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Charming Residence in Provence / Heated Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Charming house in the heart of Provence, ideal base for your visits

At the crossroads of the Alpilles, the Luberon and the Pays d'Aix in Provence,

 Restored respecting the identity of the place,

This former Benedictine Monastery has the charm of old buildings

140 m2 on 2 levels - succession of Salons and Rooms decorated with care to accomodate you during a stay

It is an ideal base for visiting Provence,

its exceptional location makes it possible to

and to recharge in the best conditions

Access to the 12x3 swimming pool heated from June to October

linen provided. preparation of your stay on request

More Details

laurence sauvajol
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018


La Barben House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower
    - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 queen
    - 1 queen
  • The rooms have quality bedding, beds of 160x 200 cm, beds made on arrival Towels available, towels (pool) on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
ready to complétentaires equipment on request


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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Charming Residence in Provence / Heated Swimming Pool
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Enjoyable stay but...

  • 3 of 5

We had an enjoyable stay @ this house, but...

There were some little nags!

First is the fact that there were also other people at this house which we didn't know or were told about.

So you have to share the pool/property with other guests...

Also I've read in some reviews that the owners are never there, well they were always there.

Off course we didn't mind but I don't understand why some people wrote this...

There are two bedrooms of which one has airco and the one (our) at the southside (hot) of the house didn't have airco...and I can tell you it was hotttttt

Last issue was the location of the kitchen, it was/is on the first floor so when you eat outside you have to take your plates and food down a (steep) stairs...

For the rest this is a beautiful house and a fantastic pool.


  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To the anonymous opinion I answer I regret that we did not discuss it during your stay, it is surprising that you suffer from the heat, the walls of one meter in thickness protect from the heat in summer and from the cold in winter, from the excellent regulators. The most exposed bed room is air-conditioned we would have proposed you a ventilator if some nights were hot. It is the first time when this remark is made for me over several years of rent. Concerning the swimming pool the pond can be shared with the mazet(small Provençal country cottage), the distant annex, it is clearly said in the announcement, concerning the kitchen, it is in the floor it's true. thank you for your compliments on the house and the swimming pool, and do not hesitate to express when there is still time your notices, there are sometimes solutions. Laurence
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Well appointed, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Laurence and Gilles' beautiful property in La Barben. The unit itself is like a lovely museum. So much care has gone into the decor - we even got ideas for our own home!

It had everything we needed, was clean and comfortable, and close to a lot of towns we wanted to visit. The pool was delightful with good quality deck chairs. The yard was large and pristine, allowing for pleasant early morning yoga sessions. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour au Monastier. Laurence était de très bon conseil, discrète et très accueillante. Le logement est spacieux, meublé avec beaucoup de goût et remarquablement équipé. Nous nous sommes sentis tout de suite à l'aise. La Barben est très bien placé pour découvrir la région (Avignon, Aix, Marseille, les Calanques, Les Baux etc.) Nous avons particulièrement apprécié les Carrières de Lumière que nous avons visitées grâce aux conseils de Laurence. Le temps ne nous a pas permis de profiter de la magnifique piscine. Nous recommanderions sans hésiter cette location, et espérons revenir. Par contre, la présence d'objets fragiles et précieux et les escaliers assez raides font que ce n'est pas vraiment adapté pour de très jeunes enfants. Merci Laurence, c'était vraiment parfait!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Parfait !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour vraiment très agréable dans cette magnifique location. Rien ne manque, la décoration est soignée, le mobilier en harmonie avec l'intérieur de ce vieux mas provençal procurant un réel sentiment de confort très appréciable pour profiter de quelques jours de repos. Le jardin est très bien entretenu et apporte un charme supplémentaire, aucun bruit ne vient troubler ce petit coin de paradis.

Nous remercions vivement Laurence pour son accueil et sa gentillesse.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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A warm welcome awaits you in this chic setting

  • 5 of 5

This was probably the most attractive rural rental we've had in our many visits to Provence.

Le Monastier is located on a quiet, semi-rural road on the edge of La Barben. You are 12 minutes from the motorway, 10 minutes from the superb Leclerc supermarket. (No supermarket in North America comes close to this for selection, quality and price)

We were well located for easy day trips: to view the "calanques" near Marseille, to the Luberon Valley, to the magical Serre- Poncon dam NE of Sisteron and to the Gorges de la Nesque N of the Luberon.

There are simple restaurants nearby, though our discriminating hosts urged us to drive farther for a really good meal, which we did.

A spacious and historic property, Le Monastier has been renovated to a very high standard. The entry to the property and the garden areas are beautifully designed and well maintained. The property is secured with an electric gate.

The owners live on site, so are available to assist you whenever you need it. We found Laurence and Gilles very welcoming, charming, helpful and responsive.

They encouraged us to use the whole property -- but they and their family were unobtrusive. (The garden and pool area are shared spaces. We never used the pool, though it was still open in late October)

Inside the rental property: the 2 sitting areas are very well furnished -- decorated with great chic in a comfortable, sometimes whimsical style.

The kitchen is spacious and new. Glassware, dishware and cutlery are of high quality. The refrigerator door is a bit awkward to open but overall it's a functional workspace in which we prepared meals for 2 sets of lunch guests. In France, renters supply all their own cooking materials (even salt and pepper) but if you lack anything, Laurence encourages you to ask for it.

We used only 1 one of the 2 bedrooms and baths but I can affirm that both were well equipped, with good quality linens and towels. I liked the firm bed in the room we used.

The shower in our bathroom drained slowly -- a minor issue.

We did not use the TV. The WiFi is reliable and seems to work in the garden as well.

Elderly visitors and parents with small children should be aware that there are 3 sets of steep stairs. It was not a problem for us (ages 62 and 70) but our legs did get a certain amount of exercise.

Un gros merci to Laurence and Gilles for their warm welcome at Le Monastier.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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High quality stay - Séjour très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Dans un magnifique ancien prieuré dont l'intérieur a été superbement refait, nous avons pu passer une excellente semaine de repos et de visites, la location très centrale de La Barben étant idéale pour visiter l'ensemble de la région (tout ce qu'il faut voir se situe dans un rayon de 30 à 50min en voiture).

Inutile de préciser que la location est très bien équipée et en excellent état - la piscine et les transats sont un régal !

Les propriétaires sont très amicaux et d'une discrétion absolue.

Nous ne pouvons que le recommander !


We spent a very relaxing week in an old monastery refurbished from the ground up, balancing our activities between resting in the sun and exploring the neighbouring areas. La Barben is located at the very heart of Provence and couldn't be more central, everything that the region has to offer being 30 to 50min away. Needless to say that the house is very well equipped and that the pool was a delight. The owners are very friendly and extremely discreet.

Can only be warmly recommended !

Bertrand & Julia, from Munich/Berlin

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Aéroport Marseille MP2 = Marignane
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
sur Pelissanne
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Port de Marseille
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Golf de Pont Royal - Mallemort
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Gare TGV Aix en Provence
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Restaurant la Touloubre
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Sausset / Carry le Rouet / l'Estaque- marseille
Car: necessary

Marseille, take the A7 motorway towards Lyon then take the E80 towards Salon to exit 15.

output Salon de Provence then towards Pelissanne / Lambesc

Between Aix en Provence and the Luberon, near Lambesc is the massive costes and the small village of La Barben.

Ideally placed for touring between the Alpilles, the Camargue and the Luberon;


walk or bike: Walks on paths of long walks, the castle and the zoo, tennis and horse riding;


about 10-15 Km: Golf Pont Royal, the wine route of Provence, the wine tasting cellars (Lower Castle ...), a city and villages: Salon de Provence, Lambesc, St Cannat, Rogne, Will, Cornillon, Eguilles, door Luberon Park;

27 km Aix en Provence Sainte Victoire;

50km (approx): Saint Rémy de Provence, Maussane the Alpines, the Baux de Provence, Avignon, Marseille, the Calanques.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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