The small Provencal town ofLorguesis
situated about13 kmsfrom Draguignon, about an hour’s
drive from Cannes or a little less from StTropez. It is
situated in the Var, awine
producingregion of Provence
and is a pretty town with lots of history, ranging back to medieval times and
with some earlier Roman influences. Basically it is an old fortifiedtown, with a great
number of old buildings, with vaulted tiny streets and arch ways all joined
together but often painted different colours, most with the typical Provencal
shutters painted in pastel colors. The Church of St Martin dominates the
central part of the town and is one of the largest in the war.Lorgueshas over 20 historicalmoments, most of
which can be seen if youtake thewell
markedwalking tour set up by the
walk takes you through leafy squares and streets, mostly sun dappled and
protected by the huge Plane trees that predominate. Many of the buildings
date from as far back as the 12th century,
with the clock tower and bell of the 12th century being well worth a
look. There is theFountainof
nutswith its distinctive dolphin statues
and plaquescommemorating events
inLorgueshistory going back to the 13th century
and also showing theLorguescoat
of arms, a dog and a lion denoting strength and fidelity.
There are a couple of notable
sundials in the town, one of which is opposite the huge St Martin church so is
subsequently in shade for much of the time, a slight design fault there then!.
There isalsosome history of the
nights Templars being active in thetownfor those interested
in such events.
The Tour De France came throughLorguesin 2009 and cycling
and walking remain very popular pastimesfor the local
and tourists. The surrounding countryside which is typical Provence, is
stunning and from the mountains behind the town it is possible to see down to
the sea. There is also tennis and a swimming pool for those that do not have
access to Private Villa facilities.
from the famous rose wines of the area, olive trees make up a good part of the
landscape and oliveoilhas been produced in the area since
Roman times, so a great many old olive trees can be seen. Some of these
are thousands of years old, and you can sometimes see them for sale in garden
centres, but the cost is staggering, you can pay over 3000 euros for aspecimenof over 1000 years old.
St Tropez is easily reachable as a day trip, as is Cannes,
but beware traffic at peak times. It is probably best to have access to a
car whilststayingin the area as public transport is not
verywell developedin this comparativelysparsely populated area. It is
alsoadvisableto look to rent a villa in the area,
as the hotels are not always up to theinternational
standardswanted by the modern
tourists. Although many can be charming, the ability to sink into ones
private swimming pool after along
day exploring or at the beach is somethingworthpaying for. There are a number
of companies locally that specialise in rentals, best to find an English speakingagency otherwise, unless your french
isreallygood you can runintotroublewiththerentalcontract.
Getting toLorguesisreasonablysimple, it issignpostedfrom theA8motorway which runs
along the coast. Thenearestairport is Nice
International airport which serves a number of UK airports including all 4 in
London, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol and Manchester canalsobe reached daily, and
there are also regular flights to New York, Montreal, evenMoscow and Dubai.
We have a new charming property situated in the small village of Maubec in the Luberon, close to the many delightful hill villages and activities which this
area offers. There is a small food shop in Maubec, and more in nearby
Coustellet. The villages of Oppède-le-Vieux, Gordes, Ménerbes and Bonnieux are
all within a 15 minute drive.
Although a village house, it is hidden from
view behind a stone wall, and accessed by electric security gates. Within the
walled garden is a swimming pool (9 x 5m, heated on request) with pool house,
and beyond this a lovely covered terrace from where the views to the Luberon
mountain range can be enjoyed.
The building is divided into two parts the
main part comprising the living area, tastefully decorated with antique
furniture, and equipped with satellite television, and two bedrooms. The second
part houses the other three bedrooms and a typical provençal living room,
opening to a covered terrace. There is air conditioning in the bedrooms, and the
property also has internet access.
For more information click here or have a look on our website - www.cdvillas.com