V Visite privée Luberon
Agnès V arda’s house The poetry of a preserved Provençal hamlet
IT IS IN A PRESERVED PROVENCE, BETWEEN BONNIEUX AND LOURMARIN, NESTLED IN A WILD VALLEY THAT LIES THE HAMLET OF AGNÈS VARDA. PROTECTED BY 64 HECTARES OF WOODLAND, THIS GREEN OASIS PLANTED WITH MAGNIFICENT TREES AND CROSSED BY A MOUNTAIN STREAM SEEMS TO BE BLESSED BY THE GODS.
TEXT OLIVIA ROLAND
There are special places, which are both close to civilisation and cut oﬀ from the world; often popular destinations for artists seeking tranquility and silence to create.
The house of Agnès Varda, photographer, ﬁlm director and visual artist, is one of those places. Located in the heart of the most beautiful hikes in the Luberon, 10 minutes
from the superb, classiﬁed hilltop village of Bonnieux, and the same distance from Lourmarin, a lively village with its shops and its big Friday market, this unique property, an ode to nature, which is located below the road, oﬀers exceptional peace and quiet just one hour from the Avignon TGV station or from Marignane International Airport. The house, which cannot be seen from the road, is located in a natural environment, untouched since the dawn of time, a mixture of white rocks and age-old oaks that stand out on summer days against the blue sky. The house is accessed by leaving the asphalt road to join a small dirt road. And there, in the heart of this very beautiful wild domain (55 hectares of woodland and 8 hectares of grassland) nestles this charming hamlet, with a mountain stream, tall trees and a terraced garden, which descends to the little river that runs along the property. Aiguebrun consists of several buildings, most of which have been renovated, including a nineteenth century country house, an old farmhouse and several outbuildings. The ﬁrst building to discover is the country house, 450 m2 and entirely renovated, which was once a luxury hotel.