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La Ferme du Castelas
Ranked #56 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Luberon
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“There are few places like it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Have been to Le Castelas four or five times and have the most amazing memories of it. High up with the stunning views west across the Luberon. Wonderful atmosphere, particularly at sunset. Fantastic farm food with loads of wine, eaten at long communal wooden tables surrounded by animals who mill around and graze in the fields.Take woollens if you are going at night or out of season; the temperature can drop rapidly. If you want a luxury restaurant avoid it! If you want to have an evening that you will always remember, probably in wonderful company, go! Call first to book. You can stay in their rooms, but we have never done so.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is quite simple. If you are fond of:
Goats
Dogs
Pigs
Landscape
The rustic life
adventure
surprise
Hearty food
Asterix
......then you MUST go.

If your priority is:
Starched linen
Fine wines
A waiter at the elbow
a la carte
air conditioning
clean carpets
.....then you should NOT GO.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Do not expect white table cloths or waiters in tuxedos. This is a farm experience. You will drive down a long, windy road and feel like you're lost, but when you get to the end, you arrive a the farm. Its very picturesque with goats wandering around. The food is all local and quite good. The cheese served at the end was fantastic. If its cool in the evening, make sure to bring a jacket as the Mistral winds can blow hard and cool the evening.... Wine is included in the price.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We visited La Ferme du Castelas on June 13 for lunch. After having read other reviews discussing whether tomgomfor dinner or lunch, I emailed the farm and asked to have the 30 Euro menu rather than the assorted tastings that others said were served to them. They wiilingly obliged and we were rewarded!
We arrived to an empty place, but having made our way to the kitchen to say hello, we realized by the amazing smells coming from the kitchen that they were ready for us. They told us we could sit inside or out (in the sun or shade) and of course, we chose to sit outside since the views are incredible.
During our brief wait for the wine/water and appetizers to come out, the children were entertained by the lamb. They were given a bottle of milk to feed it and then one of the owners' young son came out to play with the lamb too. The lamb was very entertaining with the little boy and they even played ball together.
Two jugs of wine were brought out along with eggplant dip, roasted sweet peppers, cured ham and bread. This was followed by pasta with a lamb ragout. Afterwards, a beautiful platter of cheeses, cherries and honey came out. For dessert, there was chocolate cake....
The food was homemade, fresh and delicious - beyond description. We took photos of every course.
Our only regret is that we didn't discover this place earlier in our stay. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Our guidebook recommended Ferme Castelas under the heading: "Live a Dream," which is the most appropriate phrase I can think of for our meal here. Eating here is a surreal experience. First, there is the drive. You will climb to a remote corner of the Luberon, passing through a mid-size village (Apt) to a small village (Saignon) to a much smaller village (Sivergues) before you abandon the paved road altogether and head up into the mountains on a dirt road. At the end of this dirt road you will encounter a magical place: an old stone farmhouse sitting on a hillside that drops away with views of much of the Luberon. If you get there early you will have time to admire this view in the shade of large old trees, and eventually you will be joined by a herd of goats that scamper out of the nearby forest to share the shade with you. When dinner is served the goats will follow you to the long, communal tables where they will eyeball you for the rest of the meal. Here at the table you will be spoiled with wine and sangria, starters of roast vegetables and thinly sliced ham. Then will come the sumptuous main course of roast pork and potatoes. Perhaps you think you are as full as can be, until the servers come out with platters of beautiful cheeses (at which point, you can thank the goats). And then, as the sun sets over the Luberon, you can enjoy the show with coffee and a chocolate dessert.

It was an experience to be grateful for. We also had the extreme good luck of sitting with a local family from Sivergues who eat at the farm regularly. Despite our near-total language barrier, they were the finest company, and they did what they could to tell us all about their little corner of Provence. The place, the food, the views, the company...in a trip filled with memorable meals, this one will forever stand out in my mind. And to top it off? It was one of the least expensive.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Ferme Auberge, Le Castelas, Sivergues


We read about this in our guide book. The description of having to travel on dirt roads nearly put us off but we need not have worried. Head to the tiny two building town of Sivergues, and follow the signs. While the dirt roads were a little rough our standard rental car had no problem and after a short 1.5km drive through beautiful countryside we were soon there. .


We were greeted with a spectacular view and heading down to the farm house a warm welcome despite our minimal French.

it was a beautiful early November day so we chose to sit at a huge out door bench table rather than inside the large stone farm house. Large pitchers of sangria, water and a very drinkable local red wine were brought out and we settled back and enjoyed the view and sounds of the spectacular surrounds.

The first course included large platers of roasted whole red capsicum, cumin and cinnamon flavoured carrots, amazing soft home cured jamon and a large chunk of country style "campagne" pate. All were delicious. As was the basket of baguette cooked in a wood fire.

A visit from the farms herd of goats provided some entertainment as they clearly wanted what we were having. The Corsican pigs and piglets were less interested in us perhaps because the knew about the next course.

Roasted pork and sauteed potatoes with herbs again simple and delicious. This was followed by a platter of cheeses made from milk from the afore mentioned goats. Served with a delicious lavender scented honey and grapes. The cheeses ranged from fresh to aged with some flavoured with a pepper berry others by dried herbs all made on the farm.

To finish a simple apple flan and coffee. All this for an incredible 30 euro a head. To eat at such a unique location and enjoy food from the source is the reason I travel and I feel so lucky to have experienced.

It is possible to stay the night in what I understand are simple, clean rooms. They also offer a dinner which is popular in summer months. And breakfast if you stay the night.

You should always call ahead and book as despite its remoteness it is popular and they need to know you are coming.

Tel: 04 90 74 60 89

Room Tip: We didn't stay so can only comment on the food.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: La Ferme du Castelas
Address: le Castellas, 84400, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon
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Ranked #56 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Luberon

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