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17thc Family home in medieval Luberon village

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms (1 double ,1 twin/double, 1 twin) , 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6+1 extra

A spacious 17th medieval house, with original terracotta tiles, provencal ceilings and inset oak cupboards throughout, and a large roof terrace( with a summer kitchen) for meals and sun bathing! On the first floor is the drawing room which is large with a high ceiling, and has the dining table. The family kitchen is fully equipped( oven, fridge, hob, dishwasher ) , . Thick walls ensure that the house is cool in the summer, and the central heating is quick and efficient in the winter. There are two bedrooms on the second floor, one of which has two beds that can be pushed together, and one double (160cm bed ) . The double room has its own basin, and the two rooms share a bathroom, and loo. On the floor above is a small twin room , a shower room and a separate loo. The central staircase is original, and fairly steep !The terrace leads off this top floor. Very much a family home, with the owners coming often with children aged from 23 to 7! Saignon is beautiful and unspoilt,perched up in the hills, and children can play around the fountain on the square in front of the house, and explore the village with its 12th century church, washing fountains, and narrow winding streets. Approx. 1- 2 hours' drive to Marseille (with its creeks and beaches). the Camargue(Arles), Aix en Provence, and Avignon. The other Luberon hilltop villages(Gordes, Lacoste, Menerbes, Bonnieux, Goult ) are 20 min’s away, and Apt, a bustling market town is 5 min’s away with a fabulous large and clean swimming pool with a children's pool too.

This location and house are perfect for getting away from it all... Basics can be found in the village,( the boulangerie is next door !, with bread , pastries and basic breakfast stuff ! ), the village is fascinating to walk round with endless nooks and crannies, and a fantastic ‘rock’ which you can climb up to survey the entire valley. The house itself feels very warm and loved, with furniture collected over the years by the owners who spend as much time as possible here, including in winter with the cold, sunny weather of Provence. For those who wish to be on the move, there are a thousand different things to visit and do locally, you can find an outdoors market almost everyday of the week...and for those who want water, the pool in Apt is huge and clean, with two smaller children and toddlers' pools and a protected picnic area, and is fairly empty in our experience in the mornings, even during holiday times. We tend to go there in the morning, with a basic picnic, have lunch under the trees and then head home when it is too hot !

More Details

Elizabeth Parker
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Elizabeth Parker

The owner is an interior designer, living between France and England, three children between 27 and 12 who have spent all their childhood/ holidays in the region.

Elizabeth Parker purchased this house in 1996


Apt House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - shower
    Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , two 90cm singles, make a double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • one bedroom with two 90cm beds that can make a kingsize bed, , one 160cm double bed, and one small room with twin beds and a travel cot if needed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
3 floors with the original, fairly steep staircase, without a handrail . The house has a large, comfortable roof terrace with table, chairs and a parasol, and an efficient summer kitchen. Partly shaded, this is the prefect place to spend summer days. As the owners stay in the house regularly, it is well equipped for family life, and everything is at the disposal of the guests. The house is just set back from the village square, with the boulangerie next door, and the village shop a few doors down with basic supplies. There are two good restaurants in the village, one of which also serves as a bar in the summer, and has a large pretty terrace on the village square., and there is mobile phone access and Wifi in most of the house and on the terrace.


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(14 traveler reviews)

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17thc Family home in medieval Luberon village
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house was utterly beautiful, even better than the photos. My husband and our two daughters felt like we were staying at a friend's home, so comfortable and the furniture and decor are fabulous, we would love to return. Elizabeth the owner was really helpful. The village of Saignon is stunning and a great place to explore the surrounding area's.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Beautiful home full of character

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time here. It feels like a home rather than a soulless rental property. We really enjoyed cooking & eating on the roof terrace. The village also has a lot of character, is beautiful & less touristy than some of the other villages in the region. Whilst small it has a few good restaurants including the fantastic Le Petit Cave.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week in this gorgeous old house in the centre of the village. The house is full of character and charm. We spent most of our time using the summer kitchen, enjoying meals on the roof terrace and didn't even use the dishwasher! The village is peaceful and there are superb views from Le Rocher! The boulangerie is just next door, ideal and we also had a couple of lovely meals at the restaurant Balthazar on the next corner. Provence is my favourite place!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Wonderful old house in an unspoilt village

  • 5 of 5

Entering this house is like stepping back in time. From the antique floor tiles and rope staircase handrail to the wonderful roof terrace, it's absolutely delightful. The owner has obviously taken great care with her choice of fittings and furnishings and it's comfortable and homely, but very chic. The house was clean with lots of thoughful touches, and the owner was more than helpful in answering all sorts of random queries.

Saignon is the ideal base to explore the Luberon. The village itself is absolutely delightful and has no through traffic so it's very peaceful. We nipped down to the boulangerie every morning for fresh bread and croissants, and by the end of our stay we felt we knew the boulanger very well!

We loved the nearby town of Apt which has a market and lots of interesting shops. We also went further afield to Avignon, where we bought a bargain ticket to the Pope's Palace and the Pont which the children loved. You do need a car to get around, but there is a car park just outside the village and it's a two minute walk to the house. On arrival you can unload outside the house, so you don't have to carry suitcases anywhere.

We went in April which was a lovely time of year and it was warm enough to sit on the roof terrace on several occasions. The villagers were very welcoming, and we felt we had a window on a part of France that not many people get to know well. We loved this house and are looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a typical Luberon village

  • 5 of 5

Having visited this region of France many times over the past 18 years, we were keen to show friends who had never been there, the beauty of the Luberon and its many picturesque villages.

The owner was extremely helpful and provided us with plenty of information about the property, and about local events which may be of interest to us.

The house itself was perfect in every way....clean, comfortable and beautifully furnished in typical French style, with lots of character. We were there in very hot weather, which made the roof terrace a real bonus; indeed we virtually lived up there for the whole week!

Saignon is a very pretty village, and probably less touristy than some of the better known ones such as Bonnieux and Menerbes, although all are worth a visit. I would particularly recommend the restaurant "La Flambee" in Bonnieux, which has a lovely open air terrace overlooking the hills (beautiful at sunset); their Provencal Daube is a dish we have gone back there for many times over the years.

I would certainly recommend this property, and hope to be returning there myself in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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A characterful house in charming, unspoilt village

  • 5 of 5

Waking up to the sound of the fountain, this house is in the middle of the most unspoilt and characterful village of Saignon near Apt. It has kept its old world charm but is also comfortable and cool in the blisteringly hot high summer season. The balcony around the kitchen is a bonus from which to watch village life, and the roof terrace is a peaceful retreat after a must see visit to the bustling Apt market. Should you require anything at all, as the owner is abroad, Patrick is on hand to offer local help and advice. This is a perfect place to explore the hill top villages of the Luberon, and the stunning national park on the doorstep where lavender fields abound, and the occasional sighting of a wild boar at night also adds to the adventure. It is not for those who don't do stairs or steps, as it is a three story house and the magnificent 'Rocher' in the village also requires a healthy climb to the top. I had a wonderful trip last July and am returning again this Summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Saignon, Apt
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Golf Provence Country Club, Saumane,1hr away
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Avignon, Cavaillon
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
autoroute du Sud, exit Cavaillon
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Marseille, and the Camargue
Car: necessary

Saignon is a beautiful, unspoilt mediaeval hilltop village perched above Apt, a bustling market town. Accessible both from Marseille and Nimes airports, and Avignon Eurostar train station, it is one hour inland from the coast. The village is tiny and has gorgeous views over the hills of the Luberon and the adjoining valley, areas renowned for their beauty, protected by the Luberon's status as a National Park. Many historic places to visit all round the area, and breathtaking walks...and a fabulous public pool in Apt, with a huge clean pool for adults and two smaller children and toddlers pool.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90.26

The weekend rate is £500 (or a minimum of 4 nights) . ..A security deposit will be asked for, in case of breakages. . £70 cleaning fee applicable. Christmas/ New Year, and Easter rates to be discussed with the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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