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4 ****apartments, with pool, in the heart of rural provence- Aups - Le Genévrier



Updated: 26-Nov-2016
3 well- equipped apartments 1x 2 bedroom, 2x 1 bedroom in private gardens

Boutique Apartments with pool in Provence- Le Diamant Noir offers 4 star accommodation in three, tastefully-furnished garden apartments, surrounded by lovely gardens and easy access to the swimming pool, where sun loungers are provided to enjoy the wonderful climate of Provence.

2016 will be our 10th year at Le Diamant Noir, so we have learned a lot about our guests' requirements and preferences.

We have a two- bedroomed apartment , perfect for two couples or a family of four and two one- bedroomed apartments, ideal for couples.

Each apartment has been individually styled with great attention to detail , providing the necessary equipment, not only to reach four star standard, but to make your holiday experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

Each apartment has well-furnished bedrooms, shower room, comfortable living area with full kitchen corner, including dishwasher, private terrace and small garden, provided with garden furniture.

Two of the three apartments are situated next door to each other, screened by a well established laurel and elaeagnus hedge. If you have a larger party, you can easily holiday with your friends next door by booking L' Amandier for 4 and Le Genévrier for 2

High quality linen and towels are included in the price- swimming towels are also provided.

We are situated 1km from the market town of Aups- an easy and pleasant walk. This makes a drink and meal in a typically provencal restaurant, an easy walk away, with no need to take the car.

A typical Provencal town, Aups offers all the necessary amenities with shops, restaurants, cafés, a wealth of history and its twice weekly market, brimming over with the local produce of the surrounding area.

Ample, secure, off- road parking is at your disposal, within our gated grounds.

This also makes a safe environment for families. With swimming pool. table tennis and a boulodrome there are on-site facilities for family fun.

Aups is the Southern gateway to the Gorges Du Verdon - known for its picturesque scenery and many sporting activities. Located in the Verdon National Park, close to the Gorges du Verdon and the Lac Sainte Croix there are numerous outdoor pursuits for those who are actively minded. White water sports to include rafting canyoning and kayaking are available along with sailing and fishing. Climbing, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking are available in the area.

The lavender plateau of Velensole is only a short drive away and for those who want to venture further, both the Alpes of Haute Provence and the resorts of the Côte d'Azur, such as St Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Nice are easily accessible by car.

The Haut Var area is steeped in history and there are many medieval villages to visit, all telling their own stories. Several of these perched, hilltop villages can be found around us - Aiguines, Tourtour, Moustières, Saint Marie, Moissac Bellevue, Cotignac, Villecroze to name but a few.

There are provençal markets in the region every day. Aups itself has a twice weekly market overflowing with colourful produce. during the winter moths theres is an active truffle market every Thursday

We are surrounded by domains and chateaux all producing their own very drinkable wines. Most of these establishments offer wine tasting. You are not compelled to buy wine in bulk. You can buy a single bottle. Some of the vineyards also have shop selling other local specialities.

Aups is a very attractive, genuine provençal town and provides all the amenities that you require - banks, post office, pharmacy, medical service, numerous food shops, cafés, bars, several good restaurants, gift shops, tourist office, tennis courts etc. All of these are within easy walking distance. The well-stocked supermarket is conveniently situated just across the road.

As an alternative to self-catering we offer home-made, pre-prepared meals, from finest local ingredients, frozen to be reheated at your convenience at any time during your stay, or a meal of your choice to have ready with accompaniments, on your arrival to make that first evening totally hassle free.

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Details for holiday apartment Le Genévrier, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

This attractively decorated, light and airy one floor garden gite has one bedroom, with generous wardrobe. It provides spacious accommodation for a couple. A large, tiled shower room also houses a washing machine. The fully equipped kitchen with microwave, cooker, hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and various utensils, leads on to a dining area and sitting area with TV and DVD player. There is also a CD player. French doors open on to a covered terrace, providing an outdoor living space for al fresco dining. A gas barbecue and tools are provided for outdoor cooking. Garden furniture is provided.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having moved to France, for a change of life-style, over fourteen years ago, we spent some time on the coast. Being country lovers, we were delighted when the opportunity arose to move inland We chose our property at Aups, just inside the Parc regional du Verdon, and started to welcome guests from all over the world.

We are going into our 10th season here.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excellent location and facilities, and very friendly hosts. Definitely reccomend the Verdon Gorges, the hill villages and the Gourmets restaurant in Aups. Fabuloue part of the world to relax in.
Aug 2015
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely , well equipped gite in a beautiful area.

  • 4 of 5

The gite was comfortable and well equipped and the pool was very clean and well kept. It was a short walk into Aups which is a lovely small town with several good restaurants and there was a supermarket across the road from the property. The location of the gite is ideal for exploring the area especially the Gorges Du Verdon and many lovely villages. Colin and Sandra were very welcoming hosts, we would recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A four star rating

  • 4 of 5

A very nice stay. The owners were attentive and provided good advice and services.The property was clean and well equipped and maintained.the location does not make it a nice walk to the center of the village but it is well situated if you want to visit it and other villages by car. I would definitly recommend this property to family and friends. Michel and Louise -Canada

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most of our guests walk to and from the town to go to the market, bars and restaurants. It is an easy walk, only 1km, and paved a large part of the way. A car is essential to visit the surrounding countryside, but only necessary to go into town if you have a lot of shopping.
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Short but lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a warm welcome and had a terrific few days in the extremely well equipped apartment. It feels very private, with a small but clean and cool pool. We certainly enjoyed the apartment's BBQ our hosts kindly provided.

We would certainly return, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb Gite

  • 5 of 5

This is a well appointed gite in an extremely beautiful area of France. We shall certainly visit the area again. Our fortnight at Sandra and Colin's gite was excellent. They are very welcoming hosts and they have lots of ideas and suggestions for their guests to consider. Great gite, great location, great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Le Diamant Noir, Aups in Provence

  • 4 of 5

Would thoroughly recommend a stay at Le Diamant Noir just outside Aups. The gite we stayed in is one of three in large grounds with a lovely pool. A lot of care and attention has gone into furnishing and equipping the gite. But the indoor living space is rather small - though large private terrace with chairs and table makes up for this.

The owners live on site and couldn't be more helpful or welcoming without being intrusive. They gave us great tips about where to visit and where to eat. They even printed out bus timetables for us as we don't drive and relied on public transport to get around.

The gite is a short walk from the centre of Aups, which is a lovely small town. It's a great base from which to vist the Verdun Gorges, for which unfortunately you need a car, but you can get to the Lac de Saint Croix on the bus and canoe down a smaller gorge from the lake.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel that to see the area at its best a car gives more flexibility. However, when this family decided to come withour a car, we did study the local bus services prior to their reservation. We were pleasantly surprised that the local villages were accessible with routes that would suit our visitors. Just to clarify- the two-bedroomed apartment is 43m2. We have just undergone the rigorous inspection procedures laid down by the French tourist authorities and L'Amandier comfortably meets the area to people ratio required for a four star grading.
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Great gite, great area

  • 4 of 5

A wonderful relaxing stay at Le Genevrier. We were made very welcome by the Sandra and Colin who are friendly, approachable and professional without being intrusive. The attention to detail in the gite was fantastic. The very thoughtful provisions supplied were over and above what one would normally expect and added to the very homely feel.

Aups is a great base with many local attractions and beautiful scenery, all easily accessible. The super market opposite the gite is very handy and although the gite is close to the road there is no traffic noise to disturb you. The pool is well maintained and set in a picturesque private garden and is lovely to come home to after a day of sightseeing and or adventure.

The coast is an easy drive away as is the magnificence Gorge du Verdon. During our stay the lavender fields where in full bloom and Aups is a great base for driving around the lavender routes. Great markets in Aups and Cotignac and the local town of Tourtour is well worth a visit. The nearby lac de Ste-Croix has a variety of water sports but is big enough to find a quite spot for solitude and swimming. We would highly recommend the gite and surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake of Sainte-Croix
Verdon Gorge

From the Owner

We chose this property as it lent itself to a holiday letting business. The property allows us to live on site, with each apartment having its own privacy. Because this is our home, we are able to offer a personal touch, and also we are able to keep our eye on any maintenance that is required.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nice ,Toulon/ St Tropez, Marseille at 114 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aups at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Les Arcs at 34 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Le Muy A8 at 43 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Aups at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : La Foux, Allos at 136 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Frejus at 59 Kilometres Car: recommended

Provence holiday accommodation- Var-Aups. Join us at Le Diamant Noir for a memorable stay in the Verdon National Park. Although you need go no further than our local and historic town of Aups for a taste of real Provence with its famous truffle market, we are in a region of extreme natural beauty with a wealth of flora and fauna for nature lovers. Situated at the foothills of the alps we are surrounded by spectacular scenery, from fortified medieval hill-top villages to the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, from the Lac Sainte Croix to the Lavender Plateau of Valensole. Surrounded by local producers there are gastronomic delights at every corner not forgetting many hectares of vineyards and wine-tasting opportunities. Both the Alpes of Haute Provence and the resorts of the Cote d’Azur are easily accessible by car.

Other Activities: kayaking, canyoning and rafting in the Gorges Du Verdon.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer
20 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £335

A deposit of 30% is payable at the time of booking. Balance becomes payable. 8 weeks before arrival date. A security deposit is payable of €400 per week.

Payment via Paypal or through Homeaway

Rental rates include linen and towels

There will be a charge for electricity during the winter months.

Changeover days for weekly lets Saturday to Saturday

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From the Owner

Each apartment is individually designed and equipped and furnished to a high standard The property stands in 2500m2 of pretty well-kept gardens We are only 1km from the centre of Aups, one of the Var's "villages de caractère" As we live onsite, we are available to deal with any problems that may arise, and having lived in the area for several years, we can offer advice on local landmarks, if required.

Property Type

  • apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 34 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All bedlinen and towels are provided and included in the price


  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • For extensive information on the accommodation and the area do consult our blog site www.provence-holidayrental.com For those with reduced mobility, there are two small steps at the entrance of each apartment We try to ensure that all the products you are likely to need are already here. Dishwasher products are provided along with washing up liquid, other cleaning products, kitchen paper, toilet rolls and gas for the barbecue. We also provide store cupboard ingredients to include herbs and spices, olive oil, vinegar, flour and sugar. There is an optional contribution towards the store cupboard fund. What we are trying to achieve is no unnecessary expense on arrival. Catering As an alternative to self-catering we offer home-made, pre-prepared meals, from finest local ingredients, frozen to be reheated at your convenience at any time during your stay, or a meal of your choice to have ready with accompaniments, on your arrival to make that first evening "hassle-free"

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