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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


Last updated: 11/03/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

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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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/03/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 75 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Due to the open mezzanine, not suitable for children under 10...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1 (mezzanine): 1 queen

    Direct access to the garden and upstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 (ground level): 1 queen

    Wash basin and wc in this bedroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1 (upstairs): toilet, shower

    large wash basin...moreless

  • Bathroom 2 (ground level): toilet

    wash basin...moreless


  • Books:

    Extensive reference collection of books and maps on Provence as well as many novels...moreless

  • Music Library:

    JBL speaker dock for iPod...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    international channels...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We are cradled in a beautiful valley, between La Montagne de Lure and the broad, open lavender fields of Banon. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Dining area seats four with room to spare Outdoor table in stone courtyard seats 8 Outdoor table by plunge pool seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Wooden decking around plunge pool Private stone courtyard...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Mature trees and a variety of secluded sunny and shady areas in a very large garden set in a natural landscape with no visible neighbors...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring
Apr 29 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Spring
May 27 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Fall
Sep 2 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates



Rates are based on 1-2 guests; add 75 EUR/week for 1-2 additional guests. 20% non-refundable deposit via PayPal due at time of booking, balance due upon arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/03/2016
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105 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Bistrot de Saumane
95 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Avignon TVG
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Mini-Auberde de Saumane
130 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: 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. I wanted a rural setting and ended up buying and restoring and old farm building in the Banon area . Some of favorite activities are hiking with our Irish Water Spaniels, sampling local restaurants or dining with friends and cooking (with great basic ingredients available in the south of France).

Why the Owner Chose L'Hospitalet, France:
I 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. I live in the country, far from the crowds, hype and glitz, feast my 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 the seasons, for me means curling up in front of the fire with a glass of Côtes du Ventoux in the winter, walking up my valley and buying gorgeous artisanal goat cheese from 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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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/03/2016

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  • 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

VRBO #215802

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016

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