Golf

Mas St Damien is an ideal house to use as a base if you are interested in playing some of the finest golf courses in France as there is outstanding golf to be found within a short drive.

Mas St Damien, Provencal Country ClubThe nearest course is the excellent Country Club de Provence (www.provencecountryclub.fr) which is less than ten minutes from Mas St Damien.

The course is surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Luberon and the Vaucluse Mountains and the views from the Golf Course are breathtaking. The Golf Course, originally built in 1989, is today one of the finest in France, a true test of golf played on magnificent playing surfaces with views that remain in the memory long after the round is finished.

Open Golf ClubAnother course within a 30 minute drive is Golf De Servanes, near Avignon. (www.opengolfclub.com) This Club offers the pleasure of playing in unforgettable scenery at the foot of the Alpilles hills, next to Les Baux de Provence, on one of the region's finest 18 hole courses. Discover a place bathed in sunlight, sheltered from the Mistral, edged with olive groves, cypresses and cascading lakes.

Pont Royal Golf Course

A third excellent choice is Pont Royal (www.golf-pontroyal.com) located on the N7, halfway between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.



Further recommendations on other courses are available on request.

If you would like to combine Bridge with your Golf and other activities, Bridge tables are available on request.


Cycling

Cycling at Mas St Damien

Mas Saint Damien has access to some of the best cycling in Provence. Rides vary from the mighty Mont Ventoux, which is about 30 mins drive to the base start, to the stunning (flat) new cycle  track that runs through the Luberon Valley on an old railway. This Luberon ride can be mixed up with a tour of the various picturesque villages, such as Bonnieux, Lacoste, Menerbes, Gault and Oppede le Vieux.  You can add in some of the challenging climbs in the Vaucluse Montains  including up to Gordes. Longer rides go west, into Les Alpilles and the stunning area around St Remy and Les Baux de Provence. Again, this area can easily be accessed by a new cycle track. www.veloloisirprovence.com/en/luberon/circuit/la-veloroute-voie-verte-du-calavon

Cycling at Mas Saint Damien

Excellent top quality BMC and Trek road bikes can be hired on a daily or weekly basis (Absolut Velos in Coustellet, www.absolutbikeprovence.com ) and electric bikes are readily available from En Rue Libre, www. enrouelibreluberon.com, also in Coustellet, for a more relaxed outing. If you haven’t tried electric bikes it’s hard to describe how much fun it is to ride a 7 gear regular bike with a ‘little electric boost’ available when required. They are proper bikes, not like a moped, but are a less strenuous way of cycling where hills are steep.

We guarantee that there are rides for all abilities and for those wanting some serious challenges, some of the best riding that you will ever experience. The 12 kms climb from Apt to Bonnieux, for a well deserved Croissant and Orangina (or beer) is a house favourite.

Cycling Mont Ventoux at Mas Saint Damien

There is plenty of space at Mas Saint Damien to store rental bikes securely. There are also 6 bikes for everyday use at the house, plus pump and locks and 4 helmets. These are perfect for a meander around the orchards and vineyards or for riding into Isle for breakfast but you might want something more high tech if you’re taking on Mont Ventoux!

This website has more details on cycling in Provence:

www.theluberon.com/activities/biking-provence

Please do get in touch for more bespoke cycling advice and if hiring bikes, please book in advance as cycling in the area has become very popular.