Theleme, Roussillon, Provence

Superb hill-top house with towering views over all the Luberon

Theleme is an exceptional, large 3-bedroom house half a mile from the beautiful village of Roussillon, with an outstanding vista all around. All rooms are on the ground floor.


The view to the south, of the vineyards and mountain of the Luberon, and the villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste facing each other.

Living Rooms

The living room is a beautiful space with central fireplace and three walls of windows.


The light and spacious living room.

On one side of the fireplace is the dining table, and on the other sofa and armchairs with concealed flat-screen TV.


A kitchen to inspire cooks.

The kitchen is a dream for the keen chef, with a La Cornue 120 cooking range with two ovens, 4 gas burners and a central French plaque. American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso and coffee machine, as well as plenty of workspace. There is a separate laundry with washer and dryer, and guest WC.

La Cornue cooking range. Dining table by the central fireplace.

All the rooms are on the ground floor except for the observatory room at the top of the 'tower'. From here views are extraordinary and if you are artistically inclined, there are few spots as inspiring. On the way up the stairs, central bookshelves curl their way up, with a great library of English-language books and DVDs.



Electric piano looking onto the courtyard, and the library of books and movies going up the staircase.



Master bedroom and en suite bathroom.

The house has 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and all are on the ground floor.

There is also an additional lodging by the pool which can be used by a nanny or teenagers, with its own bathroom and kitchen - this is not included in the 3 bedrooms covered here.

The master bedroom (above) has a 1.8m/6ft-wide bed and in its en suite is a bath, separate shower, double basins and WC.


Master bathroom.



Bedroom 2 and its bathroom.

Bedroom 2 has a 1.6m/5.25ft-wide 4-poster bed, and its bathroom has shower, basin and WC.


Bedroom 3 and en suite bathroom.

Bedroom 3 (above) has a 1.5m/5ft-wide bed and its en suite has shower, basin and WC.

Garden & Pool

The pool has an infinity edge. Central courtyard.

At the front of the house is the large L-shaped swimming pool with infinity edge and view towards Gordes and the Monts de Vaucluse. The pool is 15m x 4m and has an automated sliding cover for security.

Courtyard in the centre of the house. A deck for gazing at the view.

There is a courtyard patio in the centre of the house (above left) with tables and seating, and a formal garden planting. The house is set in the wooded landscape of Provence on all sides, studded with lavender plantations. Also in the garden is an organic vegetable garden which guests can help themselves to.

Due south the Luberon mountain with Bonnieux and Lacoste on their hilltops. To the west is the village of Gordes.

Some sporting equipment is available - outdoor ping pong table, boules/petanque, golf clubs, and a couple of exercise machines in the basement.

The house has a gated entrance and secure parking for plenty of cars.

The Location

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

The house is half a mile 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 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 : Karen Swensrud

New Hampshire, USA

Date of stay: 2017-10-01

Totally Splendid!

Five women who have travelled several times together and stayed in Italian and now French villas have nothing but superlatives to give Theleme and its owner Théo who is most accommodating. The house is amazingly comfortable with lots of style and elegance. We loved the 3 bedrooms being on the main floor and the lovely kitchen which just eases one into cooking. The openess of the dining and living room separated by a magnificent fireplace gave a feeling of airiness and warmth. The sunsets were amazing over the infinity pool with the village of Gordes in direct site. After visiting many of the quaint hill towns, we all decided Roussillon was our favorite with restaurants and lovely shops. You can't go wrong with a stay at Theleme.

Reviewed by : Bev

New Jersey

Date of stay: 2017-09-30

Just a piece of paradise!

This villa is spectacular. We rented it the first week in October 2017. The location was near beautiful towns and out of the hustle and bustle enough so it was quiet and relaxing. The layout of the villa lent itself to camaraderie with my friends plus plenty of privacy… Clean and well maintained and FULLY equipped for a kitchen (I wish my kitchen at home was as well equipped for cooking and entertaining). We cooked our meals every night as it was so much fun with the fabulous ‘cooker’ (stove). But do not expect a garlic press or a measuring cup. OOO la la the french don’t measure and they have a fabulous quick way of mincing garlic….by hand. Property was well maintained and the pool was crystal clear and inviting (even though it was October). Theo, the owner, answered all our questions by email promptly and clearly was on top of everything. This is a dream vacation villa and I highly recommend it…..

Reviewed by : cfranklin


Date of stay: 2017-08-26

Superb modern luxe

This year we didn't book our usual place as the owner asked us if they could give our booking to somebody who wanted to book it for a month. So, we forgot about our annual holiday in the Luberon – and by a sheer stroke of luck we emailed Theo only six weeks ago in July and she did indeed have a week available at the end of August. Well, we are just so thrilled at the serendipity that brought us here. Theo has been amazing right from the start. Not your usual contract-filling, on-the-dot-arrival-time kind of host, but a genuinely friendly, generous and warm person. We weren't certain from the photos whether the house would be right for us - the main thing we wanted to know that was missing was - what is the view from the pool like? A: Across the valley to Gordes - stunning! And is there any shade by the pool? A: yes a beautiful grapevine covered pergola with table, loungers and sofa, right by the pool. The best thing about Theleme for me as a mum of 2 pre-teens is that I don't have to get them out of the pool while I cook dinner – the kitchen looks right over the pool - as does the main outdoor sitting area and the living room. The house itself is expansive and very solidly built. There are no flimsy details and no shortcuts here. The pool is absolutely fantastic and having checked and compared with quite a few houses in the higher price brackets I would be surprised if many have a pool this good. This has been such a great surprise holiday and today I have sent Theo a text to book the house for two weeks next year. It's outstanding value for money and we feel right at home. Thank you Theo!

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Weekly Rates

April3045 euros
May3255 euros
June3675 euros
July - August3990 euros
September3675 euros
October3255 euros
November - March2730 euros
Xmas, New Year3780 euros

Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, WiFi internet, and after-stay clean.

Rental periods run from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am. For stays over a week there is a change of bedlinen once a 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.

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

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

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