The luxury accommodations Les Hameaux des Davids in the heart of Provence combine ancient charm with contemporary luxury in the middle of a biodynamic wine estate
In a completely untouched region of the Vaucluse, on the borders of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, a number of hamlets have been transformed into luxury holiday residences with a total of more than 30 rooms: Les Hameaux des Davids.
Les Hameaux are part of the 16th-century Les Davids estate, a 100-hectare estate in Viens, a medieval village between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Surrounded by orchards and gardens, the Les Davids estate has twenty hectares of vineyards and currently produces eleven organic wines of excellent quality.
There are eight holiday homes in total, spread over four hamlets and ranging from three to six bedrooms, which you can rent with or without catering. They are all traditional houses in the typical Provencal style. The interior is rustic charming, with coarse beamed ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and wooden furniture. They are quietly situated on large estates, with landscaped gardens overlooking the unspoilt rocky hills.
The new showpiece that has just been restored is Le Hameau de Treimars. Le Hameau de Treimars stretches over 40 hectares and is surrounded by an unspoilt landscape with an infinite horizon. The gardens, designed by landscape architect Jean-Noël Capart, have been laid out with respect for the past and retain the charm of the country life of yesteryear. The Hameau is located within walking distance of the estate, at the top of a hill, and can accommodate 24 guests in 12 rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom for sufficient privacy. The two swimming pools, the tennis court, the petanque court and the wellness offer sufficient opportunities for relaxation.
All of the Hameaux combine ancient charm and tradition with the most contemporary luxury and a service tailored to the needs of the guests. There is a catering service, domaine products, transport, truffle discovery walk, wine tastings, guides and excursions. Whatever the season, these are the ideal places for discovering the estate and immersing yourself in the region's warm wine-growing culture.
An ultramodern chai - winery - by French architect Marc Barani has just opened on the estate. Completely in wood-framed concrete in the same ochre hue as the earth, the massive building becomes a kind of rock that merges into the hillside.
The architect designed three floors, because Les Davids makes wine without pumps. Everything is done by natural gravity. Upstairs they collect the grape juice. This way less oxygen reaches the wine, so less sulphite has to be added and the aromas are better preserved. Moreover, they pick and sort twice the grapes by hand.
While staying at the Hameaux, one can book a visit to the new winery of the estate or a wine assembly workshop with the estate's oenologist, buy bread and products from the estate's own bakery and vegetable garden. On the terrace of the winery, one can enjoy a gastronomic five-course menu based on the wines or have a lunch or aperitif with local cheeses and products.
Les Hameaux des Davids
Route de Banon
More information and booking via www.lhdd.fr