Maison Marula: A private estate from which to enjoy the best Experiences of the Luberon and Provence

Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
4 Reviews
Single Family
7 Bedrooms
6.5 Bathrooms
14 Guests

Dreaming of Provence for your family’s or friends’ trip! In the heart of Provence’s famed Luberon, lies Maison Marula, a special oasis with olives and lavender, a pond and a stream; with not one, but two two salt water swimming pools. On offer is a 5 bedroom house and its two bedroom guest house, with plenty of space for 14 people to share time together, and yet have plenty of space.  Of course there is wifi throughout the houses and park. There is also underfloor cooling and heating for ultimate comfort. Vine-covered outside terraces offer plenty of superb exterior living space for lounging and dining. After all, that is what you do in Provence?

As you stroll the garden watch out for a charming wooden elephant  who adds a touch of whimsy and inspired the name.

Each of the 5 double bedrooms in the main house  has its own ensuite. There are two king-sized beds, two queens, and one room with twin beds. A fully equipped kitchen in the main house , and a second at the pool house, offer  fridges, ovens, microwave, ice-cube makers and coffee machines.

The spacious living room has comfortable seating and satellite TV with French and English channels + Netflix.

The Main house pool is a 5m x 10m x 1.5m salt water pool with a submerged security shutter. Poolside, there is another fully equipped kitchen with a full- size fridge and freezer, a bar fridge for cool drinks, an ice cube maker, a dishwasher, gas BBQ, all crockery and cutlery. What pleasure to dine under the Provencal sky enjoying sunshine or starlight, and of course, the sounds of  singing birds, crickets and frogs, There is an additional WC in the pool house with a warm outdoor shower. No need to run inside!

A second Pool at the Guest house is a  saIt-water heated pool, a large  8m x 4m x 1.5m  also with a safety shutter. Note that small children require constant supervision around the garden as there are a stream and two ponds.

The Guest house is fully independent and on the ground floor offers a living room, a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, a shower room with a washing machine and a WC. Upstairs there are two bedrooms (1 x 160cm) and the other (2 x 120 cm – large super singles), as well as another  toilet. There is A/C throughout this property. It is a few steps away from the main house, and offers a bit more privacy for perhaps the grandparents, or a family who wanted a bit more privacy. 

There is plenty of parking for 4 cars and under-cover parking for one car.

Things to do: Far from  a problem!  Rent a bike and explore the countryside; take photos of those famous lavender fields  and  Van Gogh’s sunflowers. You will want to visit those famed Provence markets where you will buy Tapenades and olives, spices,  cheeses, and fruits and vegetables galore. My favorite is Apt, just a few kilometers away, also famous for its local ceramics, and its preserved fruits (“les fruits confits”). It’s a 4 kilometer hike to St.Saturnin-les-Apt, an amazingly lovely town perched on top of a hill.

An hour or less away, you have Aix-en-Provence, with its beautiful streets and the famous Cours Mirabeau. And, you won’t want to miss Sunday at Isle -sur la-Sorgue for its famous antique dealers and brocantes as well as the Sunday market. Stroll along its river and then stop for  a perfect Sunday lunch. 

  • Other ideas:
    It is 1h30 minutes to Marseille Marignane airport, and to  downtown Marseille Museums  
  • Château La Coste, at the Puy Sainte Réparade
  • Hotel de Caumont in Aix en Provence (excellent exhibitions)
  • Musée Granet in Aix en Provence:
  • Châteaux of Provence: Ansouis; Lourmarin; Gordes-Lacoste et La Tour d’Aigues)
  • Abbaye de Silvacane
    Of course, you will enjoy visiting Vineyards on the Wine Route; Shopping in the nearby Provençal markets, biking, hiking, the Gorge of Verdon, and so much more.

You will find many more ideas in our Guest Note.



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4 Reviews

In Saint-Saturnin, one of the very few authentic “villages provençal”, a charming base from where…

03 November, 2018 by PP
In Saint-Saturnin, one of the very few authentic "villages provençal", a charming base from where to bike or hike to the lavender fields, You are welcome with a bottle of the finest olive oil, made from the trees surrounding the house.

We had a fabulous and memorable stay in St.Saturnin-les-Apt in the Luberon valley. The village is authentic!…

18 August, 2018 by RM
We had a fabulous and memorable stay in St.Saturnin-les-Apt in the Luberon valley. The village is authentic! An original Provence gem that wasn’t overrun by tourists during our time there. The location was perfectly situated in order to explore

Nous avons loué le Parc le dernier week end de Septembre pour le bâptème de notre fille. Nous avons…

21 July, 2018 by EE
Nous avons loué le Parc le dernier week end de Septembre pour le bâptème de notre fille. Nous avons très apprécié l'endroit par sa tranquilité et par la beauté de son jardin. Toutes sont convives ont trouvé le jardin magnifique et agréable

St Saturnin les Apt is a gem of a village nestled in the hills of Provence. We enjoyed activities such…

02 June, 2018 by CL
St Saturnin les Apt is a gem of a village nestled in the hills of Provence. We enjoyed activities such as biking through the neighbouring vineyards and walking through the many cherry orchards in the surrounding fields. Another pastime to enjoy of


Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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