Villa Rental of the Week Mas des Cerisiers


Provence Villa Rental of the Week Mas des Cerisiers

 

Only Provence villa rental of the week is Mas des Cerisiers located in Bonnieux Provence.

For anyone visiting Provence, the village of Bonnieux is on the top of the to-do list.  Dating back to Roman times, this spectacular village perched on the edge of a hillside offers sweeping views of the Luberon valley.  Quiet cafés, boulangeries, and handful of quaint local restaurants line its cobblestone streets.  Only Provence is showcasing “Mas des Cerisiers” in its Villa Rental of the Week series, where we share details on the most exceptional villa rentals in idyllic setting in Provence.

For those renting a luxury villa in the South of France, nothing can quite beat having view of this ancient town from their breakfast table or pool lounger. Mas des Cerisiers is a four bedroom, four bathroom stone building, newly renovated old farmhouse named after the grove cherry trees found on the property.  The owners have done an exceptional job preserving the authenticity of the home while offering all the elements of comfort, luxury, and amenities.  The best part by far of staying at Mas de Cerisiers, is being able to walk through the countryside to Bonnieux for daily pastries, a leisurely lunch or dinner, or for the weekly market.

 

 

What makes this property special is the authenticity of the building, the large 10 acre private property, exceptional view of Bonnieux over the fields and a view of a nearby lavender field.  This place is the real deal!

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Chef Services


Chef Services In Provence

One of the absolute pleasures of renting a luxury villa in the South of France is having a gourmet meal prepared in the comfort of your private villa by a talented chef. Together with the chef, design a fantastic meal incorporating fresh, local ingredients from the village markets. Opt for simple or elegant, celebratory or casual, either way, this tremendous dining experience will be one of the highlights of your stay in Provence.

To learn even more about the wonders of Provençal cuisine, consider a cooking course with one of our gifted chefs in the privacy of your villa rental.

We asked one of our exclusive chefs, Chef Ronald, to describe his history, what brought him to cook privately for clients renting villas in Provence, and what a typical day is like doing what he loves to do:

I am Ronald Guillaume the son of Chef Elie Guillaume. My father was a private chef for prominent families in Paris and the surroundings, as well as renowned restaurants in Paris.

Chef Services My earliest restaurant experience began at the age of six in my parents’ restaurant, “Le Cheval Blanc,” just outside of Paris in the town of Magny en Vexin. As a child, I would help my father in the kitchen and learn all about traditional French cuisine. At 14 years of age, I became my father’s sous chef cooking on coal burning stove with copper pots and pans.

After three years of culinary studies, I took a giant step to become the sous chef at Maitre, for Chef Michel Pommier of Chateau d’Aveny. I was also elected “Best Worker in France,” and became a Michelin starred Chef at Restaurant Le Cabouillet in L’isle Adam.

It was now time for my Military service where I became the chef for General J. Genest.

Upon returning from Military service, I parlayed my years of experience to Chef de cuisine in Restaurants, Private Chef for prominent families, Professor in Hotel School, as well as a Restaurant Consultant.

Today, I do what I love and where my heart is. I am a private chef in Provence as well as around the world. During the Spring and Summer, I cook in private Villas for clients from all over the world. In turn, they ask me to join them in their countries and cook for them privately or, as on some occasions, to teach hotel staff French Cuisine.

On a typical day in Provence, I meet my clients at the Market in Aix and we proceed to purchase items for the evening meal. We laugh and we enjoy the camaraderie as well as the beautiful sights of Provence. That afternoon, I arrive with the purchases and begin baking, chopping, stirring, and preparing all for the menu my clients have chosen. They can choose or participate or just enjoy the aromas from the kitchen.

The decoration, the final touches, the seating and voila, we are almost there.

I do what I love and love what I do.

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Highlights of Luberon


Highlights of the Luberon France

 

Exploring the hilltop villages of the Luberon mountain region is a must for travelers to the South of France. Much of the Luberon is a national park and the quaint, beautiful villages that occupy the area are extraordinarily picturesque, with sweeping, panoramic views of inland Provence. From various points and under the right conditions, you can see as far as the Mediterranean Sea, Mont Ventoux, Avignon and the edge of the French Alps. Originally built on mountain tops for protection, the villages are located near each other, making a day of visiting several towns and stunning sites doable without spending too much time in the car.

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To get a real sense of the terroir, consider cycling or hiking through the Luberon, winding past vineyards, orchards, gardens and seasonal flowers in bloom. There’s an established network of walking and hiking trails suitable for all abilities, including families. The trails are extensive and well-maintained, taking you through the absolutely gorgeous countryside, through rolling hills, past wineries and alongside crumbling Roman ruins.

 

Each village has its own feel and unique characteristics, the remains of medieval castles, chapels and fortresses. The villages each have their own market day where you’ll find delicious locally grown produce, flowers, herbs, as well as spices, tablecloths, cured meats and cheeses. Wine production is an integral part of life in the region—stop into one of the village “cooperative”for a free tasting.

 

The village of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue is best known for antiques. The lively Sunday morning market is quite a sight, with an abundance of antiques, local produce, clothing and more. Enjoy strolling along the canals and outdoor, waterside dining. Visit nearby Fontaine de Vaucluse, the water source for the Sorgue river. If time allows, enjoy kayaking in this beautiful, natural setting.

 

Peter Mayle brought a wave of attention to the small village of Menerbes in writing A Year on Provence. This quaint, fortressed village is rich with 16th and 17th century architecture. A castle rests on top of a rocky outcrop, watching over neighboring Gordes and Roussillon, both listed among the most Beautiful Villages of France.

 

Three miles away, Oppede le Vieux, a quiet, ancient village with cobbled paths and ivy-covered stone buildings, houses two churches and the ruins of a castle, providing excellent views of the Luberon valley.

 

Built on a hilltop, Gordes offers breathtaking panoramic views of Provence. The allure of Gordes is wandering the narrow cobbled streets, admiring the stone buildings, and happening upon yet another fantastic view of the valley below. The landscape on the drive to nearby Abbey Notre Dame de Sénaque is nothing short of spectacular.

 

Goult is a quaint, hilltop village full of Provencal culture and history. To fully appreciate the beauty of Goult, take the self-guided walking tour through the village to see the windmill, the chateau and the magnificent views of the valley, then enjoy a glass of rosé at one of the region’s best terrace cafés, Cafe de la Poste.

 

Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon is best known for its distinctive red cliffs, created by the world’s largest known ochre deposit. The color palette is striking, ranging from yellow to orange to pink to red. Walk through the village to admire the architecture and vibrant hues, visiting a few of the numerous restaurants and art galleries.

 

To get the best views from Bonnieux, be sure to climb the stairs leading to the old church. From this vantage point, take in the entire valley floor and a clear view of another hilltop village, Lacoste. The nearby Cedar Forest, planted in 1860, presents amazing views of the Luberon valley as well as an occasion to take a nice walk through the woods.

 

Lourmarin is the place to be if you are looking to browse boutiques and lunch in quaint cafes alongside cobblestone streets. A picturesque Renaissance castle sits near a fortified farmhouse dating back to the Middle Ages.

 

 

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Eygalières Village: A Hidden Gem


A Hidden Gem….Eygalières Village

Eygalières is a small village on a hill in the Alpilles, not far from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. There’s a quiet charm to this special village, though it’s often overlooked for the more well-known. The views from the summit are spectacular Eyglières making it a favorite resting point for hikers and bikers taking advantage of the scenic trails through nearby olive groves and vineyards.

 

Eygalieres VillageEygalières is an easily walkable village filled with quaint store fronts and beautiful stone houses, most with a touch of greenery. Everything you might need for the day can be found within a few steps – restaurants, bakery, market, butcher, wine and cheese.

Be sure to wander up the main street of this lovely village and pay a visit to the old church on the crest, La Chapelle des Pénitents. Continue up the hill to explore the castle ruins, taking in the magnificent views and looking out over the plains below and across the Alpilles.

Friday is market day in Eygalières. This very manageable market is filled with fresh produce, bread, fabrics, clothing, seafood, cheese, cured meats, local jams and paella made on site. The feel is definitively and beautifully local- vendors and residents jovially sharing wine, eating flan and sampling cheese as early as 10am.

Despite its understated charm, Eygalières boastsseveral very good restaurants on the main square. Cafe de la Place in the center of the village is worth a visit for its eclectic decor and neighborhood’s cast of characters. For an exceptional meal, try the Michelin starred Chez Bru.

Just outside the village is a spectacular tree-lined entrance to Domaine de Valdition. Stop in for a wine tasting or to pick up decorative and gourmet products at the boutique.

Don’t forget to stop and see the famous 7th century Roman Chapelle de Saint Sixte, located on the Route d’Orgon between Eygalières and the National Route 7 (N7).

It’s hard to put into words what’s so wonderful about Eygalières. Perhaps it’s the way the sunlight hits the stone, orthe way the breeze passes Eygalieres Vacation Rentalthrough ever so gently. Or maybe it’s just the energy of the terroir. Whatever it is, there’s a warmth and peace to this village that shouldn’t be missed.

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Planning Your Gordes Vacation


Planning Your Gordes Vacation

While on vacation in the south of France, be sure to visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. Built on a hilltop, Gordes offers breathtaking panoramic views of the French countryside. Sunset is particularly wonderful time to go, perhaps to enjoy an aperitif in the Luberon.

As you round the final corner leading up to Gordes, you’ll be struck by the stunning village before you. Notice the stone lined road as you approach – this “pierres” theme will continue throughout. All houses in Gordes are required to be made of stone, fences included. There are a few places to stop to take pictures en route and the view definitely warrants a photo.

In the center of the village, you’ll find the a Renaissance style castle, established in 1031 and rebuilt in 1525. Continue a few steps further and you’ll find a charming church. Be sure to go inside — the interior is a classic treasure that transports you to another time.

The best way to soak in this gem of a village is to wander the narrow cobbled streets, winding your way through. You’ll no doubt happen upon yet another spectacular view of the valley be-low. Pop in and out of shops at your leisure and enjoy a coffee at one of the many quaint cafes or a meal from a selection of good restaurants.

Tuesday is market day in Gordes. Arrive early, before 10am, to beat the rush. You’ll find the market vendors very friendly, encouraging you to taste samples. Fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, cheese, oil, cured meats, fresh baked bread… all simply delicious!

Gather up what strikes your fancy at the market to enjoy a picnic lunch and head to the Abbey de Sénanque. While the lavender in front of the Abbey is an iconic in its own right — what no one tells you is that the drive to and from the Abbey is as magnificent. I found one of the best treats of the drive to be a little designated picnic area overlooking some of the most peaceful and serene views of the Luberon region.

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Villa Rentals Provence


Villa Rentals Provence

 

Le Mas de Gancel Farmhouse, 9 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Sleeps 18-20.This beautifully renovated and decorated villa for rent located at the foot of the Luberon Mountain range in the heart of Provençe, 25 minutes from either Aix-en-Provençe or Avignon.

Come and truly Provence Villasdiscover life in Provençe by renting this exceptional Air Conditioned property with room for up to 18 guests – a fabulous spot for family reunions or a gathering of friends. The greatest asset of this magnificent Mas is that it can comfortably accommodate larger groups while maintaining a cozy, luxurious atmosphere. The house offers 6000 sq. ft of living space, with 9 Air Conditioned bedrooms (5 full bathrooms plus 3 half baths).  This beautifully renovated and decorated farmhouse is located at the foot of the Luberon Mountain range in the heart of Provençe, 25 minutes from either Aix-en-Provençe or Avignon.

An exceptionally lovely kitchen finished in marble and stone and professionally equipped, offers a paradise for those who love to cook. The property includes a small private vineyard facing the house, and a large, heated pool (6×12 meters). Enjoy long meals ‘Provençal style’ on the stone terrace overlooking the vineyard, lounge by the pool or wander on foot to a local winery for a tasting. Also within walking distance are a small playground, bakery and cafe, bar, 2 restaurants, Roman Temple Ruins and Nature trails. Le Mas de Gancel is ideally located close to many popular areas for sightseeing including Aix-en-Provençe, Avignon, the Luberon villages and Saint-Rémy-de-Provençe and Les Baux-de-Provence. It is a haven for bikers and walkers with its proximity to numerous trails leading to surrounding villages and historic sites. The villa offers several à la carte services during your stay, including cooking classes and chef services. Daily housekeeping included (except Sundays). Provence France Le Mas de Gancel is ideally located close to many popular areas for sightseeing including Aix-en-Provençe, Avignon, the Luberon villages and Saint-Rémy-de-Provençe and Les Baux-de-Provence. It is a haven for bikers and walkers with its proximity to numerous trails leading to surrounding villages and historic sites. The villa offers several à la carte services during your stay, including cooking classes and chef services. As seen on Home Away

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