Our farmhouse, or villa was originally built as a shepherd’s house, or ‘Bergerie’ that has undergone several transformations since it was built in the 1800′s; extensively in the 1970′s when it was initially restored and enlarged by the former owner, and then again in 2007 when we added another extension and renovated the interior. We have invested a great deal of attention in maintaining the traditional Provencal style of architecture in order to maintain the rustic charm characteristic of the region, while at the same time modifying certain functional aspects of the building to provide modern conveniences and comforts. On the grounds there is a swimming pool and ‘pool kitchen’, several charming stone terraces, a ‘Canadian Chalet’ that’s perfect for relaxing with a book, watching the sunrise or for setting up an easel for a relaxed afternoon of painting the scenery. The charming ‘fountain’ area and the hammock are favourite ‘niches’ for enjoying quiet time to relax, snooze or read.
The Villa has six bedrooms and five bathrooms.
There are two living rooms as well as the original den and two wood-burning fireplaces, one in the ‘new’ living room and one in the original den in the old house.
The kitchen was completely re-built in 2007, including a “Lacanche” dual oven range, an oversized marble sink, custom made oak island with marble top and terra cotta tile floors. The heating and cooling system of the new house is provided via a Geothermy system.
There are two BBQs, including the original ‘stone bread oven’ and a Weber gas BBQ.
- The South Terrace is an ideal spot to watch the sunrise. It faces the best view of the Mt Ventoux, the lavender field, the south vineyard and the olive trees. It receives full sun throughout most of the day, and during certain weeks is positioned perfectly to witness the ‘moon rise’ that occurs directly above Mt. Ventoux.
- The Upper Terrace is a covered ‘porch’ that can be used when shelter from either the sun or rain is desired. It is a favourite spot for enjoying a relaxing breakfast and receives a peaceful breeze on a hot day. It overlooks the olive trees, the oleanders and the Mt. Ventoux. It is the coolest terrace in the heat of full summer, and can be at least 5 degrees Celsius cooler than the other terraces.
- The West Terrace is part of the original house and therefore has more mature plantings surrounding it, including a fruit bearing apricot tree, an ancient oak, and a towering Pin Parasol. It is the most sheltered terrace against the infamous Mistral wind, and is one of our favourite spots for enjoying lunch.
- The Master Suite is a large bedroom with adjoining bathroom, complete with a romantic claw foot tub, a large Roman-style shower, double sinks and a separate water closet. The master suite has a queen sized bed and has views of both the east and south exposures. It is positioned to view the sunrise and provides majestic views of both the Baronnies mountain range and Mt. Ventoux, as well as the lavender field and south vineyard.
- The South Room is a charming bedroom with a fantastic view of Mt. Ventoux, the south lawn, and the south Vineyard. It has a double bed, and a full closet. There is a bathroom with shower and sink situated beside it, and a private water closet situated across the hallway.
- The North Room boasts one of the best views of the sun setting across the vineyard in the evening. It has a large walk-in closet, and romantically draped double bed.
- The Mediterranean Suite is a large room in the older section of the house, decorated in tones of white and blue. It has a peaked, beamed ceiling, a queen sized bed, a full walk-in closet, and an adjoining four piece bathroom. This room faces south, with a view onto the West Terrace and the olive trees
- The Red Suite is actually made up of 2 smaller, charming bedrooms located in the older section of the house. It has two closets, a double bed, and its own three-piece bathroom. This room faces west and adjoins a smaller room that can be used as a ‘dressing room’ or for children.