Located in Provence, Southern France (department of Vaucluse), in the Luberon Valley, our French holiday rental home - Solièra - is a beautifully renovated - stone built - 17th century heritage property on the edge of the hilltop village of Saignon in the heart of the region, and central to many famous and historic locations, which offers a fantastic home for your French holiday. This property is unique for a village house as it has its own alfresco dining terrace and garden with views of the Luberon. THE DWELLING INCLUDES; 1 double (queen size bed), 1 single bedroom & 2 double sofa beds located in different rooms, with the house comfortably accommodating 4 adults, but will sleep up to 7. There is a wood heater/fireplace in the living room, electric wall heaters to every room, a main bathroom plus ensuite to the master bedroom, and cosy mezzanine TV area and a separate sitting /reading room gives you space to chill out. This property is unique for a village house as it has its own alfresco dining terrace and garden with views of the Luberon. Ensuite to the master bedroom, and cosy mezzanine TV area and a separate sitting /reading room gives you space to chill out. THE VILLAGE; Saignon is a charming, unspoilt medieval village in the Lubéron Valley, a region in Provence, France, of outstanding natural beauty, and sits amongst acres of Lavender fields and fruit groves. It is also much famed for its excellent gastronomy, with Michelin Star restaurant the edge of the village operated by Chef Andrew. Just nearby, Solièra has unmatched views down the Grand Lubéron Valley, while the charm of village life is less than a minutes stroll away. Although there are a number of shops in Saignon (including an excellent bakery and small general store, post office, three gift and handicraft shops, two cafés and eight restaurants) the lively market town of Apt with all amenities is just 4 kilometres down the valley which is easily accessible by Car, bus or foot. THE HISTORY The history of the occupation of the Saignon territory begins in the Middle Palaeolithic (200, 000 to 35, 000 years ago). The rock at Saignon, situated on a promontory at a height of some thirty metres, was used in ancient times as an observatory and must also have served as a signal station. The most likely etymological origin of “Saignon” is the word Sagnio, from signum. The Romanesque church of Notre Dame, also known as Saint Mary of Saignon, lies outside the walls and is remarkable in terms of its proportions. As early as the Middle Ages the church was a destination for pilgrims from the whole of Provence, but also for those travelling to Rome along the Domitian Way and for Italian pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela. THE LUBERON AND PROVENCE We implore you to take the time to visit the regions historic villages and the scenery you pass through when travelling between them that the highlights of this beautiful region of the French countryside are to be found. Several of the villages are listed among the 'most beautiful villages of France', and although they are often small each village has its own particular appeal and character - and almost all are very worth visiting! The Luberon is also well known because of the books set in the region by the Luberon's most famous resident - Peter Mayle - such as 'A Year in Provence'. This region of Provence is about 40 kilometres east of Arles and Avignon and to the north of Aix-en-Provence and falls in two departments of Provence: Vaucluse to the west and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to the east. To help your planning we look at each area separately below. Wine-related activities Chez Sylla Sylla is more than just a cellar : learn about cheese and wine matches at lunchtime. Chez Sylla Route d’Avignon 406 av. De Lançon 84400 Apt T. +33 (0)4 90 04 60 37 – monday to sat. 9 am to 6. 30 pm from November. To march and from 9 am to 6 pm from April to October - open on Sundays in July and in august from 9 am to 1 pm. Château de l’Isolette In an ancient estate, with historic past between Apt and Bonnieux, a small museum shows old vineyard tools and machinery. Château de l’Isolette Route de Bonnieux 84400 Apt T. +33 (0)4 90 74 16 70 - closed Sundays. Aureto Vignobles At La Coquillade, visit the Cave Auteto, for the wine cellar and tasting in a splendid setting. Vineyard trail to discover the wine estate. Two restaurants Le Bistrot et son Jardin dans les vignes (traditional French cuisine) and Le Gourmet (gastronomy). Aureto 84400 Gargas T. +33(0)4 90 74 54 67 info@ La Coquillade T. +33(0)4 90 74 71 71 info@ -Chai de vinification Aureto hameau de la Coquillade 84400 Gargas In the summer free guided visit of the cellar Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6 pm - free - free guided visit of the wine trail Wednesday at 10 am. Domaine de Séoule A one hour « vine tour » in the organic farm. For sale, wine, fruit juice, vegetables. Domaine de Séoule Les Bassaquets 84490 Saint Saturnin lès Apt T. +33 (0)4 90 05 62 37. Château Saint Pons A 3-km vineyard (1 hour) trail with informative map : grape varieties, the cellar, wine tasting. Château St Pons 84400 Villars T. +33(0)4 90 75 55 84 – Free.