A 17th-Century Farmhouse Writ Modern, in the French Hautes-Alpes

La Maison du Murier, Hautes-Alpes, France
La Maison du Murier Terrace Villa, Hautes-Alpes, France | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Villa
  • 5 BR
  • Sleeps 10
  • from € 3740 wk
Walnut orchard, pine forest and mountain views

Jason and Keiko, a British-Japanese couple living in London, needed an escape to city living. They found a rural hamlet between the foothills of the Southern Alps and the mountains of Provence, then La Maison du Mûrier. After 12 years meticulously restoring the villa, they welcomed their first guests.

The home oscillates between old and contemporary, with ancient stone next to floor-to-ceiling glass windows and concrete. Furniture includes classics by Jean Prouvé, Charles and Ray Eames, and Hans Wegner, mixed with pieces by Jasper Morrison, Terence Woodgate, Tom Dixon and Wouter Scheublin.

Guests can catch up on their film queues in the Cinema Room or cook in the cinematic kitchen. Or descend into the cellar bar, stocked with honesty spirits and snacks. The owners suggest churning your own reine-claude sorbet with the bar’s Magimix with the greengage plums off their trees.   

Outdoor living is equally as alluring, where the alpine air meets Provencal light and the Circus Stools of Martino Gamper pop up along the landscaping and patio. Have a dip in the UV-cleaned pool, toast with a RinQuinQuin cocktail in the lavender-scented front courtyard. Move into the eating and cooking area under the oak tree, make your own pizza in the wood-fired oven, prepare a barbecue on the charcoal grill, and visit the concrete hot tub to ensure a restful night.

The couple says that restoring this villa in Hautes-Alpes was “truly a labour of love.” Arguably the most singular in Haute-Alpes, that feeling is evident in every glimpse. 

You can also rent the Studio, an open-plan stand-alone apartment that was converted from an old chapel connected to the farmhouse.

Description

This villa in Hautes-Alpes is made up of the principal Terrace Villa on the upper ground floor. Of its five bedrooms, each has an en-suite walk-in shower and WC, and two of the bedrooms feature cast-iron bathtubs. The villa can sleep up to ten people.

The owners live in a separate villa on the ground-floor level, where they stay to make sure everything is running smoothly. They offer total privacy to their guests.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Internet, Work Station Area, Workout Room with dumbbells, kettlebells, yoga mats, ballet barre, balance ball, Boot Room for storing skis, washing machine, heated floors, free parking on premises.

AROUND

The area is suited to outdoor exploration, with hiking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, and rock-climbing.

Families love to take their kids to Plan d’Eau in Veynes, a lake just 20 minutes away, for swimming and picnicking. It has an inflatable aqua park and water slides. The outdoor pool at La Germanette, surrounded by the mountains, is also a children’s paradise with its play area, paddling pool, and lifeguard.

Visit the local markets Veynes and Laragne-Monteglin on Thursday mornings, and Serres and Gap on Saturdays, for fresh fruit and veggies, cheeses, olives, herbs, spices and lavender honey. Or find out where that honey comes from by following the “Routes de la Lavande” (Lavender Routes) for pale purple-saturated fields set among the beautiful landscape of Hautes-Alpes.

Come winter, the Devoluy ski resort is a 35-minute drive away from La Maison du Mûrier. Made up of two resorts, La Joue du Loup and Superdévoluy, it has a total of 100km of slopes.

LOCATION

Hautes-Alpes, France. Nearest airports: Marseille or Grenoble. Also accessible from Lyon and Nice.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer and winter 

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La Maison du Murier

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Bedrooms5 bedrooms
Bed Type4 double bedrooms and 1 twin room with 2 single beds
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen
Bathrooms5 bathrooms
Accommodate10 people
InternetInternet
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyNo pets
ViewWalnut orchard, pine forest and mountain views
Rates
Sec. Deposit€1000
Check-Inbetween 4pm and 8pm
Check-Out10am
CancellationUpon booking, a deposit of 30% of the reservation amount is requested. The remaining rental amount must be paid no later than 6 weeks before the start of your stay. If the start of your stay is due in less than 6 weeks, the total reservation amount must be paid. In case of a cancellation more than 6 weeks before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned. If you cancel less than 6 weeks before the start date, no refund will be made. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.
NotesThe price includes:

A welcome hamper

Towels

Bathrobes, pool/hot tub towels and slippers (Pool and hot tub towels are for Terrace Villa only)

Aesop Amenities (hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body balm)

Wifi (Please note, the internet connection is very slow due to the rural location)

Logs for the wood burning stove in the winter months

Wood for the outdoor pizza oven and charcoal for the barbecue

Fresh water in the hot tub for each booking

Basic cooking ingredients such as olive oil, wine vinegar, salt, pepper, various spices, free use of the herb garden

End of stay cleaning or if the booking exceeds 7 day period, cleaning on the 7th day included as well

NB: The Studio does not come with a pool or a hot tub so we do not provide pool towels or bathrobes. No logs supplied for the stove as there is no wood burning stove in The Studio.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Min Stay
Low SeasonFeb 27May 31€534€37403 nights
High SeasonAug 12Sep 5€51807 nights
Changeover DaySaturday
Mid SeasonSep 5Oct 3€628€44003 nights
High SeasonDec 19Feb 27€51807 nights
House Rules

Arrival between 4pm and 8pm, the house must be released on the day of departure before 10am

Weekly rental from Saturday to Saturday during high-season

No pets please

No smoking anywhere inside the property

We welcome families with children but our accommodations are not ideal for toddlers and babies as the property is not properly secured for their use.

We request a 1000 euros security deposit at least 2 weeks before your arrival. This will be refunded in full upon confirmation that there has been no serious damage, breakage or loss incurred during your stay.

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Reviews

3 Reviews

  • The Champion Family, August 25, 2020

    Maison du Murier is the best mix of old and new architecture, comfort and
    great design, and rest and relaxation. The house itself is clearly a
    labour of love and it is hard to believe the owners let anyone stay there,
    but thankfully they do! La Maison du Murier is a wonderful blend
    of ancient farm buildings with stone vaults, and a modern addition to the
    house which provides many spectacular views across the country side and the
    mountains. The house is very well equipped with all manner of kitchen
    gadgets, as well as outdoor pizza oven and barbecue. There is even an
    outdoor fridge to keep drinks cool by the pool. Beautifully furnished
    throughout, the house is great social space and full of light. The stylish
    bedrooms are really comfortable and generously proportioned, and all have
    their own beautifully appointed bathroom. The cinema room is great fun,
    and has its own well stocked drinks fridge. There is also a bar in the
    vaults on the ground floor where you can help yourself to a generously
    stocked honesty bar.

    Outside there are several dining and seating areas, so our group of 8
    always had enough room to find some peace and quiet. The pool is kept to a
    generous 29 degrees, with a fresh water hot tub nearby. The lighting of
    the pool and garden area at night makes midnight swims very tempting.

    We had a fabulous week with 6 adults and 2 teenagers. We loved the
    relaxing rural setting and scenery which provide great cycling and walking
    country. There is a bakery, supermarket and restaurants in nearby villages,
    and the house is close to several fresh water swimming lakes. We
    particularly enjoyed the lake of Serre-Ponçon where you can hire all kind
    of boats and paddle boards, or just go for a swim and a picnic.

    The owners are very friendly and helpful, near by but never in your way.

    We can’t wait to go back to Maison du Murier, and explore more of the
    stunning Alpine scenery.

    The Champion Family

  • Pieter, Elke & Axelle, August 10, 2020

    Thank you so much for your hospitality! We enjoyed every minute in this
    beautiful house and amazing surroundings! Everything was perfect! It was
    our best last-minute holiday ever!

    Pieter, Elke & Axelle

  • Thanks for inviting us to spend wonderful time in your incredible house. It
    was such a pleasure to meet you too and we will remember this salmon on
    barbecue for a while. Of course we wish to come back once again! Many
    thanks for your hospitality and all the design details that make us feel
    good.

    The Keller & Stroesser Family

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