Whether you just want to chill out in the beautiful courtyard, relax by the pool, play tennis (with or without a private tutor), play pétanque or venture further afield – whatever your choice – La Ferme d'Augustin is ideally situated. It is a perfect start point for many cycle rides (there is a good cycle hire shop in Bonnieux) and walks. The Luberon mountain range is a national park with well preserved natural areas with designated hiking trails. There are several excellent golf courses in the general area and details such as cycle hire, golf, horse riding, and many other local activities are provided at the villa.
The pretty courtyard features a stunning mulberry tree and two abris with a daybed for those afternoon siestas and a gas barbeque for night time revelry. There is also a soothing fountain. An arched wrought iron gate opens on to the terrace, garden and large, infinity swimming pool. There is also an all-weather tennis court and boule pitch for those who like to be active during their holiday!
This photograph was taken from the courtyard, looking through the arched gates over the infinity swimming pool to the statue nestled in the soft hedge, behind which you will find the all-weather tennis court.
The swimming pool, set between lavender beds, borders the lower terrace and has gentle stone steps leading into it – ideal for children. There is plenty of lawn area for ball games and a little stream winds along the edge of the property on one side. Ancient olive trees, stately cypress and formal box planting complete the graceful garden landscape.The garden is bordered by a stone wall, beyond which are cherry trees and lavender fields.
The garden offers everything for the sports enthusiast: As well as the impressive 12 metres x 6 metres infinity swimming pool there's an all-weather tennis court (private lessons available) and a boule pitch overlooking the vineyard and Mont Ventoux.
The kitchen opens into the double vaulted sitting room with a stunning period open fireplace. The room has views over the boule pitch and vineyard to the front and glass doors open onto the courtyard at the rear. A television with satellite connections offering BBC, CNN etc and all French channels, is provided. There is high speed internet connection and wi-fi.
The main garden is approached from the courtyard through the arched gateway which leads on to the upper terrace, where a graceful wisteria forms a vast swathe of shade above the dining area in the hot summer months.
The front door of the villa opens into a large kitchen with vaulted ceiling and a 12-seater dining table. There's a music centre with an extensive collection of mainly classical CD’s and, of course, all modern conveniences.
The built-in barbeque is housed in one of the two abris (covered areas) in the courtyard, an ideal alternative dining area, where the mulberry tree offers shade throughout the day. There is also a gas barbecue.
Both bedrooms (double beds in both) have superb views over the vineyard to the front and courtyard and pool to the rear. The landing linking all three rooms has a huge panoramic window overlooking Mont Ventoux. Quite a breathtaking view to wake up to!