|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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An idyllic country house overlooking the magnificent Luberon, yet close to historic cities and villages such as Aix, Avignon, St Remy and Cassis.
On an exclusive private corner of the prestigious Golf de Pont Royal, tennis, horse riding, golf and many other activities are readily available. The main house comprises 4 public rooms, 2 king and 3 twin bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms and an exquisite kitchen. The independent pool house contains a further en suite twin bedroom and pool kitchen.
The large 33x17ft pool enjoys a sunny position with natural stone walling, a fountain and a delightful garden setting. The villa has many furnished terrace areas and a first floor balcony. One of only ten large magnificent residences in a secluded corner of the domaine, the open views are stunning.
A traditional stone barbeque, an outside dining room, and a huge garage/games room sit amid fully landscaped grounds. High quality local materials of oak, marble, ceramics and forged iron create a special ambiance
The Inside Story ‘from the Beginning’:
Designed by award winning local architects and created by skilled local tradesmen, Le Chardon d'or (the Golden Thistle) is the perfect holiday venue.
Natural stone floor tiling, local ceramics, Italian marble, timber detailing, and forged ironwork, combined with air-con, power showers, underfloor heating, lavish kitchens, and delightful bathrooms to create the perfect combination of old charm and today's exacting standards.
On the lower ground floor, the poolside lounge houses the wide screen TV, DVD, PlayStation and library of games and films. Turret stairs lead to a fine hall overlooking the sunken salon and dining room separated by a central cheminee, furnished in leather and oak, but most importantly with incredible open views to the Luberon.
The locally crafted kitchen benefits from a full range of Bosch appliances, including the ice and water dispensing American fridge. An en suite king bedroom sharing the views, and boasting a triple-headed shower and WC completes the story so far.
The Inside Story 'Part II':
...following the circular stairway upwards brings you to the turret en suite twin bedroom, looking to the dramatic Vernegues.
A few steps more and you reach the level containing 2 further twin bedrooms looking out to the Luberon, a working study with doors to the balcony, the full family bathroom, and the magnificent master suite with windows on three sides, including glazed doors to the spectacular fully furnished balcony.
All bathrooms have extensive tiling, and heated towel rails. All bedrooms have fine local furnishings, fully fitted wardrobes, crisp bed linen, duvets and deep pillows to create great sleeping environments!
On The Outside:
On the 1/2 acre landscaped site entered through imposing iron gates, with an intercom facility to the house for your guests, you will find a generous driveway with parking for 4/6 cars. The large garage has been designed as a games room with ping-pong, 8-ball American pool etc.
The garden has fabulous views to all sides, but none more so than the area housing the fully furnished dining terrace and craftsman-built stone BBQ. The house is surrounded by terraces; some covered, others open with comfortable exterior furniture.
The pool house has an independent en suite twin bedroom with TV and kitchen facilities. The 33x17ft pool has an electric safety cover and is surrounded by natural stone paving, grassed areas with olive trees and a feature dry-stone wall complete with water fountain. The pool can be heated out of season.
There are sun loungers, and ample furnishing to relax and enjoy this secluded and sunny spot. In essence it’s your choice between cool shady corners or the Provencal sun.
Only room for a few but these are typical of 2005.
“A wonderful property with a fantastic internal and external specification…a great location for a perfect holiday with easy access to all key attractions of Provence ….the privacy and 5 star facilities were exactly what we were looking for…. a lovely golf course with some breathtaking scenery…we did use two of your wines and replaced them identically like for like - it's a great touch to have the wine in the property…. very impressed with your up to date DVD selection - again ideal with a family.
All in all an excellent holiday enjoyed by all - I would be happy to recommend your villa.”
“We have just returned from our two weeks at Le Chardon D'or, having had a truly lovely time. The villa was in a great location, beautifully decorated and furnished, and very comfortable'
“superb location tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of a splendid golf complex-wonderful wines fresh food locally produced azure blue skies.
If you can find a better rental villa, with the same specs, at the same or even a slightly higher price, *please contact me*. I have been doing my utmost best, and I couldn't...
The house, the pool chairs, the pool itself, the rooms, the power showers, the American fridge, the wireless internet, ... everything is top notch and well maintained. Ideal for 2 or more families. Excellent supermarket, boucherie and boulangerie/patisserie nearby (approx. 5 minutes drive).
Because the villa is located on top of a hill, you will enjoy an almost constant refreshing breeze. At least in August when we stayed there.
It would be very hard to find anything negative about this property. But as I am the world's leading expert in these matters (according to my otherwise lovely wife) I will give you 2 points if you absolutely insist:
The litlle waterfall that drops out of the charming, handbuild stone wall into the magnificent swimming pool is a bit noisy. Some will like this, some won't. The iron gates to the property have to be opened manually. And I'm used to electric gate openers. These are really all the negative (?) points I could come up with after a long and hard think. :)
Do yourself a favour, stop searching and book this villa now, before someone else does.
This is our fourth stay at Le Chardon D'Or and we absolutely love it! We've stayed in luxury villas all over Europe but this is the best ever and the only one we've ever returned to.
From the moment we pull in through the gates, we slip straight into holiday mode. The owners have thought of everything and, although family friendly, this spacious house is beautifully looked after and presented, everything functions brilliantly and is furnished stylishly and incredibly comfortably. The local manager is excellent and will help with recommendations, bookings, etc.
On the very edge of this luxurious golf complex, the house enjoys reassuring security and, although set amongst a few other select villas, is totally private and not overlooked. It is perfect for extended families with large spaces for sharing and many sunny and shady terraces to escape to, each with wonderful views of the surrounding Luberon countryside and mountains.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from everything Le Chardon D'Or offers, we love pottering around nearby villages, enjoying provencal markets and fetes, buying gorgeous fruit and wine direct from local producers, as well as discovering amazing places such as the Calanques and Les Baux, Aix and Avignon, etc. Every visit is an adventure!
We choose to load up and drive down the route de soleil from Calais but friends and family fly into Marseilles (35 minutes away) which is an easy hop from the UK. From the youngest to the oldest, there is something for everyone here, it's stunning and a real pleasure. We're already planning our next trip!
What can we say……….this villa is just superb!!! After last year we thought we could never match the enjoyment we had then. WE HAVE DONE. The weather, the meals out, celebrations for Mum’s 90th birthday and many more enjoyable days. Thanks so much Karen, Andrew and the lovely lady who came to do the laundry….so helpful. Hopefully we will be back.
Great villa, modern, spacious and lots of character and facilities. Thanks you and well done.
Superbly designed and equally well furnished and equipped - both inside and out. This property ticks all the boxes and made for a superb venue for two families (11 people) on their annual gathering. Plenty of space and amenities in the villa, likewise in the landscaped gardens and pool area where there is ample opportunity to 'group' or hide yourself away to read or just take in the views.
Tucked away in a small, exclusive development at the edge of a top class golf course complex, you can reach plenty of great places by car or simply stock up and create your own festival of food, wine and relaxation. For those feeling energetic there are the outside boules court along with pool and table tennis in the garage.
This was our second visit. We returned because it is a great venue for a multi-generational holiday despite unseasonably bad weather in 2011. A generous and well organised owner, a comfortable house with great amenities and plenty to do in the region make it a superb destination. Plenty of space for everyone to have some privacy whilst plenty of communal areas - 6 separate outside table and chairs combinations. This year we had all our meals outside. We are not golfers and were anxious about it being in a development but it is very private and self contained and the setup works brilliantly. Not only the children enjoyed the heated pool and table tennis. We would strongly recommend for a great holiday.
With a panorama of views to the Luberon and easy access to the Mediterranean, you’ll find yourself in a region famous for sun, food, wine, beautiful villages, dramatic landscapes and a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities.
The Roman cities of Avignon, Aix, Arles, Nimes and Orange are all just a short drive from the villa. Take in the remarkable amphitheatres, palaces, and attractions such as Pont du Gard and Les Baux.
Exceptional wines are produced locally, and in the many villages around Chateau neuf du Pape you’ll find memorable tasting tours.
The 'market circuit' rotates around local villages, where you will discover flowers, seafood, fruit, local meats and other delicacies alongside antiques, linens, and Provençal arts and crafts.
Sport lovers are well served by golf, walking, climbing, skiing, paragliding, fishing and most other activities. This is also a gastronomic heaven with an endless supply of fine eating venues from simple to Michelin; you have 5 restaurants within walking distance from the villa.
Other Activities: children's clubs, kids farm, drama etc.
Golf: The villa sits on Golf de Pont Royal, one of Southern France's most highly rated and celebrated venues. A fully stocked pro-shop, and 5-star clubhouse serves excellent food all day. It also has one of the most extensive wine cellars in the region.
A challenging and breathtakingly beautiful course, maintained to the highest standard, visitors are welcome throughout the year. In mid-October, Pont Royal plays host to the Masters event, for professional golfers, welcoming European tour pros.
The Provence and the French Riviera offer many excellent golf clubs, which almost all welcome non-members. Many of these golf clubs are less than one hour away from the villa. We recommend the Provence Golf Pass which offers a great value way to play the region’s best and most spectacular courses, full details on request.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Aug 28 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,299|
Included in rental costs;
... Property will be fully cleaned, beds prepared, and clean towels set out for your arrival.
On stays of 2 weeks or more bed linen/towels will be changed weekly.
Pool and garden maintenance.
24 hour on site security.
Welcome pack awaits your arrival.
... Pool heating £100 per week
...Air conditioning £100 per week
Additional cleaning as required.