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Stone Cottage with Plunge Pool in Heart of Lavender Country

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Idyllic setting: the private plunge pool and deck, with a glimpse of the cottage

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Last updated: 05/20/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Banon cottage description

[APRIL 2014: MANY WERE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE WE WERE FULLY BOOKED BUT WE'VE JUST HAD TWO CANCELLATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. CHECK THE VRBO CALENDAR!] Fully restored in 2008, L’Ourdissoir combines the best of both worlds, old and new. Originally a grange, then a weaver's atelier, it is an independent, separate stone cottage with 75 m2 of living space, restored with great attention to detail. Downstairs, the 35 M2 living area is designed for comfortable living while retaining the cachet of the original stone structure (exposed stone walls, old beams, local stone pavers): a new, fully-equipped kitchen, spacious and inviting dining and sitting areas to be enjoyed during all seasons, thanks to thick stone walls, double-glazed windows and a state-of-the-art “green” wood pellet stove.

The two bedrooms will accommodate up to four people: the larger one upstairs has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and direct access to the garden and outdoor sitting areas, while the downstairs bedroom has a double bed (140 cm), a WC and washbasin for your convenience. Upstairs, the bathroom has a shower, separate WC, large washbasin and washing machine (clothes can be dried by the provençal sun on an outdoor line in a beautiful spot or in an electric dryer located in the stone cabanon two steps from the house). All rooms have views of the pool, garden, orchard and hills.

At L’Ourdissoir opportunities for outdoor living abound and your home has three points of access to the exterior. Just steps from your cottage door you will enjoy own private plunge pool (2.3 x 3.4 meters) set in local stone for your exclusive use. The one-hectare (2.5 acres) park-like setting includes a variety of spaces to enjoy sun or shade provided by the many species of mature trees, seclusion or open views during all seasons and a variety of garden furniture to enhance your comfort and enjoyment (benches, outdoor tables & chairs, hammocks, sun loungers). It is an ideal place for reading, writing, painting, al fresco dining, yoga, relaxing, bird watching, strolling, picnicking. Cradled in a peaceful valley, the property is surrounded by open fields and a hillside covered with native vegetation (wild lavender, thyme and savory) and crisscrossed by dry stone walls. We enjoy views of the Montagne de Lure to the east, and the village of L’Hospitalet to the south.

Here at Le Champ de l’Amant, the sun shines over 300 days of the year, providing dazzling blue skies and stunning starry nights. Our valley is a paradise for a wide variety of outdoor activities. There are facilities for horseback riding, hot air ballooning and paragliding in the immediate area and we have direct (no driving) access to many riding, cycling and hiking trails (such as the Tour de la Montagne de Lure GR). Nestled in the heart of lavender country, the property is within easy walking distance to the twin villages of Saumane-L’Hospitalet (1 and 2 km, respectively). Saumane has a café-bistrot and there are numerous excellent 'bistrots de pays' and restaurants featuring terroir cuisine in the surrounding villages and towns. We are only 7 minutes from Banon, famous for its chèvre cheese bundled in chestnut leaves and home to one of France’s greatest bookshops, Le Bleuet. Banon is a vibrant hub town, which offers galleries, cafés, restaurants, a tea shop, a wine bar, a well-stocked grocery store, a framing and bookbinding studio, numerous concerts, a cheese festival and hosts a lively farmers' market on Tuesday mornings. Just beyond Banon, you can explore the cobbled streets leading to the XIIth chateau-rotunda which crowns the fortified medieval village of Simiane-la-Rotonde, home to a baroque music festival, or admire the stunning views into the gorges from the perched village of Oppedette.

The bustling towns of Forcalquier, Apt and Manosque are all nearby. In Manosque, you can visit the pedestrian streets of the ancient, walled town center, take a French language immersion class, or visit the Occitane skin care products factory. The farmers’ markets at Forcalquier and Apt are among the very best in Provence. Next to Forcalquier, you can treat yourself to a day of pampering at the world-class Occitane spa in the Couvent des Minimes in Mane. Fifteen minutes beyond Apt, you can explore the beautiful perched villages of the Luberon (Roussillon, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes, Oppède) or go antiquing at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The vibrant provençal cities of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nîmes and Marseille, as well coastal towns such as Cassis with its calanques and points of interest such as St. Rémy, Moustiers, Le Pont du Gard, the Gorges du Verdon all make wonderful day trips.
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Keywords: Cottage

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cottage
  • 75 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Due to the open mezzanine, not suitable for children under 12...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:

            4...moreless

          • Dining
          • Stove
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Oven
          • Refrigerator
          • Dishwasher
          • Seating for 4 people

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove:

            state-of-the-art Palazzetti wood pellet stove...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Washing Machine
          • Parking Off Street
          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Garage
          • Living Room seats 4
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Entertainment

          • Stereo
          • Television
          • Books

          Communications

          • Wireless Internet
          • Broadband Access
          • Internet

          Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Bicycles

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Cinemas
                  • Swimming
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Parasailing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Paragliding
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Walking
                  • Photography
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Antiquing
                  • Shopping
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                   

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                  2013 Weekly Rates for 1-2 People
                  May & Sept.... €575/week
                  June ......... €625/week
                  Jul & Aug .... €700/week
                  Rates for 3-4 People are €75 more per week.
                  MINIMUM RENTAL PERIOD IS ONE WEEK, SATURDAY TO SATURDAY
                  Long stay discounts: -10%:2-wk stay; -15%:3-wk stay; -20%:4-wk stay
                  

                  Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                  Location

                  Hiking, Para-gliding

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2007

                  About the owner: Lynne: My love affair with France and French literature and culture started early in life and has continued non-stop. I taught French in California for over thirty years and spent nearly every vacation, as well as some exchange and sabbatical years in this country. So, when my kids grew up and I retired, moving to Provence full-time was totally natural. Meanwhile, I’d met Claude (a French stone mason who is passionate about old stone structures, “la vieille pierre”) and we decided to buy a house in the Banon area so it was equally natural that we chose an old farm building to restore. In addition to restoring this house, our favorite activities are hiking with our Irish Water Spaniel, sampling local restaurants or dining with friends and (for Lynne) cooking (with great basic ingredients available in the south of France).

                  Why the Owner Chose Banon:
                  We chose Le Champ de l’Amant for the BIG REASON: the quality of life, “la qualité de la vie”. Living in rural France, we can have our cake and eat it too, so to speak. No pollution, great food, a slower life style where people still take the time to savor meals, spend time together, practice the art of conversation and live in harmony with nature (including eating real foods that are in season). At the same time, we benefit from the best medical delivery system in the world (as rated by the World Health Organization)), an excellent infrastructure, the benefits of technology, including high-speed internet, a fantastic transportation and communication network, a sense of style (“le French touch”), personal discretion and respect. We live in the country, far from the crowds, hype and glitz, feast our eyes every day on beautiful landscapes and lovely perched stone villages, surrounded by wonderful and diverse friends, yet we can be in downtown Marseille, the second largest city in France, in an hour and a half or take the TGV high-speed train and be in the center of Paris in less than three hours for an easy and stimulating weekend.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  Living with, not against, the seasons, for us means curling up in front of the fire with a glass of Côtes du Ventoux in the winter, walking up our valley and buying gorgeous artisanal goat cheese from our neighbors in the spring, opening the windows at night (no light pollution) to see the glorious night skies and smell the freshly-cut lavender in the summer, and hunting for delicious wild mushrooms in the hills behind our house in the fall. Seriously, how could we envy anyone? Visitors at our guest cottage, L’Ourdissoir, will get a taste of authentic Provence. As some friends have said, this is real!


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                  Speaks: french, english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Idyllic setting: the private plunge pool and deck, with a glimpse of the cottage

                    Idyllic setting: the private plunge pool and deck, with a glimpse of the cottage

                  • Sitting area with wood pellet stove

                    Sitting area with wood pellet stove

                  • Kitchen area with window overlooking plunge pool

                    Kitchen area with window overlooking plunge pool

                  • Looking down the valley towards the property at Le Champ de l'Amant

                    Looking down the valley towards the property at Le Champ de l'Amant

                  • Cottage entrance: autumn

                    Cottage entrance: autumn

                  • Downstairs bedroom

                    Downstairs bedroom

                  • Upstairs bathroom

                    Upstairs bathroom

                  • Banon at sunset

                    Banon at sunset

                  • Plunge pool

                    Plunge pool

                  • Cottage entrance

                    Cottage entrance

                  • Idyllic setting: the private plunge pool and deck, with a glimpse of the cottage

                    Idyllic setting: the private plunge pool and deck, with a glimpse of the cottage

                  • Entrance to the cottage

                    Entrance to the cottage

                  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed and direct garden access

                    Upstairs bedroom with queen bed and direct garden access

                  • One of the many private, secluded outdoor spaces on the property

                    One of the many private, secluded outdoor spaces on the property

                  • The cottage: entrance downstairs and bedroom upstairs

                    The cottage: entrance downstairs and bedroom upstairs

                  • Downstairs bedroom

                    Downstairs bedroom

                  • Upstairs bedroom

                    Upstairs bedroom

                  • Outdoor dining area

                    Outdoor dining area

                  • From Banon, looking towards L'Hospitalet

                    From Banon, looking towards L'Hospitalet

                  • View from the property

                    View from the property

                  • upstairs bedroom

                    upstairs bedroom

                  • Le Champ de l'Amant looking towards L'Hospitalet

                    Le Champ de l'Amant looking towards L'Hospitalet

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                  Date last modified - Thursday, April 17, 2014

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                  2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

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                  Speaks: french, english
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