|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The house is in the middle of the countryside isolated without any neighbours, surrounded by 7 hectares of vineyards and fruit trees. This beautiful landscape is situated between GORDES and ROUSSILLON (VAUCLUSE), 40 kilometers away from Avignon, in the heart of the Provence.
360 sqm house with 6 double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 children's room with bunk beds. There is also a separate apartment (optional) with double bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom. Sauna, barbecue, table tennis and large swimming pool of 13m(40 ft) long and 7m(21 ft) large.
Extras: Professional Masseur, Provencal cooking courses and pottery and sculpture courses are also available.
Stelios Pavlidis (my father), was a Greek film and theater director. Very in love with my mother Simone, they bought this old farm in 1975, the year I was born, and started working on it, and, as most artists do, renovated it the way they had imagined it. Simple, comfortable, rustique and with a lot of character. They lived there for 9 beautiful years. My father went into writing, and going back and forth in Athens for his work. My mother, after having had a very active social life (As she was married with a famous hollywood actor called Curd Jurgens for 19 years), and in great need of serenity and simplicity, brought me up, and started doing pottery courses, organic farming, animal breeding, wine making and many other simple manual activities.
Vanya purchased this farmhouse in 1975
Beauty, simplicity, character, retreat, and ideal fro children are few of the benefits of this house. The house has a soul, from the love that my parents have put into renovating it. We've had many architects, decorators, artists, friends coming to the house, and all of them feel something special and unique about it. The surroundings are also quite impressive. It's not common to find a house like this surrounded by nature, without any neighbours, quiet and serene, where one can run around naked without being bothered (That's what my parents used to do, to my great shame!). My parent's style and taste are also well represented in this house, keeping the provencal style but adding stylish touches, influenced by their artistic background and various travels around the world.
My apologies for the delay. Since coming back from France Dan and I have been putting off real life for as long as we can!!!
However holidays are over and it's back to work we go.
I cannot begin to tell you how utterly incredible our wedding day and whole week was. Everything looked so beautiful, you are right, it really was breathtaking. You are blessed to have such a beautiful house, Dan and I feel a very very strong connection with La Madone after the wonderful memories made there. Our week after was excellent also and the children just adored the space! I've never seen them so relaxed.
We have quite a few photos but I am struggling to send them in one email. I will get them to you ASAP. The official photos will be be back in 4-6 weeks and these may be good for you to use also.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for enabling us to have such a wonderful day. We will never forget your kindness.
Nadege is something else. She is our new found family and was adored by everyone- my Dad even got her on the dance floor! It was brilliant. We already cannot wait to go back next year to visit her.
Thank you again and I will be in touch with the pictures.
La Madone surpassed all of our expectations!
The location is just perfect, nestled close to the quaint town of Roussillon. Easily walk to the town for food, sightseeing or shopping. Easily drive to the many other beautiful areas of Luberon. PERFECT!
And the actual farmhouse and property is beyond stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed days just staying at the property, enjoying the huge grounds, lovely pool, vineyard and space. We were totally relaxed and fell in love with the magical beauty of the grounds and the house.
Specifics: There were 14 of us, all adults. We used the entire home plus added on the studio. We all were very happy with our accommodations. The house was spacious and felt very magical. It has such a great history too. We would cook there all together each night and eat together on the huge table on the patio outside. We used the pool mostly, but we did enjoy the sauna one of the nights. That was a plus.
The owner and caretaker are very responsive and caring. They have lots of information to share and such great energy. Relaxing, helpful, caring - pure Provence hospitality.
We spent a wonderful Time at "la madone" the house is so beautiful, so is the garden. Everything was perfect. Each bedroom has his own bathroom, the kitchen is very full furnished. We were 16 friends, we had sun, we spent our Time to the swiming pool. Roussillon is a very beautiful place as well.it was an amazing weekend. If we can, we will come back for sure.
I cannot say enough about our stay at La Madone. We were a group of 17 business mates (6 couples, 5 singles) and could not have been happier with the farmhouse.
There was plenty of space, both public for our meetings and private for when anyone needed peace, and the home was perfectly charming and spotless. The facilities all worked precisely as advertised, though it was chilly enough that most of us didn't get a chance to partake in what looked like a lovely swimming pool. (The bathrooms/showers are very typical of what we found in Europe; if you're expecting full shower glass or high water pressure, you might be disappointed. It was little more than a point of curiosity for us, though, and not at all a problem!)
The location is perfect as well, as it is well within walking distance of Roussillon. (While it is a short walk, it can be a touch steep; it's worth making at least once, but if you're out of shape, you might drive into town on subsequent occasions!) It's also very easy access to the myriad little villages dotting the Luberon forest, making La Madone an excellent place from which to start your explorations.
The housekeeper and manager, Nadège, was brilliant, cooking meals for us and providing useful information (like her recommendation to attend the Vespers service at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque in nearby Gordes). She always had a delicious cheese tray at the ready, and sourced all of her food locally from organic farmers. The quality of the food and the heart she put into it really shined through, as she prepared some of the best meals we've ever tasted.
Vanya, the owner of La Madone, was brilliant as well. He made reservations for us at a couple of places before we were in-country, which can be daunting for 17 people in a caravan! His recommendations were all outstanding and his help preparing for our trip made it so easy on the rest of us.
I would heartily recommend La Madone for any business or family group looking to explore the Luberon forest or just get away from it all. It made for an absolutely stunning getaway, one about which our employees will be talking for years to come!
We had a great week at La Modone. We five couples enjoyed the beautiful house and privacy of the grounds. The only sounds to be heard in the evening were the birds and the wind in the trees. The furnishings were very comfortable. The weather was so nice we spent little time inside and found the patio a perfect place to relax after spending our days exploring the region. The pool was great! It's big enough to actually swim some laps and was a comfortable temperature all week. A great place to relax by pool side even if you didn't get in. We cooked on the grill outside and used the oven and stove inside all which worked well. One adventurous couple even used the outdoor baking oven for fresh pizza one night. Several mornings we took the uphill walk to Roussillon for morning croissants and other Boulangerie items. The local markets and store in Apt provided all the fresh ingredients we needed for our nightly feasts. The owner met us on arrival and showed us around and the caretaker made sure we had everything we needed during the week and gave us good advice and places to visit. A GREAT place to relax and super home base for exploring the area.
We were 6 families (12 adults) with 8 small children (age 1-3). The property and house was very nice and well suitable for our needs. It was a bit of a puzzle getting all the families fitting in with their children in the same rooms, since the size of the rooms vary a bit, but with adding the extra apartment (the studio), it worked fine! The house was equiped with 3 baby cots and 2 high chairs, suitable for the smallest. All 6 families had their own bathroom which was a very big plus, all of us having small children. We recieved excellent service (in fluent english) from both the owner and the caretaker. The house was cleaned twice during the week, the towels could have been changed once during the week, but otherwise we were satisfied. The children loved running around and playing in the garden. The pool temperature was guite cold in the beginning, especially for the children, but warmed up somewhat during our stay, but May had also been colder than usually. During our stay (first week in June) the weather was however very nice. The pool alarm did not react to the children jumping in, but you should not leave children out of sight anyway. A fence around the pool is obviously the optimal solution for families with small children, but we managed fine with the current solution. The location was great, close to the beautiful town Roussillon, with other nice towns close by for day trips. I can highly recommend newly baked croissants and baguettes from the local Boulangerie for breakfast (if buying larger quantities, they however appreciate informing them in forehand). The facilities were all in all even better than expected based on the pictures and description, and I would gladly recommend it for other groups!
We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with friends and family-in all 14 adults, and 6 children aged between 4 and 10 years old-at La Madone. Everyone without exception was simply enchanted by the property. The rooms , all with en-suite bathrooms were very clean and very comfortable, the vast living room was welcoming with its cosy sitting areas and the enormous fireplace which lit up our evenings of song, dance, laughter and great food.
The semi-professional kitchen was home to our chef for the weekend, the lovely Lesley who provided a scrumptious welcome dinner on Friday night and layed out a superb spread of organic food for the party on saturday night. We ate, drank and were merry.
Apero was outdoors. Indoors we set out the convivial dining table for the grown ups and the kids had their own corner. We took beautiful souvenir pictures by the fire.
Nothing about the weekend would have worked without the help of Vanya, the owner of the house. From the first contact with him, we knew we had found our home for the weekend. He opened his address book to us. He never once treated our rental like a business transaction, rather welcoming us like old friends. We considered him a friend even before we physically met. Thank you so so much Vanya for everything.
Nadege is an angel. She organised the chefs, helped devise the menu, ordered all the special foods we wanted in advance including our celebratory cake which did not last 10 minutes on the table. So good was it! We did not have the pleasure of meeting Nadege but we have mutually agreed that will be rectified before long.
We used the property to the fullest. The kids ran througout the grounds in all security, playing hide and seek, table tennis and some braved the pool in mid-october. We walked to Rousillon, we picked grapes from the vines, we took a trip to the market in Apt where we came back heavy laden with local treats and cheeses. Some of the group went to Isle-sur-la sorgue round the corner.
We can't say enough about the location of the house. So convenient. Most of our group had driven from Geneva, Switzerland -a little less than 4 hours away. Those who travelled from London flew into Marseilles and drove the hour to the house all in time for dinner.
Our only regret? That we did not stay longer but we will most certainly return.
Thanks Vanya, thanks Nadege for providing the most important element in our celebrations-La Madone.
The Provence is the region of Paul Cezanne. It is the region of excellent olive oil. Cezanne chose this region also because of it's wonderful mixtures of colours and landscapes. It is also the region of lavender fields and sunflowers. Many many little villages around, all unique. Roussillon with the ocre canyon, Gordes with the stone houses, Eygalieres with the Chapelle Saint Sixte, Lacoste with a marvellous castle, Fontaine de Vaucluse with the water falls, Maussanne with its marvellous olive oil, and many many other beautiful villages to visit.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
2 night minimum stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€1,500|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.