We stayed in the Jas de Joucas in July, it was our second visit there, and we will return again next year. It is really a very special place, and can be recommended to you without reservation. The highlights of Le Jas are the quality of the accommodation, the large pool looking out on the beautiful surrounding countryside, which due to its height provides a view found in few other places, the charming good humour and warmth of your hosts Nathalie, her husband and now their son, and the breakfasts, an experience that must be had to be understood.
Joucas is a provencal villlage, that looks out over vineyards, it comes with narrow cobbled medieval streets that wind their way upwards to a church and chateau, it is home to a resident artisan, and sculptures dot the village which blend in a French way with the old world they inhabit. There is a little store, a wonderful restaurant in a garden setting with warm hosts and night lights in the local hotel (not to be missed), and another small terrace restaurant with fine views over the vineyards, which has grown in scale and stature in recent years. Joucas is also host to several fine and also expensive 4-5* hotels, but in a sense this is the wonderful thing about Le Jas, you can experience all Joucas has to offer at an affordable price without compromising on luxury.
Le Jas offers accommodation in the form of chalets complete with air conditioning in a triplex form, a basement with bathroom (walk in shower), a ground floor with large double bed, and upper floor with additional sofa/bed. The furnishings are high quality, and there is a luxury to the rooms that comes from the attention to detail that was put into their construction. We have been travelling to Provence each year and sometimes several times per year for over a decade and by far this is the most generous and luxurious accommodation for the price that we have encountered. Each chalet has a veranda overlooking the pool, and behind it that wonderful Provencal countryside complete with blue skies, hills, olive trees and vineyards, all to the strangely hypnotic cigales and their wing-rubbing music. You can also play Petanque, lounge in the hammock (I think there is even a hot-tub) or take one of the several walks as we do in the area, some of which can be started from Le Jas itself.
But the pool; simply swim to the edge, as all guests do, and you will be lost in the view. There is such a wonderful understated generosity to Le Jas. You feel this in simple things like good quality loungers in ample supply, space throughout its grounds and by the pool, and in your accommodation. In a sense, at Le Jas you can have your own piece of Provence; it feels almost as if it were your own house in Provence. And lying on one of the loungers reading a book or sleeping maybe by the pool or under the shade of a tree is such a tranquil and relaxing experience you just fold naturally into your holiday. Nathalie and her family compound the authentic Provencal experience through their warmth, friendliness and simply because they are at heart great fun. Nowhere is that more apparent than at breakfast, where you are treated to an array of foods, eggs from their own chickens, jams from local fruit, local meats and homemade baking that is innovative, memorable and completely moreish. Meanwhile, Nathalie hosts, explains directs and entertains you, drifting through several languages in the process, as the slow tinkling of glasses, clinking of knives and forks on plates mingles with gentle laughter. You know writing this I wish I was there now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 400 metres above sea level, we warmly welcome you to a unique setting with a panoramic view of the Luberon. You can enjoy the swimming pool, a game of lawn bowling, the health spa, or the stillness of nature all around, as you like. Our 7 bungalows nestled in the heart of a pine grove provide a relaxing and friendly environment. For nature-lovers and the merely curious: get away to the many wonders of the surrounding area. ... more less
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