After the Summer - low season

Its well known that Provence is hot, sunny and very beautiful during the Summer months.

Terrace at Mas Saint Damien

But in September,when the vines, fruit trees and lavender are harvested, it’s still 28 to 32 degrees  and the light is stunning.  In October its a bit cooler and the shadows are longer but the sun shines nearly every day and at Mas Saint Damien you will still be eating outside as the courtyard is very protected.  The almond trees are groaning and you can pick sackfuls to take away. In November the skies tend to be clear and blue:  perfect for cycling the Luberon, hiking the Vaucluse plateau, long days of golf or tournaments on the tennis court (floodlit so you can play even after its dark).  In December  the rainfall is minimal, it’s cool and crisp,  and very inspiring for exploring the literally hundreds of local antique shops or for Christmas shopping in surrounding villages.

The markets continue all year round and L’ Isle sur la Sorgue remains a vibrant town with a very special, very Provencal atmosphere once the tourists have left.  Without Summer tourists, all the nearby cultural cities, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Nimes, Arles and Orange become so much more accessible as do the seaside resorts like Cassis so exploring the region is a joy.

Cypress Trees at Mas Saint Damien

Mas Saint Damien’s  sitting room has vaulted ceilings, huge sofas and a big  open fireplace with logs provided.  The kitchen opens onto the 22 foot dining room and is the perfect space for large gatherings of family or friends. The dining room table seats 14 but can be extended for 18.  There is a library of DVD’s and family games and Bridge tables are available on request. Both the House and the Barn have central heating.

During the Autumn/Winter months and during the Spring we offer special rates for stays of three or four days so you might consider bringing friends (there are eight separate bedrooms) for sporting or cultural breaks.  Gourmet catering can be arranged at the house and there are many superb restaurants so you can relax and enjoy the fabulous food of Provence all year round.  If you choose to rent the house at Christmas, it will be decorated for you with a tree, lights and candles to create a festive atmosphere.