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Hilltop lodge, wild retreat yet close to Mountain Adventure & Local colour.

Bedrooms 2
Space 731 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Lg vaulted kitchen/diner/living room. 2 BR, 2 double beds,1 single + 2 sofa beds

Le Château de Gandière once hunting lodge then farmhouse sits on a hilltop in 12 acres of land with panoramic views over the Durrance valley and the Gap-Tallard airfield famous for Skydiving and Gliding.

The lodge offers a Private Terrace and you are welcome to explore the hillside beyond where Sanglier and Deer are amongst the many Wild Visitors.

A large Vaulted room provides Kitchen/Diner/Living room with french TV/DVD. (Please note in the cold months you need to keep a log fire going to keep downstairs cozy, but we provide the wood free of charge.) Stone Spiral Stairs lead to a small Sitting room with Balcony and 2 sofa beds. This gives access to: Bdrm1 with Dble bd and Balcony, Bdrm 2 with Dble mezzanine bed + single bed, and the Bathroom/wc.

Ideal for families with children the lodge provides a spacious base from which to sample the many outdoor activities and local colour the area has to offer.

I live on site so will be here to welcome you and be on hand if required. However the lodge is completely independent and private.

We often have horses on the property so i'm afraid DOGS must be kept on a lead when outside the house.


Adventure Sports

White Water sports - Canoeing, Hyrospeed, Kite surf, Water sking, Rafting, Quad Biking, Paint Balling.

AIr Sports - Skydiving, Hang Gliding, Gliding, Micro lites, Ballooning, Gyrocopters, Light aviation, Helicopters.


Climbing, Canyoning, Hikking, Walking.

Cycling - Tour de France routes, Mountain Biking.

Ice skating, Swimming, Golf, Fishing.

Tyrolienne, Tree adventure parks, Via Ferrata.

Horse riding, Horse trekking.


Local Markets, Live music, Festivals, Concerts, Local produce.

More Details

Sarah Brearley
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Sarah Brearley

I came to France in 1991 to run a small business on the airfield close by. I sold the business after starting a family, two boys 16 and 20. I now work from home and am I now work from home and am studying a university course by correspondence.

Sarah Brearley purchased this farmhouse in 1993

Why Sarah Brearley chose La Saulce

According to the local tourist office this is one of the most spacious and attractive holiday lets in their area.

It's always given us the sense of freedom that comes from having a lot of space to yourself but at the same time it's conveniently close to the things one wants to do.

The local villages still function as village communities which makes for a very civilised way of life.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We've enjoyed receiving guests from all over the world and all walks of life. Retired couples here for the flavour of France to bands of skydivers here for the excitement.

We adapt around each guests tastes, with some families we've more or less shared children for the week, others are clearly here to enjoy time alone together.

However i think everyone has appreciated there being someone on hand, there's always a question about where to buy something, or eat, best places to swim at this time of year, or a car to be pulled from a ditch!

If you've any questions about the lodge or area please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Have a good holiday


Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Sarah,

yesterday we arrived safely in stormy and rainy Germany. Thank you very much for the good time in your house and the hospitality.

We enjoyed our stay and the wonderful countryside, and even the Cote d'Azur couldn't come up to it, it was just as cold, only much more traffic...

Nevertheless we enjoyed our holidays.
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in La Saulce in Hautes-Alpes

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 731 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bath has shower attachment and curtain. A hair dryer is provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Mezzanine Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double is large mezzanine
    Upstairs sitting room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The Lodge is best suited to sleeping four. However for good friends and family we have accommodated 6 without a problem. Main Bedroom. Double bed, west facing balcony, period wardrobe and dresser. Mezzanine Bedroom. Double, wall to wall, mezzanine bed, plus one single bed. Sitting room. Although this room gives access to the other bedrooms and bathroom it can double as a 3rd bedroom with two sofa beds. South facing balcony. All bedrooms retain their original rustic character. Bed linen and towels are provided for all rooms.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We have horses on the property for several months of the year so i'm afraid dogs must be kept on a lead whilst outside the house. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call. A cleaning service is available at a charge of 40€. To save you either buying or bringing cleaning products a basket of ecological cleaning products to a value of €17.95 is available for you to use during your stay at a cost of €5.


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Hilltop lodge, wild retreat yet close to Mountain Adventure & Local colour.
average rating of 4.773585 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect home for our family of four. Quiet, clean, and very private. This home is secluded, yet is just minutes from a great boulangerie, a grocery store, and other necessities. Sarah was very helpful and a great hostess. We can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you stay and it would be lovely to see you again. All the best.
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Un séjour au calme et détente

  • 5 of 5

Sarah offre un gîte très confortable avec un accueil fabuleux. Un coin au paradis sous les chaînes dehors pour se détendre à la fin de la journée.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful hillside home

  • 4 of 5

The house is wonderfully tucked into a picturesque setting. As a couple, the home was very spacious and provided a great base for climbing at Ceuse and exploring some of the nearby towns (Tallard, Gap, Sisteron, Orpierre, etc). It should be noted that the house is not well situated for walking, and a vehicle is needed for basic groceries and other needs. That being said, there is a wonderful set of markets across from the airfield within a few minutes drive. Not at all the fault of our host, but construction on the drive below the hillside was ongoing and we were a little worried about the potential for a flat tire on our small rental car. Hopefully this will be completed soon. Finally, the WiFi was at times unreliable, but functioned fine for the majority of our stay. Sarah was a hands off host, but available when needed, exactly our preference! All in all, we'd definitely recommend this spot to others!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and info about the WiFi, i'll look into it. As for the road ... they tell me end of next week! YES!
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A lovely house in an area with loads to do

  • 5 of 5

The property is lovely,cool and spacious with all facilities you need. Lovely views and an area with loads to do for a family with 2 teenage boys (we did rafting, lake swimming, kayaking, karting, via ferratta, canyoning, zip wires, high ropes, freefall simulator, cycling and walking for example)Looking forward to our next stay here

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really glad you all enjoyed it, it's not always east to enjoy things with teens. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Relaxing and would recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing stay at this property with our 2 young children. The house itself is very clean and contained everything that we needed for our week's stay. Lovely views from the property windows! The owners were extremely helpful and there was lots to do in the local area and further afield if required. We would highly recommend. Kate and Mark

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really glad you all had such a good time and were able to relax. All the best Sarah
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Unwind among the butterflies (and moths!)

  • 5 of 5

Especially for those with an interest in all facets of Natural History (such as us, being visiting entomologists), this is an ideal base for exploring the Hautes-Alpes region, especially around Gap, the Lac de Serre-Ponçon, Parc National des Ecrins, etc. and for access, is also ideally situated close to the A51 motorway. Sarah and Phil will provide as much (or as little) help and advice as you want and were ideal hosts. We drove down from Geneva, but for most (if flying to France), driving from Marseille is the easiest route. The accommodation descriptions were wholly accurate and the lodge is perfect for those seeking rest and relaxation and a comfortable and quiet night's sleep. One small aspect for consideration is a possible clarification of the precise directions to the property (which we initially misinterpreted), not helped by the local road being in process of being re-laid (and moved!) during our stay. However, this does not detract from what is a great place to stay, whatever your interests and is excellent value for money, in a most scenic, not remote, yet still wild part of France.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
179 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Restaurant L'Arizona
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Gap - Bayard
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
A51 The End.
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bar Restaurant L'Arizona
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
179 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The Gap region offers an extraordinary variety of activities from Skydiving, Mountain Biking and White Water to Golf and Fishing, from Cheese making to Wolf Watching.

In contrast to Adventure Sports the Culture of the region is expressed through the way of life, Local Markets, Village Festivals and Concerts.

You can decide as the mood dictates and with local knowledge I'm on hand to recommend something which might suit. The villages of Tallard, with it's Chateau, Swimming Pool and Tennis courts, and La Saulce are both within 5 mins drive and provide for everyday needs with several restaurants to choose from.

Gap,18 mins, is the Department Capital and organises lots of Events for Visitors throughout the summer many of which are free.

The Lac de Serre Poncon, 35 mins, provides an almost seaside ambiance with it's beaches and Water Sports.

Other Activities: Adventure Sports, Water Sports, Air Sports, Climbing, ViaFerrata, Aviation, Skydiving, Gliding. Horse Trekking, Walking and Hiking, Concerts, Markets, Fishing.

Golf: Golf Gap Bayard

Centre Oxygenation

05000 GAP


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in La Saulce, Cote d'Azur - Provence

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jul 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
28 Aug 2018 - 17 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.29

Please note 'Winter' rates are exclusive of electricity, which is charged at cost, but firewood is provided free of charge. The deposit is non refundable if you cancel less than 30 days before arrival.
If i have no news of late arrival more than 24 hrs after your expected arrival time i will assume you are not coming and may re-let the house.
Any faults should be notified to me or my representative within 24 hours of your occupation otherwise you may become liable as you will be for any damage during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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