La Bergerie du Ravin

Provence, France

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  • Converted 19th-century bergerie in the Luberon
  • Set in 18 acres of meadow and woodland
  • Walk to restaurant
  • Private gated heated swimming pool

The Luberon is one of France’s most filmed, painted and written-about regions; an iconic landscape of honey-coloured, hill-top villages, craggy mountains and purple lavender fields. Sitting pretty as a picture in the heart of the Luberon’s Parc Naturel, this tastefully restored 19th-century bergerie makes an ideal base from which to explore the myriad natural and cultural riches of the region.

La Bergerie is set in 18 acres of meadow and woodland. The area immediately around the house has been carefully landscaped with gravel and flowering plants, but most of the 18 acres are unspoilt native woodland and meadowland. With terraces all around the house, you can follow the sun or find a spot in the shade as the mood takes you, or simply stake your claim on a pool lounger and let the southern warmth work its stress-melting magic. The pool can be heated and is gated for peace of mind and families with children will also appreciate the board games, boules and table tennis that are provided. There are fine views out over vineyards, rolling countryside and the Luberon hills to the north, and the hilltop village of Grambois to the south.

The local area

When you’re ready to explore, Grambois makes a good starting point, with its cobbled streets, vaulted passageways and houses built into the medieval walls. La Motte d'Aigues and La Bastide des Jourdans are also conveniently close and equally charming. The Luberon’s more famous (and rather busier) villages, including Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon and Lacoste, are between 45-60 minutes’ drive. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in the cooler spring and autumn months, the Montagne Sainte-Victoire is a very popular place for walking and climbing. Picturesque Cucuron, one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ is around 15 minutes’ drive away and offers a good choice of local restaurants and a popular weekly market.

La Bergerie du Ravin is located in a very special area of France. It nestles in tranquil countryside, close to the beautiful scenery of the Luberon and its picturesque and famous hilltop villages, only a short drive from the vibrant historic towns of Aix-en-Provence, Apt, and Marseille, and also within easy reach of Mediterranean beaches at Bandol, Cassis and the Côte Bleue. The landscapes of the southern slopes of the Luberon become more Mediterranean in character, with the limestone studded and herb-scented garrigue continually buffeted by the Mistral winds. Lourmarin, one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’, has a lively café scene and some fine restaurants. Its Renaissance château bears the grandiose title of Villa Medicis de Provence. Lourmarin was the home of Albert Camus, who is buried there. The village of Ansouis is also definitely worth visiting.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 bedroom bergerie (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining room
  • Kitchen with French doors to terrace
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher 
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, French doors to private terrace
  • Double or twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC, French doors to private terrace
  • WC

First floor

  • Double or twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Laundry room

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 cots available (linen on request) and 2 highchairs plus baby equipment
  • Telephone
  • Satellite and cable television
  • DVD player
  • Central heating (possible charge)
  • Open fireplace (firewood provided)
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Board games
  • Boules
  • Private swimming pool 10m x 4m (depth 1.2m – 2.2m), security alarm, fenced, corner steps, heated (May-September)

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 are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning €15 per hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports

    Marseille 65km
    Avignon 70km
    Toulon 120km
    Nîmes 125km
    Montpellier 179km
    Nice 200km
  • TGV stations

    Aix-en-Provence 33km 
    Marseille 53km

Location

Key Information

  • Restaurants (Moulin du Pas) 10min drive
  • Shops (Moulin du Pas) 10min drive
  • Grambois 12min drive
  • Lourmarin 30min drive
  • Aix en Provence 45min drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr drive

Villages

  • The best croissants and pains au chocolat come from La Bastide-des-Jourdans and the best bread from La Tour du Pain at Moulin du Pas (5km) where there is also a very good fruit and veg shop which has local wine, cheese and meat.
  • Grambois (5km) – bakery, café from where you can order English newspapers
  • Moulin du Pas (5km) and La Motte d'Aigues (7km) – small supermarkets open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays
  • La Tour d’Aigues (10km) – small supermarket open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays

Towns

  • Pertuis (16km)
  • Apt (36km)
  • Aix-en-Provence (40km)
  • Marseille (70km)

Market Days

Morning markets:

  • St Martin de la Brasque (6km) – Sundays
  • La Tour d’Aigues (10km) – Tuesdays
  • Mirabeau (17km) – Thursdays
  • Pertuis (16km) – Fridays
  • Ansouis: (15km) – Sundays
  • Villelaure (19km) – Thursdays
  • Beaumont de Pertuis (14km) – Saturdays
  • Cucuron (16km) – Tuesdays
  • Cadenet (22km) – Mondays
  • Lourmarin (23km) – Fridays (excellent)
  • Lauris (28km) – Mondays
  • Apt (40km) – Saturdays
  • Aix-en-Provence (40km) – Place du Palais de Justice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, Place de la Mairie on Sunday mornings and antique book market on first Sunday of each month

Summer evening markets:

  • La Motte d’Aigues (7km) – Thursdays
  • Mirabeau (17km) – Fridays
  • Vaugines (18km) – Tuesdays
  • Lauris (28km) – Saturdays

Recommended Restaurants

  • Moulin du Pas (3km) – Auberge des Tilleuls
  • Ansouis (12km) – La Closerie
  • Pertuis (16km) – Le Goût du Jour, La Paillote
  • Cucuron (16km) – Restaurant de l’Etang, La Petite Maison, Les Temps Modernes 
  • Lourmarin (23km) – La Fontaine, L’Antiquaire, La Louche à Beurre, L’Insolite 
  • Cadenet (21km) – La Source, L’Auberge de la Fenière
  • Mérindol (36km) – La Bastide du Grand Tilleul
  • There are dozens of good restaurants in Aix-en-Provence (40km), here are a few recommended by our owners: Le Clos de la Violette, Le Passage, Chez Antoine, Le Mas d’Entremont, Le Comptoir des Orangers, La Table Marocaine, Le Bistrot des Philosophes
  • These are classic restaurants in Marseille (70km) – Péron, Une Table au Sud, Fonfon, La Cantine, Les Acolytes.

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.

Places to See  

  • The southern Luberon is rich in history and landscape
  • Grambois (9km), La Motte d'Aigues (7km), and La Bastide des Jourdans (11km)
  • Lourmarin (23km) – classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Cucuron (16km) – commands wonderful views.
  • Ansouis (12km) – a 12th-century castle and many craft shops
  • The northern Luberon's famous hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon and Lacoste, to name just a few, are between 35km and 50km
  • Aix-en-Provence (40km) – a beautiful and lively town of ‘a thousand fountains’ – well worth spending some time here
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (40km) – inspired many artists such as Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky and is a very popular place for walking and climbing
  • There are many theme parks around Aix for children such as Aquacity, OK Corral, Le Zoo de la Barden.
  • Gorges de Verdon, north east of Grambois – admire the deep blue lakes, many activities in the area (45min drive)

Local Events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • Outdoor live screenings in Cucuron of Aix music festival in July
  • Musicales du Luberon (in Ménerbes) – music festival in July
  • Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – opera festival in July 
  • Chorégies d’Orange in the Orange Roman theatre – opera festival in August
  • Festival de Lacoste created by Pierre Cardin – musical festival in July 
  • Festival d’Avignon – theatre and dance festival in July 
  • Les Suds d’Arles – music festival in July 
  • Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron – piano festival in July and August 
  • Festival de Lourmarin – music festival all summer 
  • Festival Jazz de Luberon – jazz festival in May 

Regional Food and Wine

Food

  • Aioli (garlic mayonnaise to accompany fish and vegetables)
  • Pissaladière (onion tart)
  • Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato) 
  • Bouillabaisse (fish stew) 
  • Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes) 
  • Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise) 
  • Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste) 
  • Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
  • Truffles
  • Fruits confits

Wine

  • Wine produced from the vineyard around the property is available at the Grambois Cave Coopérative and can be purchased just outside Moulin du Pas (5km)
  • Tours and wine-tasting nearby at La Dorgonne vineyards
  • The Côtes du Luberon appellation covers 3500 hectares situated between Cavaillon and Apt, with 36 districts sharing the vineyards. 80% of the wine producing land is grouped into co-operative wineries (caves co-operatives) comprising 70% reds, 15-20% rosés or whites depending on the year, the Côtes du Luberon wine is appreciated for its delicate bouquet. The reds are well-balanced and flexible, the rosés fresh and nervous, while the whites are fresh and well-rounded. It is generally better to drink the Côtes du Luberon wines when they are young. 

Wine events

  • Mid-November: La Gouleyade: 'Fête du vin bourru' (First wine of the year), village parades, wine-tasting
  • End of June: Festivals at the châteaux around the Luberon
  • Discover Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes de Provence and Côteaux d’Aix  – there are many good local wines on sale at local markets (in particular at the marché paysan of Coustellet)

Beaches

  • Marseille, sandy, shingle, rocky (70km) 
  • Carry le Rouet, pebble, rocky (78km)
  • Sausset, sandy, shingle, rocky (76km)
  • Cassis, a beautiful fishing port with good restaurants, boat hire available (88km)
  • La Couronne, sandy (93km)
  • Bandol, try the beach café of the Ile Rousse Hotel, visit the old castle and the promenade with fish restaurants (109km)

Activities

  • The property is close to the Luberon cycle route – cycle hire from Vélo Luberon who deliver
  • Tennis courts at Tour d’Aigues (10km)
  • Bowling at Pertuis (16km)
  • Horse riding at Pertuis (16km) Ecurie du soleil
  • 18-hole golf courses at Pierrevert (14km), Aix-en-Provence (42km), Les Milles (48km), Mallemort (43km)
  • Truffle hunting in Cadenet (30km)
  • Hiking in the Luberon, Montaigne Ste-Victoire, Mont Ventoux
  • Squash at Pertuis (16km)
  • Lac de Bonde (8km) with swimming, restaurants and fishing
  • Lac de Peyrolles (30km) with pedaloes, table tennis and beach volleyball
  • Sailing at Marseille (70km)

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 65km/1hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways 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 22 Apr - 30 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season


Avignon 70km/1hr 25min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 2 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 24 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep

Nîmes 125km/1hr 35min drive

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


Toulon 120km/1hr 55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City Cityjet Sunday 8 Apr - 22 Oct
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 2 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 24 Sep (Sun)


Montpellier 179km/2hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday 6 May - 30 Sep
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 29 Apr - 23 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Saturday All season

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

La Bergerie Du Ravin is a lovely holiday villa situated in peaceful and tranquil surroundings and well positioned to explore the Luberon area. Have no hesitation in recommending it to others who enjoy this part of France.
Mr Silcock - August 2017

Beautiful villa in a splendidly isolated position with lovely gardens, grounds and views. Well-equipped house and kitchen with a fine heated pool. An excellent refurbishment to a very good standard in one of our favourite parts of Provence. We would visit again.
Silcock – July/Aug 2016

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