is the beautiful village of Bonnieux, more than worth a visit for its beauty and vertigo-inducing buildings. It is also the home of the exquisite Jardin de La Louve - traditionally, the last place a she-wolf was seen in Provence. Designed by Nicole de Vesian, a fashion designer and stylist for Hermes in Paris until she retired in the 1970s when, moving to the Luberon, she created at La Louve, one of the most beautiful and simple gardens in the world, a small but perfect example of a Provençal garden that fits harmoniously into its surroundings, with clipped lavender, box, myrtle and rosemary and tapestry-like colours that soften the intensity of the sun.
Lourmarin itself, listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France", nestles in the middle of vineyards, olive groves and almond trees.
With its numerous cafe terraces, restaurants and boutiques, Lourmarin attracts many visitors in the summer season, and typical Mediterranean architecture in its winding narrow streets, lovely old restored houses, and well shaded public squares, you can immerse yourself in Provençal ambience. There is a 15th and 16thc castle that has peculiar stairs to see and magnificent apartments to admire (only the Renaissance part of the castle is open to the public). Albert Camus is buried in the local cemetery, and well-known French author, Henri Bosco, lived and worked here. In fact he lived in the house next door to The Studio.
There is so much to see and do in the Luberon and the best of it is that, after a busy day absorbing the light, the heat and the history, you can come back to a quiet, relaxing home from home for a little sit-down, and little reading and - who knows - perhaps a little glass of local rosé as well.