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LA PERLE DE GOULT

La Perle de Goult, originally constructed in 1699 and recently renovated to perfection, is a stylishly appointed and charmingly decorated three-bedroom house in the village of Goult, midway between Ménerbes and Roussillon in the heart of the Lubéron Valley. The property has a swimming pool and unquestionably ranks as a luxury home, two factors that are rare for a village house.

The house is constructed of thick stone and has a typically Provençal terra cotta tile roof and large windows framed by pale-blue shutters. It enjoys a quiet, utterly peaceful location at the end of a small lane about a three-minute walk from the village square, and only a couple of minutes from one of Provence's most enjoyable restaurants, the cozy L'Auberge de Bartavelle, a pleasure at any time of year. There is parking for two cars. Two sides of the house have gorgeous views of the Lubéron Valley, and from other rooms there are views of the picturesque village streets.

The house is on three levels. On the ground floor are the living room and dining area, the superbly equipped all-modern kitchen, and a guest lavatory. Stairs lead to a second level and the sumptuously decorated master bedroom, which has a queen-sized bed in a wrought-iron frame, sitting area and large ensuite bath with tub, double vanity, separate stall shower and WC. On the upper level are two guest bedrooms, both with ensuite baths. One bedroom has a double bed and the second has twin beds.

The choice of building materials, fabrics, finishes and decorative accents throughout the property consistently reflect the owners' desire to create an environment of unparalleled comfort and visual appeal. The walls are generally a soft cream, the floors polished terra cotta tile, and the ceilings laced with original beams. The large living room with its graceful fireplace and stone mantle, before which are arranged a plush sofa and Louis XV armchairs, is the perfect place for coffee and conversation after a dinner in the graceful dining room, which has an elegant farm table and striking rococo wall decoration.

The designer kitchen, which has an especially warm ambiance from the original stone walls and soft pastel colors of the cabinets and counters, has a four-burner semi-professional stove, dishwasher, large two-door refrigerator and other top-quality appliances. In the laundry area are an American-style washing machine and tumble dryer.

Amenities include a television with satellite reception (CNN, BBC and other international channels) and a DVD player, high-speed Internet, a fax machine on a separate line, stereo system and a sophisticated security system. The house is equipped with a reversible heating and cooling system making it equally comfortable on the hottest day of summer as the coldest day in winter.

La Perle de Goult is on a small terrain landscaped with flowerbeds, stone paths and a pretty little garden with a fountain, covered dining area and a tall shade tree. Doors lead from the kitchen to a flagstone terrace with long-range views over the Lubéron. From the terrace stone steps descend to the 3.5 m X 4.5 m (11.5' X 15') pool, which has a consistent depth of 1.3 m (4'4"), making it inappropriate for small children. Tucked away in a shady area there is a boules court.

La Perle de Goult is the ideal property for couples or a small family with older children. It offers exceptional appeal, luxury-level comfort, and the convenience of the petits commercants of a small village (Goult has an excellent bakery, small grocery, a post office, two restaurants and a café). Above all, it is tastefully and imaginatively appointed in a way that offers both exceptional comfort and an undeniably Provençal ambiance that will please the most discriminating guest.