Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4494: Owner, Village House, Lacoste (#71730)
2bed/1bath cottage in Lacoste, Provence
April 2009, 2 weeks
A short but steep pedestrian only cobblestone road brings you to this sweet village house or cottage. Lacoste is small and quiet with a thriving arts community. The house is very close to Cafe De France, famous for its wonderful views of the Luberon Valley. It is in a private and peaceful setting. As many have already written, the area itself is wonderful to explore.
Attached to the village house is a studio annex. I don't believe it was rented while we were there; we never saw the inside. It has it's own entrance.
Lacoste has a small grocery store and bakery. A fruit and vegetable market is held once a week in the village square but it isn't very good. We did most of our shopping in Bonnieux or Apt located just minutes away by car. The local library has WiFi and a couple of computers. The house itself does not have Internet connection or a land line phone.
The house was in excellent shape. I believe it is fairly old and retains that old European feel. The windowsills are deep, the walls thick and the living room has an old stone fireplace. It has two sets of steep stairs leading to the bedrooms and bathroom. It was wonderful to throw open the casement windows to the incredible views across the valley.
You enter through the garden and terrace area directly into the living room`through French doors. The living room has a built in L shaped sofa, bookcases, CD player, stone fireplace and coffee table. The dining room has seating for four and another sofa. Off the dining room is the small but serviceable kitchen. We made many meals here and there are enough dishes, crockery etc. for four. There is also a washing machine off the kitchen.
Up a steep set of stairs are the master bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom has a comfortable double bed, closet and two nigh tables. The bathroom was fine. Up another flight of stairs is the second, smaller bedroom with two single beds. All the rooms have casement windows with wonderful views.
Attached to the house is a studio apartment with its own entrance. We didn't see the inside but believe it sleeps two so one could rent both the house and the studio if you were a family or two couples. The studio entrance is directly onto the pedestrian only street.
Lovely private terrace and small garden. We loved sitting out having a drink and taking in the wonderful views. No pool. Too small.
The furniture was basic and comfy, nothing fancy. As it rained quite a bit while we were there, we spent a lot of time in the house and it was nice and cozy. Lots of English novels and CDs from the 60's.
I found the beds comfortable. Everything clean and tidy.
Kitchen was small but big enough to cook in with enough utensils and crockery. We cooked full meals. I don't know about extravagant cooking for four but certainly good enough for salads, pasta, fish etc. The knives could do with a little upgrading.
Problems or Bonuses
I think the house is nicer looking than the photos on the website. Or maybe it's just that I grew attached to it over the two weeks we were there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Peter, the owner lives in England. He was very responsive to emails and once we reserved, he sent a packet with detailed information.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Well, I was ready to move in!! I just loved the place. I've stayed in quite a few self catering rentals and this is one of my favorites. However, it's not for everyone. The stairs to the bedroom and bathroom are narrow. The village is very tiny with few amenities. The walk to the house is very steep. Parking can be challenging.
Things to do in this area
It's the Luberon. It's Provence. It's France. Check out Cafe de France.
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