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Le Petit Cabanon Aux Lavandes is a small stone cottage with traditional wooden shutters, fully restored and nestling amidst fields of lavender in the hills of the Luberon. There is a spectacular view from every window. The cottage faces the hilltop village of Saigon and looks directly up to its splendid 12th century church. To the east are the rolling hills of the Luberon, offering fabulous walks. To the west are cherry orchards, vineyards and, each evening, sunset over the village.
The cottage is small but perfect. Downstairs is the kitchen/dining/sitting room, with washing machine, fridge, oven, four-ring hob, TV, video and DVD player, pretty painted table and chairs and a lovely fireplace. There's central heating, too, just in case! Provencal cookery books are provided for those who wish to savour the exquisite local country recipes, a comprehensive array of tourist maps for the energetic and a selection of good novels for those who just want to unwind. Up some steepish wooden stairs is the bedroom (king size bed) with plenty of wardrobe space and an en-suite bathroom with shower. Fresh cotton bed linen and towels are provided free of charge. The cottage has its own telephone line and free WIFI.
The view from your bedroom The cottage looks directly onto the famous purple hills of the Luberon. If you fling open your bedroom shutters, you see the village of Saignon, up a steep slope with dramatic rocks, the church and lots of cherry orchards. To the rear of the cottage are two cherry orchards that belong to us, so you are welcome to stroll around them and pick as much fruit as you can eat in season. As well as the pretty terrace around two sides of the cottage, with metal arbour, ivy and honeysuckle, we have also provided outdoor eating facilities in another tranquil corner near the boules court, because it is such a lovely place to sit and gaze over the village. If you are coming in late May or June, you can make your own cherry jam (we will lend you the equipment!). In September, the grapes are perfect. The lavender is in full bloom from mid-June until late July/very early August, becoming a deeper and deeper shade of purple until it is harvested, from mid-August onwards, perfuming the air. The grapes are picked in late September and taken down to the local winery. In October and November the scenery is every hue of orange and gold (a painter's paradise!) and you can pick or buy delicious wild mushrooms. There are truffles as soon as the weather is cold enough (usually the end of November, but at their best later in the winter). From December until the end of February there is beginner's skiing just one hour away at the Montagne de Lure, and excellent slopes at Serre Chevalier (2 1/2 hours). Winter is traditionally bright and crisp. We have been here for fourteen years and have eaten outside on Boxing Day for ten of those. Christmas is wonderful, with the nativity performed by local children in the exquisitely romantic village church on the evening of 24th December, often featuring the newest baby in the village and real live goats (with all the ensuing chaos!) followed by Midnight mass for those who choose to stay for it. Local restaurant serve rich casseroles of wild boar with delicious red wine, or fluffy mushroom or truffle omelettes. March brings colourful wildflowers that line the edge of the roads, and April is yellow with huge bushes of broom.....
Keywords: Beautiful Stone Cottage set in a field of lavender
Special winter offer .. Nov-Mar ...................... €350/week
Easter, Apr, May Oct, Christmas, New Year .. €564/week
Jul, Aug ............................................. €656/week
Prices include bed linen, towels & all bills except telephone & after stay clning.
Please ask about our long let prices. Free WIFI.
June, September 600 euros/week
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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The Unique Benefits at this House: Saignon is a charming, unspoilt village in an area of outstanding beauty. You'll need a car for longer journeys, but bicycles or scooters can be hired locally and delivered to your door. Apart from walking, there is no better way to appreciate the perfumed air and the scenery! There is so much to see and do in the area. We are 15 minutes by car from the equally beautiful hilltop villages of St Martin de Castillon, Bonnieux, Auribeau, and Viens, and twenty minutes from Menerbes. Les than ten minutes away there is horse riding, the colourful market in Apt on Saturday mornings throughout the year and the smaller peasant market on Tuesday mornings from April until December. Apt also has all the shopping you could need, and plenty of cafès to sit outside. A little further away, you can visit the cultural centres of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or St Rèmy de Provence (all around 45 mins drive), Arles, Marseille and the romantic fishing village of Cassis (about an hour and a half). Saignon itself, whilst tiny, has a wonderful bakery run by the lovely Christine, open every day of the week, a tiny epicerie, three restaurants and a boules court, village school and Post Office. Goats cheese, fresh salad, herbs and vegetables are available locally.