Chateau de Goult, Goult, Provence

A unique opportunity to experience life in a splendidly restored renaissance chateau, at the top of a beautiful Provence village

 

The Chateau sleeps 14 people in rooms of great space and light, and has been updated with modern bathrooms. An additional 6 people can be accommodated in the Tower Loft. The Chateau stands guard as it has for more than 800 years over the village of Goult in the Luberon, a village that is the region's best-kept secret. And it can be rented for the weekend, by the week, or more, year-round.

Living Rooms

Despite its scale, the chateau has a homely feel in its rooms, which are impressive but not imposing. The oldest part dates to the 12th century, the newest to the 17th century.

The magnificent stone staircase. 
 
The Salle des Gardes, or guards' room, dates back to the 14th century.

 

On entering you are met with the extraordinary stone staircase that winds up to the top of the chateau (above left).

On the ground floor is the main living room with comfortable sofas around the fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, and wireless internet. In one corner is a book-lined study and on the walls, 18th century Provencal stucco.

Beyond this are the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is equipped with everything you would need: large American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, wide cooker, and all the tableware for feeding a castleful.

Upstairs you come to the oldest part of the building, the Salle des Gardes (the guards' room), which dates back to the 1300s when the chateau defended itself against frequent conquerors and invaders. There is even a little chapel for when things weren't going well. The Salle des Gardes is now a sitting room with fireplace (above) and a dining area with glass ceiling and chandeliers (right).

 

 

The Grand Bureau upstairs with 4-metre table.
 
Ground floor living room.

One floor up is The Grand Bureau with a 4-metre table which can be used for work sessions or hosting a banquet.

 

The kitchen is well equipped and well used to catering for large numbers.


The Salle des Gardes has a great ambience in the evening.
 
Dining room next to kitchen seats 14.

The newly restored tower (below) now has a roof and from the top there are wonderful views of Provence, including the white-topped Mont Ventoux, Bonnieux and Lacoste, and Goult itself.

Views from the top of the tower include Mont Ventoux to the north (centre), and Bonnieux, Lacoste and the Luberon range to the east (right).




Bedrooms

The Chateau sleeps up to 14 people. There are 7 bedrooms (5 double, a twin and a single) and 6 bathrooms. The Tower Loft can accommodate up to 6 additional people.

 

Master Bedroom with its en suite bathroom (above right), with bathtub, walk-in shower, double basins, separate WC, and double aspect windows.

The Master Bedroom is on its own beyond one of the living rooms and has a large en suite bathroom. The bed was made in an epoch when 1.4m (4.5 ft) was considered a large bed. The other doubles are at least 1.8m wide (6 ft).

The master bathroom on the other hand was created in an era when we understand the pleasures of a very large, light bathroom, with jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower.

 
View from the master bedroom.
   

 

 

The Poterne Room with large bed and bathtub, bathroom through the double doors has shower and WC.

Shower room in the Poterne Room.
 

The poterne (postern) is the part of the castle that bridges over the road, and the Poterne Room (above) takes advantage of this large space to accommodate a 1.8m wide bed, a bathub and a unique marble and porcelain wash basin. There is a separate room with shower and WC.

The room has great views through big windows to the south, with the tower and the Luberon mountain, as well as over the rooftops.

Like in medieval times, there is no traffic on the road.

 
Poterne Room balcony.
 

 

Léone's Room with a large double and the option of a daybed that can be used as a single bed. And its view.
Leone’s Room is at the top level and is the first of a run of 3 bedrooms in a row. Each can connect to the corridor that runs outside them. The bathroom on the landing is shared between Leone’s and the Agnolo Room.

Twin room next to Léone's Room.

The Agnolo Room (left) has two single 19th century lits bateau and is next to Léone's Room.

The bathroom on the landing (right) has walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Below is the Doni Suite with double bed, an en suite single room, and bathroom with bathtub, basin, overhead shower and WC.

Bathroom on landing.

 

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The large double bedroom in the Doni Suite (above), and its view (below left).

View from the Doni Suite.
The single room in the Doni suite.
The Doni suite bathroom.

 

The Simiane Suite can be a double or a dorm for 7 children, 

Across the corridor from these 4 bedrooms is another large bedroom, the Simiane Suite (left), which can be anything from one beautiful double for adults, to a kids' dorm for up to 7. There is a bathroom with shower, basin and WC in the castle turret by the Simiane Suite.

Down a level, in another part of the chateau, the oldest part, is the Dungeon Room (below). This was the first line of defence for the village against invaders, as the vertical archers' windows testify, and its walls are 6 feet thick. This ensures a remarkably cool and calm atmosphere in the summer. There is an en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC (below right).

There is a guest WC downstairs.

 

 
The 900-year-old Dungeon Room and its contemporary bathroom.






Outside

The chateau is at the top of the village in a very quiet setting, and has a beautiful walled garden with swim basin, as well as a higher terrace with Luberon view.

 

 

The chateau from the street.
Swimming pool in garden.
View from the pool.

 

The delightful garden has the generous shade of large trees, a circle of lawn, and places to eat and lounge. The pool of 8m x 2.5m (26 x 8ft) has naturally found its place in the old walls of the fortifications. It is perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer's day, and with the heat exchanger system it can stay at up to 26 degrees (78F) into October.

 

 

 

The south-facing garden is over three levels, with areas of shade and sun, and lawn, gravel and decking.

The chateau continues to evolve and the latest addition is the terrace pictured below which is between the house and tower, above the garden and pool.

 

 

The new terrace runs between the tower and house, and looks over the garden and pool.

 

 
The lower level of the garden, with lawn and dining.

 

 
The1st floor terrace is an afternoon suntrap with view over the roofs of Goult to the Luberon plateau and mountain.

 

The postern bridge. 

Another outside space is the terrace on the first floor (above), which is at the end of the corridor of bedrooms. There are table and chairs, and views over rooftops to the Luberon valley and mountain in the distance (right).

 The view from the first floor terrace over the top of Goult.

 

The tower at night.
 
View over the rooftops of Goult to the windmill.





The Location

Goult is a hidden treasure of the Luberon.

Goult is a real gem of a village, with a very pleasant atmosphere, a good café/restaurant on the main square, and a 'hidden' and beautifully preserved old neighbourhood with bakery, butcher, grocery store and several restaurants, all right on your doorstep.

Goult has a 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 tha antiques capital of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are 20 minutes away, the medieval city of Avignon is 40 minutes, and within an hour are Aix-en-Provence, St Remy, 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.


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 : Anna Q

Paris

Date of stay: 2018-06-18

So extraordinary I kinda don't want anyone else to know about it...

I know the village of Goult very well having spent at least a month there every year for 25 years. I've tried others and I always come back to Goult. I don't think the family would have sold our house in Goult if the Chateau de Goult didn't exist. Very private. Sleeps 18 -20. Beautiful. Funky - there's a little chapel and a sunken underground mini soccer field and a stage!! The onsite concierge was perfection himself. Five Stars! Seriously....

Reviewed by : Traveler7

San Francisco, CA

Date of stay: 2018-08-13

The most special, comfortable, unique place

We had a wonderful time! THE CHATEAU de GOULT IS A REAL PIECE! The place is very exceptional and it was lovely - including all precise recommendations from Malo, the daily help of Joel, and the beautiful not too touristic village. In the village you can walk and shop (beautiful market on Friday), interesting villages all around for half or full day trips (we have been to Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin, Bonnieaux...),. Some of us took walks in the nature around, some spend most of the time in the pool. The experience was far beyond all expectation. Malo, the owner was available when we needed and accurate information and splendid recommendation for catering, great restaurants (the 2 minutes walk Bartavelle) and the great evening with Chef Roland). The Chateau is very well equiped, all small details are taken care of. Highly recommended. I’m sure we will be back.

Reviewed by : Charlotte

New Jersey

Date of stay: 2017-07-22

Fall in love with this fairytale setting in a medieval chateau

Chateau Goult is a true medieval castle with amazing sweeping grand staircase installed during the Renaissance. Think about walking on 1000 year old floors but with the comforts of a well-stocked kitchen and modern plumbing, including washer and dryer, plus a plunge pool! If I could give this a ten plus on a scale of one to five I would. Joel, the caretaker, was helpful and accommodating at explaining how things operated. The place itself is wonderful. The town of Goult is one of the best small towns in Provence (according to the guidebooks and that is correct), but is not over-run with tourists. Lovely restaurants, wine cellars close by. The village cheese shop was deemed incredible by two of our 17 guests. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here. Chef Ronald provided a catered dinner that everyone loved. Kudos to Malo, Joel and the chef for making this a memorable experience. I wish everyone I love could stay here.

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Weekly Rates


1 week3-night weekend4-night weekend
April7000 euros3900 euros4550 euros
May8500 euros5100 euros5950 euros
June9500 euros
July - August10,000 euros
September9500 euros
October8500 euros5100 euros5950 euros
November - March7000 euros3900 euros4550 euros
Xmas, New Year9000 euros4800 euros5600 euros


Chateau de Goult is available year-round. Outside peak seasons it is available for 3- or 4-night weekends, otherwise it is 1-week minimum. Weekend rate is 60% of the weekly rate for 3 nights, 70% for 4 nights.

Included
in the rental rates: utilities, bedlinen, towels, heating, wireless high-speed internet, satellite TV, Saturday morning clean and after-stay clean. Extra cleaning can be arranged at an additional cost.

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 2000 euros against any breakages or damage.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 5pm to Saturday 10am.

The chateau for a maximum of 14 adults, and 20 people when using the Tower Loft.

We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house.

Other services: a cook, baby-sitting, shopping and airport/train pick-up can be arranged, as can extra transport.

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

 



Insurance: you need personal liability insurance when you rent a property in France - find out about that here.



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