La Petite Colline de Roussillon
3 bedroom France villa in Provence
La Petite Colline de Roussillon – the very sound of its name invokes an image of clean, pristine lines and jewel-like perfection – is a strikingly lovely two-bedroom house of great charm in one of the most dramatically beautiful regions of Provence.Book This Villa
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- 3 bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
With its aura of freshness and breezy charm emanating from its luminous and uncluttered spaces, buoyant colors, and fine country antiques, it is interesting – and in some ways refreshing - change from the centuries-old stone homes and venerable mas that typify the larger properties in the Lubéron.
Despite the fact it was constructed within the last two decades and thus cannot trace its lineage to an ancient sheep barn or olive oil mill, the house takes on an unmistakably Provencal character from its dull-red terra cotta tile roof, rose-ochre stucco exterior (the trademark of its neighboring village, Roussillon), pale-green shutters and antique interior wood finishes. As a vacation home, it is ideal for those whose image of Provence includes utter privacy with hardly another structure in immediate sight, modern amenities, and a decorative scheme that emphasizes cheerful colors and sun-filled spaces. For good measure, one can throw in the stunning long-range view of the vineyards and orchards of the verdant Lubéron Valley.
Those who love the more rugged, semi-arid areas of Provence will find the setting of La Petite Colline de Roussillon especially pleasing. The one-hectare (2.5-acre) property is set high on a garrigue, or limestone plain, that looks south and west toward the ochre cliffs of Roussillon and the mountains of the Lubéron range. The vegetation is characterized by low pine and hardwood trees, olive groves, and a rocky, sun-parched soil reminiscent of New Mexico and other parts of the American Southwest. With the gentle breeze that is almost always astir on the higher ridges of the Lubéron, the rustling of the leaves and the gentle sway of the branches, coupled with the brilliant sunshine that creates speckled patches on the floor of the terrace, lends an indescribable air of peacefulness to this already tranquil setting.
La Petite Colline de Roussillon's single floor includes about 215m2 (2,300 sq. ft.), the space is imaginatively distributed between a living room, dining area, guest toilet, kitchen, and two charmingly decorated bedrooms, each with a beautiful en-suite bath in taupe-colored tile. The floors throughout the house are square blocks of off-white stone with occasional area rugs, the ceilings are traversed by thick dark beams, and the walls are painted a creamy white.
The living room, dining room, and kitchen, separated into distinct rooms by partial walls, are linked by tall, rounded archways that create the impression of a continuous flow of light and space. Even with its many broad windows and French doors that bring in cool breezes in the summer and abundant light in all months, La Petite Colline de Roussillon's sophisticated central air system ensures year-round comfort.
The dominant feature of the living room is its impressive wide chimney of white stone, before which are ranged a comfortable sofa and armchairs and a coffee table. Concealed in an elegant armoire are a television with satellite reception (CNN and BBC among the channels), and a small stereo system with a CD player.
In the adjacent dining room is a walnut farm table with matching chairs for up to eight and a striking antique sidepiece. As in all the rooms at La Petite Colline de Roussillon, the decorative scheme emphasizes simplicity, space, and cleanness of line.
The fully equipped kitchen, its wide counters, double soapstone sink, and many cabinets finished in an antique gray, has a full array of modern appliances, cookware, and all the necessities for a formal dinner in the dining room or a casual barbecue on the terrace. Appliances include a large Liebherr French-door refrigerator-freezer with built-in wine storage and ice maker, a Miele dishwasher, a Burgundy Red LaCanche range, and an indoor grill. Countertop appliances include a microwave oven, Nespresso machine, and toaster. There is a wrought-iron table with a marble top for breakfast or extra workspace. Just off the kitchen is a laundry room with an American-style washing machine and a separate dryer.
The bedrooms are reached through wide doors that open from the living room or foyer. The spacious master bedroom, which faces southwest and thus opens directly onto the terrace and pool area, has a king-sized (Duxiana) bed with an in-wall closet. The master bathroom has a clawfoot tub with a handheld shower and an amazing Italian shower in the corner with an overhead rain shower and a second sprayer. An elegant vanity with drawers provides storage, and there is a WC Waking up in this bedroom with a soft breeze and brilliant sunshine coming in through the French doors is an experience long to be remembered.
The second bedroom with a queen-size bed is equally charming but slightly smaller than the master bedroom. The en-suite bath has a rectangular glass stall shower, wide single vanity, and a water closet.
The third bedroom room has an2 twin beds, an antique wood desk with a lamp and telephone, and a wide picture window looking north toward groves of trees. It would be hard to imagine a more perfect spot for laptop users or a more inspirational environment for serious writers.
One of the most agreeable features of La Petite Colline de Roussillon is its flagstone terrace. The terrace, long and wide, runs the length of the southwest-oriented façade of the house and may be reached by double French doors from all rooms in the house except the second bedroom and office. With a wrought-iron table for six and a straw-covered trellis for shade, the terrace is a place to relax or enjoy a meal at any time of the day. For that irresistible afternoon nap, there is a hammock in a quiet place just off the terrace, among the trees and near the garden of lavender bushes that brim with color during the summer.
Flagstone steps lead past rose gardens to the 4m X 9m (13' X 30') rectangular pool, a swatch of turquoise in the otherwise green and chalky landscape. The wide flagstone pool deck, shady in places and sunny in others, has an ample number of lounge chairs.
Roussillon, a pretty little village famed for its ochre-red cliffs, is a drive of 3.7 km. Roussillon is filled with interesting shops and small galleries featuring the work of local artists. Because of those attractions, it is one of the most visited villages in Provence, and during the tourist season is often overcrowded and difficult to navigate. But the other nearby villages in the Lubéron constellation – Ménerbes, Lacoste, Saint-Saturnin-d'Apt, and peaceful little Bonnieux, all of them with their local restaurants – are all fascinating and worthy of a visit, especially for lunch or on the days of their open-air markets. For shopping, there is Apt, 11 km to the east, which has a supermarket, a variety of stores, and – on Saturday morning – one of the most bountiful and animated markets in all of Provence.
- Cable TV with CNN & BBC reception
- DVD player
- Full air-conditioning
- Fully equipped kitchen
- High speed internet
- Stereo system with CD player
- Washing machine
- Heated swimming pool (pool heating is included)
- Bedroom 1: Master bedroom, opens directly onto the terrace and pool area, king-sized (Duxiana) bed with an in-wall closet and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 2: Queen-size bed with en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 3: Two twin beds
- Bathroom 1: Master bathroom has a clawfoot tub with handheld shower and an amazing Italian shower in the corner with overhead rain shower and second sprayer. An elegant vanity with drawers provides storage, and there is a WC
- Bathroom 2: The second bathroom has a rectangular glass stall shower, wide single vanity and WC
- There is an additional guest toilet
- Garden maintenance
- House cleaning once weekly
- Nearest city: Avignon (51 km)
- Airport: Marseille-Marignan (89 km). Avignon has limited service.
- Train station: Avignon (TGV)
- No smoking permitted on the property grounds
- At 3.7 km from Roussillon, it is a bit too far to walk into town on a daily basis for morning bread
- Upon arrival, renters will meet the English-speaking property manager in nearby Coustellet and follow her to the villa, as it is difficult to find the first time
Travel dates Bedrooms Min. stay Nightly rate Weekly rate January 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023 3 bedrooms 7 nights minimum stay $ 750 USD nightly $ 5,250 USD weekly June 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023 3 bedrooms 7 nights minimum stay $ 750 USD nightly $ 5,250 USD weekly September 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024 3 bedrooms 7 nights minimum stay $ 684 USD nightly $ 4,788 USD weekly
- Tax and service charges: Heating during the cold months is an additional cost
- Security deposit: $750 pre-collected