Mas des Roses, Lacoste
A luxury villa in Lacoste in the Luberon, Provence
The stunning Mas des Roses, located on the plain just below the village of Lacoste, is truly one of the most exceptional villas in the Luberon. A romantic Provencal country house, almost 300 years old, it has the aura that only an ancient property can have as it evolves over time; this can never be achieved in new construction. The villa has been tastefully restored and remodelled so you find the best of the ancient and new. The 5 bedroom 5 bath villa and garden were positioned to take advantage of the endless views of Lacoste, Ménerbes, Bonnieux and the entire Luberon.
Once home to veteran landscape designer Alex Dingwall-Main, who not only designed the garden but also wrote several books while at the property (including "The Luberon Garden", "The Angel Tree Book" and "The Vine Garden",) the house has been featured in numerous interior design publications including "Dream Homes Country.'
In the magnificent garden you will find a rose and ivy-covered arched trellis; an incredible wide-spreading tilleul (lime tree) providing shade for the large dining table; five varieties of cherries--sweet or sour, late or early ripening; many artistically sculpted trees and bushes, and much more. There is even a stone garden. The grounds are mature, manicured and ready for you to enjoy.
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The extensive gardens boast a heated swimming pool with shower suite, carport and many beautiful olive trees all in a very private setting. A decorative pond lies in the lower garden near a pretty wooded copse. What a wonderful place for your Provence vacation.
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To make the most in a luxury holiday stay, ten hours house-keeping are provided per week, 2 hours per day x 5 days (Mon - Fri) mornings, including a breakfast service. The breakfast service does not include the cost of consumables (guests to settle costs with maid directly). Additional cleaning and concierge can be provided on request.
Lacoste is a small, ancient Provencal hilltop village in the Luberon, the region brought to life in the humorous writings of Englishman Peter Mayle, and where travellers seeking to emulate Mayle’s life in the south of France love to spend their summers. Lacoste is located between Ménerbes and Bonnieux, other beloved villages in the region. The stunning ancient stone buildings connected by narrow ‘calade’-surfaced streets provide a perfect backdrop for wandering around to the local cafés and shops. The town is set in an agricultural area of fertile plains and picturesque hills where fruit growing activities, including cherries and the well-known Cavaillon melon take place alongside the vineyards.
Lacoste is most well-known for its impressive 11th century hilltop château, which towers over the area. Now owned by couturier Pierre Cardin, it belonged to the family of the notorious Marquis de Sade when he lived here during part of the 18h century. Unfortunately the Marquis didn't get to spend a lot of time at the château since he was imprisoned by French authorities for his scandalous writings. Mr. Cardin has also purchased many of the houses in the village (which some villagers now regret) and owns a bakery/pizza shop.
The American SCAD—Savannah College of Art and Design—is located in the village so every year young Americans as well as international students of fine arts, writing, architecture, and theatre flock here. A summer music and theatre festival really livens up the village in July, with world class opera, theatre and music. And given the proximity to other Luberon villages, Lacoste is an ideal, central location for your holiday.
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• Private 13 * 5 m heated pool
• Walk to village
Price guide: 7,500 to 10,625 €/week
• 13 x 7m heated pool & tennis
• Air conditioning in all bedrooms
• 5-10 min walk to Eygalières
• Bikes provided
Price guide: 5,985 to 13,965 €/week
• 8 *16 m heated pool
• Air conditioning
• 5 min drive to village or 45 min walk
Price guide: 8,750 to 11,300 €/week