One of the purest eco-systems in the world
« Le Château du Bois » recounts a tale from Provence. It is the story of one of the largest estates of fine lavender fields at the heart of the Haute-Provence region in Lagarde d’Apt. The « Château du Bois » is located in the very small commune of Lagarde d’Apt in the Vaucluse, with 35 inhabitants and a density of 1.6 inhabitants per square kilometre. The 350-hectare estate lies within two communes, Lagarde d’Apt and Simiane la Rotonde, and also within two departments of the Provence region, the Vaucluse (84) and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04).
The « Château du Bois » estate is situated at an altitude of 1100 metres.
Altitude is key to the cultivation of fine lavender. In fact, on no account can it be grown at an altitude of less than 1000 metres.
The combination of Mediterranean and Alpine climates represents the ideal conditions for the Château du Bois lavender to thrive. The winters are cold with lengthy periods of snow, whereas the summers are hot and sunny.
Between the Mount Ventoux and the Lure Mountain, the geographical location offers magnificent views over the Prealps mountain ranges. From the balcony one may admire the Luberon Mountain between Cavaillon and Manosque.
The poverty of the soil characterises these arid Provence mountains: sometimes referred to as ”skeletal soil”, the abundance of stones on the ground is surprising. Yet this is the soil in which fine lavender grows and flowers.
The landscape is both Mediterranean and mountainous, colourful and wild. It is a place where time seems to stand still. Its interesting and highly-protected vegetation forms a beautiful mosaic.
The forest cover is very important, forming thickets of deciduous trees, including pubescent oak, sessile oak, beech, aspen and birch, which alternate with resinous trees, including Scots pine and maritime pine. The presence of calcifugal vegetation is quite significant, with heaths of Scotch broom and heather, and chestnut groves.
The origin of the Château’s name “Bois” (“Wood”)
The source of inspiration for the building is the forest vegetation. The origin of its name is associated with two theories: the first is based on the construction of the dwelling in a woodland area, the second affirms that its name comes from the wood used to construct it. Whatever the case, the natural characteristic of wood is at the origin of this home.
A unique “terroir”
The altitude, climate, vegetation and soil predetermine what the French refer to as “terroir”. That of « Le Château du Bois » is unique and enables fine lavender to thrive.