A 17th century hamlet house with plenty of character and pool
The existing house has 4 bedrooms and three floors, with detached pool area and garden, surrounded by vineyards, walkable to the village of Villars, and 5 minutes’ drive to the market town of Apt.
The house has been restored with attention to retaining period features like the exposed beams, and the old stone, vaulted dining room at its heart. This is a very charming and easily maintained Luberon home.
The ground floor consists of living room, dining room and kitchen with pantry, and there is a work space on the top floor. The house has the character and cosiness of a centuries-old dwelling.
Living room (4.5 x 4.1 m / 14.7 x 13.4 ft) with wood-burning stove.
Dining room ( 6.8 x 3.2 m / 32.3 x 10.5 ft) has an ancient stone vaulted ceiling.
Kitchen (3.1 x 2.4 m / 10.1 x 7.8 ft) off the dining room.
Pantry (2 x 2 m / 6.5 x 6.5 ft) off the kitchen, plumbed for washing machine.
Work space (5.6 x 2.6 m / 18.3 x 8.5 ft) on the top floor. With the stairs coming up in the middle of this space not all of it is usable, but there is room for a work desk and some storage.
There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor up, and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor up. On this second floor the larger bedroom is accessed through the smaller bedroom.
Bedroom 1 (4.6 x 2.9 m / 15 x 9.5 ft) first floor up, with garden view
Bedroom 2 (3.5 x 3.5 m / 11.5 x 11.5 ft) first floor up, with garden view
Bathroom 1 (2.6 x 1.9 m / 8.5 x 6.2 ft) first floor bathroom with clawfoot bath and overhead shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom 3 (3.6 x 3.4 m / 11.8 x 11.1 ft) walkthrough bedroom to bedroom 4, on the second floor up.
Bedroom 4 (5.5 x 4.6 m / 18 x 15.1 ft) spacious room with country view, stone walls and exposed beams.
Bathroom 2 (3.3 x 2.6 m / 10.8 x 8.5 ft) off bedroom 3, with clawfoot bath, shower, basin and WC.
The pool area is across a very quiet country lane and gives a fenced and gated oasis of green with a pool of 8m x 4m, poolhouse and shaded dining spot.
The house is in a very quiet hamlet with no through traffic, only accessed by the handful of residents.
The house is in a country setting half a mile (800 metres) from the village of Villars in the Luberon region of Provence, with its three restaurants, bar and bakery. A little further is the village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. The town of Apt with its restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, cinema and huge Saturday market, is 3 miles/5km away to the south.
The famed hill-top villages of the Luberon – Menerbes, Bonnieux, Gordes, Roussillon, etc. – are all close by, and this combination of a peaceful setting and so much going on all around makes this house ideal for a move to Provence, but equally as a second home or rental investment.
What we like about this house
- Character: The cocooning feel of a 17th century hamlet house.
- Location: The setting is very peaceful, a hamlet in a sea of vineyards, and you can walk to the restaurants and bar of Villars in 15 minutes.
Bear in mind
- Reduced head height in doorways of top floor.
- The pool and garden are across the lane from the house, but this is a very quiet setting with only residents passing.
Exit 25 of the A7 autoroute is 40 minutes’ drive.
The nearest international airports to Villars are Marseille (90km/55 miles), Nice (234km/145 miles), Nimes (101km/62 miles), Montpellier (165km/102 miles).
The nearest TGV high-speed rail stations to Villars are Avignon TGV (58km/36 miles) and Aix-en-Provence TGV (76km/47 miles).