|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'La Maison des Arches' (featured in the February 1996 issue of Architectural Digest) is situated in the hilltop village of Ansouis, designated by the French Government as 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France'.
The house is facing south and has a large terrace with pool overlooking the surrounding countryside. The property is enclosed with a wall on one side and a pool house on the other, affording total privacy and calm. It is a two minute walk to the local Bakery for fresh bread and croissants. A two minute stroll takes you to a Newspaper/Magazine Shop, a Cafe/Bar frequented by the locals and an excellent Restaurant well-known in the area. A new small 'Epicerie' (grocery) has recently opened a few doors from the Post Office. The village also boasts a lovely medieval Chateau with large grounds which is open to visitors.
The house is furnished with lovely antiques and is fully equipped with all amenities, including WiFi and satellite TV. The house layout is as follows:
- 17th C stone vaulted Living Room and Dining Room (16.5 x 31 ft)
- Fully equipped kitchen
-Master bedroom Suite: Queen-size bed, dressing room, bathroom with shower, enclosed toilet, and laundry with washer and dryer
-2 Bedrooms each with twin beds. (In one bedroom the beds can be pushed together.)
-2nd Bathroom with shower and enclosed toilet
-Library with WiFi connection, Satellite TV, and Fax
-Large covered Terrace (summer living room)
-Pool House (summer dining room)
-Bathroom with toilet and shower
-Exposed Terrace and Swimming Pool (13 x 26 ft; depth 5-8ft)
(Since the pool is deep and near the house, children should be able to swim)
Keywords: home, in village
My husband and I have been visiting the Provence and particularly the Luberon area for over 15 years. In 2004, we were fortunate to be able to purchase the beautiful home of our dear friends in Ansouis who were preparing to retire to Paris! We are in love with Provence, in love with Ansouis and in love with our home. In more than 15 years we have yet to exhaust all the beauties and riches of the area. We enjoy sharing our home with those who are discovering the Provence for the first time or returning again to this magical spot. Many of those who rent our home return again!
The Owner purchased this house in 2004
From early spring through late autumn, we enjoy living outside on our terrace with views over the beautiful Provencal countryside. We breakfast in the early morning sunshine, lunch in the cool covered terrace area next to the pool and enjoy dinner in the pool house overlooking the valley while watching the sun set.
We love the convenience of being situated in the lovely village of Ansouis within a short walk to the bakery, local tabac (newspaper & magazine store)and a first class restaurant while enjoying the complete privacy and 'tucked away' feeling of our home perched over the valley.
It is indeed a piece of paradise for us.
Our family, including 2- 11 year olds, had a wonderful time in this charming, beautifully decorated and well-located house. The setting on the side of the hill offers a lovely view over the countryside from the terrace. We had stayed in the house 13 years before and were happy to see that little has changed in either the house or the ancient village with its warren of narrow stone passageways and walls spilling over with bougainvillea, wisteria, jasmine and oleanders. Both the owner and caretaker were very helpful and anxious to do everything possible to enhance our stay.
It was wonderful to spend the days sightseeing in nearby towns such as Roussillon, Lourmarin, Saignon, Fontaine du Vaucluse and Aix-en-Provence. We even went as far as Cassis on the coast where the kids hiked and swam in the Calanques. Returning home hot and dusty in the late afternoon, we looked forward to a swim, a glass of wine and a relaxing dinner of local specialties on the beautiful terrace in the cool of evening.
Even though I would like to keep this place a secret, I can't recommend it highly enough.
We stayed at La Maison des Arches in mid-August for a week long Girls Getaway and it was perfect. The house is gorgeous. We found the village of Ansouis to be very charming with just the right amount of conveniences . Our days were spent exploring Provence, having delicious lunches and visiting the local markets. At the end of the day we relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets. We sat on the patio and ate our evening meal of local cheeses, meats, olives, bread, pastries from the boulangerie and local wine - heaven! The kitchen is well stocked, the house is beautifully furnished and the beds are very comfortable. We enjoyed meeting Christina, who is the caretaker. The owner, Denise was very helpful and made us feel right at home. It was truly a wonderful vacation.
Words cannot describe this wonderful property. We traveled to Provence with our kids and stayed at La Maison des Arches for eight nights in June of 2015. The owner has gone out of her way to make sure that the visitors are comfortable and have all necessary conveniences at the house. We felt welcomed and taken care of. The house itself is stunning and, frankly, the pictures somehow do not do it justice. The greeter, who is also the housekeeper, lives nearby. She is a lovely lady, it was our pleasure to make her acquaintance.
The village of Ansouis is very centrally located and, for those who want to explore Provence, taking day trips is very easy from La Maison des Arches. We did not mind at all that we could not park the car next to the house. Ansouis was not built to accommodate cars. The parking lot was just a few minutes away. The grocery store and the boulangerie were also a very short walk away.
We were quite sad to leave the La Maison des Arches. There was nothing more relaxing than sitting by that gorgeous pool overlooking the sprawling vineyards and watching sparrows darting in the sky above.
Our family travelled to Europe in July-August for 3 weeks stopping for a few days first in Switzerland prior to making the drive to Southern France. Les Arches was all what we expected of a maison in the Luberon area and much more - it was just perfect for us! Photos did not really do justice in showing how fabulous this house is and its surroundings! The house is gorgeous - it is not surprised that it was featured in the Architectural Digest. Our kids enjoyed the pool and the view is just absolutely beautiful overlooking a hill and a cooperative vineyard (I think)- we ate every night in the outdoor dining area and watch the golden sunset and swallows fly by. The bedrooms are a good size, beds very comfortable, with a nice laundry area off the master bedroom. We love the little French kitchen and the formal dining area, and the interior of the house and its furnishings. Our kids enjoyed watching the village cats from their window. We used Les Arches as our base camp to travel around Provence - scenic drive to Nice, Marseilles, Arles, Avignon, Cannes, and Valensole and other nearby towns for the lavender and sunflower fields. Ansouis is a small, quaint and quiet village and it was really what we wanted and it was perfect for us - locals are friendly and I think knowing a little French or making an effort to speak French is appreciated (though spoke with an American accent). There is a small patisserie with excellent baguettes, petit fours and coffee! We often get up early to the sounds of the local church bells and walk up to the patisserie. Karen and Hans, the caretakers, are very warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the area so, ask them about shopping (Lourmarin is my favorite but get there really early!), restaurants, vineyard, etc...There is so much to see! Thank you Karen and Hans! Curcuron, the setting of the movie "A good year" is close by and has a great market and restaurant. Denise, the owner, is very accommodating and responsive to our questions. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with our family! It was a perfect get away for all of us and would want to return soon. Just a tip in renting a car - get a small one to easily navigate the narrow streets.
We were not disappointed. The home provides a wonderful terrace. Given that we had good weather, most of our late afternoons and evenings were spent there to watch the sun go down, listen to the birds, and just reflect.
The kitchen is well supplied for cooking. The other living areas are wonderful. Accomodating and well appointed. We used the main dining/ living area as our breakfast spot and drop-off area for our maps, shoes, etc. and spent many an evening upstairs in the library for perfect peace and quiet.
The bedroom we used was comfortable. It was wonderful to wake up to the rooster down the road! Bathrooms were nicely appointed and large in terms of European standards.
Appreciated the bath off the pool as it was handy prior to departure to surrounding villages each day.
The village has little in it but it was enough for us. An excellent Tabac with the daily International Tribune; a patisserie that has wonderful pastries; a lovely church, a Vival grocery that has staples so one needn't go further; and an excellent restaurant. "La Closerie", where we had two memorable meals overlooking the Luberon landscape.
Parking is of course not at your door. We chose to park in a public lot that had easy stairs coming up to the village. We did huff and puff a bit, but soon were used to the necessary "going up" to the village.
If you enjoy quiet and a place to unwind, this is a little bit of heaven. For those who must stay connected, there is Wi-Fi.
The owners were very clear about all information one needed to know and were most helpful with other questions prior to our departure.
We spent an idyllic week at La Maison des Arches. It looks so great in the photos, and it is even better "in person". Our first reaction when coming through the gate and seeing the expansive and charming view and pool was Wow! upon entering the house we just couldn't believe we would be staying in such a beautiful home during our Provence vacation. Each day when we came back from touring we were so excited to spend the evening at home. We picnicked on the terrace on quite a few evenings enjoying the sunset and a meal assembled from our daily market visits. The kitchen is so well equipped it's quite easy to enjoy meals at home. And after a busy day, it can be so nice just to relax at home.
The house is so comfortable and spacious. Each bedroom has its own personality. One of our favorite rooms was the library. We had a couple chilly nights during our stay so we enjoyed wine in the cozy library. I also have to say how nice it was to have a really great Internet connection. We actually streamed some of our favorite shows on our iPad for our evening entertainment!
The location in the perched village of Ansouis is perfect; everything is within an hour's drive. The town of Ansouis has a lovely patisserie, boulangerie and a terrific restaurant, La Closerie, which is a must visit at least once during your stay. Also, you should take advantage of the great information packet provided by the owners; they recommend restaurants, markets, wineries....a great resource for your stay.
The caretakers were so welcoming and helpful during our stay and the owners have created a very welcoming environment and provide tons of helpful information, guidebooks, etc. about the region.
We can't wait to return with friends in 2014!
|Refundable damage deposit||$800|
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