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

Perched on its rock, the village of Gordes is the witness of the evolution of the world and at the same time the guardian of the authentic traditions and values of Provence.

At the Domaine de l'Enclos we aim to make 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.

A unique estate in a magical place

The site on which is built the Domaine de l'Enclos, 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. Witness the dry stone walls surrounding the property that gave it its name, and the two "bories" (traditional stone houses) that are in the garden.

The farmhouse 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 around the world in search of tranquility and authenticity.

Back to family roots

The Domaine de l'Enclos was taken over at the beginning of 2019 by Jean-Luc Ayme.

Originally from Vaucluse, Jean-Luc studied in Paris, traveled the world, visited 52 countries, worked on 3 continents for multinationals and then led a large distribution group in the automotive sector.

At the dawn of his fifties, 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 beautiful region: bakers in Aubignan, cutters of rabbit skins in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, ocher manufacturers in Gargas, inventor of the rubber-coated horseshoe in Carpentras ...

An ambition: to travel better

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

We believe that this phenomenon is not inevitable and that openness to the world can be done in respect of places, local populations and ancestral traditions.

Humbly, at our small level, we wish to work to the development of our region by privileging the sharing of experiences in a place on a human scale far from stereotypes clichés of the world tourism.

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