Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3685: The Luberon, La Madeleine
2bed/1bath house near Lioux, Provence
October 2007, 1 week
The rental is located in the hamlet of Parrotier which is near Lioux and Joucas in the Luberon area of Provence. It is a wonderful stone farmhouse the has been lovingly restored and furnished by the owners. Just a short walk are the vineyard and wonderful views of the Falaise at Lioux also known as the Sainte-Madeleine cliff. It was very quiet and private.
The closest villages are Lioux, Joucas, Roussillon, Gordes and Apt. We usually drove to supermarche in Apt for groceries. There are no services in Lioux or the hamlet.
The house is a wonderful stone farmhouse in the hamlet where the owner grew up. He and his wife restored and decorated the the apartment. It is two floors with a metal stairway between the living area and bedroom/bath area. The other nearby apartments were being renovated but no one was inhabiting them while we were there but the pigeons.
You can view the property directly: La Madeleine.
There was a nice small sitting area outside the apartment overlooking the vineyards with a table below a fig tree. It was warmed by the morning sun and a great place to have a coffee. The small garden is planted in lavender.
It was very clean and the furniture was in good shape. The living room had a sofa and a flat screen TV with good reception. There was also a stereo and MP3 player and a good supply of books on the area, cooking and gardening.
There is a small table with seating for two people. It was perfect for us to have breakfast and dinner.
The queen sized bed was very comfortable. The decor throughout the apartment is lovely grey and white linen. There were good lighting in the bed area. There was a small room next to the main bedroom with a twin bed that we did not use. Off of the second room was a great bathroom with a walk-in shower, bowl sink and fluffy towels.
The owner's wife had put a nice sachet of lavender and bouquet of flowers and olive leaves next to the bed to welcome us.
The kitchen was a gourmet cooking dream. The full gas stove with oven is perfect for cooking up locally purchased delicacies. The refrigerator is a Smeg brand, which is modern with a retro look. I loved all the extra places in the refrigerator for wine and produce. There was a good supply of pans and dishes for two people. It also had a dishwasher and a washing machine. There was also a good supply of cleaning supplies and garbage bags.
Problems or Bonuses
The owner raises organic tomatoes and has chickens. He provided us with fresh eggs, wonderful heirloom tomatoes, fresh pepper and local olive oil. The tomatoes were wonderful with the fresh olive oil and cracked pepper.
He left fresh croissants and brioches on the kitchen window for our first breakfast.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Paolo who has the Luberon site was great to work with. We transferred the money directly to the owner and Paolo provided information about the rental.
The owner lives in another area of the hamlet. We drove to his house and he gave us directions to the apartment. He met us there and showed us around the apartment. He spoke limited English and I practiced my French.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Definitely. It is a wonderful apartment and the owners Bruno and Katie have done a wonderful job renovating the apartment. The little extras like the tomatoes, croissants and bouquets make you feel very welcome.
It is in the country so if you are looking for the quaint village experience where you can walk to coffee in the morning this might not be the rental for you. But if you want to experience true French farm life with wonderful hosts - I highly recommend the rental.
My only other note is the stairs are metal and rather steep. If you have children or any type of mobility issues - I wouldn't recommend it.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to do in the area. We purchased the Provence Byways guide by by Bob and Sue Winn and spent several days driving and seeing the local villages. I recommend Bioux, hiking up the Falaise at Lioux. See Kaydee's hiking information here on Slow Travel (Hiking in the Luberon) for more information. We also did day trips to the Sunday market at L'Isle sur la Sourge, the Roman theatre ruins at Orange, day trips to Lourmarin, Roussillon, the lavender museum, Gordes, Bonnieux, Saignon, and Sault.
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