La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.


Bonnieux, France

While the fabulous garden, La Louve, is a great draw, the little village of Bonnieux has a charm all its own and well worth the visit. In fact, the Russell Crowe film "A Good Year" was filmed in and around the village.

Below, a few pictures of this lovely town high in the Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur.

12 century Roman/Gothic church at the entrance to the village

Roman columns and arches

Typical 17th century shop fronts and residences.

Private residences. The rich ochre lime wash on the buildings is breathtaking at sunset!
Entrance to a private residence. Note the little black cat doorbell!

Street of antique shops

Private residences
I always wondered how the interiors were decorated. Old fashion Provencal fabrics, perhaps, with cherry wood side tables, armoires filled with regional quilts, brass candlesticks on tables beside an old carved walnut bed piled high with white linen shams and a down-filled comforter. Or... was the interior filled with clean-lined, ultra modern furniture from Paris? If only the shutters had been opened just a tiny bit. Hmmm...wonder if there's a law against curious, peeking Americans???

Boutique hotel in the heart of Bonnieux. Expedia has a list of more than a dozen hotels in and around Bonnieux

Leaving Bonnieux and on to Menerbes and Lacoste
Hmm...wonder if the owners would sell?

In closing - the very, very discreet entrance to the gardens of La Louve. If possible, plan your visit to Provence  when the garden is open to the public. You won't regret it.  Check online via the French Ministry of Culture or go directly to the La Louve website.


My Notting Hill said...

Loved this collection of images of this town in Provence & La Louve. I've put this on my list - thank you!

April said...

Let me know when you're going. I'd go again in a heartbeat!!