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Fabulous dinner at La Bartavelle in Goult

The 2016 season has begun, a sure sign of which is the reopening of many of our favourite restaurants. La Bartavelle is a small cosy restaurant seating about 20 covers in the back streets of Goult. The menu at 45 € offers an amuse-bouche followed by a choice of two starters. Continue reading here for details (and photos) about David and Karen’s meal at this charming Luberon restaurant.

Restaurant La Bartavelle
Rue du Cheval Blanc
84220 GOULT
Telephone: +33(0)4 90 72 33 72

Why Visit Goult?

Despite its authentic charms, this village is not overrun by tourists. However, that is not to say that in peak season, it’s quiet, but Goult with single road access, the village is not one you can simply drive by. Goult is well worth a stop for a stroll and a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Goult is small relative to neighbouring villages with a permanent population of barely over 1000 people. Whether by design or municipal decree, the village buildings remain relatively untouched on the exterior, although many have been restored and renovated. There are several parking lots in Goult, and the town is pedestrian-friendly.

Stroll past the main square, following the principal road towards the hilltop. Passing through an entry in the medieval ramparts, the 12th-century Château built by the Agoult family comes into view. The castle is privately owned.

Continue to the top of the village via one of several minor roadways that seem barely large enough for most cars. The Moulin de Jérusalem sits at the top of the hill. Once owned by Marquis de Donis, the mill operated until the 19th century. After his death and the ravages of World War II, the mill was in ruins until 1947. The National Geographic Institute acquired it to make it its Astronomy Teaching Centre before donating it to the commune of Goult in 1990. The windmill is restored and highly photographed. Keep reading about Goult the Luberon’s best kept “secret.

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David Taylor

David Taylor

It took just one holiday in the Luberon in 2003 for David and Karen Taylor to fall in love with Provence. This lead to owning a village house in Saint Saturnin les Apt - a holiday home. However, after just a few visits they took the radical step of leaving home and work in Surrey, England.

The plan was to take a year off to explore Provence and learn French. However, after just a few months a challenge of a different sort presented itself - property. It was a piece of land in a wonderful authentic Provencal village in the Luberon and they set about planning and building two houses and gites over a two year period.

Today David and Karen have a three bedroom villa with private pool, two gites and a chambre d'hôte room with a shared pool. Now (2015) they are approaching their 7th season with 50% repeat guests, for a season that starts at Easter and runs to mid-October.

Details on the different accommodation options can be found here.

When not carrying out work duties the couple continues to explore the endless beautiful Provencal villages and towns. Recording their visits in photographs and sampling great food & scenery.

Their blog began in 2006 as a way for friends and family to follow our adventures it is now a great resource for anyone interested in Provence.

Read stories from their blog here.

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