La Bastide de Marie
Between Gordes and Ménerbes, you will spot an elegant 18th century residence: a typical country farm restored with respect for the pure tradition of the Provencal "mas". Nestling among 57 acres of vines, La Bastide de Marie shines out with a splendour rooted in authenticity. A driveway bordered by cyprus trees, century-old olive trees and enchantingly scented lavender bushes leads up to the house. And if you want, you can take a pair of secateurs and join in the life of the vineyard, and enjoy wine tasting in the cellars where the fruit of this fertile region is stored.
La Bastide de Marie offers bespoke luxury travels for all those in love with the Luberon. No matter when you arrive, a warm welcome awaits you in a friendly stone country house or "bastide" – one that reveals its charm through its architecture with the delicate imprint of times gone by combined with contemporary decoration that has mastered the codes of this wild Provence without spoiling its character. Here, antique furniture patiently sought out in regional markets and second-hand shops is beautifully set off with Baroque items. Living areas where friendly cheer is the watchword all day long, with special moments spent around the fireplace, the main feature of the large lounge, or at the table laid out to honour one of the great secrets of Provencal life: the aperitif.
Enjoy lunch on the terrace with its pebble paving in the leafy shade of a lime tree or a luxuriant virgin vine, and let your gaze wander over the little wall into the huge vineyard. Make the most of the evenings lit up by lanterns, in the shelter of an arbour made by a local wrought iron craftsman. Ah, those little pleasures in life! On cool evenings, you can relish a delicious dinner happily installed in the restaurant's indoor dining room. Rough, exposed stone walls and an exposed beam ceiling give the place a simple, welcoming feel. The tables laid out with delicate china on a grey-beige linen tablecloth convey sober refinement… a delightful understatement that enhances the highly colourful cooking.