Le Mas Du Parc

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Sleeps: 13 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Pool Villa/House
Great Value
Ideal for Kids Laptop Friendly Workspace

On a gentle hill surrounded by pines and oak woodland, embrace the most wonderful Provençal vistas at this 200-year-old French farmhouse in the heart of the Luberon and its National Park.

Le Mas Du Parc, which was marked on the early 19th-century Napoleonic land registry, has remained in the same family for nearly sixty years, re-constructed from ruins by previous generations in the 1960s. It’s a fine family home with six spacious bedrooms over three floors, furnished gracefully including century-old antiques yet with modern touches such as the well-equipped kitchen, TV lounge and air-conditioning in the four top-floor bedrooms. Le Mas Du Parc allows you to truly experience the authenticity of this enchanting part of Provence whilst staying in great comfort.

The Luberon vistas are incredible, reaching as far as the perched villages of Gordes, Lacoste and Roussillon. Admire the panoramic views from the terraces and swimming pool, dine al-fresco by the barbecue and drink Ventoux wine from the neighbouring sustainable vineyard, which once belonged to the farmhouse, as stars fill the clear skies above you.

The owners have marked a hiking trail through the home’s 40-hectare forest of untouched chestnuts, oaks and pines, or venture further afield for glorious walks through the undulating scenery of this region passing vineyards, cherry orchards and woodland. Just 3km away, a little village awaits with a pretty square, traditional boulangerie and auberge – keen hikers note that the GR9 passes through the village.

The Saturday morning market in Apt is the largest in the Luberon or you could seek out delicious local produce at the town’s Tuesday evening Farmer’s market and discover why Apt, only 6km away, is classified as a “site remarquable du gout”.

Other ancient hilltop villages waiting to charm you include Bonnieux and Ménerbes, whilst the iconic lavender fields of Sault, in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, can be reached in around half an hour. On a Sunday morning, look for treasures at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s famous brocante whilst Fontaine-de-Vaucluse offers opportunities to canoe or kayak along the Sorgue River.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Avignon, around an hour away, or venture south to romantic Aix-en-Provence, one of southern France’s most captivating towns that was adored by Cézanne. At the end of the day, return to the landscapes of the Luberon which have also inspired artists, writers and musicians over the many years with their natural beauty and Provençal charm.   

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What you should know…

  • The villa sleeps up to 13 guests across six bedrooms and an additional two children using a sofa-bed in one of the bedrooms - please see the "Features" tab for details of the layout.
  • Air-conditioning is featured on the upper floor only (four bedrooms).
  • The gardiens live in a separate annexe attached to the main house. They remain discreet yet are pleased to help if required.
  • The owner’s family residence is also on-site which may occasionally be occupied – the house is out of sight and if family is present, they will also remain discreet.
  • It’s a lovely house for families with plenty to keep children entertained. Please note that children will need to be supervised outside, especially by the pool, poolside terrace and steps.

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

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  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
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Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Smart TV Satellite TV Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Mas Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Dining room
-    Kitchen, well-equipped
-    Shower room and WC
-    Laundry room
-    Cellar

First Floor

-    Two living rooms
-    TV lounge
-    Bedroom 5 with single bed and sink
-    Bedroom 6 with two single beds and sofa-bed 
-    Bathroom with shower, two sinks and separate WC

Second Floor


-    Bedroom 1 with two single beds and air-conditioning
-    Bedroom 2 with double bed and air-conditioning
-    Bathroom (accessed via both above bedrooms) with shower, bath and WC
-    Bedroom 3 with three single beds, air-conditioning and en suite shower room
-    Bedroom 4 with double bed, single bed, air-conditioning and en suite shower room 
-    Separate WC

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (20x7m, depth: 0.5-1.9m) walled and gated. Open approximately April to end-September
-    Poolside terrace with pergola and fridge
-    Barbecue
-    Various terraces for al-fresco dining/relaxing
-    Water feature
-    Outdoor games/toys (balls, frisbee, boules, ride-on toys)
-    Pool toys/inflatables
-    Vast grounds (terraced levels and steps)
-    Private footpath through pine and oak woodland
-    Water reservoir (fenced off)

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Fireplace
-    Air-conditioning (top floor bedrooms only)
-    Smart and satellite TV
-    DVD player and DVDs
-    Bluetooth box
-    Board games
-    X-Box console
-    Table tennis
-    Outdoor games/toys
-    Pool inflatables
-    Small library
-    Safe
-    Mosquito nets
-    Washing machine
-    Ironing facilities

Location

About the surrounding area of Le Mas Du Parc
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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In the heart of the Parc naturel régional du Luberon, Le Mas Du Parc enjoys an incredible position set on a hill in a 40-acre estate of woodland with oak and pine trees. A 3km drive (or cycle ride) takes you to a small, quiet village with a pretty square, auberge and bakery.

As you travel around this part of the Luberon, come across gorgeous landscapes of vineyards, cherry orchards and beautiful scenery that has inspired artists over the years. There are wonderful hiking trails, including the GR9 which pass through the local village, as well as cycling and mountain bike opportunities for adventurous guests. Wine-lovers note that a neighbouring winery offers vineyard tours and tastings of its sustainable Ventoux wines – take a bottle home to enjoy beneath the clear night skies filled with stars with no light pollution around.

The nearest small town is Apt (6km), home to supermarkets, restaurants and a fantastic Saturday morning market, the largest in the region. The old town is a characterful place to explore and you can buy candied fruit, Apt’s delicacy, in many of the town’s charming shops. Further local produce can be found at Apt’s Tuesday evening Farmer’s market from April.

Driving south, other gems of the Luberon include Bonnieux (19km), Ménerbes (27km) and Lourmarin (27km) as well as Van Gogh’s beloved Gordes (22km) and the lavender fields by Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque. Look out for village restaurants, café terraces, bustling markets and delightful shops, not to mention sensational views from the many perched villages of the Luberon.

Slightly further afield, seek out treasures in the antique stores of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (36km), canoe or kayak along the Sorgue from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (37km), drive north to the lavender farms of Sault (29km) and venture to the other side of Mont Ventoux with little villages such as Bédoin, a mecca for cyclists, reached within an hour.

You could even experience the charm of Aix-en-Provence (66km) or visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Avignon (57km) for a day out in two of Provence’s captivating cities.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon Airport

(49km)

Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Provence Airport

(90km)

Nearest Train Station Gare d'Avignon TGV

(59km)

Nearest Village Small Luberon village

(3km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(3km)

Nearest Supermarket In and around Apt

(6km)

Nearest Town Apt

(6km)

Nearest City Avignon

(57km)

Nearest Golf Golf de Saumane

(36km)

Nearest Tennis Apt

(6km)

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

The Luberon landscapes continue to inspire families whether you are seeking authentic villages, outdoor activities or simply beautiful scenery to accompany your adventures.

Cycling is a popular pursuit in the Luberon and there is a good family route a little further south called La Véloroute du Calavon, a former railway line which connects Les Beaumettes and Saint-Martin-de-Castillon. The most adventurous of families can also find mountain biking opportunities and rock-climbing near Buoux.

Around a 40-minute drive away, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a great place for canoeing or kayaking along the Sorgue River and it is also home to a tree-top adventure centre with trails for a range of ages/heights.

Animal lovers may wish to spend a day at Zoo Barben, around an hour by car, whilst some children may be excited by the lavender farms around Sault, a 30-minute drive north, some offering you the opportunity to make your own soap or other lavender products.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Baby bath
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Pool inflatables
  • Footballs
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Catering Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Catering 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

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Catering
- Transfers
- Mid-stay cleaning
- Mid-stay linen/towel change

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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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 €1500 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival or paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection or two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes, changed weekly.
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.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Changeover day Saturday only from beginning of June to end of September. Flexible all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights. Shorter stays are on request only.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside on the designated patio or poolside terrace only due to high risk of forest fire.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately April to end-September. 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.
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.
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is featured on the upper floor only (four bedrooms).
Other Ts and Cs The villa sleeps up to 13 guests across six bedrooms and an additional two children using a sofa-bed in one of the bedrooms - please see the "Features" tab for details of the layout.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 20th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £3,878
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £3,878
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £5,748
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £3,878
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £2,978
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 £4,501
Dec 31st 2024 - Mar 26th 2025 £2,978
Mar 26th 2025 - Mar 30th 2025 £4,501
Mar 30th 2025 - Apr 28th 2025 £2,978
Apr 28th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £3,878
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £3,878
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 £5,748
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 £3,878
Sep 27th 2025 - Nov 21st 2025 £2,978

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 20th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €4,214
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €4,214
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €6,246
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €4,214
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €3,236
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 €4,892
Dec 31st 2024 - Mar 26th 2025 €3,236
Mar 26th 2025 - Mar 30th 2025 €4,892
Mar 30th 2025 - Apr 28th 2025 €3,236
Apr 28th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €4,214
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €4,214
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 €6,246
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 €4,214
Sep 27th 2025 - Nov 21st 2025 €3,236

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 20th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $4,559
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $4,559
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $6,757
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $4,559
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $3,501
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 $5,292
Dec 31st 2024 - Mar 26th 2025 $3,501
Mar 26th 2025 - Mar 30th 2025 $5,292
Mar 30th 2025 - Apr 28th 2025 $3,501
Apr 28th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $4,559
May 31st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $4,559
Jun 28th 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 $6,757
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 $4,559
Sep 27th 2025 - Nov 21st 2025 $3,501

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.

Owner Profile

When did you become the owner?

At the beginning of the 1960s, my parents, being from Hamburg, were looking for a holiday home somewhere warm. My mother’s dream was “something with olive trees". The coast of Spain came to mind. But because of the distance from their home in Hamburg - flying was still a luxury back then - southern France came into the focus. Finally a family friend heard about an estate for sale near the town of Apt in the Luberon.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The first examination was quite sobering. The house, more like a ruin and the surrounding property were in a real bad shape. But my parents succumbed to the charm of the house with its hidden location and the breath-taking view, the associated large water cistern, which is now the pool, and the impressively bubbling spring. In the year 1964 they signed the contract. That was the beginning of the adventure "Le Mas Du Parc". 

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

We are currently working on a collection of stories, which we want to display in the house itself. Once we are finished, I will share those stories with Oliver’s Travels.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?

If you are interested in arts you have to visit the “Carrieres de Lumieres” a Les Baux-de-Provence. It is an art display in an old quarry. The works of famous artists like Mondrian or Van Gogh are projected on the walls all around you. You become part of the art work! It is a fantastic experience and worth the 1h 30min drive. Bring a sweater, cause even during summer it can get quite chilly in the quarry.

A bit closer but also awe inspiring are the colourful canyons of Roussillon (20 min by car) and Rustrel (15 min by car). Both destinations are great fun for kids. Roussillon is a small village right next to the canyons and is recognized as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Unfortunately, during the peak season, it is very crowded. The canyons of Rustrel (named Colorado Provencal) might be a better choice then. Their colours are equally beautiful and there are fewer people.

There are fantastic hikes close by. You can find every level of difficulty. So depending on your age and experience we can suggest you the best hikes around the area.

Must eat?

Olive Oil – There are a couple of olive oil mills in our area. The oil is not cheap, but the taste makes all the difference. We like to buy our oil at the “Moulin a Huile du Colorado de Rustrel”.

Wild boar – We have a lot of wild boars in the Luberon and at least as many hunters. So, if you are interested, we might be able to organise you some locally sourced boar.

Fish soup - If you are planning a trip to the coast, you must try the Bouillabaisse: This traditional fish stew originated in Marseille and is made with various types of fish, shellfish, vegetables, and herbs.

Ratatouille - This famous vegetable stew is made with eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and zucchini and pairs well with meats. You will find all the necessary ingredients on the weekly market in Apt.

Tapenade - This is a dip made from olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil. It's commonly served with bread or as a spread for sandwiches. You can buy it in every supermarket, but we recommend to buy it at the market on Saturdays. But be careful and compare the prices!

Candy fruits – Apt is known for its candy fruits and exporting them worldwide. It's not to everyone's taste, but if you are a fan Apt is your Woodstock.

Rosé wine – The Provence is known for its rosé wine, which is made from a variety of grapes. It's a refreshing and light wine that pairs well with the local cuisine. There is nothing better then an ice cold Rosé at the pool during a hot summer day.
 

Must see?

The weekly market in Apt, every Saturday is a must see. The hustle and bustle in the streets is a joy to jump into or just watch from the terrace of a café or bar.  It gets very crowded during peak season, so we recommend to go there early (around 9 am or earlier) to avoid the masses. One more advice. Compare the prices of the different merchants well! Some bad apples hike up their prices during the tourist season.

Two lesser-known villages, which are worth a visit are Joucas and Saignon. Joucas is a little village next to the famous Gordes. While Gordes is indeed a magnificent village it is also very touristy. Joucas is more laid back and many artists are living here and displaying their works. Saignon is a small village sitting on the mountain above Apt. The views from the top of the town over the surroundings is fantastic.

 

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

A beautiful little memory is a picnic in the neighbouring village. Above the town are old castle ruins and a church. Here you can have a picnic with a beautiful view of the Luberon and the hill where the home is situated (We recommend taking blankets or pillows with you as there are no benches. Children should not be left unattended in the ruins).

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Reviews

  • A real gem

    on 15/06/2023

    Wow, what a domaine! An honour to stay in this fabulous property. The walls and decorations drip with history, though the bathrooms and kitchen are updated and utilitarian. Plenty of room for 9 adults and three kids, even enough to get the infants away from the group for the inevitable midnight cry-session. Owners were in plenty of contact before our stay (French-speaking). Note about not using google maps is key for finding the property. Apple maps and waze were correct. The groundskeeper lives in the back of the main house, though you would never know it. He and wife were very polite, inviting and helpful. The outdoor patio area and pool are where we spent the bulk of our time. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much to the family for renting out this space, we look forward to a return.

  • TOP!

    on 30/05/2023

    Dream weekend! TOP!

  • IDYLIC

    on 23/05/2023

    It was just perfect, a magical place worthy of a castle.

  • Everything

    on 06/04/2023

    The cleanliness, the environment, the kindness of the caretakers, the little touches (Easter eggs, wines,...)

  • Very spacious and very well maintained

    on 14/09/2022

    We had a wonderful holiday on this beautiful estate in September. It's in a quiet location, on a hillside out of sight.
    Everything is done to ensure that you have a wonderful time. The building is very spacious and very well maintained.
    The swimming pool is phenomenal and gave us some great fun with the children.
    We did our shopping a few kilometres away at the start of our stay and never left the estate again, except to go on a few outings like visiting Roussillon or Gordes, which is a must-see in the region.
    The caretakers gave us a very warm welcome and we immediately felt at ease.
    We will be delighted to return to the property.

  • Blew us away

    on 10/04/2022

    Beautiful place. The views, the surroundings and the authentic House blew us away. Thank you for an unforgettable stay.

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