La Bergerie (Provence)
Provence including Marseille, France
This very private, centuries old property sits down a small country lane, surrounded by vineyards with 8 hectares of private grounds. It's a superb location with views stretching out to Mont Sainte Victoire. La Bergerie is indeeed aptly named as it is an old stone bergerie (country estate) positioned on the southern slopes of the Grand Luberon enjoying total peace and isolation yet just five minutes' drive from shops and amenities.
The owners rescued it from a ruin, rebuilding it with the highest quality materials with all new heating, wiring, plumbing and a pressurized hot water system, while retaining its traditional Provençal heritage with timber beams, flagstone flooring and gentle shade from an ancient Tilleul tree that keeps the rooms delightfully cool in summer. The house is now recognized as a 'Batiment Remarquable'. With no near neighbors and a brand new fenced and heated swimming pool, La Bergerie is a perfect retreat for families with children or groups. The owners, who have previous experience of restoring and renting out a stone tobacco-drying barn in the Lot region, have sought to make their new home a place to relax away from the modern world whilst still being connected to it, with comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi internet, Free satellite UK TV, a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ and plenty of places to read a book in the sun or shade or simply enjoy the bird song.
Situated just off a cycle route and many marked walks, surrounded by vineyards and woods, with a view of the hilltop village of Grambois and the Mont Sainte Victoire and a short drive from historic villages, wineries, markets and Aix en Provence, this is the perfect place for a Provençal holiday.
The ground floor comes with a fully equipped kitchen opening to the dining terrace, an open-plan living and dining area with UK TV channels, DVD and Wi-Fi internet, and two ensuite bedrooms. On the next level up there are two more ensuite bedrooms and a utility room.
The exterior space is lovely and very private with 8 hectares of grounds amongst the vineyards, including extensive woodlands. There is a South-facing garden with shaded dining terrace and private, heated pool of 10 x 4m with sun terrace and loungers to enjoy relaxation, peace and quiet. If you fancy a game of boules, there is a large purpose-built boules court for your enjoyment.
Kitchen with dishwasher, American-style fridge freezer, electric oven and gas hob, microwave
Door to terrace
Open-plan living and dining area with dining table and chairs, Wi-Fi internet, TV with UK channels, DVD
Doors to terrace
Separate WC and hand basin
Bedroom 1, queen bed with ensuite WC, bath / shower and hand basin, door to terrace
Bedroom 2, queen bed (or two singles) with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin, door to terrace
Stairs to 1st floor;
Bedroom 3, queen bed (or two singles) with ensuite WC, bath / shower and twin hand basins
Bedroom 4, queen bed (or two singles) with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin
Utility room with washing machine and dryer
8 hectares of private grounds including extensive woodland
Shaded dining terrace with table and chairs
Private, heated pool 10 x 4m and terrace with loungers and table and chairs
Pool with long step, corner steps and colored LED night lights
Large floodlit boules pitch
Private drive and plenty of parking
The property is situated down a small country lane, surrounded by vineyards in open countryside, 5 min from the pretty village of Grambois, 40 min from Aix-en-Provence. The nearest amenities are 5 mins away in 'Le Moulin du Pas’ where there is a small collection of commerce on the approach to the village which includes a bakery, restaurant, pharmacy, and a local produce store.
The village of Grambois was used for filming 'La Gloire de mon père', released in 1990. Both Grambois and nearby Peypin d’Aigues have a café/bar which serves pizza and there are further amenities in la Bastide des Jourdans (5 min), There are plenty of shops, petrol, ATMs and cafés in la Tour d’Aigues (10 min) and supermarkets in Pertuis (20 min)
All amenities are available in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, 40 min. drive. Roman sites, famous July music festival and many cultural events, along with fantastic shopping, restaurants and a weekly market.
Half a mile from the house you can join the South Luberon Cycle Route or climb to the top of the Grand Luberon (2 hours).
1 hour from the Mediterranean Coast, at Bandol or Cassis.