Text & Photos by Erica Berman
This charming 1 bedroom apartment is part of an unconventionally chic Provence vacation experience. This is one of my favorite places to spend a few days decompressing, antiquing, hiking, exploring and, of course, eating local. I have been here numerous times, and can’t wait to return!
Chambre Avec Vue is an independent vacation apartment (one of two) is located in a sensuous 18th century home in Saignon, a tiny village perched near the Luberon mountains. Saignon is said to be one of the oldest villages in France and is certainly one of the most charming villages in Provence. Slightly off the beaten track, this funky vacation rental is a unique mix of restful tones, lovingly selected antiques, & original artwork.
Although the apartment is separate from the activity of the main house, clients are more than welcome to read, relax, and enjoy the large salon and cozy fire of the tasteful 800m2 “maison de village/maitre bourgeoise.” A combination Bed &Breakfast, contemporary art gallery, artist’s residence, with 2 private apartments, this fresh concept is perfect for those with creative minds and artistic sensibilities.
Spacious & lush, the private garden located behind the house is perfect for reading, dining, socializing, or simply enjoying the changing seasons and colors of Provence.
The on-site owners, an accomplished artist and a discerning curator with an aesthetic eye, will share with you their love of a certain Provence – a Provence that most tourists staying in a hotel or vacation villa would never suspect exists.
After a day in the picturesque Provençale countryside shopping for antiques, sampling locally grown olives & wines, exploring ancient hillside villages, biking through lavender fields, or hiking the Luberon mountains, “coming home” is always a pleasure for the senses. Settle into the salon for an afternoon tea & gateaux, or wine baguette and tapenade, with classical music and the scent of lavender as your companions and experience the real Provence.
Original paintings, quirky creations, photography, and sculpture adorn the pastel walls. This hip home combines an understated elegance and “joie de vivre” with a tranquility of spirit and peaceful simplicity for those seeking the opposite of an anonymous Provence hotel. The exquisite taste of the owners has landed their “maison d’hote” in numerous interior design, art, and architectural magazines; Marie Claire Maison, Elle Decoration, Italian Achitectural Digest, Art News, Travel & leisure to mention a few.
Each morning, guests enjoy a delicious breakfast of croissants, “tartines”, homemade jams & jellies, fresh fruit, hand-squeezed juice, café au lait, tea or chocolat chaud, muesli, and, of course, stimulating conversation before setting off to discover the Vaucluse; “Peter Mayle’s Provence.”
For those who seek a unique vacation of intimacy, discretion and style not found in a typical Provence hotel, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
The spacious and sunny 1 bedroom vacation rental will welcome you with its patina walls, garden view, and cathedral ceiling. The pastel tones will put you at ease immediately. This bright and airy apartment has a king size bed, which can be made into two singles, a dining area, cozy chairs, and a large decorative fireplace. The vacation villa is bathed in natural light. The kitchen contains the essentials you’ll need for simple cooking, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful produce, cheese and wine of Provence in the privacy of your own home. Soak in the 19th century bathtub and relax after a long day of exploring Provence.
As Provence properties are often large and expensive, this apartment is the perfect solution for friends, a couple, or a couple and child traveling together on a budget or just not needing a large villa. By renting this apartment, you’ll have much more space and flexibility than you would in most Provence hotels. You’ll be on your own, but not far from the B&B where you’ll have use of the salon and working fireplace, art gallery and the internet (upon request). I can’t recommend this off the beaten track haven in Provence more strongly for the adventuresome travelers among our readers. For those of you who need coddling and concierge services, this is not an ideal rental for you. Enjoy and let us know how it goes. I hope to return this fall.
84400 Saignon en Luberon – France – tel/fax : 33-(0)4 90 04 85 01