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Unusual holiday in a troglodyte house in Saint-Chamas.

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

This Provençal village is on the edge of the lagoon of Berre and La Touloubre

You can rent this property for unusual holidays, in a picturesque dig (troglodyte or 'baumes') on a hill in Baou, Saint-Chamas (13), where the lagoon of Berre dominates as the main tourist site. This small Provençal village (7500 inhabitants), with it fishing harbour and marina, is close to the medieval village of Miramas-le-Vieux, Salon-de-Provence,and Aix-en-Provence.

The house is located in a protected place of Saint-Chamas, overlooking the small fishing harbour and marina. There is a superb view, from the terrace, of the lagoon and the village. 2 min walk, you can find shopping facilities and the centre of the village centre, as well as the hill for nice hiking discovering the village. This 60 sq.m house consists of 2 main rooms and small additional cavities (kitchen, bedroom/cabin, and shower room). Temperature remains constant all the year long, 18° (natural air-conditioning), ideal during hot periods, but it is also equipped with electric radiators if necessary.

In 1640, a large cave went through the hill from east to west. The house is well lighted during the day. The morning sun illuminates the courtyard, and in the afternoon the sunset illuminates the terrace. This house is very appreciated for clients interested in nature, rock, history of villages, hiking, fishing in the river, and the lagoon (The largest salt-water lagoon in Europe).

The uniqueness of this village relies on the troglodyte houses that were dug in the 'safre bleu' on the hill of Baou. Some of these caves (or 'baumes') are natural. The others were created by humans between 1610 and 1650.

Three levels of caves spread fro the road bordering the lagoon in the limestone layer where the medieval houses were built. Some of these have been equipped with oil mills. Other serve as ware houses, sheepfolds, store rooms, etc. For everyone who needs a port. The most antique dates back from 1610 to 1616.

They became inhabited at the end of the eighteen century.

This house has belonged to the Bras-Ravel family for 103 years. It served as a henhouse for grandfather, and was used as a shelter during the war of 39-35 and a house since the 50s. It has been restored by the owner (small sons) beginning in 2000, and it has been turned into a holiday house for family and friends. Recently, a private parking space has been built 5 m away from the entry.

The house, due to its location, is very sunny and ventilated, without humidity problems.

On the edge of the lagoon, you will find, depending on the season, swans, flamingoes, gulls, and migratory birds in the humid zone.

More Details

Richard Ravel
Member since: 2000
Speaks French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house near Saint-Chamas near Bouches-du-Rhône

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • river
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Raclette Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WC 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The shower room has a shower cubicle, a hand basin with mirror, a WC, shelves, electric heater, and washing machine. Thee window faces the courtyard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Cabin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    - 1 Double Bed
  • That is: 1 Murphy bed (120x190 cm) in the living room + 1 bed of 140 in bedroom separated from the lounge by shelves + 1 cabin bedroom arranged with 2 bunk beds of 0.70x190 cm for children + 1 z bed for a baby, including comforters, cushions, mattress protectors, blankets, duvets, Storage space and walk-in cupboards
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Pétanque Court ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • caves
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • Water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(24 traveller reviews)

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Unusual holiday in a troglodyte house in Saint-Chamas.
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Charming holiday in St Chamas

  • 5 of 5

This charming house was exactly what we hoped it would be. It has a wonderful character all through the house. The layout is perfect. It has all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday. The view is absolutely incredible. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived and the owners have great customer service. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sehr schöne Wohnung, sehr schöner Blick auf den Etang und sehr nette Gastgeber

  • 5 of 5

Die Wohnung hält alles, was sie verspricht und ist sehr gut ausgestattet.

Die Umgebung lädt zu Ausflügen ein. Der Ort selbst war zu dieser Zeit sehr ruhig.

Der Empfang durch die Gastgeber war sehr herzlich mit guten Hinweisen für Ausflüge bei einem Glas Rosé.

Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert für einen ruhigen, erholsamen Aufenthalt.

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Einfach traumhaft und sympathisch

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren wegen der sehr guten Bewertungen schon überrascht, dass die Unterkunft wirklich alles einhielt, was von den Kommentaren versprochen wurde. Das sehr sympathische Wesen der Vermieter spiegelt sich in der stilvollen Einrichtung wieder. Wir wurden mit kalten Getränken und freundlichem Lächeln empfangen. Die Wohnung selbst ist einfach ein Traum, in diesem heißen Sommer (bis 40 Grad) auch eine Oase der Kühle. Zudem ist es ein einmaliges Erlebnis, in einer Höhle zu wohnen. Es fehlt an nichts. Der Balkon, bzw die Terrasse, bietet einen wunderschönen Blick auf den Hafen und die vordere Hälfte Saint Chamas. Auch kann man dort sehr gemütlich sitzen oder liegen, da genug Platz verhanden. Wir würden auf jeden Fall gerne wiederkommen, wenn die Wohnung denn mal frei sein sollte. Vielen Dank den lieben Vermietern für diese tolle Zeit in ihrer Unterkunft.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Séjour très appréciable dans un gîte confortable, avec une vue ABSOLUMENT exceptionnelle sur l'Etang de Berre... La location est idéalement située et équipée Quant à l'accueil de M. et Mme Ravel aux petits soins et "amoureux" de leur village et de son histoire, on aimerait le retrouver dans toutes les locations !! C'est sûr, nous reviendrons...

Dominique, Christophe, Raphaël & Romain

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Très beau séjour familial

  • 5 of 5

Nous gardons un très bon souvenir de notre séjour, l'été dernier. Nous avons eu un accueil très chaleureux de la part des propriétaires mais aussi de la part des habitants de cette petite ville. La grotte est très bien aménagée et rien ne manque si bien que l'on s'y sent à l'aise rapidement. De plus il y fait bon tout le temps !

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Un superbe endroit !

  • 5 of 5

Cela faisait la deuxième fois que nous passions des vacances dans la maison troglodytique de M et Mme RAVEL.

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans cette maison "hors norme". Elle est située dans un village charmant, elle est très bien équipée, la vue est magnifique et les propriétaires sont fort sympathiques.

Nous ne pouvons que recommander de tenter cette expérience unique et merveilleuse.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Marseille Provence Airport in Marignane
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Saint-Chamas or TGV station in Arbois
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Istres (5 km away) - Carry-le-Rouet (20 km away)

There is a private parking space close to the house.

The village is located 30 min away from Marseille-Provence Airport and the TGV train station Aix-Arbois,

10 min away from Salon-de-Provence, 20 min away from Aix-en-Provence, and 40 min away from Marseille and Arles.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house near Saint-Chamas, Bouches-du-Rhone

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
moyenne saison
1 Jan 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
haute saison
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
moyenne saison 2
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £131.61

versement à la réservation 25 % du montant de la location par chèque, virement bancaire ou chèques vacances.
Le solde à la remise des clefs.
Le ménage du départ est assuré par les locataires, possibilité de le faire effectuer par les propriétaires. Forfait 45 €

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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