La Madone, Roussillon, Provence

Large Provence farmhouse for up to 16, 1km from the wonderful village of Roussillon


La Madone is a 19th century Provencal house surrounded by 6,500 m2 (1.6 acres) of vineyards and fruit trees, right in the heart of the Luberon. With 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms (and sauna), the house is perfect for large groups and reunions up to 16 people, and is just 1km from the fabulous ochre village of Roussillon. Home catering can be provided by the housekeeper. When you stay here you follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who came to escape the press, and Leonard Cohen who came for inspiration.

Living Rooms

Sitting room end of the living space.
Looking towards sitting room from the dining table by the kitchen.

The house has 360m2 (3875 sq ft) of living space, and at the centre is the expansive living room with fireplace and sofas at one end and the kitchen and dining table at the other.


Sitting room with dining table and kitchen in the background.

The professional kitchen, with its Provencal stone sink, has 5-ring gas stove and 2 ovens, two refrigerators, a big freezer, dishwasher, and microwave, and washing machine. A bar separates the kitchen from the big wooden dining table, which seats 14. Nadege the housekeeper can cook dinners at home by arrangement.


The kitchen can cope with large groups, with its double size cooker and two ovens. The dining table is next to the kitchen.There is WiFi internet and satellite TV with CNN and BBC World, DVD, and CD player. Also on the ground floor is the sauna, with shower and guest WC alongside.

There is a wine cellar for guests' use which runs as an honesty bar - help yourself to what you want and pay for it at the end of your stay.


The house sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms, with 6 bathrooms. Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor.


Master bedroom and en suite bathroom.

The master bedroom (above) features a carved wooden bed that is 1.8m wide (6ft), a fireplace and en suite bathroom. The wash-basins are in the bedroom and separately there are shower room and WC (above right).


Bedroom 2 on the ground floor, with its en suite bathroom.

Bedroom 2 (above) is on the ground floor and has two single beds and en suite bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.


Bedroom 3 with its en suite bathroom.

Bedroom 3 (above) has a 1.5m-wide double (5ft) and en suite bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Next to bedroom 3 is bedroom 4 which is a kids' bunk room (below left).

Bedroom 4, a kids' bunk room next to bedroom 3. Bedroom 5 is a children's twin room off the master bedroom.

Off the master bedroom is bedroom 5, a children's twin room (above right), which is only accessible through the master bedroom.


Bedroom 6 with two single beds.

Bedroom 6 (above) is a twin room with fireplace and sofa, and has an en suite bathroom with bath, basin and WC (below left).

En suite bathroom to bedroom 6. Bedroom 7 on the ground floor.

Bedrooms 7 and 8 are downstairs off the living room, one is a twin room (above right) and the other a 1.6m/5.25ft-wide double (below left). Each has an en suite bathroom with bath, overhead shower and WC.


Bedroom 8 is a double on the ground floor, with its en suite bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.

This is an eco-friendly house with organic detergents, natural soaps, and non-chlorine pool.

Garden & Pool


The property is in 1.6 acres of land amid vineyards and orchards, in a peaceful country setting just outside of Roussillon.

The pool measures 13m x 7m and can be heated.
 The house in its setting of vineyards and lavender close to Roussillon.

The pool is non-chlorine, which is much kinder on eyes and skin, and can be heated (150 euros extra per week). It measures 13m x 7m (42 ft x 23 ft). There are sunloungers and benches around the pool and a stone table with shade for lunch.


The courtyard with shaded dining table and sitting area.

There are two outside shaded dining areas by the house and one by the pool. One is in the courtyard oustside the kitchen (pictured above) where the table seats 12.


Second outdoor dining spot with wood-burning pizza oven.

Round the corner from that terrace is a shaded area with barbecue and wood-burning pizza oven (above). This has another dining table for 10.


The courtyard terrace has view over the garden with lawn and mature trees.


The third outdoor table is by the pool under an arbour (below left).

Dining table by the pool. Outdoor table tennis.

La Madone is on a quiet country road and has plenty of off-street parking. The caretaker lives separately on the grounds and is available if there are any problems.

The Location

Roussillon has an extraordinary palette of colours, testament to its past as a major ochre producer.

The house is 1km from Roussillon, one of the most stunning villages in France. Roussillon is a medieval hill-top village, known and loved for its amazing palette of ochre colours. It has all the amenities you need: restaurants and cafes, grocery, bakery, butcher, doctor, pharmacy, small specialist stores, galleries and a weekly market.

Roussillon is one of the perched, hilltop villages that make the Luberon region of Provence such a fascinating place to visit. Other nearby hilltop villages include MenerbesGordesBonnieuxLacosteOppede-le-vieux, and Goult, all within 20 minutes.

There is a market in Roussillon, right on your doorstep, on Thursday mornings, and a Luberon market in neighbouring villages every day of the week.

From this base you can explore the Luberon, its villages and markets, and close by you will find AvignonFontaine de VaucluseIsle sur la Sorgue, Les Baux de Provence, St Remy, Aix en Provence, Orange, Arles, Nimes, Marseille, the Camargue, Gorges du Verdon, to name just some of the great days out an easy drive away. The fishing village of Cassis on the Mediterranean is 90 minutes away, and the French Riviera 2-3 hours.

Scenes from Roussillon village.




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Noted for:
  • Spectacular colours
  • Ochre quarry
  • Member of 'Most Beautiful Villages in France'
  • Conservatoire des Ocres
  • Sentier des Ocres (Giants' Causeway)
  • 'A Village in the Vaucluse' written here
  • 7 restaurants and cafés
  • Grocery, butcher, baker, arts and crafts, pharmacy
  • ATM
  • Market day: Monday

Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Ruth D

Sussex, UK

Date of stay: 2018-08-12

A lovely spacious farmhouse, perfect for an extended family holiday

We have just returned from a lovely holiday at La Madone. The house and accommodation and the pool and garden were perfect for our extended family reunion. We were ten adults and five children under seven and we had a really happy week together. The pool for us was a highlight of the week. It is attractive, spacious, and well furnished with loungers. We were initially concerned about safety with so many small children but the pool is slightly out of sight and away from the rest of the garden and so going to it was 'an event', and it was easy to supervise and provided many hours of fun. We loved the pizza oven and enjoyed the number of outdoor tables for eating in different and lovely parts of the patios and garden! Nadège cooked for us for three of the evenings and that was a real treat. It's not a cheap option but the cooking is excellent and Nadege provided delicious food and generous quantities. The house is much more extensive than the photos can show, and there are bedrooms off a number of different areas which allows for plenty of choice. We would love to return sometime!

Reviewed by : Jean S

Washington DC

Date of stay: 2018-07-29

A wonderful week with friends!

We are a group of friends who spend a week together in an interesting place/country about every four years. This is our fourth adventure together. La Madone is located right up the road from what was Les Reys, where we stayed in 2001, near the charming town of Roussillon. It is a perfect location to explore the hill towns of Provence and extend our investigations to the entire Luberon area of the Vaucluse Provence. The property has a main house which included bedrooms and bathrooms for each of the 5 couples, and a couple of extra bedrooms we didn't use. It has a workable kitchen with plenty of plates, silverware, glasses, and cooking pans which we used when we prepared our traditional themed dinners, on two nights; and where the chef prepared us a delicious meal one night. The refrigerator is ample plus a spare refrigerator, a frozen frig, and a wine cellar for all of the food and drinks necessary for a fun week. Two dishwashers make it a breeze to clean up! The stove/oven is a good one, too. There are also several areas with large tables inside and outside, so choosing the perfect spot to dine adds to the enjoyment. The swimming pool, just a short walk from the house was a life-saver after a hot day of sight-seeing; a natural gathering place. We did not need to use the Artist's Studio. Our host, Nadege, was a sweetheart and helped us understand the washing machine as well as the general household functions. She also secured the chef, Peter, to cook us one dinner, which was delicious! She was always available, if we needed another tutorial on how to do something. The property representative, Vanya, gave us a great list of restaurants in the area, as well as suggestions of things to do. The villa was charming and was kept clean and maintained, so we all felt it was truly our home away from home. There was plenty of room and conversational places to sit and view the surroundings and/or read/talk. We would all recommend it to other groups for a fun place to spend a week together.

Reviewed by : Clare


Date of stay: 2018-06-02

Perfect Wedding, Ventoux and friends at La Madone

La Madone was the perfect setting to bring our best friends (14) from around the globe to celebrate both our marriage and our love of cycling with wonderful backdrop of Mont Ventoux. Nadège is a wonderful housekeeper and helped us in so many ways, from our wedding cake to dry cleaning and vegan food, she was so passionate about our visit being perfect. La Madone is so spacious our guests never felt too cosy and mixed weather gave us the opportunity to use the huge sofas to read from a great bookcase and play games... We never ate dinner away from the house, we used the outdoor eating areas every day and the kitchen facilities were outstanding. In summary, a perfect spot for a group of friends or family with different agendas and we were all emotional when we left... #teamepic, we hope to come back for an anniversary soon. Thank you Nadege and Yvan

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Weekly Rates

October - April4080 euros
May4800 euros
June5220 euros
July - August6220 euros
September5220 euros
Xmas, New Year4950 euros

If a week falls between months, the month in which most of the week falls applies.

Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, WiFi, 8 hours maid service per week, phone and end of stay-clean.

To secure a booking you would send a 30% deposit, with the balance payable up to 8 weeks before your stay.

There is a refundable security deposit of 1500 euros against any breakages or damage.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 5pm to Saturday 10am. (Long weekends available September 15 to May 15).

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 16 people.

3-night weekend bookings are possible from September 15 to May 15, at 1500 euros.


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

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