To take advantage of the wonderful views, La Mourrade has three stone terraces with dining tables and hammocks, and the house itself is built around a sheltered courtyard. The expansive grounds include ancient olive trees, stately cypress, tall shade trees, flowering plants and shrubs, and a large swimming pool.
Inside, the farmhouse has been carefully renovated to preserve the Provencal charm of the home, while bringing in lots of light and all modern conveniences – including, of course, high speed internet access.
Off the entry foyer is a small cozy living room with a fireplace, which leads into the larger seating area and games room. Here, upholstered sofas and easy chairs are grouped in front of the second living room fireplace. The room is warm and welcoming with large windows that frame the sunset.
The Provencal-style kitchen is built around a fireplace and an original ancient stone basin. This is an oasis for the best of cooks, with a professional gas cook-top, three ovens, two dishwashers, a new French-door refrigerator, an under counter refrigerator in the island, a freezer, microwave oven, and coffee maker. Spacious granite counters cover the cabinets and the island, which seats four. There is also a round teak table that seats six sits in front of the fireplace, near the arch to the dining room with an ebony table for 12.
La Mourrade has a total of 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as a guest WC on the ground floor. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and feature lovely bedcovers, curtains and shutters, bedside tables, chests and ample wardrobe space. The bathrooms have colorful ceramic tilework, including tiled showers. Elsewhere, terra cotta tile floors accent a combination of stylish contemporary and warm antique furnishings and fine carpets, which are sourced from both France and the owners’ years living in Asia.
The biggest challenge you will face on your stay at La Mourrade will be pulling yourself away long enough to visit the charming villages in the vicinity and the cultural centers of Aix en Provence and Avignon.
This 18th-century Provençal farmhouse is located between Cadenet and Lourmarin, nestled on a hillside in the Luberon. Set in the middle of 17 acres of olives, almond trees, and pines, the property boasts stunning views of Mont St Victoire (featured in Cezanne’s paintings) and the Durance river valley dotted with orchards, sunflower fields, and vineyards.