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Le Lavendou

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Goult | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £6,862 per week

Located on an expansive private estate of lavender fields and olive groves, this well-appointed 6 bedroom family property offers expansive views over the Luberon Valley and the ideal country base from which to explore all of the local delights.

Located at the end of the private driveway flanked by lavender fields, this impressive Mas sits high on the hillside facing the citadel village of Mererbes across the Luberon Valley. The house itself is truly charming, with beautiful antique furniture and an eclectic mix of fascinating art collected from years of travels by the owners. Le Lavendou is the perfect family estate, with a home cinema, large grounds and a 12m heated infinity pool complete with a beach style play area for children.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor:

  • Grand entrance hall with guest toilet.
  • Living room: Large living area with comfortable sofas, stone fireplace and access to terrace.
  • Study/Library: Study desk, wide book selection, reading chair.
  • Dining room: Formal dining for up to 10 guests.
  • Kitchen: Bespoke French style country kitchen with antique furnishings and pantry. Breakfast table seating 8. Access to the dining terrace with wonderful views.

Lower Ground:

  • Movie room: Living area with home cinema projector. DVD selection. Access to pool area.
  • Bedroom 1: Double bed (140cm). En-suite shower room. Access to terrace, gardens and pool.
  • Bedroom 2: Twin room with two single beds (105cm). En-suite shower room. Access to terrace, gardens and pool.
  • Bedroom 3: Double bed (160cm). En-suite shower room. Access to terrace, gardens and pool.
  • Large wine cellar.
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 4: King size bed (160cm). En-suite bathroom with bath and shower.
  • Bedroom 5: Double bed (140cm). En-suite shower room.
  • Bedroom 6: Master suite with king size bed (180cm), dressing area. En-suite bathroom with bath and shower.

Grounds:

  • This private estate is set on a plot of 17000 m², offering guests beautiful landscapes of olive orchards, lavender fields and terraced lawns. In the gardens there is an inviting free form swimming pool with security gate and child friendly access as well as ample outdoor relaxation and dining areas on the many terraces.

Kindly Note

  • There are some unprotected drops in the garden. Young children should be supervised at all times.

May, Luberon Jazz Festival (Apt)
The annual festival, featuring the new generation of French jazz musicians and numerous regional musical treasures. Plus, plenty of European and African discoveries too.

21st June, Fete de la Musique (nationwide)
Day and night, free music will take over streets, cafes, music venues, historic sites, gardens, parks and churches all over France.

14th July, Bastille Day (nationwide)
Also called the Fete Nationale. This public holiday commemorates the day that Parisian commoners and peasants stormed the fortress and prison of Bastille, provoking events that would end the monarchy and usher in the age of liberty, fraternity and equality. In Paris, there's a traditional military parade along the Champs Elysees and a festival atmosphere throughout the day, finishing with the city night-sky turned bright by magnificent and noisy fireworks shows. In smaller cities and villages throughout France, you'll find parades, street fairs, live music, fireworks, bals (dances) and much more.

July, Festival d'Avignon (Avignon)
A day by day "Spectators Guide" has all the info about readings, films, exhibits, live radio broadcasts and other events. Most are free. The guide will be available starting in early July at the reception desk of the Cloitre Saint-Louis, on the Place Horloge, on the Louis Pasteur campus of the University of Avignon and at every performance venue.

July, Annual Avignon Jazz Festival (Avignon)
Featuring known artists and up and comers, this has become the number one jazz competition in Europe

July, Summer festival (Lacoste)
Lacoste's old stone quarries and chateau provide the unique backdrop and exceptional acoustics for this summer festival,

Mid July to Mid August, International Piano Festival (La Roque d'Antheron)
Considered by many to be the most important piano festival in the world, with concerts in outdoor and indoor venues.

July to Sept, Summer Music Festival (Lourmarin)
In the castle or on its terraces, enjoy concerts of classical music with award-winning and highly talented artists. A grand traditional Jazz evening is also programmed on the terraces of the Château de Lourmarin at the beginning of August. It is also the opportunity to visit the village classified "Most Beautiful Villages of France.

August, medieval Fete de la Veraison (Châteauneuf du Pape)
The festival celebrates the first harvest of the grapes, and the locals dress in medieval costume to man stalls selling everything from wine and grape juice, to arts & crafts and other local produce.

Places to see in and around the Luberon:

Gordes
Perched villages abound in Provence, but Gordes is said to attract the most visitors. On an escarpment of the Vaucluse Mountains, it is dominated by a 16th century Chateau perched above massed houses and almond trees. In a wild valley north of Gordes stands the beautiful 12th century Abbey of Sénanque. In 1969, its Cistercian monks moved to the island of St. Honorat, off the shore of Cannes and the admirably preserved buildings are now a cultural center. Just to the south of Gordes lies the village of Bories, a bizarre, primitive habitat. Bories are tiny, beehive shaped huts built of overlapping dry stones, which a skilled craftsman can assemble without tools. The construction techniques are thought to date back to Neolithic times and inhabited from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.

Avignon
Housed within colossal defensive walls, Avignon is a warren of medieval alleyways and with the colossal Palais des Papes at its heart where seven exiled Popes stayed between 1309 and 1377 after felling Rome. Avignon’s most famous landmark is the Pont St. Benezet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon in the children’s nursery rhyme.

Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard, a Unesco World Heritage site, is an exceptionally weel-preserved, three-tiered Roman aqueduct that was once part of a 50km-long system of canals built around 19 BC by Agrippa, Augustus’ powerful deputy and son-in-law, to bring water from the Eure Springs in Uzès, 25km north-west, to Nîmes. The scale is huge: the 35 arches of the 275m-long upper tier, running 50m above the River Gard, contain a 1.2m by 1.75m watercourse that, for a century and a half, carried 35,000 cubic metres of water a day. The Romans took 15 years to build the aqueduct, which remained in use until the 3rd century. From giant car parks either side of the River Gard, you can walk along the road bridge, built in 1743 and running parallel with the aqueduct’s lower tier. The best view of the Pont du Gard is from upstream, beside the river, where you can swim on hot days. The aqueduct is illuminated from 40 minutes or so after dusk until midnight nightly in July and August, and on Fridays and Saturdays in June and September.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
L’Isle sur la Sorgue used to be called L’Isle en Venaissin reflecting its watery heritage: it was a city among marshlands, which were drained by the construction of canals, in and around the town. The waters of the Sorgue river, which flow down from Fontaine de Vaucluse used to provide the power needed for the silk industry, and today, a number of water wheels still remain. The city was the birthplace of the well-known poet Rene Char, born in 1907. The town is also famous as a centre for antiques, recently described by the Sunday Times as "a town sized antique shop." The shops are mostly open over the weekend. Twice a year, L’Isle sur la Sorgue organises a Foire Internationale de Antiquites & Brocante. There is also a big market every Sunday, and a food market on Thursdays.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Located between Avignon and Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape spreads out at the foot of the remains of it's fortress castle. The village looks over the plain of Comtat and the 3 000 hectares of vine fields. The village is almost completely dedicated to its world famous wine "Châteaunef du Pape" which is also part of the similarly famous Côtes du Rhône. In the XIVe century Pope Jean XXII, chose Chateauneuf as the location for their summer residences, and then decided to plant vines on the stony land which surrounded their landholdings. For a long time the wine production remained a secret but in 1929, it was officially recognized and bestowed with its own appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Practical information for your provence villa holiday

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

French

Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping in provence

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather in provence

Provence is considered a dry temperate region with an average 300 warm and sunny days a year and rain falling on a maximum of about 90. Average rainfall in spring and autumn is low. December and January are the wettest months. With temperatures about 28°C during the summer months those long hot summer days can last late into the evening. The warm and sunny spring and autumn have an average temperature of 24°C. The average temperature of the dry sunny mild winter months are around 14°C with February the coldest month at 12°C. Temperatures are slightly lower near the coast due to the sea breezes. During the summer months, this makes the high temperatures more bearable.

Health consideration

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity supply in provence

Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving in france

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
  • Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

VILLA LOCATION

Train stations:
Avignon (39km) / Aix-en-Provence (74km)

Airport:
Avignon Airport (28,5km) / Marseille Airport (75km) / Nice Airport (242km)

Villages:
Goult (6km)
Gordes (7km)
Apt (20km)
Carpentras (37km)

Cities :
Avignon (37km)
Aix-en-Provence (75km)
Marseille (90km)

Beach
Sausset-Les-Pins (96km)

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Availability Information

Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
 

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K Concierge services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service 4 hours per day (except Sunday).
  • Breakfast purchaising 6 days a week (groceries not included).
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for rentals longer than 7 nights).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Private gated swimming pool (12m x 6m).
  • Pool heating (Temperature max. 24 degrees).
  • Central Heating.
  • Wi-Fi broadband Internet.
  • Fans in all bedrooms.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service avaliable, rate on request.
  • Telephone as per consumption (payable locally).
  • Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 30/hr plus the cost of groceries.
  • Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 80 per person including the cost of the groceries. A full chef service including breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from EUR 350/day.
  • Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
  • Transfers from Marseille Airport to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 312.
  • Transfers from Avignon Train Station (TGV) to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 216.
    (Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Concierge offering.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting,  tennis or golf courses, bike rental or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.
Villa Experiences
  • Spend a day in Avignon with its 14th century Pope's Palace, market and celebrated bridge.
  • Further enjoy a wine tour to one of the world-renowned vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueras.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Bicycles
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Phone
  • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Heated)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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