La Roc Bruyère is a two-storey stone house built in the Provençal style, and set in a large garden with olive, cherry and apricot trees and a swimming pool. Its three bedrooms can take up to eight guests in comfort. The large swimming pool has a padded sitting area at the entrance to relax in the water, sunbeds at the poolside, and a pool house with a lounge area and full bathroom with a shower. The terrace overlooking the pool is shaded with foliage and has outdoor tables and a barbecue, making it ideal for dining out by the pool. The well-kept garden has plenty of shady spots under the trees.
Inside, the house is fully air-conditioned. A glassed-in sun-room looks out onto the terrace and pool. The spacious living room has a three-seater sofa and a pair of armchairs surrounding the fireplace, with a television, DVD/CD player, and i-Pod deck available for relaxing.
The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven, a dishwasher, a microwave, and all the necessities for cooking. There is a washing machine in the garage.
Also on the ground floor are the master bedroom with a queen-size bed and an attached bathroom with bathtub and shower enclosure, and a separate toilet with washbasin.
Upstairs are the other two bedrooms, one with bunk beds and a convertible sofa, and the other with two single beds. There is also a bathroom with a bathtub and a toilet. The house is surrounded by fields and a few other houses, and it has a fine view of the nearby Luberon park.
The village of Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (700 meters from the house) is a secret gem. With its two 17th century windmills, its ramparts, doors and towers from the 15th century, and the ruins of its medieval castle, it brims with history, and yet is at the margins of the heavily touristic route: Gordes, Roussillon, and Lacoste are a few kilometers away, and just a little further, Bonnieux, Fontaine du Vaucluse, and the antique capital of l'Isle sur la Sorgue.
The boulangerie/patisserie sells excellent pastries and breads, and other provisions can be picked up at the grocery stores. There are several restaurants, cafés, and bars in the village. If you can, don't miss the open market every Tuesday: you will see local produce, cheeses, meats, flowers, and sometimes singers or a piano player.
There is a public swimming pool and a tennis court in Saint-Saturnin. Nearby, a lake offers all sorts of activities including sailing, windsurfing, and canoeing. There is also a horse riding center. Finally, you are in the Parc Naturel Régional du Lubéron : quiet countryside, rolling hills and fields of lavender, cherry trees, and fig trees can all be discovered on foot or bicycle.
Saint Saturnin les Apt is perfectly located to visit many of the most beautiful villages of Provence like Gordes, Roussillon, Saignon, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Lourmarin, and more. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, capital of antiquities, and Fontaine du Vaucluse, are a mere 45 mns drive away. The nearest town is Apt, a village built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. A visit to Apt’s famous cathedral of Sainte-Anne is a must. The crypt is open to visitors, and is said to contain relics of Sainte-Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary. Apt has a lively market every Saturday, featuring interesting products such as colourful Provençal fabrics, antiques, and woven baskets. This part of France is filled with Roman heritage. Leaving Apt to the west, one crosses Pont Julien, one of the best preserved Roman bridges in France. This road leads to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, known as the birthplace of the famous astrologer and prophet, Nostradamus (Michel de Nostre Dame). His life is chronicled in the Musée Alpilles Pierre de Brun, which is located in a 16th century château. The astrologer's home is at Maillane, seven kilometres away.
At the nearby town of Glanum, there is evidence of a neolithic civilization, with many prehistoric relics. Further west is Les Baux de Provence, with its clifftop fortress which was carved out of stone in the 13th century. It’s worth walking uphill to the castle, to get a full appreciation of why it remained impregnable… until it fell. 50 kilometres from Saint-Saturnin les Apt is Avignon, the City of Popes. It’s an excellent choice for a day trip, as it is full of historic and cultural places of interest. Visit the Palais des Papes, where popes resided during the turbulent 14th century, and the Museum of Le Petit Palais, home to the most remarkable collection of Italian art in France. Further afield, there’s Marseille, with its beautiful old port, or the beaches of the Côte d'Azur.
“This was our first visit to this part of France and Saint-Saturnin-les- Apt was an absolute gem. All the amenities you could need without being too “touristy”.The house, La Roc Bruyere, was by far the best equipped gite that we have stayed in with a very nice swimming pool. Our family of 2 adults and 3 older teenagers had a fabulous holiday.”
Lyn H. - Berks, UK
“We had a wonderful stay in your home. The large covered terrace and trees at the back were much appreciated in the heat! We played boules every evening on the drive by the front of the house. The villa was also convenient for all the villages we wanted to see.”
Lea P. - Suffolk, England
“I’m glad to have stayed at your wonderful villa. Wine tastingand castle exploring were all part of the charm.The house itself was a delight. Allsix of us agreed it was a highlight of our entire French trip.”
Wiliam G. - Great Falls, Montana, USA
“ This was our third year renting La Roc Bruyère in the summer. We love staying in your house, it’s so peaceful and well equipped. We have come home feeling refreshed and rested. ”
Kathy J. - Worcesteshire, UK
“We liked your house very much, the property had a feeling of home. We highly recommend your villa to all families and we hope to come back in the future. ”
Judit G. - Hungary
“We were very satisfied with your house and we had a lovely vacation in Provence! We would like to come again and we can warmly recommend your house to our friends who would intend to go in Provence.”
Alice B. - Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
“We had a fantastic week at La Roc Bruyère. Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived and we loved exploring the local area, restaurants and just lazing by the pool. ”
Olivia B. - London, UK
“We enjoyed your home so much. Staying at a house with a pool was the highlight of the trip for the kids. What a beautiful area. We were all very happy there and hope to visit again.”
M. L. - Oakland, CA, USA
“We had a great time in the house, and the pool was wonderful for the kids. Lots of room for us, and really well stocked with plates, cups, utensils and more importantly some plastic cups and plates for the kids. I certainly would reccomend your house to our friends in the future, and the area is absolutely lovely.”
Anne H. - UK