Mas des Chenes is a charming restored 18th century bergerie/farmhouse beautifully situated in a residential area on the edge of the picturesque Provencal village, Ansouis, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
The 1.7 hectare property is nestled in the valley of the Southern Luberon mountains, next to Cote de Luberon vineyards,ten minutes to the charming market villages of Lourmarin and Curcuron and only 25 min. to Aix en Provence and one hour to the beaches of Cassis.
Summers in Provence can be hot, but our 9 x 12 meter swimming pool will ensure you keep cool. With more than four acres of grounds filled with centenary oak, cypress, poplar and olive trees there are many shaded areas to relax when outside the pool. In the front of the house, a stone courtyard with a barbecue and seating for 10, allows for bright outdoor breakfasts and evening meals. We usually eat our lunches at the tree shaded teak table overlooking swimming pool to the rear of the house.
A 200 year old oak tree shades another ample outdoor table lit by a hanging lantern in the evenings. The grounds include hidden corners for quiet reading, lounge chairs by the pool, space for playing ball and walks by the vineyards bordering the property.
Within easy access are pastimes including biking, tennis, hiking, horseback riding and golf. Every day of the week boasts another market in a nearby village for fresh produce and traditional Provencal goods. Exceptional local vineyards and award winning restaurants abound for the discerning palate.
Mas des Chenes is a Non Smoking three bedroom property (1 double bed, 1 queen bed, 2 singles) with two bathrooms and a guest toilet. As you enter our home, you first see the vaulted dining room with a large window opening to the back of the property and seating for 10. To the right is a large eat-in kitchen with a 'Bocuse' gas stove and electric oven, American double fridge/freezer and dishwasher. To the rear is the guest toilet, laundry room with washer, dryer and drinks fridge and back exit to the pool area.
The double living room with comfortable upholstered couches and armchairs, colorful cushions, French boutis and antique French furniture is a comfortable area to watch DVD's in the evenings. A stereo and large stone fireplace are located in the back sitting room/studio room (Painting easel included); we have also included our collection of summer reading in English and French and family games for our guests enjoyment.
From the sitting room you climb a set of stairs to the first floor which includes two bathrooms, three exceptionally light double bedrooms and a sitting/study area with a pull out couch, total sleeping to accommodate eight.
Every effort is made for relaxed charm in light and comfortable accommodation. The two hundred year old thick stone walls keep the house cool in the heat of the summer. Air conditioning would be redundant.
Location: Ansouis’ is known by outsiders for its centuries old chateau and by locals for its fabulous restaurant, vineyard and ice cream maker. The village bakery, café, post office, newspaper shop, small grocery market, and hairdresser, cover daily needs. Aix en Provence,with its annual music and dance festivals, cinemas, markets and cosmopolitan shopping is a twenty minute drive away. Ansouis is also minutes away for the charming villages of Lourmarin and Curcuron with their own unique shops and restaurants and weekly markets. Ansouis also has a local market on Sundays where one can find anything from sumptous roasted chickens to the local cheeses, melons, olives and wines.
The Aix TGV station, 25 minutes away, allows for easy access by train (only 2.5 hours from Paris). The international airport of Marseilles is a forty minute drive. Avignon, home to the world renowned international summer theater festival, is a 45 minute drive to the west.
Easy access by train (Aix en Provence TGV 25 minutes by car from the house and 2.5 hours from Paris), airport (Marseilles, 40 minutes by car) and other cosmopolitan centers (Nice 3 hours, Avignon 45 minutes by car), country setting within walking distance of listed village and 10 minute drive to at fabulous restaurants(including the best homemade ice cream outside of Italy).
'Three generations have been staying in Mas de Chenes enjoying the peace and tranquility of the surrounds and of course the pool!' August 2011
'Thanks for sharing your wonderful home in Provence. With our days filled with markets, hikes, shopping and sightseeing it was great to come home to the pool and peaceful gardens.' July 2011
'Thank you for a wonderful holiday, every convenience at hand and enjoyed by all three generations- 18 months old to 68 years old!.' August 2010.
'Thank you for a lovely week at your beautiful home - fantastic setting, restful location - we have all had a great time.' August, 2009
'We have spent a wonderful two weeks exploring Provence and enjoying your beautiful home. The setting here is so peaceful and the views are glorious form nearly every part of the garden.' August, 2008.
'We wanted to say a very belated thanks for offering such a lovely house for our summer holiday. It was perfect. The pool area, absolutely gorgeous. We were hard pressed to extricate ourselves from the comfy chairs. We appreciated the level of comfort you provided-the proper towels and so many other little things that made a real difference. Yours is the one house we would like to come back to...' August, 2007
'Mas des Chenes felt like a real home from the moment we arrived, the country kitchen, the lovely pool and gardens... we had a great time.' July, 2005
'We had visited Provence before, but this has been one of the best. Mas des Chenes has been a superb base from which to explore the wonderful countryside.' August, 2004.
'Had a superb time, three weeks of heaven.' June, 2003
Keywords: Restored Farmhouse
We are a family of five who have lived an international life for over 27 years. Originally from the U.S., Barry and Deborah met and married in Paris where their first child was born. The family moved to London several years later where children no. 2 and 3 were born and then relocated to Brussels for ten years, where their dog Tilly joined the family. Fifteen years on, they are now back in London with all three children now either enrolled in or graduated from Oxford University and beginning their own international experiences. Barry and Deborah are both lawyers. Deborah left the profession several years ago and is now a full time artist.
Having met and married in Paris, France was always a home in our hearts although we no longer lived there. When we found Mas des Chenes we immediately fell in love with the property and the area. It fulfills the need to have a base in France for all the family and one which provides the best that France has to offer in the area's natural beauty, the charm of the local markets, the quality of the food and ingredients and the friendliness of the population. Mas des Chenes is our truly a home for us. It is one where we gather for family holidays and extended family celebrations. In 2009 we had the good fortune to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday at the house! As we cannot yet be living in our home all year round we are pleased to be able to share it with others.
Mas des Chenes is a bit of an oasis. Once you enter the property you can easily simply stay put and enjoy the grounds and pool, leaving perhaps only for provisions at the wonderful local markets or to bolster your energy stores at the exquisite nearby restaurants. On the other hand, we are within 30 - 45 minutes of Provence's more well known destinations from Aix-en -Provence to Avignon or Gourdes. Cassis, the charming seaside village is only a one hour drive. There are mountain hikes, golf courses and lovely shops to tempt you outside the calm of our home, the difficulty is in the choosing.
Wonderful Provencal markets, fabulous restaurants and cafes, open air concerts, exploring charming villages, one hour to the coast, golf courses, climbing centers, etc. We have recently installed our own 'terrain de boules' - i.e. bace ball space. Our local restaurant, La Closerie, was recently awarded a Michelin star. We have supported it from day one and always recommend it to our guests - reservations definitely required!
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