La Maison Charmante

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Laptop Friendly Workspace RWC-Marseille

*EARLY BIRD 2023*

Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

Ts&Cs apply.

A gorgeous house of character in one of Provence’s most dreamy villages, La Maison Charmante allows you to experience the authenticity of the Luberon region, just a few steps from the very heart of Lourmarin, one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

Set over three floors, this cosy holiday home will captivate you in every way with its traditional charm and comfort. The lovely living and dining area features exposed beams, cool tiled floors and pretty French windows opening straight out to the terrace and garden. All four bedrooms have en suite showers whether it’s the two spacious twin or doubles on the first floor or the top floor rooms under the characterful wood-beamed ceilings.

Spend relaxing days outside dining al-fresco overlooking the lawned garden and trees with swathes of summer lavender, a little boules court and the prettiest of swimming pools just perfect for cooling off on hot summer afternoons. Feast by the Weber barbecue or just sit back with a glass of Côtes de Provence in this idyllic village setting.

Stroll out of your gate, down the lane and you will find yourself in the heart of Lourmarin, a gorgeous Provençal village where Albert Camus once lived. Wander along its picturesque lanes and come across street-cafes and a number of excellent restaurants as well as delightful shops and an especially wonderful Friday morning market.

Ansouis and Cucuron are also a short drive away, two picture-perfect villages with Michelin starred restaurants or head north to many more of the Luberon’s archetypal perched villages such as Oppède-Le-Vieux, Ménerbes and Bonnieux. Charming Aix-en-Provence, a town which so inspired Cézanne, is just a 40-minute drive away or visit Van Gogh’s beloved haunts such as magical Saint-Rémy and Arles, both around an hour by car.

Discover the undulating landscapes of Provence by bike, hiking or horse-back, passing vineyards, wineries, farms, orchards, rivers and woodland. Or simply drive from one idyllic village to another, always admiring some of the most enchanting scenery of southern France.

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What you should know…

  • Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
  • In a village location, the road is too narrow for parking – you can drop off your luggage/shopping etc and then there is free parking around 50 - 100m from the house.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Hairdryer DVD Heating RWC-Marseille

Maison Interiors

-    Living-dining room with TV and DVD player
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob, coffee machine, fridge-freezer and washing machine

First Floor

-    Bedroom with double bed (1.8m wide, can be made as twins) and en suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (1.8m wide, can be made as twins) and en suite bathroom with shower, sink and separate WC
Second Floor (sloping ceilings)
-    Bedroom with double bed (1.8m wide, can be made as twins) and small en suite bathroom with shower and sink
-    Bedroom with double bed (1.4m) and en suite bathroom with shower and sink
-    Separate WC (on landing)

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (4x4m) with electric safety cover
-    Sun-loungers and deck chairs
-    Al-fresco dining and lounge terrace
-    Weber barbecue
-    Lawned garden

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    TV and DVD player
-    Hairdryer
-    Washing machine
-    Ironing facilities

Location

About the surrounding area of La Maison Charmante
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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La Maison Charmante is in the enchanting village of Lourmarin, in the southern part of the Luberon region around 40km north of Aix-en-Provence.

Wander out of your pretty cottage and you will reach the heart of Lourmarin in less than 200m, one of the most loved villages of the Luberon. Lourmarin is well-known for being adored by Albert Camus and nowadays it’s classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. Spend time soaking up the ambience in one of the many charming street cafes and dine out in a range of excellent restaurants from simple bistros to high-end establishments. Experience the joy of the Friday morning market and pick up some wine, olive oil, herbs, honey, jewellery, soap and all sorts of other wonderful products from Provence.

In the landscapes that surround Lourmarin you will find olive groves, vineyards as well as cherry and almond trees. Head to the Durance river, around 6km, to hire canoes or kayaks, a wonderful way to discover the natural surroundings. The Étang de la Bonde is a picturesque spot where locals swim in the summer and it’s also ideal for walks through the pine forests and fishing. Horse-lovers will also find an equestrian centre a short drive away.

Then there’s other local villages to visit such as delightful Cucuron (8km) with its picturesque square and bassin, century-old plane trees, Michelin starred restaurant and a pretty Tuesday morning market. Ansouis (10km) is another one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ with its beautifully preserved castle, pretty church and a further Michelin starred restaurant.

Travelling north, other Luberon villages waiting to be discovered include Ménerbes, Bonnieux and Lacoste, all of which can be reached by car in around half an hour to forty minutes, driving through the remote wooded hills of the incredible Luberon.

Look out for hikes of varying abilities from pretty vineyard trails to the more challenging Gorges de Régalon whilst cycling between villages is also very popular, including the local Pays d’Aigues circuit which covers some of the pretty southern Luberon villages and towns. Buoux is the place for rock-climbing or you may just prefer to spend your time driving around local vineyards sampling many of the excellent wines, including a couple of good wine châteaux close to Lourmarin.

Further afield, other highlights of Provence include the lovely University town of Aix-en-Provence (40km) or historic Avignon which can be reached in around an hour. Heading west into Les Alpilles, discover Les Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence within an hour or, a little further, spend time in Van Gogh’s beloved Arles, the gateway to the Camargue.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marseille

(56km)

Nearest Airport 2 Avignon

(55km)

Nearest Train Station Aix-en-Provence TGV

(45km)

Nearest Village Lourmarin

(Centre in less than 200m)

Nearest Restaurant Lourmarin

(Short walk)

Nearest Shop Lourmarin

(Short walk )

Nearest Town Pertuis

(17km)

Nearest City Aix-en-Provence

(40km)

Nearest Golf Golf Du Luberon

(37km)

Region

The Provençal way of life is one that’s deeply tempting for anyone who’s been feeling the need to get away from it all. This is a place where the Mediterranean weather turns fields of corn and lavender into picture-perfect backdrops, where you can sip your locally bought wine and enjoy the landscapes before heading out and tackling them head-on with a range of great activities for families, groups of friends and adventurous foodies. Better yet, our range of villas in Provence and chateaux and holiday homes in the Côte d’Azur make the perfect base to explore this enchanting region!

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Cycling, walking and horse-riding are all popular activities for families across the Luberon with trails to suit a variety of abilities whether it’s a stroll through local vineyards or more experienced biking between villages.

Rock-climbing is also popular close to the tiny village of Buoux as well as in the neighbouring Les Alpilles region.

Water lovers can hire canoes and kayaks for excursions along the Durance river, only a short drive away, or head further north to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the source of the Sorgue river just under an hour away.

Both Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Salon-de-Provence are home to tree-top climbing centres with a number of activities depending on your height and age. Also close to Salon-de-Provence is a much-loved zoo in La Barben which features many hundreds of animals as well as a children’s playground.

If spending the day in Aix-en-Provence, look out for the magical Paul Cézanne carousel, spend time in one of the many large parks, take a tour on the little road train and visit one of the museums or art galleries such as the Fondation Vasarely and Planetarium Peiresc.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • DVD

Extras

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

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €500 charged to client’s credit card as a pre-authorisation one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, 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 rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool opening dates? Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 £3,420
Mar 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023 £3,875
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 £4,203
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £5,156
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 £6,082
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 £5,156
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 £3,875
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 £4,017
Christmas & New Year £4,516
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 £3,420
Mar 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £3,875
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £4,203
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £5,156
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 £6,082

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 €3,583
Mar 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023 €4,060
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 €4,404
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €5,402
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 €6,373
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 €5,402
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 €4,060
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 €4,209
Christmas & New Year €4,732
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 €3,583
Mar 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €4,060
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €4,404
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €5,402
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 €6,373

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 $3,866
Mar 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023 $4,380
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 $4,751
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $5,829
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 $6,875
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 $5,829
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 $4,380
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 $4,541
Christmas & New Year $5,105
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 $3,866
Mar 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $4,380
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $4,751
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $5,829
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 $6,875

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Two months in Lourmarin

    Posted by Christine Wheeldon on 31/03/2018

    We recently spent two months in this delightful cottage, right in the heart of one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. We had a wonderful time. The cottage itself is so cosy and warm, even during the rather cold winter this year. It is so well equipped that we wanted for nothing, and the welcome glass of champagne with Paganini playing in the background was divine. The garden is very pretty and sitting outside with a glass of wine on the warmer days was lovely.
    The village is welcoming and friendly. The surrounding area is beautiful, and we enjoyed some lovely walks. We were very sad to leave and very much hope to return next year.

  • Home from Home

    Posted by Gary & Michael on 19/08/2017

    We stayed at La Maison Charmante for two weeks this year and only regret that it couldn't have been longer. Despite its central village location, within a minute of the main street, the house is extremely quiet and private. There was no noise from either adjoining property or from the surrounding area. The house is very tastefully furnished and decorated whilst being wonderfully comfortable and easy to live in. It's well equipped for those like us who prefer to cook and eat in most of the time. The garden is beautifully maintained and, again, private with a good sized pool; enough natural shade to protect from the sun; and plenty of sitting and eating areas. This was our fifth holiday in Lourmarin and is for sure the house that we'll return to next year if it's available. Finally: we could not thank the property manager enough. She was wonderfully welcoming and tirelessly helpful.

  • Perfect combination of privacy and proximity

    Posted by Adrian & Jan on 13/05/2017

    Leave the front gate and you are in the village. Behind, in the private garden you are surrounded by market gardens with views of the Grand Luberon. We spent four happy weeks here May/June 2017. The owners are clearly investing in the property and improving it over time. Before our arrival the boules court was installed. After we left the kitchen was completely re-done. The house, converted from an old factory, has great character. The living/dining area is spacious and comfortable. There is a large outdoor dining table where we had most meals shaded by a large umbrella. There are lounge chairs by the pool. The first floor bedrooms (French convention - second floor to North Americans) are large. The ones on the second floor are cozy with the quirkiness and character of old buildings. Because we were there for a month during the change of seasons we had a lot of clothes. We found the owner to be very responsive. We would certainly recommend La Maison Charmante. We are frequent visitors to this charming village and would certainly stay here again.

  • Magical Family Christmas

    Posted by kcmuse on 20/12/2016

    We stayed at La Maison Charmante for one week over the Christmas Holiday 2016, together with my parents, to spend the holidays with family and friends in Provence. My parents lived in Lourmarin for many years, and my husband and I married there, so this was a homecoming for us all to a place that is very dear to us. The manager of the house greeted us at the house with a wonderful bottle of local red wine, courtesy of the owners, and had beautifully decorated the courtyard, the garden, and the living/dining room for the holidays. The manager and the owners always responded to any enquiries we had without delay from our first email exchange onward. We were delighted by their warmth and sincerely expressed desire to make our stay as lovely as it could be, which it certainly was. The house truly is directly in the village, just a 3 minute walk from the bakery and cafes, but yet when in the garden, around the pool, or inside the house, it feels like one is in the middle of the countryside. The location is completely quiet and tranquil. The house, garden, and all the rooms are beautifully maintained, and exactly as presented in the photographs: the living/dining room is elegant, spacious and airy, looking out onto the lovely garden through the french windows; the kitchen is very well equipped (we hosted and cooked Christmas dinner for 8 people); the beds are wonderfully comfortable, with excellent mattresses, soft down pillows and duvets, and beautiful linen; the bathrooms are newly renovated, the water pressure in the showers is nice and strong, and there is plenty of hot water; similarly, the heaters work perfectly, so it was cozy and warm inside. Lourmarin itself of course is a beautiful village, where one can find all the typical Provencal arts and crafts, restaurants, farmer's markets, vineyards and so forth, but Lourmarin also has an interesting community, and a rich cultural life, so it's well worth the while to visit for a bit longer and to get to know. The manager lives in the village herself, and is a great resource about all the goings-on around the village and the area. For our part, we return to Lourmarin at least once a year, and very much look forward to future stays, knowing that we will be so well-received, and our comfort so kindly attended to. Un grand merci!

  • Great holiday!

    Posted by Charlie on 31/07/2016

    We stayed here for two weeks and had a wonderful time. It is the perfect balance of tranquil setting whilst being touching distance to the centre of the beautiful village.

  • Simply Splendid!

    Posted by M&Z on 27/05/2016

    We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks at this lovely home in Lourmarin and we were so happy to see that the gorgeous pictures were absolutely accurate when we arrived! We had eight adults and we were all impressed - from the beautifully decorated interior, nice, comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen (we cooked several nights and one night we had the manager cater dinner - absolutely recommend this! She created delicious apps, dinner and dessert that we devoured!) to the amazing backyard with a wonderful pool and outside dining that we were able to enjoy nightly during our stay. It is clean, well-maintained (the pool guy stops by weekly) and owner/property manager were very responsive to our questions before, during and after our stay. It definitely felt like home and it was hard to leave! The location is perfect - a quick, short walk to the center of Lourmarin which is filled with shops, restaurants and a delicious bakery. Since the access on their lane doesn't allow you to park your car, we had to park the car on the main street, a very short walk from their home, which worked out just fine. We highly recommend this property and definitely hope to be back again!

  • Beautiful cosy village home

    Posted by Lisa on 13/02/2016

    We loved staying at La Maison Charmante with our parents and two children. There was plenty of space for us all, and a lovely large garden with a lovely pool. So ideal. Was right in the middle of town so very convenient for dining and shopping. The home is beautifully decorated and maintained. Beds and bedding were luxurious and comfortable. The host and property manager were really welcoming and helped us make the most of our visit in the area with lots of local advice. Would definitely return for another visit, would be a wonderful place to spend a week or two in the summer!

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