The magnificent Château de Lourmarin, dominating the local landscape. The village of Lourmarin is probably most closely associated with the name of Peter Mayle, the author of best-selling books such as "A Year In Provence" and "A Good Year" (the latter of which was adapted for the big screen by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard and filmed mainly in Bonnieux), but was already a favourite destination for tasteful travellers well before this new-found fame. Despite the high-profile residents and visitors the village has seen over recent years, it has refused to become a tourist hotspot and has done an incredible job preserving its authenticity and its charm, two words which probably best define Lourmarin.
Close to the village, yet surrounded by mature shrubs, fruit trees,vines and forests. The Grange is an ideal place to relax and wind down. It has a superb country setting, but is only 3 km (2 miles) from the village. So you can walk or cycle.
The main street in the village; the charming cafés provide a easy stop for some refreshment. Everyone meets at the cafés during or after the Friday morning market--truly one of the best in Provence yet easy to get around and not too big.
The ground floor of the Grange is dominated by the vaulted living areas. Keeping cool even in the full heat of the Provencal summer, this area offers a perfect retreat if you've had enough of the sun for a while. The fireplace is a working one, but due to fire danger cannot be used in the summer. Firewood is provided for winter rentals.
The kitchen is modern and fully equipped as you would expect from a rental of this quality and there is a full-size refrigerator in the pantry. The Grange has a confortable feel which you sense the moment you enter the property. Because of its age and nature of its construction we know that the property was well designed. As a result, the interior remains cool throughout the year.