This superb villa is an ideal place for breaks throughout the year. The Spring and Autumn seasons are pleasantly warm and are great times to play golf on the Pont Royal course (designed by Seve Ballesteros) or on other courses in the area. The warmer summer months will encourage you to relax around the pool - or to take part in the various activities on site (including a wave pool, swimming pools, horse riding, tennis, mini farm, playground and Kids' clubs). Mediterranean beaches are within an hour's drive. The villa is south-facing with a large terrace and steps down to the pool and pool house (with BBQ area). The large garden contains a boules court off to one side for those that fancy themselves at Petanque. Inside the villa downstairs there is a large open plan lounge, dining room and bar area with a fully-equipped kitchen, utility room and WC, upstairs there is a Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom plus a further 3 large double bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower.
- Villa1506 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 nights
4 bedroom villa to very comfortably sleep 8 in the heart of beautiful Provence
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Oct 2018
About Gary Watson
I grew up in a small village in Bedfordshire called Maulden. I went to school in Bedford and on to University in Leicester. After a short spell training to be a Chartered Accountant I moved into recruitment in 1984. Whilst I found accountancy to be a little dry, by contrast I fell in love with the variety and people element in recruitment. I spent 24 years with two multi-national players before joining a boutique firm called Investigo in 2010. 3 years later I led an MBO and am currently CEO. I have three wonderful children Alex, Charlie and Archie and am married to Michelle who keeps me on my toes. Life is rarely boring.
Gary Watson purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Gary Watson chose Mallemort
I had fallen in love with Provence having had holidays in the region for many years. I also enjoy playing golf so back in 2003 we had decided to look to buy a house. We had looked at several locations but when we discovered Pont Royal it put everything else in the shade. We could tell at the main entrance that we had arrived at something special. A friendly welcome was then followed by us driving slowly on the road bordering the 5th golf hole. The course was in magnificent condition and I couldn't help but envy the players as they strolled down the beautiful fairway. The decision then wasn't if we would buy but when we would buy. We picked out a lovely plot which was only a 10 minute stroll to the centre and to the golf club. A few years have now gone by and I still feel the same sense of excitement as we drive through the entrance. For us, it's a little glimpse of heaven...
What makes this Villa unique
The house is very peaceful. We have houses around us but we're not over-looked by anyone. You have choices on where to eat: inside at the dining table, outside on the terrace underneath the wisteria or down in the pool house. The days can be spent in and around the pool and if you fancy a snooze there's always the hammock on the terrace underneath the honey-suckle. Pre BBQ is always a good time to test your skill on the boules court.
Pool / Spa
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Lovely well kept villa with great facilities.
We stayed at this property for a week in September 2018. Throughout the booking process/ check-in we were in contact with Karen, who was very helpful and accommodating, answering any questions raised. She also arranged an early check-in for us.
The villa has been well maintained, and has a good range of facilities- we made full use of the BBQ/outdoor eating area and the boules pitch.
The Villa is well positioned to explore the different areas of Provence. Over the week we visited Gordes, Aix en Provence and Avignon all which were 30 minutes/1 hour drive, and found a lovely restaurant in Mallemort called Auberge du Vieux Village- well worth a trip.
The only issue we encountered was the amount of Mosquitoes around the pool and eating areas. I would encourage visitors to stock up on repellents etc, and for the owners to inform guests of this before visiting.
Overall, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay, and would recommend it to groups or families who want to explore Provence.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We're delighted that you had such a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Having checked with Karen, the issue you raise about the mosquitoes this season is perfectly valid and she has confirmed that they have been much worse than usual. Nevertheless, we will stock up with Tropic ‘CINQ sur CINQ' repellant spray (in a black bottle available only in chemists) so that future rentals will be prepared.
Beautiful villa which felt like home straight away!
Would definitely recommend for a relaxing holiday in gorgeous Provence.
It was nice to meet Karen.
Thank you Philippa. I'm so pleased that you felt at home straight away. It was also very nice of you to mention our local agent Karen who is often the unsung hero. She is always on hand to advise and support and she does an excellent job.
Beautifully appointed villa with every home comfort!
We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Les Coquelicots, Pont Royal. The location is perfect for getting around the Luberon and all it's beautiful towns and villages.
We've been staying in villas in Provence for many years but this has to rank amongst one of the best in terms of comfort, facilities and style. The interior is spotless and beautifully furnished. We particularly appreciated the fabulously comfortable beds after a long day of sight-seeing. The outside is equally attractive with a choice of sitting areas overlooking the pretty garden and pool depending on whether you're looking for sun or shade.
The generous welcome pack was a nice touch which meant that we didn't have to rush out for supplies as soon as we arrived and the few queries that we had were answered efficiently by Karen, the property manager, who was very helpful.
The only thing we would have liked was a set of boules to make use of the area reserved for this in the garden but everything else was as near perfect as it could be and we would love to return at some point in the future.
Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Thank you for the enthusiastic review. We're so pleased you enjoyed the region and the villa. Comfortable beds are a must for us and it's always reassuring when people notice. Sorry about the boules - they're actually in the garage so I will remember to ask Karen to get them out when you return again!
Charming property, great location, fantastic honeymoon!
We had the pleasure of staying 'Chez Watson' during the first week of October and we thoroughly enjoyed our time, both in the villa as well as the numerous day trips that we took throughout Provence.
The villa itself surpassed our expectations, it was immaculate on arrival and the 'welcome gift' including bread, milk, coffee, wine etc were very well received after half a day travelling!
Karen who looks after the property was available throughout our stay when needed, with recommendations on local restaurants, trips out and she even visited us on the first full evening with another client of hers, to help us get the BBQ started after two grown men had failed in our attempts!
There's literally nothing that we would have added or changed about the villa, my wife and I had a fantastic honeymoon and will no doubt be staying again in the future - thanks very much to Gary, Mich and family......and Karen!
September is one of our favourite months as the weather is still mid to late 20s so we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. I will make sure there are instructions for changing the gas bottle on the BBQ in future!
A fabulously appointed villa with every comfort of home!
We loved our fortnight at this house. Comfy beds, comfy sofas, sky tv, fabulously equipped kitchen, beautiful grounds, private and heated pool. The house is really well kept and very, very clean. We didn't make use of the facilities available at Pont Royal but had we been there 10 years ago with small children or teenagers I can see what a bonus it all would be. The Luberon is a beautiful area to explore with the nearby cities equally worth venturing out to. The only thing I think we would have liked would be a visitors book that we could read for recommended restaurants or destinations. We know the area quite well already but stumbled across a couple of gems that we would have gladly written details of in a book (old school!) Gary - owner and Karen - house manager were a pleasure to be in contact with and the booking process was extremely easy. We certainly hope to return.
Thank you for your kind comments. It's also pleasing to hear that people appreciate the quality of the mattresses and the sofas and how well equipped the villa is. You'd be welcome back anytime!
Fantastic villa, very well kept, equipped and clean.
Our second year at Pont Royal, and we decided to spend a little more money than we did last year as we had been really disappointed with the quality of villa. Money extremely well spent - more space, properly equipped, beautiful garden, heated pool, Sky Sports (good to catch up on the cricket with a pre-dinner beer) and plenty of pool toys for our three girls. The welcome pack was such a lovely touch too.
I would certainly recommend this villa and if we decide to return to Pont Royal in the future we would certainly look to rent the property once again.
Thank you for a superb stay
Richard, Julie and family
Thank you for your kind comments. We've always believed that the villa should be "home from home" and it's reassuring to hear that everything was to your liking. Naturally you would be welcome back anytime!
The sun shines for 300 days a year. The light is incredible - just ask Cezanne and Van Gogh! There are 3 fascinating and quite different cities within 60 minutes: Marseille, Avignon and Aix. The countryside is beautiful with the Luberon to the north, the Alpilles to the west, the Camargue to the south-west, the sea to the south and the Cote d'Azur to the south-east. Pont Royal is a special place: pretty, well-kept, clean, safe (one entrance with security), with an 18 hole championship golf course, tennis, swimming pools, shops and restaurants. There are plenty of local vineyards where the wine is surprisingly good. And plenty of fabulous villages to explore: Lourmarin, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lacoste, Gordes, Bonnieux and Curcoron - to name but a few. This is 'real' Provence.
Additional pricing information
A 10% discount will be applied to bookings for second and subsequent weeks. Arrival time is from 4.00pm on Saturday and departures before 10.00am on Saturday. Other arrival and departure days may be facilitated in low or mid season. A 25% deposit is required when booking and the remainder is to be paid 8 weeks before your arrival. The money should be paid in Euros into the owner's French bank account.