Au cœur du Luberon, dans les villages de Goult et de Gordes,
deux maisons de famille dans un cadre d’exception…
In Goult, there are all the required shops: there is the Maurel grocery only 3 min by walk, the excellent butcher Francis and her wife, a hair dresser, a movie theater, the famous bar “Le Café de La Poste” with an authentic atmosphere thanks to the kindness of the owners Bernard and Marie France.
There are also some nice restaurants: la Terrasse, les Fines Herbes and la Bartavelle recommended by Guide Michelin, a pizzeria and fish on Thursday morning. All these restaurants and shops are close to our property (only 5 minutes by walk maximum).
There is also a supermarket Super U in Coustellet (10 min by car), it is open from Monday to Saturday from 8h30 to 19h30 and on Sunday from 9h to 12h30.
In Goult, you will also be able to discover:
The Jérusalem Mill: The mill is located at the top of the village of Goult very close to our villa rental, behind the castle. There you can have a panoramic view on Luberon Mountains. No worries, the mill doesn’t work any more, so you will not be disturbed by the noise!
Goult battlements: The old village of Goult with a castle on the top was protected by battlements. Most of them still exist and have been built on the stone.
Goult castle: The castle of Goult is now a private one, it was previously owned by Agoult family. It was built in the 13th century and modified in the 17th and 19th centuries.
This village can boast about being amongst one of the most beautiful villages in France. It has narrow cobbled streets which thread their way through tall houses; built against the rock, clinging onto its flanks and whispering the tales of a thousand legends.
Gordes is also proud of its castle firmly planted in its very core and which reminds the passer-by of a past rich with conquests but also marked with the sufferings of its inhabitants. Today, the castle acts as both a Town Hall and a Museum sheltering the works of art of the painter Pol Mara.
Gordes, the heart of the village is a small place that can be visited only on foot. We are in the heart of the mythical village. The rents are very rare and exceptional experience of living there. Gordes is the starting point for all visitors to the region: Goult (where we have two other houses), Ménerbes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Saint Remy de Provence …
But Gordes is also the Café Republican, the Hotel de la Bastide, its market, its views, its shops, its restaurants, its castle with its exhibitions, etc …
Gordes also extends its territory to include the Bories village, those curious igloo-shaped structures made of stones – no mortar; the Sénanque Abbey set in its green valley, the Bouillons oil press and the cellars of St Firmin’s s Palace.
As for the soul, Gordes has sheltered many a famous artist such as André Lhote, Marc Chagall, Jean Deyrolle, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara, who amongst others have found here some inspiration.
Such a cultural tradition is kept alive to this day, during the summer time when many exhibits do take place in buildings marked by History, such as the St James almonry, the White Penitents chapel etc.
In Gordes, you will be able to visit:
The castle of Gordes: The castle, rebuilt in 1525 already, existed in 1031. Well preserved, and carefully restored, it brings together the architecture of the troubled medieval period with the new ways of the Renaissance. This imposing monument is strongly guarded with its round machicolated towers bearing terraces for the artillery. Three storeys of “Renaissance windows” have been pierced in the tall curtain walls and today, one can still notice many a cleverly located arrow slit on all the surfaces of the construction (towers, walls and bartizan). The South façade opens up towards the sun, facing the old town. Behind the fountains, a vaulted passageway pierced into the wall opens onto a courtyard leading to a monumental spiral staircase, which connects the entire building.
Village des Bories: On the slopes of the Vaucluse mountains, facing the Luberon mountains, the Bories village with its sheep-pens, stone bread ovens, wine vats, threshing areas, narrow alleys and “city walls” bears witness to the numerous generations of hard working people that have inhabited this place. Since the Bories (a “borie” is a stone hut characteristic of the Apt area), can be traced back to the Bronze Age, it is about 3000 years of continuity that one contemplates, the newest huts having been built in the XVIIIth century. The French Government has classified the Bories Village a Historical Monument in 1977. It is the most important group of houses of its kind in the region.
Senanque’s Abbey: Founded in 1148, the Sénanque Abbey is an exceptional witness of primitive Cistercian architecture. A community of Cistercian monks still lives there. The entire XIIth century building is opened to visitors; this includes the abbatial church, the cloister, the dormitory, the chapter room and the calefactory.
The moulins oil press: It is the oldest olive oil press being kept in perfect condition to this day, with all its elements including a press, with its axis made of an oak tree trunk 30 feet long and weighing 7 tons. It is located in a XVIth century bastide, with vaulted rooms. The antique oil press dates back to the Gallo-roman era.
The Church: Originally Romanesque, it was consecrated to Notre Dame. Rebuilt in the XVIIIth century, it was then dedicated for 2 centuries to its patron, St Firmin (bishop of the city of Uzès). The St Eloi chapel is consecrated to the blacksmiths and locksmiths, and that of St Crespin to the cobblers. On the so-called “rue des Clastres”, on may notice a shell, carved in a wall, which bears witness to the pilgrims walking towards St Jacques in Spain.
The Calades: This is the name given by the people of Provence to these typical streets cobbled with stones fetched in the near-by rivers, and laid on edge. They are one of the village’s characteristics.
The St Firmin’s Palace cellars: Troglodytic rooms, cisterns, subterranean stairways, oil presses, etc. all carved and/or built from century to century within the basement of a large house so-called “Palais St Firmin”.