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Mas des Oiseaux

  • Location Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt Villa - Luberon - Provence, France
  • Sleeps 16
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Baths 6
  • Rating

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At the end of a mile-long driveway, Mas des Oiseaux is a large, elegant stone house encompassed by 50 acres of rolling lavender fields. Large open spaces and panoramic views give a feeling of complete tranquility and privacy.

This is the essence of Provence: Lavender fields, cherry trees, stone walls, and nothing but the sounds of nature surround this authentic old farm.

Perfect for large families with children, this house is truly most comfortable for 15 guests maximum, though can accommodate up to 10 adults and 6 or even 9 young children in exceptional circumstances. Please do inquire to discuss further.

The unique cottage house is designed as a wonderful children's space, and is accessible by outdoor entrance, or by interior access through Bedroom #3 on the second story.

There is a fantastic Master Suite on the second story as well, with a stunning bathroom and terrace. All rooms are designed for comfort and ease for larger groups.

The outdoor spaces here define the ambiance of Provence, where guests can enjoy long meals under the large Platanes trees and gorgeous terrace, utilize the extensive outdoor kitchen space, and swim for hours in the large pool set beneath the stone terrace.

It is important to note that this house sits at the end of a mile-long rough gravel track, which is fabulous for privacy and for creating a peaceful setting, though also takes time to navigate and does wear on car tires.

Two week minimum rentals are required from mid July to mid August.



9 bedroom/ 6 bathrooms sleeps 16

Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom, King bed with large en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks, separate WC). Large private terrace.
  • Children bedroom on this floor with large crib. Separate bathroom(Shower, tub, sink, separate WC).
  • Bedroom 2 - Two single beds, or one Queen bed with a separate bathroom (Shower, tub, 2 sinks, separate WC).
  • Bedroom 3 - Children's bedroom with one single bed, shares bathroom with bedroom 2. Access into cottage here if desired.

Third Story (2e étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 4 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, separate WC).
  • Bedroom 5 - Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 6 - Double bed (140 x 200) with a separate bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 7 - Two single beds or one queen, shares bathroom with bedroom 6. More fit for children or teen.

Cottage house attached:

  • This cottage is accessible either by outdoor entrance, or through main house via Bedroom #3 on the second story.
  • A total of about 80 square meters in size, the following is provided here for up to 6 children:
  • A large ground floor playroom with video projector connected to DVD player
  • A Second Story with two Bedrooms connected by doorway:
  • 1) Bedroom 8 - Two bunk beds (190x90). Access into main house bedroom #3 is found through this room.
  • 2) Bedroom 9 - Two single beds (200x90) : to enter in this room you have to go through the previous one.
  • A bathroom shared for these two bedrooms (shower, 2 sinks, WC)


  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi (works only intermittently at best, due to location)
  • Satellite TV with English News Channels
  • Cd player/ stereo
  • iPod Dock (speaker base)
  • Bose Sound System in and out
  • Fans
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Lacornue Stove/ Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hair dryers
  • Indoor Dining for 12 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 19 people
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Large Children's play room / TV room in the Cottage
  • Baby Crib/ Cot
  • High Chair
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels


  • Sun Loungers
  • Outdoor Terraces
  • Summer kitchen
  • Outdoor Dining for 19 People
  • Games for children: Football table
  • Ping Pong table
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Shaded and Grassy areas
  • Private Parking
  • Panoramic Views on the lavender fields around

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 14m x 5m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Electric security cover

Salt water System: Yes

Heated?: Yes, upon request. Additional charges may apply.

Please note that pool heating is dependent on outdoor weather conditions and specific temperatures cannot be guaranteed

Note: The views are gorgeous from the pool area on the countryside, Luberon hills and lavender fields.

Maid Service

End of stay cleaning and 2 maid hours twice per week included. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.


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Rates & Availability


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Average rating:
5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.

Q. Would you recommend Only Provence to friends or family? If not, why?
R. Yes

Q. What star rating (1-5) would you give this villa? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. Did your villa meet your expectations? If not, why?
R. Yes

Q. Were you able to find the property easily?
R. Yes

Q. How were you treated by the property’s staff and manager? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. How would you rate the cleanliness of the villa? (5 being best)
R. 5

Q. Did you book any chef or tour services? If so, what was your experience?
R. Yes

Q. Chef Tour Experience Details
R. We were very pleased with chef Nadege, Gerald and Marie.

Q. Would you consider staying here again?
R. Yes

Q. What did you like about your experience?
R. Nice villa. Beautiful surroundings. Calm.

Q. What is one thing we could do to improve your experience with Only Provence in the future?
R. Nothing

Just wanted to send you an email to follow-up our stay a Mas des Oiseaux. It was magnificent !!! We had a wonderful time. The house was beautiful and so well equipped. Our first dinner we ate in the “summer kitchen” but every other dinner we ate outside overlooking the lavender fields and the beautiful views from every direction. Since we were three families and each one rented a car everyone could do ‘their own thing’ during the day and then we all met for dinner complete with a l-o-n-g cocktail hour (strictly local wines). Some days we stayed home and enjoyed the pool and quietness other days we visited the local towns which were simply lovely. The weather was perfect. We cooked at home every day except for the delicious meal Marie prepared for us. She was delightful and didn’t seem to mind our questions about what she was doing in the kitchen. We had a few solvable issues like getting wi fi to work which was really too much for Miriam to handle (although she certainly tried) and then when she came on Wednesday she “didn’t have time’ to mop the kitchen floor. These were minor issues and in no way caused any inconvenience. It was simply a wonderful family vacation.

The property is truly beautiful, I think we probably saw the lavender at its best! And our children loved picking raspberries every day.
The house is beautifully decorated and very spacious, I don't think the photos adequately capture this. The location was great, easy to visit a number of lovely villages in the area, we also went hot air ballooning.

One negative - the flies! We are very used to flies in Australia, but we have never seen a fly in Paris,so we were surprised there were so many flies. More fly screens on windows (many were broken upstairs), insect repellent, fly swats perhaps?? There were lots of dead flies around the house after a few days.

Only Provence response: We had reports of unusual amounts of flies across Provence this summer from the heat wave. Most houses do not have screens as the flies and mosquitos are not enough of a problem in a normal year.

The house was fantastic. The location couldn’t have been more beautiful — surrounded by fields of lavender with a view of the Luberon valley. And the town, St. Saturnin Les Apt, was quite charming.

Areas for improvement:
The drive up the 2 km gravel road is a little bumpy, but to be expected. And the bees around the pool are intimidating, but they never bothered anyone. Probably had something to do with the surrounding fields of blooming lavender.

I would definitely recommend all to friends. Our trip/house/food were all great. Was a lovely week without any real surprises.

What star rating would you give Mas des Oiseaux? (1 is lowest and 5 is the highest) — 5*
What star rating would you give Only Provence? — 5*
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced? — 5*

— Our vacation booked through Only Provence couldn’t have gone better, nor could the process have been easier. We would gladly use them for our next trip to Provence.

— Mas des Oiseaux is a charming house, rustic but elegant, with breathtaking views of the Luberon Valley. It couldn’t be more picturesque.


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The Village

Nearest Villages

Closest Village Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt 2 KM 1.24 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Gordes 15 KM 9.3 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Bonnieux 15 KM 9.3 mi Map Village Info
Nearby Village Roussillon 8 KM 4.96 mi Map Village Info



Saint Saturnin les Apt is a large village in the Luberon built on a rock, over which two 17th century windmills and the ruins of a medieval chateau keep watch.

Despite the new housing developments which surround this market town, Saint Saturnin is a village brimming with history.

Take your time walking through the central streets and you will discover beautiful old houses, adorned with sculptured porches and intricately decorated doors and window frames.

In the area of the ramparts you will see three walled enclosures built in the 13th, 14th, and 15th century. Only the remains of the Ayguier gate exist today.

All around the village, the magnificent countryside will tempt you to go for long walks... do not forget that you are in the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon!

What to see:

Ruins of the chateau and the 9th century chapel.

Windmills, ramparts, doors and towers from the 15th century

Priory St Pierre d'Agnane. Old Templar house of St Maurice.

Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Inland Provence from the US is to fly to Marseilles International Airport (MRS). If you would like to see Paris, fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport then connect directly to the TGV(high speed train) from CDG TGV2 to Avignon TGV(3 hours direct) and rent a car. You would plan to see Paris on the way back, taking the TGV from Avignon TGV to Gare de Lyon, getting a cab to your hotel in the city.

Things to do

Local Attractions
The Luberon Mountain stone villages, markets, Lavender fields and countryside. Route des vins.

Local Markets
Morning Outdoor Markets:

Monday: Goult

Tuesday: Gordes

Wednesday: Lioux, Apt, Rustrel

Thursday: Roussillon

Saturday: Apt

Local Restaurants
Fontaine de Vaucluse

Local shops in St Saturnin, larger stores in Apt 5 miles away


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Note: Maps show approximate location


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Terms and Conditions Overview

Arrival: Saturday (arrival date subject to availability)

Minimum Stay: 1 week - please inquire about exceptions outside the summer months.

Services Included: Final cleaning and any additional maid service listed on the web page

Making your reservation: These properties are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, before you reserve, you are required to review and sign a rental agreement for the villa (the “Rental Agreement”). We will send you the Rental Agreement by email. The Rental Agreement explains in detail all of terms and conditions regarding rental and use of the property in detail. We shall have no obligation to accept any reservations, unless the Rental Agreement is fully executed.

Payment: After you have signed the Rental Agreement and filled out the appropriate information, as approved by us, a nonrefundable payment of the one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee (which price is defined in your Rental Agreement) must be received by us within seven (7) days to confirm the reservation. The remaining one-half (50%) of the Rental Fee is due 60 days before the arrival date, and is also non-refundable. If reservations are made less than 60 days prior to the arrival date, then 100% of the Rental Fee must be paid upon the signing of the Rental Agreement. Please know that a failure to pay any portion of the Rental Fee as set forth above and in Rental Agreement can result in loss of the reservation of the villa and a termination of the Rental Agreement. We will confirm receipt of each payment and note any outstanding balance and due date(s).

Cancellation: We have a no refund cancellation policy, but usually succeed in rescheduling cancelled reservations to the Spring or Fall or re-booking the cancelled period to another group and refunding the party that cancelled. Failure to pay the final balance (which is due 60 days before arrival) or provide required information for the security deposit may be deemed a cancellation with no refund due. Clients are advised to consider Trip Cancellation Insurance with the carrier of their choice at the time of confirmation.

For more information about how you can reserve this villa for your vacation, please contact us:
+1 (404) 806-2278


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Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.