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600 Year-old House with Spectacular View in the Heart of Medieval Village

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About the property

Experience the soul and glamour of Provence in a location that provides you with easy access to both the quaint French countryside of medieval villages, vineyards, and olive groves and the sophisticated French Riviera with it’s relaxing beaches and rich culture. Claviers, a medieval hill-top village of 600 people located in the foothills of the French Alps, serves as your gateway to both of these worlds.

Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the Claviersiennes and create your own enjoyable experiences using L'Orac, a six hundred year-old stone “townhouse” or maison de village, as your convenient home base. L'Orac is in the heart of the village and only an hour from the Nice Airport and the French Riviera where you can enjoy the beaches, shopping and culture in Nice, Antibes, Cannes, San Raphael and St. Tropez. The Gorges du Verdon or the “Grand Canyon of France” is only 45 minutes from Claviers – a prime area for sports enthusiasts who like to hike, rock climb, kayak, hang glide, and road and mountain bike.

L'Orac has three main floors, each with its own bathroom, shower and refrigerator. The third floor has a kitchen with a salon and another level above it where there is a bedroom adjoined by a terrace that features a spectacular view of the Esterel Mountains on the Mediterranean coast. There are two single beds and one double bed on the first floor; a single and a double bed on the second floor; and a double bed in the third floor apartment.

The house has WiFi and you can use the phone to call anywhere in the U.S. free of charge.

More Details

Andy Stamp
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Andy Stamp

Andy Stamp is an avid cyclist, sailor, and professional ski instructor who spent the past seventeen years visiting his aunt in Claviers where she moved from the United States at age 70. She memorialized her eighteen-year adventure in her book, "Still Time." Andy is very familiar with the villages, history, activities and cycling routes in Provence and he is happy to lead you on tours of the Provencal countryside or give you suggestions that will help personalize and enrich your experience.

Andy Stamp purchased this house in 2015

Why Andy Stamp chose Claviers

Andy fell in love with the area on his first visit and he bought L'Orac from his aunt seventeen years later when she returned to the United States.

What makes this house unique

L'Orac provides you with an authentic and intimate experience of living in a medieval French village where you are surrounded by the beautiful countryside of olive groves and vineyards; medieval architecture and history; and the friendly people who live there. Each day gives you opportunities for unique experiences, which range from shopping in the village markets, to engaging in scores of outdoor sports/activities to taking day trips to the Riviera beaches. It's possible to ski in the French Alps in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean in the afternoon from this location.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Claviers in Var

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , includes bathroom, refrigerator and toaster oven
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , has adjoining terrace and salon, kitchen, bathroom below
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , includes bathroom, refrigerator and toaster oven
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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(12 traveller reviews)

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600 Year-old House with Spectacular View in the Heart of Medieval Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Fabulous flat in Provence

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Claviers in this wonderful apartment! Claviers is a delightfully quiet and beautiful village in the heart of Provence. Centrally located, there are countless excursions available to the high alps, Maritime Alps, coast, Nice, and picturesque hilltop villages to numerous to mention. Most of these sites are within an easy hour or less drive. The apartment is nicely furnished and comfortable with an awesome patio overlooking the valley. There are 3 levels each with beds and separate baths, suitable for a large family or several couples. This is our 4th time in this wonderful flat in Claviers and we're sure to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A magical place!

  • 5 of 5

Clavier and our accommodations were a perfect match for exploring and experiencing the charm of Provence. It is a great location to drive to mountain villages, the Gorge du Verdon and the coast! The terrace on the upper floor is a wonderful place with an extraordinary view for everyone to eat, have a drink and relax. The manager lives right across and is very helpful if needed. Locally there are hikes, lovely restaurants and a boulangerie steps from your door to enjoy! It truly is a magical place!

I plan on returning.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stay and Live Like a Local

  • 5 of 5

Live like a local in a charming medieval town! Staying at Andy's wonderful retreat in Claviers offered us the best of many options:

-An authentic local experience without the touristy vibes of the guide book "must see"

-Convenient location that was a gateway to exploring Provence. Easy day trips from this charming home base allowed us to experience a series of adventures in neighboring villages, beaches of St. Tropez, Gorges du Verdon, vineyards and numerous other points of interest. Or, a nice place to stay put and savor the neighboring restaurants, boulangerie, vineyards, olive mills and meander the quaint cobblestone streets.

-Comfortable, clean accommodations with spectacular views from a rooftop patio: a magical perch to start and end each day providing a vantage point to remind us of our good fortune to have landed in this idyllic residence.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Provence, France

  • 5 of 5

OK, sit in your favorite easy chair, close your eyes and try to imagine a 700 year old village in the heart of Provence in France. A town that was built into the side of a hill to protect its residents from invading marauders that now remains well off the tourist trail with a friendly international population, narrow streets with no cars, intimate restaurants, and a charming town square where you can spend a leisurely day with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Now picture a 3 story town housed on a quiet no car lane with a roof top terrace overlooking vineyards and rolling countryside. That's Andy's home away from in Claviers.

Activities abound in this area, including charming villages, Roman ruins, hiking and biking options, and the French Riviera a short distance away. My three visits have included a wonderful balance of relaxing in the village and options for daily touring and exploration.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

One of my favorite places in the world. The air, light, climate, sky, view, and the village is unlike anything in America. It is a walk back to a different lifestyle and a terrific gateway to Provence. The patio on the top floor is spectacular. There is no better host than Andy. I have been there twice and plan on going many more times. I have recommended to many people.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Claviers..Vacation in the "South of France"

  • 5 of 5

We could not have picked a better place for my first trip to Europe. L'Orac is set in the center of the village of Claviers in Provence...The house has three apartments. Andy makes sure all are clean and well maintained. Each has its own kitchen and bathroom with shower. All are furnished with antiques so each of the three rooms are unique in every way. Every night, we slept with the window open to let in the cool breeze. The best part of each day was relaxing on the top floor terrace with a beer (sometimes wine) cheese & olives. The view out across the tile roofs of the town below can not be duplicated any place else.

The village of Claviers is like a movie set...Cobblestone streets wind through the village. (no cars). There is a church in the town square along with a cafe that you can sit and relax . The people in the town are so friendly and if you are lucky you might catch a game of Boules played in the town court.

There are many opportunities to explore the town and hike out into the country side. I recommend this destination to all my friends and hope to visit there again some day.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
4 Seasons - Montoraux
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Les Arcs
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Col D'Allos
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Nice, Antibes, Cannes, San Raphael, St. Tropez
Car: necessary

L'Orac is in the heart of the Claviers and only an hour from the Nice Airport and the French Riviera where you can enjoy the beaches, shopping and culture in Nice, Antibes, Cannes, San Raphael and St. Tropez. The Gorges du Verdon or the “Grand Canyon of France” is only 45 minutes from Claviers – a prime area for sports enthusiasts who like to hike, rock climb, kayak, hang glide, and road and mountain bike.

There is something for everyone in this ideal location where you can paint or appreciate the art of Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Signac and Serault; enjoy excellent food and wine or shop in local open-air markets and create your own gourmet meals; explore history by wandering around ancient villages with Roman and medieval ruins; and take day trips to the beaches to relax or experience the Continental sophistication of the French Riviera. For those who like to see as much as possible when they travel, Monaco is an hour and a half drive from Claviers; Italy is less than two hours; Aix en Provence is two hours; Avignon is three hours; and Spain is four hours away.


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Cleaning Fee £76.27

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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