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Beautiful Restored 'Mas' with View Overlooking the Luberon

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (sleeps 10)

'L'Oratoire de St. Christol' is located in the southern Luberon mountain range, just outside the medieval hilltop village of Grambois. It is an old 'mas' and our second family home, beautifully restored and furnished in keeping with the character of Provence. It has 240m2 of living space on two floors, beamed ceilings, 5 bedrooms, 1 bath with toilet, 1 shower with toilet, and 1 en suite shower room.

The house is on 5 hectares of wooded land with a 5 x 11 meter swimming pool with diving board (upkeep of pool provided) and a magnificent view of the Luberon. It is peaceful and quiet, yet only a couple of minutes walking distance to the village. On the property you'll find many 'corners' to discover: a quiet and shaded fountain to sit by, a medieval water basin (sometimes dry in the summer) and numerous terraces and paths to stroll. There are medieval ruins in the woods but they are difficult to get to.

The kitchen leads to both the front terrace adjacent to the 'cuisine d'ete' (summer kitchen) and to the large back terrace with a magnificent view, providing outside dining in sun or shade. The large vaulted kitchen has a picture window facing the Luberon and is fully equipped with new appliances, including a dishwasher and 'American' fridge with icemaker. The house is furnished to give a light, summer feeling with a combination of quality modern design and antique 'Provencal'.

Grambois is located in what is known as the 'Golden Triangle' of the southern Luberon mountain range. The area has countless medieval villages, open-air markets to visit, and is only a half hour away from the beautiful southern town of Aix-en-Provence. The sea can be reached in an hour. There are many cultural festivals taking place in the area throughout the year and for those looking for city life, shopping, and great restaurants, Marseille and Aix have everything to offer.

Keywords: Beautifully Restored House

More Details

Ellen Lewis
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, some hebrew and greek
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Ellen Lewis

We are both educators in international schools.

Ellen Lewis purchased this house in 1998

Why Ellen Lewis chose Grambois

Friends in the region, proximity to Aix, appeal of Grambois and the Parc Regional du Luberon, natural and unspoiled site.

What makes this house unique

It is our second family home. We are in one of the most beautiful areas in France, a countryside of vineyards, olive trees, sunflower fields, and lavender. There are excellent excursions to Luberon villages, Aix, Marseille, Avignon, Nimes. The coast is less than one hour drive away and the area is not crowded during the summer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Subject: Re: beautiful time in GramboisBonjour Ellen, Comme je sais que vous parlez très bien en français, j'ose vous écrire en français. Ma famille, mes amis et moi avons passé un très agréable moment chez vous. Je suis tombée en amour avec votre place. Je serais restée un autre mois. Vous avez une magnifique maison que vous avez su décorer avec beaucoup de goût. On s'y sent bien et on est à l'aise. La vue de votre mas sur le Luberon est de toute beauté. Nous nous sommes beaucoup reposés, avons lu et écrit. Étant chez vous pour un mois, nous avons visité plusieurs villages. Notre préféré fut Lourmarin. Laissez moi vous raconter la belle histoire qui nous est arrivé au cimetière de Lourmarin. Clara et moi avions décidé d'aller porter des fleurs sur la tombe de ALbert Camus. Nous aimons toutes les deux cet auteur. Comme nous entrions dans le cimetière, deux dames y pénétraient en même temps. Une d'elle nous demanda ce que nous allions faire au cimentière avec des Immortelles dans les mains: Nous lui avons alors expliqué le but de notre visite et elles furent touchés par nos intentions. Quelques minutes plus tard, alors que nous étions rendues au pied de la tombe de Camus, les deux dames revinrent et l'une d'elle nous dit: je dois vous le dire, même si ma compagne n'est pas tout à fait d'accord mais elle est la fille d'Albert Camus, Catherine. Femme très timide et très réservée, elle a semblé très touchée par notre geste. Clara et moi étions émues par sa présence. Je crois qu'il n'y a pas de hasard dans la vie, il n'y a que des rendez-vous. Qu'en pensez-vous? Vous comprenez sans doute pourquoi Lourmarin restera gravé longtemps dans nos mémoires. Je crois que cette similarité s'applique également au choix de votre maison. Au plaisir, Céline
Dec 2004
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Grambois House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) The house is probably best suited for 10 people; however, should the number of people exceed 10, we do have 3 fairly comfortable foldable camping beds that can be set up in the upstairs bedrooms for children.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Two fireplaces, internet access, VCR and DVD Player with many children's films, use of adult and children's library, large pool with diving board, upkeep of pool provided, full and well-equipped kitchen, two beautiful terraces for outside dining. Since the house is an old provencal house with thick walls and shutters, it can be kept cool even in the heat of noon, but there are also extra fans available.


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Beautiful Restored 'Mas' with View Overlooking the Luberon
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Le rêve

  • 5 of 5

Le rêve

Authentique maison provençale dans la partie la plus calme du Luberon mais tout de même très proche des plus beaux villages. Nous y avons passé une semaine de pure détente. Maison très confortable, décorée avec beaucoup de goût, piscine dans un cadre incroyable en pleine nature et la gérance de la maison est impeccable. Lieu parfait pour une réunion de famille inoubliable.

Merci à Ellen et Walther de nous ouvrir leur petit coin de paradis

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Une bien belle maison

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine de rêve dans cette belle maison située dans la partie orientale du Sud du Luberon, à côté de Grambois, joli village perché dans ce qui est pour nous la plus belle partie du Luberon. La maison offre tout ce qu'une grande famille-nous étions trois couples avec 4 enfants petits- peut souhaiter : espace, grandes pièces décorées avec goût et équipement fonctionnel. Le parc est un vrai terrain d'aventures pour les petits et la piscine à des dimensions permettant aux nageurs de s'exercer et aux enfants de jouer. Et puis on ne se lasse pas de la vue sur les collines du Luberon, notamment au coucher du soleil. Nous avons quitté cette maison avec regret et espérons avoir l'occasion de revenir un prochain été.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the house in Grambois. It was the perfect place for our family reunion. Everything worked out; the rooms were spacious and comfortable; the kitchen and the inside & outside dining areas were conducive to sharing and spending time together; and we enjoyed the pool and the views. We liked the fact that Grambois was not a touristy town but central enough to explore the surrounding areas.

Thank you for making us feel at home and all your recommendations.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family get-together

  • 5 of 5

Our far-flung family of 8 adults, 4 young children and a baby found this property perfect for a get-together. The house is spacious and comfortable with lots of different places to enjoy each others company. Of course most contact was around the large dining table in the house but we enjoyed our evening meals at the large table on the outdoor terrace overlooking the mountains at sunset. A very important fact was that there were no mosquitos or at least they stayed away after using a thoughtfully provided spray. We spent most days exploring the nearby villages and markets and made one memorable trip to the Calanques taking a boat trip from Cassis - recommended. It was wonderful returning "home" for a swim and cooperatively cooked dinner.

The house is as picturesque as the photos with rustic furniture. The appliances however are all very modern and worked well.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your positive comments. We're so glad you enjoyed the house and that it worked out well for your family get-together!
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The Rose family

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Ellen & Walther for a wonderful stay in your charming provencale house , we enjoyed being in such a beautiful and natural enviroment ,the house lived up to the description and more, the wild wooded garden and shady tree lined path to your swimming pool was like walking through an adventure novel ! the terrace offered a cool retreat for lunch and a snooze ! evening meals were magical with the stars eluminating the night sky + no mosquitos !!!

Every day was a delight , going to the many local village markets to buy fresh produce and post card journeys of the beautiful countryside , the Luberon is a landscape of inspiration with a palette of colour so rich you feel like your in a Cezanne painting .

We will certainly love to come back & do it all over again !

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We're so grateful to be able to sharing this beautiful home in Grambois. Our family of 7 adults and two little ones loved the house - and we had just a delightful time there. The house is spacious, and wonderfully comfortable, and the swimming pool was a refreshing entertainment in the hot afternoons. All the furnishings and appointments are simply perfect. We were delighted to find the kitchen so well equipped, as we really enjoy cooking as a family. We have many, many happy memories of our time in Grambois. The property is simply beautiful. The area is quiet and non-touristy, yet a short drive from many wonderful opportunities. We'd all love to return here!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words! You will always be welcome in Grambois! Warm regards, Ellen and Walther
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Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Festivals in Aix and Avignon, Cultural/Historical Attractions, excellent wineries and good restaurants


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $259.4

There is an additional cleaning fee of 220 euros to be paid directly upon departure.

To secure a booking, we require a deposit of 1,000 Euros. The remainder of the rental cost is due within one month at the latest of the rental dates. Rental fees are to be paid to our French bank account via bank transfer. Our bank details will be sent upon decision to rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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