Le Prieure is a beautiful property of nearly nine acres set within the heart of the Luberon. Literally built on the foundation of a 12th century chapel, Le Prieure is actually three contiguous, yet independant \"townhomes\". The property is perfect for three families seeking privacy, or a large group of people on holiday. The townhomes share a large swimming pool, petanque court, tennis court, and extraordinary views of the countryside. The swimming pool is completely enclosed with an alarm system for safety, and a large array of teak lounge chairs. An adjacent pool cabana offers a shower. The charming village of Gargas is just a stroll away, offering a small selection of restaurants, shops, and services. A bit further a field is the town of Apt, where guests can find larger supermarkets, restaurants, galleries, cafes, and a bustling morning market. Traditional architectural elements incorporated into this completely renovated property includes ceiling beams, stone tiled floors, wood-burning fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings. The furnishings are comfortable and tasteful, combining the best of traditional ambiance and contemporary style and function. Modern touches include satellite TV and music systems in each townhouse.
A southwest-facing stone terrace, with covered pergola, is furnished with a barbecue, dining tables and chairs, and overlooks the scenic valley below the property. The terrace provides a wonderful communal area where the entire group can get together for an al fresco meal, a bottle of wine, or for regaling each other with the day\'s adventures.
The rental price includes: Utilities, final cleaning, gardener, and twice weekly (6 hours total) cleaning.
At additional cost: Chef services, babysitter, telephone usage.
The largest of the three town homes sleeps six and offers spacious living areas, a dining room seating eight, a well-appointed kitchen (stove, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, laundry facilities), a private terrace, three bedrooms (one with queen bed and ensuite bathroom, the other two offering queen beds with a shared shower room) and two full bathrooms.
Both of the smaller town homes have their own comfortably furnished and beautifully decorated living and dining areas (seating eight each), and fully-appointed kitchens (oven, stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, laundry). Each home also offers two bedrooms (queen with single) and two bathrooms (one bathtub, one shower). These two town homes sleep a total of 11 guests. For children, there are baby cots and high chairs available upon request.
The \"Luberon\" applies to a range of mountains running about 55 km between Cavaillon and Manosque, and a regional park, the Parc Régional du Luberon. The western end of the range is called the Petit Luberon and the eastern end is the Grand Luberon. The two parts are divided by the beautiful Combe de Lourmarin that cuts across the mountains from Bonnieux and Lourmarin. Geologically, the Luberon range extends west to the Chaine des Alpilles.
The Luberon is a beautiful region for visiting, by car, foot, bicycle or horse. The mountains and forests are beautiful. There are scores of lovely, ancient villages, many with castles, forts, ruins, towers, and other geographical and historical sites. This is a region for the dry-stone bories that link the present with the past.
The Parc Régional du Luberon roughly follows the mountain range east-west, but extends out further north-south, bounded by the Durance (south) and Calavon (north) river valleys. This is a regional park, not national, and the boundaries follow some unusual contortions to meet the political and economic needs of the local communes.