|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Old charming stone house in Provence, Drome Provencale, the country of lavender and sunflowers. The house is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat, and vineyards. About 1 km away from the charming little village of St Gervais sur Roubion. This old farm is built of 4 buildings wrapped around a courtyard, and surrounded by a luscious garden with magnificent fruit trees and flowers. The courtyard provides shade and protection from the occasional wind. In the South, a terrace and pergola offer a beautiful setting for lunch and dinners al fresco overlooking the fields.
The house has 3 bedrooms on 2 floors, and can comfortably sleep 6 to 8 people.
The downstairs bedroom has a double bed. One of the upstairs bedroom has a double bed and a single bed, and the second upstairs bedroom has a double bed and 2 single beds.
The house has a large bathroom with a bathtub and sink, as well as a washing machine. There is, on the same floor, a separate shower, and a half bathroom.
The kitchen is well equipped including oven and stove, microwave, dishwasher, and a large farm table for 8. It opens onto the living room which is very comfortable, and has a large stone fireplace around which to sit.
The house is equipped for children, with games, swings, bicycles, and a lot to explore. It is a peaceful and romantic spot decorated with exquisite taste in the luscious Provencal tradition.
One of the buildings has been arranged as a separate house where one of the owner lives yearlong. We refer to this building as "the little house". It opens onto a separate area of the garden, providing total privacy and quiet to the main house. The resident of the "little house" travels often and is not always there, but when present, she is a great resource of information on things to do and see in the region, and is happy to answer any question.
The house is owned by the Souquet family which includes:
Francine, the matriarch, a retired nurse who worked, after a full career in operating rooms, around the world for Doctors without Borders and now lives in Paris.
Virginie, a dancer, yoga teacher and sophrologist who lives yearlong in "the little house".
Armelle, a painter specializing in restoration work, living in Lyon with her 2 daughters.
Marjolaine, a production manager for National Geographic Channel International living outside of Washington DC, USA, with her 2 sons, one of which, Pierre, manages rentals.
We all love and care for the house and get together for family gatherings in the house every other Summer.
Pierre Souquet Moglen purchased this farmhouse in 1986
Our family has always had strong ties to Provence. Our grand-parents lived close by and many relatives have settled in the region, from Marseille to Gap and Lyon.
Francine had always dreamed of a large and old house to root the family and was able to purchase the property just before retiring. Every other Summer, the extended family from France, the USA, Gabon, Switzerland, the Indian Ocean, and Colombia gathers for a week or 2 to bond, catch up, and work on the house.
The charm of old stones and the peacefulness of the area made us fall in love with the house. The region is beautiful, easily accessible and conveniently situated to provide access to the countryside, the mountains and the sea within a couple of hours.
We spent a wonderfully relaxing week exploring this amazing area of France surrounded by pretty mountain villages and river gorges in the middle of Rhone valley in northern Provence. The house was perfectly equipped for an authentic French experience, with plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy. Nearby villages offer an array of modern and traditional fare and culture, including Market days and local festivals. We were within easy driving of some of the most unspoiled and dramatic countryside as well as historic areas and larger cities. I will definitely return to this region again and stay at this fantastic family homestead which is the perfect base for get away from it all holiday.
The place is a treasure. Nestled in a part of Provence that isn't troubled by tourist throngs, "La Lauze was great getaway for our family. The layout provided a perfect combination of togetherness and privacy; the architecture an intriguing mix of ancient and modern; very clean and well-maintained; owners are relaxed and welcoming. Close to shopping, bakery, cafe, etc. I can easily recommend this place.
The first time we visited La Lauze, we were in absolute heaven. We are a family of five, and despite the variety of ages in our party, everyone's needs were met and exceeded for the duration of our visit - not an easy feat! The beauty, warmth and charm of the property and the Souquet family cannot be matched. From the moment of our arrival, we were amazed at how lovely and well-equipped the home is, as if every possibility has been anticipated and planned for.
The location of La Lauze is ideal. Surrounded by fields and nestled in a valley, the tranquility of the property is incredible. Yet, within a two hour radius, you will find everything you could imagine - from small medieval villages to bustling cities like Avignon to the Mediterranean Sea; from the Luberon to the Ardeche. No matter where the day brought us, the oasis of La Lauze awaited our return. A typical day went like this: Wake up around 7am, head down to the boulangerie for our baguette and croissants, return and sit in the courtyard over tea and croissants while perusing the schedule of the marches. We haven't been to that village yet? Then let's go!! We would grab the market basket and head out. The scenery while driving through the countryside is beyond anything I could hope to adequately describe - just stunning. Once at our destination, we would do our marketing, and then explore the village. If it was a larger village or city, we would perhaps stay and have lunch so we could do a bit more exploring. Then, back to La Lauze, where we would retire to the courtyard to read and relax for a time and where the children would play croquet, or rehearse 'shows' they had developed. Then, the absolute pleasure of preparing dinner with the bounty we'd found at the marche that morning. We might eat at the dining table in the kitchen, or in the courtyard, or on the terrace outside the courtyard (a favorite place to stage the shows). Then, bath and bedtime for the children, and time for my husband and I to relax in the courtyard or off the terrace with a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the mountains. How could it be more perfect than that? We did spend some days venturing further out and coming home just to roll into bed, but we found we missed our time at La Lauze and would find ourselves sticking closer the following day. Our 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip was so amazing, we had to return, which we did, two years later. We can't wait to return again!!
My two sisters and I escaped last July to the golden sunflower and fragrant lavender fields surrounding La Lauze. The large, fully equipped and comfortable stone house, with its surrounding lawn, fruit trees and views of the local dramatic mountainside provided a relaxing atmosphere and everything we needed for a relaxing and lovely French experience. A short drive away we found lovely markets, pristine little villages, and bustling but charming Montelimar where the Tour de France made one of its last stops before heading back to Paris. To barbeque and dine outside at La Lauze was a memorable experience. The people, the food, and the beauty of the Provence countryside made it difficult to leave. I HIGHLY recommend your stay at La Lauze; you won't forget it!
La Lauze: This stone farmhouse in the French Provençale landscape was the ideal getaway from my normal stress and work in New York City. It has a memorable, enclosed for privacy but open to the sky courtyard, which is very nice. We often ate looking out over the farmland on the terrace by the fig tree. The eat in kitchen is very country, and there is a bedroom downstairs and two more upstairs where one can have privacy. It was an unforgettable experience to visit the beautiful old villages like Poet Laval (that dates back to the time of the Crusades) and the village of Dieulefit. Wonderful! And if one likes a large city Montelimar is 20 minutes away, where Bégude is very small and only 5 minutes. Here one can get a fresh morning croissant, pain au chocolat or french bread. My girlfriend and her best friend loved the outdoor markets at the nearby villages, where we found fresh fruits (pêche blanche!), vegetables, olives and goat cheese. Delicious! For me I loved my walk in the mountains that surround and overlook the valley, and enjoyed the local pool. Unforgettable and magnifique!
Drome Provencale. Montelimar-Dieulefit.
15mn from Montelimar's train station and 45mn from the TGV (very high speed train) station of Valence.
Less than 3 hours from Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport by TGV.
1h30mn from Lyon.
Rivers to swim in, medieval villages (Poet Laval, La Laupie, Bourdeaux and more), medieval castles, lavender, potteries, open air local markets, wineries, gourmet and local restaurants, Summer music and theatre festivals, hiking, biking.
One hour from the Canyon of the Ardeche.
One hour from Avignon. Two hours from the Mediterranean sea and the wetlands of Camargue.
Other Activities: Jungle Jim in the trees
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$537|
25% of the rental fee is required to confirm your reservation, as well as a safety deposit check of 500 euros, which will be returned after the rental, and when fuel (heating) bill has been received, and paid if applicable.
A fee of 60 euros is also to be paid for cleaning of the house upon your departure in cash for the cleaning lady.
The weekly rent includes the use of the house, water and electricity, and wood for the fireplace.
It does not include the heating, cleaning of the house during your stay, or the rental of sheets and towels.
Sheets and towels can be rented for an extra 10 Euro per person/per week.
The cleaning of the house can be arranged and will be payable per hour, in cash directly to the cleaning person.
Balance of the rental is to be paid by check or by wire transfer one (1) week prior to arrival.
Discount on rental fee if rental for more than 2 weeks at a time.
If reservation is made only within 1 month, or less, prior to your stay at the house, we ask that you pay the entire balance at the time of booking, as well as the refundable safety deposit.
****In case of cancellation less than 4 weeks before the date of arrival in the house, the 30% reservation fee will be kept.****