Le Mas Martin

Provence

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Web Ref: 3769

Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 10
  2. 4 Double Bedrooms
  3. 3 Bathrooms
  4. WiFi
  5. Air Conditioned Bedrooms
  6. Village House
  7. Table Football
  8. Boules area
  9. Restaurants 400m
  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom. Utility room (washing machine). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) open plan to the dining room, and leading to the lounge (sat TV, DVD, WiFi, Bluetooth speaker, table football) with French window to terrace. Double bedroom with en suite shower room and A/C, (no WC) and door to garden.
  • First floor: Stairs (no handrail) to first floor with baby gate. Cloakroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room (no WC). Two double bedrooms (A/C). Open playroom with two single beds (suitable for children only. No A/C). Bathroom (separate shower, no WC). Cloakroom.
  • Outside: Covered summer kitchen (oven, ‘plancha’, dishwasher), dining area and living area, with direct access onto sun terrace and courtyard garden with small lawned area. Boules court. Private covered parking for 2 cars.
  • Private pool (7m x 3m) with Roman steps.

We were bowled over as soon as we saw this superbly renovated 18th century village wheat mill with its impeccable interior, excellent facilities, and perfect location within easy walking distance of the picturesque Cadenet and its amenities.

Following full renovation, quality fittings and furnishings are found throughout, and with comfort in mind each double bedroom has a king-size bed and is equipped with air conditioning with further flexibility provided by two single beds in the playroom (no A/C, suitable for children only). Downstairs, the living space is fully open plan, the stylish fully equipped kitchen leading to a spacious dining room, and on to an inviting lounge with exposed stone walls.

Further comfy seating and an outdoor dining table are found in the fabulous covered area with summer kitchen, where everyone can gather to dine or relax together and which, we suspect, will be a hub for most groups. This area flows directly onto the sun terrace beside the pool, which is flanked by an olive tree, fragrant lavender and an area laid to lawn. Complete privacy is assured in this enclosed courtyard.

5 minutes’ walk from this secluded haven is the lovely village of Cadenet with its château which hosts art exhibitions and concerts. The village is well appointed with a small supermarket, a boulangerie, cafés and various restaurants, as well as the ubiquitous weekly market for picking up fresh produce. A larger supermarket is only 4km away in Puyvert, and further shops and restaurants can be found in picture perfect Lourmarin (7km) as well as in Pertuis (12km). Lourmarin is classed as one of France’s most beautiful villages, its winding streets and dappled squares oozing typical Provençal ambience and don’t forget a trip to Bonnieux (20km) made famous by author Peter Mayle’s ‘A Year in Provence’. 

Cadenet is set on the southern edge of the much-loved Luberon national park, famous for its lavender fields, ochre villages and wonderful scenery. Aix-en-Provence, the former capital of Provence and now a bustling university town, is only a 40-minute drive away; it is particularly of interest to art lovers, having inspired many artists including the Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, whose studio can be visited. The closest international airport is Marseille (50km) which is an easy 1 hour drive from Le Mas Martin.

  • The property sleeps maximum 8 adults only plus 2 children. The first floor playroom with 2 singles is suitable for children only and does not have A/C.
  • A babygate secures first floor however care is needed with young children as there is no handrail on the open stairs leading to first floor.

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Great Things to Do Near Le Mas Martin

Discover beautiful Lourmarin

Classed as 'one of France's most beautiful villages', Lourmarin has all the charm you'd expect of a typical Provençal village: winding streets, dappled squares, and a weekly market which takes place on Friday morning. There are plenty of pavement cafés and restaurants to stop at and shops to browse, and it is a lively place all summer long. Don't miss the 15th/16th century castle, part of which is open to visitors, and the Albert Camus walking trail in honour of the famous writer who lived and was buried here.

Try the local sweet snack

Try a 'gibassier' which is a sweet cookie made with olive oil, shaped like an oval leaf and about a foot long!

A day in and around Gordes

The beautiful village of Gordes, perched on the hillside, is deservedly popular with its superbly restored buildings and the most fantastic views, but try to get there early or late to avoid the lunchtime crowds. On the edge of the village, you can visit the Village de Bories, a cluster of the conical stone shepherd huts typical of this area, with information about those who used them in the past. This could be combined with the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a Cistercian abbey set in tranquil countryside just north of Gordes. Follow one of the guided tours around the monastery, which has been there since 1148. In June/July you will see the lavender fields in front of the abbey in bloom.
 

The ochre village of Roussillon...

Take time to visit Roussillon (approx 45 minute drive), where you can walk through a vivid landscape of a former ochre quarry; 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.

Read a book set in Provence

Take or download a book set in this area and let the towns and villages come to life. 'A Year in Provence' by Peter Mayle, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol are a few that spring to mind. You are not too far from the restored villages of Ménerbes, Oppede le Vieux where much of 'A Year in Provence' was based.

A must-do on any list is a trip to Avignon (1hr drive),

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.

Château de la Barben (30 mins)

This medieval fortress with gardens designed by Le Nôtre is situated between Salon de Provence and Aix en Provence. Built in the 11th century on a rocky peak, the chateau was impregnable, and belonged to successive families including royalty. The Château has become the setting for events: heritage days, candlelit tours, medieval banquets and shows. It is also lived in and fully furnished, and can be explored by guided tour by costumed guides. The gardens are open to the public on certain days and include ponds, fountains, statues, and even a 30-metre long underground passage.

Visit Apt on market day

The largest town in this area, Apt holds a big weekly market on a Saturday year round and 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. If you are here around the first week of June, you may be able to catch the Luberon Jazz Festival here.

Barben Zoo

Near Salon de Provence, this zoo is set in a 33 hectare forest and has over 600 animals of more than 120 different species. Many large mammals, as well as reptile and bird collections. Why not combine with a visit to the Chateau nearby?

Explore the Luberon Valley

Take a day to drive along the beautiful Luberon valley, whose spectacular countryside ranges from farms, vineyards and orchards to vast fields of lavender to dramatic river gorges. There are Roman remains and medieval castles to discover and a number of lovely hilltop villages including Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes and Goult.

Make a splash!

Enjoy a family day out on a hot day at the water park in Monteux (1 hour). Ride the surf simulator 'Da Wave', cool off in the pools and water slides, and explore the Adventurers' Castle playground.

Holiday games

Challenge the rest of your party to a game of table football or boules at the villa!

Antiques and canoeing!

L'Isle sur la Sorgue (45 mins) is well worth a visit for various reasons. Not least of all, because it is lovely to look at. The River Sorgue flows through the town in a network of canals, leading to its nickname 'the Venice of Provence’. Canoes or kayaks can be hired here for a fun family afternoon on the water. It is also particularly interesting for being home to the most antique shops outside of Paris, and on Sunday morning a huge market takes place with antique dealers coming from far afield to sell their wares, as well as a fantastic Provençal market where you can buy everything from fresh fruit and olives to handmade soaps and artwork. There are many riverside cafés and restaurants offering a picturesque spot for lunch.
 

A castle and an extraordinary museum

At Ansouis (near Pertuis) take a tour around the imposing, golden stone château with its romantic gardens. And for something different and interesting for children, visit the ‘Musée Extrordinaire’, extraordinary as it is dedicated to ‘underwater life’ – where an underwater cave has been created with the help of blue stained glass windows.

Festivals in Aix

Various events and exhibitions are held in Aix during the summer. The town's main event is the Festival d’Aix en Provence, a two month programme of concerts (mainly operatic and orchestral) as well as talks and workshops which takes place in late June to early July. Among the many other cultural events are an orchestral music festival at Easter, a theatre festival at the end of May/beginning of June, various concerts of different genres, an art and crafts festival in July/August, and a cinema festival in late October.

 

Aix-en-Provence

This bustling university city makes for a good day out, especially if you are interested in the arts. It was the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and you can do a walking trail linking his childhood home and his former studio. Many of Cézanne's paintings were inspired by the countryside around Aix, particularly the Mont Sainte-Victoire, a distinctively shaped mountain close to the city. The city centre has some grand Renaissance architecture, lovely squares and tree-lined avenues packed with shops and restaurants, and its main art gallery Musée Granet.

Nearby

Towns

Lourmarin 10 mins
Pertuis 15 mins
Ménerbes 44 mins
Gordes 53 mins
Avignon 54 mins

Airports

Avignon 44 mins
Marseille 50 mins
Nice 120 mins
Times are approximate

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