Genévrier, Crillon-le-Brave

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Genévrier is one of our villas in Provence, in Crillon-le-Brave

Genévrier is a gem of a classy villa in an adorable Provençal village. The house has expansive views from the pool and home overlooking the valley and mountain in the quiet, hilltop village of Crillon-le-Brave in the Ventoux region.

The villa is tasteful and refined, originally an ancient stone village house built of stone from local quarries. The two story villa was re-built and enlarged, creating a seamless integration of old and new.

There are three air conditioned, en-suite bedrooms, each sleek and stylish with a minimalist decor of beautiful antique walnut furniture and modern bathtub and shower fixtures. Bedrooms on are the first floor, which you reach by climbing a rather steep and narrow stone staircase, so please contact us if you wish to discuss mobility issues.

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The village of Crillon-le-Brave is small but has several restaurants where you might want to have a special meal overlooking Mont Ventoux. There is a little épicerie for basic groceries. Bedoin, also at the foot of Mont Ventoux, and a preferred spot of serious cyclists for climbing the “giant of Provence” is a popular town with a wonderful Monday morning market. Bedoin has bakeries, shops and restaurants; Caromb, 10 minutes away, also has bakeries, food shops, cafés and a wine bar. The Ventoux region is full or wineries making delicious and well-priced wines. The well-known towns of Carpentras and Vaison-la-Romaine are 10-30 minutes away.
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Villa in Crillon-le-Brave, Mont Ventoux, Provence

The classy, tiny village of Crillon-le-Brave is located in the Ventoux region of Haute Provence (Northern Provence), an area rich in culture and history.

The small village has an illustrious past. Founded by Romans on a hilltop--to better defend itself--the village “fell off the map” until the 14th century, when the Crillon family in Avignon gained feudal rights to it. One of the Crillon family dukes, who was also one of King Henri IV’s bravest generals, became known as the “Le Brave Crillon” and soon the village took his name. (The same family acquired a famous Parisian palace in 1788 and it’s been known as the Hôtel de Crillon ever since.)

For travellers weary of crowded tourist villages and sites, Crillon-le-Brave is a sublime location. Somewhat removed geographically from the rest of Provence, it retains its unspoiled country feel and ancient charms.

Nearby, you’ll find other preserved medieval hilltop villages, lined (like Crillon-le-Brave is) with narrow cobblestone streets, beautifully maintained stone houses with flowers tumbling from window boxes and tiny mom-and-pop bistros. Yet all the classic pleasures of Provence are close at hand: history, markets, Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class vineyards. The best and most-popular sites in Provence are easily within reach.

Mont Ventoux, topping out at 1912 meters, is the highest mountain in Provence and imposes itself endlessly on the views for miles around. It claims the most famous stage on the Tour de France. However Lance Armstrong wasn’t the first to bring the mountain to the world’s attention. Italian poet Petrarch made the first documented climb of the mountain in the 14th century, when living in the Papal city of Avignon. Since then, the mountain itself and the surrounding region have become a paradise for hikers, bikers, mountain climbers and photographers. Oenophiles love tasting and touring here, thanks to the area’s many highly acclaimed boutique wineries that brush up against the famous vineyards of the
Southern Côtes du Rhône.

Though the village of Crillon-le-Brave is small, it has an épicerie (small grocery) for basics, plus several good-to-excellent restaurants, all with panoramic views of Mont Ventoux. One of them is in the center of the village with "to die for" views. The centrepiece of the village is the five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and restaurant Crillon-le-Brave, where you’ll certainly want to dine at least once during your stay.

Nearby Bedoin, known by cyclists as the start of the toughest ascent of Mont Ventoux, is only five km away: a five-minute drive or 30-minute walk. Here you will find lots of shops, bakeries, groceries and restaurants. Bedoin has a well-known and popular Monday morning market. Caromb, also close by, has a bakery, excellent butcher, well as a stunning 14th- century Romanesque church and steeple towering over the village. The medieval village within the ramparts is definitely worth a visit.

Vaison-la-Romaine--a much larger town 25 minutes away-- is unique in that it claims the largest archeological site in all of France, with Roman ruins, a beautifully preserved medieval village and a bustling, modern center. Vaison has a very popular Tuesday morning market, dating to the 15th century, and an excellent July International Dance Festival held in the ancient Roman theatre. A little farther away, Orange has the best-preserved
Roman theatre in Europe.

Other exquisitely preserved villages—such as pedestrian-only Séguret, Crestet with its 16th-century chapel and 11th-century château and Le Barroux, the former haunt of British royalty--are perched on nearby hillsides. Take a drive around Mont Ventoux and stop at the wood-burning bakery in tiny Savoillans before moving on to Brantes; enjoy a wildflower hike and have lunch at the Auberge de Brantes. Sault, near Brantes, has some of Provence’s best-known lavender fields and distilleries. A visit to the lavender fields is a must if you’re in the area between mid-June and mid-July.

The trendy Luberon, home to the perched villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux and others, is only a 40-minute drive through superb countryside. The famous antique mecca of L’Isle sur la Sorgue is only a 35-minute drive. St-Rémy-de-Provence is a one-hour drive.

You are close to the neighboring Côtes-du-Rhône wine region. For wine lovers, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is 40 minutes away, and Gigondas, Vacqueryas and Beaumes-de-Venise are 20-30 minutes.

History enthusiasts will find lots to discover in the area, beginning with the history of the Crillon le Brave itself.

The village, along with all of northern Provence and the Luberon, is part of the Comtat Venaissin, the territory that belonged entirely to the Pope for 500 years...until after the French revolution, in 1792.

When Pope Clement V moved to France, Avignon was not deemed “appropriate” for the Papal retinue so the Pope spent his first five years in nearby Carpentras, which already belonged to the Papacy. Jews who were driven from their homes elsewhere were permitted to live in the Comtat Venaissin and in the 17th-century Carpentras was named one of the 4 “Holy Cities” where Jews were required to live. Carpentras now has the oldest active synagogue in France, which can be visited, and a very lively Friday market, including a black truffle market in winter.

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