La Roc Bruyère has offered a lovely setting to guests from all over the world for over 6 years. A two-storey stone house built in the Provencal style, it is set in a large garden planted with olive, cherry and apricot trees. The 9.5 x 4.5 metre pool has a jet-stream for serious swimmers, a balneotherapy or jacuzzi feature, sunbeds at the poolside for sunbathers, and a pool house with a shower and toilet. It is also protected from the mistral winds by a low wall. The terrace at the back of the house is shaded with foliage and has outdoor tables and a barbecue, making it ideal for dinner out by the pool. The well-kept garden has plenty of shady spots under the trees. All of this, a mere few hundred yards from the lovely, unspoiled medieval village of St Saturnin les Apt.
Things to do: Visiting all the local markets can keep you busy every morning of the week, and help you (re)discover the tastes, flavors and fragrances of Provence. At Saint Saturnin les Apt, market day is Tuesday morning. If you like shopping for antiques and bric-a-brac, the town of L'Isle sur Sorgue, a few kilometres away, is France's antiques capital. The renown villages of Gordes, Roussillon, and many others, are all within 30 mns to an hour drive of Saint Saturnin. You'll have at your disposal countless numbers of walks and cycling promenades in the 120 000 ha of the Luberon Park. Day trips to Avignon, Saint Tropez, La Camargue, Arles, Aix en Provence, Orange, St Remy en Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Nimes, Arles, Marseille, etc.
Culture, Cuisine and Wine Tasting: Most villages around have excellent restaurants. You will find a Guide Michelin at your disposal at the villa and many more recommendations, to help you select the best ones around. The area also produces excellent wines and you can go wine tasting in the cool shade of the regions' caves. During the summer months, the whole area offers numerous open air cultural festivals of music (from opera to world music, from jazz to classical) theater and dance. You'll also be able to enjoy and admire the gorgeous light of Provence which attracted so many artists over the years (Cezanne, Picasso, Pissaro, Braque, to name just a few.)
We are a United Nations family hailing from France, Spain, the US and the Caribbean and we wanted a base for our children to be acquainted with part of their heritage, and for us to retire in, later on. Saint-Saturnin les Apt and the area have fulfilled all our expectations, and some more. We love spending time there, and we always hate having to leave. Year after year, we discover new villages in the area.
The property has the great advantage of being very close to the village, surrounded by other properties owned by local people, and yet, once inside La Roc Bruyere, you could easily forget that you're not alone in the area. It is quiet, peaceful, secluded, and our children can spend entire days playing in the swimming pool or running around the garden. And the house is pretty, bright, and very functional. We just have to arrive, unpack, and we can start relaxing.
The village of Saint Saturnin les Apt offers the great advantage of being in a fantastic location to discover Luberon, with its gorgeous countryside and all the villages which are within easy distance. And yet, it is not known, so it doesn't get overly crowded like nearby Gordes or Roussillon. And it is beautiful, with some truly lovely walks at our doorstep.