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Maison Sebastien - Sleeps 15

Bedrooms 6
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday castle in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire - Maison Sebastien

It is an ideal house for all year round trips!

Maison Sebastien is built around a 14th century look-out tower. This hill top position gives it 360 degrees of stunning views. Recently converted, it is now a remarkable retreat situated in the middle of five acres of oak forest and open land.

The main house itself is large, rambling and very comfortable- sleeping up to 11 guests in 5 bedrooms with four bathrooms. The property also boasts two other smaller self-contained annexes, which sleep 2 guests in each.This is ideal for larger groups wanting some privacy or for big family holidays.

The property is the perfect holiday rental all year round. The ancient terraces provide a large dining area with superb views and a shaded wing for reading and relaxing. The main salon in the house is a huge family area with a wood-burning stove for winter evenings. There is even a cinema room on the top floor.

Below the main house is a medieval courtyard with lavender and fruit trees- a stunning venue for large scale entertaining. Just off the courtyard lies a delightful studio apartment with a mezzanine bed, sitting room, bathroom and mini- kitchen and a private terrace. This sleeps two but can easily accommodate a couple more. The combined dwellings comfortably house up to 13 guests.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century the estate produced silk and the old silk factory, the Magnaneri was added. This has been converted into a luxury self-contained apartment. Sleeping a further couple this apartment can interlink with the main house. Finally, the Bergerie is across from the main house and is occupied by the estate’s full time guardien. He maintains the gardens and pool daily.

The swimming pool was totally rebuilt in 2015 including a saline filtration system. Bordered by ancient mulberry trees, it looks out over the whole valley. Maison Sebastien is a real haven where guests can truly experience the delights of Provence.

On the Ground Floor there is a large open plan area with a modern kitchen, indoor dining area and a large sitting room. This area opens onto a double terrace with outdoor dining and a serving area. Around the corner is an ancient covered terrace that overlooks the medieval courtyard.

From the salon, a stone arch leads to a large ground floor bedroom with a superking sized bed and a bathroom with Haman style shower. The main stairway is curved stone lit by a double storey slit window. The first floor has two en suite double bedrooms both with kingsized beds. The area outside the second bedroom room can be curtained off to create a family unit with an additional single bed.

The second floor has two bedrooms - one double and one with two single beds. These rooms share a bathroom. The second floor also has a full TV/cinema area with access to Apple TV and Orange cable.

The Magnanerie is a self-contained luxury apartment accessed from the Bastide or from its' own private entrance. This 19th century addition has a double bed, en suite bathroom and self contained kitchen. It also offers a large salon with a high end Devialet 250/Verity Audio audiophile hi-fi. This living room has a private terrace.

The Studio is below the main Bastide, off the medieval courtyard. This has its' own bathroom, small kitchen and private sun terrace. Designed for a couple it can easily be expanded.

Maison Sebastien is situated in the Luberon National Park and therefore all work done has to reflect the area's natural beauty. When you first arrive at the property you drive through a thriving young oak forest. This gives way to a stunning view of Mane, Forcalquier and the Midi Alps beyond. The approach to the house is lined with olive trees, pines and poplars. The swimming pool is surrounded by an elegant stone area that offers both perfect sunbathing and shade under a 'tunnelle'. All around the house there are old - some ancient - terraces and the property has one of the very last remaining Roman mulberry trees in Provence. The stoneware around the house is listed.


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Oliver Bell
Speaks English, French, Spanish
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Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Oliver Bell

Oliver’s Travels was set up in 2003 after two old school chums enjoyed a fantastic holiday with friends in a French chateau in the Dordogne. Oliver & Ravi, the two directors of the company, were amazed at what terrific value these stunning chateau rentals represented and decided to spread the word. Today we deliver a wide range of luxury villas, private chateau and charming farmhouses throughout France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Caribbean. We have something for everyone from charming manor houses representing great value for money to fully catered & serviced luxury chateau, all handpicked and chosen with care. Bookings are made direct with the owner of your chosen property to guarantee you get the best booking price available.

Why Oliver Bell chose Haute-Provence - Sisteron

At Oliver’s Travels we only work with the very best rental properties on the market. All of our properties have been handpicked and we take our customer feedback extremely seriously. We operate a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy - that is to say if we have 3 negative reviews relating to any of our properties we cease to advertise it.

We have properties to suit every taste and budget, all chosen with care by our expert team for their unique character, fantastic features and stunning countryside locations.

What makes this castle unique

Free Concierge Service: As luxury rental specialists we have all the experience in the world helping each and every one of our customers find the most suitable property for their dream holiday. All you need to do is provide us with the details of what you imagine your dream holiday to be, and we'll find the perfect property for you. We can make sure that every arrangement is planned to perfection and each element of your holiday has been refined. Transfers, catering, maid service, tours and activities can all be prearranged to your specific requirements.



Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St Michel L'Observatoire
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
St Michel L'Observatoire

Maison Sebastien is a five minute drive - or lovely twenty minute walk - from the village of St Michel L'Observatoire.

The village is thriving with four restaurants, a baker, butcher and epicerie. It is also home to a major French Observatory. St Michel's position at the foot of the Midi-Alps combined with a lack of light pollution gives it unique night skies.

Ten minutes drive from the house is the small medieval town of Mane and beyond - the regional centre - Forcalquier. Mane has a good pizza restaurant, pharmacy, bakery, butcher and Epicerie. Forcalquier is famous for it's absinthe, it's historic church and square and it's citadel high above the town but it also has two excellent supermarkets, a thriving - if crazy - Monday market and some lovely cafes restaurants and shops.

There are many ways to get to the property: fly to Marseille or take a train to ether Aix en Provence TGV or Avignon TGV. There is now a direct train between London St Pancras and Avignon. The drive from London is approximately 14 hours. There are numerous useful local buses that link with both the airport and the train stations.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, Haute-Provence - Sisteron

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
January to March
6 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
July to August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
January to March
6 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
July to August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following: - Cook/catering - Maid service/extra cleaning - Local day-trips or tours - Airport pick-up/drop-off - Babysitting service - Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

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