- Sleeps: 13 (9 adults, 4 children and a baby/infant).
- Bedrooms: 4 doubles, 1 children's room (2 pairs of bunk beds), 1 single.
- Bath/Shower Rooms: 1 bathroom (with shower), 4 shower rooms
- Rent per week: £8,890 per week
- Key features:Provençal manor from 1700's
110 acres of grounds
17 x 8 metre infinity pool
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La Colline des Sources
La Colline des Sources is a magnificent Manor House which dates back to the 1700’s, located in the heart of the Luberon in Provence. The House is set in sizeable gardens and grounds, with glorious panoramic views. Guests are truly spoilt with the levels of luxury, style and superb facilities for rest and recreation.
"We had a wonderful stay at La Colline des Sources this summer. It was, as ever, magical and serene - the views are exceptional; the house and garden are beautifully presented; and the terraces ideal for lazy meals."
Henry Dawson, London, England
"La Colline des Sources is a wonderful Provençal home with breathtaking views across the southern Luberon. The house offers complete privacy and all the luxury of 5 star living, whilst the surrounding villages give plenty of choice for the finest cuisine or the simplest meal. A fantastic retreat for family and friends."
Mary Elliott, London, England
"La Colline des Sources" was the perfect villa to stay in for our family holiday. Miles and his team did such a brilliant job of sorting the whole thing out for a big party and it was flawless. It was the perfect family home away from home, and we could have stayed for a month, we enjoyed ourselves so much. Cathy the housekeeper and cook prepared some fantastic local cuisine in the evenings and all the stress of cooking was taken away. She looked after us from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much to organise. There was a children's room, a tennis court, ping pong and a fantastic pool for all ages to enjoy! And the local village is close enough to pop in for an ice cream and to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner. It was practical and magical all in one! We had such a happy time there, and wouldn't think twice about booking again.
Kate Deighton, London, England
La Colline des Sources is a 300-year old south-facing Manor House which has been totally renovated and refurbished to the very highest standards since it was purchased by its present owners in 2004. The House is tucked into a hillside and a north facing entrance door opens onto the first floor, making it easier to carry luggage to and from the bedrooms.
- Sun Room – normally used as the main entrance, with comfortable seating and wide, and twin glass doors leading to the eastern terrace and the garden.
- Sitting Room – located off the sun room and very large, with a high, beamed ceiling, an imposing wood-burning fireplace, comfortable sofas, armchairs and an iPod docking system. Twin French doors open onto the south-facing main terrace.
- Kitchen – also located off the sun room, with a stone flagged floor, a breakfast table seating 12 and French doors to the terrace which leads to the pool. The kitchen is very well equipped, including an AGA-type cooker with 4 gas-fired hobs plus a grill, a gas-fired oven as well as an electric one, an extractor hood, a large fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, twin sinks and a radio/CD/tape player.
- Larder/utility room – with a second fridge, a microwave, a sandwich toaster, etc. as well as a clothes washer and a separate dryer, an ironing board and an iron.
- The Snug – cosy and comfortable, with satellite TV, a DVD player with some DVD's and a wide selection of children's toys stored in the cupboards.
- Main Hall/W.C. – through double doors from the sitting room, with the massive front door and wide, stone staircase, although this entrance is seldom used as the owners favour access through the Sun Room. There's a baby grand piano in the Hall, whilst off it is a W.C.
- Salon/dining room – off the main hall, with a vaulted ceiling, sofas and armchairs, a stylish refectory table which seats 14, a wood-burning fireplace, a radio/CD player, and Broadband/WiFi Internet access. Large French doors open onto the south-facing main terrace.
- Bedroom 1 – effectively a self contained unit, ideal for an older couple or a nanny. The bedroom has a 5 ft double bed, plus a shower, a wash basin and a separate W.C. French doors lead to the semi-screened end of the main terrace. Next door is a kitchen, equipped with a small cooker, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, fridge and a sink, as well as 2 armchairs and a small, drop-leaf dining table.
Wide stone stairs from the main hall ascend to the first floor passage, running the length of the house, off which are 5 bedrooms, all south-facing and with magnificent views.
- Bedroom 2 – the master bedroom with a 5' 6" four-poster double bed and a door into the children’s bedroom (Bedroom 3). An ensuite (Bathroom 1) has a bath, a separate walk-in-shower and double wash basins.
- Bedroom 3 – a colourful children’s bedroom with 2 full-size (6 ft × 3 ft) pairs of bunk beds (ie. 4 beds in all).
- Bedroom 4 - with a 6' 3" double bed and exposed beams.
- Bedroom 5 - with a 6 ft double bed and windows looking both south and east. This bedroom has an ensuite (Shower Room 1) with a shower and W.C., whilst stairs ascend to a small mezzanine.
- Bedroom 6 – with a 4 ft single bed and ensuite (Shower Room 2) with shower and W.C.
- Shower Room 3 – with a shower and W.C.
- Two separate W.C.’s
Garden & Grounds
La Colline des Sources is set in 45 hectares (110 acres) of grounds including landscaped gardens, orchards, an olive grove, lavender fields and woods. A long, tree-lined drive leads from a very minor, gravelled road and winds past the front of the House to the parking area on its west side.
Steps ascend from this parking area to the north-facing main entrance door (see accommodation), as well as to the main terrace which runs along the south side of the House. This terrace is partly shaded by a pergola and a large sun umbrella and is furnished with a dining table and chairs, a sofa, a pair of armchairs with footstools, plus 2 sun beds, all of which are easily portable. The terrace sweeps round the eastern side of the House, along the side of the kitchen, where a second table allows tenants to breakfast in the morning sunshine or in the shade of a sun umbrella.
The south side of La Colline des Sources overlooks 2 further terraces which are planted with Provençal flowers, shrubs and a wide variety of trees, including olives and cypresses. On the first of these, shaded by a huge tree, is a dining table seating 10, providing an ideal spot for a cool lunch on a hot summer's day.
Below these terraces are lavender fields, orchards and olive groves, set against a backdrop of hills and mountains, beyond which lies Aix-en-Provence.
20 metres from the House's eastern terrace is the panoramic infinity swimming pool which measures 17 metres in length (55 ft), 8 metres in width (27 ft) and 1.4 metres in depth (nearly 5 ft), with Roman steps at the pool house end. There are sun beds, chairs and a number of pool toys but being relatively shallow, diving is not permitted. The pool is fenced, filtered, floodlit and alarmed, which, when switched on, is activated by the weight of an average baby (or heavier) entering the water.
The pool house is furnished with built-in upholstered seating and a dining table for 8. There is also an outside shower, plus a shower room and W.C. nearby and a gas-fired barbecue.
Above and behind the house is a small, grass football/rugby pitch and a floodlit 'boules' pitch. Here, too, is the spring which gives La Colline des Sources its name, and which together with Mains water, fulfills the needs of the house, the garden and the property's cultivated land.
100 metres below and to the west of the house (and best approached by the imposing double wooden doors at the end of the middle terrace) is the state-of-the-art, floodlit tennis court.
La Colline des Sources is set in utter peace and tranquillity, in the foothills of the southern Luberon and on the borders of the Luberon National Park.
It has magnificent panoramic views over a patchwork of fields, vines, woods and hills. Mont Ste Victoire can be seen in the far distance which Paul Cézanne painted obsessively from his studio at its base and which is about an hour’s drive from the property. This mountain lies just to the north of stunning Aix-en-Provence, the university city, with its wide, tree-lined boulevards, outdoor cafés and restaurants, spectacular fountains, art galleries and museums (including Cézanne’s studio). Aix also has a number of concert halls and opera houses, besides hosting a world-renowned music festival each summer.
The nearest village is charming Cucuron (a relatively easy 3 kms walk), with a small supermarket, baker, restaurants and outdoor cafés. The larger village of Lourmarin (8 kms) has 2 particularly good restaurants, plus some excellent antique shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés. There is a large supermarket at Puyvert (10 kms) and a huge one at Pertuis (12 kms).
La Colline des Sources is 20 kms north of Exit 15 on the A51 autoroute and 80 kms (50 minutes' drive) north of Marseilles' international airport (Marignane). The other major international airport of Nice is 3 hours' drive, whilst closer to hand are the smaller airports (some with international flights) of Avignon, Nîmes, Toulon and Montpellier. The super-fast train, the TGV, stops at Aix-en-Provence (35 minutes' drive), at Avignon (50 minutes) and at Marseilles (1 hour).
- Milvia Lacomblez is the caretaker who will meet tenants on arrival to show how everything works. She should also be contacted in the event of problems of any kind, and she is the source of much useful information about the property and its surroundings.
- The cleaner, Cathy Taillard, is paid by the owner for a total of 2 hours per day on 5 days per week. Tenants should pay her at the rate of €20 per hour for any agreed additional hours of work.
- A babysitter can probably be arranged. In addition, Cathy Taillard is an excellent cook, and will be happy to prepare a hot or cold dinner for the tenants' evening of arrival, and also to cook on any other evening, if requested in advance. Their wages will be the tenants' responsibility, and can be ascertained prior to the commencement of the rental should tenants so wish.
- Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed each Saturday.
- The House is centrally heated throughout and thick walls ensure that it stays cool during the hotter months.
- There is a telephone system, as well as Broadband/WiFi internet access. (Please bear in mind that La Colline des Sources is a very rural property, and whilst every effort is made to provide Broadband/WiFi internet access at all times, it cannot be guaranteed).
- There is a travel cot with bedding, and a high chair.
- The swimming pool and the garden are maintained by a local contractor.
- There are English-language books throughout the House, plus board games, a card table and many children's toys.
- If requested, the table tennis table (which is stored in the garage together with bats and balls) can be set up on one of the terraces.
- There are 'boules', plus a badminton net, racquets and shuttlecocks.
- A very useful information folder contains the telephone numbers of a doctor, a dentist, a plumber, an electrician, the pool contractor, the emergency services, etc.
Things to See & Do near La Colline des Sources
The House information folder provides details of local shops, markets and antique fairs (as well as the day/s of the week on which the various markets/fairs are held). There is also a Tourist Office in Cucuron which also provides much useful advice and information.
There are 2 good restaurants in the local village of Cucuron - La Petite Maison and L'Horloge. Amongst several others in the surrounding area, the owners recommend "La Closerie" in Ansouis.
The information folder and the brochures in the cupboard in the main hall include details on the following (and more):
- The 18 and 9-hole golf courses in the vicinity, including the first class Pont-Royal (25 minutes' drive) and the mini golf for children of all ages at Lourmarin (15 minutes).
- The stables in Cucuron and other nearby "centres equestres" offer riding lessons, horse and pony trekking, etc.
- Canoeing, kayaking, dinghy sailing and rafting on the local rivers and lakes. The nearest point-of-hire is probably at Lauris on the Durance river (20 minutes). These lakes also offer swimming from sandy beaches, whilst several have quite reasonable restaurants on their shores.
- Exhilarating activities of many kinds in the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, Europe's Grand Canyon.
- Many excellent walks, ranging from the half-hour stroll to Cucuron to countless trails into the surrounding Luberon National park. One of the most challenging, starting from just behind La Colline des Sources and with a 3-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is the climb to the summit of Mourre Nègre – the panoramic highest point of the Luberon.
- Stunning cycling, with bicycles of several types and for various ages available for hire in the small town of Pertuis (about 12 kms away).
- Vineyards which abound in the region, many offering tours, tastings and on-the-spot purchases.
- Stunning and wonderfully photogenic little towns and villages in the surrounding area - Vaugines (where the legendary films “Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" were filmed), Lourmarin, Ansouis, Apt, Bonnieux, Saignon, Roussillon and Grambois to name but a few.
- The historic cities and cultural centres of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Orange.
- Many chateaux, abbeys, churches, gardens, art galleries, museums and archeological sites that are well worth a visit, as well as the numerous cultural and sporting events taking place in the surrounding area.
- Children's zoos and adventure playgrounds.
- Grottoes and caves, many exhibiting features of their fascinating pre-historic past.
- Flying, ballooning and parapenting over the spectacular local countryside.
- The best nearby Mediterranean beaches in the ‘Calanques’ (coves) to the west of Cassis, as well as the larger beaches east of this small coastal town, several of which have windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing facilities. Cassis also has some good seafood restaurants.
Rents & Terms
2018 RENT & TERMS
August £8,890 per week
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