A number of hamlets have been transformed into luxury holiday residences in Vaucluse, southeast France. Part of the 16th-century Les Davids estate Les Hameaux des Davids is a 100-hectare estate in Viens, a medieval village between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, and comprises eight holiday residences spread over four hamlets.
Ranging from three to six bedrooms, each combines ancient charm with contemporary luxury, the typical Provencal style interiors complemented by coarse beamed ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and wooden furniture.
Service is tailored to the needs of the guests and includes catering, transport, guides and excursions. Situated in the middle of a biodynamic wine estate, wine tasting is also on the activity agenda.
The pièce de résistance in terms of properties is the Le Hameau de Treimars, a house that can accommodate 24 guests in 12 rooms (each with private bathroom), two swimming pools, tennis and petanque court, as well as gardens designed by landscape architect Jean-Noël Capart; Les Hameaux des Davids’ winery the beating heart of this laid-back complex.
Designed by French architect Marc Barani, the Chai winery is housed in wood-framed concrete, the same ochre hue as the earth, blending into the hillside like an enormous rock. With three floors, everything here is made using natural gravity; collecting the juice upstairs so that less oxygen reaches the wine, this meaning that less sulphite has to be added and the aromas are better preserved.
A place where authenticity meets modern comfort with a respectful splashing of contemporary design, Les Hameaux des Davids is an exemplary accommodation option for this historic village in France’s beautiful Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.