La Magnaneraie, Oppede le Vieux, Provence

18th century cottage with pool and countryside views close to villages

The patio at the front of La Magnaneraie in blossom. The pool with stunning view over a sea of vineyards.

A beautiful, cosy 2-bedroom rental with shared pool within a mile of three Luberon villages, La Magnaneraie dates back over 300 years. La Magnaneraie is one of six exclusive small rentals on a stunning 10-acre Provence property, each with its own private outside space, and a shared pool and tennis court.

Living Rooms


You enter up steps from the patio into the living room (above). This room is full of character from down the centuries, with its corner fireplace and wooden beams, as well as satellite TV with English-language channels CNN and BBC World, and WiFi internet.


The kitchen (above) is well equipped with oven, 4-ring cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, toaster, electric kettle and coffee machine. It is a bright sunny room with dining table too.



Master bedroom with 4-poster and en suite bathroom through the arched doorway.

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one room can be either a double or two singles.

The master bedroom (above) has a 1.6m-wide (5ft3") bed, and an en suite bathroom (right) with walk-in shower, basin and separate WC. The view (right) is of the vineyards and Luberon mountain.

Bedroom 2 (below) can either be a 1.6m-wide double bed or two single beds. The en suite bathroom has bath-tub, handheld shower, basin and separate WC.



Bedroom 2 can be a double or two singles, its en suite bathroom has a bath.

The holes in the wall which you can see in the bedrooms speak of the history of this house. In the 18th century the silk industry was booming in Provence, and every farmhouse raised silkworms on their favoured mulberry wood. Beams of this wood were lodged in the walls across a room. 'La Magnaneraie' means a place where silk is made.


Fitness & Leisure

There is a splendid artificial grass tennis court for guests' use.

Also on the grounds are a small fitness room and a big lounge with piano and big-screen entertainment.

Massages and reflexology sessions can also be organised at the house.

Breakfast of croissants and baguette can be delivered to your doorstep in the morning (15 euros per day).

The lounge (left) and fitness room (right) are for the use of all guests.

Garden & Pool

Outside La Magnaneraie is a patio facing west, with table and chairs, and a pergola overhead shaded by a climbing rose. The pool is 12m x 5m and is shared with the other rental properties that form the estate. There is also a shared tennis court on the grounds.

The grounds are idyllic with mouthwatering views. The patio with table and chairs, shaded by a climbing rose.

This is an idyllic Provence setting. The 10 acres of grounds are planted with olive orchards, lavender, oaks and cypress trees. Being on top of a small hill gives wonderful views over vineyards, with the Luberon mountain close by and the iconic village of Oppede le vieux halfway up its flank.


Views from the grounds.

The Location

Scenes from nearby villages: Gordes, the church at Oppede le vieux, and Senanque Abbey.

The house is in the vineyards between the villages of Maubec and Oppede, and Oppede le vieux. It is under a mile to a cafe, two restaurants, three bakeries, butcher and a grocery store.

The Luberon's famous hill-top villages are all within 15 minutes: Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, Menerbes, Goult, etc. And the towns like the antiques mecca of Isle sur la Sorgue, and Fontaine de Vaucluse, where the Sorgue river emerges fully formed from deep underground.

Within an hour are the splendid Provence cities of Avignon, Arles, St Remy, Tarascon, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, as well as the Camargue, Marseille, and the Rhone wine trail.

If you are coming to Provence to relax rather than take everything in, there is a market every day in a different village close by. The best for local produce is the farmer's market 5 minutes away in Coustellet on Sunday mornings (April-December). And there are wineries all around where you can taste their recent offerings and buy by the bottle.


The castle at Lourmarin, shopping in Roussillon, and a street in Goult.

Oppede le Vieux


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Famous for:
  • Castle and church
  • Preserved medieval village
  • 6 restaurants and cafés
  • Grocery, butcher, baker
  • Market day: Saturday

Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Louise

Melbourne, Australia

Date of stay: 2017-10-18

This is paradise

We stayed here 7 years ago and loved it, nothing has changed it's as beautiful as ever. This is the real Provence, not so much a tourist destination but a private home that Victorine shares with others. Except you have your own private apartment with outdoor eating. The area around this magnificent home is exquisite. The Luberon mountains loom up in front of you with the grapevines sprawled out seductively below. They are calling you.....come taste our wine and it's good. The local food is wonderful and there's plenty to explore. There's the semi deserted hilltop stone village called Oppede Le Vieux which is worth the climb! As well as the other hilltop towns of Menerbes, Bonnieux, Gordes, Rousillon.......etc. etc. Plan to stay more than a few days, you'll be sorry if you don't! So much to see, the fresh foodmarkets are wonderful, the antique market at Isle sur Le Sorgue on a Sunday is a must. And the light show in the caves at Le Baux de Provence is beyond exceptional. Astonishing!!! A car is necessary to get around but it's easy driving around the area. Pickup and drop off at Avignon TGV. Victorine is a wonderful host, we absolutely loved our stay here again. Next time it will be longer, much longer and when it's hot so we can swim in the beautiful pool overlooking the mountains! A tennis court is available, in short you have everything here for a magical holiday.

Reviewed by : James

London, United Kingdom

Date of stay: 2017-08-09

The Real Provence

The estate has a number of beautiful character properties in the grounds, or linked to the main house. They are beautiful, classic Luberon. Wonderful views in a tranquil setting, with a well situated pool, and extremely well appointed tennis court. I would thoroughly recommend a stay for anyone, families or couples, looking for a delightful and genuine holiday in Provence.

Reviewed by : Aliplow

Beverley, United Kingdom

Date of stay: 2017-09-05

A beautiful place to stay

We had such a lovely week staying here. It felt like paradise. We were in need of some rest and relaxation and this provided that and tons more. We loved everything about the place from the pretty 'cottages' to the scenery, the ancient oak woodland, the birds, the views, the tennis court and the swimming pool. The owner Vita is amazing helpful and kind, any questions or advice and she is delighted to help.

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Weekly Rates

Easter1750 euros
April - May1750 euros
June1900 euros
July - August2120 euros
September 2 - 161900 euros
September 16 - 301800 euros
October1700 euros


Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, and after-stay clean. Breakfast can be provided at 15 euros per day.

Rental periods run from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am. Minimum of 7 nights, and 3 nights out of season.

To secure a booking you would send a 30% deposit, with the balance 8 weeks before the start of the rental.
 There is a refundable security deposit of 400 euros against any breakages or damage.

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 4 people. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the property.

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

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