Le Murier de Goult, Goult, Provence

Magnificent village house with pool and fabulous views

Beautiful courtyard with pool. Sunrise from the top deck.

A village house with outstanding features: 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms; plenty of space; heatable pool in the courtyard; and wonderful, wide, high country views from the top terraces. (Minimum age is 8 due to pool and steps.)

Living Rooms

The layout of the house is typical of a restored old stone house of the region - laid out over three floors, with many spots for everyone to find their own bit of privacy. And untypically for a house with thick walls, there is WiFi everywhere.

 

The main living room with inner lightwell and fountain outside.

On the ground floor are the kitchen and two dining rooms. Up one floor are the air conditioned main living room, library, study, and TV den/games room.

Library with fireplace, connecting to main living room. Study below master bedroom.

The TV room has French and English-language channels, DVD and desktop PC. There is also an iPad for guests' use, and Bose bluetooth speakers.

TV/games room.
Dining table next to kitchen.
Front door and lobby.

On the ground floor are two dining rooms, one by the kitchen for informal eating, and the other a vaulted dining room with fireplace.

Fountain in lightwell.
Vaulted dining room set for winter.
In the living room.

The kitchen is equipped with a large oven, 5-ring gas stove, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine and all the food equipment you could need. It opens onto the coutryard/pool area. In a separate room are washing machine and dryer.

 

The kitchen with its beams and tiled floor, with informal dining table through the arch at one end and door out to the courtyard and pool at the other.



Bedrooms

There are 6 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, sleeping 10. Two bedrooms are in the main house, and 4 are accessed via the courtyard. The master bathroom has bath and shower, every other bathroom has shower only.

 

Master bedroom and bathroom.

 

The air conditioned master bedroom (above) is upstairs in the main house and has a 1.6m-wide (5.25ft) canopy bed.

It opens onto the roof terrace on one side, and through the dressing room on the other is its own balcony terrace with view to the south.

The master bathroom is downstairs and has bath-tub, shower, basin and WC. As there are stairs between bedroom and bathroom, there is also a discreet WC in the bedroom behind a screen.

 View from the master bedroom terrace.

 

Bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom and Luberon view.

Bedroom 2 (above), also in the main house, is air conditioned and has a 1.6m-wide bed or two singles. Its en suite bathroom has shower, basin and WC. The bedroom faces full south and has a great Luberon view over the rooftops of Goult.

 

Bedroom 3 with canopy bed is upstairs on the courtyard.

Upstairs overlooking the courtyard and pool, bedroom 3 (above) has a 1.6m-wide canopy bed and en suite bathroom with shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 4 with two singles is best for children/teens.

Bedroom 4 (above) is on the ground floor in the courtyard, with two single beds, and down some steps to its bathroom with shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 5 with two single beds and its en suite bathroom with shower.

Bedroom 5 (above) is upstairs and has two single beds and a bathroom with shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 6 and bathroom, accessed from the courtyard.

Bedroom 6 (above) is upstairs off the courtyard and has a 1.6m-wide bed and bathroom with shower, basin and WC.




Outside

 

Two courtyard dining spots by the pool.

The house has two outside spaces, the courtyard with pool on the ground floor, and at the top of the house are two large teak terraces and an amazing 270° view.

 

Pictures taken from gravelled area at the back of the pool (left) and from the Green Bedroom (right).

The courtyard is great both day and night, and there are two different eating spots in the shade. The pool can be heated if desired, at an additional cost of 250 euros per week, to extend the swimming season.

 

Beyond the pool is a gravelled area with small table and chairs in the shade of a 200-year-old mulberry tree, or murier. Part of the house was a magnaneraie - a silkworm farm - in the 1800s when Provence was a hub for silk production. Silkworms only feed on mulberry leaves, hence the tree still standing in the courtyard, now providing shade, as well as giving the house its name.

 

The main courtyard dining table by the kitchen, which is under a shading pergola.

At night the courtyard is lit up with lights, candles and lanterns.

Three of the courtyard bedrooms visible through the windows. Second outside dining spot in the courtyard.

At the top of the house, another surpirse - large decking areas for sunlounging and taking in the views. The view takes in several of the Luberon's famous hill-top villages - Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Roussillon - as well as the Luberon mountain to the south and Mont Ventoux to the north.

 

The top deck has the most amazing view, you have to see it in person, photos cannot do it justice.

The lower deck has comfortable garden furniture, and backs onto the chateau de Goult behind.

 

The lower terrace with the chateau de Goult in the background, perfect for socialising or stargazing.

Dawn view from the terrace. The street view of the house, in a very quiet village road.




The Location

Scenes from the village of Goult, in the heart of the Luberon.

The house is in the medieval centre of Goult, one of the best villages of the Luberon. It is a 1-minute stroll to all the amenities, but in a very quiet and peaceful setting. Goult is a little-known gem of a village, with a lovely atmosphere, a good café/restaurant on the main square, and several other good restaurants, as well as a 'hidden' and beautifully preserved old neighbourhood with bakery, butcher, grocery store. The village also has public tennis courts.

Goult has a seasonal market on Thursday mornings, and there is a market in a nearby village every day of the week.

The other perched hill-top villages of the Luberon, like Menerbes, Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, and Oppede le vieux are all 10-15 minutes away.

Fontaine de Vaucluse and the antiques capital of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are 20 minutes away, the medieval city of Avignon is 40 minutes, and within an hour or so are Aix-en-Provence, St Remy, Arles, Mont Ventoux, Les Baux de Provence, Orange, and the start of the Rhone wine trail.

You can make a comfortable day-trip to the Cote d'Azur from Monte Carlo to St Tropez, Marseille, the fishing village of Cassis and the calanques, Arles, Nimes, the Camargue, the Alps, the Gorges du Verdon, and the Rhone wine trail all the way to Lyon.

 

Nearby Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Goult

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Noted for:
  • Cafe de la Poste
  • Romanesque church
  • Terraced gardens
Amenities:
  • 4 restaurants and cafés
  • Grocery, butcher, baker, wine store
  • Market day: Thursday

Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Simon Cobb

Christchurch, New Zealand

Date of stay: 2018-09-15

Our second visit to this wonderful property

We discovered Le Murier 2 years ago, when I arranged a family reunion and we chose to base ourselves in the largely undiscovered and authentic village of Goult. We loved the property and the village so much, that when we decided to get together as a family again this year, we had no hesitation in choosing Le Murier. Le Murier is such a special property. Some holiday rentals feel very impersonal, with little of the owner represented in terms of furnishings, artwork, books and so on. Le Murier is not one of those places. From the moment you walk through the front door, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. It feels like the owner has just left for a few days and handed the house over to your care. This is a real family home, tastefully furnished, with great artwork everywhere, and just so much comfortable space that even if you are a large party of 10, you never feel crowded. The house is very well equipped, and I can honestly say there was nothing we wanted for. We really used the traditional shops in the village, and this reinforced my view that if you didn’t want to dash all over the Luberon, you could immerse yourself in village life and enjoy a very relaxing and “real” French experience. Just a couple of other points: 1. Communication with the owner, Jean Philippe, was fast and at all times very helpful. Likewise, Raphaelle who acts as caretaker/manager, was so helpful with making some special arrangements for us. 2. This is a private arrangement with the owner, and not handled by a large booking agency. Funds are transferred directly to the owner. This may concern some prospective renters, but in our experience, both bookings have been flawless and you need have no concerns about financial arrangements. 3. Le Murier is situated in the heart of a quiet village. This needs to be understood by anyone booking this property. Don’t come here if you planning to be throwing noisy parties; it would just not be appropriate. Thank you Jean Philippe for another wonderful week in your amazing home. We sincerely hope to be able to return again one day.

Reviewed by : Mike

Key Largo, FL

Date of stay: 2018-09-01

Our 50th anniversary

Not the easiest house to find, but certainly the most enjoyable. The first week, our family joined us, many of whom had not visited Europe before. The second week we invited some great friends. Muir was perfect: In a small village that has everything including a popular cafe, three outstanding restaurants, a butcher, grocer, bakery, pizzeria, and of course a cheese shop. All within a three minute walk! Each morning, we would walk to the cafe, say hello to each of the shop keepers, who were wonderful, and have our coffee which was also wonderful. There we would plan our day which usually involved visiting another village, going to a local market, hiking or just hanging out by the pool. Frequently, we would purchase food at the local markets for the evening meal which we enjoyed either at the poolside dining area or in the main dining room. The house was perfect and provided private bedrooms for each of our couples. It was a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of marriage and we will soon book it for our 60th.

Reviewed by : Traveller

Melbourne

Date of stay: 2018-05-01

Excellent stay in a perfect location

Le Murier is perfectly located in a quiet location in charming Goult, just steps away from half a dozen good eateries and all necessary provisions (a small alimentation with an attached fruit and vegetable shop, a butcher, a boulangerie , a fromagerie – all high quality – and a weekly market on Thursday). Parking was easy, either in the street near the house or close by in the village square. Although it’s a hilltop village, Goult is easily explored on foot and it’s a relaxing drive to many other towns and villages in the region. Just 2 km down the hill is the hamlet of Lumières with a couple more restaurants – we particularly enjoyed the unpretentious and slightly eccentric La Bouche des Gouts. Le Murier itself is a hidden treasure, and it is hard to add to previous glowing reviews. Suffice to say it’s hugely spacious, comfortable, well equipped and the views from the terraces and upper bedrooms are wonderful. The interior courtyard with pool (not used in early May) was a splendid spot for breakfast and lunch on sunny days. Jean-Philippe was a meticulous host, communicating promptly, courteously and patiently to my many queries , even going so far as to order new blankets after my request for blankets rather than duvets. That’s rare service! As a result, the whole booking procedure including check-in and departure arrangements were stress-free and our stay there thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Weekly Rates


June 15 - August 255500 euros
Rest of year4500 euros


Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, pool towels, utilities, satellite TV, WiFi internet, 3 hours of cleaning midweek, after-stay clean. Pool heating optional at cost of 250 euros per week.

To secure a booking you would send a 25% deposit, with the balance payable up to 8 weeks before your stay.

There is a refundable security deposit of 900 euros against any breakages or damage.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 5pm to Saturday 10am.

Cancellation policy: if we can find another booking for your dates we will return any money sent (minus bank charges).

The house is for a maximum of 10 people, with minimum age of 8 years old. We regret that smoking and pets are not allowed in the house.

 



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