Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3188: Owner, #89193
2bed/2bath house in Lourmarin, Provence
May / June 2007, 10 days
This villa was the perfect location. Right in the heart of Lourmarin, which is on the south side of the Luberon mountains.
Every morning we could walk out of the door and be steps away from cafes, restaurants, shops -- everything we needed for the 10 days there.
The house was built in 1660 and lots of old-world charm yet beautifully restored by the owners. But it is four stories. You walk into the main level which includes the eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room and large terrace. The house actually has three bedrooms, but the owners keep one closed for storage. Two bedrooms have king beds and one has two singles, so depending on who it's being rented to, the owner will arrange the space accordingly. We were two couples, so the owner closed the bedroom on the second floor and opened up the bedrooms on the third and four floors, which was perfect for two couples. Each had its own full bath. The fourth floor also had a separate second living room/library that was very sunny. It had spiral stairs that went up to the rooftop terrace.
Because it's an in-town house, there is no pool or garden, but there is a wonderful terrace off the living room. We fell in love with the this terrace; it was a special place - large, cool and filled with over-sized pots filled with tangerine-laden trees. There is also a rooftop terrace. The owner also has a small garden about five minutes walk which you can use.
The furniture, including a table, chairs and sideboard, reflected the style of the entire interior -- stylish, sophisticated Provence -- a mixture of antiques and traditional furniture. Everything is done in soft taupes and grays, accented with reds and lavenders. The dining room was lined with built-in bookcases showcasing Provence books, magazines and antiques.
The bedrooms and baths were spacious and beautifully decorated. Wonderful linens on big comfortable beds -- lots of closet space too.
The kitchen, while smallish, had everything we needed to feel at home, including pots, pans, dishes, silver and the fresh fruit and pastries the owner, Patricia, had left for our visit.
Problems or Bonuses
If you're not in good health, it's probably not a good idea to rent something with four floors. But we liked the idea of all those floors -- we didn't feel cramped up. And the furnishings were so exquisite we ended up eating in a number of times just so we could sit on the terrace outside.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This villa is such a gem we almost hate to tell everyone about it. We'd like to keep it as our secret but it's too special not to share.
Things to do in this area
Lourmarin is a wonderful village -- lots of cafes and restaurants, plus shops and galleries, so it was easy for us to spend the day browsing, hiking and sightseeing and the evenings eating either at a local restaurant or at home on our terrace. Aix en Provence is short drive away and there are some wonderful towns nearby like Cucuron and Ansouris. And while we were there -- the end of May -- the town held its annual wine festival at the wine co-op which we enjoyed so much -- well how could you not enjoy free wine all night!
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