Mas de Chenes is a charming restored and modernised 18th century farmhouse beautifully situated in a residential area, a short walk to the picturesque Provencal chateau village, Ansouis, a listed 'most beautiful villages of France' and 25 min to Aix en Provence. The property enjoys the peace of a country setting yet is not isolated. In the village you can find a bakery, with groceries, cafe, post office, newspaper shop, small boutiques, tea room and gourmet restaurant. Food lovers are in paradise with colourful markets in Ansouis and surrounding villages such as Lourmarin and Curcuron, also known for their fine restaurants and alluring home, clothing and art shops. Renowned vineyards are within a five minute drive in every direction. The property itself bordered by vineyards, is nestled in the valley between the Luberon mountains with views from both the house and grounds. Every effort is made for relaxed charm.
The Garden and Heated Pool: The focus of living in Provence is the garden. Mas de Chenes has various different garden spaces including a cherry and apricot orchard, a playing field, a rolling hill that leads to a small creek (dry in summer), oak tree groves, courtyards, hammocks, secluded benches and tables and more. Cypress, olive and pine trees dot the property. We have our own herbs including rosemary, mint and basil. In season, fruit (including fig, plum, pear) and summer flowers -lavender and roses blossom. The tiled 12x6m. pool, with safety cover, is sloping so that it is deep only in the centre, not on the sides. There is plenty of space to both swim laps and play games. As the pool is fed by our well, we heat the pool with a conversion heater guaranteeing perfect temperatures for evening and day use. The pool is cleaned weekly. The pool patio includes comfortable lounge and reading chairs as well as a hammock. Within view throughout the property are the gentle slopes of the Luberon mountains.
Amenities: Amenities: Broadband Wireless (wifi) connection; heated 12x6m. pool with safety cover; telephone with answering service, TV and DVD player, CD and tape player, radio, books, games, 'Bocuse' Gas stove (hob) and electric oven, American refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, new dishwasher and microwave, cappuccino maker, washer, new dryer, central heating, summer kitchen and courtyard, barbecue (except in exceptionally dry summers), , bed and bath and pool linens provided , pool furniture, kitchen equipment and utensils, outdoor stone grill, stone fireplace.
Family holiday ideal: We are a family of five and use Mas des Chenes as our holiday home. It is stacked with books and games, for indoors and out, and equipped with comfort and convenience in mind. There is enough space for everyone to enjoy privacy yet spatial arrangements which welcome group activities. Ansouis is located within a protected National Park area and benefits from this rural peace. Leisure activities such as biking, hiking, golf and riding are close at hand. Visitors are also drawn to Ansouis and its charming neighbour villages, Lourmarin and Curcuron for their markets, concerts, gourmet restaurants, chic shops and great bakeries-Ansouis is also famous for its home-made ice cream. Aix-en-Provence, a 30min. drive, is a graceful University town with festivals, museums, markets and shops. Within a one hour drive are other tourist destinations including Avignon, St. Remy, Les Baux, Menerbes, Bonnieux, Apt, Arles, Roussillon, Gordes, Marseilles, Cassis, the Camargue, Gorges de Verdun ...
Ansouis is in the Southern Luberon 'Golden Triangle', neighbour to Lourmarin and Curcuron, both home to fabulous restaurants serving the freshest of local produce. Ansouis itself now boasts one of the best restaurants in the region. The cosmopolitan university town of Aix en Provence which sponsors annual world class music and dance festivals and a brand new cultural center, Parisian shopping and thriving markets, is only 25 minutes away. Marseilles and the Mediterranean beaches are under an hour's drive. Ansouis offers the best of a peaceful country escape yet enjoys the proximity to lively and colourful diversions.
Other Activities: Live Theatre, Concerts, Cinemas, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Miniature Golf
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