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Villa with pool for an amazing holiday in Provence

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Space 1,689 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful 157 m2 villa located on the edge of the Provencal village of Banon.

Large luxury self-catering rental with private pool, gas BBQ, Wifi, Apple TV box, large garden, fireplace and wonderful views!

Villa Emmanuelle is located in Banon between the Luberon and Verdon national parks with fantastic views over the beautiful Provence countryside. The area is a hiker's paradise with many trails.

Tastefully decorated in Provence character, with real fireplace, very large garden, large outdoor terrace areas and a private well maintained pool. Cathedral Ceilings with beautiful timber beams and a mezzanine looking over a very large living and dining area.

The villa has a covered terrace with a large second storey balcony. All mod cons with wireless high speed internet, hi-fi, quality flat screen TV and DVD with a large collection of DVDs and now Apple TV! Quality outdoor furniture provided and barbecue facilities. Two mountains bikes available for riding along the fields of lavender, wheat and flowers. Kids games incl. swings and bikes. Baby equipment incl. 2 cots, 2 high chairs, stairs gate, etc.

The Area: Banon is located in one of the most traditional areas of Provence. The town is located in the lower Alps set in a beautiful valley predominantly used to grow lavender and wheat fields. A town of only one thousand it nevertheless acts as a central hub for many little mountain villages and hamlets that all lie a short drive away and provide for many wonderful visits. The village has the second biggest bookstore in France and a great gastronomic restaurant Panturle and three other restaurants as well as a wine bar. It is also famous for its goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves.

Our villa is located along the same hill as the village and is less than one kilometre from its central plaza. Here you will find a full range of services including banks, post office, bakeries, cafes, butcher, small supermarket, news agency, video/DVD store, tourist information, restaurants and bars. Nearby the medieval town of Foucalquier with its beautiful narrow streets, Simiane a world heritage listed village, the very traditional Montsalier (where I was born pop. 63) with the three windmills on the climb to its ancient location. There are dozens of villages that will enthral with their deep history and beauty.


(Latitude, Longitude: 44.038032, 5.627859)

A serious Grande Randonnée, the GRP Tour de la Montagne de Lure, passes through Banon. A full loop (Banon, Sommet de Larran, Station de la Lure, Saint Etienne, Forcalquier, Limans, Banon) is over 60 km. A shorter loop (Banon, Sommet de Larran, Col de St Vincent, Saumane, Lardiers, west of Limans, Banon) is about 40 km.

dot West out of town, this trail then turns north and goes to the Sommet de Larran (1431 m), 15 km, turns east along the ridge and then loops south again.

There are also a lot of shorter hiking trails accessible directly from Banon, especially through the forested hills that run north. Following the GRP trail east across the valley, about 2 km, takes you into the hills of Les Chastellas and Les Mures where there are many little trails.

The Seasons: Spring - This is when the colours of nature quite literally burst into blossom. This is the time and place for artists to be painting and drawing. The temperature is moderate and the light is incredible (just ask Van Gough!).

Summer - This is the busiest season for the area and it seems that people are all out and about the whole time. The weather is wonderful being in the lower Alps and rarely gets very hot (above 35C) though still perfect for a dip in the pool.

Autumn - This is my favourite season. You get a wonderful lingering warmth in the area and the colours of the area become breathtaking as leaf season begins - the colours that vary between a deep earth red, fluorescent yellow and deep green provide a soul building pallet. Mid Oct/Nov is best for leaf season.

Winter - Time to cosy up to the fireplace. While Banon lies below the snowline nonetheless there will be a number of blanket white days that turn the area into a Christmas wonderland

Markets and Festivals: The markets in the area are just wonderful. Almost everyday there will be some market with specialist ones by little villages, such as antique fares, springing up all the time. Banon has a market in its town square on Tuesdays where you can find many of the local cheeses, olives, sausages, fruits and vegetables as well as a large variety of non food items. A short drive away two large markets occur on Monday at Forcalquier and Saturdays at Apt. These markets are immense and the variety, colours and many traditional Provençal products will keep you busy all day. Additionally there are quite a number of small local village markets . Festivals in the area almost happen every other day of the week. From the Cheese Festival of Banon in late May to the Melon Festival in Cavaillon, you will find festivals along almost every theme from antiques, artisan, apricots, farm equipment, the fire festival as well as many that simply celebrate the village. On arrival you will find a full guide.

Some reviews from our guestbook:

Rob and Hannah from England, summer 2013: "We have had an absolutely wonderful two weeks, relaxing by the pool or dining around the beautiful countryside to the amazing hilltop villages. Thank you so much to Gaby, Michele, Christine and family for making it such an incredible break! Banon is such a lovely village - everyone is so friendly and the great food at Table de Panturle and wines next door will be very sorely missed! Two weeks have passed in the blink of an eye, but I know we will be back soon! Thank you!"

Peter and Hannah (Date of Stay: 11 August 2012):

"Thank you for our lovely week spent in your peaceful villa. The children had a wonderful time playing in the pool. There was plenty of time for us adults to relax!! Great day trips to Gordes, Forcalquier and beautiful landscapes of Rustrel. The village of Banon is lovely, great lunches in the little square where is held a lovely market on Tuesday mornings, friendly atmosphere and a great cheese shop with helpful owners and finally a big thank you to Christine, your jam was yummy!!! Regards"

Matthew and Diane from South Australia (date of stay 2012): "Thank you so much for our stay. We have enjoyed Haute Provence and all it has to offer. The villa was set up beautifully and very comfortable with all our needs. Thank you Gaby for the sparkling pool. In the perfect temperature for us to use after a hot day . Please thank Christine also for her help and hospitality. We enjoyed our visit to the "fromagerie", the old Banon and the surroundings.The magnificent view of lavender and vineyards and villages so typical of Provence, a true delight! It will remain in our hearts forever. XXXXX"

More Details

Property Manager
Karine, Alpes Provence Destination, apdestination.com
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
6 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Nous sommes d'accord avec tout ce que Betty a dit. Banon n'est pas le plus central en Provence, mais il est unique... et tranquille. Apres Nice, c'est un changement vraiment agréable. J'ai appris a conduire sur les chemins étroits et plein de courbes. Et notre voiture de location n'a pas souffert.

La villa est bien équipée et probablement un peu grande pour deux couples. Mais c'est exactement comme décrit quand nous l'avons louée.

Merci a tous pour l'aide.

Traduction: we agree with everything that Betty said. Banon is not the most central location in Provence but it is unique ... and tranquil. After Nice, it is a very pleasant change. I learned driving on thin roads full of bends. And our rental car didn't even suffer.

The villa is well-equipped with everything and probably a bit large for two couples. but it was exactly as described when we rented it. Thank you to everybody for helping us.
Sep 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Banon in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1689 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Raclette Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • - Bath (no shower)
    - Toilet
    - Bath (no shower)
    - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    - 1 Large Double Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
    - 1 Double Bed
  • Upstairs 1 bedroom with 1 bed 160 cm, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 mezzanine bedroom with 1 double bed, the ground floor 1 bedroom with 1 bed 160 cm with its bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pétanque Court
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Villa with pool for an amazing holiday in Provence
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 98 reviews

Fantastic well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic relaxing week was had by the whole family. The villa has every needed and was clean and tidy. Great hospitality from Gaby and Michele. Lots of interesting places to visit nearby and the pool provided a welcome relief from the sun! Thanks for a great week.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
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Beautiful Banon

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for 2 families, we stayed with 4 adults and 3 children with plenty of room to spare. Very clean and tidy with excellent facilities. We had everything we needed and more!

Pool cleaned on a daily basis and the owner's friendly parents were nearby and checked to make sure we had everything we needed.

A beautiful area with stunning views from the Villa. Although a small market village, Banon has everything you need including; bakers, cafe's, bank, gift shops and a small supermarket. The old town is worth a walk around with it's medieval buildings and stunning views of the area.

We also visited the Gorges du Verdon; which was well worth the long drive. Forcalquier, Sault, Apt and Avignon are all worth a visit especially on market day.

Stunning views towards the Alps from Mont de Lure.

Villa Emmanuelle is an ideal location for experiencing the real rural France without being surrounded by tourists!

Would definitely recommend and hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean and well equipped Villa

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this property for 6 days with 4 adults and 4 kids and had a great experience. The villa is very clean and well maintained and it is equipped with any thing you may need. The dishwasher, laundry facilities, BBQ and Wifi were all great and most appreciated. The kids ages 8-13 loved all the board games, the yard and the pool. The Villa is located in the countryside and is nearby the lovely little village of Banon, which has most of what you may need. We found the location of the Villa was great, but you will need a vehicle. We did a lot of sight seeing and travelled to many of the other villages and markets in the area. We visited Sault, Gordes, Roussillon, Bedoin, Chateauneuf de Pape and Castellane. These ranged from 30 minute drives to 2 hour drives. We stayed in July and the lavender fields and markets were spectacular and all around.

We found the owner to be very nice to deal with and very prompt with any responses. The caretakers are nearby and very friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holidays

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable dans la "villa Emmanuelle". On se sent immédiatement bien dans cette maison confortable, très chaleureuse et parfaitement équipée. La maison est très grande et on ne gêne pas (nous avons passé un séjour avec une personne âgée de 80 ans et deux enfants : la cohabitation s'est déroulée à merveille!) Le plus : une multitude de jeux et de livres pour les enfants et un vaste jardin avec balançoires. La maison est proche du joli village de Banon où il est possible de faire les courses, de boire un verre, d'aller au restaurant et de profiter d'une librairie étonnante... Bref, je vous recommande cette maison.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the clean and comfortable villa. It was close enough to town but still had the country feal. It truly what we were looking for. A Provence experience . I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks for letting us use your home. Charles.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
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Beautiful setting, comfortable house

  • 4 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised by how spacious and well-equipped the house was. Very nice decor and atmosphere too. The pool is great, along with well-kept garden and terraces, furniture etc.

We enjoyed having an early evening apero in Banon, a sleepy little village with a weekly market where it is easy to find all the supplies you might need for a week or two. Our drive from Switzerland to Banon was quite long so we were glad there was so much to discover within a short drive. The restuarants in the surrounding towns and villages are better than what's on offer in Banon.

Happy with the customer service, both online with the owner and with her parents who live in the village and were very helpful. There is also lots of detailed information available in the house on local attractions. Our visit to a local Abbey near Simiane-La-Rotonde which is famous for its gardens was a highlight, even for our young children who found it a magical place.

I would recommend this property to anyone. Ideal for families or a group of adults. Good selection of games and DVDs for kids.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A51 exit la Brillanne
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Lure Mountain
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Calanques de Cassis
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Caution remboursable de 800 euros à remettre le jour de l'arrivée
Refundable deposit 800 euros to be given the day of arrival

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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