Three House, 10 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 4-20)
- english, french
About Deb McDougall
We are originally from England, however, work took us to The Netherlands, when our family was young. Living in mainland Europe gave us plenty of opportunities to explore many different countries, but something always drew us back to southern France for family holidays. We often dreamed of buying an old place to restore when the children had grown up, but then when the situation actually presented itself, we found ourselves moving with three children still in education. Fortunately, none of us has ever regretted it for a second. We had restored old houses before, but taking on a property that was nearly 500 years old, was quite a challenge - often a nightmare, but more often than not full filling a dream. Everyone gets roped in from time to time to help with big projects, like excavating wells and discovering secret passages. The property is so old and has so much history and charater, we feel more like we are its caretakers, rather than the owners.
Deb McDougall purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2002
Why Deb McDougall chose Pertuis
Actually I think the property chose us, parts of it were so run down, no one else would have been crazy enough to take it on.... but we quickly fell in love with it ... and we like a challenge! It has certainly been a labour of love - a lot of hard work but very rewarding, particularly as we can now see our guests enjoying it as much as we do. This is the most beautiful part of Provence, with the coast only a 45 minute drive away and the lush Luberon hills above us, and the wonderful villages and markets that make Provence unique. There is so much to see and experience, that when we do'remember' to take a day off, we are still discovering news places and 'gems'
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The three houses can be rented individually except during July and August, when they are let as a whole as they are very popular with groups of friends and large families who want to holiday together but don't necessarily want to be all under the same roof. There are secluded areas where guests can escape for some quiet time, but plenty of space to enjoy each others company dining al fresco or working off the effects on the tennis court or in the pool. Set in the countryside, 'La Loubiere' is only five minutes drive from a bustling town and a short drive from the numerous Luberon villages and their markets. In contrast Aix-en-Provence, one of the most beautiful cities in France is only twenty minutes drive away. Returning to 'La Loubiere' after a busy day exploring and being able to relax and watch the sun setting with a glass of wine - there is nothing to beat it!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great for family gatherings
We had great family gathering here. We loved the property and our hosts. Highly recommend.
Creating memories in La Loubiere
I stayed in La Loubiere with my three daughters, their husbands and children (8, between ages 9 en 3) for a week. My girls wanted to rent the property next year again but one of them is not around in summer so probably it will be in 2020- that shows how much we enjoyed our stay.
For my family it was just perfect. The houses, the space, the pool, the villages and surroundings… we loved it. It was so nice that each family had its own 'home' with good bathrooms, bedrooms and a living. We had our meals together on the terrace, we cooked together in the big kitchen and on the bbq. We played table tennis and petanque and enjoyed the shade on the terrace of the big pool. We made walks in the area and visited villages, Aix en Provence and the coast. It was lovely to have the whole property for ourselves.
We love food so the kitchen, the terrace and bbq, the market and supermarkets - great!
Because there is so much space the kids had a wonderful time exploring, swimming and rediscovering each other.
The same for their parents. It was so good to be together to be connected again; everybody works hard, there is so much to do and the physical distance of their hometowns does niet make things easier.
Your place had exactly the right atmosphere and it made me so happy!
Thank you for your wonderful review of La Loubiere! It also makes us happy that you and your family had such a lovely time together here and we very much hope that you will return in 2020.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and our warmest regards to you all.
Deb & Alec
Absolutely magical family vacation in Provence!
Our blended family of 9, plus significant others/friends (total of 16), stayed in all three properties of La Loubiere in mid June, and an absolutely wonderful time was had by all. The photos do not do the property justice; Deb and Alec have done an amazing job restoring and decorating the properties so that they are comfortable to modern taste and reflect a genuine Provencal aesthetic--we really appreciated how they retained features of the original function of each building in all of the rooms. I loved the way they blended antiques with modern comforts and conveniences throughout the properties--each bedroom was charming in its own way. In sum, everything was authentic, simple, and charming. With three houses (especially with the great room of the main house), the grounds, the pool, and the tennis courts, we had plenty of room for all of us, and we were able to have family meals together outside on the upper and lower terraces. We could sit together and watch the sun set over the lavender and the grazing horses--simply amazing! The kitchen was spacious enough for us to work together preparing meals, and the outdoor grill was well used! Deb and Alec were gracious hosts--available when we needed them or had a question. The property was clean, the linens were fresh, and everything was ready for us when we arrived. We loved the location, which was away from it all yet within a short driving distance from groceries, wineries, and the bakery in Pertuis. Several other charming Provencal towns were just a short drive away. We hated to leave, but we are already thinking about a return trip! Thanks again to Deb and Alec for a wonderful stay!
Dear Rebecca and Pol,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at La Loubiere, we were thrilled to receive it and delighted that you enjoyed everything so much you want to return. Until the next time ......
With our best wishes
Deb & Alec
Fantastic stay. HIGHLY recommend.
This property was gorgeous. The location was great (easy to get to Avignon, Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, and all of the amazing villages in the surrounds). Our family was incredibly comfortable (we took over 2 of the 3 rental spaces). The rentals were very well-equipped with the comforts of home to say the least – excellent kitchen facilities and modern bathrooms. It was great to "come home" and relax and eat local bread, cheese, etc and drink wine...we had fires every night. Deb and Alec were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. The information they sent us before our trip was fabulous and spot on. Our only regret was not having more time to take advantage of all of their excellent recommendations. They also made a reservation on our behalf for a Michelin star restaurant in the area for Mother's Day brunch. I have eaten all of the world, but this little restaurant (maybe 8 tables) was in my top 3 EVER. In summary, this was everything I hoped for during our first taste of Provence. We will be back.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review and also for the many compliments. We are delighted that you felt so comfortable and 'at home' at La Loubiere - and fell in love with Provence. The first of many visits hopefully and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
La Loubiere: topper.
We stayed (my wife and I, children, grand children) with 16 persons in La Loubiere in the first week of may 2015 in the two largest houses. It was marvellous. The information we got in advantage was okay. Very complete houses, Deb and Alec were wonderful. Even the weather was very nice.
We waren met zijn zestienen in La Loubiere. Eerste week mei 2015. Wij, kinderen, kleinkinderen. Fantastisch. De huizen zijn prima in orde. De inlichtingen vooraf waren perfect. De huizen zijn zeer compleet met leuke gezamenlijke ruimtes. We hadden bovendien prima weer. En Deb en Alec zijn hartstikke aardige mensen!
Thank you so much for your glowing review and for taking the time to post it. We are thrilled that you all had such a great time and look forward to your next stay. With our best wishes Deb & Alec
Our second stay at La Loubierre
This was our second stay. As before everything was great. It is a perfect location, close to everything but very tranquil. Deb and Alec are very welcoming. We hope to stay again next year. I would recommend La Loubierre to everyone.