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five exceptional houses for rent

The Mas Vermentino in Ménerbes is located a few hundred meters from La Bastide de Marie, at the foot of the Luberon natural park. Gaelle Le Boulicaut

More convivial than a hotel, sometimes less expensive per person if there are many of you and definitely more intimate for two, the top-of-the-range holiday home is gaining ground. Five addresses to make memories in Provence.

The phenomenon has been developing for several years now in winter sports resorts: with the same level of comfort and refinement, many prefer the exceptional chalet rather than the hotel to gain independence. The trend is now confirmed in the southern half of France, with more and more players offering to stay independently with, if necessary, the same level of service and benefits as in the hotel industry. Dream decor, maximum personalization, antique furniture and objects, no time constraints, nor dress codethe “better” family home is all good when you stay with a tribe or as lovers.

For an epicurean weekend, the Mas Vermentino in Ménerbes

A few hundred meters from La Bastide de Marie, at the foot of the Luberon natural park and right in the middle of the family vineyards, the Sibuet clan has renovated in the rules of the art and with the taste of patinas and china, a authentic mas. Privatizable for 12 people (6 bedrooms), it embodies an ideal: patios, arches, wisteria, multiple terraces and outdoor fireplace, stone swimming lane… Breakfast and afternoon tea are prepared and served by Xavier, and nothing prevents you from ordering picnics and jars from the chef of the Bastide de Marie, François Martin. On festive evenings, we treat ourselves to the gourmet restaurant.

The price : from €7,700 per week including dedicated housekeeper (cleaning, newspapers), breakfast and afternoon tea, concierge, visit to the Domaine de Marie cellar, access to the Pure Altitude Spa at Bastide de Marie. From €1,500 per night (3 nights minimum, excluding school holidays).

Le Mas Vermentino, 388 chemin des Cassandrons, 84560 Ménerbes. Such. : +33 4 90 72 30 20.

For a romantic retreat, The Pool Suite in Arles

Attention, crush! In the district of La Roquette, it is not a house but a suite with patio and swimming pool that hides this unusual address in the historic district. The dream of a designer and a real estate agent who imagined a secret garden with typically Arles charm and which required two years of work. Upon arrival, a bedroom designed as a loft and overlooking the pool, a summer lounge with a small kitchen set up outside. Simple, effective and eminently romantic. For rent through Airbnb.

The price : from €375 per night.

Arles Pool Suite, 40 bis rue Fleury Prudhon, 13200 Arles.

For a memorable birthday, L’Étoile des Baux in Baux-de-Provence

The property is home to unique cave suites and bathrooms, built into the cliffs. Iconic House / Photo press

It is the first address of a brand new small collection of hotel houses, Iconic House. Lovers of art and know-how, Thibaud Elzière and Robin Michel entrusted art curator Joséphine Fossey with the task of imagining a holiday home (for 16 people) as a refuge for artists. Result, the works are everywhere and this place anchored in the cliffs and nestled in an idyllic park of the Val d’Enfer, reveals eight suites including two spectacular troglodyte rooms. Local fine grocery store, breakfast served, swimming pool, cinema, bowling alley, open-air cinema and cabin reserved for children… Each stay is personalized to the maximum with a concierge service available.

The price : from 8000 € the long weekend, from Thursday to Sunday.

L’Etoile des Baux – Iconic House, D78G, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence. Such. : +33 6 18 74 90 62.

For a weekend with friends, Enamoura in Marseille

This year-round rental townhouse is part of the tiny collection of Enamoura vacation homes. Enamoura / Photo press

For 9 people, this townhouse for rent all year round is part of the very small collection of Enamoura holiday homes. On two floors of a traditional building in the Vauban district, this hiding place reveals a terrace suspended in the vegetation and with a view of the Bonne Mère, the luxury of a small outdoor pool and even a small completely independent fishing hut. Inside, it’s chic and bohemian with raw materials and a selection of objects made by its founder Magali Avignon, in collaboration with French artists and artisans.

The price : from 3000 € per week.

Enamoura, the town house, rue de Montevideo, 13006 Marseille.

To unwind with the family, Le Galinier in Lourmarin

Among the three Provençal addresses of the Beaumier group, this one is located in a three-hectare park rehabilitated by the botanist studio, Atelier Lamarck. Next to the main bastide, some private accommodations such as La Maison du Chef (3 bedrooms on 3 floors) allow you to stay in complete independence, with its own garden and a beautiful kitchen. Advantage ? We enjoy the common comfort with the guest house: swimming pool, pétanque court and locavore table. The decor is signed by the architectural firm JAUNE accompanied by Atelier Lamarck. The result is relaxed, between local pottery and rattan, large windows and stone walls.

The price : from €700 per night.

Le Galinier de Lourmarin, D943, avenue du 8 Mai, 84160 Lourmarin. Such. : + 33 4 89 81 40 75.


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