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La Bastide de San Sebastien: Luxury Provencal Villa in Luberon National Park

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

***Some availability remains for last-minute bookings in July & August 2021***

La Bastide de San Sebastien is a stunning self-catered 5-bedroom luxury villa located within the Luberon National Park. Situated in the world-famous Provence region, it is the perfect South of France holiday home for families, groups of friends or couples looking for an exclusive getaway.

Built as a 14th century watch tower, the villa has a prime private hilltop position with views over the village of St-Michel-l'Observatoire, picturesque countryside and Alpine peaks. Stonework is listed and original medieval architectural features remain.

La Bastide de San Sebastien's outdoor dining terrace seating up to 10 people with views over the Luberon National Park in Provence, France

The property, or traditional Provencal 'bastide,' offers large grounds, panoramic views, stunning outdoor pool and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas for up to 13 people. It makes an idyllic rural retreat for family or group villa holidays. Find out more here.

La Bastide de San Sebastien, a luxury French holiday home in the Luberon, Provence, with five double bedrooms

This is a true summer holiday heaven: spend summer days relaxing by the pool or in vast gardens. The outdoor swimming pool (4.8 x 12m) is surrounded by an elegant stone area that offers both sunbathing and shade or space for games under a typically Provencal 'tunnelle'.

Provencal holiday home sleeping up to 10 people with outdoor swimming pool and mountain views located in the Luberon in Provence, France

The pool area is fully enclosed and highly secure for young children, making this a great family-friendly villa in the South of France. It’s private location out of sight from the house means that winter stays are not impacted when the pool is closed.

To book La Bastide de San Sebastien or read more go to their website or send them an email at You can also check out their Instagram for more photos and up-to-date information about availability.

Luxury villa in Luberon, Provence, France with outdoor pool and mountain views

The arrival onto the property is a through a light-dappled young oak forest. This gives way to an impressive view of nearby Mane, Forcalquier and the Midi Alps beyond. The approach to the house is lined with olive trees, pines and poplars.

Luxury holiday villa in the Luberon, Provence, South of France for groups of friends or families

Grassy areas and ancient terraces with flowered bedding surround the main house, and beyond that there are mature trees including the one of the very last remaining Roman mulberry trees in Provence. Throughout La Bastide de San Sebastien there is pervading sense of open space, rural countryside and panoramic scenic views.

Luxury holiday villa perfect for summer holidays offering stunning mountain views in the Luberon, Provence, South of France

The ground floor is home to a large light-filled open-plan area with kitchen, communal dining area and spacious sitting room with wood-burning stove.

La Bastide de San Sebastien Provencal villa has a large luxurious open-plan sitting room and dining room perfect for families with wood-burning stove

Indoors, on the ground floor of the villa, there is a large well-equipped kitchen which offers mountain views. The nearest towns for food shopping include Mane (8km) and Forcalquier (10km). For those after a luxury summer holiday without any cooking, there is the option of booking a private chef.

Luxurious self-catered holiday villa in the South of France with large kitchen and option of booking private chef

Just off the living area, leading to the main stairway, there is a laundry room and pantry, ideal for food preparation. Read on to find out which famous chef stayed at La Bastide de San Sebastien when filming for his BBC television series. The beautiful curved stone stairway is lit by a double story slit window.

Stunning spiral staircase within original 14th century luxury bastide in Luberon, Provence, South of France

Considered the heart of the house, French doors open onto a stunning terrace with covered outdoor dining table, space for serving and beautiful countryside views. Enjoy al fresco breakfasts while looking out over the St-Michel-l'Observatoire, known for it's world-famous observatory and excellent stargazing.

Outdoor dining with views over the Luberon in luxurious holiday home villa in Provence, ideal for families and friends

Accessed from the dining terrace, around the corner there is an ancient covered terrace that overlooks the beautiful medieval courtyard which dates from the 14th century.

Medieval courtyard at Le Bastide close to St-Michel-l'Observatoire in the Luberon which dates from the 24th century

Grab some quiet time with a book on hot summer afternoons. We recommend reading Peter Mayle's best-selling 'A Year in Provence' which was written from the author's base in Ménerbes, a picturesque Luberon village located just an hour from the villa.

Read Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence overlooking the villa's 14th century medieval courtyard

On the ground floor there is a super king double room with bathroom opposite. Heading up the spiral staircase takes you to two en suite double bedrooms, both with king beds. A small area outside the second bedroom room can be curtained off to create a family unit with an additional single bed. The villa is a fab family choice for luxury holidays in Provence.

La Bastide de San Sebastien has beautiful double, single and twin bedrooms for large families and groups of friends, making it the perfect holiday home in the South of France
Beautiful double room in luxury villa
Modern luxury ensuite bathroom at La Bastide de San Sebastien with views over the Luberon National Park and Provence countryside

The second floor is home to two bedrooms - one double and one with two single beds; both share a bathroom. This floor also has a full TV/cinema area with access to Apple TV. The room layout is based on the original medieval fort and sleeps 11 (plus 2 child beds).

Luxury ensuite double bedroom and bathroom in this ten bedroom luxury holiday home in the luberon
Several areas of the large luxury family villa in Provence sleep children making this is a great option for family holidays in the South of France

Located below the main bastide, off the medieval courtyard, there is a studio is perfect for a couple or 3 teenagers. It has its own bathroom, small kitchen, private sun terrace and a mezzanine with a double bed. A child can share with parents if required (total of 3) or it can work as a private romantic Luberon bolthole.

Luxury studio apartment within five bedroom luxury holiday villa for families, teenagers, young children and friends in the Luberon National Park in Provence

Finally, this Provencal villa has culinary connections. Famous chef, Rick Stein, chose La Bastide de San Sebastien as the location for his 2019 BBC television series, 'Secret France'. He is pictured here facing the villa's medieval courtyard.

Famous British Chef Rick Stein filming his 2019 BBC television series 'Secret France' at La Bastide de San Sebastien in the Luberon, Provence, South of France

Booking Information

Book La Bastide de San Sebastien here or email Rates start at €4,000 a week.

N.B There are 5 bedrooms in the main house, plus a studio (sleeping up to 13 guests). Enjoy full-service open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, delightful outdoor dining terrace, sun terrace, idyllic outdoor pool and large country garden.


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