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Domaine du Carmel

  • Location Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt Villa - Luberon - Provence, France
  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Baths 6

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Domaine du Carmel was once a convent home, dating all the way back to the 13th century. It has now been carefully restored to maintain its history, while exuding comfort and convenience.

The house is set within mature gardens that offer a peaceful haven of tranquility. Guests enjoy complete privacy here, as the homes is fully protected on all sides by its own land; as well as benefiting from the ability to walk into the village in just 10 minutes.

The interiors of Domaine du Carmal are exquisitely designed, with each individual room having its own special character. The walls are all painted in delicate pale luminous colors, and the ever growing collection of English and French antique furniture and paintings create an impressive, yet relaxed ambiance.

The front of the home is enclosed by a large walled garden which is carefully designed to provide a partially shaded terrace. Candlelit dining and long lunches beneath the shade of the three ancient mulberry trees, which in summer are bordered by lavish lavender hedges, is an unforgettable experience.

Situated just in front of the terrace is a large, traditional basin with its historic fountain, which has been carefully adapted to create a glorious stone edged swimming pool. Beyond the pool, separated by an enormous rosemary border, is a large lawn, which is perfect for croquet. The two enormous cedar trees of Lebanon on either side of the formal garden are reputedly the oldest in Provence. Their towering height provides further shaded areas which are perfect for quiet days spent reading or relaxing, protected from the provençal sun. Beyond the garden is a large cherry orchard.

In all, our guests here find convenience in location as well as comfort and history to ensure a most memorable Provence experience.

Please note for 2022 season, this property is undergoing beautiful renovations and updates in many rooms, including the kitchen and dining area. Photos of these changes will be updated when the work in completed in Spring.



6 bedroom/ 6 bathrooms sleeps 12

Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 - Double bed with a separate bathroom ((Tub, shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 2 - Queen bed with separate bathroom (Tub, shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 3 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 4 - Queen bed with a separate bathroom on ground floor (Tub, sink, WC).

Third Story (2e étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 5 - Attic bedroom with two single beds and separate bathroom (Tub, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 6 - Attic bedroom with two large single beds and separate bathroom (Tub, sink, WC).

Additional Bedrooms/ Bathrooms Layout

  • Bedroom 7 - Queen bed with a separate bathroom available on ground floor. Separate entrance, ideal for nanny, personnel, or teens. Please inquire - Additional weekly fee of €1000 for this space.


  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Fans available
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers
  • Indoor Dining for 12 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 12 people
  • English-speaking House Manager
  • Baby Crib/ Cot
  • High Chair
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels


  • Sun Loungers
  • Outdoor Terraces
  • Outdoor Dining for 12 People
  • Gas BBQ
  • 3 hectares of Land
  • Shaded and Grassy areas
  • Beautiful Private Park with old Trees
  • Walking distance from the Village

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 12m x 4m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Alarm, no Fence

Salt water System: No

Heated?: No

Note: Beautiful swimming pool built as a traditional basin and fed by an historical fountain.

Maid Service

End of stay cleaning as well as 2 cleaning hours twice per week is included. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.


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The Village

Nearest Villages

Closest Village Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt 1 KM 0.62 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Roussillon 8 KM 4.96 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Gordes 12 KM 7.44 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Goult 12 KM 7.44 mi Map Village Info



Located walking distance from the quaint and quiet village of Saint Saturnin, near Apt in the Luberon Mountains. Within walking distance to the bakery, café and restaurants. Sight-seeing, winery tours, hiking and cycling are the most popular activities.

Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Inland Provence from the US is to fly to Marseilles International Airport (MRS). If you would like to see Paris, fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport then connect directly to the TGV(high speed train) from CDG TGV2 to Avignon TGV(3 hours direct) and rent a car. You would plan to see Paris on the way back, taking the TGV from Avignon TGV to Gare de Lyon, getting a cab to your hotel in the city.

Things to do

Local Attractions
The Luberon Mountain stone villages, markets, Lavender fields and countryside.

Local Markets
Morning Outdoor Markets:

Monday: Goult

Tuesday: Gordes

Wednesday: Lioux, Apt, Rustrel

Thursday: Roussillon

Saturday: Apt

Local Restaurants
L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Within Walking distance
The beautiful village of Saint Saturnin.

Hiking trails starting from the property

Local shops within walking distance

Larger grocery stores in Apt 5 miles away


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Note: Maps show approximate location


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Terms and Conditions Overview

Arrival: Saturday (arrival date subject to availability)

Minimum Stay: 1 week - please inquire about exceptions outside the summer months.

Services Included: Final cleaning and any additional maid service listed on the web page

Making your reservation: These properties are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, before you reserve, you are required to review and sign a rental agreement for the villa (the “Rental Agreement”). We will send you the Rental Agreement by email. The Rental Agreement explains in detail all of terms and conditions regarding rental and use of the property in detail. We shall have no obligation to accept any reservations, unless the Rental Agreement is fully executed.

Payment: After you have signed the Rental Agreement and filled out the appropriate information, as approved by us, a nonrefundable payment of the one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee (which price is defined in your Rental Agreement) must be received by us within seven (7) days to confirm the reservation. The remaining one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee is due 60 days before the arrival date, and is also non-refundable. If reservations are made less than 60 days prior to the arrival date, then 100% of the Rental Fee must be paid upon the signing of the Rental Agreement. Please know that a failure to pay any portion of the Rental Fee as set forth above and in Rental Agreement can result in loss of the reservation of the villa and a termination of the Rental Agreement. We will confirm receipt of each payment and note any outstanding balance and due date(s).

Cancellation: We have a no refund cancellation policy, but usually succeed in rescheduling cancelled reservations to the Spring or Fall or re-booking the cancelled period to another group and refunding the party that cancelled. Failure to pay the final balance (which is due 60 days before arrival) or provide required information for the security deposit may be deemed a cancellation with no refund due. Clients are advised to consider Trip Cancellation Insurance with the carrier of their choice at the time of confirmation.

For more information about how you can reserve this villa for your vacation, please contact us:
+1 (404) 806-2278


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Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.