From the moment we saw the door which leads to this wonderfully warm, cosy little house, we fell in love. Small but perfectly formed, everything about this delightful bolthole in the most beautiful village in France is a treat. Communication from owner Tatiana is superb and although we didn't meet her, Cynthia who greeted us was a lovely and helpful host. The house itself is ridiculously cute - a staircase leads from the patio garden shared with another house straight into the kitchen and front room, both of which are sweetly decorated and full of charm. Another staircase (one you might not want to attempt after too much wine!) leads to the bedroom/bathroom, two rooms in one. Upstairs is mainly white and the window looks out on one of Lourmarin's twisting side roads. It is remarkably quiet, other than the gentle tolling of a bell on the hour. Because the house is so lovely - quirky, incredibly central, relaxing and inviting - we spent more time there than we'd expected to. I imagine in winter it would be wonderful to light the wood burner in the front room and read on the sofa (with hot chocolate and a selection of pastries from the bakery a stone's throw away - oh how we miss it now we're home!). Lourmarin and the surrounding area are, in a word, magical. And this little house is enchanting. We can't recommend it enough.
Stayed 10 days in a very hot August
Loved this apartment so near the village for restaraunts and cafes Nice for walks
Apartment well appointed with everything you need and the owner Tatiana was very helpful
Plenty to do in the region plenty info in apartment
Really enjoyed will stay again if in the region
My wife and I intended spending eight days in this bijou rental which has been tastefully furnished and decorated by the owner who clearly took trouble to coordinate everything in colour and style.
The seating in the living room was comfortable, with lots of local information on display, as well as a selection of books and a CD music system. One end of the room housed a kitchenette, with simple cooking facilities, fridge, kettle, toaster etc.
The bedroom is accessed via a narrow old spiral staircase which, though charming, would prove difficult for anybody with limited mobility.
Once upstairs, there is a comfortable double bed, chest of drawers, satellite TV at one end, and behind a partial screen at the other end a full-sized bath, washbasin and WC.
The owner, Tatiana was most helpful and friendly, ready with local advice and concerned that we should have everything that we needed.
Lourmarin is a compact small village with plenty of cafes, restaurants and small craft shops and galleries to explore. L'Ostaloun is right in the centre. The surrounding area is beautiful.
A family emergency caused us to curtail our holiday after only three days, much to our regret.
We very much hope to return at a happier time.
We've just spent three weeks at L'Oustaloun -- our second stay hosted by Tatiana. Lourmarin is an ideal home base for touring around the area, & we couldn't be happier with our accommodations. The apartment itself is well-equipped, comfortable, & (as a bonus) charmingly decorated. Tatiana (with the help of Nanou) is a font of information & advice. We wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend a stay in either L'Oustaloun or its sister apartment, La Bonbonniere.
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We stayed at L'Oustaloun for a week during our honeymoon and couldn't have asked for a lovelier place for two to stay. The two open-plan rooms (bedroom and bathroom upstairs, kitchen and lounge downstairs) were warm, cosy and welcoming, and perfect for two. The whole place was nestled out of the way through an archway from the street, and the owner's shop was right nearby for browsing lovely little knick-knacks. Lourmarin is a beautiful place, and our hostess was so helpful – recommending places for us to go, helping us practise our French, booking a special table at a local restaurant for us... We had a lovely time and we'd love to come back!