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The whole house has a heating and cooling system which circulates from the floor to maintain comfort. The rooms are large and very inviting - A perfect place for family or group gatherings.
We imagine most meals will be enjoyed outside on the fantastic terraces, though a gorgeous interior winter garden can also be set with tables for 28 guests. Six bedrooms and two dormitories are set in the main bastide, while two additional bedrooms with AC are located in the former, now renovated dove house.
Your comfort and enjoyment will as well be provided by the three wonderful people assigned full-time for the property ; a guardian (pool man and gardener), a manager (housekeeper) and a cook. Each morning, rise to the enjoyment of fresh croissants, newspapers, and a continental breakfast prepared either on the various terraces or at the pool area. More details below in regards to staff services.
The outdoor areas offer the atmosphere of a private holiday resort with a large pool, a lighted tennis court, terrain de boules, ping pong table, foosball table, bikes, and children's sandpit … All that you and your children are needing for a wonderful holiday.
The property is genuine and authentic: the nature is unspoiled, the Provencal light in this special place is amazing, truly unrivaled. A National observatory has been built nearby. The nearest village Simiane la Rotonde is one of the beautiful hilltop villages in the Luberon. The small roads and trails starting from the house invite guests towards boundless hiking and biking routes.
This fantastic property is only one and a half hours from the Aix TGV or Avignon train stations, and an hour and forty minutes from Marseille or Avignon airports.
10 bedroom/ 9 bathrooms sleeps 28
Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Third Story (2e étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Dimensions/ Depth: 15m x 7.5m
Security (Fence, Alarm): Electric security cover, and Fenced
Salt water System: Yes
Heated?: Yes, upon request. Additional charges may apply.
Please note that pool heating is dependent on outdoor weather conditions and specific temperatures cannot be guaranteed
Note: The large pool is safe for children, very private, and offers fantastic views on the Provencal landscape.
Guardian: lives on the property and takes care of the gardens and the pool. He can also assist the maid and guests for setting and moving tables, etc. He also brings fresh bread and croissants to guests each morning.
Cook: prepares all lunches (served at pool area) and dinners (served on front terrace). Guests have direct contact with cook prior to arrival to discuss tastes, wishes, dietary restrictions, etc. Saturday arrival dinner is prepared in advance and offered to renters.
*All Groceries, pastries, etc. must be paid by guests in cash. Credit cards are not able to be accepted by house staff.
Manager: daily contact of the guests, coordinates the cleaning and maintaining of the house and staff. Assists housekeeper with breakfast preparations (served at guests' desired location).
*Personnel can do shopping for food items, or share this with the guests (from market, etc) according to guests' wishes.
Continental breakfast prepared by housekeeper or manager in the mornings. Grocery food and beverage items are to be reimbursed by renters in cash directly to manager. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise, towels on Wednesdays. Maids can take care of our guests' personal laundry at additional price.
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|Closest Village||Banon||10 KM||6.2 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Rustrel||15 KM||9.3 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Apt||20 KM||12.4 mi||Map||Village Info|
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Simiane is a magnificent little village is perched high on a hill surrounded by fields of lavender, between Forcalquier and the Luberon.
Classed "cité de caractère", the village posseses a rich historic past and you will discover some fascinating architectural details dating back to the middle ages and the Renaissance.
The remains of a 12th century rotunda is all that can be seen today of the château which once belonged to the noble Simiane-Agoult family. Dominating the village from the top of its hill, this rotunda is like a large round keep with a huge arched ceiling.
The rotunda has been recently restored and a traditional music festival is held here every summer. Simiane la Rotonde was a prosperous village in the past, and some grand residences and "hôtels particuliers" can still be seen today.
With the 16th century covered market place, stalls and boutiques, it is easy to imagine the lively trading that used to go on.
While walking in the streets, you will come across beautiful façades, sculptured doors and delicately worked window frames.
From the gardens and terraces set out on the sides of the streets, you can appreciate the spectacular view of the purple fields of lavender. For many years, Simiane was the regional capital of lavender and today remains an important production centre.
You will appreciate all the flourishing charm of this village surrounded by vast purple fields which fill the starry summer nights with the most delicate fragrance...
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.
Route des vins, hilltop villages, lavender fields, famous goat cheese farms, hiking, biking...
Monday morning : Forcalquier
Tuesday morning : Banon
Wednesday morning : Rustrel
Saturday morning Apt
Within Walking distance
Luberon hills belong to you
Grocery shops in Banon, 10 minues' drive. Supermarkets in Forcalquier.