This is a one-bedroom two-story accommodation. It is an fully-restored 17th century village house on a quiet, light-filled square in Lourmarin, widely recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France. There is ample accommodation for a couple (and one small child). The first floor has a sitting area, dining area and corner kitchen giving onto a small south-facing terrace overlooking the village church and a fountain. The second floor consists of an oak-beamed bedroom with a small ensuite bathroom. The house is fully and comfortably furnished with a mixture of antiques, art pieces, bric-à-brac and a lot of books.
Lourmarin - 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages': The village has an outstanding Renaissance chateau. Fully restored, it is open to the public and houses an arts foundation which sponsors cultural events throughout the year. The village also has several art galleries and the best features of Provence: the café terraces, a great weekly market, games of boules, the bustle of village life. The surrounding hilly countryside is very pretty, and the back roads and paths are great to roam on, whether on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Within 10 minutes' drive there is rock-climbing, canoeing and swimming. There are also wineries, and various organic food producers to visit.
The Luberon Regional Natural Park: Lourmarin is in the Luberon Natural Regional park, which is famous for its beauty and history. The village lies on the southern side of the Luberon range of hills, at the entrance to the valley which separates the Petit (Western) Luberon from the Grand (Eastern), and is ideally placed for exploring some of the hidden valleys and 'perched' hill-top villages of the area. North of here lies the 13th century Cistercian abbey of Sénanque and its lavender fields, the villages of Gordes and Bonnieux, the ochre quarries and ochre-coloured houses in Roussillon.
Major tourist attractions: Within easy reach are the walled city of Avignon and its medieval Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), and the beautiful spa town of Aix-en-Provence, with many shady sidewalk terraces and excellent shops. Other good day trips include Arles, with its Roman amphitheatre and medieval cathedral, and Marseille, which has opportunities for boat rides and scuba-diving, as well as the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
You can also go westwards and visit the Camargue, a unique wetland nature preserve - a paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers.
We are an Anglo-American couple with two grown-up French children. We have lived in Lourmarin for over twenty years, and have been running our vacation rental business since 1999.
Joseph & Elisabeth DeLiso purchased this apartment in 1999
We fell in love with the charm of this seventeenth century 'little house', with its oak beams and little terrace. It is a lovely example of Provencal village architecture, and unusually for a village house, it is very light.
Our Petite Maison is in the heart of the village, but being on a square away from the main street, it is quiet and peaceful, a real haven. We love the fountain opposite the terrace, and the croisant and baguettes from the bakery just 100 yards away.
Our stay at La Petite Maison a Loumarin was a wondering step back in time and place, a gentle mix of medieval Provence amid a convenient and historic setting.
Our accommodations repected their past - low beamed ceilings, winding stairways and ancient windows, yet affording us many conveniences, roomy living and sleeping areas, a full kitchen and dining area, and even a washer and dryer secluded in the stone-walled cellar below.
The patio balcony overlooking the church and its fountain found us enjoying coffee each morning and relaxing each evening while church bells rang and children played in the narrow Loumarin alleys. With downhill walks to Loumarin's shops and cafe's and uphill returns, we walked in the footsteps of medieval Provence with nairy a care and full of joie de vie.
Tom and Lisa a la Nouvelle Orleans
My husband and I recently spent 6 nights in La Petite Maison. It is a small, 2 floor apartment in a historic 17th century building. We nicknamed it our little hobbit house. You enter the apartment up a set of narrow steps to a landing where there is space for a small table and 2 chairs, overlooking the gurgling fountain in front of the church. If you are lucky, there is parking in front.
The apartment consists of two large rooms - downstairs is the living room/kitchen and upstairs a large bedroom with a small bathroom carved out of one corner. The ceiling height is quite low in a number of areas, including the stairs, bathroom and shower. There is shared laundry with a washer and dryer in a cellar room, accessed from the street out front.
The apartment furnishings seem to be in a time capsule, with old cassette tapes and dated books on the shelves. The kitchen is well stocked with a mishmash of plates, glasses and cutlery, plenty of pots and pans, but only a toaster oven and 2 burner hot plate for cooking. There was an American-style coffee maker as well as a French press. Also a kettle and a toaster. The fridge is tiny!!! I’m only 5’5” and I had to stoop to get things in and out.
A word of warning for anyone staying in Lourmarin - the bells strike on the hour and half hour all day and all night, with a special, extended ringing for some reason or another at seven in the morning and in the evening!
While we enjoyed our stay, we thought the apartment could use some TLC and upgrading. The electrical was of concern with flickering lights and multiple plugs into one outlet. The apartment just seemed to need some attention. The water left a rust coloured stain on the towels – we can only imagine what it left in our hair!
The Wifi worked very well.
The weekly market, held Friday mornings, is not to be missed. Wonderful selection of a myriad of things. Lots of cute shops and restaurants in Lourmarin. It was a great base for touring the Luberon area and easy access to the Marseille airport.
Communication with the owners was very good. However, they were out of town when we visited and our contact, a local woman, was unable to respond to our texts or phone calls, and for some reason our emails. Made us a bit nervous when we confirmed, as requested, a few days before, but never got a response.
Of the three apartments we rented during our recent visit to France, this was the only one we would not return to nor recommend.
After a week of screaming Mistral and six degree temperatures, Josie and I arrived in Lourmarin. The sun was out, the wind was down, and we warmed up on the Terrace of the Cafe de la Fontaine.
In the days that followed we drove to various villages and chateaux, but the high point of each day was the return to La Petite Maison. We stayed in Lourmarin on Friday for the weekly market. We bought Mediterranean oysters, farmer's bread, and Luberon wine. Sitting on the on the porch in the Autumn sunlight, watching the the village life unfold in the square below us, we ate, drank, and felt utterly and completely content.
Josie and I have rented various houses and apartments in France for over 25 years. Our stay in this house was the best ever. The location, comfort, and beauty of the place are incomparable.
The only caveat I can offer is this: the lovely stairway to the bedchamber requires a tall person to duck his head a bit, as does the door to the bath, but this is more of a quirk than a problem. The ceiling height in both rooms was more than adequate.
I spent a month at La Petite Maison after discovering the property online. It was exactly as I had pictured it -- very charmingly Provencal. I found the people in the village itself very friendly and helpful, making my stay comfortable and a thoroughly positive experience. Lourmarin has abundant cafes and restaurants but, I was able to prepare many of my meals in the well equipped kitchen. There are also great boutiques and art galleries in the village. Joseph and Elizabeth answered all my questions before my arrival (as well as during my stay) and even helped me to arrange transportation between the airport and the village. This is a clean, well laid out apartment in a very beautiful part of France -- a great place to relax and unwind.
As a business professional, I travel frequently for business and try to travel internationally for pleasure. Finding La Petite Maison on-line was by pure chance. Even before my trip, interactions with the owners, Joe and Elisabeth were prompt and helpful. Upon arrival in Lourmarin, Joe met me, lead me to the apartment and made certain that I was aware of all the facets of this delightful accommodation. This charming 16th century house immediately felt like home. From the well equipped kitchen, dining and living area to the second floor spacious bedroom, everything I needed was available to make my stay comfortable. As I had not realized that internet connection was available - this added convenience was a great surprise. Elisabeth made sure that I had directions to not only a local market but a much more comprehensive one nearby. The village of Lourmarin is not only picturesque but offers a range of restaurants for most palates. Art galleries abound as well as historical sites and everything in the town is within walking distance. A little over an hours drive in any direction is sufficient to provide activities each day - from markets to awesome scenery to Roman ruins to vineyards or olive oil producers. I have been to Provence before but my stay in this self-catering accommodation was by far the most relaxing and pleasant I have experienced. I would happily recommend La Petite Maison to a friend, relative or anyone who is searching for a 'home away from home'. Thank you, Joe and Elisabeth!!
Lourmarin, Luberon, France, La Petite Maison, 25th to 31st July 2009
In appearance this is a very cute little house albeit the ceiling heights were very low particularly on the stairs and bathroom. We were, however, prepared to make some concessions to the age and size of the house thinking the charm would outweigh the inconvenience and we planned to stay for a week. The first day we identified three problems which the owner attempted to fix temporarily. The second night was, however, decisive. We could not understand why the bed was moving and why it dipped in the middle until we looked underneath to discover the bed base was held together with loosely tied electrical cables and supported by a pile of books, that had collapsed. On reporting this next morning the owner claimed that they were unaware of the problem with the bed. We packed and left feeling that the charm of the place was far outweighed by the inconvenience, discomfort, poor maintenance and cavalier attitude to guests.
Lourmarin, has been designated by the French Tourist Board as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. Many writers and artists have lived here, among them Camus, who is buried in the village cemetery. The village is also well-known for its sixteen restaurants, including Reine Sammut's 'La Fenière' (Michelin one-star). Reine is among the talented few to win the coveted title of 'Best Woman Chef in France'. Lourmarin is much visited for its lively atmosphere and chic boutiques. It is also an excellent base from which to explore Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Arles, the Luberon villages and the Camargue .
Other Activities: wine tasting, gourmet shops & restaurants, art galleries, lavender fields
Please contact owners for winter & long-term rates. All prices are given in Euros but can be paid in US$, Euros or GB£. Prices include all linen and towels, entry & exit cleaning, 24-hour WiFi and all taxes.
Our guests pay a 50% deposit at the time of booking, with the remainder due one month before arrival. Payment can be made using a credit or debit card through Paypal, or by direct transfer (Euros) or by check in Euros, US$ or GB£.