l’Amiradou: a belvedere or panoramic view point
in the Vaucluse dialect of Provence
Twenty years ago, we fell in love with the unspoilt Vaucluse. Despite being part of Provence, the Vaucluse had kept much of the charm that enchanted us in the stories of Marcel Pagnol. This was Provence before its discovery by mass tourism - the small hilltop villages around the region overlooking a host of small vineyards (rather than sprawling conurbations of holiday homes). Yet, it is a region that has not been left behind in a more cosmopolitan world, where quiet sophistication and good taste can be found around every corner.
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, we found an old village farmhouse in need of some love and attention. We called it l’Amiradou because it was a home and a belvedere, whose panoramic views over the Vaucluse we have found to be healing. We find peace and tranquility whenever we are there.
What is it about panoramic vistas that helps us feel lighter, find meaningful relief? As we looked out over the views of the Vaucluse, we could literally hear the hiss of city-life stress escaping from the base of our necks, like air escaping a pin prick in a balloon. We dreamt of a place of our own to rest and recharge, a view to help us remember how wonderful the world we live in can be, a home where we can be ourselves.
This was the beginning of our collection of private estates where you can be At Home with a View.
In different parts of the world, we have found unique homes with amazing views where you can relax and rest and be away from it all. Yet, for the days when you feel energised, there is also much to do nearby. From country sports to great food and historical sites, you will be spoilt for choice when you decide to venture away from tranquility for a while.
The Cotswolds is the largest area of outstanding beauty in England and Wales. Our secluded private farming estate at the edge of a quintessentially Cotswolds village is decorated to the most exacting standards and with great character. Preserving the elegance of an Arts and Craft era with the most modern conveniences in heating and plumbing, our expansive but homely estate with stunning views over the Windrush Valley, comprises a substantial manor house, stable block, formal gardens, kitchen gardens and orchard, cosy cottages, a spacious modernised stone barn, woodland, pastures, and even an old quarry.
Provence exerts a powerful impulse for us to get away from our daily routine, to get out among olive trees, lavender and vineyards, to wander rocky, herby landscapes that plant you in the earth, and to drink great local wine under the stars. An imposing village home with a panoramic views from every room over Mont Ventoux, as well as the vineyards and orchards of her foothills, our first and original property l’Amiradou in Crillon le Brave comprises six spacious bedrooms, the convenience of an internal lift for those less keen on navigating the stairs, and warm welcoming living areas.
Some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty (it is no wonder that Peter Jackson chose to film much of the Lord of the Rings here) surrounds our home in Middle Earth. From the emerald rainforests to the dramatic Southern Alps, the views all around us will not fail to enthrall. An award winning four bedroom home with stunning views over Coronet Peak and the Remarkables through to the turquoise blue of Lake Wakatipu, Kumanu is a haven of privacy, peace and tranquility. Interior accents inspired by Art Deco bring an understated elegance to one of our favourite homes - where we find we relax and recharge without fail.