Peaceful Location, Stunning Scenery, sleeps 4/6, private terrac garden
The picturesque village of L'Epine, (altitude 800m) is in the south-west corner of the department Hautes-Alpes in the Pays du Buech, near the border of the Drome Provencal. Being uniquely situated on the border between Provence and Dauphine, both the rugged and untamed landscapes of the Southern Alps and the lavender and sunflower fields of Provence are on your doorstep. The region also boasts 300 days sunshine a year! With a population of just 150, the village is small, peaceful and unspoilt. There is an 'auberge' where bread can be ordered, a post-office and visiting greengrocer and butcher. There are resident artists and honey producers. Ten minutes away by car, in the larger village of Serres, there is a good selection of shops for all your needs, as well as a weekly market selling local produce such as lavender honey, cheeses and marinated olives. Between L'Epine and Serres are 2 good restaurants.
About the Owner
My name is Mike Taylor and I manage this property on behalf of my daughter Alexandra to whom it has been left in trust by her mother. By profession I am a commercial property consultant and live in Battle in East Sussex with my partner Deborah and our daughter (16 years old).
Guestbook comments from the owner
'Thank you so much for allowing us to share your Provencal home, so beautifully restored and furnished'
'Your house is a real home and far exceeded our expectations in terms of 'holiday' accommodation.'
'So spacious and comfortable and absolutely beautiful location. We had one of the most relaxing holidays ever.'
From the Owner
“Lovely unspoiled area, not full of tourists or Brits. The people in the village are very friendly and it is great walking country.”
Activity and Interests
There are several swimming lakes nearby with good facilities (cafe/restaurant, showers, changing rooms, play area for children, supervised swimming).
10 hours driving time from Calais.
2 hours from Marseille and Nimes airports.
Good access via Eurostar and TGV to Grenoble and Valence where a car can be hired.
A car is essential.
Serres, 6 miles (10 minutes by car) for all your daily needs - bank, cash point, petrol, weekly market, supermarket, butcher, baker, greengrocer, pharmacy, restaurants, tourist office, train station and swimming lake.
Gap, capital of Hautes-Alpes, 40 minutes.
Sisteron, 40 minutes.
Nyons, 50 minutes.
Grenoble, 90 minutes.
Aix-en-Provence, 1 hour 45 mins.
If you want to stay close to home: The area around L'Epine abounds in stunning hiking trails through oaks, beeches, broom and juniper; sometimes taking you past forgotten 'perched' Provencal villages, where it appears time has stood still. There are hikes directly from our village, including the circular 'Sentier Botanique' and the ascent to the' Bonnet Rouge' (1645m) with breathtaking panoramic views. The GR91 and GR94 also pass nearby. The Pays du Buech is also renowned for its rock-climbing and hang-gliding with many small aerodromes offering a variety of flying activities. If you want a base for exploring the Southern Alps as well as Provence, L'Epine is ideally situated. To view a short video of the area please see 'Owner's Website' below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information about the house or area.
In our absence the house is managed by an English family who live nearby and will be on hand to assist you with any aspect of your stay in L'Epine.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
11 Sep 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% non-refundable deposit with booking. Balance 6 weeks before arrival. A detailed information pack containing practical information and suggested tours will be sent to you on booking.
Normal changeover day is Saturday, but out of season we can be flexible. The house will be ready for you at 16.00. Departure is by 11.00.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Electricity and logs for heating are included in the price.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The house is full of character situated in the centre of this ancient village. Larger village with all amenities is only 5 minutes drive away. We just love it. Something very individual about the house and the area. Do look at all the photos on the website and see for your self.”
- Living Room ...
- Kitchen ...
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- En suite wc to bedroom 1. Family bathroom on ground floor with bath/shower over and bidet. Shaving socket, hairdryer. Separate wc on ground floor.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (18.25 sq.m.) has a superking size bed, which can be separated into twin beds. En suite wc. Dual aspect Bedroom 2 (14.25 sq.m.) has twin beds. Beautiful views from both bedrooms. Double sofabed in sitting room and infant cot/bed available.
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: For summer guests room fans are available. For winter guests: There are electric wall-mounted heaters with thermostat in all rooms. The sitting room and kitchen have cosy wood-burning stoves. Logs are provided. Four-season duvets are available for all beds. The double sofa bed in the sitting room does not form part of the main seating area and the sitting room is quite separate from the other areas of the house. The staircase from the bedrooms descends into the kitchen, where there is a large breakfast table and direct access to the terrace and garden, so guests sleeping in the sitting room can be quite private and undisturbed. A meal on arrival at the house can be arranged, as well as other catering during your stay. Contact owner for details. We ask guests to respect our 'no smoking in the house' policy. Outside: There is a sunny enclosed paved garden with trees and garden furniture for 6. Utility Room: Washing machine in the cellar. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels/linen provided (for use in the house only). Logs in winter. The house is fully cleaned for your arrival. Other: There are cellars and a garage with internal access, which provides convenient and secure parking for our guests.