Le Mas Charpin
… Breathe in the scents of Provence in this serene property …
Situated on a 17th century silkworm farm, this renovated property oozes authentic Provence and enjoys uninterrupted views over the mountains of the Luberon.
On the outskirts of Puyvert, you can reach the house by a private road bordered by cypress and oak trees, then by a pathway of lime trees through the grape vines. The property is set in 7 hectares of vineyard (which is classed AOC), and you can take lovely walks down paths lined with old cypress or lime trees, or among the lavender.
The house and the swimming pool are surrounded by a beautiful garden, with an expansive lawn planted with 100-year-old cedars, pines, oaks, olive trees and fruit trees. In September you can taste different varieties of grapes and figs.
Hidden in the English-style garden are some stone steps linking the south terrace to a large, alarmed pool, built to resemble a Provencal lake, and an old stone hut housing the sun beds and cushions for the pool.
The house has kept its Provencal character, with stone floors, ancient ceilings and plastered fireplace. On entering by the south terrace, you’ll find the dining room with its antique furnishings and a living room with many English books, CDs and DVDs. Then head into the well-equipped kitchen and rear pantry.
At the top of the ancient staircase a landing separates three large bedrooms:
- a bedroom furnished in the Art Deco style which has a 1.6m double bed and south-facing windows.
- a bedroom with high Provencal ceiling, a 1.6m double bed and a French door offering a view over the garden at sunrise.
- a mezzanine with a twin beds of 0.9m
The family bathroom (with shower) and separate toilet both have windows opening out onto the vines overlooking the hills.
You can reach the totally independent “blue” room by an external stone staircase. This room has a 1.4m bed.
At sunset, when silence replaces the chattering of the cicadas, you should leave the shade of the south terrace and move to the courtyard with the almond tree where you can sit on the bench or chairs to watch the last rays of the setting sun.
Enjoy time on the deck, one one of the cushioned sun loungers, or cool down in the 12x6m private pool. There is also an outdoor shower near the pool.
At nightfall, you can hear the frogs singing in the surrounding countryside and the pool will be magically illuminated by the many garden lights. At the stroke of midnight the automatic watering system will switch on to bring the necessary water to revitalise the precious greenery surrounding the house.
There is a supermarket less than 1km away, with tennis, horse riding and golf within easy reach. It’s also just a short drive to the centre of some of the most beautiful villages in France – such as Lourmarin, Gordes, Menerbes or Ansouis - and their celebrated markets.
The house featured in an article in a Sunday Times article titled “Europe's 100 sexiest summer villas” (7 March 2010): “Inside, there’s a simple, farmhousey feel. Fling open the shutters of this rough-hewn 17th-century house near the village of Puyvert, however, and you’re in paradise — surrounded by vineyards, lavender and pine trees. There’s a pool, too.”
|Minimum stay:||14 nights (Jul-Aug); 7 nights in all other months|
|Parking:||Private parking on the property|
|Appliances:||Washing machine, dishwasher, kettle, microwave, fridge|
|Linen:||All linen supplied|
|Pets:||By arrangement only|
From the calendar below, please select the dates you’re interested in. The change-over day for this property is Wednesday and two-week bookings will be taken in high season (July-August) with a minimum of one week (7 nights) in other months. Please choose the NIGHTS you will be staying (you’ll check out on the morning after your last night).
Submit your booking enquiry to receive a summary by email. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your request.
To reserve the dates, we require a 50% deposit, with the balance to be paid six weeks prior to your check-in date. By paying the deposit, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.
- €2,805 per week - May, June & September
- €3,245 per week - July & August
- €1,925 per week - October
Thank you for renting our home in Provence! We'd love to hear about your stay at Les Mas Charpin. Please give us feedback about your holiday - tell us what you liked about the property, what can be improved on, and share anything that you think would be useful for our future guests to know.
Wir - Elternpaar mit Tochter - hatten eine wunderbare Woche in diesem sehr ruhig gelegenen, typisch provencialischen Häuschen. Ruhig, weil es alleine in Weinfeldern etwas abseits der Straße steht, die gleichwohl schnell zu erreichen ist. Von dort ist man in wenigen Minuten mit den Auto in Lourmarin, einem kleinen Städtchen, wie man es in der Provence erwartet. Dort gibt es Freitags einen bunten, viel besuchten Markt. Aber auch bis Aix-en-Provence ist es nicht weit und auf der Strecke dorthin gibt es viele Weingüter, Chateaus, Landschaften und Wanderwege zu entdecken. Gar nicht zu reden von den vielen Spezialitäten (Wurst, Wein, Käse etc.), die man überall findet. Man kann auch direkt vom Haus aus loslaufen und z.B. durch Puyvert durch in die Hügel wandern.
Ein nahe gelegener, bestens sortierter Super-U mit Tankstelle sichert die Versorgung zu normalen Preisen.
Am besten im Sommer hinfahren, wenn die Temperaturen höher sind, als im Frühling. Der Preis für die Ursprünglichkeit des Hauses ist natürlich, dass es keine Isolierung nach neuerem Stand hat. Da iwr aber das Glück hatten, die einzige wolkenlose Woche in diesem Frühling zu erwischen, war es traumhaft. Der Pool wird übrigens erst Mitte Mai geöffnet.
Fazit: ein echtes Hide-away mit hohem Erholungs- und Erlebniswert für Liebhaber des provencialischen savoir-vivre.
Our boys are 11 and 18 and we all had a fabulous time. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking and there is a major grocery store that is close. The way the property is set, we felt all alone. The fact that such a major grocery would be so close is shocking.
The manager of the property was a perfect combination of helpful yet respectful of our privacy. Upon leaving, she asked us how our stay could have been more enjoyable. Apparently, the owners are very interested in that information. I believe it. Truth is I did say I would have liked a few more comfortable chairs … who knows, though, perhaps they are really comfortable to you. One more thing that I didn't mention was the creak as you stepped in the upstairs bedroom. Here's the thing. It's a 17th century farmhouse! That's part of the charm!
The house has a well-equipped kitchen w/magnificent views of vineyards from one window and the garden from the other window. There is a small table in the kitchen that was a charming place for 4 people to eat a meal - especially in the evening when the long light of sunset lit everything up dramatically! The house is full of antique furnishings, beautiful objects ranging from the elegant to the earthy. There are many real oil paintings and whimsical details. There are also thoughtful elements like the purple market basket to use while shopping at the Friday market in Lourmarin just 2 kilometres down the road! Also an umbrella, a pith helmet (!) and a sun hat with drawstring to prevent it being blown away during the mistral! All was comfortable and easy to live with.
One of my favorite things to do was laundry! (Odd as that sounds). The trip to the clothesline past rambling blooming roses and then through the antique iron gate into the vineyard always thrilled me! We were there in late Spring and the Mistral blew at least 80% of the time which dried laundry in record time.
The house is sited down a rough "chemin prive" which is wide enough for one car. There is minimal traffic. The house sits well back from the chemin and is surrounded on 2 sides by vineyards, the other 2 sides are generous lawns edged with shrubs and trees. Stone steps take you down to the lower garden (where you can escape the wind) and its beautiful pool surrounded by another huge lawn and exquisitely landscaped with long symmetrical vistas of olive trees, cherry and apricot trees and of course lavender.
The only less than idyllic comments I can make are that the stairs going up to the bedrooms take getting used to. The reading light could be better and the dining room could really use an overhead light.
We loved it and hope to be able to return!
The house is very charming. It has been remodelled, but keeps the flavor of an old farmhouse. Every single window in the home has a postcard view of the vineyards and/or mountains. The furniture is comfortable, and the kitchen has all of the tools you could need. Our children loved running around the grassy areas and taking walks on the little dirt paths. At night, it was absolutely peaceful. The location is fairly central in Provence, with a few tiny towns nearby, and easy access to Lourmarin. We look forward to coming back, and have already recommended it to friends!
A warning to parents of small children... the sleeping mezzanine with twin beds is accessed from within the second bedroom, via steep stairs with no railings and an open side. Also, the pool alarm does not work in winter.