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Charming holiday rentals in the Apes-de-Haute-Provence - France

Hélène and Olivier have lovingly renovated this old 18th century farmhouse nestled at the foot of the Montagne de Lure, at an altitude of 630 meters. Calm, panoramic view, walks in the forest from the house, « Au Clair de Lure » will be for you a place of relaxation and discoveries.

We will welcome you in 2 rural self-catering lodgings : « Lure en Duo » for 2 people and « Lure au Levant » up to 10 people.

To show you the rural environment of our property, we have prepared you a virtual tour, which will give you an idea of the provençal landscape around us.

These 2 accomodations are in integral part of our property, an old provençal farmhouse from the 18th century surrounded by 4,6 hectares of garrigue, on which we have done a lot of work since we bought it in 1984. We also have there our own housing, but the layout of the buildings and the surface area of the land give everyone their privacy.

Our lodgings in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Location d'appartement à Castellane - Self-catering lodging Lure en Duo

Self-catering lodging Lure en Duo

A few meters from the main house, in an old agricultural shed, we have fitted out this beautiful 60 m2 loft : a large living-room bathed in l ...

Location d'appartement à Castellane - Self-catering lodging Lure au Levant

Self-catering lodging Lure au Levant

Located in the old sheepfold of the house, this gîte can accomodate 6 to 10 people and can thus be siutable for a large family or group of fr ...



Which villages are worth visiting in the alpes de haute-provence ?

Our lodgings are 13 km far from Sisteron, this famous « Door of Provence » dominated by its imposing citadel.

Forcalquier, 30 km south-west, is known for its big Monday morning market. It is a lively little town, with cathedral, cobbled alleys, citadel and listed cemetery …

A little further south you will discover Manosque, the city of Jean Giono. The historic city center is worth a visit (market on Saturday morning). On the outskits of the city, you will be able to visit the factory « l'Occitane » (Ladies, do not empty your whole wallet!)

Gîte à Sisteron

In June and July the time will come to let you embalm on the lavenders plateaus of Entrevennes, Puimichel and Valensole. Continuing a little further east, you will reach Moustiers Sainte-Marie, reputed to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. You will then be at the edge of the Sainte-Croix lake and its turquoise waters (swimming, canoeing, pedal boat), and you will be able to discover the sublime Gorges du Verdon (by car, on foot, by rafting or hydrospeed).

Gîte à Moustier-Sainte-Marie

20 minutes from Chateauneuf in the Durance valley, the hilltop village of Lurs is worth a detour: it is charming and well restored, with a spectacular view on the surroundings. Come and discover the beautiful Priory of Ganagobie (visits from 3 to 5 p.m.), in the middle of this plateau of holm oaks. This place will encourage you to a nice stroll.

We are now very close to the village of Les Mées, dominated by the famous « Pénitents », a strange geological fomation : the poudingue (not pudding !). A small road will take you to the plateau overlooking the village, where you can see the largest photovoltaïc farm in France (200 hectares) …

Further west, you will love Banon, a small, authentic and lively village : its cheese, dry sausages, and an astonishing bookstore, « the Bleuet », a real Ali Baba's cave of books, open 7 days a week. A few kilometers further south, the beautiful hilltop village of Simiane-la-Rotonde, whose castle can be visited. There, you will find an aromatherapy exhibit as well as a boutique. And in May and June, especially don't forget to visit the Valsaintes abbey and its magnificent roses garden.

Gîte à Banon

And finally, one hour's drive from the « Clair de Lure » towards the Luberon, do not miss the provençal Colorado, ancient ocher quarries, where several shorts hikes will allow you to discover rocks in exceptional colors. Just above, the medieval village of Viens will complete a superb day of visits.

Gîte en Provence

To the east now, you can go to Digne-les-Bains (lake, heated swimming-pool, thermal establishment), city where Alexandra David-Neel ended her life (interesting visit of her house, recently renovated museum). The surroundings of Digne are to be discovered, in particular the Clues de Barles, lovely little gorges, the geological reserve and the site of the Ichthyosaur. Lovers of sumptuous landscapes, you can take the small road by car, from Sisteron to Digne by the Col de Fontbelle : change of scenery garanteed. And to finish in style, know that we are only an hour from Aix-en-Provence and one hour and a half from Cassis and the mediterranean creeks.

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