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Make a holiday cottage in Valensole your home away from home

If you want accommodation in Provence that’s full of traditional character, you could browse HomeAway’s list of holiday homes in Valensole. Rentals here tend to be restored stone buildings with wooden shutters and generous gardens featuring private pools. Interiors at cottages in Valensole are at once rustic and contemporary, with original features retained, but coupled with amenities like dishwashers and Internet access. The village is in the Regional Natural Park of Verdon, not far from the majestic Verdon Gorge. Valensole cottages are set in a fertile region bordered by two rivers and celebrated for its olive oil and lavender.

Things to do

-Local heritage. Valensole is a sleepy and picturesque medieval stone village, where you’ll find stone houses painted pastel shades and convivial shaded squares with cafes. There are plenty of interesting little sights to see, including historic washhouses, sundials, fountains and a handful of churches. The main church is Saint-Denis, dating to the 1000s, but with later additions, like the large Gothic choir from the 1300s.

-Countryside. Valensole is set on the eponymous plateau, just over 500 metres above sea level. It’s an area well known for its fertility, and covered mostly by farmland where almonds, fruit, wheat and lavender are grown. If you get out for a walk in June or July you’ll see the lavender fields in full bloom, for one of Provence’s most evocative scenes.

-Verdon Gorge. This canyon is regarded as one of Europe’s most spectacular and is well worth the trip. It makes up about 25 kilometres of the Verdon River, and in places reaches depths of 700 metres. There are all kinds of ways to experience this awe-inspiring terrain – you can kayak or raft the river’s turquoise waters or pick from a host of scenic walking trails and lookouts. Climbers meanwhile can choose from some 1500 routes.

-Food and drink. In an area known for rich agriculture, Valensole has a strong reputation for its truffles and olive oil. One attraction for foodies is Les Grade Marges Olive Mill and farm. You can come here to see how olive oil is made and how lavender is distilled. There are vast orchards, lavender fields and olive groves here, as well as a shop selling olive oil, lavender oil, honey, vinegar, almonds and pralines, all produced by the farm.

-Lake of Sante-Croix. This man-made lake is the third largest inland body of water in France and was formed in the early-70s. The setting is lovely, with craggy hills all around and pine forest that reaches down to the water’s edge. In the summer it’s a fantastic place to come for swim, with beaches at intervals around the perimeter. Electric and wind-powered vessels are also permitted on the water here.

Weather in Valensole

Valensole is found in an especially sunny spot, getting more than 300 days of sunshine every year. If you come to a Valensole holiday rental in summer then hot weather is on the cards. July and August see temperatures climb to 30 degrees during the day. May, June and September are also mostly bright and warm. As Valensole is in a sheltered area, winters are relatively dry, with temperatures that range from just above zero at night to ten degrees by day. Autumn and spring weather is damper and milder.

Travel to Valensole

Most UK holidaymakers at self-catering cottages in Valensole will get to their accommodation via Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). Although it’s around 100 kilometres from the commune, the journey by car isn’t taxing because the A51 - Autoroute du Val de Durance will get you most of the way. You can then get off at exit 18 for Manosque and join the D3. In all the drive to the commune shouldn’t take much more than an hour. The town of Manosque has an SNCF station, with links to cities like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Briançon.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Just beautiful

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Prior contact concerning additional property details and access with the owners was detailed and accurate. On arrival we were met and shown the studio which was as described ; clean, fully equipped, beautifully decorated and furnished with a minute attention to detail. Close to Sainte Tulle and Manosque it is positioned in an ideal spot to explore the Luberon and Les Alpes de Haute Provence. Quiet, calm, picturesque, the property was exactly what we wanted. The owners were anxious to do everything possible to respond to our needs in a friendly, though discreet manner. There is every likelihood that we will maintain contact with them and return at some time in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Very well equipped villa in beautiful surroundings

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Well equipped villa in a beautiful setting. Very quiet as down a small lane with no through road. Extensive gardens with pool and garden furniture. Lots of parking. Villa itself is very well equipped with large TV, comfy sofas and a well stocked kitchen. Very clean and well maintained. Lots of beautiful villages within easy driving distance - Moustiers Ste Marie, Cotignac, Tourtour to name a few. Very good market in Cotignac on a Tuesday. Easy access to lake and its amenities. Very good and easy contact with owner. Would recommend for anyone who wishes to stay in this beautiful part of Provence.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      The best location in the village.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Excellent, quality accommodation with outstanding views of the village and a super location. The garden was a bonus. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016