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Chez Bellevue is a recently renovated holiday house in Saignon in the South of France with all modern comforts within a traditional Provençal house on three levels. It offers luxury accommodation for 6 in total comfort with 3 large bedrooms. It is self catering and self contained and is the perfect home away from home.
Lounge room ground floor
You enter Chez Bellevue from the street level into a split-level, spacious living area. On the lower level, there are comfortable lounges and television with a Skybox.
Up a couple of stairs into the open plan kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is fully functional with all modern utilities- oven, induction cooktop, dishwasher, microwave, espresso machine etc decorated in Provencal style.
Alongside the kitchen is the dining table, that seats six to eight. The views of the lavender fields from the dining room leave you breathless.
View from dining room window
Sit in the window seat of the dining room and enjoy the views of lavender fields and the town of Apt.
From the living room you enter the terrace through French doors. This is a favourite place for petite dejeuner, al fresco dining or aperitifs. It has stunning views of lavender fields and the town of Apt which lies in the valley below Saignon.
Landing and study area top floor
On the upper floor is an open landing featuring a study. Here there is wifi with a high speed internet that reaches the whole house. There is also a printer.
Also on this level is the large master bedroom. The king size bed has 100 percent cotton bed linen, plus there is plenty of hanging space and drawers.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed and also plenty of hanging space and drawers.
This level has the main bathroom with bath and shower. There are also a hairdryer and heated towel rail.
Stairs down to lower level
From the living area, you wind down the stairs into the lower level of the house. Along the way, you pass the original stone wall of the house. Here you enter Bedroom 3. This is the original caved room of the house dating back to the birth of the village.
Bedroom 3 and sitting area
There are two single beds at one end of the room and at the other end, a sitting area with television and a dvd player with a library of dvds. In this room you can set up 2 trundle beds if necessary. The outside door leads to a small wooden terrace and barbeque area.
Also on the ground floor we have a separate toilet/laundry and a bathroom with shower and hairdryer.
What is supplied:
all linen and towels
fully equipped and functional kitchen
TV with English channels
DVD player with English DVDs
rates include cleaning of the house at the end of your stay
a welcome pack - 'A Taste of Provence'
Saignon is one of the more beautiful villages in Provence. Saignon was our first choice when looking to buy a house in this area. We haven't been disappointed.
We had a lovely five days in Saignon. The house is perfect and is well equipped with everything you need for your stay. Rachel and Joanna were very accommodating and easy going. It is a great village to stay in if you want to do some walking and is central to other beautiful small villages. The village itself has a few good restaurants and a boulangerie for your morning coffee and croissant. Don't miss the market in Laurmarin.
My boyfriend and I spent 4 nights in this wonderful home. As soon as we walked in it exceeded all of our expectations--pictures don't do this house or town justice! It is a cozy rustic home, tastefully decorated, with beautiful views, The balcony is a wonderful place to hang out, sip wine, and enjoy the views. And a wine bottle was waiting for us upon our arrival, along with other local products in a welcome package.
My favorite was at night, when you can see the Provence sky full of stars, and on the right in the distance, the lights of the nearby town apt. The town of Saignon is small but very charming with its own little fountain courtyard. There is a few restaurants and the two we tried were very good, one of them serving typical provencal food. Saignon is a good base to explore nearby Provencal attractions-- some of the ones we did are wine tasting in Chateneuf du Pape, walking around Aix en Provence, hiking in Foret de Cedres, exploring Saignon itself and other medieval towns. It seemed there was so much more to do if we had had more time.
The owners did a great job at equipping the house--from shampoo to laundry detergent to bandaids.
We highly recommend this home to anyone considering a stay in Provence!
Chez Bellevue is a newly renovated home in the village of Saignon in the Luberon Mountains over-looking lavender fields, sheep pastures and the city of Apt. Saignon was our home base in Provence. This small ancient hilltop town has ruins going dating at least to the 800s or 900s if not before. It has very tiny streets paved in stone and we parked in a lot in town and walked to the home. There is a small town square with a working fountain covered by moss fed by a spring topped by a full sized statue of a two women holding asparagus and a jug of wine. Right by it is the a small covered pool where villagers used to wash their clothes and maybe bathe. There are two churches that face each other across the top of the mountain, both built about 500 or 600 hundred years ago. One is still a functioning catholic church with a well-tended graveyard out back with multiple memorials, flowers, and statues. The other is right below the craggy rock summit ruin and seemed to be privately owned. We did go to top of the hill one night and watched the sun set. The view was just about the best we had in France. You could see the entire valley and the top of snowcapped Alps in the far eastern distance beyond the Luberon. There is almost no commerce. There is one baker who closes on Wednesdays, one place that serves lunch, and two or three restaurants that serve dinner and one of these was closed because it was not the high season yet. We did have dinner one night at one of the two places and it was quite passable. Particularly impressive was the chocolate desert which was kind of a cross between a brownie and fudge. We felt that compared to many of the similar towns we visited around the Luberon, Saignon is undiscovered. We absolutely loved it.
The house has a well stocked kitchen and the washer/drier was a great benefit because we had traveled for a week without a laundry. The home itself was very comfortable. It had three levels and including a basement that was painted white so it was not dark. It had a balcony overlooking the hillside and valley facing west so we could sit there and have wine and cheese and watch the sunset. The kitchen was very functional and we had breakfast and dinner there almost every day. There were several local supermarkets in the nearby town in Apt.
The house was clean and well maintained. Wifi was good. We met the owner's representative who showed us the home and how to use things. Loved it!!
We have in the past stayed in Saint Remy and Menerbes and we like the location of Saignon the best. Easy to enjoy all the Luberon Villages. Within a couple hours of the coast. We like the authenticity of Siagnon the most. Unlike some other of the plus beaux villages, is is not overly commercialized. While there are a few restaurants, with much more within a ten minute drive from the village (in Apt) you have the sense that you are living in a real village-where people are friendly and they know each other--- because they do! Unlike Rousillon and Gordes which seemed to be overrun with tourists ( even in September) Saignon is peaceful and beautiful. The house is extremely comfortable and beyond well decorated. The view from the terrace is amazing. The owners have done a beyond first class job with all of the renovations, keeping the charm of the original with modern conveniences and upgrades. Beds are super comfortable. All is super clean. The owner is a terrific communicator, could not be more pleasant-- and you will be met by Joanna-- who does an excellent job welcoming you. This is a flawless house rental situation!
I warmly recommend a stay at Chez Bellevue. The house itself is well furnished and has everything you need if you wish to cook your own meals. The balcony is wonderful with a beautiful view.
The village though quite small has several very good restaurants and you can have good coffee and morning croissants at the village boulangerie which is also a cafe. The surroundings are beautiful with plenty of options for excursions.
The owner of the house went out of her way to make sure everything went well from arrival to departure and the lady who gave us the keys etc was also extremely helpful and tolk her time to show us not only the house but also the village. Everything was so personal and we were made to feel really welcome.
Our very best recommendations!!
In Saignon there's a pretty house
Our hostess calls 'Bellevue'
Discovered by our Lily Mouse
Alas! We say, ‘Adieu’!
The things we loved, the treasures here
This book's too short to name.
Of memories which we'll hold dear
We'll list some just the same.
The house décor has such a flair
No luxury is missed.
Each room's restored with tasteful care
The terrace, sunset-kissed!
The folks from the 'Petit Cafe'
The chap who sells the sprigs
Jean Guigou & the boulanger
Excelling at their gigs
The market, fields, the lavenders
The figs, the poppies, grapes
Our daily feline visitors
The restaurants, the crepes!
Let's celebrate this Eden space
That Rachael has provided
The four of us adore this place
On that we're undivided!
Saignon is a small Provençal village perched at 500 metres on a Luberon mountain with a view of the beautiful town of Apt, Provençe. Renown as one of the ten oldest villages in France, Saignon has a long and rich history predating the Roman period to prehistoric times.
Saignon is a village of 800 people. Life is centred at the Place de la Fontaine with the Auberge du Presbytere, a boulangerie, 5 restaurants and a few shops. Opening hours vary throughout the year.
Tourists visit Saignon for the ambience in and around the village square, the magnificent church and the stunning 360 degree views of the Luberon valley from the rock.
Other areas close by are Gordes, Rousillon, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Lacoste and Loumarin all made famous by Peter Mayle in his book 'A Year in Provençe'.
Things to Do & See
The information centre in Apt is excellent, English is spoken
Restaurants – there are 5 restaurants in Saignon open in the peak period plus the boulangerie which is open for breakfast and lunch.
Also in the area there are Michelin star restaurants within 15 minutes of Saignon as well as popular local restaurants in the nearby villages
Cycling – there is a designated bike track that runs through Apt. You can join the track from many parts of the D900.
Kayaking – there is kayaking in Fontaine de Vaucluse, or go further afield to the Grand Canyon of Verdun
Hiking – there are many hiking tracks, some of the best around the small village of Buoux
Saturday morning markets in Apt – this market has been open since the 12th century. It is considered to be one of the finest in France forits ambiance and authenticity
Local villages – visit the local villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste and Menerbes made famous in the book ‘A Year in Provençe’ by Peter Mayle.
Or go further afar to Roussillon, Gordes, Avignon, St Remy de Provence, Les Baux, Le Pont du Gard, Arles and many more
Isle sur la Sorgue – visit this village for its antiques and broccante market on Sunday
Wineries - visit the wineries of the Luberon Valley, Chateau Canorgue (as in the Russell Crowe movie, 'A Good Year'), Chateau de l’Isolette
and Chateau de Mille and many more
Beaches - the pretty fishing village of Cassis (only 1.5 - 2 hours drive from Saignon) as well as the beaches of Marseilles
L'Occitane Factory - Visit the L'Occitane factory in Manosque, they have a great factory shop. You must pre-book for a tour
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
A 10% discount is given to any days booked over a week.
We would prefer a starting day of Saturday, and weekly bookings, but are flexible on both these conditions.
Money transfer or paypal
Deposit is 50% of total rent, payable at the time of the booking
Balance is due eight (8) weeks before due date of arrival
Refund of monies where a booking is cancelled is subject to the amount of notice given. Where more than 60 days notice is given
there will be 100% refund; between 30-60 days notice, 50% refund; less than 30 days notice there is no refund