The warm welcome we received upon arrival at La Vieille Maison set the tone for our entire stay. Owners Annie and John Lupton greeted us warmly with a cool glass of wine, some nibbles and plenty of convivial chatter in their lovely garden before we settled in to our own (temporary) little piece of Provence.
La Vieille Maison (the Old House), with origins dating back to about 1450, consists of Annie and John’s own lovely house, Jonquille, a 2 bedroom self-contained apartment and Cecilia, a 1 bedroom-plus-loft apartment that we were to call home for five nights. Enclosed by an ancient stone wall, the property includes an in-ground swimming pool and a beautiful garden with plenty of tables and chairs and quiet nooks in which to while away the time. The property was loving restored and renovated by the Luptons about ten years ago.
Situated in the small village of Cabrières d’Avignon, less than an hour from Avignon and just eight kilometres from the popular Luberon village of Gordes, La Vieille Maison was the perfect home away from home.
Cecilia is accessed by a flight of stairs (Annie and John’s studios are located on the ground level) and features an open plan living-dining-kitchen, a double bedroom, a good sized bathroom and a mezzanine area with a futon. Annie has a real talent for decorating and Cecilia (and no doubt Jonquille as well) has been furnished to a very high standard. The homely touches that are found throughout the apartment (including old family photos) make it feel just like that, a real home, not the sterile feel that you get at a hotel.
I had particularly wanted to stay in self-catering accommodation during our time in Provence and Cecilia’s kitchen suited our needs perfectly with a stove and all manner of utensils, crockery and saucepans on hand. The kitchen also has a small washing machine (very handy) and the fridge was stocked with a welcoming bottle of wine and some cheese. On the nights I wanted to share the cooking responsibilities with hubby, he had a choice of two BBQs in the garden (one gas, one charcoal) to choose from.
Each morning we enjoyed our breakfast amongst the lavender in La Vieille Maison’s garden and with a boulangerie just around the corner, the bread was always fresh.
Annie and John are the perfect hosts. They are on hand if you need their assistance but at the same time they let you enjoy the tranquility and privacy of La Vieille Maison if that’s what you prefer.
With a couple of lazy afternoons spent by the pool and an equal amount of time spent relaxing in their garden, I had the chance to chat to Annie and John regularly. When we bade our farewells that Friday morning, I felt like I was saying goodbye (or, hopefully, see you later), to old friends, not just a couple I’d met five days earlier.
We absolutely loved our stay in Cecilia at La Vieille Maison and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the Luberon area of Provence. If you, too, decide to stay at La Vieille Maison, make sure you tell Annie and John that Carolyn sent you!
What to do in the area around Cabrières d’Avignon:
Many of the Luberon villages including Gordes, Menerbes, Roussillon, Lourmarin, Lacoste and Bonnieux and the larger town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, are located within 30 minutes drive of Cabrières d'Avignon. St. Remy de Provence and Avignon are each about 45 minutes away.
NOTE: As far as I am aware (July 2018), La Vieille Maison is no longer available for rental.
I stayed at La Vieille Maison in June 2015 and paid for my own stay.