Les Tamisiers

Gargas, Vaucluse
+33 (0)4 90 75 44 60

A designer's delight: a bright, eco restoration perfect for a party of five. The Luberon lies at your feet... medieval villages abound


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

The Experience

Open the glorious doors to the leafy patio garden. Cook beneath ancient beams. Here, on the edge of a hamlet in off-track Provence, you enter a world of rare tranquillity, and all you hear are the birds.

Backing onto the woods and a former ochre quarry – ochre mines still operate in the area – this small sunlit farmhouse blends rustic old with spanking new. The house is also very well placed; ask the owners about the best places to visit. Walk to the boulangerie in little Gargas; stock up at the famous market in Apt: a Saturday treat, it’s a 15-minute drive. Don’t miss St Saturnin, even closer, with a small much-loved restaurant, Le St Hubert, and sensational views.

Come home to simple serene bedrooms, spotless bathrooms, and barbecues under the stars.

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We think you'll love

  • The off-the-beaten-track setting
  • Strolling to the village shops and restaurant
  • Being close to the beautiful sites of inland Provence - including the lavender fields
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You should know

  • There's no pool; however, you can go wild swimming close by
  • Houses are close but you are secluded - the last house in the hamlet


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Minimum stay: 7 nights.


Nightly price
from €180
Weekly price
from €1260
1 House for 5
From €1804 beds3 bedrooms


A charming but simply furnished Provencal village house which has been lovingly restored using only ecological materials and products. The open-plan kitchen and dining area are a sunny delight with light flooding in from the vast folding French windows. It's a room to linger in and cook up a storm. Beyond is the call of the secluded garden with outside eating area and shady trees. Total privacy.

Rosie, Sawday's Inspector

We enjoyed morning runs or walks in the wooded hills behind the house, followed by coffee and fresh croissants from the local bakery. The tourist spots of Provence were readily available and made all the better by having such an Arcadian bolthole to return to each evening. Dinner under the stars in the garden is a must.


This is natural, unspoilt Provence at its finest - a solid comfortable well-equipped house with a private mature garden affording total privacy and quiet with inspiring views - for miles in daylight and amazing stars by night. Numerous good walks from the house and the wild swimming is a highlight. Plenty of parking in front of the house, and the incredible Apt market is a short drive away.

Angus, Toulouse

It was a stunning experience in a house that oozes character as well as modernity. I felt like I was in the heart of the South if France, and the photos here are beautiful but cant do justice to how really fab it all is! I would go back there in a heartbeat.

Karen, Wimbledon

My family (5 of us) spent 4 magnificent nights at Les Tamisiers, and we were sad to leave! The 3 bedroom, beautifully renovated house maintains its rustic charm, with an open glass-walled kitchen opening into a wonderful patioed garden and uninterrupted greenery. Bright and airy, and remarkably cool during S. France's heatwaves! Hiking Trails directly from the garden lead up various routes to Mt. Ventoux and the site of a historic church. The location and village are perfect for experiencing the best areas of inland Provence. And walk 5 min to "The Trou" for a deep water cool swim!

Barry, USA

This is a really lovely house. The garden is private, the walks/runs from the front gate are wonderful too and there is a beautiful wild swimming area nearby to cool off in after your run or at the day. Even better, the bakery is 10 minutes walk away and the cafe/restaurant/bar just opposite the bakery so - if you dont feel like it, there is no need to get in the car, except to go to the Apt market on Saturdays.

Rebecca, London

Beautiful house when I visited a long while ago, and has been fabulously updated

Matthew, San Anselmo

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The neighbourhood

Interesting walks start from the door; climb Mont Perréal for the charming Romanesque church on the site of a Gallic Oppidum. Gargas is a 10-minute stroll, with simple shops and a family restaurant, Bar de la Fontaine, where you can eat under the planes. Foodies will enjoy L'Estrade and Le St Hubert in St Saturnin, 7km. The astonishing ochre landscape near Rustrel, 'Le Colorado de Provence', is 14km away.

Local points of interest from William Rae-Smith

  • In 15 years we have learnt about the local culture, customs and our environment. We can help you organise visits to the local towns or activities such as walks, cycling and wine-tasting.
  • The Luberon Natural Park, spanning 185,000 hectares, is rich in biological diversity. The area around the house has few neighbours and is particularily rich in birdlife. You will often see hoopoes and bee eaters.
  • The house is in an area that was previously mined for ochre. You can walk around the mine which was working up until the end of the C19th and up Mt.Perreal. The Gallic Oppidum, occupied until the C1st, is now the site of a Romaneque chapel, St.Radegonde.
  • The garden has many well-established and shady trees. A massive stone table under the oak tree is the perfect place to enjoy lunch and perhaps a siesta.
  • The cultural heritage of the Luberon has been punctuated by tumultuous events. Its perched villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals and the 2000 year old Domitian Way linking Italy and Spain bear witness today to this rich history.
  • We also have a lovely, eco-friendly apartment for 2 in Villars (6km away) called Atelier des Cerissons (in the Sawday's collection too).


William Rae-Smith

Will and Bea, warm, delightful, creative people, brought up their family in the Luberon. In 2019, "respecting the traditional style of the house and using ecological materials," they renovated their second Sawday's place Les Tamisiers. They love meeting guests, but their main business is creating awnings for local restaurants and hotels.