… Breathe in the scents of Provence in this serene property …
Situated on a 17th century silkworm farm, this renovated property oozes authentic Provence and enjoys uninterrupted views over the mountains of the Luberon.
On the outskirts of Puyvert, you can reach the house by a private road bordered by cypress and oak trees, then by a pathway of lime trees through the grape vines. The property is set in 7 hectares of vineyard (which is classed AOC), and you can take lovely walks down paths lined with old cypress or lime trees, or among the lavender.
The house and the swimming pool are surrounded by a beautiful garden, with an expansive lawn planted with 100-year-old cedars, pines, oaks, olive trees and fruit trees. In September you can taste different varieties of grapes and figs.
Hidden in the English-style garden are some stone steps linking the south terrace to a large, alarmed pool, built to resemble a Provencal lake, and an old stone hut housing the sun beds and cushions for the pool.
The house has kept its Provencal character, with stone floors, ancient ceilings and plastered fireplace. On entering by the south terrace, you’ll find the dining room with its antique furnishings and a living room with many English books, CDs and DVDs. Then head into the well-equipped kitchen and rear pantry.
At the top of the ancient staircase a landing separates three large bedrooms:
- a bedroom furnished in the Art Deco style which has a 1.6m double bed and south-facing windows.
- a bedroom with high Provencal ceiling, a 1.6m double bed and a French door offering a view over the garden at sunrise.
- a mezzanine with a twin beds of 0.9m
The family bathroom (with shower) and separate toilet both have windows opening out onto the vines overlooking the hills.
You can reach the totally independent “blue” room by an external stone staircase. This room has a 1.4m bed.
At sunset, when silence replaces the chattering of the cicadas, you should leave the shade of the south terrace and move to the courtyard with the almond tree where you can sit on the bench or chairs to watch the last rays of the setting sun.
Enjoy time on the deck, one one of the cushioned sun loungers, or cool down in the 12x6m private pool. There is also an outdoor shower near the pool.
At nightfall, you can hear the frogs singing in the surrounding countryside and the pool will be magically illuminated by the many garden lights. At the stroke of midnight the automatic watering system will switch on to bring the necessary water to revitalise the precious greenery surrounding the house.
There is a supermarket less than 1km away, with tennis, horse riding and golf within easy reach. It’s also just a short drive to the centre of some of the most beautiful villages in France – such as Lourmarin, Gordes, Menerbes or Ansouis – and their celebrated markets.
The house featured in an article in a Sunday Times article titled “Europe’s 100 sexiest summer villas” (7 March 2010): “Inside, there’s a simple, farmhousey feel. Fling open the shutters of this rough-hewn 17th-century house near the village of Puyvert, however, and you’re in paradise — surrounded by vineyards, lavender and pine trees. There’s a pool, too.”
In high season (Jul-Aug), the change-over day for this property is Friday and minimum two-week bookings will be taken. In other months the change-over day is flexible and a minimum of one week (7 nights) can be booked. Submit your booking enquiry to receive a summary by email. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your request.
To reserve the dates, we require a 50% deposit, with the balance to be paid six weeks prior to your check-in date. By paying the deposit, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.
We also ask for a €1,200 security deposit, payable with the final balance payment (or in cash on arrival by prior arrangement), which will be returned to you within 7 days if the property is vacated in good order at check-out.
- €2,805 per week – May, June & September
- €3,245 per week – July & August
- €1,925 per week – October
- Check In2:00 PM
- Check Out10:00 AM
- Max Guests8
- Min Stay14 nights
- Cleaning Fee€150
- Security Deposit€1200
- BBQ (gas)
- Coffee machine (drip)
- Linens supplied