The historic perched village of Grambois is located on the South side of the Luberon mountain in the Provence region of the South of France. It is one of the very pretty villages which constitute the Luberon National Park whose natural beauty and wild life are jealously preserved.
It is around 25 minutes drive from the ancient and elegant city of Aix en Provence which owes its origins to the Gauls and the Romans around 2200 years ago. Marseille, its international airport and the Mediterranean are a further 20 minutes away.
When you arrive, whether it is by plane or high speed train you will need to hire a car to fully benefit from what the region has to offer. All the major hire car companies are present.
We live in the middle of an emerald green oak wood full of song birds and the sounds of the cicada in high Summer. It is tranquility personified. The gite is a modern but Provencal style self-contained apartment detached from the main house, with its own approach and parking. It is fully double glazed to keep out the midday sun and sleeps two/three.
There are no other gites and your privacy is assured. We have lived here for over ten years and our house is completely independent from the gite but we are on hand should any advice or assistance be required.
The ‘French windows’ entrance faces the wood and you step into a kitchen/dining area with a comfortable wrought iron single bed which doubles as a sofa. The kitchen is fully equipped with a four rings ceramic cooking hob with extractor fan and a multi system microwave oven. A refrigerator, washing machine, toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle complete the main items.
A large smoked glass paneled arched door leads to the bedroom. This door once graced an old abbey but now creates an interesting accent between the ancient and the new.
The airy, high ceilinged bedroom contains a king size double bed ( or two single beds may be provided if desired ) There is plenty of cupboard and drawer space and also storage for your suitcases out of sight. The large picture window faces the forest and as the shadows lengthen and you come in from an energetic day out you can sit in a comfortable armchair and contemplate the beauty outside.
A flat screen TV ( should you even wish to put it on! ) gives you, via satellite, all the British TV including all the BBC stations both TV and radio and CNN and Bloomberg to keep you in touch with world events. Should you be a classical music fan you have a choice of the best via satellite, including a large choice of DVDs if there is nothing on the TV to tempt you….. and if you really must, internet is at your service.
En suite with the bedroom is the bathroom with washbasin, a spacious shower and lavatory
FOOD AND DRINK
There are few more pleasurable things in life than starting your day with warm croissants, good coffee and the French baguette. Several bakeries nearby will give you the chance to indulge your wildest carbohydrate fantasies and if that isn’t enough we have locally several excellent restaurants with inexpensive menus but really good food. Wherever you go it will be difficult to find bad food. They simply would not survive.
If you fancy your own culinary skills the market days vary from village to village and so you could, if you so wished, visit them all throughout the week. One of the best, Lourmarin, is nearby and buzzing on a Friday until early afternoon and you might just bump into Peter Mayle, the author of ‘A Year in Provence’. He lives in the village and is often seen at the local bar.
Everything you have ever heard about French markets is here and more. A riot of colour and perfumes for all the senses. From fresh produce to fish which that morning swam in the sea and fruit which was picked that morning to bring to the market and as for the oysters, you can buy a dozen that were under water the same morning for 5 euros! The best deal in town. The scents and perfumes of Provence follow you everywhere as you move from market stall to market stall. Try out your French by all means but if that is still too rusty the finger pointing is a very good substitute and many marketers manage passable English.
If you feel more energetic you have a beautiful coast an hour away with the freshest of fish and the famous ‘Bouillabaisse’ fish stew that is the hall mark of Marseille.
In fact, whatever outdoor activities you may wish to engage in ( including golf by the way…around 30 minutes drive away) it is likely that you will not have far to go to find it.
As Oscar Wilde once wisely said “ I can resist anything except Temptation.” That certainly applies to us and we hope that you will enjoy this part of the world as much as we do.
Keywords: La Petite Maison, an all year round elegantly cosy Cottage nestled in a forest of oak trees
We purchased our home in 2000 and lovingly created and built this wonderful cottage for our friends and family to visit and relax in.
Now it can be yours to spend a week or two -- enjoying the ultimate 'off the grid' holiday. Relax and get back to normality here in our little corner of paradise.
The South of France is a favoured part of the world when it comes to the weather and our part of it has an additional major plus. Even in high Summer, with the temperatures up in the nineties.it is never humid and therefore not draining. As dusk falls we have the best moments after the exertions of the day. The temperature drops down to the mid seventies and as the BBQ perfumes fill the air you can plan the details of the following days adventure. The key statement is that we have 300 sunny days in the year
Our property is located on several acres of woodland and the nearest neighbours are several hundred yards away. Gently sloping terraces go down to a stream at the bottom. It gurgles happily for most of the year except in the driest of Summers.
Back at the gite you can relax outside with a cooling glass of your favourite beverage, and , if you so choose, all your breakfasts can be al fresco.
When the sun is high in the sky and you don’t feel like driving to the Med you can enjoy the large swimming pool, which, incidentally is the same depth all over so that you do not need to tread water whilst you hold your gin and tonic, surrounded by oak trees and complete peace.
The story goes that the terraces were constructed in the 18th century in order to create vegetable growing for the village which lies just across the valley dip. Nature then took over and for many years brambles took over. Today we have cleared much of the old terracing and it does make a pretty walk.
Provence was an important part of the Roman Empire and much archeological heritage remains in surrounding towns and cities, most of them about an hour's drive. Many have superb museums, well displayed. Shopping in the town and village markets is a joy and if required, the major fashion labels can be found in nearby Aix en Provence, Nimes, Arles and of course Marseille. You can plan your own wine tastings in the various chateaux and domaines and learn first hand how the grape turns into a bottle on your table.
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