|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'La Farigoule' is single storey recently refurbished gite, sleeping six. It comprises of a double bedroom, a twin room and one room with bunk beds. All have en-suite showers rooms.
A spacious, light-filled living/dining room is decorated in Provençal style, with seating for six round a large dining table. An open fireplace adds a touch of old fashioned elegance (though you won’t need to use it in summer, of course). There’s a TV, WiFi internet access and an Ipod docking station.
The kitchen is equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, electric kettle, food mixer and other essentials. An iron and ironing board are also available.
There’s a large terraced balcony with an outdoor dining table, seating six, barbecue and a couple of loungers, plus a parasol to provide relief from the often fierce afternoon sun. Escape the pressures of modern life; sit back and unwind, perhaps with a glass of one of many fine local wines.
'La Farigoule' and Le Sarriette are two gites situated on a secluded, wooded hillside amidst ancient oaks and pines in the Luberon National Park between Murs and Gordes. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and those who want to “get away from it all” but is just minutes from the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, and with easy access to all major Provençal tourist attractions.
La Farigoule (sleeps up to 6) and its adjoining sister gite, 'Le Sarriette' (sleeps up to 4), form part of the small estate, Au Temps Jadis (In Times Past). Both properties are situated at the end of a private driveway, which itself leads from a quiet country lane. There is unrestricted access to surrounding forest and exceptional walks, including a classic ramble down the Veroncle Gorge, with its ruined water mills. Here the forest shades you from the hot Provençal sun and the air is scented with wild thyme, lavender and savory.
Both La Farigoule and Le Sarriette have a terrace area with an outdoor dining table, plus a parasol to provide relief from the often hot afternoon sun. Escape the pressures of modern life; sit back and unwind, perhaps with a glass of one of many fine local wines. Let your eyes feast on the spectacular scenery and far reaching views of the National Luberon Park.
All of our guests have access to the 'Au Temps Jadis' Large above ground swimming pool (9.1m x 4.6m), shared with the owners (when in residence). Lie back in one of our sun loungers and listen to the song of the cicadas wafting on the hot, herb-scented air.
Au Temps Jadis is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoor life. There’s hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and – not far away – golf and fishing.
The owners are available to help and advise. Home grown seasonal vegetables are often available from their organic garden, along with free range eggs from their own hens.
The owners live within the grounds and are available to help with any questions, local advice, difficulties or language problems. They relocated from England in 2007 and have never looked back. They now live here in Provence with their two young children. Their home is separated from the gites by an enclosure. During the summer months, they offer home grown seasonal vegetables from their own organic garden, along with free range eggs for sale from the owners hens, which you may see on the grounds.
Sally-Ann Richmond & Scott Payne purchased this villa in 2014
La Farigoule is a 3-bedroom single storey spacious villa, ideal for a families or couples.
Le Sarriette is a one bedroom single storey villa and offers an ideal setting for couples or small family.
The villas are nestled in the hillside amidst ancient oaks and pines in the heart of the Luberon National Park, ideal for walkers and nature lovers.
We welcome you to a peaceful stay in a wooded setting. An exceptional rural place hidden well within nature that will charm lovers of peace and tranquility under the Provencal sun. Ideal location, situated centrally between Apt, Coustellet and Carpentras.
Escape from the pressures of daily life that have been getting you down, take time out to spend in our Provencal rural retreat. Immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the remote countryside for the chance to really sit back and unwind. Whether you wish to enjoy outdoor activities or simply sit back and enjoy the view during your country holiday, surrounding yourself with spectacular scenery is the best way to relax, recuperate and recharge. Au Temps Jadis is a great option for those who enjoy the outdoor life. The landscape you'll see during a rural retreat provides the perfect backdrop for a huge range of local adventure activities, from country walking to mountain biking, hiking, climbing, canoeing to horse riding and golf to fishing and wine tasting tours. Whatever activities you like, you are sure to enjoy your favourite pastime amongst breathtaking scenery. You will discover an truly authentic cultural experience and the chance to appreciate country Provencal life.
We just loved our time here. The house was out of the way but actually only 5 minutes by car from the shop (croissants, pain chocolat, pain au raisin...) in Murs. We loved the limitless grounds to explore, the pool which is up the hill and out of the way of the house, the views over the valley, the homely feel of the house... The road/track leading to the house seemed long and really bumpy on our first arrival but by the time we left, it seemed much shorter and far less bumpy. Sally, Scott and family were lovely. Our kids enjoyed playing in the pool with their kids on a couple of occasions – we all got on really well. The house was well equipped and the kitchen, although small, was perfectly fine for the week. Nothing in the house seemed too precious if it got broken, as a couple of things inevitably did with our children, and Sally was fine about it. There are at least 3 excellent gorge walks in the area, of which we explored 2 with our small children. They were great fun and we all enjoyed searching for the geocaches that are placed along the routes. These days were some of the highlights of the trip. We enjoyed an evening meal Roussillon, which is only 20 minutes down the road but found Gordes too touristy. We were lucky that there was a fete on in Murs one night, which was a lot of fun. €10 for unlimited Moules Frites and €1 for a glass of wine. Overall this was a great base for our stay in Provence which we would certainly recommend to other families.
After quite a bumpy drive up, you arrive at this little haven of peace tucked away in the hills just below Murs. The house is beautiful, well equipped and spacious. We enjoyed meals on the balcony looking out over the countryside. The outside area is very relaxing with hammocks, a pool tucked away at the back of the house and a table tennis table. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
This is a truly wonderful place to get away from it all. The gite was spacious for us ( two adults and two children) and all the equipment worked well. The TV receives English free to air channels so you can keep up with the latest news if you so wish. The hosts, Sally and Scott are great - friendly and helpful if you needed advice or guidance on the area. If you are after somewhere with peace and quite then simply this is a great place overall. A fantastic region of France. Would recommend and will visit again.
This was our second stay - this time in La Farigoule as we had family with us. The gites are beautifully prepared and very comfortable. We hope to return next year and in many years to come. Thank you Scott and Sally for giving us such a lovely holiday again.
From here you can explore a great part of the provence and have a relax stay. We stayed in july with two kids (14 and 16) who loved the pool. You can make very nice walks direct from the house. We loved it and we come back for sure
Merci beaucoup au duo « Sally and Scott » pour ces quelques jours de vacances dans ce charmant gite.
Nous sommes enchantés de notre séjour en Provence.
C’est un endroit idéal pour le repos, la détente, les balades en forêt, les bains de soleil au son du chant des cigales…
Très bon accueil, avec l'humour « so british » de Sally et la gentillesse de Scott !
Le gite est confortable et très bien équipé.
" Nous avons beaucoup apprécié les œufs frais le matin pour le petit déjeuner."
C’est une région magnifique, il nous reste encore tant à visiter, Nous vous disons donc à bientôt pour de prochaines vacances.
Brigitte et Gildas
After a slightly bumpy drive to the gite we were met by a beautiful view over the gorge. Placed at some 500m above sea level and nestled in the Luberon mountains, this is a truly wonderful place to get away from it all. We travelled as a couple along with our labrador dog who accompanies us on all trips. The gite was therefore particularly spacious for us and all the equipment worked well(washing machine, oven, toaster etc). The tv even receives English free to air channels so you can keep up with the latest news if you so wish. The hosts, Sally and Scott were very friendly and helpful if you needed advice or guidance on the area. They were also very responsive when we encountered a minor issue with the property. We visited many of the local towns and villages with places like Il sur la Sorgue, Lacoste, Menerbe, Gordes and Coustellet on the doorstep. There are local supermarkets at Apt and Carvaillon within easy reach and there is a small epicerie in the village of Murs ( approx. 20 minutes walk). Even trips to the likes of Avignon and Aix en Provence were not too onerous. The local area is great for walks and our dog certainly enjoyed it, losing a few pounds in weight during the process. To sum up the property is set in beautiful surroundings whilst being conveniently located to visit the area easily. It is well equipped with owners who provide excellent customer service. If sleep is a problem, this is as good a place as any to overcome it, being so peaceful. If you enjoy walking or off road cycling then this is also perfect. A great place overall to spend some time in this fantastic region of France.
Gordes only minutes away, is officially listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages (Villages Classées). It's not just the stunning view of Gordes as you approach it, the village is also a pleasure to explore. Its winding streets contain restaurants and cafes and there is a thriving arts scene. The view outward over the Calavon valley is a spectacle not to be missed – enjoy it while sipping a glass of something cool on the terrace of the Cercle Républicaine. The village is dominated by an impressive castle, now home to the local tourist office.
The nearby Village des Bories features reconstructions of primitive dry stone dwellings built locally.
The Cistercian abbey, Notre-Dame de Sénanque in a gorge a few kilometres from Gordes, was founded in 1148. It is surrounded by fields of lavender, and the timeless serenity and honey-coloured stone of its buildings, make it one of the most photographed sights in Provence. It remains a working abbey, with visitor numbers tightly controlled, so as not to disturb its contemplative calm. The monks make a living from growing lavender and producing honey, both of which can be bought in the abbey shop.
Murs, the nearest village, is a quiet place of winding cobbled streets and ancient stone cottages. It is the birthplace of the legendary French warrior Crillon The Brave (1543-1615).
It was settled by members of the Vaudois “heresy” and razed in a bloody Catholic crusade in 1545. In the Berigoule caves in hills near the village on the road to Sault members of the sect were massacred by soldiers.
Today Murs is a far more peaceful place. It has a post office, restaurant and a small grocery store selling local produce, bread, freshly made sandwiches, coffee and ice-cream.
Some 15 kilometres from Gordes, the market town of Apt boasts that it is “the world capital of candied fruit”. The industry dates back to the early Middle Ages when fruit was preserved in honey (sugar was introduced during the Crusades). In the 17th century, Madame de Sévigné, in one of her many letters, describes Apt as a “jam cauldron”. In 1868, an Englishman, Matthew Wood, discovered the local speciality and introduced it to his homeland. The time-honoured tradition is still alive and well and fine examples of candied fruit, including cherries, apricots, figs, pears and plums can be bought in the town.
The weekly Saturday market in Apt has taken place since the Middle Ages. The quality and range of the products sold has to be seen to be believed: fruits and vegetables, herbs and plants, cheeses, olive oil, honey and jams and in winter, truffles, the black gold of Provence. And, when you tire of shopping, what better place to people watch than from one of the town’s many sidewalk cafés or bars?
For the adventurous travellers, why not try out a canoe trip on the famous river Sorgue, that runs from the exurgence of Fontaine de Vaucluse. Its emerald water is so limpid and clear and has been the source of inspiration for many poets such as Petrarque or René Char over the last centuries .