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Prettiest Lavender Cottage in Provence

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

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

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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 31, 2018

What makes this house unique

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.


Saignon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis


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Prettiest Lavender Cottage in Provence
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

A perfect taste of Provence!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is gorgeous inside and out. Cute and cosy and well-equipped on the inside,

and then outside is like living in a postcard!! You can see the village church across the vineyards from the terrace and hear the church bells sound the hour and the half hour.

Every now and then a tractor passes by and the farmer will give a friendly wave. The village

itself is stunning and unspoilt, with the friendliest bakery we've ever been into. We can't wait to come back here to Le Petit Cabanon to experience more of Provence and the colours of every season.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Place to Fall in Love With...

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this lovely cabanon in Aug 2013, but we forgot to write a review earlier. However, when I came across the advertisement again, wonderful memories came into my mind.

It is indeed a wonderful little place, very nicely done up and cosy. Go there during the lavender season - the smell of lavender surrounds you when you have breakfast or dinner at the little terrace outside.

A wonderful place to fall in love with; spend time with a loved on there. We would love to go back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We completely enjoyed our stay in le petit cabanon! It was just as you described it on the site, so cute and perfect! The spot is amazingly beautiful, like out of a movie with the lavender field and cherry orchard. We enjoyed exploring the area and neighboring towns as well. The little house is decorated so nicely and everything you need is inside. Elizabeth and Joelle were so helpful as well. It's a perfect getaway and the house is so cozy (we went in November) so its great for staying at home or to go out exploring. . There are tons of towns to visit, markets, restaurants, hikes, etc in the area. We definitely want to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY United States

Beautiful surroundings, awesome cottage for a vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a fantastic week as part of our anniversary celebrations. The cottage is in beautiful surroundings smack in the middle of lavender fields and surrounded by vineyards and fields of cherry trees.

We loved this Luberon area of Provence. The countryside is beautiful and there is lots to explore. All the wonderful villages in the area are within a very short drive. Having a well functioning kitchen is very helpful when one doesn't want to eat out every day and there is a farmers market every day in one of the surrounding beautiful villages where one can pick up amazing food for not very much money.

We received a very nice welcome with a bottle of wine and fresh flowers on the kitchen table. The amenities are just right, the cottage has everything one could need as far as the trappings of modern life: from satellite TV, phone, Internet, central heating to washing machine and more. There are views of Saignon from the bedroom window. It's comfortable, extremely quiet and is 5 min drive to the town of Apt which has everything: supermarket, banks, ATMs, gas stations, and of course a huge farmers market every Saturday!

Great value for money! We very much enjoyed our week here and hope to return very soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, California (USA)

Stay here--you will not be disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

In mid-2010, we found ourselves expecting our first child. Wanting to go back to Provence for a “babymoon,” we began to look for a little place to stay that would allow us to explore the Luberon valley and be a place to settle into if we just wanted to stay at home also. Le Petit Cabanon was the perfect blend of both, full of charm, spectacular views and close to all one wants to take in the sights of nearby Provencal villages. Le Petit Cabanon had all a family needs to vacation well--a full kitchen, comfortable beds and bath.

We would recommend the restaurant at Saignon's Auberge du Presbytere up the hill. Bonnieux is a close drive as well. And, in summer months, Clos du Gustave is a great place to dine in nearby Gordes.

Thank you, Elizabeth and Joelle, for making our stay such a delight! We look forward to many happy returns in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cookery courses, French courses and art classes can be arranged in advance.




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