Domaine La Jauberte, Viens, Provence

17th century farmhouse with beautiful garden and views, sleeps 6+2

 

Domaine La Jauberte is a beautifully restored 17th century farmhouse in the hills east of Apt, sitting on the rim of a mountain between the lavender fields and the sky, with 18 acres of gardens, fields and woods to explore. The house has fantastic views all around, from the Montagne de Lure, to the Luberon mountain, to the dramatic hill-top village of Viens 2 miles away. Arrival and departure days are flexible, minimum stay one week.


The hills and lavender fields of Provence are laid out before La Jauberte, which is the house on the left of the picture.

The income from this rental property is donated to UNICEF, the international children's charity.

Living Rooms

La Jauberte is over 400 years old and full of character - time-worn stone floors, beamed ceilings, antique furniture - but also very comfortable, with modern appliances like high-speed internet, satellite TV, and high-quality mattresses.

 

The living room with fireplace opening onto the balcony with view.

The house is arranged over 3 floors. On the middle floor are the living room with elegant furniture and fireplace. The kitchen has oven, 4-ring cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, and is well equipped for preparing Provencal meals.

 

The living room balcony looks west with a wonderful view to the village and castle of Viens.

Also on the middle floor are the dining room with seating for 8. From the living room you step onto the balcony with table and chairs, the ideal place to to enjoy the morning sun.

 

Kitchen and dining room next to the living room.



Bedrooms

There are 4 bedroooms, sleeping 8 people: 3 double bedrooms and one twin room. This is marketed as sleeping 6 + 2 because one bedroom is a walkthrough to the master bedroom, so is suitable for children only. The house sleeps up to 6 adults, plus 2 children.

 

Master bedroom on the top floor.

On the top floor is the master bedroom (above) with a king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath, handheld shower, two basins, and WC.

The walkthrough bedroom before the master bedroom. Master bedroom's en suite bathroom.

Before the master bedroom is the walkthrough double (above).

 

The double bedroom on the lower floor, with its own terrace and loungers, and gorgeous country views.

On the lower floor are two bedrooms, a twin room with two single beds and a double with Queen-sized bed.

 

The twin bedroom on the lower floor, and the bathroom shared between the two bedrooms on this floor.

The double room opens onto a terrace shaded by vines, with lovely views towards the medieval village of Viens. These two bedrooms share a bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin, and WC.



Garden & Pool

The cypress-lined path to the house, with the lavender field in the foreground and the medieval village of Viens to the right.

The gardens are arranged over different levels and are lovingly designed and planted - waves of vegetation give year-round interest. Some of the scents you’ll experience: rosemary, lavender, santolina, wild thyme, artemisias and over 100 roses. There are 18 acres of gardens, fields and woods to explore around La Jauberte, including a lavender field and olive trees.

 

Solar-heated pool with magnificent views.

The swimming pool is solar-heated, to extend the swimming season into spring and autumn. There are comfortable sun loungers and a superb view. Guests have first use of the pool - if the owners are in residence they may take a swim when guests are out exploring.

 

The garden in June is quite spectacular.

There are several outside spots for eating and relaxing as the mood takes you: the cool and shaded dining table by the courtyard, a balcony off the living room, a vine-shaded terrace below, various garden levels and trees to set out a table and chairs amid the glorious sights and fragrances, and generally live the good life.

 

Guests have their own exclusive part of the garden, with various dining spots according to the time of day. There is also a sheltered courtyard with herb garden. You are encouraged to cut your own flowers for bouquets.

 

Hand-hewn, dry stone walls break up the garden into terraces, for roaming and contemplating the hills and the light.

 

Cool eating spot in the courtyard.

In the courtyard (pictured above) is the oudoor dining table in shade, the coolest place to eat on a summer's day.

Downstairs bedroom's terrace. One of several well-placed gazing spots in the garden.

There are several spots on different levels for taking in the views or reading.

The house from the field beyond the garden. Vegetable garden.

Also on the grounds is a vegetable garden, from which the caretaker can provide seasonal poduce.

Arriving at the house. The balcony outside the living room.

La Jauberte is part of three houses on the same property, along with the owners' house and the caretaker. The owners are an English-speaking couple who are in residence about half the year. How much you see of them is entirely up to you: some guests do not see them at all, others find their local recommendations and insights invaluable. The property is laid out such that you are not aware of the owners' house from La Jauberte.

La Jauberte in beautiful hiking and biking country.
 
The medieval perched village of Viens, 2 miles away.

The income generated from renting La Jauberte is paid every year to the international children's fund UNICEF, whose remit is to improve the lives of children around the world.

The Location

 

Looking down from the top of Viens, and a painterly view of Saignon.

Some call it the 'real' Provence because this part of the Luberon is more dramatic and less visited than the area to the west with the popular villages of Gordes and Roussillon, which are half an hour away. Here the hill-top villages like Viens, Caseneuve and Saignon are on the road less travelled, but no less delightful. Also close by are the stunning Oppedette gorge and ocre-coloured Colorado provencal at Rustrel

The eastern part of the Luberon is noted for its wild, natural beauty. This is a land of gentle rolling hills, garrigue and lavender, where memorable hikes and bike rides start right from your doorstep. The English-speaking owners of La Jauberte are keen walkers and cyclists and are happy to share their local knowledge, you may even find yourself helping out at the lavender refinery down the road.

There is very little traffic here and this is a terrific location for bike rides, on- and off-road.

The perched village of Viens is 2 miles from the house and has a small food store, bar/restaurant and specialist honey shop. The nearest town is Apt, 15 minutes away, where you will find supermarket, cinema, restaurants and the biggest market in the Luberon, on Saturday morning all year round.

 

Spectacular colours in the countryside around Viens.


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Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Gord

Ottawa, Canada

Date of stay: 2016-09-17

Wonderful wonderful wonderful!

We (three couples) spent a week at La Jauberte, and loved it completely. It is very private restored vintage farm compound nestled among fields of lavender. The view is breathtaking! It is not far from the charming town of Viens (a 5 minute drive, or a good hike over the ridge), and there are lots of other attractions a half hour away. I could go on, but the photographs speak for themselves: it is as gorgeous as it looks on the web. Great pool. Functional kitchen. The master bedroom is spectacular. There is another excellent bedroom attached to the master, but you need to walk through it to get to the master, so depending on your privacy expectations, you may not want to use both. And, two other smaller bedrooms on the lower level. The house is surrounded by lovely gardens that will supply you with fresh produce when in season. We would not hesitate to recommend this.

Reviewed by : Jeanne

Vermont

Date of stay: 2016-07-11

Surrounded by lavender

My family spent a wonderful week smelling the lavender at Domaine La Jauberte. Linda did a wonderful job recommending how to book and when to go, Kim welcomed us and the owners, Vera and Chip, provided a goodbye party at the end. The farmhouse is filled with character from old beams to uneven stairs (could be a problem for those who have difficulty climbing), a terrace with a 180 degree view of the surrounding hills, every amenity one would need and beautiful terraced gardens down to the pool. We preferred to spend our days shopping at the various nearby town markets and making our own dinners from the several cookbooks provided at the house. If you wish to experience the "true southern France" I would highly recommend a stay at Domaine La Jauberte. Merci beaucoup to all of you who helped make this week possible for us to experience!

Reviewed by : Peter & Anne Arnold

Itchenor

Date of stay: 2015-08-29

La Jauberte

La Jauberte is in a stunningly beautiful location with unbroken views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby village of Viens perched on its rocky outcrop. On arrival we found every room and even the staircase adorned with flowers from the garden. A welcoming basket of fruit together with local cheeses, sausage and bread were amongst the other delights which awaited us and throughout our stay courgettes and tomatoes from the garden would appear – courtesy of Christian - on the table on the terrace or in the courtyard. The cottage (which is well equipped) and the garden present the opportunity for a true voyage of discovery both inside and out, from the spiral stone staircase which leads from the kitchen to the downstairs rooms and a vine-covered terrace, to the garden where one can meander gently along through olive trees or follow the steps through the rockery to reach the pool and enjoy the spectacular scenery. It is hard to tear yourself away from this haven of peace and tranquillity where the deafening silence of the day is matched only by the depth of the darkness at night - but tear yourself away you must because this is an area worth exploring. We stumbled by chance upon Simiane la Rotonde early on a Sunday morning just as its inhabitants were waking and throwing open the shutters over narrow winding cobbled streets. There are many other lovely villages in the area far less visited than those further west and Viens itself is an unspoilt gem with a tiny little weekly market where the most delicious organic produce is on sale – the ancient variety tomatoes were second to none. We have recommended this location to many of our friends and hope to return one year.

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Weekly Rates


April1495 euros
May1705 euros
June1920 euros
July - August2345 euros
September1920 euros
October1500 euros
November - March1495 euros
Xmas, New Year2025 euros


The income from this property is donated to UNICEF, the international charity for children.

Included
in the rental rates: utilities, high-speed internet, satellite TV, bedlinen, towels, pool towels, after-stay clean, weekly clean for stays over a week.

Rental periods: arrival and departure days are totally flexible, rentals are for a minimum of 1 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 600 euros against breakages or damage, which is returned after your stay.

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 adults plus 2 children. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house

 



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