Le Clos d’Estallan in Bonnieux – Provence

Is there any terrestrial paradise where, amidst the whispering of the olive-leaves, people can be with whom they like and have what they like and take their ease in shadows and in coolness?

– Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier

In the Luberon, places that are “sauvage” (wild) — out of sight from the masses, hidden away in the wilds of nature —  are posh.

By this standard, Le Clos d’Estallan is ultra-posh. A short hop from the center of Bonnieux, the elegant property is on the southern outskirts of the village on the opposite side from the busy towns in the Luberon. Le Clos is cradled in a sparsely inhabited swath of parkland leading up to the Claparèdes plateau.

Enveloped by olive groves, vineyards, and garrigue, Le Clos d’Estallan is where you can connect with your own inner-Provence.

The three rooms are tastefully decorated in rich Provencal tones with traditional terracotta tiles. Two rooms have queen beds, and the other one has two singles.

All of the rooms have lamps, dressers, and sitting area, and the bathrooms have modern fixtures and tiled showers.

From poolside, an expansive view of the Luberon landscape stretches out before you.


In addition to the three rooms, there are three smartly-decorated gites on the property (for details, consult website below) offering total immersion into the Provençal countryside.

For dining in Bonnieux, book a table on the large terrace or within a natural troglodytic cave with modern décor of Le Fournil, a restaurant favored by the late Peter Mayle.

For stocking your room with an excellent AOC Luberon, Serge Seignon produces superb red, white and rosé wines at the Château les Eydins in Bonnieux.

Le Clos d’Estallan, Les Claparèdes 84480 Bonnieux, Tel 04 90 75 61 84, Email h.estallan@wanadoo.fr, Website

Le Fournil, 5 Place Carnot, Bonnieux, Tél. 04 90 75 83 62, Website

Château les Eydins, Serge Seignon, Route du Pont Julien, 84480 Bonnieux, Tél. The wine cellar is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Website

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