PICOISEAUX, a wonderful Provençal Holiday Home! A unique charm!
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Why ODILE DARTUS chose Saignon
The PicOiseaux house is an old Provençal cottage from the 18th century. It has been restored with healthy and ecological materials to create a place where you immediately feel good. The will was to preserve its charm, its strong Provençal character and to add modern comfort! PicOiseaux is classified as holidays cottage 3 * * * by the French Ministry of Tourism. In the living room, a big screen to watch a good movie in family (collection of 300 DVDs). A radio and CD player to listen to a good piece of music and relax quietly in the sofa. In the kitchen, lovers of good food, you will find all the equipment you need to prepare good family meals. In winter, the chimney has a double fireplace that allows you to warm up your home. Electric radiators complete it in all rooms. In the village, just a few steps from the house: a small grocery store, a bakery, a tea room, very pleasant restaurants and a small peasant market, very nice every Thursday. At 3 kilometers, the numerous shops of Apt and its farmer market classified « most beautiful market of France » on Saturday. A few kilometers... good producers of wine ! Our neighbour sells a delicious honey of lavender For more photographs and information on the house and the Luberon, visit the house's website: www.picoiseaux.com
What makes this Cottage unique
A charming Provençal house, renovated old-fashioned, but with all the comfort of today. A magnificent view, dominating, from all sides. A large terrace very pleasant in daily life, a protected shed, two gardens to relax and enjoy the places and holidays. In the heart of the Luberon, in a very beautiful village, at the foot of hiking trails and bike routes, a few kilometers from the most beautiful natural sites and perched villages of Luberon and Provence. A land for lovers of good food and good wines...! For more photographs and information on the house and the Luberon, visit my personal website: www.picoiseaux.com
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Beautiful house with lots of charm in stunning village away from it all
We loved our stay here. Odile, the owner, could not have been nicer and the house was full of personal touches to make you feel instantly at ease. The location is perfect get the peacefulness and feeling of being away from it all, whilst having a number of the Luberon’s most beautiful towns and colourful markets nearby. A little gem...
Great provencial house in a beautiful location
Our host Odile was very friendly and extremely accommodating. Her knowledge of the area was plentiful and very useful. Saignon is a very beautiful village, which we immediately fell in love with. A great place to explore Provence and would definitely return to, given the chance. The house was very typical of the area and had been tastefully upgraded, keeping as many original features as possible. It had everything we needed and much more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others
Lovely views, comfortable home, quaint and quiet town
We were three women on a painting holiday. We spent three wonderful weeks in this lovely Saignon home.
What you need to know:
Odile is friendly and helpful. She met us at the house.
The house is a little tricky to find – on a tiny narrow street. It looks like nothing from the street side. Open up the door and you are greeted with a panoramic view over the valley below. You enjoy this superb hillside-perch vista from the living room, kitchen, and deck, and upstairs from two of the three bedrooms. If you are lucky, the lavender will be in bloom. We were there mid-June and were treated to the lavender’s gradual purpling.
The beds are comfortable with good quality cotton sheets, and down duvets. The master bedroom (queen bed) has a door that opens onto a tiny patio and stairs down to the main deck. The second bedroom has two single beds and a view window. The third room has a single bed and window opening onto the street. There are two bathrooms – one with a shower (downstairs) and the other with a huge comfortable bathtub (upstairs).
The house is quiet, except for the frogs and the odd rooster!
Saignon is a jewel of a tiny town. Not yet too touristy. We enjoyed pastries and coffee at Chez Christine, which is also a restaurant and sells a few grocery items – milk, wine, tapenade… There are several restaurants in town. We enjoyed a superb 3-course dinner at Le Petit Bouchon.
Climb the stairs to the top of Le Rocher at sunset and enjoy a 360-degree vista! Breathtaking!
Saignon is 5 minutes by car from Apt. Check out the extensive Saturday market there. Apt also has several large grocery stores. When bringing groceries home, you can drive right to the house, unload, then park just a short distance up the street.
Saignon is just a short drive from many other lovely towns. Lourmarin, Bonnieux, LaCoste and Menerbes are ½ hour South West. Roussillon (20 minutes) and Gordes (½ hour) are to the North West. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is 40 minutes due East. It is famous for its Sunday market and antiques. There are many other tiny towns to explore. Viens, Curcuron..too many to list! All beautiful in their own way. Be sure to take a camera or sketchbook!
We also ventured further away to visit Aix (S. 50 minutes), St-Tropez 2 ½ - 3 hours (S.E) and Cassis and the Calanques (1 ½ hours S.) Pont-du-Gard is about 1 ½ hours East.
After our excursions, short or long, we were always happy to return to our comfortable, quiet hillside home to enjoy a glass of wine on the deck
A comfortable home in a magical setting
We spent three weeks in France this summer, and our week in the charming town of Saignon was our favorite. This small town is tucked into a hillside overlooking lavender fields and the larger town of Apt. It is truly magical. Saigon is smaller than the other Luberon hill towns and has few tourists, even in July when we were there. We found this to be a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. There are a few restaurants in the town, and a bakery (Chez Christine) where we enjoyed our coffee and her amazing pastries each morning. The people in the town were very warm and welcoming.
The house is very comfortable. Our two daughters, ages 9 and 12, felt immediately at home here. They enjoy exploring the small garden area in the back of the house, finding snails and frogs and watering the herbs and plants in the garden. The terrace at the back of the house overlooks lavender fields and the hillside leading down to the town of Apt. Each evening, we sat on the deck to watch the sunset. The lavender was in bloom when we were there. The field is so close to the house, that you can smell the lavender from the terrace. We felt instantly relaxed upon arriving from Paris, and will miss that gorgeous view!
We are so grateful to the owner of this home. She was so warm, kind, helpful and welcoming to us. We were stuck in a lot of traffic on our drive to Saignon, and were quite delayed in our arrival. She waited for us for hours and was so generous and accommodating to us, reassuring us, along the way. She carefully went over all of the details in the house when we arrived, even though it was 10pm by the time we arrived. She was very communicative to us throughout the entire process. She is truly wonderful!
We will miss this special place and hope to return someday! Thank you Odile!
Excellent stay in Saignon!
We loved staying at this house in Saignon. The house itself has been lovingly restored and includes all the amenities to make one's stay as comfortable as possible. The bed was comfortable, inviting living room, well appointed kitchen, etc but the terrace was where we spent as much time as possible (when we weren't sightseeing elsewhere) because of the stunning views of the valley with its sunflower and lavender fields. The owner was very accommodating throughout the entire rental process and welcomed us personally when we arrived. The village, with its huge rocky promontory, old church and graveyard and medieval streets, is very scenic and has a handful of shops to attract visitors during the day but is not overrun with tourists, making it quiet and restful. Saignon is close to Apt where we could shop for provisions at the butcher, cheese shop, bakery and larger stores as needed. It is within an 1 1/2 hours drive to Avignon, Arles, Cassis (beach at Mediterranean), etc and within 20-40 min drive to other hilltop villages like Roussillon, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Gordes, etc. Great little bakery in town and a small organic market on Thursday. The region's fruits and vegetables, olives, wine, cheese, etc are fantastic. We would highly recommend this house. It is spacious and can accommodate a family with children but is equally suitable for a couple (if you travel with another adults, only one room has a double bed but the two singles in one of the other rooms could be pushed together in a pinch). Also, you do need to rent a car to get the most out of travel in this region.
The photos do not do justice to this jewel of a house, set into the exterior of the hilltop village of Saignon, with a wide view of a most beautiful valley. We were fortunate to arrive at the peak of flowering season for many plants, and were daily charmed by the lavender fields down in the valley below. Sheep were herded up the sleepy road past the lavender, and the acacia in bloom buzzed with bees. We loved sitting with our glass of wine or coffee out on the balcony, both morning and evening--at night there was a chorus of frogs from the valley!
The house itself has been very tastefully renovated and modernized with a view to making the most of the character of the old building yet with complete comfort. We thoroughly enjoyed the village too, which has a new (American-owned) café dedicated to setting forth the best of the French countryside and fresh ingredients, as well as two great traditional French restaurants. (All of these are tiny, so getting a reservation ahead is recommended.)
Odile, the owner of the house, was very helpful and anxious to make sure we had a good experience. We are a retired couple, our daughter and son-in-law and their 8 month baby, and we were perfectly comfortable. We had a wonderful time! The only slight problem was getting the stove to light--turned out there was a safety feature we didn't know about! (although I hasten to say it was explained in the binder Odile had prepared for her renters, and we had just been in a hurry to get going. :) Because the village is so small, you will need to ask for the house when you arrive, as there are no house numbers, but this was easy to do and everyone was helpful. I really recommend this property and definitely plan on staying here again in the future. (A word of caution: There is a lovely and inviting spiral staircase outside from the balcony to the garden, so I'm not sure I would recommend this property to anyone with toddlers, unless you were super careful.)
Thank you very much MoM, for this very kind review. You did appreciate your stay at home, the beautiful landscapes just in front of and the small medieval village of Saignon with its people and its romantic character : It’s great, because when we’ve restored this charming house from XVIIIth century, with my husband, we absolutely wanted to preserve its Provencal spirit and create a fine, pleasant and very confortable place where people can spend good moments and good holidays.
When my vacationers arrive at home, I take time to explain the instructions of the house. In the green copy-book, you can find the Home recommendations, all the quick instructions for using household appliances, my goods advices and good adresses (and I’ve a lot !). All is translated into English. And if you have a question, you always can call me, or send me a SMS if you prefer, I’m always here for you.
The house has already hosted many babies (one was 2 months old !), a dozen toddlers, from 1 year 1/2 to 7 years old, and many teenagers of course ! The terrace can be closed with the metal gate and any child can’t access to the staircase and the gardens. Parents go down the stairs with their toddlers, gardens are enclosed, and everything goes well.
About the address home (no house numbers) : Ten days before the holidays, I send to my vacationers a map of Saignon (where you can see the emplacement of the home), a photography of the front door (which is very specific !) and a written document « arriving at Saignon ». Everybody find easily the house in the small village of Saignon….the beginning of fine adventure and good holidays in Luberon, France !
Welcome home, and see you soon !
Avignon TGV station : 50km and Bus to Apt
Avignon Airport , 45 km
I send all details by e-mail
In the village : a small grocery store, a bakery, tearoom, very pleasant restaurants and a small market, very friendly, every Thursday (april to october).
At 3 km, Apt and its many shops and supermarkets, its beautiful market on Sunday.
A few kilometers... good producers of wine !
Our neighbor sells a delicious honey of lavender.
In the house : a lot of good advices and addresses, translated into English. Many guides discoveries and hiking, games, books and comics for all ages.