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Bob Tomlinson

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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BEAUTIFUL RENOVATED HOUSE WITH GREAT VIEWS ON EDGE OF A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in St-Michel-l'Observatoire - La Voute

3 bedroom stone house sleeps 6 in tranquil private hillside setting

La Voute is a stone house that sits in beautiful countryside on the edge of the village of St Michel l’Observatoire. It is a place to relax in peace and tranquillity, yet it is only a few steps from the bustle of the village square with its butcher’s shop, restaurants and cafes, and just around the corner, is a traditional epicerie. If you come with a car you can park it in front of the house. The entrance to the original stone vault is at street level. This is furnished as a bedroom with an ensuite shower room, toilet, and hanging closet. It is the perfect place to cool off on the hottest summer days. On the floor above you’ll find a small courtyard and laundry room with washer and dryer. The dining area has three doors that open on to a large sunny terrace, part of which is shaded with a roof for outdoor dining. The terrace is surrounded by Provencal flora: thyme, rosemary, lavender, plus an olive and cyprus tree. The kitchen opens on to both the terrace and interior dining area which makes serving easy. At the top of the house are two bedrooms, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, wash basins, a bidet and toilet. The windows of all the rooms open on to views of the hills and fields surrounding the village

La Voute.

If you leave the house and walk downhill you will quickly come to the hotel and bar l’Observatoire. It has a rather special restaurant. Gilles, the chef and proprietor serves delicious provencale dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. In front of the hotel is the fountain. If you turn right past the church you’ll find the grocery. On the other hand. if you continue down the hill you’ll come in to the square. To your left is the Mairie, or town hall, and a sign board with a map indicating the lovely walks that start from the village. Around the square are cafes, a pizza place, a butcher’s shop, hairdresser, two other eating places, and a bakery. There are very some nice images of the village on YouTube (provence001@gmail.com)

Behind La Voute you’ll notice a path that leads up to the delightful 12th century Eglise Haute. It houses an interesting 12th Century marble font carved with heads of fantastic animals. Concerts are given here at intervals throughout the year. Continue up the path that skirts the chateau and you’ll find an orientation table from which you get marvellous views of the surrounding country. Walk on, and as the ridge ends you will find a track that gently takes you back to La Voute.

Another short walk (sign posted) will take you from St Michel to Lincel, a lovely little village with a beautiful church. A number of longer walks across country start from the roads leading into and out of the village.

When you feel inclined to explore further, by car, bicycle or horse, continue downhill until you come to the D4 100 . Turn left and the road takes you past a little turning to the left that leads to a riding establishment . A bit further along, off the road to the right is the beautifully restored Chateau. Check opening times at the gate, and enjoy a conducted tour by the owner. Next along the road, you’ll come to the village of Mane. Just before you enter the village, off the road to the left is Salagon, a chapel with a medieval garden. Growing there you’ll see plants our ancestors relied on before Columbus came back from America with potatoes, tomatoes, herbs and vegetables that we eat now. Next stop, a petrol station, and a Casino supermarket.

Another few minutes along the D4 100 you come to the sizeable town of Forcalquier. It hosts an enormous market every Saturday. If you visit it, go early. Parking can be difficult in the height of summer. The rest of the week, is less hectic and there are plenty of interesting shops and cafes, and for a bit of exercise take the uphill path leading to the Citadel above the town.

In the other direction, the D4 100 goes through I’Isle sur La Sorgue, a very pretty town with lots of expensive antique shops and continues to Avignon and the Pope’s Palace, a must-see building of enormous size and interest where the Pope resided during the schism.

There are famous villages in the Luberon, Menerbes, for instance, where Peter Mayle lived while he wrote, A Year in Provence. Lacoste, for another, where the Marquise de Sade did all manner of unmentionable things. There are lots of other less known, but intriguing places to discover. All it takes is a map, a car and an enquiring mind.

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Susan and I have to thank you for a lovely vacation.



Really in the top!!!
Aug 2013
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Bob Tomlinson

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2010
Speaks French, English
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Beautiful renovated house with great views on edge of a medieval village
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Beautiful renovated house with great views on edge of a medieval village
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St-Michel-l'Observatoire Haute-Provence - Sisteron
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BEAUTIFUL, PEACEFUL.

  • 5 out of 5
Our family of five spent a week in early April at La Voute. As depicted in the photos, the home is beautifully renovated filled with unique antique furniture and ideally located - sweeping views of the countryside but a short walk to village center. It's well equipped inside and out with an enormous stone terrace. We found this bucolic region ideal for us – quiet perched villages, fields of lavender, rolling hills, olive groves. We enjoyed visiting villages including Aurel, Moustier (tie that in with a drive along the Verdun gorge), Banon, Reillane (its Sunday morning market), and especially Simiane d’Rotunde, draping down a hillside - at the bottom and on the main road is a fantastic restaurant Le Rouge Chapeau. It was so good, we returned the following day. We highly recommend this wonderful home and are grateful that owners who painstakingly renovated it are willing to share it with complete strangers.
  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Karen, it was a pleasure having such considerate people staying in the house and I am very glad that you managed to explore the surrounding area. Bob
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Location

Nearest Airport
97 Kilometres
Marseille or Avignon
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Marseille
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Manosque
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
D5
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Cote d'Azure
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hotel Restaurant l'Observatoire
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Hotel Restaurant l'Observatoire
Car: recommended

Saint Michel l’Observatoire was so named when the French government decided that its pure, clear atmosphere made it the perfect place to build an observatory. Most nights, the sky is filled with sparkling stars that seem close enough to touch. Lay back and watch shooting stars shoot, listen to the owls hoot and the nightingales sing. Our house, La Voute sits near the summit of the hill around which the medieval village has grown up. The house and terrace offer rapturous views over the countryside leading to and beyond the Plateau de Valensole and its lavender fields. On some days one can see as far as the Alpes Maritime. Positioned on the edge of the village, the house is only a short walk from the main square. The village is part of the superb Luberon Park, which offers unmatched scenery, medieval villages and many delightful walks. Some of which start right in Saint Michel l’Observatoire (there is map board in the square that shows walks in the surrounding area) take you through woods, and fields of wheat, lavender and wild flowers, depending on the season. Numerous interesting historic towns and villages are within an easy drive. Forcalquier, the nearest, is famous for its Monday market, and a bit further afield Manosque. Marseilles and Cassis are an hour away along the autoroute.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in St-Michel-l'Observatoire, Haute-Provence - Sisteron

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21 Mar 2014 - 21 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
£630
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£630
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
£630
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£630
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit 400
Notes 10% deposit required on booking. The balance is due on arrival. A check for £500 or 600 Euro will be requested, not cashed and returned on departure if there is no significant damage.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in St-Michel-l'Observatoire in Haute-Provence - Sisteron

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Hob
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The upstairs bathroom has beautiful views and is spacious with new fixtures. The downstairs bathroom is in the medieval stone vault in suite with the large bedroom with the twin beds and stone well.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • The 2 upstairs bedrooms have views of the surrounding countryside during the day and the stars at night. They're peaceful and have comfortable new beds and vintage furniture. They share a large full bathroom. The lower bedroom is in a large open stone space- perfect for kids or a couple who like to get away from it all. It has a new bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Deck Chairs
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • botanical garden
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
Notes:
This old stone house was full renovated to a high standard. Good sheets, pillows, towels included. It's furnished with family heirlooms and brocant pieces. Cleaning lady optional. A private path uphill to the 11th century chapel where there are occasional concerts through the summer.
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