|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'La Farigoule' and Le Sariette 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 Sariette 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.
La Sariette is a one bedroom single storey gite, sleeps up to 3. It offers an ideal setting a couple or a small family.
En-suite facilities.Fully equipped kitchen. One double bed, plus a bed sofa that can be used to as two single beds. French doors open onto a terrace with an outside dining table parasol, BBQ.
The terrace offers splendid far reaching views of the Luberon and a wonderful place to enjoy meals, sunbathe then relax of an evening and watch the sun set. Nestled in the hillside amidst ancient oaks and pines in the heart of the Luberon National Park, ideal for walkers, cyclists, hikers, climbers, bird watchers and nature lovers. An exceptional rural place hidden well within nature that will charm lovers of peace and tranquility under the Provencal sun. Unrestricted access into the forest, with many exceptional walks awaiting. Thyme, lavender and savory grow wild within the spacious grounds of the property, hundreds of acres of dense forest await your exploration
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 Sariette 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.
Il était une fois au temps jadis notre deuxième année à passer dans ce petit paradis de vacances reposantes .le gite est très bien aménagé avec la gentillesse de Sally etScott .Plusieurs randos peuvent s effectuer depuis ce lieu et le parfum de lavandes est bien present.
We had two wonderful weeks staying in La Sariette. It is a superbly equipped property with everything you could possibly need provided. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners Sally-Ann and Scott and we were warmly welcomed. We spent lovely evenings on the patio watching the sun go down over the hills and all we could hear were the bees buzzing in the lavender and song birds singing in the trees. In order to achieve this tranquility, it is necessary to negotiate the unsurfaced road up to the property, but it didn't prove to be a problem. The property is ideally situated so that all the sights of the Luberon are within easy reach and we found the village of Murs to be charming. Our favourite visit was to Simiane La Rotonde which is a beautiful perched village surrounded by lavender fields and hardly any tourists to be seen!
Thank you Sally-Ann, Scott and your lovely family and we hope to visit you all again.
We were warmly welcomed by Sally & Scott whose home is adjacent to the cottage. They had provided a fine basket of goodies in the kitchen, and had clearly thought very carefully about what guests would need during their stay for there was no imaginable item of equipment missing. During the week our hosts were ever ready to assist or advise when asked.
The location is totally tranquil in beautiful countryside, two kilometres from the tiny village of Murs, and is approached along a track some of which is unsurfaced and which in the final 50 metres up to the cottage becomes rough and a shade challenging! From the property one can walk through a beautiful valley exploring the ruins of a series of old mills.
There is a rudimentary store in Murs, but for more varied supplies one would need to drive a few kilometres. But this part of Vaucluse is so wonderful that one will need to get about the area as much as possible. For restaurants we strongly recommend 'Le Jardin' in Gordes for a simple lunch, or the 'Café de la Poste' in Goult for a typically French luncheon scene, or the 'Hotel St.Hubert' in St.Saturnin les Apt, or for a major treat 'Le Mas Tourteron' outside Gordes.
This is the perfect place to go, to escape and relax. The track up to the house really gives you a sense of being away from it all. The gite is perfect for two, it is very well equipped and has everything you could possibly need. It was lovely to be able to sit on the terrace in the evenings and watch the sun set, listening to the birds and wildlife, enjoying the local food and wine, with absolutely no traffic noise.
It is perfectly located to be able to visit the main sites of Provence. All the villages and farmers markets are worth a visit, and the Saturday market in Apt was great.
The pool is a great size and having free access to walk all through the surrounding woodland was great. There is a lovely walk you can take straight from the gite which takes you past an old water mill, hiking shoes are a must to fully appreciate the surrounding national park.
Sally and Scott were perfect hosts, very welcoming and knowledgable on the area, and we really hope to be able to return one day.
We could not recommend this place more highly.
Small but perfectly formed cottage in a very peaceful location with beautiful views across the valley. It was exactly what we were looking for. Sally and Scott were accommodating, helpful and friendly.
I rented the "La Sariette" gite for two weeks and had a wondeful time. Sally-Ann and Scott are super hosts and the basket of breakfast goodies and chilled Rose wine was such a nice surprise when I arrived. The gite is located in the country but not far from Murs. i walked there a few times. You definitely need a car, but the benefit is that you are away from the crowds and it is absolutely quiet at night. Super location for those who like to hike. Not far from Gordes and many of the villages of Provence. The gite is in great condition and has 2 bathrooms but is really best for maximum 3 people. The kitchen was well stocked and I found everything I needed. There's lots of room and all the facilities one needs including a washing machine. Sitting out on the terrace for breakfast was an absolute joy. My sincere thanks to Sally-Ann and Scott for making my stay so pleasant. Also couldn't believe how fast I got my damage deposit back. Thank you!
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 .
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Spring Seasonal Rate
May 6 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Seasonal Rate
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Seasonal Rate
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$425|
PLEASE REFER TO FULL BOOKING AGREEMENT.
'Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Rental includes all linen (bed, bath and hand towels, tea towels). Pool towels are not provided. Full rental to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of €400 will be required upon arrival.
End-of-stay clean is included in price. Check-in is after 5pm and departure before 10am.'