Oaks and Olives is a lovely family home in beautiful, undisturbed surroundings, yet within easy reach of the local villages of Oppede le Vieux, Coustellet and Menerbes.
Our family home away from home consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom, with king bed, has a large ensuite with walk-in shower and footed tub. This bedroom/ bathroom is suitable for handicapped access. French doors open onto it's own small terrace.
The second large bedroom also has a queen size bed and an ensuite bathroom with shower.
There are two more bedrooms that share the third bathroom. One has a queen bed and the other has two twins that can be pushed together or left separate.
The great room is a wonderful place to relax with a glass of wine, read a book or enjoy the views across the valley. The dining room can be set for eight people to enjoy the special treats that come out of the fully stocked kitchen. The openness of the room allows beautiful morning light lasting right into sunset views. Off this great room is another set of French doors which leads out to the covered terrace. Beyond the terrace lies the covered outdoor dining area with BBQ, security-gated pool and garden with olives trees, lavender, wild thyme, and rosemary.
Coustellet is 10 minutes away. It has the regions most successful market on Sundays and the best bakery around (right behind the supermarket). Not to be missed is the new pastry and tea shop that rivals some of the best in Paris. The town has everything required from a pharmacy (with a pharmacist that speaks English) and groceries to the lavender museum.
We are ideally situated in the middle of the Luberon with easy access to all of the fabulous hillside villages; for example, Gordes, Rousillon, Bonnieux and Lourmarin. There are endless opportunities to try new wines and local delicacies, while experiencing the daily wonders of Provence.
Whether you choose to spend your days relaxing in the sun or filling every moment with typical French experiences and markets, we know you will thoroughly enjoy your stay.
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Keywords: Farmhouse, Country house, Renovated
Karl and Moira are a forever France-loving couple. They traveled to the area many times before realizing their dream of buying a home there for their family to enjoy together and escape the chaos of Vancouver life. Karl is an architect of custom homes and therefore couldn't wait to get his hands on this personal project.
The Owner purchased this house in 2010
The Luberon has long held a fascination due to the cherries in the Spring, lavender in the Summer, and olive crush in the Fall. Between the hillside villages, fabulous markets, and wonderful wines, there is an endless assortment of things to enjoy in this area.
Oaks and Olives radiates the feel of provencal country living, while it's design considers the wants and needs of North American lifestyle. The floor plan is thoughtfully laid out giving the house a very luxurious feel.
We stayed here for a week in August (2 adults and 3 kids). First thing to note is that Moira is incredibly helpful beforehand, offering restaurant suggestions as well as advice about neighboring towns. We arrived mid-afternoon and met the local caretaker Francis who was also very helpful, showing us what was where and giving us some tips for a smooth stay. The house is in a great location - a couple of miles outside a little town you've never heard of - but close to lots of fun places to go. We visited Avignon, Cassis, Aix en Provence, St. Remy and numerous others. We visited local markets, went on a boat ride in Cassis, had a tour of Aix, did a baking class in St. Remy, went kayaking on a local river, the list goes on. When you're not exploring, the house is perfect. 4 bedrooms provide plenty of space to spread out and not get under each others' feet. The pool is a great place to relax and watch the sunset over a glass (or bottle) of local wine. We slept soundly every night, making sure we'd closed the gate to keep the wild boars out! Sadly we only stayed there for a week. We could easily have stayed another week or three. The house comes with everything you'll need - wifi, outdoor dining area, charcoal grill, laundry facilities, well-stocked kitchen with 2 coffee makers (hey, that's the important stuff in our house), etc. If we come back to Provence we'll definitely look to stay here again. 10 stars!
This enchanting part of the world and this house gave me an unforgettable 70th year celebration with my family. Every detail of the house was carefully designed and thought out for beauty and comfort. The house invites you to relax and curl up with a good book in the afternoon, or lures you for a dip in the lovely pool surrounded by lavender bushes and buzzing bees.
We navigated our way down the small lanes, around stone farmhouses, and up and down hills, went to the markets almost daily for the superb fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, visited the enchanting hill towns, traveled to Antibes for lunch by the Mediterranean, Aix-en-Provence, Orange, Les Baux, Avignon, and perhaps my favorite, a late evening stroll up to Oppede de Vieux with my daughter to see the astonishing views of the valley below and ancient fields at sunset.
Our days began with a trip to the bakery in Oppede for croissants, coffee and a light breakfast on the terrace, then out to the markets, or hill towns, a break for lunch during our exploring, an espresso and then home for a swim, a nap, reading or lounging on the terrace. We loved walking in the evening when the cooler air came in from the coast, and then begin the wonderful French ritual of dinner. At first we decided to eat around 8, but the sunsets demanded our attention so we abandoned all planning and moved into the french rhythms of life with wine, cheeses, olives and bread, sunset perhaps a swim and finally moved indoors to the table covered with the abundance of Provence.
The entire experience, from my first contact with the owners to our greeting upon arrival was excellent. The house is comfortable, from beds, to linens, to towels, well equipped and very easy to maintain. The range is a cook’s dream and the dishwasher and washer/dryer and clothesline, made our vacation easier, and we even turned on the AC a few hot evenings.
Thank you to the wonderful owners for sharing their lovely home with us. The area is spectacular, their restaurant and sightseeing recommendations excellent, the hill towns something that will be in my memories forever and those soft breezes blowing up the valley and cicadas enhanced an already amazing experience.
It was hard to leave this beautiful house and location in the heart of the Luberon.
Oaks and Olives is a truly incredible spot that served as our home base throughout our vacation in the south of France. It is perfectly and privately situated down a charming little street, but is conveniently close to several beautiful small towns and villages. The location could not be better for daytime walks or bicycle rides, and provides access to orchards, wineries, woodlands, quaint churches and castle ruins.
Every morning we took our breakfast on the sunny front patio, where we were treated to a spectacular view of the rolling hills and vineyards beyond. We would then explore the bustling markets that were located close by, and always returned home with bags of delicious food, treasures and treats. Some afternoons were spent adventuring, while others were spent lounging by the crystal clear pool, sipping wine and champagne. Each night, the sunset was brilliant, and perfectly viewed from the comfort of the rear patio.
It's apparent that the owners of this house have taken great care to ensure the comfort of their guests, as it truly is exquisite. The kitchen is modern, spacious, and well equipped for large groups such as ours. The furnishings and decor further speak to the excellent tastes of the owners, and with 8 people in the house, we never felt as if we were crowded or tripping over one another. The beds were invitingly soft, and it was absolutely wonderful to wake up each morning and open our patio door to the sounds of the birds. The bathrooms were thoughtfully designed, with large showers and heated drying racks. Much to my delight, hairdryers were also found in each, and we had access to both a washing machine and a dryer. Quite rare for Europe!
As afternoons in the south can be quite warm, we were exceedingly grateful for the use of the pool, which was pristine and enticing in the hot weather. The carefully manicured property itself is expansive, and stretches back towards a delightful view of boundless fields, and further off, the ruins of a castle.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this astounding property, and I can only hope that one day I have the privilege of returning to this perfect spot. I would recommend Oaks and Olives to anyone and everyone in a heartbeat. Thank you to the wonderful owners, for allowing us into your gorgeous home, and for caring about the comfort and well-being of your guests.
Oaks and Olives more than met our expectations. The delightful sunsets kept drawing us back for dining which we did inside since the good old Mistral bedeviled us the first three days. We found the area to be charming and each village we visited seemed to be better than the prior. The owners' green notebook was especially helpful in guiding us to places to see and at which to dine. The bakery in Coustellet was really a great place. Also, we ate our last night’s dinner at La Maison Gouin (Coustellet) and found the food to be very, very good. One thing that sets it apart is the fact that one goes into the cellar and selects one’s own wine, and they have some good ones. We found the Sunday market at Isle-sur-La-Sorge to be both entertaining and full of interesting antiques. Two of the ladies in our party are antiquers. Lacoste was an interesting find and we visited its market on Tuesday. Linda got a great buy on a table cloth. We knew of the link between Lacoste and the Savannah College of Art and Design and found lots of interesting art about the town. We had a meal at La Veranda in Menerbes and it was delightful. If it is not a 1-star, it must be in the running.
All in all, we found Oaks and Olives to be charming, comfortable, fully equipped and a great place to stay. Thank you so much for offering it for our use. I must also highlight the responsiveness of the owner to any and all questions that we had during the entire process. I would call it unprecedented and very much appreciated. A great big thank you to her.
We had a magical week at this truly special house, and could easily have stayed a month. It was a great launching pad for all of our adventures, as well as a place where we could happily spend a lazy day by the pool. The house was just the right size for our family of five -- including two teens and a tween -- with lovely bedrooms and baths, an open central living area and quiet spots for everyone to retreat to for reading or a nap. The kitchen is well-equipped, and we spent mornings gathered around the large island with our coffee, and pain au chocolat from the local bakery, planning the day's outings. The indoor dining table could easily accommodate us, but our favorite spot for dinner was the stunning covered outdoor dining area. In fact, it was often difficult to choose between beautiful outdoor spots: the pool; the small "breakfast patio;" the covered lounge overlooking the backyard -- all with beautiful views (and on the last day we noticed a bench swing tucked in amongst the olive trees!)
The house is down a country lane, a few minutes away from the closest town, and a short drive to many charming small towns and markets. It was also easy to venture further, to Avignon, Cassis, Le Pont du Gard, Nimes, St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux. The owners have compiled a binder full of suggestions for activities and restaurants, many of which we tried and enjoyed.
The owners made this a seamless rental experience -- from first contact all the way through to the day we left. They have clearly put a lot of care and attention to detail into making the home a welcoming retreat for everyone who stays there. The only thing missing was an extra week or two to spend there! We would love to return one day for a longer stay.
If you are looking for the ultimate experience in France, Oaks and Olives is the place. The house is perfect: absolutely charming while totally modern and functional. The kitchen is large and well equipped (you can tell the hosts are serious about their food!), the living/dining space is large and comfortable, and with two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and two with a shared bathroom, there is plenty of room. One patio gets lovely morning sun and the other, overlooking the beautiful garden, pool, olive and fruit trees, is perfect for afternoon and evenings. The covered outdoor eating area is beautiful any time of the day. The location is a great balance of quiet countryside (house location) within easy distance of so many charming towns, all with great food and interesting markets. Hiking, biking, walking or touring around are all fun. Access is easy, whether within France or from elsewhere. The TGV (fast train) from Paris comes to Avignon (about 30 mins away) and the international airport at Marseille is about 45 mins by car.
Over and above all of the practical info, the hosts' attention to detail - from time of first contact to property maintenance - is significantly different from any other rental experience. Personal, prompt attention is given to the rental request, additional information happily provided, tons of useful, local information is available in the house upon arrival and the house and grounds are beautifully maintained.
This visit was my second to Oaks and Olives. I was fortunate to stay in 2012 and am happy to report that the adage "you cannot go back again" does not apply. It was even better on a return trip, which I simply did not think possible, so I am already thinking about booking again - soon!
Cannot recommend more highly.
Situated in the center of the Luberon wine region with many opportunities for tasting and on site sales. The local olive oil mill is within walking distance of the house.