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Villa Transparence

  • Location Gordes Villa - Luberon - Provence, France
  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Baths 3
  • Rating

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Few village houses offer the level of comfort, light, space and contemporary design. Villa Transparence has the added advantage of being located in a private setting in the center of the most popular village in Inland Provence - Gordes. A beautiful garden and view surround the large private pool and terrace with outdoor dining table. The main bedroom and living areas are air conditioned and the house awash with light from a glass courtyard, skylights and huge floor to ceiling glass wall.

One has the choice of long lovely meals on the outdoor terrace at the top of the village, or to reserve at any of the several fantastic restaurants of Gordes within very short walking distance. The choice of boutiques and shops including butchers, bakers, and more will provide all you could need easily accessible by foot. Come discover the privilege of a private, contemporary residence in one of the word's most popular destinations in the heart of the Luberon...

Please note that from 2023, rentals run from Friday to Friday.



3 bedroom/ 3 bathrooms sleeps 6

Ground Floor (RDC) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 - King bed (or 2 single beds) with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, WC). A/C.
  • Bedroom 2 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 3 - Double bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).


  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Satellite TV with English News Channels
  • iPod Dock (speaker base)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers in each bathroom
  • Indoor Dining for 6 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 6 people
  • English-speaking House Manager/ Caretaker
  • Baby Crib/ Cot if required
  • High Chair if required
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels


  • Sun Loungers
  • Parasols
  • Outdoor Terraces
  • Outdoor Dining for 6 People
  • Electric plancha for cooking outside
  • Shaded and Grassy areas
  • Private Parking for 2 cars
  • Beautiful Views on the Valley and Village

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 10m x 5m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Alarm, no Fence

Salt water System: No

Heated?: No

Note: The pool area, although set almost in front of the old château, is very private.

Maid Service

End of stay cleaning and intermediate cleaning included. Please inquire for extra cleaning hours at 18 euros per hour. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.


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Rates & Availability


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Average rating:
5 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.

We really enjoyed our week in Villa Transparence in Gordes recently. The location was fantastic, very central and the villa is light and well furnished/equipped. Our only comment is that for the height of summer the pool was cold. Also we like to cook and were disappointed with the bbq which is an electrical type requiring water in the base. Never come across this before and didn’t want to use it.

We didn’t use chefs or Tours while we were there.

Only Provence have been very straight forward and helpful so very happy with the service provided. Only comment was a slight muddle on meeting Caroline with the keys and to show us around. She had expected a call from us as to our time of arrival whereas the letter said to call her if we were not going to be there at 5pm. This could be made clearer although we were an hour early and it was ok on that occasion.

All in all a fantastic week.
Star rating
Villa Transparence 4*
Only Provence 4*

We had an amazing time in Gordes. I would give Villa Transparence a 5 .

What did we like? it was a great villa in a fantastic location in a pretty village. We liked everything about it.

Areas for improvement? The only - very minor - downside was that the roof leaked in a couple of places. I know the owner knows about this and I'm sure it'll be fixed. It really wasn't a problem. Par for the course with individual homes with flat roofs.

Would I recommend it? Without hesitation

Star rating for the property: 5 out of 5

Star rating for Only Provence: 5 out of 5 (we've booked 3 villas through you and they've all been first rate)

We had a fabulous time in Gordes @ Villa Transperance. It was our favourite week of the entire month. We are 3 adult well traveled couples in our 50s and 60s. We loved the Villa from the moment we were greeted. The Villa is situated in the center of Gordes which is one of the most beautiful villages in Provence (perhaps the most beautiful). The Villa is large and spacious with separate bedrooms and bathrooms for complete privacy and all the amenities required for a very comfortable holiday. The air conditioning was very welcome on the super hot days and the pool and outdoor area was well maintained. We enjoyed our time tremendously and would highly recommend the Villa and Only Provence who were extremely responsive and flexible with our requirements.
It was an outstanding experience and next time we will stay longer.

We loved being in the village of Gordes which was spectacular.
The Villa was amazing - large, comfortable, all the amenities that 3 couples could want.
The interactions with Only Provence was easy even though we asked to split the payments for each couple.

Areas for improvement:
We really don't have any areas for improvement just some suggestions based on our experience.
Our orientation was very quick and as a result we could not find vacuum cleaner for a few days and had to 'google' how to use the induction stove.
More Counter space in the bathrooms
More information on the area in the way of brochures/restaurant menus
Would have been nice to have access to the upper patio (neighbors privacy could be remedied with a privacy screen ?)
Heated pool would be amazing
We loved everything so we really had to dig deep to find these suggestions.

Would you recommend Villa Transparence, Only Provence, Chefs or Tours to friends/ family and why/ why not?
Absolutely without question. As I stated above the communication was quick and efficient and you were able to accommodate our requests.

What star rating would you give Villa Transparence? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) 5
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5

Hard to imagine one can find such a spacious and peaceful home in the center of beautiful Gordes. Definitely worth the experience!

Excellent location; spacious contemporary home
Nespresso cups, small arrival snack/dinner and bottle of wine were a nice gesture
Well equipped kitchen

Areas for improvement:

Repairs needed: leak on kitchen ceiling, broken oven.
No access possible to roof terrace
Missing iPod docking station (though mentioned in amenities)
Stainless Steel appliance cleanliness

Only Provence response: Apologies for the problems above - we have reported this to the owners for immediate action.

Would you recommend Villa Transparence, Only Provence, Chefs or Tours to friends/ family?


What star rating would you give Villa Transparence? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) 4
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 4
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? N/A

The village was beautiful and the villa was in a perfect location. The tourism was good. The actual villa was beautiful and the pool lovely.

Areas for improvement:
The BBQ was a bit poor quality but other than that we were very happy.

Would you recommend Villa Transparence, Only Provence, Chefs or Tours to friends/ family and why/ why not?

Yes we would definitely recommend VT and OP.

What star rating would you give Villa Transparence? 5 star
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5 star

We had a wonderful time!

What did you like about your experience?

The location was very convenient: literally in the middle of the village of Gordes.

Areas for improvement:

The house is beautiful but a little sterile. I didn't like that the grass was burned out in the back yard or that the linens were not very comfortable. The bathrooms were beautiful but impractical (no counter space in the master, for instance).

I also would suggest the owners/managers leave some coffee for people, it's a small thing but a nice touch. And have a hair dryer.

Would you recommend Villa Transparence, Only Provence to friends/ family and why/ why not?

Yes, I would recommend Only Provence, but I would say to start looking earlier in the season.

What star rating would you give Villa Transparence? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) 3.5
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 4.5

Thank you for all your help with this, we had a fabulous time in Gordes. Look forward to dealing with you again.


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The Village

Nearest Villages

Closest Village Gordes KM 0 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Goult 8 KM 4.96 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Roussillon 8 KM 4.96 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village L'Isle sur la Sorgue 15 KM 9.3 mi Map Village Info



Standing on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse, Gordes is one of the "in" villages of Luberon where many movies stars and artists have made their home.

Its houses of white and gray stone rise up in a spiral around the rock where the village is set. At the very top is the church and the castle which face out onto the hills of the Luberon.

Due to its privileged position, its exceptional charm and its typical architecture, Gordes has been listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of France".

While strolling around the tiny streets which climb up between the tall houses, you will discover here and there beautiful old doorways, arcades and walls of flat stone perfectly restored, and on the other side, there is the panorama of the valley and mountains of Luberon.

Once at the top of Gordes, you can see the fortified castle enclosing the city hall and the Pol Mara museum, (Flemish contemporary painter).

The odd village of the "borie" is intriguing. Bories are little round huts built in stone and were at one time used by shepherds or hunters.

But whatever you do, you must not miss the fabulous Abbey of Senanque hidden in the green valley. Cistercian manks still live there producing honey, lavender essence, and liqueurs. The whole twelfth century ediface is open for visits.

Gordes is without a doubt worth seeing. The village has a world wide reputation due to its famous inhabitants, and Peter Mayle 's book A Year in Provence certainly helped.

What to see:

The castle.

Bories village.

Senanque Abbey (1148).

St. Firmin church (1704).

Pol Mara museum.

The Moulins de Bouillons Museum (olive presses dating back to the 16th century).

HQ photographs of Gordes

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 villages and countryside, restaurants and cafés, route des vins, ...

Local Markets
Sunday: L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Coustellet

Monday: Goult

Tues: Gordes

Wednesday: Merindol

Thursday: Rousillion, Les Beaumettes

Friday: Bonnieux/Lourmarin

Saturday: Apt, Menerbes

Local Restaurants
Fontaine de Vaucluse
L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Within Walking distance
The beautiful village

Small shops in Gordes, larger store Hyper U in Coustellet 10 minutes' drive.


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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.