For the love of lavender

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Every summer the plateaus and hills of Provence are coloured in blue and purple by fields of lavender. The lavender in the Lubéron blooms from around the last week of June to the beginning of August when it is harvested. It is usually at its peak in early July, but this depends on rainfall. Collected […]

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Santé! Cheers! Proost! Salute!

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France is a country of winemaking tradition and offers unique wines in the world. Why? Terroir! The typical soil, climatic conditions and knowledge of winemakers are what give French wines their originality and excellence – and delivers a variety of wines, even within the same appellation. Provence wines Provence is perhaps not the most renowned […]

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Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

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Provence Gordes Rent-Our-Home senanques

If it’s peace and tranquility or a bit of interesting history you’re after, you should visit one of Provence’s three iconic 12th century Cistercian abbeys – Sénanque, Le Thoronet and Silvacane. At the end of the 11th century, monks ruled as lords from more than 1,200 abbeys in Europe, handing out their own justice and […]

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Henri Bosco

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Henri Bosco Luberon villages Provence France Rent-Our-Home rentourhomeinprovence Lourmarin

Henri Bosco was an acclaimed French writer. He frequently stayed in Lourmarin where, in 1947, he had acquired a bastidon isolated in the hills, a place of silence, daydreams and meditation. He described the unparalleled splendour of the Luberon in his books. Every scene of life, every place he described, came alive with his pen. […]

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Good reads for lovers of Provence

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There are literally thousands of books about Provence: guide books, armchair travel companions, historic overviews, culture, food, wine … not to mention the novels and “expat” stories set in Provence. So where does one start? Well, we’ve read lots of them; some are simply marvellous (thanks, Peter Mayle for making it an impossible act to […]

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Visit the iconic and historic Lourmarin Chateau

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Luberon villages Provence France Rent-Our-Home rentourhomeinprovence Lourmarin chateau

The Chateau de Lourmarin was the first Renaissance chateau in Provence. It sits atop a hill just outside Lourmarin, dominating the western view of the village. The chateau that is seen today reflects two separate periods of construction. In the 15th century, in the later part of the Renaissance, Lord Foulques d’Agoult began building on […]

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Lourmarin and the Tour de France

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2017 Tour de France Stage 19 Lourmarin 18

The 2020 route of the Tour de France has been announced – and the start will be (drumroll …) in the south of France! Nice will host of the Grand Départ 2020 – find out more! The last time Le Tour came through Lourmarin was in 2017, and we were so thrilled to be there. […]

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