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Le Point is a small stone house on a medieval street in the unspoilt village of Cucuron, which lies inside the Luberon Nature Park in the Provence region of the south of France, 40 minutes drive north of Aix-en-Provence. The house is a treasure that has been in our family since the 1970’s when the muralist Mary Adshead, wife of artist Stephen Bone, restored it so she had a bolt hole in an area of France she loved. The small bedroom is decorated with Mary's murals.
The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lies at the foot of the Luberon hills. It has a traditional market on Tuesdays around the bassin (large carp pond) and square which is shaded by towering, 200-year-old plane trees. The village includes a cooperative wine cellar where local wines can be tasted and where a walking trail starts and you can discover the wine-growing activity around the area from a historical standpoint.
The house sleeps 2 to 5 people and comprises:
A spacious double bedroom, with king sized bed, with single bedroom and bathroom leading off of the main bedroom. The single bed has a pull out below and the room can be arranged to accommodate two beds.
The bathroom has a large bath with overhead shower and a washing machine. The double bedroom includes seating and a fireplace that can be used in the winter months. Thick stone walls mean that the rooms are relatively cool even in the height of Summer.
Reached by a steep set of ancient stone stairs (not suitable for small children or those with mobility issues) there is a light and airy living room/kitchen/diner and small terrace. The living area includes a double sofa bed. The kitchen area contains an oven, with hob and grill, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster and all the pots, pans and crockery you would need to cater at home. The living area includes an eclectic collection of books. Views from the kitchen window are breathtaking. The very small private terrace is suitable for two to sit, enjoy the sun and eat.
The accommodation is most suitable for a couple or small family, but please note that the ancient stone staircase to the first floor is quite steep and would be unsuitable for under fives or the disabled.
Duvets and pillows are supplied, plus linen and towels, if required (but please bring your own towels for swimming). The house is all electric. It has an internet radio with mp3 connector, wifi internet access and a telephone but no TV. There are plenty of heaters for winter use and two fans for the summer.
Ample parking is available in the village, but the lane that Le Point is on is too narrow for cars, closest drop off is about 50 metres away.
Guest comment in 2014:-
Wonderful little hideaway in the storybook Provencal village of Cucuron. The previous reviewer described it perfectly...white washed stone walls and ceilings, challenging staircase and an adorable hand painted trompe l' oeil mini-bedroom. Roomy, fully functional kitchen/dining/living area upstairs, bedrooms downstairs. The kitchen has a wonderful little balcony with THE BEST view of the countryside. The owners are friendly and respond quickly to correspondence. Be sure to read the big scrapbooks in the bookcase upstairs...wonderful story of the artist family that purchased this little jewel of a home.
We are based in Surrey, UK. The house has been in the family since my grandmother restored it during the 1970s. We have updated it over the last few years with a new kitchen, washing machine and wifi but we have kept its character as a medieval village house. A lady in the village looks after it for us when we are not there - she deals with laundry, cleaning and any issues that might arise. Please don't hesitate to phone or email us if there is any further information we can help with.
Matthew Bone purchased this cottage in 1972
It has such charm, and set in a landscape to die for.
The village is a delight, small, friendly, a central water feature with restuarants and bars were people gather to while away the day, no need to leave if you just want to chill.
Thank you Pauline & Matthew. We thought Le Point was perfect, great location & relaxing, a beautiful wee house. Stayed local, Cucuron was a pretty and interesting town without being spoilt by tourism.
Le Point has been our home away from home three times now and each time surpasses the last! It's very rustic but has all the modern amenities you need: Wifi, laundry, microwave, oven, and stove. There are plenty of fresh linens waiting for you and lots of items you may have forgotten to bring from home. Hand held hair dryer is available. We enjoy shopping at the market surrounding the "L'etang" pool in the town center on Tuesdays and making daily visits to the Boulanger and Patisserie. The kitchen is fully functional to make meals if you like or you can visit one of several restaurants within walking distance. Do beware that Le Point requires climbing fairly steep stone stairs and the village has many cobblestoned inclines. We're not exactly athletic (to say the least) and we had no problem. The owners come from a long line of artists and you'll find plenty of information on them in the cottage. We will definitely go again! Thank you Matthew and Pauline for sharing this little piece of heaven =)
Interesting location up a dark alley but a characterful and well-equipped little house. We were very comfortable there and the downstairs was mercifully cool! The stairs are a real challenge - high steps, uneven stones and steep. We could not have stayed there with our disabled son or any frail old people, or if we had been frail ourselves. There is no mention of this in the details on the website. You really should make it clear to avoid guests turning up who can't manage the stairs.
Cucuron is such a jewel of a village, and it was a real privilege to be able to stay in a traditional property in one of its tiny, secret winding streets.
Excellent instructions and map provided by the owners - highly necessary as a visitor would struggle to find "Le Point" without them - Cucuron a gorgeous maze.
You can't park at the property but we didn't find that a problem as there are plenty of places to park in the village.
Property clean, well maintained, with all the facilities that one might require. Lovely comfortable double bed. Little terrace at the rear of the property a lovely place to eat, drink, read and chill. The paintings and murals are a delight.
Owners have provided a comprehensive collection of maps and guides, and their own list of suggested things to do - I think we did them all. Strongly recommend the ice cream parlour near the Etang de la Bonde (L'Art de Glacier), and the hill fort - Buoux.
We enjoyed the markets in Cucuron itself and at Lourmarin (rather more touristy, but in a good way). We dined at La Petite Maison (posh) and the Restaurant de L'Etang (neighbourhood), and enjoyed both very much in their different ways. We enjoyed loafing about by the etang and just having a drink too, and watching the people. And we were delighted with the huge number of cats that wander about the village eager to be stroked.
The only people to whom I would not recommend this property are those with impaired mobility, as the steps between the ground floor (bedroom and bathroom level) and the first floor (kitchen, living room and terrace level) are very steep. We christened them "Jack's Rake" after the Lake District climb. I would be cautious with toddlers for the same reason.
I have every intention of returning to le Point at the earliest opportunity.
Absolutely delighted with Le Point and really enjoyed our week in Cucuron, a little town not at all touristy, that we know well. Le Point has everything we needed for a very comfortable holiday...nothing to find fault with and everything just right. Particularly appreciated the internet radio (although the Brexit result on the 23rd was a bit of a "oh dear" moment! But that wasn't Le Point's fault!!) Would recommend Le Point to anyone, we already have done so. Great place, keep up the good work! John
We LOVE Le Point! The home is rustic yet comfortable. We've stayed on two separate occasions and felt welcomed by the village just like we had lived our whole lives there. Even though our French is minimal, everyone was able to understand us and help us find what we needed. The home has a wonderful little kitchen and my husband enjoyed practicing his culinary skills while at Le Point...lucky me! The king bed is comfy and the bathroom facilities are clean and well-kept. There's a washer to use so you can pack light! (Be sure to look at the instructions in the cabinet in the bathroom. Americans are not used to this type of washer!) There is a wonderful little bedroom for one child or to use as your personal dressing area as I always do! It's painted in trompe l'oeil and is really something to see! Paula and Matthew are very accommodating and very good at communicating. Recommend this place very highly!!
We loved our stay at La Point. The cottage was perfect for our family, with a well equipped kitchen, comfy beds, small terrace and plenty of atmosphere. The sleepy and un-touristy village of Cucuron was a perfect base for our stay, allowing us to easily take day trips, enjoy the village market or just go for evening walks in the hills and leisurely lunches next to l'etang. We would definitely recommend this property.
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest|
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Period other than a week may be considered off season or at short notice
10% discount on second week.
Payment can be in Euros or Sterling, or foreign currency with charges
The village has many original medieval features to explore, a typical market (Tues) for local produce, 5 restaurants and local shops. It is often used as a location for filming and featured in the 2005 film 'A Good Year'.
It is located half way between Avignon and Aix en Provence and makes an ideal base for exploring Provence or just to relax and unwind at any time of the year. There is riding or hiking from the village up into the Luberon and scenic lake swimming at the nearby Etang de la Bonde. Bicycles can be rented in the village. In the summer there are numerous festivals and cultural events to enjoy nearby.