If this is your first time exploring this area of France it certainly won’t take long for you to appreciate why so many people fall in love with Provence.
This is one of three delightful houses positioned by lavender fields, encircled by spectacular views of the Luberon Mountains, on one side, and medieval hilltop villages on the other, offering an idyllic spot for anyone who likes peace and quiet.
Mas St Gilles is the largest one with three bedrooms and will sleep 6-7 people.
The properties are independent have their own secluded terraces and private gardens for sunny lunches or dinning under the stars, Each have breathtaking views of the landscape.
In addition to your own garden, the property stands within 4 hectares of land where the owners grow organic strawberries and raspberries, along with lavender which is used for its precious oil. A swimming pool to cool off is at your disposal, shared by the three properties and the owners.
The rural position of these properties is a welcome discovery, off the beaten track, overlooking the National Park of Luberon, yet only 5 minutes drive to the charming village of Cereste.
Living room: Mas St Gilles is ideal for 6/7 people and has a very spacious, high ceiling living room which is open plan with a corner kitchen, dinning area and lounge area, a fire place, sofa and chairs, television, and dining table and chairs.
Kitchen: well equipped with dish washer, oven and four gas rings, microwave, washing machine, crockery, coffee machine. Fridge/ freezer
Utility room: Mas St Gilles has a laundry room available for your use during the stay
The first floor of this house has air-conditioning, keeping the bedrooms lovely and cool in the Summer months.
Bedrooms: 1 bedroom, on the ground floor, which has a 200cm ×160cm double bed and ensuite shower room. 2 bedrooms on the first floor, 1 with 2 separate beds 90cm × 200cm which can be joined together to make a double if you wish, and 1 bedroom with 3 beds 90cm × 190 (Please be aware of the low ceiling in this room )
Bathrooms: 2 shower rooms and 2 toilets
Other rooms: There is also a Mezzanine with table for playing cards and bookshelves and a desk. A great area for children to play.
Outside: There is a barbecue, table/chairs and garden chairs for relaxing in the Provencal sunshine
Swimming pool: a splendid feature of this property, facing full south 12m × 8m shared by the 3 properties with the owner. The pool area is securely fenced and gated for child safety.
Internet: Yes, internet access is availabile at this property.
Baby facilities: a cot with bedding, high chair, baby bath and alarm are all available.
Winter heating: Metered 0.15 Euro cents per kw or per stair of wood €65
Gas, electric, & water: are all included in the rental cost. ( not heating see above )
End-of-stay cleaning: Arranged by the owner for a fee of €150
Bed & bathroom and household linens are provided and included in the rental price for stays of 7 nights or more
In France it is necessary to pay a taxe de sejour (tourist stay tax) and this is calculated based on the number of people (adults) in your group and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. We will advise you of any tax due at the time you make your reservation.
Damage deposit: The owner requests a damage deposit of €800 payable on arrival. This will be refunded to you after your departure less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Change over day: flexible
Long weekend stays: Possible, please ask us for details
well behaved pets are welcome for a fee of 80 euros
Smoking: is not permitted - sorry.
About the local area
Cereste is sited in the southwest corner of the Alpes-des-Haute-Provence, inside the National Park of the Luberon., known in Roman times as Catuiaca.
Part of the great roman road the via Domitia, can be seen nearby, in fact there are plenty of roman artefacts in the area.
The village was formerly fortified and the ruins of the walls are still there. There is a choice of bars plus cafes to sit outside, drink café au lait with croissants or perhaps an aperitif. So whether you fancy, having a barbecue, or a meal out, the choice is conveniently yours with several restaurants, butchers and grocery stores.
The walking and cycling options are amazing; all you need to do is literally step outside your door.
There is tennis, horse riding, and a golf course 20kms away.
This area is where lavender grows, so if you come in the flowering season, bring your camera, your paint brush, or just absorb the stunning colours, and scent. Not too far away is the popular lavender museum in Coustellet.
Visit the surrounding hilltop villages, whose narrow streets, stone houses, and coloured shutters capture the ambience of Provence, The larger towns of Avignon and Aix en Provence all can be reached by car
Markets are a way of life in Provence, a place to find delicious cheeses, sausages, in season fruit, cherries, melons, peaches, apricots, fresh vegetables, as well as being a social event for the locals. There are many to choose from with Cereste or Apt being the nearest.
The nearest supermarket is the hypermarket in Apt, 15kms away.