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For millennia, Provence, and more particularly the Rhône Valley, has been a land of passage, exchange and mixtures.

Perched on its rock, the village of Gordes is both a witness to the evolution of the world and the guardian of the authentic traditions and values of Provence.

At the Domaine de l'Enclos we aim to help you discover and enjoy our region while protecting and respecting it, so that you can return year after year without fear that it is distorted like so many tourist destinations around the world.

An exceptional estate in a magical place

The site on which the Domaine de l'Enclos is built, ideally located on the heights of the village with a magnificent view of the Luberon and the setting sun, was used for centuries by the shepherds and farmers of Gordes. This is evidenced by the dry stone walls surrounding the property and which gave it its name, and the two bories (traditional stone dwellings) which are located in the garden.

The mas was built by the famous architect Svetchine for a family of industrialists who came to spend their holidays in Gordes, before becoming the first 4-star hotel in Gordes.

Transformed into a luxury guest house a few years ago, the Domaine de l'Enclos welcomes visitors from all over the world in search of tranquility and authenticity.

A return to family roots

The Domaine de l'Enclos was taken over early 2019 by Jean-Luc Ayme.

Jean-Luc grew up in Vaucluse at the foot of Mont Ventoux, then went to study in Paris, traveled the world, visited 52 countries, worked on 3 continents for multinationals then managed a major distribution group in the automotive sector.

At the dawn of fifty, he decided to start a new adventure closer to his family roots. Because as far back as he can go, his ancestors have written the history of this superb region: bakers in Aubignan, rabbit skin cutters in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, ocher makers in Gargas, inventor of the horseshoe rubberized in Carpentras...

One ambition: travel better

The advent of mass tourism has led in recent years to the standardization, or even destruction, of many sites around the world.

We believe that this phenomenon is not inevitable and that opening up to the world can be done while respecting places, local populations and ancestral traditions.

Humbly, at our small level, we wish to work to promote our region by favoring the sharing of experiences in a place on a human scale far from the sanitized clichés of global tourism.

Our ambition is to help you travel better while promoting local heritage and producers, and respecting the environment and people (notably our employees, suppliers and service providers).