MAS ST CHARLES really is one of our best finds yet in this beautiful part of Provence. The house faces south across a vast and spectacular private valley, planted with truffle oaks and lavender, just two minutes drive from the village of Buoux in the Luberon National Park.
Seemingly miles from anywhere with its wide-open spaces, tranquility and wildlife, this lovely stone house is equidistant between the market town of Apt and the medieval and exquisite town of Lourmarin with its galleries and restaurants.
The surrounding countryside is very well known for rock climbing and hiking and with a fabulous old Chateau and an extraordinary medieval fort nearby, the area is also a painter and photographers’ delight.
Nestled on several hectares of land with lavender fields, truffle oaks and natural bush land, Mas St Charles is close to what one imagines in the picture books of Provence.
It is a delightful stone house with sage green shutters and picture windows and doors framing beautiful views. Inside the house are thick stone walls, tiled floors and exposed beams of traditional Provencal architecture. Because of its position, light floods the house from dawn to sunset. There is also a pretty pool set away from the house. All this in a closed garden and amidst truffle oaks of 4 acres.
Please note, minimum of 2 consecutive weeks bookings in July and August. This house is available for rental all year round.
Living area: The large open plan living space is beautifully decorated, and equipped with a comfortable sofa, CD player and dining facilities for the occupants. There’s also a fireplace at one end, and French doors leading out onto the terrace.
Kitchen: The kitchen is very well equipped, with everything that you’re likely to need, including: an oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, iron and dishwasher.
Bedrooms: There are four bedrooms in total, two bedrooms with a queen-sized bed, (or twin beds), which share an ensuite bathroom. There are then another two bedrooms with twin beds, one that has its own en-suite shower room and another with an en-suite bath and shower room.
Bathrooms: There are three bathrooms in this property: one bathroom with sink and WC, and a shower room with WC. There is a third bathroom which is ensuite and has both a bath, shower and a separate WC.
Outside: During the summer, the chances are that you’ll be spending most of your time outside, and the facilities don’t disappoint! There’s a covered terrace, with patio furniture and a BBQ, allowing you to eat al fresco during the long summer evening. Alternatively, if you’re the sporty type, there’s also a ping-pong table and facilities for boules! The property itself is set in 120ha of lavender fields and truffle oak woodland, providing a great sense of being in the country.
Swimming pool: The property has its own swimming pool, (10m x 4m and 1.6m deep), which is fenced to ensure that toddlers and small children do not wander into it. The pool is open from mid May to mid October.
Internet: There is a high-speed internet connection available at this property.
Telephone: This property does have a telephone line, available on request.
Baby facilities: A high chair and cot is available on request, so just let us know what you’ll need when you book!
Winter heating: Winter heating is included in the cost of your holiday.
Gas, electric, & water: These are all included in the rental cost.
End-of-stay cleaning: The owner includes an end of stay clean at this property except the kitchen which they request that clients ensure is clean upon departure (ie oven, fridge etc). However, should you not have time to clean the kitchen, the owner includes 100 Euros in the damage deposit to cover end-of-stay cleaning here.
Bed & bathroom linen: This is all included in the rental cost.
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 1000 Euros on arrival and this will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, less the replacement cost of any breakages. 100 Euros of this is to cover end-of-stay cleaning, should you require it. This can be paid by cheque if it is easier.
Change over day: The change over day is Saturday during the high season, although during the low season flexibility is possible
Long weekend stays: These are not usually permitted during the high season, although flexibility is possible during the low season.
Pets: We’re sorry, pets are not permitted at this property.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted inside this property.
About the local area
The scenery around this part of the Luberon is stunning. There are views in all directions and the property is ideally placed for some marvelous countryside walks.
There are many Regional summer festivities: Theatre in , Opera in Aix and , Jazz festival in La Roque d’Antheron and many antique fairs and flea markets. OrangeAvignon
There is Tennis available in Apt or Bonnieux, horseback riding in Apt, mountain bikes for rent in Bonnieux.
There are some excellent restaurants in the area and inparticular, in Buoux, the Auberge de la Loube.
If you like the idea of a visit to the coast, in one day you can easily go to the coast, take a swim in the warm waters of the and return in the early evening. Mediterranean
The house ticked pretty well all the boxes that I care about. It was clean, private and had spectacular views. The only thing was that the last couple of kilometres involved navigating unmade dirt tracks, for which my car was particularly ill suited, having limited ground clearance.
The best features were the views and the privacy, both of which would be difficult to improve upon. Bernard (the host) was extremely helpful without being in any way overly intrusive.
Mr Mc, Sept 2017