The Priory, Crestet, Nr Avignon

Sleeps 18

€22,399 - €29,260 per week

Hidden away in the heart of the Vaucluse region of Provence above Crestet, an unspoiled Medieval hilltop village, Domaine de la Verriere is a private estate of 350 acres comprising a medieval priory and winery surrounded by its own working vineyard and lush private woodlands set in a nature reserve. Completely secluded in a mountain saddle, the house has panoramic views of rolling hills, olive groves, apricot orchards lavender and sunflower fields and also Mont Ventoux. Yet it is only fifteen minutes from the bustling Provencal market town of Vaison-la-Romaine.

Lovingly and sympathetically restored to the highest of standards, the rough hewn stone walls and vaulted rooms of the pavilions bear witness to its 9th Century origins as priory to the nearby Abbaye – it is said to have hosted Knights Templar.   No expense has been spared to combine 9th Century charm with 21st Century comfort with luxurious rooms and state-of-the-art amenities. The medieval vaulted great hall, reception room and dining room are really fabulous.

Four suites and three double guestrooms accommodation up to eighteen including children.   High standards of quality and comfort are maintained throughout the house with particular attention to privacy and soundproofing.

Provencal themes inspire the individual décor of each bedroom and the finest large mattresses, Frette linens and Canadian silk duvets ensure restful nights and happy days. Ensuite bathrooms have powerful showers, luxury fixtures, Frette towels and Marius Fabre toiletries. They have thought of everything!

Outside are a million things to do. If you get bored of lounging around the gorgeous, cascading infinity pool, take a dip in the outdoor Jacuzzi or have a game of petanque or tennis.   The gardens are beautiful with masses of outdoor dining and sun terraces and include an outdoor living room, a medieval herb garden and a Storytelling Tree!

Winery
Home to award-winning wines, the domain includes a state-of-the art winery fitted with high-tech conference facilities and venues for special events. The 35 hectares of 40 year old vines are managed by Jean-Louis and Benedicte Gallucci and their team, who respect the land and impose rigorous ecological practices. If you are interested in wine tasting and learning more about the skills involved, tutored private courses can be organised on request.

Price Guide 2019:

€22,399 – €29,260 per week

Sleeps: 14 (+ 4 children on request)

  • 4 Double Bedroom Suites
  • 3 Double/Twin Bedrooms with ensuite Bathrooms
  • Medieval Reception Room
  • Medieval Dining Room
  • Grand vaulted Hall
  • Cosy TV room (200+ DVD’s and videos)
  • Wine tasting Room
  • Professional Kitchen
  • Sheltered outdoor Kitchen and poolside dining
  • House Manager 7 hrs per day
  • Daily room cleaning (7 hrs per day)
  • Private Chef 7 hrs per day – shifts to be decided on by client
  • Continental Breakfast Buffet every morning
  • Butler 7 hrs per day
  • Extra staff hours can be arranged at extra charge
  • Personal trainers, yoga instructor and massage therapists can be arranged on request at extra charge
  • Cascading, Infinity Pool (heated) and Jacuzzi
  • Sheltered outdoor Kitchen with poolside dining
  • Tennis Court
  • Bikes and Table Tennis
  • Petanque
  • Fishing Pond
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Childrens Adventure Playground
  • TV/Radio/CD player, iPod dock
  • WiFi
  • Helipad

Working Vineyard:

  • State-of-the art winery
  • Multi-use seminar and wine tasting room designed by Patricia
  • Stefanowicz, Master of Wine and Architect
  • Special events for 2 -200 people

The following are all available on request:

  • Spa treatments, massages
  • Cooking classes with private chef
  • Musical evenings and live performances
  • Wine tuition and tastings
  • Wine classes
  • Courses in beekeeping & olive farming
  • Water aerobics/aqua gym
  • Team building exercises
  • Fitness circuit
  • Hands-on training in the vineyard
  • Treasure or Scavenger hunts

Available off site:

  • Horseback riding. Golf. Quad biking. Go-karting. Mountain biking. Hiking. Fishing.
  • Hot air ballooning, Wine & Gastronomy circuits
  • Tree climbing grids. Amazonia theme park
  • Crocodile farm, Mohair goat farm
  • WaterWorld, Outdoor fitness circuits
  • Crestet 3.2km
  • Vaison-la-Romaine 15 mins
  • Nimes 1hr 20 mins
  • Marseille International Airport 1hr 35 mins
  • Avignon TGV Station 45 mins

Please note that the map is only a general indicator of location

What Sarah thinks:

“When I drove down the long drive and glimpsed The Priory in the distance I was entranced. What an experience – a chance to be immersed in the world of wine making. This really is an alternative to staying in a boutique hotel, but just for you and your guests!”

Client Reviews:

“A beautiful location and stunning property ……. Like eating in a Michelin Star restaurant for every meal, with fantastic service. The staff were all excellent, really friendly, efficient and helpful”.

“This is one of the most beautiful wine estates I have ever seen in France”

“Food was always wonderful. I come from a family with two chefs and I could not fault it. Outstanding, friendly service”.

“Whether you are interested in wine or just like the idea of taking a break from touring the Provence, this wine estate will amaze and enchant you all the way. The setting is simply spectacular. You are surrounded by vineyards, forests and a mountain ridge. With only 7 delightful rooms, decorated in lovely Provençal style, you are virtually guaranteed an intimate experience. The estate is maintained with impeccable care and shows the owners’ passion for the environment and respect for the origin of the estate. Don’t miss the wine tour!”