|The Studio, Mas St Jacques||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||None|
The Studio is a lovely building of Luberon stone, completely private, with its own access, parking, and front door. It has been renovated, furnished, and finished to the highest possible standard.
A large rectangular space of 34 square metres, it is divided into two spacious areas, for living and sleeping, with a big modern bathroom separating the two. As The Studio is self-catering, there is also a well-equipped kitchen area.
Although The Studio is air-conditioned, the high ceilings also give airiness and coolness, while full-length glass sliding doors onto a private terrace make the most of its beautiful situation, set in a private garden overlooking olive trees, the village of Lourmarin, and the Luberon mountains in the distance.
You can sit on the terrace with a coffee, a cup of tea, a glass of rosé, lunch, and even dinner, in complete silence, but can be in buzzy Lourmarin in just a few minutes by car, or a 10 minute walk.
The Studio has a small kitchen area which includes a mini-fridge, microwave, and hob. There is also a *full sized fridge/freezer for the exclusive use of Studio guests in the building next door. Most people will arrive by car, so part of our efforts to provide comfort will include bottled water, tea, coffee, and fresh milk available on arrival, as well as a welcome bottle of wine.
Facilities include :
Two ring electric hob
Basic supplies (oil, vinegar, teabags, coffee, milk, sugar, salt, pepper, herbs)
All crockery, cutlery etc provided
Cleaning materials provided.
There is a small dining table with chairs, but many guests prefer to eat on the terrace outside.
Two comfortable two-seater sofas in an L-shape, placed to take advantage of the views through the huge sliding glass doors.
Spacious cupboard containing leaflets on things to do in the region, and the Studio Book, full of information for guests.
A comfortable, king size bed - 160cms wide. Bedlinen is 100% lin lavé (washed linen), comfortable on the warmest of nights. Wall lights on either side of the bed make it comfortable to sit up and read.
There is a large, capacious mirrored wardrobe, fitted with a small safe for valuables, a small ironing board and iron, and the fire blanket.
The bedroom area is air-conditioned.
The Studio bathroom floor is tiled in travertine, as is the shower area, with its rainhead shower head. The cupboard beneath the sink houses the hairdryer, extra toilet role, cleaning materials, and spare toiletries.
A wall cupboard contains a small First Aid kit, including mosquito repellent and post-sting soother.
There is a heated towel rail, and generously sized white towels supplied.
The Studio is fitted with air conditioning, which converts to heating, if required.
There is a small additional radiator.
Wifi access is free.
French markets are always a huge source of enjoyment and entertainment for our guests. Lourmarin market is on Friday morning, and hosts a huge number of stalls selling everything from spices to Italian clothing, from local fruits and vegetables in season to rotisserie chickens to bring home for lunch, or pottery items large and small to take home as a memento.
Other markets : https://www.theluberon.com/activities/luberon-markets
Aix-en-Provence has two excellent cinemas, the Renior and the Cézanne, showing VO (voix originale) films as well as those produced in France.
The gardens are a feature of The Studio. In front of the sliding glass doors is the terrace, with spectacular views of the Luberon and the village of Lourmarin.
Immediately in front of the doors is a large bed, full of colour throughout the spring and summer. The rest of the garden is grass with two large beds full of shrubs and specimen trees, various flower beds, and leading down into our olive grove, from which comes the olive oil we supply in The Studio.
Parking is always available, either immediately outside the door to The Studio, or one level down, where there is more shade.
Visitors are welcome, provided the owners have been asked and/or advised. This is not to interfere in any way with your enjoyment of your holiday, but for insurance purposes. We need to know who is on the property at all times, in case of accident, health reasons, etc.
The Studio and the terrace immediately outside are both suitable for disabled visitors or wheelchair users, but the approach to The Studio is gravel, which may make access difficult, although a car can be brought alongside both access points.
The guide below is an excellent source of information for the myriad of sites and activities available in this stunningly beautiful corner of France.
We fell in love with Lourmarin almost 10 years ago, and on retirement fell in love again - this time with Mas St Jacques. The Mas is a country house, in its own grounds, with free, easy access to acres and acres of hiking, walking, and biking trails behind the house. The Studio is a new conversion of an old store house, completely independent, and renovated to the highest specification.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||A perfect location for the real French life. Near a small, beautiful village, but with easy access to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, the airport, the TGV, and the Côte d'Azur.|
|Unique benefits of property||Its position - glorious views over the Luberon hills, complete privacy and peace, but a short walk from shops, galleries, restaurants and other facilities. Lourmarin has been designated one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a busy, buzzy, café society ambiance, with many art galleries and boutiques to explore and enjoy. Around 40 minutes drive away is the glorious town of Aix-en-Provence - you can wander around the several weekly markets, stroll down the Cours Mirabeau to find a chilled glass of rosé, or walk around the elegant streets and squares of the Quartier Mazarin. For art lovers, there is the magnificent Hôtel de Caumont, so much more than an art gallery, a piece of art in itself, or you can visit the Atelier Cezanne and find it exactly as it was when the great artist last left it. Avignon, with the famous Pont, and the Palais de Papes, has centuries of history in its winding, mediaeval streets and city walls.|
Situated in the centre of the village, the Château is the first Renaissance Château in Provence. The Renaissance wing houses many collections from the 16th-19th century of objets d'art, and in the summer the Château hosts young artists in residence, as well as concerts, conferences, and exhibitions all year round.
Aix-en-Provence is a lush and leafy city, and has often been called the City of a Thousand Fountains, a reminder of its origins as a spa in Roman times. Its main street is the Cours Mirabeau, 440 metres long, lined with plane trees, bars and restaurants, it contains four fountains, the principal on being La Rotonde. The Cours is the link between the elegant, ordered Mazarin district to the south and the old market town to the north, with its great squares occupied by excellent markets, and its tiny winding streets full of tempting boutiques.
Just a few minutes walk from the famous Cours Mirabeau is the magnificent Hôtel de Caumont http://www.caumont-centredart.com, a restored private mansion dating from the 18th century, which features two major temporary exhibitions per year, dedicated to the great names in the history of art.
This is where Cezanne worked until his death, and where he produced dozens of the paintings now preserved in the great museums of the world.http://www.cezanne-en-provence.com/en/the-cezanne-sites/atelier-de-cezanne/
Famous for art, Avignon was the centre of Christianity during the 14th century, and has inherited an extraordinary legacy from this period. The surrounding walls, still standing after 700 years, enclose the centre of the town, which hold a maze of narrow mediaeval streets, churches and chapels and, of course, the Palais des Papes, the seat of the Popes between 1309-1377.
In the summer, the Avignon Festival of Theatre is a global event of live theatre.
Listed as a World Heritage site, The St Bénézet Bridge, the subject of the world famous song 'Sur le Pont d'Avignon.....', attracts thousands of visitors. Once part of a pilgrimage route between Italy and Spain, the bridge was destroyed and rebuilt several times before it was finally abandoned in the 18th century. All that remains now are the four famous arches, and the Philippe le Bel tower on the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon side.
Try to emulate the best cyclists in the world by tackling the famous Tour de France route to the summit.
The Citadelle des Baux http://www.chateau-baux-provence.com/en is at the summit of the painstakingly restored village of Les Baux, and from it there is a superb view from 245 metres high of Arles, the Camargue, and the Alpilles.
Carrières des Lumières (Quarry of Light)http://carrieres-lumieres.com/en
An extraordinary, spectacular multi-media production, which projects enormous images on the walls, ceiling, and floors of an underground abandoned quarry.