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“A Happy Return”
Review of Les Olivettes

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Les Olivettes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

We just returned from our fourth visit to Les Olivettes. Each visit we bring more of our extended family. The facilities are so flexible. Each spacious and beautiful apartment has its own kitchen and outside terrace. Larger groups like ours can barbecue and dine by the pool. Last week we were fortunate to meet two English couples--Lois and Lawry and Peter and Donna--who shared our passion for the local wines and conversation. Elizabeth and Joseph were-as always--delightful hosts with lots of information about touring.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

My husband and I recently stayed four weeks in La Zidane, one of the two upstairs apartments at Les Olivettes. Our goal was to move in and not have to live out of a suitcase, to enjoy outdoor living as much as possible, explore the area, do some hiking, and just relax. We were able to do all these things and more, and found that four weeks was not long enough! If you are looking for a relatively long-term stay, I highly recommend Les Olivettes. Our apartment had the largest outdoor terrace, although all the other apartments do have outdoor areas. I don't have much to add to what other reviewers have mentioned! It is a beautiful property with all the needed amenities for a lovely Provençal vacation.

Room Tip: La Zidane is on the upper floor so if you don't want to climb stairs choose one of the first flo...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Recently returned from five weeks in Europe. Our first stop of our 5 week trip, Les Olivettes, in Lourmarin Provence. I read about Les Olivettes from Rick Steve's book on Provence. All I can say is this is a great place, enjoyed every day we spent there. Looking back, the only regret is not spending enough time right at Les Olivettes and the wonderful village of Lourmarin. I would highly recommend and hope to return someday.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We spent three nights in May 2013 at Lea Olivettes in the Voltaire suite. While two other couples were staying in other suites, it truly felt as though we had this magical property to ourselves as we rarely glimpsed the others.

Everything about Les Olivettes has been done with great style & charm. From the house to the grounds, the pool area, the shared kitchen or the suites themselves. I will post pictures when I can - but I'm somewhat reluctant too: selfishly I'd like to know there will be room for us when we return!

The parking when you enter is among the olives trees, the first thing you see on entering the house is a lovely living room with a picture window which perfectly frames the jewel-like town of Lourmarin. And it is a pleasant five-to-ten minute stroll from Les Olivettes to town.

I would recommend this as an ideal spot to base a visit of Provence. One of those great "finds" that is better than your expectation. Bubbling fountains, herb gardens, views, comfy rooms and a big pool.

I bought Elizabeth's book: her friendly, chummy wit shines through its pages. If you meet her, she is a great source of recommendations! If not, she has stocked many reference books to enjoy while lounging by the pool or over your morning croissant!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Les Olivettes and found it a very comfortable house in which to stay. It is in fact a number of separate apartments that have been tastefully renovated most having some kitchen facilities but able to share the well equipped kitchen of the house. Each apartment has its own courtyard in which to sit and have a pleasant drink or meal if you've become satiated with the excellent restaurants of the town. The complex is a short stroll into the village which is what we did most evenings when going to a restaurant or to get provisions. Like most villages parking is anissue at peak times so having a safe park so close was a plus. The grounds as the name implies planted to well established olive trees and has a nice pool.
Our hosts Elisabeth and Joseph live nearby and were there to meet us and to helpfully explain facilities , like cooking, restaurants, washing machines and a real bonus a Netspresso which deliver great coffee to go with the morning rolls they deliver each day. The common lounge room has a wonderful view back to Lourmarin framed in a large window and our hosts have provided a great collection of reference books of the area to help plan trips , walks etc. We would happily return if planning another holiday in the region.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We stayed for a week in September 2012 in the La Zidane apartment. It was an unique setting on the top floor of Les Olivettes. Open air living area with kitchenette gave us sense of living like a local by shopping the market and cooking simple meals there. Even when mistral blew a bit it was cozy and could be made weather tight. Very quiet with a fabulous view of Lourmarin from main salon in house.Received wonderful recommendations from Elizabeth about the area attractions, restaurants and cultural events. Bread basket every morning to go with our coffee! So many wonderful places to visit on day trips to other villages, hiking, history, markets etc. Not to be missed are the musical concerts at the Chateau and the wonderful wine shop in the Chateau's cellar. We came to greatly appreciate the wine of the Luberon region. Elizabeth has a bounty of local reference books and be sure to purchase the guide book published by Elizabeth's friends Bob & Sue Winn that use to live in Lourmarin. The suggestions and directions in that book are invaluable. We greatly appreciate Elizabeth's assistance in helping us with some car problems. She helped us turn the situation from lemons to lemonade. We hope to return some day.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

This is a very good location to visit the area.
The property is beautiful and well taken care of.
The owners are great people who were always helpful.

The rooms have a mini kitchen that added value to our stay.
We were able to shop fresh food around (there is a market everyday in one of the surrounding towns). You can relax by the pool and rest.

However, if you're looking for hotel amenities like bed made daily,fresh towels and daily maid service, this is not for you. It is not part of the package.
You are responsible for your own cleaning and washing your towels.
There is a washer and dryer on the property.
Some basic cleaning is provided mid-week if you stay a full week, but no new towels...

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Draille de Lautin | Avenue Henri Bosco, 84160 Lourmarin, France
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Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon > Lourmarin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Lourmarin
Price Range: £111 - £254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Les Olivettes is a converted Provencale Farmhouse offering luxury rentals of studio and one-bedroom apartments with unique and spectacular views. Located in the lively & charming village of Lourmarin, it's a great home-base for touring the Luberon and the other major attractions of Provence. ... more   less 
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