“Yes secrets black with wine, and gold with honey, landscapes of an almost brutal serenity piled one upon another with quixotic profusion, as if to provoke the historic confrontations which have made them significant, muddling up the sacred and the profane, the trivial and the grandiose with operatic richness, mesmerizing one!”
—Lawrence Durrell, Caesar’s Vast Ghost
In the Luberon, Oppède is the essence of Provençal countryside.
Oppède wears the smile of light under long blue skies, a peaceful expanse of vineyards and farmland in the western end of the Luberon, cherished by its inhabitants for its idyllic Provençal scenery.
The commune of Oppède stretches southward from the main highway D900, which bisects the Calavon Valley near Coustellet, up to the slopes of the Petit Luberon moutains. Attribute the tranquil aura of Oppède to it being a place people do not travel through, yet one is minutes away from bustling villages and farmers markets.
Le Domaine Les Roullets is a vineyard cum luxurious “wired” bed-and-breakfast where guests, cosseted by the spatial sense of freedom of an estate, revel in comfort and privacy.
From a small throne on which its main building once housed a small garrison (oppidum) in Roman times, “Les Roullets” affords guests a panoramic view of the pastoral landscape, and the semi-restored village of Oppède-le-Vieux built on the hillside of the Petit Luberon.
Guests can wander amidst a truffle forest and an olive grove, or linger in a tree-lined courtyard, or take in Roman relics – a medieval washing area and a flight of stairs to an ancient irrigation system.
Contemporary comforts at a large heated pool include an adjoining ‘orangerie’ (a guest lounge) with a frig with refreshments, a satellite television, Wifi, and a CD player with an iPod docking-station.
The white-accented rooms also wear a smile of light: all have a smart contemporary décor, double beds, bath and/or shower, bathrobes, slippers and AC. The spaciousness of the rooms is augmented by a terrace or balcony, and a sitting area.
There is also a two-bedroom cottage, accommodating four people.
Associate a gem with “Les Roullets” and sapphire immediately comes to mind.
Le Domaine Les Roullets, 305 A, Chemin de Fontdrèche 84580 Oppède, Tel 04 90 71 21 88, Website
The Domaine produces a “vin bio” AOC Luberon.
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