Mas des Lavandes

Provence, France

  • 12
  • 7
  • 5
  • Beautifully restored Mas
  • Wonderful views of the Luberon
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Private tennis court

The location of Mas de Lavandes, just a few kilometres from sought-after Gordes, is reason enough to want to stay here, but this seductively lovely restoration has a host of other attractions up its very elegant sleeve.

Set in extensive, partly-landscaped grounds filled with lavender bushes and olive trees, the Mas enjoys a delightful location and wonderful views of the Luberon countryside. The interiors have an enviable, magazine-worthy gloss, mixing local antiques with country-style furnishings for a polished yet welcoming feel. It’s an ideal venue for friends or a family holiday, with a separate, two-bedroom annexe offering flexible accommodation for teenagers or anyone else who’d appreciate extra privacy. And of course, all the comforts of a contemporary holiday home are provided, including a private tennis court and pool. Here you’ll also find the pool house, complete with shower, barbecue and a summer kitchen where you can escape the midday heat at lunchtime, or relax over something ice cold in the soft, pink glow of evening.

The local area

Nearby Gordes is both an exceptionally pretty village and an important cultural centre, hosting museums, a festival, concerts and numerous exhibitions throughout the summer. You can walk to Gordes in around 50 minutes, or take the car and tour the many other iconic Luberon villages in the area, including Bonnieux, Roussillon and Lacoste for a visit to the Château of the Marquis de Sade. The antique shops of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are under 30 minutes by car, and it’s less than an hour to Avignon. And if your children have patiently accompanied you round the many wonderful galleries, shops, museums and markets, you can always reward them with a visit to the magical Haribo sweet factory at Uzès (70km) as a special treat.

The Luberon mountains in central Provence is an area of charming hilltop villages, especially along the verdant northern slopes overlooking colourful plains of olive groves, cherry orchards, and pastureland. Roussillon, built in the local ochre stone, commands views as far as Mont Ventoux. Ménerbes has a colourful history and was home to Picasso and de Stael. The dramatic site occupied by Oppède-le-Vieux lay abandoned for years; the village has come back to life but still retains a haunting sense of vanished past.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 7 bedroom house (sleeps 12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living/dining room
  • Well-equipped kitchen with hob, oven, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, opens onto courtyard with door to self-contained wing
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, sofa bed 
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom leads out to patio
  • Shower room with WC
  • Small single bedroom (mezzanine level)

First floor

  • Double air-conditioned bedroom with terrace
  • Single air-conditioned bedroom
  • Shower room 
  • Separate WC

Annexe

  • Kitchen
  • Double bedroom (can be made into twin beds) with en-suite shower room with WC
  • First floor mezzanine twin bedroom 

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 cots (linen supplied on request) and highchair
  • Telephone and fax
  • Satellite TV, video, DVD and CD players
  • 2 iPod docking stations
  • Air-conditioning (upstairs bedrooms in main house only)
  • Heating (on a meter €200-500 per week)
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis court (tennis balls and rackets are provided)
  • Boules
  • Shower and WC by pool
  • Summer kitchen
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 7m (depth 1m – 2.5m), security alarm, can be fenced off (on request with a charge), Roman steps, pool can be heated to 23°C weather permitting (€210 per week), open mid-May to mid-October

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 4 hours per week included on Wednesdays 
  • Additional cleaning €15 per hour (2.5 hours minimum)
  • 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

    Avignon 27km 
    Marseille 72km
    Nîmes 89km
  • TGV stations

    Avignon 34km
    Orange 56km
    Aix-en-Provence 75km
    Nîmes 77km
    Arles 84km

Location

Key Information

  • Restaurant (Les Imberts) 7min drive
  • Shops (Cabrières d’Avignon) 6min drive
  • Gordes 16min drive
  • Avignon 45min drive
  • Marseille airport 1hr drive

Villages

  • Cabrières-d'Avignon (2km) – basic shops and services
  • Coustellet (4km) – basic shops and services, good bakery, best deli in the area and a supermarket
  • Gordes (7km) – a larger selection of shops and services 
  • L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km) – nearest large supermarket

Towns

  • Cavaillon (14km)
  • Apt (25km)
  • Avignon (33km)
  • Aix-en-Provence (77km)

Market Days

    • Coustellet (4km) – Sundays
    • Gordes (7km) – Tuesdays
    • Cavaillon (14km) – Mondays
    • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (15km) – Thursdays and Sundays for the famous antique market
    • Bonnieux (18km) – Fridays
    • Apt (25km) – Saturdays
    • St-Rémy (35km) – Wednesdays
    • Carpentras (35km) – Fridays

Recommended Restaurants

    • Les Imberts (3km) – Estellan
    • Coustellet (4 km) – Gavin
    • Ménerbes (6km) – La Veranda, La Galounet, Délices de Charlotte
    • Maubec (6km) – La Bergerie
    • Goult (8km) – Le Tonneau, La Terrasse, Café de la Poste, La Bartavelle
    • Bonnieux (18km) – Le Fournil
    • Caseneuve (34km) – Le Sanglier Paresseux

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

    • Cavaillon (14km) – ancient cathedral
    • Many lovely Luberon villages nearby – Bonnieux (18km), Roussillon (15km), Oppède-le-Vieux (9km), Lacoste (14km) to visit the Château of the Marquis de Sade, Goult (8km), Bories Village (8km) to visit a group of 30 dry stone huts
    • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km) – famous for its lively Sunday antiques market and intricate waterways
    • Avignon (33km) and Aix-en-Provence (77km)
    • Children's activities – visit the Haribo factory, a crocodile farm, a bamboo forest, grottoes, a giant maze, and a treetop adventure course

Local Events

    • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
    • 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

  • The Côtes du Luberon appellation covers 3,500 hectares and 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 various châteaux around the Luberon
  • Discover the 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

    • Carry-le-Rouet (88km) – pebble/rocky
    • Marseille (89km) – sandy/shingle/rocky
    • Sausset-les-Pins (93km) – sandy/shingle/rocky
    • La Couronne (97km) – sandy

Activities

    • Bike hire at Coustellet (4km) 
    • 9 and 18-hole golf courses at Saumane-de-Vaucluse (11km) 
    • Horse riding at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (14km) Leisure lake for swimming and sailing at Apt (25km)
    • Truffle hunting in Cadenet (30km)
    • Skiing at Mont-Serein (66km)

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 27km/30min 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

 

Marseille 72km/55min 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

Nîmes 89km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Luton 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

We had a wonderful time in one of the most beautiful areas of Provence. The location and the villa itself were delightful and the attention to detail outstanding. The inside of the house was perfect in every sense, with the atmosphere and charm of the traditional Provencal house plus the refined taste and details of a much loved family home. The long evenings dining in the terrace, sampling local produce and wines and looking for shooting stars were just perfect.
Dr Rada - August 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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