A grand, Renaissance house in the centre of the village of Grambois, this would have been the most important house in the village, and was built around 1700 by Lord Roquesante, with some parts going back to the 1300s. The house is set over 4 floors, all with country views, and includes a terrace with a sweeping 360 degree view of Provence. It has been expertly restored with historical accuracy – with original doors and fireplaces – and has the ambience of living in a small chateau. There are actually two kitchens, one on the ground floor by the dining room and balcony, and one on the top floor by the top terrace, so you can take your pick. and won’t have to walk far to serve a meal.
- Living Room: On the 2nd floor up, with views on both sides, this room has fireplace and TV. But what are those massive terracotta urns? Original grain jugs, now serving as beautiful lighting features.
- Kitchen 1: On the ground floor, next to the dining room and balcony, this kitchen has a gorgeous tiled floor dating to 1900. Equipped with oven, 3-ring cooker, fridge-freezer with cooled water, dishwasher, microwave, filter coffee machine, and Sodastream.
- Dining room: A room to bring the medieval to life, With a vast stone fireplace, a vaulted stone ceiling, and a grand dining table. The dining room connects to the kitchen and balcony.
- Study: On the 1st floor up, the study is a bright, dual aspect room centred on the desk and fireplace, and connects through to bedroom 1.
- Kitchen 2: On the 2nd floor up, this kitchen is Provencal in style, and opens out to the top terrace. The kitchen has 4-ring cooker, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
The house sleeps 7 people in 5 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms. Two bedrooms are doubles and three are singles. Bedrooms are spread over the house, from ground floor to the top floor.
- Bedroom 1: One floor up, with a 1.4m/4.6ft-wide bed and view to the south, separate WC, and en suite bathroom.
- Bathroom 1: En suite to bedroom 1, a stunning room featuring a claw-foot bath flanked by brass towel rails, and double basins. A place to linger and enjoy a good book in the bath. A separate staircase connects this bathroom to bedroom 5 below, which gives access to a shower.
- Bedroom 2: On the top floor, this room has a 1.6m/5.25ft-wide double and for decoration a 17th-century copper bath.
- Bathroom 2: The top floor bathroom has a clawfoot bath, shower, basin and original wooden WC.
- Bedroom 3: On the top floor, with a single bed.
- Bedroom 4: Top floor room with a single bed.
- Bedroom 5: On the ground floor, accessed through the kitchen, a single bedroom with en suite shower room, originally part of the stables, as evidenced by the donkey ring in the wall.
The house has three outside spaces: the lower ground level with pool and sunloungers; balcony with dining table on the ground floor outside the kitchen; and upper terrace with views outside the upper kitchen.
The pool measures 5.5m x 5.5m (18 x 18ft) and is reached by steps down from the balcony on the ground floor.
The balcony has a dining table and barbecue, and is shaded overhead by vines. Figs and grapes are in easy reach.
On the 2nd floor up, outside the upper kitchen, is the panoramic terrace with tables and chairs. Its views extend over all the surrounding countryside as well as the rooftops of Grambois.
At a glance
In our view
What we like
- Historic: The feeling of living the life of a baron in a historic house, albeit with pool and WiFi. The house is like a mini-chateau, with details dating to medieval times.
- Views: Wonderful uninterrupted views on every floor from the top of a perched Provence village.
- Outside: Great outside spaces for a village house, with the pool area at the lower level, the balcony by the kitchen, and the upper terrace with the far views.
Things to note
- Accessibility: The house is set over 4 floors so is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
- Pool security: The pool has an alarm for security but care should be taken with young children.
The house is in the heart of the village of Grambois in the Luberon region of Provence.
Grambois is a very picturesque little village in the south Luberon mountain range of Provence, pretty enough to have been used for filming My Father’s Glory. There are medieval ramparts and a 12th century church in the centre, a good grocery store and a terrace café/restaurant, as well as a gourmet restaurant (L’Auberge des Tilleuls) at the foot of the village.
- The nearest international airports to Grambois are Marseille (61km/37 miles), Nimes (117km/72 miles), Montpellier (177km/109 miles), Nice (184km/114 miles).
- The nearest TGV high-speed rail station to Grambois are Aix-en-Provence TGV (49km/30 miles) and Avignon TGV (87km/54 miles).
- Rental period: The rental week runs from Saturday 5pm to the following Saturday 10am in peak season. Arrival and departure are flexible the rest of the year.
- Minimum Stay: 1 week in peak season. Flexible the rest of the year.
- Included: Linens and towels, pool towels, utilities, after-stay clean.
- Damage deposit: There is a refundable security deposit of 1000 euros against any breakages or damage.
- Smoking and Pets: Smoking and pets are not allowed inside the house.
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