We are very close from the main gate of the Luberon Regional Park, when arriving from Avignon (35 minutes from the TGV Train Station) which is real convenient.
What you will see below is just a short introduction on what you can do here. You will find possibly more on the blog. But when you have signed to visit us, you get much more.
Luberon is really a paradise for that and you can start direct from the Mas des Etoiles right in the quiet countryside or the wilderness where you will feel like the first explorer.
So we propose to our guests typical outings of different duration or difficulty from easy to pretty difficult. You can wander around on particularly nice spots or you can reach the Senanque Abbey (4 hours round trip) through a wild canyon or you can climb over the Luberon ( One full day). Further there are ideas like Gorges du Verdon, Mont Ventoux or "les Calanques de Cassis." See our Blog. Of course, we also give you maps , best routes and a picnic basket.
Pictures : The 1st one is in the mountains just north of Mont Ventoux The 2nd is by a couple of German hikers who did the tour over Oppede-le-Vieux. It is a bit hard but you will remember all your life. Views over Luberon are fantastic. The 5th one is Gorges du Toulourenc. There you can hike in the riverbed and you even havenatural swimming pools. Water is warm. The last on the right is the Bonnieux landscape. There are a lot of charming easy hikes just in the valley. The back picture is at Gorges du Regalon. The gorges are very scenic and the way back takes you to Ferme des Mayorque ( On top of the "Petit Luberon " Mountain where you can find sheeps like in the past. Gorgeous. You can also enjoy running in the morning. For that I have a typical run for one hour starting from Mas des Etoiles.In general, I do it with the guest with my car, so they use the proper track and don't get lost on the way. They love it.
You have all sorts of possibities. We book for you the right bikes and we help you to design your itinerary.
Our guests love our one-day tour : You start after breakfast, head in the direction of Oppede-le-Vieux, then a short tour in a cedar forest, Menerbes. The most experienced will go as far a Bonnieux or Roussillon. The wiser will come back direct through Goult. Many bistrots on the road for lunch. Picnic basket available for use outside or in the garden on your terrace or a hidden spot along a fountain.
Pictures : On the 1st one is Eyal, from Israel, in front of the famouns Gordes landscape. He came in September. Best months for biking are May-June and September. On the 3rd pict is a couple from USA, just leaving our property. Young couples love having a day biking on our proposed tracks.
EATING (Gourmet & casual)
Eating in Luberon is a great feast as there are plenty of excellent restaurants and prices are now more reasonable. We serve a full breakfast at the Mas in the morning but there are no eating facilities ( Table d'hotes) on the property). However we have three good restaurants in the direct vicinity, which is even better because you have a lot of choices to dine.
We maintain a list of the offers in the area and update it on a regular basis. We give advices and also make the reservations. Guests like it, especially for the first evening. Estellan across the road is the first choice
Pictures : The first one is the dining room at "Pèir", the Bastide de Gordes one star Michelin. Of course excellent and with one of the classic views. TIP : If you don't kill your budget, you have a drink by 7:30 PM on the terrace before having dinner at nearby Trinquette ( See our blog ) . The 3rd is the terrace at "Le Fournil" in Bonnieux. It is a very good one. The last one is Estellan that we recommend because you eat very well and it is just close from us. The background pict is quite exciting. It is in Roussillon ( to be proofed) where you have a large choice of "Bistrots" ( better than Gordes).
In France, it is easy to enjoy and practice Wine Testing. In general there is no charge for that. We have selected for you a few best wineries just nearby or in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
So you can buy your own wine and drink it at Mas des Etoiles at the traditional evening aperitif. In fact, we don't mind because it is a real pleasure ( Most of b&B's here don't accept. Same for food you would buy ( In general cheese, sausage, fruits and vegetables. But in reasonable quantites. For picnics on the property, our guests are well educated and know how to do not to bother around. We have a large fridge to do that casually. Many guests from Brazil bring back as many as 12 bottles of Chateauneuf back home in their suitcases !
Pictures : 1- and the background photo : Just behind Mas des Etoiles here. In fact here, the grapes are muscat de Hambourg. Very sweet. You eat it at breakfast in September. The other ones are academic. Here the wine gets better and better every year. For me best are "Rosé" and White.
Many tourists visit the Luberon area for the lavender. The blooming period is between early July and mid-August. We are familiar with the best sites and help you to find them. So, we have several tours : One is a day-wonder adventure which takes you to Sault and several villages around. You can end-up by getting on the top of Mont Ventoux or different places, depending on the time available and your eagerness to see new things.
The alternative is to visit "Plateau de Valensole" near Manosque. There you get the best fields anywhere. It is on the way to Gorges du Verdon ( a fantastic spot). You can program that on the way back to Nice ( A lot of guests split their stay between our part of Provence ( Luberon ) and Côte d'Azur ( Nice - Monaco - Eze etc ...). Also one secret ( among others) is to go to the Senanque Abbey early in the morning before breakfast. At sunrise, you can make the best shots. ( See the background picture). You can also visit a distillery, or closer from us "Musée de la Lavande " ( 3 kms- 2 miles ) which enables you to have a quick overview on the product and its fragances.
More on Lavender is here : Lavender Delights in Luberon
Pictures : They come mostly from Valensole. The poppies and wildflowers come from another place. If you find it ( it is very famous), please tell me. You could earn a reward. Anyway, we have a lot of poppies everywhere here in May-June and spectacular.
To attend a concert in a nearby old church or outdoors in front of a renaissance castle is fantastic for the mind. The most famous are Festival of Lacoste, Musicales du Luberon, generally in Menerbes and all kind of smaller events which last all summer. Above all, you have the Festival International de Piano in La Roque d'Antheron. What we do is , we have a program and suggestions for the period you are here. This must be planned well in advance. We can help you for the bookings.
I will not say there are many guests who do it, maybe because we don't advertise enough. This year there will be a post on the Blog and more details on our booklet.
Pictures : 1- in the Church ( beautiful golden baroque ) of L'Isle sur La Sorgue. 2- In the courtyard of the Lourmarin Castle 3-4-5 Violin concero in the cherch of Menerbes 6- La Roque d'Anteron Festivel ( Piano.)