La Bastide du Paon Bleu

Provence, France

  • 12
  • 6
  • 5
  • Beautiful country house
  • Set in 20 acres of stunning grounds
  • Close to Aix en Provence and the Luberon
  • Private heated swimming pool

If style, space and seclusion are on your holiday check list, then this stunning country bastide ticks all the right boxes. Set in 20 acres of private grounds, with vineyards and farmland beyond, this top-notch conversion lets you retreat into family holiday heaven, complete with free-form swimming pool, jacuzzi, a home cinema, a brilliant children’s play area and garden games for all ages.

The original building dates from 1805, and has been sympathetically restored to create a sophisticated contemporary home whilst preserving the fine 19th Century exterior. With six bedrooms, five bathrooms and masses of outdoor space, there is ample room for two families or perhaps a multi-generation gathering. With swings, a trampoline and a Wendy house in addition to the pool, the attraction for children is obvious, but there is plenty here to appeal to the adults too, from the romantic pool pavilion for your pre-dinner drinks to the numerous pretty towns and villages to explore nearby.

A charming and very comfortable base in itself, La Bastide du Paon Bleu–or the slightly less tongue-twisty Blue Peacock for short –is perfect if you want to walk, bike or discover Provence by car. A 20km circle around the house encompasses Aix en Provence, Salon de Provence and the magnificent green and gold landscapes of the southern Luberon.

The local area

The house is situated between Lambesc and Rognes in the Aix countryside, 18km from Aix en Provence (40min drive), in the Bouches du Rhône department and bordering the Luberon, just 20km from the charming village of Lourmarin, classified as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’.

Rognes (6km) is a small village with basic shops and services, while Lambesc (4km) has a wider choice of supermarkets and both a farmers and a traditional Provençal market weekly.

Travelling north from the house you’ll drive through the stunning scenery of the Luberon on the way to Lourmarin, which has a lively café scene, and Cucuron, easily one of the prettiest villages in Provence. Aix is a lively and fashionable university town, sometimes referred to as the Paris of Provence thanks to its leafy boulevards, grand architecture and general air of sophistication.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6 bedroom villa (sleeps 12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday
  • 410m2

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Sitting room/dining room with stone fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen includes electric oven, 5 gas hobs, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, juicer, 2 fridge-freezers including one American style, dishwasher, silverware and beautiful tableware
  • Pantry
  • Utility room
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath)
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite bathroom (shower)
  • Double air-conditioned bedroom (180cm bed)
  • Bathroom with 2 person bath
  • Games area with sofa
  • 2 separate WCs

First floor

  • Double air-conditioned bedroom (180cm bed) with large covered terrace
  • Twin bedroom (90cm beds)
  • Bathroom with shower and WC

Annex

  • Twin bedroom (90cm beds) with en suite shower and WC
  • Small gym

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Open plan staircase
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • 2 cots and 2 highchairs
  • Stereo system with CD player
  • 2 iPod docks
  • Telephone
  • Home cinema with DVD and Blu-Ray player
  • LED 3D TV
  • Gas barbecue and plancha
  • 4 adult bikes and 2 children’s bikes available to use
  • External dining table
  • 2 swings
  • Children's Wendy house
  • Trampoline (5m diameter)
  • Boules
  • Badminton (rackets available)
  • Table tennis
  • Small gym
  • Heated Jacuzzi set into a large wooden terrace with Bali beach hut and Bluetooth speakers
  • Private freeform heated swimming pool 15 x 8m (depth 1.8m), gentle slope to edge on all sides, security alarm, pool can be heated to 27°C on request weather permitting

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels provided
  • Weekly linen change for stays of two weeks or more
  • 4 hours cleaning per week and end of stay clean included
  • Additional cleaning available on request (€18/hour)
  • Massages available on site (prices on request)
  • Arrival dinner available on request (30 per person)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Marseille 34km
    Avignon 50km 
    Nîmes 82km 
  • TGV stations
    Aix en Provence 33km
    Marseille 56km
    Arles 63km
    Avignon 70km

Access times

  • Check in time – 4.00-5.00pm
  • Check out time – 10.00am

Location

  • Restaurants (Lambesc) 10min drive
  • Shops (Lambesc) 10min drive
  • Beaches (Carry-le-Rouet) 1hr drive
  • Aix en Provence 30min drive
  • Marseille airport 45min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Marseille 34km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sunday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday 21 Apr - 1 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season

Nîmes 82km/1hr 10min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Luton Ryanair Saturday All season

Avignon 50km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
Southampton Flybe Saturday All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep

Montpellier 137km/1hr 40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 30 Jun - 1 Sep

Customer feedback

Beautiful house with lovely gardens and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the sun! We spent lots of our afternoons in the gazebo which stays lovely and shady when it gets too warm. We've really enjoyed using the different outdoor facilities and equipment, from the pool to the badminton. We've let the chickens out almost every day and enjoyed watching them in the garden - if you're going to be back before dark, it's worth letting them out as it improves the eggs, they don't make too much mess, and they even put themselves to bed in the evening - all you have to do is lock the coop! Thank you Christophe, Marie & Christine - it's a lovely house and we've had a wonderful holiday and we wish we could stay longer!
The Ardron Family – July 2017

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There’s no better way to while away leisurely holiday hours than by visiting the boutiques, chic cafés and flower markets of elegant Aix-en-Provence or wandering the cobbled streets of the beautiful hilltop village of Gordes. And in Provence the past is ever-present in Tarascon’s Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic influences and the Roman amphitheatre in Arles.

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