Bastide De L’Etranger

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This is idyllic Provence at its best – a grand and beautiful 18th-century bastide with enchanting character, glorious gardens and only a leisurely walk or cycle ride to L’Isle sur la Sorgue with picturesque café terraces by the river's edge.

It’s no wonder this was the favoured holiday home of one of France’s greatest twentieth century authors and thinkers. It was originally built in the mid-18th Century as a country home for a famous duke. After a fascinating history the current owners fell in love with the bastide and renovated it into an exquisite home of an incredibly high standard whilst retaining its historical character.

In a secluded position, surrounded by over 5000m2 of gardens bordered by 300-year old plane trees, this is a quiet and natural environment where you can gather with family and friends to dine al-fresco in the shade of the ancient trees, play on the vast lawns or relax by the inviting heated swimming pool.

Inside, the main living-dining room is air-conditioned with light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the verdant grounds. Across the ground floor you’ll also discover two further lounges, a library and a chef’s kitchen ideal for preparing Provençal feasts during your stay.

Upstairs, 21st-century features such as six elegant bathrooms, sumptuous bed linen and towels and even Nespresso machines in some of the seven bedrooms complement terracotta floors, wood-beamed ceilings and many original window panes. Each of the bedrooms has been individually styled, including a romantic room with toile de jouy fabrics and 18th-century furnishings and a beautiful second floor bedroom with its own writing desk and mountain view with 1950s style furnishings reminiscent of the time the famous French writer used to reside in this house. Also, on the second floor is a great family suite with a connecting double and twin room. Indeed, many of the bedrooms can be made up as doubles or twins making it ideal for all ages.

It’s just a short cycle ride or leisurely walk into the delightful town of L’Isle sur La Sorgue, almost like a little Venice with canals and branches of the river Sorgue running through alongside ancient waterwheels. The Sunday morning market is not to be missed – an atmospheric event combining a food market and one of the largest brocante in Europe. Bric-à-brac lovers will also love discovering the many delightful antique traders across the town.

This is an enviable location in the south of France with some of Provence’s most beautiful cities, towns and villages so near. Take the train to Avignon or hire the bastide’s own vintage Citroen 2CV to explore archetypal Provençal villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon and Saint-Rémy. You can even reach the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in just over half an hour or discover the many wonderful wineries closer to home.

Hire canoes along the river Sorgue, ride bikes along the nearby country lanes and even as far as Mont Ventoux and hike across the stunning landscapes of the Luberon region. Or simply spend time relaxing in a quiet, riverside terrace café in L’Isle sur La Sorgue, a unique and delightful place to stay.   

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What you should know…

  • Air-conditioning is featured in the main living room and two of the bedrooms only
  • Whilst you can borrow bikes and even hire a vintage Citroen 2CV, larger parties may wish to also hire a car to get out and about exploring some of the more remote villages of the Luberon

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Bicycles Provided Table Tennis Pool/Snooker Home Cinema Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Large lounge-diner with sofas, TV, dining table and air-conditioning
-    Dining room
-    Library
-    Second lounge with fireplace and billiard table
-    Third lounge
-    Kitchen, fully-equipped

First Floor

-    Bedroom 1 (35m2) with king-size double/twin bed, mini-fridge, Nespresso machine and adjoining shower room with separate WC
-    Bedroom 2 (40m2) with king-size double/twin bed, Nespresso machine and adjoining bathroom with separate WC

Second Floor

-    Bedroom 3 (45m2) with air-conditioning, king-size double/twin bed, mini-fridge, Nespresso machine and ensuite bathroom with separate WC
-    Bedroom 4 (35m2) with air-conditioning, king-size double/twin bed, mini-fridge, Nespresso machine and ensuite shower room with separate WC. Connects to bedroom 5
-    Bedroom 5 (15m2) with twin beds. Connects to bedroom 4

East Side Wing (first and second floor)

-    Bedroom 6 (35m2) on second floor with queen-size bed, shower room and separate WC
-    Bedroom 7 (35m2) on first floor with three single beds, shower room and WC

Outside Grounds

-    Heated swimming pool (18mx8m), heated from 1st May to 15th October and open from 15th April to 15th October (NB in 2019 the pool will be heated from 15th April as an exception). Pool safety alarm
-    Gas BBQ
-    Pool house with kitchen/bar area, table tennis and 2 WCs
-    Boules
-    Gardens (5000m2)


-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (in main living room and two bedrooms)
-    Home-cinema
-    TV
-    Nespresso machines (in kitchen and four of the bedrooms)
-    Mini-fridges (in three of the bedrooms)
-    Billiard table
-    Table tennis
-    Bikes to hire
-    Boules
-    Bathrobes


About the surrounding area of Bastide De L’Etranger
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Bastide De L’Etranger is positioned in 5000m2 of glorious gardens, just 2km outside the famous Provençal town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue in the Luberon region of Provence. The villa has bikes that guests can borrow, the ideal way to reach the town in just 15-minutes, or it’s a leisurely walk or five-minute drive.

L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a much loved town because of its picturesque setting, almost like a little Venice, with its canals and various branches of the Sorgue river alongside its ancient water wheels. There are some wonderful restaurants, bars and shops including hundreds of antique and bric-à-brac dealers open throughout the year – this really is a special place to visit during any season.

The Sunday morning market in L’Isle sur la Sorgue is the biggest in the Luberon and people come from all over Provence and beyond. It’s a food market and brocante, selling all sorts of wonderful local produce alongside antiques and bric-à-brac. It’s one of the largest antiques market in Europe and there are even bigger markets when the International Antiques Fair takes place around Easter and August time.

All the family can hire canoes along the beautiful Sorgue river and sail from Fontaine de Vaucluse, the source of the river, to L’Isle sur la Sorgue. There is also some great trout fishing in the river – the town used to be a fishing village many years ago.

Keen cyclists should visit Mont Ventoux to experience one of France’s most famous routes whilst walkers should head to the Plateau de Vaucluse for some incredible hikes or discover amazing trails across the idyllic Luberon landscapes. 

Golf-lovers should travel to Golf Saumane, only a ten-minute drive away whilst there are climbing opportunities near Buoux (36km), a tiny village with a castle not to be missed and now a mecca for rock-climbing.

You are also within close driving distance of the archetypal Provençal villages of Bonnieux (25km), Lacoste (22km), Roussillon (25km) and Van Gogh’s beloved Gordes (19km), one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages. Why not visit these beautiful villages on board a vintage Citroen 2CV, which is available to rent from the owners, a guide can also be arranged. 

Further afield, some of the gems of this region are also within easy reach for wonderful trips across Provence such as Les Alpilles and its idyllic villages including Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (32km) and Les Baux-de-Provence (41km). Head north to the famous wine-growing region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (35km) in the southern Rhône or there are also many wonderful wineries to discover closer to home.

Historic Avignon (28km), the capital of Provence, and Aix-en-Provence (72km), one of France's most beautiful university towns, are both under an hour away by car – Avignon can also be easily reached by train from L’Isle sur la Sorgue for a spectacular day out.

You can even reach the Mediterranean coast in little over an hour with the beaches of Marseille around 90km away. Cassis (117km) and the Calanques National Park, with its incredible scenery on the French Riviera, is only a 1hr 15 minute drive away.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon/Nimes


Nearest Train Station Gare de L'Isle Sur la Sorgue/Avignon TGV


Nearest Village L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue


Nearest Restaurant L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue


Nearest Supermarket L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue


Nearest Golf Golf de Saumane



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

One of the greatest highlights of this region has to be canoeing along the Sorgue from the source of the river in Fontaine de Vaucluse to L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a must for all keen families.

Take the train or drive half an hour to Avignon where you can take a city tour by the little road-train including the magnificent Pont d’Avignon or take a boat trip along the Rhone.

In Aix-en-Provence, sample the local sweet, Calissons d’Aix, a delicious iced marzipan well known in the region followed by a ride on the Paul Cézanne carousel for magical moments in the city centre.There are also many lovely parks across the city and surburbs with lawns, sandpits, paddling pools and playgrounds.

Young and old train lovers alike will adore the model railway, the JardiTrain (20km), just south of Carpentras and open in the summer or the more adventurous can discover the fantastic Tree-Top activity centres in the Luberon. Animal lovers should head to Zoo Barben (50km) with over 600 species of animals across several hectares of land.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Bikes
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Home Cinema

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Welcome Pack and L'Occitane Toiletries Included
  • Vintage Citroen 2CV Available
  • Wine, Cheese and Olive Oil Tastings Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (included):

- Welcome pack with two bottles of wine, two bottles of locally made fresh juice, fruit and other basic kitchen supplies
- Welcome amenity kit by L'Occitane
- Maid service included 10 hours per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
- Owner can share information on local region

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Bikes available on request
- Vintage Citroen 2CV available to hire on request, with or without guide
- Continental breakfast
- Home catering
- Additional maid service
- Babysitting
- Transfers
- Wine, cheese and olive oil tastings
- Cooking classes at the villa

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

With century-old plane trees, magnolias, chestnut and fig trees, the beautiful parkland surrounding the historic bastide is an enchanting place for a romantic French wedding. Say your vows in the sunshine by the old stone well and host the finest wedding meal in the magical gardens with the backdrop of a magnificent 18th century villa, once the holiday home to one of France’s greatest writers. As the evening draws in, fairy lights hang from the trees as you sip some of the region’s excellent wines and chat with friends before heading inside to dance until the early hours.

For smaller events with your loved ones, the elegant living room with its floor to ceiling windows and doors leading to the gardens, can be set up for a ceremony followed by a grand feast with only the very best cuisine from this magical part of Provence. 

Wedding Reception

An outdoor reception can be set up in the vast gardens, seating as many as 130 guests with the possibility of a marquee in case of poor weather (available April to October).

For a more intimate reception meal, up to 40 guests can be seated inside the main living room with doors opening up on to the gardens.

Dancing can take place in the elegant dining room with music played until 4am or outside with music permitted until 11pm.

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony for up to 130 guests can be beautifully set up in the bastide’s gardens by the old well.

For a smaller service inside the bastide, the stunning main living room can host up to 50 guests.

An English-speaking celebrant can be sourced by the wedding planner.

Where to Stay
Up to 14-15 guests can stay at Bastide De L’Etranger whilst other guests can stay in local hotels, B&Bs or houses. The owner has a list of good quality accommodation within a 3km radius.

An 8-person van/chauffeur can be arranged at an hourly rate.

Wedding Planning
The owners can provide a wedding planner or clients may use their own.

The owners have a list of six approved caterers that can be used, all within the region and of the best standard.

Other Information
Events can be held all year round (marquee hire is only available April to October).

Music is permitted on the day (outside until 11pm, inside until 4am) but not on the days before or after the wedding.

Guests may choose their own suppliers other than catering and the DJ, both of which must be a supplier recommended by the owner. The owner is happy to share information about some of the best suppliers in the area for all aspects of the wedding.

Mandatory costs include a security guard for the day and a housekeeper to take care of the rest rooms and pool-house during the evening/night of the event.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €8,000 paid locally to the owner upon arrival via credit card deposit.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. Please note, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open and heated from approximately 15th April to 15th October.
Minimum stay 7 nights (shorter stays are on request only, please enquire).
Changeover day Saturday (other days on request, please enquire).
Smoking Allowed? Not allowed inside the house. Candles are also not permitted.
Pets welcome? No.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 £12,851
Aug 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 £14,136
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £11,566
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 £10,923
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 £10,281
Dec 21st 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £11,566
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 £10,923
Apr 30th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 £11,566
Jun 30th 2021 - Jul 31st 2021 £12,851
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 31st 2021 £14,136
Aug 31st 2021 - Sep 30th 2021 £11,566
Sep 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 £10,923
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 £10,281
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 £11,566
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 £10,923

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 €13,438
Aug 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 €14,782
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €12,094
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 €11,422
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 €10,750
Dec 21st 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €12,094
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 €11,422
Apr 30th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 €12,094
Jun 30th 2021 - Jul 31st 2021 €13,438
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 31st 2021 €14,782
Aug 31st 2021 - Sep 30th 2021 €12,094
Sep 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 €11,422
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 €10,750
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 €12,094
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 €11,422

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 $15,143
Aug 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 $16,657
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $13,629
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 $12,872
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 $12,115
Dec 21st 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $13,629
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 $12,872
Apr 30th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 $13,629
Jun 30th 2021 - Jul 31st 2021 $15,143
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 31st 2021 $16,657
Aug 31st 2021 - Sep 30th 2021 $13,629
Sep 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 $12,872
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 $12,115
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 $13,629
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 $12,872

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since May 2015, about 4 years ago.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The overall peace and serenity along with the amazing soul of the mansion.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The main house was built in 1756 as the countryside residence of a Duke, who was the treasurer of the Pope, back to the time when this region was governed by the popes, prior to being aggregated, after the French revolution, to the kingdom of France. More recently, in the 50’s, a famous French writer (Nobel prize of literature) spent three consecutive years in the property with his family.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
In the 70’s, former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy spent several summers as a guest of the prior owners’ son. In 2017, we hosted Carole and Michael Middleton.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

 Really do?

- Canoeing the Sorgue river from Fontaine de Vaucluse to L’Isle sur la Sorgue
- Discovering some of the most beautiful villages of Provence (specifically Luberon), such as Gordes, - Roussillon and Ménerbes, to name only those three gems, on board a vintage 2CV Citroen
- Relaxing by the pool with a good book
- Enjoying a smooth bicycle ride from home to Fontaine de Vaucluse or to legendary Ventoux for those who want to physically challenge themselves.

Really eat?
- There are plenty of fabulous dining experiences in nearby L’Isle sur la Sorgue, including THE must Michelin restaurant, named Le Vivier, which terrace does overlook the Sorgue river.
- If you happen to travel to Provence during the truffle season (November/March) make sure to arrange a truffle diner in your private dining room with one of the two chefs we have selected. Alternatively enjoy a cooking class at home with one of our partner chefs.

Really see?

- In L’Isle sur la Sorgue: the Sunday Provençal market, the Brun de Vian Tiran “Lafilaventure” museum, the Antique shops (250 permanent merchants, opened all year long, Friday thru Monday)
- Outside L’Isle sur la Sorgue: the Ocre trail in Roussillon, the lavender museum in Coustellet, Chateauneuf du Pape (the village and the wineries), the Popes’ palace in Avignon, the artistic show in Les Baux caves (“Les Carrières de lumière”)

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Enjoy the peace of the property and take a bicycle ride to downtown L’Isle sur la Sorgue whenever you are in a shopping or dining mood.



  • A wonderful family reunion and wedding!

    Posted by Jemma on 21/06/2019

    It is the most beautiful property and Eric & Karin hosted us with enough attention to help us with anything we needed; but also gave us enough space to make us feel like it was our home. We stayed for 5 nights and enjoyed our wedding in the beautiful gardens under the Provence sun. It was a super location for our family and friends to come and explore the nearby lovely town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue and the surrounding villages in the Luberon. Bastide de l'Etranger is only a few minutes from town, but is secluded and peaceful. We didn't want to leave! Thank you to Eric and Karin - we will return for another reunion!

  • A must stay when visiting L'Isle sur la sorgue!

    Posted by John on 11/02/2019

    From the moment you enter the driveway your taken back by the beauty of this Bastide! It is centrally located close to town, wineries and other surrounding towns. The owners have done a wonderful job with all the guest rooms and living areas... It really makes you feel welcomed and at home. The owner had wonderful recommendations for us (food/wineries/ things to do) We travelled here with our friends and wish we could've stayed longer! It was the favourite part of our trip and hope to go back in the future! Thank you for everything!

  • Fabulous experience in every regard and an excellent option to seeing Provence

    Posted by Louisa on 27/07/2018

    Our experience was far in excess of our expectations. The host were not only personable but extremely helpful with daily recommendations for sightseeing itinerary and dining. The property was outstanding in every regard. We will be returning and recommending to our friends and associates. We didn't like having to leave.

  • Amazing time!

    Posted by Family from England on 26/04/2018

    All my life I have dreamed of a villa in Provence and the kind of experience one can have there in that magical light. Bastide De L’Etranger fulfilled these fantasies and more. The setting is perfect: the beautifully kept grounds, the large pool, and the "domaine", the house! The guest rooms were great as were the communal spaces. We stayed in the Camus Suite and were so enchanted, especially by the wall hanging quoting Camus.

  • Superb!

    Posted by Philipe on 14/08/2017

    We enjoyed an excellent stay, the owners are very welcoming. They go out of their way to offer a personal stay and provide great advice for local restaurants and activities. The property is very welcoming, great space outside and inside. The rooms are very well done, great size and decor. We would definitely stay again. Excellent pool to relax also.

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