This totally delightful house is on the outskirts of the charming medieval village of Cabrières d’Avignon, within the Luberon National Park. It is just a short walk to the centre of the village where there is an excellent baker, butcher and grocer and well placed for children to do the early morning croissant and baguette run through the quiet, narrow streets as the village stirs to life. Then it’s back to the house for an alfresco breakfast in a sunny corner of the garden.
The current owners have restored the house beautifully, retaining the original features such as the beamed Provençal ceilings, the large stone fireplace, the uneven stone stairs, tiled floors and the honey-coloured, exposed stone walls which are very much a feature of the whole village. It is set back from the small road, behind high stone walls, and entrance to the property is via two large wooden gates. One gate gives access to the higher part of the garden with a parking area, a fully furnished ‘dependence’ , the pool and terrace. The other gate leads into a nicely landscaped courtyard with olive trees and Provençal shrubs.
The house is on the left as you cross the courtyard and the pool (10 x 5 m) is up steps to your right. The pool (which can be heated on request) is accessed by steps right across one end, and it is surrounded by a terrace with six sunbeds. The whole garden area looks out towards a field which belongs to the property, and to vineyards and uninterrupted views of wooded hillsides beyond that, and also benefits from wonderful sunsets.
The accommodation is on three levels and is furnished beautifully with comfort in mind. There are soft sofas, white linen curtains and neutral fabrics and wall colours. The living room has French windows leading to a small rear patio with dining area and sun umbrella. One of the most attractive features of this lovely property is the large summer living room attached to the side of the house. It comes complete with full height glass doors which open completely towards the garden. This huge room is furnished with two large sofas and a dining table seating 8. The side walls are exposed stone, the ceilings are beamed and there is an impressive open fireplace. The four bedrooms and three modern bathrooms are on the first and second floors.
Amenities include satellite TV, DVD, Video, CD player and ADSL internet access. There is a Weber barbecue, a boules court, and bicycles can be hired in Coustellet, 2 kms away.
Entrance hall which leads to the kitchen on the left and straight ahead towards the living and dining rooms. The kitchen has a Lacanche cooker, microwave, dishwasher, American style fridge/freezer with ice machine, kettle and toaster, as well as a small dining table. There are French windows leading out towards the summer kitchen. Cloakroom with WC. The living room has an open fireplace and French windows leading to the rear courtyard. The dining room looks onto this courtyard. Stone stairs from the dining room lead to the first floor.
Master bedroom with super- king size bed and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, bath, WC and washbasin. 1 double bedroom with queen-size bed and adjacent bathroom with shower, bath, twin washbasins and WC. 1 twin bedroom.
Steep stairs lead up to a landing area with a small office with ADSL/broadband facilities. This leads to a large twin bedded room with access to its own sheltered roof terrace with table, chairs and sunbeds. This bedroom has air conditioning and its own bathroom with bath, WC and washbasin. Note: the bathroom has a low, sloping ceiling.
Open fireplace, two sofas, dining table and chairs seating 8. Old style sink.
Sitting room with a DVD player. Equipped kitchen with fridge, dishwasher and electric ring. Large shower and WC. Outside dining table and chairs seating 8, under a shaded pergola.
3 Supermarkets 20 minutes, Organic shop 5 minutes
Avignon TGV station and airport 30 – 40 minutes
Marseille (Marignane) airport 50 minutes
Nîmes airport 1 ¼ hours
Arles and Camargue 1 hour
Beaches 1 – 1 ½ hours
Gordes 10 minutes
L’Isle sur la Sorgues (antiques) 20 minutes
Luberon villages 15 – 30 minutes
Tennis in the village, kayaking 15 minutes.
Walking and fitness trails in and around village.
Hot air ballooning 15 minutes