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Les Seguins, Buoux

A beautifully renovated wing of an 18th century farmhouse in the wilds of the Luberon
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Property summary

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 doubles, 1 twin bedroom, 3 bathrooms
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  • Rentals run: Saturday to Saturday

Reference: 708

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Set a table under the shade of a pine tree and bring to it treats from the local market and it is a practically a party. The light pouring through the French doors brings out the warm colors of the field stone walls of the living room. June poppies enliven the verdant ridge on which the 18th century farmhouse sits. There is artistry in the dry stone walls that form the terraces and a beautiful backdrop to the property pool.

High above the deep valley of the Aiguebrune, across from the ancient fort of Buoux, Les Seguins is a section of an old farmhouse set among truffle fields and pastures. This is a wonderfully ancient part of the Provencal landscape: an area of deep valleys, limestone cliffs and caves, it has been inhabited since the bronze age and the feeling, up on this perch above the valley, is of archaic beauty and hidden secrets. The current owners run a truffle farm, so much of the area is planted with young oak trees, while the area directly in front of the house has pasture that houses 2 horses that are enjoying their retirement.

Accommodation

The house feels ancient, made of quarried stone and seemingly grown from the landscape. The stairs that join the two floors are external, so you must always step outside before going to bed. On the ground floor the living-room kitchen has an old bread oven at one end, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Large doors open on to an enormous terrace, with a shady tree and views towards to old fort of Buoux. On this floor there is also a queen/twin bedroom and a bathroom with 2 had basins and a spearate WC. Upstairs, via the outside staircase, there is a queen bedroom with an ensuite and a third bedroom with twin bedrooms, private bathroom and separate WC. There is also a small sitting room with a TV and fireplace.

Outside, there is a short path to the swimming pool which also enjoys fantastic views out towards the Fort on the other side of the valley

Around Les Seguins

While a rock-climber will feel they have hit the jackpot here in the Vaucluse, anyone touring this area will feel rewarded with its outstanding natural beauty. Forested valleys, limestone cliffs, olive groves and fields of lavender all contribute to the scenery, but it is the beautiful medieval hilltop villages - nearly all claiming to be the 'most beautiful in France' - that may linger. Whether one's favourite is the fortified Bonnieux, which appears to be tumbling down the hillside and charms with its Musee de la Boulangerie, or Gordes, perched on the edge of the Vaucluse plateau whose beige stone glows orange in the morning sun, or Lourmarin, whose many cafes and restaurants spill out on the cobbled streets meandering around the village's ancient belfry - all are within a half-hour's drive. For those who have been inspired by Peter Mayle's 'A Good Year', a drive to the Chateau La Coste, with its mixture of aged wine and modern art, may prove an eye-opener. And when you would like to mingle with a somewhat larger crowd, a bit further is Avignon, a rampart encircled city whose UNESCO World Heritage site, the 14th century Papal seat, is certainly worth a visit or Aix-en-Provence, the 'City of Fountains', whose many art schools fill the squares and avenues with colour and light. Of course, these outings would mean you would have to leave Les Seguins and on some days you may just not be willing to do so.

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