Looking out from the wisteria-shaded breakfast terrace at the Mas Michel, across leafy vines and row after row of lavender, one is quickly transported to a world where life runs at a slower, more traditional pace.
As the workers nurture and cajole their crops in preparation for the harvest, guests may languish in the rose-scented gardens, dipping in and out of the pool, occasionally retreating to a shaded corner with a good book and maybe a glass of the estate's rosé. Accommodation is comfortable, practical and spaciously arranged, divided between the main house, with five bedrooms, and a guest cottage with a further two bedrooms. In addition to the formal dining area in the main house, there are several delightful outdoor terraces for dining al fresco. The main terrace is well-positioned off the kitchen, with views over the estate; a second terrace, near the pool, is well-lit for longer evening meals. The swimming pool, which is a salt water pool and can be heated, measures 12 x 6m and is fitted with a security alarm.
Lower ground floor
- Bedroom 1: king-size bed with adjacent bathroom with bath, access to terrace
- Bedroom 2: twin bedroom
- Separate shower room
- Seating area and access to the outside areas
- Living areas with kitchen, study, and access to breakfast terrace
- Bedroom 3: king-size bed with en suite bathroom with tub and shower
- Bedroom 4: double bed with en suite bathroom, shower over bath
- Bedroom 5: double bed with en suite bathroom, walk-in shower
Guest cottage with 2 further bedrooms (available at supplementary cost):
- Bedroom 6: double bed
- Bathroom with tub
- Small kitchen area and access to terrace
Gardens: Immediately around the property are well-tended gardens, rose-filled borders, an herb garden and several lawn areas. There is a children's play area, with swings, in the field next to the house.
Views: From the main terrace and upper floor bedrooms views extend uninterrupted over the estate's vineyards and lavender fields to the Luberon National Park.
Why we like it: For simple relaxation amongst the vineyards and orchards of this spectacular region as well as its proximity to scenic Bonnieux, with narrow cobbled streets and variety of restaurants.