Montjalade has been restored to the highest standard in traditional provençal style with ancient beams, terracotta floors, exposed stone walls, etc. Whilst retaining and enhancing many original features, the mas enjoys all modern conveniences. The house is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished with antiques, objets trouvés, quality bed linen, and great attention to detail. Enjoy the delights of the local villages with their colourful markets and eat at a variety of excellent restaurants in the immediate area. You can choose to relax in this exceptional location or take in the renowned sights and ambience of Provence with easy day trips to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, the Camargue etc. Montjalade is situated in a valley of great natural beauty. The old stone farmhouse has been restored with great love and attention to detail. You will enjoy glorious views from the three spacious south-facing bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. On the ground floor all rooms are south-facing, comprising kitchen, dining room, a study and sitting room, each with direct access to a vast shaded terrace and lawn area. A variety of tables, chairs and comfortable garden furniture makes this an ideal area to eat, read, relax and sunbathe etc. and a perfect spot for a cocktail whilst watching the sun set on the Grand Luberon. The kitchen is fully equipped to a very high standard and your cooking pleasure is enhanced by a little herb garden just outside the door. Adjacent, there is a laundry room, separate cloakroom and WC. The dining room features an original provençal ceiling and exposed stone walls and leads onto the spacious terrace. There is also a large sofa, comfortable seating, and a refectory table for indoor meals. A stone archway leads through to a study with a welcoming sofa and a large fireplace. This also leads out to the huge terrace and garden. A sitting room with another provençal fireplace and comfortable armchairs completes the ground floor accommodation. Here you can watch French and English satellite television or take advantage of an extensive video library. There is also a DVD player, a music center and CD player and a large variety of English-language books and indoor games, etc. There is a Wi Fi connection for a computer. A short distance from the house, discreetly shielded by shrubbery, is a magnificent 15 x 7 metre swimming pool with automatic cover in a glorious setting. Here you will find a calm haven to swim, relax and contemplate a stunning vista to the south and west, which includes the mountain range of the Grand Luberon. There are sunloungers and a solar shower as well as a pergola and windbreak to provide any necessary shade and shelter. In a quiet corner a boules court nestles amongst the trees where you can enjoy wonderful views of the perched villages of Reillanne and Montjustin. The charming medieval villages of Reillanne, Céreste, Apt, Forcalquier and Manosque provide local shopping, delightful markets and delicious restaurants. Montjalade provides an ideal base for cycling, hiking, walking, horse-riding, rock-climbing or exploring the glorious Luberon Regional Park with its heady mixture of vines, lavender and cherry trees, punctuated by spectacular perched villages and dramatic limestone gorges. The vivid ochre cliffs of Roussillon and the tranquil Cistercian abbey of Sénanque are close by, as are the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas and the huge antique market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, the spectacular gorges du Verdon, Mont Ventoux and the Roman towns of Arles, Nîmes, Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine as well as the Pont-du-Gard are all within an hour or two’s drive, while Marseille, the Camargue and the Mediterranean coast are within easy reach. A journey to Nice on the old-fashioned train from Digne takes in some spectacular scenery. Quality bed linen, towels, pool towels, tablecloths, etc. and a final clean are included in the rental cost. For your comfort in colder weather Montjalade has gas central heating; radiators in the bedrooms, heated towel rails in the bathrooms and underfloor heating on the ground floor. There are also two large provencal fireplaces. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. SEE OWNER'S WEBSITE FOR DOZENS OF EXTRA PHOTOGRAPHS, A FULLER DESCRIPTION AND COMMENTS FROM THE VISITORS' BOOK: montjalade.com
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Stone Farmhouse in the Luberon Regional Park, Restored With Great Love and Attention To Detail
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 23, 2018
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
For those unaccustomed to renting a holiday home in Provence from an Australian horse racing expert, a rich experience at Montjalade awaits. The house itself is as convenient as it is quirky, has all the mod cons anyone could need and is delightfully, tranquilly situated amidst fields of sunflowers and similar exotica. However, the crowning glory is the marvellous garden (containing a lovely pool) that surrounds the house. Joan Duck, chatelaine and your hostess, is in the Gertrude Jekyll class when it comes to understanding and situating plants. We have stayed for a fortnight for the last two years and will return in 2017 too. You really can't do better, or so we think.
A wonderful stay in a wonderful property.
On arrival we were met by "Montjalade's" owner, Joan, who explained how everything worked & what to do/not do to get the most out of our stay there. The property, with its characterful beams & furnishings, was spotlessly clean & its extensive grounds beautifully maintained. There is a wonderful array of places to take your ease in the sun or shade & take in the wonderful scenery around you, perhaps reading a book from Joan's impressive collection of 'holiday' reading. She also has an extensive collection of videos (remember those?) should that appeal.
The facilities inside are all that one could ask for & should anything not work because of misunderstanding or any other malfunction, Joan is at hand to help.
We were booked into "La Pastorale," in nearby Cereste for our first night - we cannot recommend it highly enough... delicious meals at modest prices. Joan has other recommendations which she will happily share, arrange bookings for & provide clear directions to.
We loved the relaxed Sunday morning market at nearby Reillane, where we could supplement our initial shop at the local supermarket. However, the impressively huge Monday morning market at Forqulaquier is not to be missed for the variety & range of produce on offer & the sense of life & energy emanating from it. Afterwards, consider a leisurely lunch at Restaurant No 9 where the service is also sometimes leisurely, but the food always worth waiting for at very reasonable prices.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "Montjalade" thanks to the standard of the property, its surroundings & the helpfulness of its charismatic owner, Joan.
A beautiful house in a breathtaking location
Montjalade is a rare and beautiful place. The lovely stone house has been beautifully restored to the highest standards, the garden is gorgeous, and the wide, quiet landscape that stretches out beyond is breathtaking. The owner, Joan, could not have taken more trouble to make our stay comfortable. The house was spotless and the garden beautifully cared for. Joan is delightful, generous, hugely knowledgeable, discreet, and a real friend in a crisis. When our hire car - which had no spare wheel - got a puncture on the way to taking friends to Avignon, with little time to spare, she dropped everything and raced to our rescue.
We cannot recommend Montjalade highly enough.
Gorgeous holiday property and great place to relax
We had a lovely relaxing holiday at this gorgeous property. Joan has clearly put a lot of time and careful planning into the renovation. We loved the garden. Lots of butterflies visiting the beautiful flowers and a large inviting pool. If you are interested in birdwatching you need go no further. Hoopoes, Orioles, Roller, Bee-eaters, Bonelli's eagle and plenty more from the garden or on the lane close-by. The house is spacious and well equipped. We kept discovering something interesting in the house every day. It was just right for our family. Joan was extremely helpful and keen to ensure we had the best stay possible. Great local info provided and suggestions for day trips. We really appreciated her kindness and the delicious freshly grown vegetables. A great base for the local area or a trip further afield. We hope you enjoy Montjalade as much as we did.
Peace and tranquility
This house has been beautifully and sensitively renovated and is full of interesting old details such as huge beams, stone work details and old floor tiles. It was very clean when we arrived. The outside is covered with vines and roses which make the most wonderful shaded area for eating or just sitting and pondering over the lovely views and listening to the birds. The garden is also just lovely, and the huge pool (with lots of shade) is very refreshing.
We had plans to visit lots of places, but found it too difficult to tear ourselves away from this haven in the countryside. We pottered on the little lanes and walked to several little villages, and also played tennis in nearby Cereste but then found ourselves lazing by the pool in the peace and quiet!
Joan could not have been more helpful if we needed anything, and we really enjoyed the fresh vegetables from her garden.
We loved it here and would recommend it to anyone who loves a beautiful old house in fantastic gardens and in the most peaceful and wonderful setting.
We just returned from a delightful week at Montjalade. The farmhouse is in a beautiful setting; a glorious valley with stunning views of the Luberon Mountains. Highlights of our week included day-trips to the local villages in the surrounding area with their colorful markets where local artisans and farmers displayed their fresh produce and wares. We also enjoyed excellent food and wines at a variety of excellent restaurants in the area.
Owner Joan Duck was delightful and could always be relied upon to give us great recommendations of places to see on our day-trips. Her beautiful design and renovations displayed her exquisite taste and attention to detail. The farmhouse was relaxing, comfortable, and worthy of our highest recommendation.
The charming Mediterranean port of Cassis, with its superb "calanques" is only an hour and a half drive.
The Marseille-Provence airport is 80 km (1 hr 30 min) away; the TGV train station at Aix-en-Provence is 70 km (1 hr 15 min away.
A car is essential for visitors to Montjalade.
Guests will appreciate charming markets in the medieval villages of Reillanne (2 km) and Céreste (4 km), which also provide good shopping facilities including food shops, baker's, butcher's, wine caves, chemist's, post offices, bank, large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a sports complex. Montjalade is on the Luberon cycling route and also makes a perfect base for golf, walking, horse-riding, rock-climbing (at the internationally famous centre in the Buoux valley) or exploring the lovely countryside of the Luberon Regional Park, with its heady mixture of vines, lavender and cherry trees, punctuated by spectacular perched villages and dramatic limestone gorges.
Nearby are excellent restaurants offering the special ambience and cuisine of rural Provence. The country markets in the surrounding towns and villages are a must, especially the traditional Saturday morning market in Apt and the Monday market in Forcalquier, which both fill the narrow streets with stalls offering a wide choice of local fruit and vegetables, truffles, pates, lavender and Provencal fabrics. On Sunday, the beautiful village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has the largest antique market outside Paris.
The vivid ochre cliffs of Roussillon and the tranquil Cistercian abbey of Sénanque are close by. Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, Mont Ventoux and the Roman towns of Arles, Nîmes, Orange, Vaison-la-Romaine are all within an hour or two's drive, while Marseille, the Camargue and the Mediterranean coast are within easy reach.
THESE RATES ARE FOR 3-6 PEOPLE. THERE IS A LOWER RATE FOR 2 PEOPLE (see Owner's Website). Please contact owner for booking procedure. Changeover Day: Montjalade is rented on a weekly basis and the changeover day is Saturday. Notes on prices: The price for weeks that fall between two months will be prorated according to the number of nights in each month. THE RATES ARE FOR 3-4 PEOPLE. THERE IS A LOWER PRICE FOR TWO PEOPLE.