4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one of which with separate shower, 2 single sofa beds
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
The views toward Mont Ventoux are spectacular from this stone town-house converted into a warm and comfortable home in the village of Venasque. The stone front has an architectural formality that is softened at the back, where the house opens onto a long garden with a pool at the end, capped by a patio overlooking the deep river valley behind the house. Perched high on the town walls one feels ready to keep watch for enemy encampments, echoes of the villages fortified origins resonating over the centuries. Now peace reigns and this house is a wonderful place for the whole family to relax, with a pool for the heat and restaurants on your doorstep.
Twenty years ago the owners of Maison de la Fontaine were drawn to this area by their love of fine wine. Yet it was the picturesque village of Venasque, of ancient origins and perched on a rocky outcrop, that persuaded them to linger. They then artfully renovated the house they found in a small square near the village church, combining modern effects with original features, and have succeeded in creating a wonderful base from which guests can slip into Provencal village life and explore the surrounding beauty of the Luberon.
The ground floor of the three-storey villa is open plan with a well-equipped, modern kitchen that flows to a dining area. In a further living area the leather sofa in front the fireplace makes a cosy place even for winter guests for the stunning view of Mont Ventoux out of the picture window is timeless. A stylish open stairway winds up to two further floors, each with two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom, one of which with a separate shower. There is a second living room on the first floor for watching TV or getting away from it all, with two sofas which can also be used to accommodate two more guests.
The garden is divided into three sections: closest to the house is a terrace for outdoor dining and a small garden with olive and apricot trees. Through a gate and down a few steps is the swimming pool and at the far end of the garden is a gravelled area with seating, the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine while watching the sun set over nearby Carpentras.
The small picture postcard village just outside the front door has restaurants and a bakery to keep you nourished, an 11th century church and medieval fortifications to pique your curiosity and a tennis court to keep you fit. Nearby, St. Didier and Carpentras will supply all that is necessary, especially when Friday's market brings area traders that fill the streets with local produce and crafted goods.
Avignon, with its magnificent 14th century Papal palace, is just over half an hour away, as are the wine-lover's Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and most of the great wine villages of the Vaucluse. Venasque is also perfectly situated to explore the Luberon, a region that is home to spectacular hilltop villages, such as Gordes, Roussillon and Lacoste, home to the Marquis de Sade. Nestled in the valley near Gordes is the beautiful working monastery, the Abbaye de Senanque, known for its wonderful honey and lavender essence. And a little further away are spectacular bridges such as the Pont du Gard and the ancient city of Arles, whose natural beauty drew Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Picasso. After such travels retreating to a poolside garden and replaying the day in sun-dappled peace can only be a pleasure.