This stone cottage on 1.8 hectares (4 acres) of farmland has been meticulously restored to the highest standards of taste and comfort with antique finishings and modern conveniences and is available for rental in all four seasons. Taking maximum advantage of a relatively compact space, the ground floor offers a living/dining area overlooking a stone patio (the actual dining area for most of the year), a fully equipped ultra-convenient gourmet kitchen, a functioning wood stove, and a half-bathroom under a custom-made plaster spiral staircase. The house has satellite television, high-speed WiFi, and internet telephony with free calling anywhere. The spiral staircase leads up to a master bedroom with views in all directions and an artisan-created fully modern bathroom with shower and double sink fitted out with antique doors and tiles. The house is cool in summer and warm in winter, with both electric heat and a functional wood stove. It contains two iPod stereo players.
The large property includes a magnificent round stone irrigation bassin (10 meters in diameter), which has been transformed into a swimming pool while retaining its original form. The pool sits in a well defined area 30 meters (100 feet) square, planted with grass and willows, with a full view of the village, including sunsets behind the chateau. The bassin was originally fed by a spring (on old maps the location is called ''Le Gourt,'' a Celtic word for spring-fed basin) which now flows into six wells on the property.
The house has open views in all directions, south to the Luberon mountains, north to the plateau of the Vaucluse, and west to the hilltop village of St. Saturnin-les-Apt with its ruined chateau, church, and windmill. The house is surrounded on three sides by a terrasse (patio) incorporating two old stone wells and paved on the south and west by a ''calade'' constructed entirely of stones from an old threshing floor unearthed during renovation.
The south side is shaded by a wisteria-planted custom-made iron tonnelle (canopy) overlooking the Luberon mountains in the distance. The immediate view is of a gently sloping gravel pathway bordered by lavender, boxwood, roses, and olive trees, leading down to the pool area.
Great place to visit and relax. Lots of sight seeing, shopping. Great wine and food. The house is beautiful, clean and full furnished including baby crib. Lots of wineries around. Can get good hiking. Enjoyed the outside yard having petit de'jouner while the sun was rising. I strongly recommend visiting this place...love it
We stayed here for two weeks in July with our 3 year old son. We didn't want to leave! It was wonderful. The house is beautiful and had everything we needed, the town is lovely, the surrounding area so picturesque. Highly recommended!
Just before we leave, we'd like to say a big 'thank you' for a really great two weeks at La Ferrage. This has been a much needed holiday break for the two of us. The house, the terrace area, garden and surroundings have all played a part in bringing down our metabolic rates to a healthier level. In the second week especially we could feel the wind-down process kicking in. The weather was perfect, albeit hot, but with cooling breezes often blowing through. The house is always cool and the Wisteria shaded terrace is perfect for reading , eating and generally relaxing.
Everything worked very well and according to the detailed instructions that you left. The piscine man came on schedule and the gardener, plus a visit from the English manager of the garden services. The garden looks beautiful and the Lavender trail leading towards the pool area is an inspiration. It must have been a lot of hard work for you but hopefully very satisfying to observe the changes made, when you are able to visit.
We brought our own bikes along with us and have had regular morning cycle rides to Villars, past the Lavender fields. Also been to most of the local villages and quite a few different markets. We re-discovered Aix-en- Provence, which we last visited more than twenty years ago, and explored some of the sites on the Cezanne trail. The Office of Tourism in the centre has excellent maps and guided tours for this. We've found the local restaurants to be very good and on Friday evening we went to the Bistrot de Lagarde, a very interesting location and a very unusual menu!
It's been a pleasure for us to stay in this beautiful home - many thanks again.
We very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage and had a blissful time in the lavender fields! Lovely place, very comfortable and well organised. We would go again!
We spent only one week here and I wish we could have stayed longer. It’s hard to add to what has already been written – each day we began with a cup of coffee on the patio (if it wasn’t too chilly) – then we would go exploring and come back in the late afternoon, share some wine (again, on the lovely patio) and recharge our batteries. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking meals and of course all the markets had such wonderful fresh food. Even in early May it actually got hot enough for us to use the wonderful spring-fed pool! At night the stars were spectacular – imagine being able to look out the window and see the Milky Way! My husband enjoyed watching all the bird life, and we had fresh cut flowers and fresh herbs for cooking. This stay has made us want to return for longer and my husband is even thinking about retiring to France now! Thank you Susan and Barney for sharing your little piece of Paradise!
I have never been so enchanted. It’s going to be very sad to leave. I wish I could live here, the people are so nice and it is just beautiful.
I can’t remember when I ever felt like this. I’m blessed to have been to some wonderful places, but I can’t explain how complete I feel here. Thank you with all my heart for sharing your charming farm house with us and others.
I've never experienced such delight in losing track of time. To know when you wake up each day you know it will be different and special.
It's the Luberon! One of the greatest all-around vacation-holiday places in the world!