Things to do
With a maid and handy man on-site every day, you’ll have plenty of time to relax. The large pool with stunning views, shaded al fresco dining and kitchen area and adjoining games room will be the main lure, but the expansive grounds and surrounding forests can also be explored by foot or by bike. Within a few minutes of Chateau Vien are the medieval villages of the Luberon Valley, while an hour’s drive will bring you to the hallowed town of Avignon, where the Pope sought refuge in the 14th century. Further afield, Saint Tropez and Monaco are a short helicopter flight away.
The lavender in the Luberon blooms from around the last week of June to the beginning of August when it’s harvested. Arrive early to beat the crowds and get that classic shot in front of Senanque Abbey near Gordes.
Scattered throughout the chateau and its outbuildings are several flexible configurations for sleeping. The chateau itself has five bedrooms over two floors, and at the ‘farm’ a further two bedrooms with living room and kitchen are found – ideally suiting a small family unit.
Elsewhere, a freestanding cottage works well for a couple with a baby, and an apartment has three bedrooms with extra space for staff such as a nanny or security guard. The décor throughout is elegant with original stone flagged floors, ornate chateau-style furniture with fresh, contemporary finishes.
Food & drink
Here in the markets of the Luberon Valley, it’s easy to get your hands on fresh local produce like truffles, goat’s cheese and salami, and the bakeries of nearby villages Vien and Rustral are well-stocked with delicious bread and pastries. However, you might like us to arrange a chef for you, to ease the strain of a big gathering.
We can fly in a favoured chef for a special dinner, or arrange a cook to prepare day-to-day lunches and BBQs that stretch long into the night. Wine-lovers will find nearby vineyards full of southern Rhone’s crisp whites, light rosés and elegant reds – enjoy touring the cellars before bringing back your favourite to drink at the chateau.
What stands out
Chateau Vien really stands out for its tranquil beauty and the huge amount of space it affords its visitors. There are plenty of bedrooms, spread out over the entire property, so everyone from grandmothers to tiny tots can enjoy themselves. Groups can then come together for family fun at the pool or for fabulous communal meals.
For a large family or group of friends, Chateau Vien makes a truly fantastic French holiday and would work wonderfully for a special occasion gathering or landmark birthday. And with the addition of nannies, chefs, maids, security guards and drivers, this can be a holiday where you really switch off.