"La Jassine” is a Provençal-style villa nestled at the base of the Luberon Mountain range in the Luberon Regional Nature Park.
La Jassine is a private, fully furnished, 3 bedroom villa with outstanding views of the Luberon Mountains and spectacular sunsets. La Jassine offers Provençal country living at its finest. Savour the tranquility of Provence in the teak lounges around the deck of the swimming pool, enjoy a game of tennis on the full size tennis court, or simply relax in the hammock stretched between the oak trees.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marseille, Nearest railway: Aix en Provence|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The Provençal-style kitchen features rustic oak cabinets, a terra cotta countertop, and a typical beamed ceiling. From the large kitchen window, there is a spectacular view of the mountains. The kitchen is fully equipped for aspiring chefs. The focal point of the open concept living/dining area is a typical Provençal fireplace with a high efficiency wood insert. French doors lead directly out onto the terrace. There is a TV with satellite receiver and a multitude of international channels, as well as DVD and VCR.
The master bedroom features a solid teak bed with a lovely Chinese headboard and views of the terrace and the pool from large windows on two walls. The second bedroom has 2 single beds and the third bedroom has a double bed with a view of the tennis court. All bedrooms have large closets. The airy, bright bathroom features a long vanity with 2 sinks and a beautiful tub with hand shower. There is also a separate shower room with sink.
From the living room, a magnificent, winding, sandstone staircase leads to the large, second-floor office/library. A huge, sliding picture window offers a breathtaking view of the Luberon Mountains. An antique desk in front of the window provides a wonderful place to enjoy the landscape while you catch up on your correspondence or begin working on that book you have always wanted to write. There is also a double bed, a couch, and a daybed at one end of the large office area. There are English and French books, guide books, toys, games, and a Foosball/Baby Foot.
|Further details outdoors|
A doorway leads from the second floor onto a terrace at the front of the villa that overlooks the Luberon Mountains. It is the ideal spot for watching the sunset while enjoying the local wine or for spectacular stargazing. The sheltered, southern exposure terrace off the living/dining room behind the house is the perfect place for breakfast or a romantic dinner. From the terrace, a few steps lead up to the pool and deck, bordered by a small garden with herbs, lavender, and a variety of flowers and shrubs.
A large rock marks the private road that leads past the cherry orchard to “La Jassine.” The name of the property means the wild boar’s lair in Provençal. This unique property at the base of the mountain enjoys complete privacy. In this beautiful country setting, you will enjoy the extraordinary light and colour of Provence that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Cézanne. The distinctive sound of the cicadas (cigales) and the intoxicating perfumes of wild herbs will delight your senses.
La Jassine is a peaceful retreat with breathtaking natural beauty in the heart of Provence, where fine restaurants, fascinating historical sites, and outstanding entertainment are easily accessible. Your stay at La Jassine may be your most memorable vacation ever.
La Jassine is located in the Luberon Regional Nature Park and close to a multitude of small, picturesque villages, as well as famous, major cities, and other popular tourist sites.
Luberon Regional Nature Park
The Park was founded in 1977 to preserve the natural balance of the region, improve the living conditions of the villagers, and promote agricultural activity. There are tourist information centres, museums, as well as hiking, biking and nature trails.
The Luberon Mountain Range is divided from north to south by the Coomb that runs from Lourmarin to Apt. To the west the Petit Luberon forms a plateau carved by gorges and ravines. To the east the Grand Luberon has massive summits, the highest being Mourre Nègre (3691 ft). The northern face of the range is steep and rugged, whereas the southern face has sunny slopes planted with various crops. One of the characteristic sights of the Luberon are the drystone huts called bories. Although many were used for storage, some were inhabited at various times since the Iron Age.
Villages of the Luberon
The following is only a very small sampling of the many picturesque villages that dot the Luberon Mountain Range, each with its own unique charm.
Ansouis: The town is crowned by the Castle of Ansouis, which has been the residence of the Dukes of Sabran Pontèves for over one thousand years. The castle has a Romanesque Church and beautiful gardens.
Apt: A lively town located at the northern side of the Luberon Coomb. It is known for its crystallized fruit, lavender essence, and truffles. One of the most popular Provence markets is held here on Saturday mornings.
Bonnieux: A very picturesque terraced village that has preserved its rampart ruins. From a terrace there is a spectacular view of the Calavon Valley extending from the perched village of Lacoste to the villages of Gordes and Roussillon. Mont Ventoux is visible in the background. From Bonnieux, you can visit the Cedar Forest in the Luberon Park.
Cadenet: The ruins of an 11th century castle dominate the small town. In the main square is the statue of “The Drummer Boy.” It represents André Estienne, who was born in Cadenet in 1777 and served in Napoleon’s campaign in northern Italy in 1796. During the battle for the Arcole Bridge, his valorous drumming was mistaken for artillery fire by the Austrians, who retreated leaving the victory to the French.
Cucuron: A medieval village with thirteenth-century ramparts, gates, and towers. There is a lively market on Tuesdays.
Gordes: This very picturesque village has become quite popular in recent decades. There is a Renaissance Castle that now houses the Vasarely Museum. Nearby there are several interesting sites. The Borie Village is a museum of 20 restored bories between 250-500 years old. There is also a Stained Glass Museum and a Museum of Oil Mills.
Lourmarin: Named one of the most beautiful villages in France, Lourmarin is dominated by its Castle, which includes a 15th century section and a Renaissance section. The unique grand staircase ends with a slender pillar that supports a stone cupola. The terrace offers a lovely view of the village and the Coomb. The famous French writers, Albert Camus and Henri Bosco, who lived and wrote in Lourmarin, are buried in the cemetery. Walking tours in the steps of the two authors are offered by the Tourist Office.
Menerbes: A picturesque village on a promontory of the Luberon. In 1573 the Calvinists captured the stronghold and held it for five years. The square is dominated by the town hall’s bell tower. There is a 14th century church and the remains of a 13th century fortress that played an important role during the Wars of Religion.
Roussillon: The village is located in a very unique site on the highest of many ochre hills, composed of more than fifteen different shades of ochre. The village is built of the same ochre, blending into the surrounding cliffs. The stunning sites of the ochre cliffs bear picturesque names like the Needles of Fairies’ Valley and the Giants’ Way.
Vaugines: A charming little village with Renaissance buildings and a beautiful Romanesque Church. Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources were filmed in and around the village.
Other Major Cities and Tourist Sites in the Area (within an hour from the villa)
Aix-en-Provence: The beautiful old capital of Provence is an elegant city that boasts many fountains and old mansions. The Cours Mirabeau is the wide main avenue, lined with stately plane trees and cafés. It is the site of Cézanne’s studio and the Vasarely Foundation. The International Music Festival is held in Aix in July and August.
Arles: Arles was a Roman capital and boasts well-preserved Gallo-Roman ruins, including an Amphitheatre and a Roman Theatre. The cloisters and doorway of St. Trophime remain from its time as a major religious centre in the Middle Ages. Vincent Van Gogh painted more than 200 works in the Provençal countryside around Arles. The Camargue is nearby.
Avignon: The city is famous for The Palace of the Popes and the celebrated Bridge of Avignon. It is also the site of the world-renowned Festival d’Avignon in the summer, when the streets become filled with actors and theatre-goers from around the world.
Cassis: This busy fishing port on the Mediterranean is a popular place to enjoy the beach and the sea, as well as to hike along the breathtaking ridges of the deep inlets known as the Calanques.