About the property
- Villa3229 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's3
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Oasis of calm with fabulous pool and extensive terraces - sleeps 12
Only ten minutes walk from the centre of Lourmarin, this lovely vine-covered villa offers total tranquility in its one and a half acres of beautiful garden, kept permanently green by its own artesian well. In winter, you may choose to relax in the spacious sitting room in front of the huge romantic log fire, but summer will probably find you eating, reading, or just soaking up the sun around the 12m pool or on the sweeping stone terraces that surround the house. Completely refurbished four years ago, it can accommodate up to 12 people in six bedrooms: two are on the ground floor with French window access into the terraces making them perfect for older people or those with mobility problems and two are in a self-contained lower ground floor, ideal for teenagers or those who want to get away from their fellow guests. There is a large fully-equipped summer house complete with American fridge and ice-making machine, BBQ and its own shower and toilet. All towels and linen are provided.
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- May 24, 2018
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A Lovely House, Beautifully Situated, In a Great Part of the World
We (two couples) spent a week in this large, lovely house on the outskirts of Lourmarin. The house has something like 6 bedrooms, so could comfortably accommodate many more, but we enjoyed the ability to spread out over two floors. The grounds are large and quite beautiful, and very private. There is a great pool and a lot of terrace space for reading and eating. There are tables, chairs, etc. that you can move around on the terrace so you can stay in (or avoid) the sun, and there are all sorts of pool floats, etc. The main kitchen is very functional and well equipped. The "summer kitchen" is a glassed in room by the pool with a complete kitchen, bathroom and shower, and on windy days it was nice to sit in there at lunch time looking over the pool and grounds. On colder days (we didn't have any of those) the interior of the house is very light and pleasant. There is a flat screen TV, but we never got around to turning it on. The house is ideal for someone with mobility issues...everything you need is on the ground floor, the terrace and grounds are accessible from the 2 ground floor bedrooms, there is only one step to get into the house, etc.
There is a marked trail/path that goes right from the driveway for the house into the center of Lourmarin so you can walk to town without having to go on any major road...a pleasant 15 minute walk. Parking in Lourmarin can be challenging in busy times, and we generally preferred to walk...and the path takes you right past the cemetery where Albert Camus and Henri Bosco are buried.There are several marked walking/hiking trails that you can access right from the house, and many more a few minutes away by car. Lourmarin itself is a pretty town with lots of shops, a number of restaurants, etc., and there are dozens of very good restaurants in the area, as well as all sorts of places to visit. I suspect that Lourmarin is much busier during peak months, but when we were there in mid-September it was busy but not crowded, and it was easy to get reservations at even the best restaurants. The area is great. Lourmarin is more or less at the foot of the Luberon Massif, so you have flat land plus mountains within easy reach...take your pick. It is an easy one hour drive from the Marseilles airport.
Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence, lived in Lourmarin (after he fled Ménerbes) until he moved to Vaugines (setting for the movie Jean de Florette), a few kilometers away.
We'd go back in a heartbeat.
Thank you very much for your kind and comprehensive review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time in Lourmarin and found the house so much to your taste and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
A blissful gem in a beautiful town
We stayed at this beautiful and tranquil villa for three days recently during the French summer. The house was spotless, spacious and comfortable with multiple living, cooking and sleeping areas. The pool is very generous in size and can comfortably fit several people at once. The garden is very picturesque and beautifully groomed. We loved sitting by the pool, reading a book in the garden, and chatting with our friends by the outdoor dining table under the big tree. This is the perfect house to escape the summer heat in France. It was clear the owners took great pride and love in caring for the property. The house instructions were well put together and covered all topics you can think of. We felt like we were in our own home. The house is conveniently located in the town of Lourmarin, which can be easily reached on foot, especially if you enjoy a morning walk to the local bakery for fresh bread and pastries. There are also various restaurant options nearby, including a fine dining restaurant that is walking distance away. The town itself if also lovely and definitely worth a visit, including the chateau (check out summer concerts). There are many restaurants and shops in the town and it really comes to life in the evening. If you are looking for a peaceful place to relax and unwind with your family or friends in a quiet but still easily accessible location then this villa is the perfect place for your holiday getaway.
The perfect place in a perfect location
We spent the most wonderful week in this beautiful home. It was not like a holiday let, it was just like being invited to a friends home. There was every creature comfort you could wish for. The pool house had its own shower and toilet and an enormous fridge so you did not have to use the main house whilst sunbathing. Great restaurant recommendations by the owner, and the house is perfectly situated to walk into the charming village of Lourmarin. It was a sad day when we left, but we will most definitely return. Thank you for a truly memorable holiday.
A great trip
We enjoyed a very happy week at La Laure. Our party of 8 comprised 6 pensioners (one with limited mobility) and two from the younger generation. The house was beautifully prepared and the house manager and cleaners, not to mention the owner, could not have been more helpful. We loved eating on the terrace, and lounging in or around the fine pool. It is a stunning area and our best excursions were to La Fontaine de Vaucluse, and to the French Colorado. Altogether a lovely house and a great trip.
A great trip
Lourmarin, acclaimed as one of the prettiest villages in France, is a unique mixture of sophistication and unspoiled Provencal charm. The art galleries, craft shops and the famous Friday market attract visitors from miles around as does the celebrated 16thc chateau where concerts and other cultural events are held regularly through the summer months. The area is famous for the number and variety of its restaurants which range from simple bistros, ideal for family meals, to some of the most renowned exponents of gastronomy in the South of France. More energetic visitors will enjoy cycling trips or walks throughout the Luberon hills and some of the other villages in the area – Merindol, Gordes, Bonnieux, to name but a few, are bound to be on your must-visit list because of their historical connections or breathtaking natural beauty. One thing is for certain: you will not be bored.
Additional pricing information
Mid-week bookings accepted outside Christmas, Easter and the High Season. A discount is available for smaller parties (eight people or fewer) outside Christmas. Easter and the High Season. Special rates are available for longer lets outside the High Season. Please contact the owner for details. A deposit of 50% of the rental is payable on reservation with the balance due eight weeks before the rental commences. A refundable security deposit of £500 against breakages is required