A land of light, warmth and beauty, Provence awakens all the
senses – the scent of purple lavender and bright yellow mimosa,
the sound of cicadas in the fragrant pine trees, the taste of fresh
melon and a chilled glass of rosé, and the luxurious warmth of the
summer sun on your back.
This beautiful region, in south-east France, has been divided into six
different ‘départements’, each with its own unique feel and landscape, all
offering an irresistible chance to experience Provençal life.
of our properties are to be found in the Vaucluse, a picturesque area of
diverse beauty ranging from cultivated vineyards and medieval villages,
to deep river canyons and ochre coloured cliffs.
Vaison la Romaine at the northern end of the Vaucluse straddles the
River Ouvèze and will enchant anyone with a love of history. Rarely do
you find a town that offers such a complete picture spanning many
Country lanes take you into its hinterland, a soft
and gentle area known as the Drôme Provençale, that borders the edge
of the Drôme. Olive groves, vineyards and pretty stone hamlets lie in the
valleys before you reach the Baronnies hills and the Toulourenc Valley.
To the south of Vaison la Romaine the hills rise up to become the
Dentelles de Montmirail. The name comes from the unique outline of
the pale limestone peaks, ‘dentelle’ meaning lace.Nestling in the pine
and oak clad flanks are enchanting villages surrounded by vineyards,
noted for their excellent wines.
The Dentelles de Montmirail are the final foothills before reaching the Giant of
Provence, or to give it its proper name, Mont
Ventoux. It is the highest peak between the
Alps and the Pyrenees, rising from the Vaucluse
The largest of these clusters is Avignon, capital
of the Vaucluse. Lying on the banks of the river