Mas de Chenes is a charming restored and modernised 18th century farmhouse beautifully situated in a residential area, a short walk to the picturesque Provencal chateau village, Ansouis, a listed 'most beautiful villages of France' and 25 min to Aix en Provence. The property enjoys the peace of a country setting yet is not isolated. In the village you can find a bakery, with groceries, cafe, post office, newspaper shop, small boutiques, tea room and gourmet restaurant. Food lovers are in paradise with colourful markets in Ansouis and surrounding villages such as Lourmarin and Curcuron, also known for their fine restaurants and alluring home, clothing and art shops. Renowned vineyards are within a five minute drive in every direction. The property itself bordered by vineyards, is nestled in the valley between the Luberon mountains with views from both the house and grounds. Every effort is made for relaxed charm.
The Garden and Heated Pool: The focus of living in Provence is the garden. Mas de Chenes has various different garden spaces including a cherry and apricot orchard, a playing field, a rolling hill that leads to a small creek (dry in summer), oak tree groves, courtyards, hammocks, secluded benches and tables and more. Cypress, olive and pine trees dot the property. We have our own herbs including rosemary, mint and basil. In season, fruit (including fig, plum, pear) and summer flowers -lavender and roses blossom. The tiled 12x6m. pool, with safety cover, is sloping so that it is deep only in the centre, not on the sides. There is plenty of space to both swim laps and play games. As the pool is fed by our well, we heat the pool with a conversion heater guaranteeing perfect temperatures for evening and day use. The pool is cleaned weekly. The pool patio includes comfortable lounge and reading chairs as well as a hammock. Within view throughout the property are the gentle slopes of the Luberon mountains.
Amenities: Amenities: Broadband Wireless (wifi) connection; heated 12x6m. pool with safety cover; telephone with answering service, TV and DVD player, CD and tape player, radio, books, games, 'Bocuse' Gas stove (hob) and electric oven, American refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, new dishwasher and microwave, cappuccino maker, washer, new dryer, central heating, summer kitchen and courtyard, barbecue (except in exceptionally dry summers), , bed and bath and pool linens provided , pool furniture, kitchen equipment and utensils, outdoor stone grill, stone fireplace.
Family holiday ideal: We are a family of five and use Mas des Chenes as our holiday home. It is stacked with books and games, for indoors and out, and equipped with comfort and convenience in mind. There is enough space for everyone to enjoy privacy yet spatial arrangements which welcome group activities. Ansouis is located within a protected National Park area and benefits from this rural peace. Leisure activities such as biking, hiking, golf and riding are close at hand. Visitors are also drawn to Ansouis and its charming neighbour villages, Lourmarin and Curcuron for their markets, concerts, gourmet restaurants, chic shops and great bakeries-Ansouis is also famous for its home-made ice cream. Aix-en-Provence, a 30min. drive, is a graceful University town with festivals, museums, markets and shops. Within a one hour drive are other tourist destinations including Avignon, St. Remy, Les Baux, Menerbes, Bonnieux, Apt, Arles, Roussillon, Gordes, Marseilles, Cassis, the Camargue, Gorges de Verdun ...
We are an American British family of 5 who have lived in France, Belgium and London. We purchased Mas des Chenes when moving from Brussels to London as a get-away from the city where we could relax and spend quality time with family and friends and continue to enjoy a certain French lifestyle with great food, wine, museums, markets and fabulous scenery.
Deborah Werbner and Barry Glazer purchased this farmhouse in 2001
We were seduced by the beautiful setting of our home on over four acres of mature gardens and trees, surrounded by vineyards. The huge pool is much appreciated as we are a family of swimmers. And of course, the stone built home from the 1800s has a character of its own, sheltering us from the heat in the summer and staying dry and warm in the winter.
The house is located in a quiet peaceful setting yet not isolated, so one feels secure and serene. It is within walking distance to the village of Ansouis and an easy drive to Lourmarin and Cucuron both with fun cafes, markets and shops. With Aix en Provence only 25 minutes away, one can also go into the 'big' city, with its music and dance festivals, designer shopping and museums, if one so desires. There are fantastic local restaurants, a cinema showing VO films and great hiking. Further afield one can do day trips to the Alpilles , Avignon, Arles or the North Luberon villages, all within a 45 minute drive away. However, to be honest, we are often very lazy and simply spend our days by the pool, with the latest summer reads, cooking the freshest vegetables and generally just totally relaxing.
London, August 2007: We wanted to say a thanks for offering such a lovely house for
our summer holiday. It was perfect. The pool area, absolutely gorgeous. We were hard pressed to extricate ourselves from the comfy chairs. We appreciated the level of comfort you provided-the proper towels and so manyother little things that made a real difference. Yours is the one house we would like to come back to...'
California, September 2007: 'Our stay in your delightful rental in Ansouis was the high point of our trip to France.'
London, July 2005: 'Mas des Chenes felt like a real house from the moment we arrived, the Country kitchen, the lovely pool and gardens, we had a great time.'
United Kingdom August 2004: 'We have visited Provence many times, but this has been one of the best. Mas des Chenes has been a superb base from which to explore the wonderful countryside. We have found our time around the pool so relaxing and beautiful. A really tranquil spot. Please let us come again!';
I love this house and its surroundings! Very charming with a lovely garden, in the most beautiful area of France. We really enjoyed all the markets, villages and vinyards around. We had the most wonderful time, and I can't wait to come back:)
We enjoyed an enchanting week of day trips, experiencing the many treasures of the beautiful surrounding area (Chateaux La Coste, Laurmarin, Cucuron as well as the charming Ansouis), before coming back to relax in the wonderful garden and pool. We spent most of our time outside, while the house offered a relaxed charm, which left us feeling that we were staying at a friend's home. Thank you for a lovely week.
We had such a wonderful week at this Mas. The location is absolutely perfect for exploring the charming villages of the Luberon. After each adventure, it was such a treat to return to the peacefulness of the mas. The kids entertained themselves for hours in the large pool while the adults found the perfect spots to read, write, nap…Each evening, we enjoyed dinners cooked in the very spacious and well-equipped kitchen at the lovely table next to the pool. As the yard was so breathtakingly beautiful, we didn't spend too much time inside, except for sleeping. But the layout of the house was very nice and the beds were all very comfortable. We are already dreaming of coming again!
Ansouis is in the Southern Luberon 'Golden Triangle', neighbour to Lourmarin and Curcuron, both home to fabulous restaurants serving the freshest of local produce. Ansouis itself now boasts one of the best restaurants in the region. The cosmopolitan university town of Aix en Provence which sponsors annual world class music and dance festivals and a brand new cultural center, Parisian shopping and thriving markets, is only 25 minutes away. Marseilles and the Mediterranean beaches are under an hour's drive. Ansouis offers the best of a peaceful country escape yet enjoys the proximity to lively and colourful diversions.
Other Activities: Live Theatre, Concerts, Cinemas, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Miniature Golf
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$855|
Rates include utilities excluding long distance telephone charges. Price includes exit cleaning fee, gardening and pool maintenance. Optional weekly maid service is payable separately to house manager. Mid-term cleaning included (except for linens) for stays exceeding one week.
Exit cleaning fees included in rental. Additional cleaning available upon request. 40% deposit due upon reservation and 800 Euro security deposit required prior to arrival. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.
Payment is only accepted in currency quoted unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance wit the owner/advertiser.