Scenes of Provence: Goult

10.07.13

Hello! In my last post I mentioned that I was off to the south of France to photograph a stunning house in Goult, a little town in the heart of Provence. We ventured down by car, arriving late Friday to a sun drenched and beautiful Provence ~ all lavender fields, vineyards, fruit orchards and rolling hills ~ and set off back to the Netherlands again on Monday night. It was a heavenly few days of exploring not only the beautiful 17th century farmhouse I was photographing, but also the surrounding villages and local delights. But more than that, being there in that beautiful slice of paradise even for just a few days was a true exploration of the senses. The sights, sounds and smells were invigorating, leaving me feeling nothing but inspired and grateful. Over the coming days I will be sharing bits and pieces of Provence for you to devour, so get comfy because I’ve got a whole lotta pretty coming your way! First up, I thought I would take you on a visual tour of the charming town of Goult, where we spent the morning of day one. The colors, textures and sheer romance of this quaint hilltop town will have you checking flights, I am quite positive.

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Overlooking the rolling hills of the Luberon region of France that seem to stretch on for eternity, Goult is an ancient fortified hilltop village that dates back centuries. It is one of the lesser known villages of the region, making it a hidden gem that I was delighted to discover. The beautifully preserved village has a small collection of shops and restaurants, with a buzzing antique market that takes place on Sundays. I loved the little antique shop Gatti, owned by a lovely English woman called Jan who has made France her home for about 30 years.

We spent the morning wandering around the village, up and down narrow streets and alleyways, admiring the gorgeous buildings which to me seem to be an extension of the landscape. Built out of natural stone, and in some placed literally carved out of the stone of the hill itself, any painting that has been done to building exteriors echo the natural pigments of the earth. Original shutters and doors handcrafted by local tradesman can be seen in all shades of blue and green, giving the streets of Goult a vibrancy and charm that had me swooning around every corner. A glass of wine at the most buzzing cafe in town, Cafe de la Poste, and we {or should I say our hot and bothered toddler} were ready for a dip in the pool!

Hope you enjoyed these little scenes of Goult. I’ll be back tomorrow with more lovely Provincial inspired imagery to have your heart racing and your hand reaching for your passport!

Holly x

* Photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle

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15 Responses to “Scenes of Provence: Goult”

  1. Having been lucky enough to recently visit the region myself, I can second Holly in saying how beautiful the area is – and expertly demonstrated by her fantastic snaps, too!

    • Oh Will, I have been eyeing your Instagram snaps of Provence with longing over the last few weeks and can’t wait to see what you come up with yourself from the trip. Hope you had a great time in Paris, too!

  2. Oh wow, it just looks magical!

    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      You should totally make France your next destination, Jacquelyn! You could weave quite some magic with your camera.

  3. Monique says:

    Beautiful photography Holly!

  4. Gudy Herder says:

    It looks like the whole region is immersed in pastel colors. Happy you had the chance to combine work and a little off-time!
    The 6th pic could have been taken in Mallorca too! The mediterranean area iust just wonderful1

    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      It was, Gudy! Pastels everywhere. So lovely, and yes, so mediterranean. I wish I had toured with the camera a little more when I was in Mallorca. Such a stunning place. I must admit I spent a larger portion of our time in France taking photos and working than relaxing, but I was just so inspired I couldn’t help myself!

  5. Claudia says:

    Wow, this is almost a moodboard for your blog. The colors fit your layout of the blog so good! The roofs of the french houses are like the “do you have any questions” paint dot and the blue in the pictures is such a good combo with the background.

    It looks gorgeous! Really inspirational!

    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      You’re so right, Claudia! I didn’t realise it at the time but the colours do look great on the blog! Hope you’re enjoying Thailand. The colours and textures I spotted over at Design Claud today are amazing. What an adventure you’re on!

  6. I was already impressed by the pics on instagram but these are even better. What a lovely place! Is that place you stayed for rent or were you invited? I want to go to Goult too!

    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      Thanks Louise! The pics from Instagram are of the house we were staying at, and these are pics from the nearest little town. It really is the most beautiful place. You must go one day! There are a bunch of beautiful town just like this one in the region. It’s a feast for the senses.

  7. Talitha says:

    Oh how I love France 🙂

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