At home in a private hamlet In The Luberon

A HISTORIC AND EXCLUSIVE LOCATION IN RURAL FRANCE

This private hamlet was abandoned soon after the First World War, discovered in the 60's by an intrepid Englishman, rescued from ruin and has been in the same family ever since. It is totally secluded, perched high overlooking the Luberon and commands stunning views. Henri Cartier Bresson lived and worked in the area, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources were both shot locally and the finest french lavender is harvested, distilled and sold at the road side. More recently the 80’s writings of Peter Mayle from the hilltop villages of Menebres and Saigon overlooking Apt prompted a new wave of interest in the area.

  • The property is spread through several houses, each decorated in an individual eclectic style. The interiors combine a wealth of wonderful paintings and furniture, predominantly from the 60's and 70's era. It is comfortable without being opulent and very stylish without being ostentatious.
  • Le Grand Banc (LGB) provides the perfect retreat for those keen to venture out and explore the region, its famous food markets, the local gorge and walk or cycle through the unfolding landscape. Alternatively stay put for painting, writing, fitness classes, etc -courses and supervision available on request.
  • The property sleeps 20-24 comfortably, 32 max and can provide staff and catering to suit any requirement. Whilst clearly well suited to large extended family groups, special events, location shoots etc, the owners are keen to encourage activities of a more low impact healthy inclination.

The History of Le Grand Banc

The hamlet of Le Grand Banc or Le Grand Blanc as sometimes referred to on old maps of the area, was built at the turn of the 18th century and abandoned soon after the First World War. It was rediscovered in the early 60’s by an intrepid Englishmen, rescued from ruin and has been in the same family ever since. The immense and visionary project of renovation has been ongoing for many years, with the introduction of water and electricity first and foremost followed by the rejuvenation of the cobblestone streets and depilated houses. In recent years the family have created a provencal garden which shows at its best in May & June before the summer burn.

Archive photographs illustrating early days and restoration works >>