La Farigoule

Provence

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room (TV, DVD) with doors to terrace. Dining room leads to kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) and doors to terrace. Utility room (washing machine). Two steps up to further library/sitting area. Double bedroom that can be made into a twin on request. Bathroom.
  • First Floor: Double bedroom with balcony access. Bathroom. Double bedroom.
  • Outside: Pool terrace area only. Covered dining area. Private gated entrance and parking. Barbecue. 
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 3.6m)

A spacious and traditional Provençal villa set on a sunny hillside just 350m below the picturesque hilltop village of Goult. Colourful oleanders surround the private pool with views over the Luberon mountains. A perfect base to explore much of Provence.

La Farigoule is a welcoming villa with spacious rooms and traditionally French furnishings throughout. Doors from the principal living area with beamed ceiling lead out onto a pretty pool terrace with shaded area for dining from where guests will undoubtedly enjoy the views across the valley, whilst dining al fresco. 

The villa is in a residential area only 350 metres walk ‘uphill’ to the village where you’ll find weekly markets selling Provençal delights to tempt your taste buds as well as boutiques, a boulangerie and a small range of restaurants to suit most palettes. Goult has well-restored buildings that seem to grow up out of the living rock as they are built from the same natural stone. The narrow lanes have stone walls in places where the solid rock creates arched doorways and vaulted passages.  This hilltop village has superb views towards the Luberon hills and Bonnieux area and is quintessentially Provençal!

On your doorstep is the Luberon National Park for delightful views, forest walks and forest activities as well as day trips to beautiful medieval villages such as Bonnieux featured in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, Lacoste, Ménerbes and Lourmarin. Gordes (10km) is also worth a trip, clinging to the edge of a spur of Mont Ventoux, it boasts sandstone houses tumbling down narrow cobbled streets and a selection of markets and boutiques. From here, try an exhilarating drive to the 12th century Cistercian Abbaye de Sénanque and its lavender fields – the monks still produce the herb-flavoured liqueur Sénancole! Antiquities and markets are abundant and infamous in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (20km) and the closest larger towns are Cavaillon, (20km), Apt (15km) and Avignon (40km) with its famous bridge and Palais des Papes. Golf enthusiasts can play at the Provence country club in Saumane, (22km) and horse riding can be arranged via the tourist office nearby. 

Ground floor bedroom can be made into a twin. Please ensure you inform us at the time of booking if you require twin beds.

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Great Things to Do Near La Farigoule

The villages of Oppède Le Vieux, Ménerbes and Lacoste

Set against a backdrop of craggy limestone hills, these restored three villages are extremely pretty and always bustling. You reach Oppède le Vieux on foot, leaving your car in the parking space below the village. Narrow pathways lead up to the 12th century castle at the very top of the steep rocky outcrop on which the village is built. The drive between Oppède and Ménerbes is lovely, with vineyards on either side. Wander the little streets of Ménerbes with its mixture of pastel coloured and stone houses, and pop in and out of the chic boutiques you will find there. The final village in the trio, Lacoste, is probably the most attractive, perhaps due to the fact that it is less restored than the others, and in part to the fabulous views it has over the valley. During the 18th century its castle was home to the Marquis de Sade.

Walk up into the village

Have a wander around Goult, admiring the restored buildings made of stone and ochre, and enjoying a drink or lunch at one of the cafés.

Wine tasting

The local vignerons attend the market at Coustellet, and you are able to have a wine tasting there. We found some lovely local wines at the market and then followed this up by visting one of the many local vineyards where you are able to purchase some fabulous wine at really competitive prices. Most of these wines are not imported into the UK, so it's great to see what else is out there.

The Alpilles

For a slight change in scenery, head to the Alpilles hills, about 45 minutes' drive to the west. St Rémy de Provence is a good place to start... a chic and pretty town, it was once home to Van Gogh. Follow the self-guided walking trail around the town - 21 signposts are dotted around the town, each with a reproduction of one of his paintings and an explanation in French and English.

Gordes (10km)

This beautifully preserved village, perched on the hillside, has some lovely buildings and the most fantastic views. To avoid the crowds, go early for a morning stroll or visit in the evening and enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Visit the Village de Bories, just outside Gordes

The Village de Bories consists of the typical stone shepherd huts shaped like cones. Wander around and see how life was like many years ago.

On Sunday, get up early and go to L'Isle sur la Sorgue

where there is the most amazing market that goes on until lunchtime. Home to the most number of antique shops outside of Paris, Sundays see the streets filled with antique dealers selling their wares, as well as a fantastic Provençal market where you can buy everything from fresh fruit and olives to handmade soaps and artwork.

Drive along the country roads that go up and over the Plateau de Vaucluse

to Sault, famous for its lavender fields. Go at the beginning of July to see the area awash in the colour purple, or go on 15th August for the Fete de Lavande, held in Sault itself.

Head to Banon, a small village famous for its goats cheese

wrapped in dried chestnut leaves and tied with a raffia ribbon. More than 600,000 banon cheeses are made each year! Make sure you try at least one during your stay.

Have a day out in Avignon,

the capital of the Vaucluse. Head for the car park called 'Parking Palais des Papes'. This underground car park is underneath the Palais des Papes square and so when you surface, you greeted with an awe inspiring view of the Palais itself.

Lourmarin (20km), in the Grand Luberon,

is a very pretty village, dominated by its chateau. Visit the chateau or explore the narrow streets lined with art galleries, cafes, and craft shops. Try the local sweet snack called gibassier which is a sweet cookie made with olive oil, shaped like an oval leaf and about a foot long.

Visit the Luberon from the sky

Near Joucas, you will find Provence Montgolfière who organises balloon flights in one of the most beautiful parts of Provence.

Visit Apt on a Saturday for the weekly market

or between April and October on a Tuesday morning too. Once you are stocked up on fresh fruit, bread, olives, have lunch in one of the many cafés.

Play a round of Golf

Close to the picturesque village of Saumane, you will find a lovely 9 & 18 hole golf course.

Visit Roussillon (8km) -

home to rock formations, and the most vivid red hued soil you will have ever seen. The colours span the spectrum of reds, oranges and yellows and are truly amazing. The village itself is a delight to wander around with its arty shops and lovely cafés.

The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque

offers a tranquil and spiritual experience. Follow one of the guided tours around the monastery, which has been there since 1148. Go in June/July to see the full effect of the lavender fields in front of the Abbaye.

A breath of fresh air!

Lovers of the great outdoors will feel spoilt - the Luberon is a magnificent region for walking and hiking, cycling, and spotting all sorts of flora and fauna.

At Ansouis...

take a tour around the imposing, golden stone château with its romantic gardens. Or, for something different and interesting for children, visit the ‘Musée Extrordinaire’ - dedicated to ‘underwater life’, an underwater cave has been created with the help of blue stained glass windows.

Nearby

Towns

Goult 1 mins
Ménerbes 12 mins
Gordes 15 mins
Roussillon 15 mins
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 20 mins
Avignon 55 mins

Beaches

Plage du Prado (Marseille) 90 mins

Airports

Avignon 35 mins
Marseille 60 mins
Nice 150 mins
Times are approximate

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