The village

Set in the countryside just ten kilometers north-east of Apt, the village overlooks the valley between the Luberon and the Vaucluse mountains. There are fields of vines, olive trees, fruit trees and the iconic lavender.

Central to the village is a beautiful 17th century château which now serves as the Mairie (town hall). Just a few minutes walk from the house there is the village pool (open in July and August). There is a well stocked local shop, a bakery with cafe/bar and a restaurant. The village has a small market on Wednesday evenings.

The market town of Apt is just 15 minutes away by car, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and supermarkets.

The area

Rustrel is famous for its location next to Le Colorado Provencal. The rust coloured landscape from which ochre has been mined for more than a century. Now these rocks and cliffs are a network of walking trails and viewpoints. The Colorado is definitely worth a visit!

You can head out walking into the countryside and hills in all directions from Rustrel. Or you can jump in the car and see the hill villages of the Luberon, the rich history and culture in Avignon, the majestic Gorge du Verdon. There are markets, antiques, restaurants, museums and stunning natural beauty in every direction. The possibilities are endless! Our comprehensive guide to the area will help you work out the perfect itinerary for your trip, and our local house managers are always on hand for any questions.

getting here

Avignon TGV 1h 30
Marseille airport 1hr 30
Nimes airport 1hr 45
Nice airport 3hrs

The rural location of the village means a car is essential. 

There’s plenty of free parking in the village.