Villa Borie

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Pool Walk to Village

As you head up the Cypress-lined driveway and catch a glimpse of the swathes of lavender, you’ll realise what a special place this is. This elegant stone home, within walking distance to one of the many idyllic villages of the Luberon, is an incredible place from which to explore this enchanting part of Provence.

Villa Borie has been lovingly restored by its current owners who have renovated the home with style and great taste, featuring the perfect blend of Provençal and contemporary furnishings and original artwork across the house.

The beautifully preserved stone fire-place is the central feature of both the living and dining room whilst French doors open up to one of the glorious stone terraces. All three bedrooms feature queen-sized beds, Provençal wardrobes and dressers and doors opening on to the pool, gardens or the fields of lavender. There are two sumptuous bathrooms, one with a roll-top bath, the other featuring an in-ground Italian shower.

Keen chefs can create a feast using the very best produce from local markets in the contemporary kitchen with high-end Smeg appliances plus an island and breakfast table, allowing for a convivial atmosphere as meals are prepared.

In the evening you can seek solace with a glass of local wine on a stone bench surrounded by lavender or enjoy an aperitif on the lit-up terrace by the old Borie, a stone hut where shepherds would have once sought shelter on stormy nights. Or simply continue to take in the breathtaking views of the Luberon mountain from the south-facing terrace.

In the beautiful grounds, by the rockery filled with flowers and fruit trees, there’s a dazzling and wonderfully maintained swimming pool with deckchairs and loungers around the poolside terrace, the perfect place to spend long summery days in the peace of the verdant surroundings.

You can walk to a lovely local village where you will find restaurants, cafes and charming shops. Explore the steep narrow streets with beautiful old stone houses, many of which have been restored, and reach the fascinating ruins of a castle dating back to the 11th Century. Furthermore, within a short distance you can drive to a wealth of other idyllic Luberon villages such as Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Roussillon as well as Van Gogh’s beloved Gordes (17km), one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages.

The Luberon Natural Park offers an ideal setting for walking, horse-riding and cycling amongst spectacular landscapes of hills, olive groves and vineyards whilst wine lovers will appreciate the amazing vineyards and wine cellars across the region. Don’t miss the weekly food market in nearby Apt, one of the most famous in the area, whilst the well-known brocante markets in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are a must for antique lovers.
 
Famous Avignon, the capital of Provence, and Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most beautiful university towns, are just over an hour away or head to Les Alpilles Natural Park with Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or Les Baux-de-Provence for a memorable day out.

At the end of the day you’ll be pleased to return to the tranquillity and beauty of your own exceptional place at Villa Borie.

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What you should know…

  • Please note that children under 12 years are not accepted (babies in arms are fine and a travel cot can be provided)
  • A wrought-iron spiral staircase leads up to a delightful mezzanine level perfect for a spot of quiet reading
  • Although you can walk to the village, car hire is needed to be able to explore this stunning region

Property Features

Private Pool Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Outdoor Games Table Tennis Heating

Interiors

- Living-dining room, separated by a large stone fireplace
- Library
- Kitchen, well-equipped including oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, coffee maker, breakfast table and chairs
- Small study
- Master bedroom with queen-size double bed and doors leading to stone terrace. Direct access to main bathroom with antique roll-top bath and double washbasins
- Double bedroom with queen-size bed and doors leading to garden. Direct access to shower room with in-ground Italian shower
- Double bedroom with queen-size bed, antique sofa and doors leading to swimming pool area
- Reading area on mezzanine level (via spiral staircase)

Grounds

- Swimming pool (approx. 6mx3.5m, depth approx 1.2m-2.7m) with pool safety alarm. Open April to end of September
- Sun loungers, deck chairs and sun umbrellas
- South-facing terrace
- Natural gardens, rockery and surrounding parkland
- Stone fountain
- Borie with lit-up terrace
- Boules court
- Table tennis

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- TV (British channels)
- Music streaming via AirPlay
- Books
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Borie
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport 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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You enter Villa Borie through electric wrought-iron gates and then follow the Cypress-lined driveway to the beautiful home. It is surrounded by 7.5 acres of natural grounds featuring 200 mature trees, lavender fields and an old Borie (stone hut) where shepherds would have once sought shelter on stormy nights.  There are breathtaking views of the Luberon mountain from the south-facing terrace.

It’s walking distance (1km) from a lovely village in the heart of the Luberon where you will find restaurants, cafes and the ruins of a castle dating back to the 11th Century. Explore the steep narrow streets with beautiful old stone houses, many of which have been restored. 

Within a short drive there is also a wealth of archetypal Luberon villages to explore such as Bonnieux (8km), Ménerbes (5km), Roussillon (14km) and Van Gogh’s beloved Gordes (17km), one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages.

The Luberon National Park offers an ideal setting for walking, horse-riding and cycling amongst spectacular landscapes of hills, olive groves and vineyards. There are climbing opportunities near Buoux (19km), a tiny village with a castle not to be missed and now a mecca for rock-climbing.

Wine lovers will appreciate all the amazing vineyards and wine cellars in the local area and wine-tasting at some of the very best can be arranged. The vineyards of  the Côtes de Ventoux and Chateauneuf du Pape (60km) are also within easy reach when driving towards the beautiful Rhône wine region.

Food enthusiasts should also head to the Luberon town of Apt (18km) on a Saturday morning for its incredible Provençal market, one of the most famous in the region and well known for its local products especially candied fruits and goats cheese. The old town has a lot of charm and character and the surrounding hills are typical of beautiful Provence. Market lovers should also seek out the famous brocantes (antique markets) at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (23km).

Famous Avignon (44km), the capital of Provence, and Aix-en-Provence (60km), one of France's most beautiful university towns, are just over an hour away whilst the natural beauty of Les Apilles National Park is also nearby with Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (49km), Les Baux-de-Provence (50km) or Eygalières (35km) perfect for a memorable day trip.

Further afield, discover the vibrant city and surrounding coastline of Marseille (95km) or drive to the mesmerising region of La Camargue (100km), perhaps stopping off in Arles (90km), another Provençal town made so famous by Vincent Van Gogh.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon/Marseille/Nîmes

(35km/80km/85km)

Nearest Train Station Cavaillon/Avignon

(20km/45km)

Nearest Village

(1km)

Nearest Restaurant

(1km)

Nearest Supermarket Super U

(12km)

Nearest Town/City Apt/Cavaillon

(16km/20km)

Nearest Golf Bill Owens Golf

(17km)

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: Teens
Ideal for Teens

The Luberon Natural Park offers an ideal setting for horse-riding and cycling amongst spectacular landscapes of hills, olive groves and vineyards.

There is also a fantastic Tree-Top activity centre in this region whilst animal lovers should head to Zoo Barben with over 600 species of animals across several hectares of land.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service 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
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning
- Private catering
- Taxi service

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 €1000 paid to the owner by credit card authorisation upon arrival at the villa and refunded up to two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. (Other times with prior arrangement).
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and special events are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open from approximately April to end-September (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).
Other Ts and Cs Children under 12 years are not accepted (babies in arms are fine and a travel cot can be provided).
Other Ts and Cs Guests will be required to sign the owner's rental agreement upon booking.
Other Ts and Cs The lighting of fires in the fireplace is not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £2,988
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £2,490
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 £2,505
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £2,505
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,003
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £3,501
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £3,003
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 20th 2021 £2,505

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €3,225
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €2,688
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 €2,704
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €2,704
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €3,242
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €3,779
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €3,242
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 20th 2021 €2,704

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $3,551
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $2,959
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 $2,977
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $2,977
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $3,569
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $4,160
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $3,569
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 20th 2021 $2,977

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 July 2004.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The beautiful view over the Luberon mountain, the extensive grounds, and the cool, open-plan arrangement of the single-level interior.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was built in 1985 in the traditional style, so no history as such.

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

Really do? 
Visit the local villages and markets including Lacoste, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Gordes (one of the most visited villages in France), Roussillon, Goult and Lourmarin (Peter Mayle, who wrote a Year in Provence lived in both Menerbes and Lourmarin).  Also, visit the many wineries in the local area, Avignon and Aix en Provence, which are both nearby, and Cassis on the south coast near Marseille.
Really eat?
There are some very good restaurants in the local area including La Bartavelle at Goult, Le Mas des Herbes Blanches at Joucas, La Bastide de Capelongue at Bonnieux, Le Mas Tourteron at Les Imberts, La Bastide de Marie at Menerbes and Le Moulin de Lourmarin at Lourmarin.
Really see? 
The view of the villages, countryside and Mont Ventoux from the top of the Luberon mountain.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Each day of the week there is a produce and artisanal market in a different village in the local area.

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