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Stone Cottage with Plunge Pool in Heart of Lavender Country

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

L’Ourdissoir combines the best of both worlds, old and new. Originally a grange, then a weaver's atelier, this fully-restored, independent, separate stone cottage with 75 m2 of living space, restored with great attention to detail. Downstairs, the 35 M2 living area is designed for comfortable living while retaining the cachet of the original stone structure (exposed stone walls, old beams, local stone pavers): a new, fully-equipped kitchen, spacious and inviting dining and sitting areas to be enjoyed during all seasons, thanks to thick stone walls, double-glazed windows and a state-of-the-art “green” wood pellet stove.

The two bedrooms will accommodate up to four people: the larger one upstairs has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and direct access to the garden and outdoor sitting areas, while the downstairs bedroom has a double bed (140 cm), a WC and washbasin for your convenience. Upstairs, the bathroom has a shower, separate WC, large washbasin and washing machine (clothes can be dried by the provençal sun on an outdoor line in a beautiful spot or in an electric dryer located in the stone cabanon two steps from the house). All rooms have views of the pool, garden, orchard and hills.

At L’Ourdissoir opportunities for outdoor living abound and your home has three points of access to the exterior. Just steps from your cottage door you will enjoy own private plunge pool (2.3 x 3.4 meters) set in local stone for your exclusive use. The one-hectare (2.5 acres) park-like setting includes a variety of spaces to enjoy sun or shade provided by the many species of mature trees, seclusion or open views during all seasons and a variety of garden furniture to enhance your comfort and enjoyment (benches, outdoor tables & chairs, hammocks, sun loungers). It is an ideal place for reading, writing, painting, al fresco dining, yoga, relaxing, bird watching, strolling, picnicking. Cradled in a peaceful valley, the property is surrounded by open fields and a hillside covered with native vegetation (wild lavender, thyme and savory) and crisscrossed by dry stone walls. We enjoy views of the Montagne de Lure to the east, and the village of L’Hospitalet to the south.

Here at Le Champ de l’Amant, the sun shines over 300 days of the year, providing dazzling blue skies and stunning starry nights. Our valley is a paradise for a wide variety of outdoor activities. There are facilities for horseback riding, hot air ballooning and paragliding in the immediate area and we have direct (no driving) access to many riding, cycling and hiking trails (such as the Tour de la Montagne de Lure GR). Nestled in the heart of lavender country, the property is within easy walking distance to the twin villages of Saumane-L’Hospitalet (1 and 2 km, respectively). Saumane has a café-bistrot and there are numerous excellent 'bistrots de pays' and restaurants featuring terroir cuisine in the surrounding villages and towns. We are only 7 minutes from Banon, famous for its chèvre cheese bundled in chestnut leaves and home to one of France’s greatest bookshops, Le Bleuet. Banon is a vibrant hub town, which offers galleries, cafés, restaurants, a tea shop, a wine bar, a well-stocked grocery store, a framing and bookbinding studio, numerous concerts, a cheese festival and hosts a lively farmers' market on Tuesday mornings. Just beyond Banon, you can explore the cobbled streets leading to the XIIth chateau-rotunda which crowns the fortified medieval village of Simiane-la-Rotonde, home to a baroque music festival, or admire the stunning views into the gorges from the perched village of Oppedette.

The bustling towns of Forcalquier, Apt and Manosque are all nearby. In Manosque, you can visit the pedestrian streets of the ancient, walled town center, take a French language immersion class, or visit the Occitane skin care products factory. The farmers’ markets at Forcalquier and Apt are among the very best in Provence. Next to Forcalquier, you can treat yourself to a day of pampering at the world-class Occitane spa in the Couvent des Minimes in Mane. Fifteen minutes beyond Apt, you can explore the beautiful perched villages of the Luberon (Roussillon, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes, Oppède) or go antiquing at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The vibrant provençal cities of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nîmes and Marseille, as well coastal towns such as Cassis with its calanques and points of interest such as St. Rémy, Moustiers, Le Pont du Gard, the Gorges du Verdon all make wonderful day trips.


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Lynne Crytser
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

About Lynne Crytser

My love affair with France and French literature and culture started early in life and has continued non-stop. I taught French in California for over thirty years and spent nearly every vacation, as well as some exchange and sabbatical years in this country. So, when my kids grew up and I retired, moving to Provence full-time was totally natural. I wanted a rural setting and ended up buying and restoring and old farm building in the Banon area . Some of favorite activities are hiking with our Irish Water Spaniels, sampling local restaurants or dining with friends and cooking (with great basic ingredients available in the south of France).

Lynne Crytser purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Lynne Crytser chose L'Hospitalet

I chose Le Champ de l’Amant for the BIG REASON: the quality of life, “la qualité de la vie”. Living in rural France, we can have our cake and eat it too, so to speak. No pollution, great food, a slower life style where people still take the time to savor meals, spend time together, practice the art of conversation and live in harmony with nature (including eating real foods that are in season). At the same time, we benefit from the best medical delivery system in the world (as rated by the World Health Organization), an excellent infrastructure, the benefits of technology, including high-speed internet, a fantastic transportation and communication network, a sense of style (“le French touch”), personal discretion and respect. I live in the country, far from the crowds, hype and glitz, feast my eyes every day on beautiful landscapes and lovely perched stone villages, surrounded by wonderful and diverse friends, yet we can be in downtown Marseille, the second largest city in France, in an hour and a half or take the TGV high-speed train and be in the center of Paris in less than three hours for an easy and stimulating weekend.

What makes this cottage unique

Living with the seasons, for me means curling up in front of the fire with a glass of Côtes du Ventoux in the winter, walking up my valley and buying gorgeous artisanal goat cheese from neighbors in the spring, opening the windows at night (no light pollution) to see the glorious night skies and smell the freshly-cut lavender in the summer, and hunting for delicious wild mushrooms in the hills behind our house in the fall. Seriously, how could we envy anyone?

Visitors at our guest cottage, L’Ourdissoir, will get a taste of authentic Provence. As some friends have said, this is real!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in L'Hospitalet in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 (upstairs) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , large wash basin
    Bathroom 2 (ground level) - Toilet , wash basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 (mezzanine) - 1 Large Double Bed , Direct access to the garden and upstairs bathroom
    Bedroom 2 (ground level) - 1 Large Double Bed , Wash basin and wc in this bedroom
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(19 traveller reviews)

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Stone Cottage with Plunge Pool in Heart of Lavender Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Riverside California


  • 5 of 5

I truly do not know where to begin...Our time at Lynn's AMAZING vacation rental L'Ourdissoir was "beyond perfection"!!! Lynn is the BEST, BEST, and yes...the BEST, host we have ever had the privilege of knowing!!! Her cottage is absolutely beautiful and the grounds are stunning!!! Lynn not only recommended FABULOUS places for us to see, she also toured us to one of her favorite spots where we enjoyed a bottle of wine and a great view...and then brought over a fabulous dinner of duck!!! WOW!!! The time and love Lynn puts into hosting is so special that anyone that is lucky enough to stay at her home is just that "LUCKY enough"!!! We can't wait to return and not only stay at her wonderful cottage, but spend time with her!!! And although Lynn will be there in moment to help you...she gives you total privacy!!! The countryside and towns surrounding her vacation rental are absolutely beautiful!!! We kayaked, hiked, visited many outdoor markets...simply fabulous!!! The concert at the glass church on the hill, something we will never forget!!! Cassis...the seaside village on the Mediterranean highly recommend and Banon the nearest town to Lynn's cottage, is storybook fabulous and very historic!!!! LOVED it all...actually cried when it was time to leave!!! We talk often of our time in Provence and know WE WILL BE BACK!!! Thank-you Lynn for making our trip one, we will never forget!!! Teresa and Steve Callinan!!!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As guests, you two were also "literally beyond perfection!". Your enthusiasm is contagious and I just can't wait for you to return to L'Ourdissoir!
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Idyllic provençal hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks at L’Ourdissoir during summer and the lavender flowering season.

The cottage is very comfortable and we loved - and admired - Lynne's stylish blending of the old and new. We had everything we needed and the well-equipped kitchen was perfect for preparing meals with local produce.

L’Ourdissoir is ideally situated for exploring, close to home or further afield. We were rarely in a rush to leave each day and looked forward to returning each afternoon/evening to spend time in one of the many secluded spots in the garden or enjoy a drink on the pool terrace.

The pool was a wonderful indulgence on hot days.

Lynne was a warm, welcoming and generous host; we very much enjoyed her company and appreciated her recommendations.

A special thrill was to witness a "transhumance" as, after three days on the road, a family moved their small flock of sheep past L’Ourdissoir onto summer pastures on a neighbouring farm.

Driving through the bloom-covered hills each day, relishing the repeating views and aroma, was a dream come true.


  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Barrie, ON Canada

Even better second time around.

  • 5 of 5

The first time we visited was five years ago and we loved it then. It was even nicer this time. One of the many great things about the cottage is the artistic feel wherever you are; in the cottage, on the property. Lynne and Claude do an outstanding job of making the place welcoming, interesting and full of little surprises. Thank you, Lynne and Claude for being such terrific hosts. We hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you here again and look forward to "the third time"!
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South Wales

A piece of heaven in Provence.

  • 5 of 5

What can I say about this perfect place. We love it so much we have returned for a second helping. The cottage is beautiful and perfectly equipped, the garden and surrounding area is stunning and the pool is the icing on the cake. It is perfectly located for visiting the charming market towns and experiencing the flavours of Provence. The hosts, Lynne and Claude, are lovely and are always on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, yet are not intrusive at all. I would recommend this holiday home to anyone, I really could not fault it. Looking forward to a third visit in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shell and Ty, Thank you for being such enthusiastic and considerate guests. We're delighted that you had a lovely holiday here, once again, and we look forward to your return some day, with Hannah :-)
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Simply heavenly

  • 5 of 5

Dear Lynne,dear Claude,

after such a long wait,we were filled with excitement and anticipation of the holiday with you in the L'Ourdissoir.In the last 15 years, we were almost every year in France on vacation.We love this country,but this is one of the most beautiful places,where we previously were able to spend our vacation.Everything is lovingly and individually decorated. It lacks a nothing. The landscape,the beautiful villages with their colourful and fragant markets, everything we liked it wonderful. But then, we looked forward to getting back to a field trip in the beautiful L'Ourdissoir Cottage return and us to relax there and just enjoy.Thanks Lynne and Claude, that you have built up as something wonderful,and enable us to holiday guests to share in it.We are pleased that we were able to book the cottage again and we look forward to our return in july 2017,because there is still so much to discover in this beautiful area.

Sabine und Uwe

Kernen im Remstal, Germany

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm which we share for this special spot in Provence, far from the crowds. You were such considerate guests and we really look forward to your return (in time for the lavender!) in 2017.
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magnifique endroit, idéal pour déconnecter !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un super séjour chez Lynn & Claude. L'endroit est magique, très bien entretenu, le gite est très agréable et joliment décoré. Nous avons eu droit à la visite de la propriété par Claude et aux délicieux cookies de Lynn. La terrasse et le gite sont vraiment charmants, c'est un endroit idéal pour se ressourcer et se balader, montagne, lavande, jolis villages... Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir en famille.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous sommes très heureux que votre séjour au Champ de l'Amant vous ait plu. Pour nous, aussi, c'était un vrai plaisir et vos enfants sont tellement sages et adorables! A la prochaine!
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bistrot de Saumane
Nearest Train
95 Kilometres
Avignon TVG
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mini-Auberde de Saumane
Nearest Beach
130 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in L'Hospitalet, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
5 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Early Fall
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Rates are based on 1-2 guests; add 52.50 EUR/week for each additional guest. Four guests maximu. 25% deposit at time of booking; balance due in cash on day of arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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