Mas du Bassin
… An elegant home in a peaceful rural setting …
'Mas' means farmhouse in the old Provençal language, Occitan, but the description doesn't do justice to this beautiful, traditionally Provençal home. 'Bassin' means small pond and refers to the tiny fish pond at the edge of the property where you'll be mesmerised by little frogs jumping from one lily pad to another.
Set on the edge of a vineyard and surrounded by cypress, olive and fig trees, Mas du Bassin lies just 3km from the charming town of Lourmarin, on the road to Cucuron. Here you will have the best of both worlds; relax in the quiet and tranquility of the countryside but be just minutes away from the amenities of several of the most appealing villages in the Luberon.
Recently restored to a very high standard, it was designed to create an elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Although decorated in traditional style, clever use of light gives the 'mas' (farmhouse) a contemporary feel. Modern indoor amenities include Sky satellite television, DVD player, and an iPod docking station. If needed, there is underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs.
The generously sized kitchen has been renovated with a high-quality waxed concrete finish, stainless steel units and a large central island for food preparation. All the mod-cons are there, including Liebherer fridge and wine chiller, Bosch dishwasher, a fitted espresso coffee maker and a juicer. Just off the kitchen are full laundry facilities as well as a separate toilet.
The spacious downstairs is anchored at one end by the fully equipped kitchen and, at the other end, by an elegant and perfectly appointed formal, library-style sitting room, with open fireplace, ample seating and even an immaculate Steinway baby grand piano. Double doors lead from this lounge area to a covered patio terrace, with a 12-seater table and chairs, perfect for an aperitif in the evening or for an al fresco lunch.
In the centre of the ground floor living area is an open fireplace, great for chilly evenings, surrounded by comfy armchairs and an overstuffed sofa, among other Provençal-style furnishings. The long dining table alongside is conducive to lazy lunches and relaxed evenings over a bottle of wine with family and friends. Two sets of double doors flow out onto the main terrace.
Upstairs, this lovely home has three large, light-filled double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathroom consisting of large shower, while the third has a charming bath with hand-held shower and separate toilet. One of the bedrooms has a balcony overlooking the surrounding fields and the patio below, complete with trellised grapevine.
Outside, there are several seating areas where you can enjoy enchanting views of the Luberon Natural Regional Park. There is a the inviting covered terrace that is perfect for afternoon barbecues, an expansive open terrace with sun loungers, a formal garden with picturesque lily pond - and numerous nooks and crannies where one can steal away to read a book or do a bit of inspired writing or drawing. There is ample space for children to play and explore without being out of sight of adult supervision, and the adjacent shared pool is a magnet for adults and children alike. There is also plenty of parking, some of it covered.
• Mas du Bassin and Mas des Rocailles are two adjacent houses separated by a typical Provencal garden of olive, cyprus and fig trees and an abundance of lavender and rosemary around a central fountain. These two can be booked together as Les Tuilières (to accommodate up to 12 people).
|Minimum stay:||7 nights|
|Parking:||Private parking on the property|
|Appliances:||Fireplace, Washer/dryer, Dishwasher, Music system, Hairdryer|
|Linen:||Al linen supplied|
From the calendar below, please select the dates you’re interested in. The change-over day for this property is Saturday. Bookings will be taken for a week (7 nights) at a time. Please choose the NIGHTS you will be staying, ie Saturday to the following Friday night (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 30 days prior to your check-in date. By paying the deposit, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.
We also ask for a €350 security deposit, payable with the final balance payment (or in cash on arrival by prior arrangement), which will be returned to you within 7 days if the property is vacated in good order at check-out.
- July and August– €3,200 per week
Thank you for renting our home in Provence! We'd love to hear about your stay at Mas du Bassin. 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.
The country setting affords privacy and yet the village of Lourmarin is little more than five minutes away by car. Well-known 'perched villages' of the Luberon, e.g., Gordes, Lacoste, Menerbes, are over the first range of hills, less than an hour away - we visited and revisited. Lourmarin is not perched, so not as bewitching to behold from afar; but it gets my vote for best village life with lots of appealing little shops, good restaurants, sunny sidewalk cafes, and a fine Friday morning market.
Walter and M.C., the couple who looks after the property, are superior hosts. They couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful.