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This stone cottage on 1.8 hectares (4 acres) of farmland has been meticulously restored to the highest standards of taste and comfort with antique finishings and modern conveniences and is available for rental in all four seasons. Taking maximum advantage of a relatively compact space, the ground floor offers a living/dining area overlooking a stone patio (the actual dining area for most of the year), a fully equipped ultra-convenient gourmet kitchen, a functioning wood stove, and a half-bathroom under a custom-made plaster spiral staircase. The house has satellite television, high-speed WiFi, and internet telephony with free calling anywhere. The spiral staircase leads up to a master bedroom with views in all directions and an artisan-created fully modern bathroom with shower and double sink fitted out with antique doors and tiles. The house is cool in summer and warm in winter, with both electric heat and a functional wood stove. It contains two iPod stereo players.
The large property includes a magnificent round stone irrigation bassin (10 meters in diameter), which has been transformed into a swimming pool while retaining its original form. The pool sits in a well defined area 30 meters (100 feet) square, planted with grass and willows, with a full view of the village, including sunsets behind the chateau. The bassin was originally fed by a spring (on old maps the location is called ''Le Gourt,'' a Celtic word for spring-fed basin) which now flows into six wells on the property.
The house has open views in all directions, south to the Luberon mountains, north to the plateau of the Vaucluse, and west to the hilltop village of St. Saturnin-les-Apt with its ruined chateau, church, and windmill. The house is surrounded on three sides by a terrasse (patio) incorporating two old stone wells and paved on the south and west by a ''calade'' constructed entirely of stones from an old threshing floor unearthed during renovation.
The south side is shaded by a wisteria-planted custom-made iron tonnelle (canopy) overlooking the Luberon mountains in the distance. The immediate view is of a gently sloping gravel pathway bordered by lavender, boxwood, roses, and olive trees, leading down to the pool area.
My trip was more relaxing and amazing than I had even hoped for. What an amazing spot, total confirmation that Provence is my happy place!
I was able to run and ride my bike every day ( really I'm not an athlete but I wanted to justify all the cheese eating). I walked to town a few times every day (stood in line for my baguettes etc.) and even managed to run to the Chateau on my last morning to see the sunrise. I also did a fair share of napping in the hammocks and laying in and out of the pool.
The kitchen had everything you need and more to prep & enjoy the spoils of the markets in the area. And the amazing sound system in the house allowed me to set a sound track to the whole vacation.
This cottage has every amenity you could wish for and more. We know the area quite well and love visiting so to get accommodation as good as this was the icing on the cake! The trouble is that it's now spoilt us for anywhere else. Marie-Aude was very welcoming and explained everything we needed to know. And yes we are coming back....!
San Saturnin Les Apt is great place to stay as it's handy for large cities like Avignon and Marseille or all the beautiful little villages dotted around the area. If you like markets you will be in your element as you can find one nearby every day of the week.
What a fantastic week we have had at La Ferrage, (only spoiled by the Referendum vote outcome!) - you might have to change the name for UK visitors!!!
I can see why you were attracted to the area as there are so many lovely villages to visit and the views and privacy / garden are exceptional.
If you get the opportunity please thank Roland for his very generous gift of the cherries before we left to join the rest of the family for our second week – they were very much appreciated! He was lovely and whilst our respective grasp of each other's languages left a lot to be desired we were pleased when he greeted us like long lost friends on his way to deliver produce to the Spar shop.
We found the stairs challenging but view from bedroom and bathroom were well worth the effort!!
Definitely on our list of places to revisit!
This was our second stay at La Ferrage and we were so pleased to see it was just as pristine as it was 4 years ago. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Provencal countryside. The house is lovely, very comfortable with a large, well-equipped kitchen, large bedroom and bath, and beautiful views from every window. The owners did a wonderful job of restoring it and maintain it in perfect shape. The property is very private and surrounded by cherry trees, olive trees, lavender, roses, etc. The wisteria on the terrasse was in full bloom during our stay and made a complete and gorgeous canopy. It's a great place to enjoy a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing.
This time we did a lot of "joy-riding" in the countryside to lovely perched villages and tiny , less discovered towns. The town of St. Saturnin is waiting to be explored and the walk up to the chateau is great exercise with wonderful views. The little market on Tuesday is fun as well. Most importantly, there are 2 boulangerie/patisseries in the town!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend La Ferrage. We hope to return.
A delightful house, tastefully furnished in a large garden with fabulous views all around of cherry orchards, vineyards, forests and the Luberon mountains. Friendly welcome from the French manager. Village just 10 minutes walk away and has several bars, restaurants, a butcher and small supermarket. Lots of walks around, excellent restaurants, markets and wine. We have already rebooked for next year.
Just wanted to thank you for our two most enjoyable weeks at La Ferrage. It was such a pleasure to relax there and the white roses in the gloaming were gorgeous. We really enjoyed the opportunity to take our meals outside & the kitchen was a pleasure to use. We liked St. Saturnin les Apt & thought what a pleasant area you have chosen for your holiday retreat.
It's the Luberon! One of the greatest all-around vacation-holiday places in the world!