Mas de la Borie

Provence, France

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  • Fabulous location in beautiful Gordes
  • Stylish interiors
  • Gated pool and beautiful lawn
  • Short walk to restaurants and shops

Gordes is one of the most attractive and historically interesting villages in all of Provence, and to stay in a house like this one, just a 10-minute walk from the centre, feels like a real privilege. The villa is built in the traditional dry-stone style so characteristic of the Luberon, and finished with tasteful understatement, exactly as you might expect from a place that knows it really doesn’t have to try too hard.

Mas de la Borie sits in 1900 sqm of terraced gardens, with an immaculate, 11m private swimming pool. The house feels sophisticated yet family friendly, with a bright bunk room for children, lawns to play on and a gated pool for extra peace of mind. The outdoor space has been really well thought out, with plenty of room for dining and relaxing, and even a boules alley if you fancy having a go at one of the traditional local pastimes. When the sun is high in the sky you can always find a shady spot in the courtyard, and when evening falls, you can return here for an apéritif and bask in the residual warmth trapped in its pale golden stones.

Gordes village (population around 2200) has no fewer than three Michelin-starred restaurants, but if your dining tastes are less extravagant, there are also many other choices for a romantic meal or a relaxed family dinner, all just a short stroll from your front door.

The local area

Gordes is a bit of a paradox; full of upmarket restaurants and estate agencies selling multi-million euro villas on the one hand, yet with a proud tradition of anti-establishment independence on the other. The village stood firmly in opposition when the Kingdom of France absorbed Provence in the 15th C, and was a stronghold of Resistance activity during WWII. Nowadays the only battles are likely to be over a parking spot (fortunate are those who are based here and don’t need a car!) and the narrow, arcaded streets, known as calades, are a joy to discover. With so much to hand it’s tempting just to stay put, but there are many must-see highlights within the local area, including the iconic Abbey de Sénanque (4km) surrounded by a mass of fragrant lavender from June to August, and other impossibly pretty hill top villages like Roussillon (7km), Ménerbes (12km) and Lacoste (15km), former home of the Marquis de Sade who fled here in the 1700s when his writing scandalised Parisian society. If you prefer to leave the car at home, there are trails and hiking routes for all abilities, some of which start right in Gordes itself.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Large open-plan living/dining area with TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and includes gas hob, oven, Nespresso machine, 2 SMEG fridge-freezers, dishwasher
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Separate WC

Lower ground floor

  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Children’s bedroom with bunk beds and en-suite shower room
  • Washing machine

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board and hairdryer provided
  • TVs in all bedrooms
  • Covered terrace with dining table
  • Boules court
  • Private gated swimming pool 11m x 4m (depth 1.1m – 1.8m), electric cover

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly cleaning and linen change for stays of two weeks or more
  • Mid-week clean per week (2 hours) included

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm to 7.00pm (arrival 7.00pm to 9.00pm at a supplement)
  • Check-out time – 10.00 am

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.


Location

  • Shops/restaurants (Gordes) 10min walk
  • Roussillon 10min drive
  • Isle sur la Sorgue 20min drive
  • Avignon 45min drive
  • Mont Ventoux 1hr drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr 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.

Avignon 30km/45min drive

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

Marseille 70km/1hr 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 90km/1hr 30min drive

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

Montpellier 130km/1hr 50min drive

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

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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.

Introduce fragrant fields of lavender, rolling hills and the red salt lagoons of the nearby Camargue National Park and before you lies a holiday destination to rival any other, complemented by our selection of handpicked luxury villas to help you make the most of your luxury holiday in Provence.

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