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Rural Hideaway Cottage, Beautifully Renovated In Peaceful Secluded Setting



Updated: 08-Aug-2016
Rural Hideaway Cottage, Lorgues, Provence, France - Former Olive Farmers Stone Cottage, Wi-Fi, 42" TV, Fabulous Views over vineyards and olive groves.

Rural hideaway, perfect for nature lovers looking for absolute peace, privacy and seclusion and fantastic views. In the heart of the picturesque olive and wine growing region. Fully renovated original stone olive farmers cottage on the edge of the pine forest with spectacular views over the valley, surrounded by wild thyme, rosemary and olive trees, birds of prey and even wild tortoises! Gorgeous for summer holidays and cosy and warm for winter breaks. For people keen on rambling about and exploring, you can walk through vineyards, olive groves, walk to the Chateau de Berne, discover ruins of old cottages, mill streams, and the pretty untouched hamlet at the end of the lane with it's Mama Mia church, and see the herd of goats and sheep that come out to graze on the empty land, wearing bells round their necks and guarded by the farmers border collie. Two bicycles are included in the rental of the cottage, so you can explore on bikes, or ride down to the village in the mornings for breakfast.

The cabanon has been recently renovated with new kitchen, bathroom, monsoon shower, etc. Mezzanine bedroom with king size luxury bed, large sitting room, wi-fi, wood burning stove, 42" TV, DVD player, etc. It's only

4 kilometres outside the bustling medieval town of Lorgues with it's many restaurants and pavement cafes, and Lorgues market is considered the biggest and best market in Provence.

The colourful and busy market is held on Tuesday mornings, and sells everything from clothes, shoes and handbags through to an amazing array of fresh vegetables , herbs, spices, many cheese stalls, with lots of local producers, locally made soaps, nougat, honey, craft, extraordinary pottery, Provencale tablecloths, quilts, etc. There are also live fish, mussels, bread, hot roast meat and chickens, hot paella to bring home for lunch, and so on. Even a man who plays his fiddle with his cat on his shoulder.

In the heart of the wine and olive growing area of Provence with many chateaux freed offering tastings or tours. 30 kilometres from the lively beaches of Frejus and St Maxime and one hour from the airports of Nice or Toulon. You can have lunch in St Tropez or visit the Lac du Verdon with it's restaurants and lavender fields. There's swimming in the nearby river, with gorgeous pools, and lovely flat rocks to sun yourself dry on, only 10 minutes walk away. You'll find pool/beach towels supplied when you arrive.

Bicycles included as there are some really lovely cycle rides all around.

When you're totally exhausted by all this, you can open a bottle of the local rose wine and relax on the sun loungers with spectacular views over the valley.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello, I'm Heather. My partner Steve and I are lucky enough to own this beautiful house in Provence.

We live here in the winter, and in the summer we either go back to England or stay in our other little house in Lorgues.

We're both retired, Steve from the City and me from farming. We used to live near Guildford in Surrey. Our children are grown up and gone, but visit us here as often as they can manage.

We struggle with French but go to classes every week. People here are very friendly and seem to like helping us to learn their language.

We love living in France and have made good friends here.

I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have.

With best wish

Call Owner
Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mr and Mrs D W, Surrey

"It's a very pretty cottage with lovely views. We especially enjoyed the fact that we were so independent and so private. We were in another world"

Mrs E L June 2011

"It was a lovely break, relaxing and peaceful, just perfect. We enjoyed our holiday and loved the outlook from the cottage - a beautiful spot"

Mr and Mrs N H High Wycombe, May 2011

"A great place to explore this beautiful area. Extraordinary value, the cottage provides complete privacy."

Brian and Martina, April 2012

"We loved our rustic cabanon, beautifully refurbished with lots of charming detail; the perfect secluded private setting and our hosts' kindness made this one of the most relaxing holidays ever! "

The whole experience was very enjoyable and relaxing;sitting on the terrace looking out across the valley after a day of site seeing was wonderful.

A & T M Yorkshire

The rock pools are brill. We've been splashing around for the last couple of days! T & K B 6th Sept 2012
Feb 2011
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5 Reviews

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peaceful retreat

  • 4 of 5

We chose this accommodation because whilst we like to visit the Cote d'Azur we prefer to actually stay in quieter more rural surroundings so this fitted the bill perfectly for us. Although the cabin basically comprises just one room, with the bed on a higher level, the outside terrace and grounds provide a beautiful setting for outside eating, it's like an outside room with a beautiful view.

The steep rough track to the cabin is it a bit tricky first time but with a bit of practice you can negotiate it without any scrapes and we had a MX5 sports car which is quite low.

Probably because of the rural location we did find the wifi connection unreliable and after a storm we found a number of centipedes invaded the house of a night but I guess that's a price you pay for a a rustic cabin in the forest.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An incredible week

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at the Cabanon and it just gets better and better. You will not find somewhere as modest, well equipped and beautiful for the price. Astonishing to get such a secluded cottage in one of the most spectacular areas of France. A gentle walk or bike ride into Lorgues which is stunning, or a short drive to the famous southern coastline towns of Antibes, St Tropez or even Monaco. Or just lay back on the sun loungers with some local Rose in one hand and a good book in the other. The owners Heather and Steve are incredibly helpful throughout the whole booking process and genuinely care that you have a great experience.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Cabbanon

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at the cabbannon, one week in June the other in August,

Both weeks we had fabulous weather and coupled with the peace and tranquility we got at the cottage were very welcome.

We found that we could walk for miles along the tracks around the area, and if we got too hot it was a quick nip down to the nearby rock pools, the wildlife around the cottage is abundant we managed to spot a group of wild boar, alot of very pretty butterflies, birds, and at night bat watching with a glass of wine.

we spent time driving around the local area , there was a lot to do wine tours , visiting little villages etc, we enjoyed a vilage called Tourtour, good shopping and as you would expect exellent food. We drove up to st crox de lac, fabulous coloured water.

Everything we needed was only about ten minutes away in Lourgues, so if you dont want to go far it's also an ideal location.

We met the owners on the penultimate day, they are smashing and always willing to help or advise, cheers Heather and Steve..

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Holiday in Provence

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a lovely two week holiday in the cabannon in August 2014. The cabannon was situated just outside the market town of Lorgues on a hill above the owner’s property. The property itself was very well equipped with good kitchen facilities and a nice bathroom and it was very quiet and secluded with a lovely outdoor eating areas and sunbeds. We were only given a Fiat 500 from the car rental company and it did struggle on the stone track up to the property but we just left it further down the hill from the cabannon which was no trouble. The location of the property was brilliant – in between both the hills and the beach – we spent quite a few days at the beach and would definitely recommend Sainte Maxime beach. We also took a day trip of the ferry from here to St Tropez, which was much more convenient than driving. We also drove to Gorge du Verdon and Lac du Croix to the north about one hour’s drive through lovely little villages and towns – in particular Aups was lovely and we stopped for a coffee and a look around the shops. The lake itself was beautiful and there were plenty of spots for swimming – we also rented a peddalo and took in up the gorge itself which was spectacular. Around Lorgues we went to the market and also visited the nearby vineyard (within walking distance) called Chateau Du Berne which was great – we tried loads of wines and the staff were really friendly and helpful and there was no pressure to buy any of the wines afterwards – although we did! Overall we had a brilliant time and we would definitely recommend Provence as a holiday destination and Heather and Steve’s hospitality was brilliant.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Jessica, for providing a review of your holiday here in Provence. It's very kind of you and I'm sure other guests will find it helpful. We're really pleased you had a good time. Come again soon!. With best wishes, Heather and Steve
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Charming and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is a simple but beautiful single room cabin in the woods of Provence. We had a lovely stay, mostly just relaxing and walking the two miles into the pretty town of Lorgues for shopping and eating out. A trip to the Gorges de Verdon about an hour to the north is a must: we enjoyed kayaking and swimming in the spectacular gorge. Heather and Steve, the owners, were very helpful. Very peaceful and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought this house after spending two years on fruitless trips looking for the perfect house for us. We wanted the real thing - an old house in stone that we could renovate, completely surrounded by it's own land and very private, but not far from the beautiful town of Lorgues. We chose Lorgues because it's so pretty, and has lots of lovely restaurants and cafes, and is 'alive' all year round. Although it's off the beaten track, it's also very convenient for the motorways and the airports.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The cabanon is ideal for people who love walking and exploring. It is uniquely private and secluded with wonderful views. It is situated on what used to be the route of the old steam train which mainly took olives and grapes between Nice and Marseilles. The olive farms were wiped out in the mid 50's and the train ceased to operate, but walking and exploring in this area is wonderful, with it's old train route, pine forests, pretty rivers, and ruins of the old olive terraces and workers stone cottages, and the endless vineyards, new olive groves and the odd quaint hamlet or village. We also supply two bicycles for our guests exclusive use.

In the autumn, you can collect lots of edible fungi all around, especially pied de mouton, chanterelles etc, which can be identified as safe by the pharmacies in Lorgues. You will also find wild asparagus, and many herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.

The property has it's own river, five minutes walk away, and ideal for wild swimming in several large natural pools bordered by flat rocks.

There are many wonderful Provencale markets in the area.


30kms to the beaches, with Frejus and St Maxime being 35 kilometres away and St Tropez 40 kilometres (also accessible by boat or ferry from St Maxime). The Lac St Croix is also nearby with beaches and water sports, as is the Gorges du Verdon with rafting, canoeing, and extraordinary scenery. Both Lac St Croix and the Gorgues du Verdon have excellent restaurants, lavender fields etc.

There are many wonderful chateaux in the area which offer free wine tastings and tours. Many wonderful walks.


Nice and Toulon airports approx 1 hour which are served by Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, British Airways, BMIbaby and Flybe. Car recommended.

TGV fast train from Paris arrives at Les Arcs (make sure it's the right one, not the ski centre!) which is a 20 minute drive away.


3 miles to Lorgues with its markets and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Every Tuesday morning there is a Provencale market in Lorgues which is considered to be the biggest and best in Provence. You can buy clothes, bags, leather work, shoes etc, as well as many locally grown vegetables and fruit, extraordinary local cheeses, and home made wild boar sausages, tapenade, olive oil, olives, herbs and spices, locally produced honey and nougat, live fish, huge bunches of lilac garlic etc, etc.

Further Details:

The cottage is situated at the very end of a private track. About 55 years ago the original olive farms were wiped out by an abnormally cold winter. Just a couple of minutes behind the cottage you can explore the old stone ruins of the original terraces and dwellings. It is the perfect base for people who enjoy walking and exploring on foot (or the bikes we include) with rivers, ruins, and chateaux, and with walks through vineyards and olive groves are right on the doorstep.

Lorgues has over 300 sunny days each year, so even in winter it's a lovely place to get away from it all, with sunny days for walking and exploring, and cosy evenings reading or watching television with the very efficient wood burning stove (logs supplied). Spring and Autumn are wonderful times to be here, with lots of warm sunny days, and in the heat of summer you can either relax in the sun or read and enjoy the view from the shade of the oak tree on the front doorstep, or go down to the river (part of the property). Just along the lane, 5 minutes walk away you will find the pretty hamlet of Sauveclare, complete with it's own 'Mama Mia' chapel, a small farm with donkeys, goats and sheep with bells round their necks, that come out daily with the shepherd and his dog to graze in the surrounding area.

Only 5 minutes away by car is Lorgues, a busy market town with fabulous restaurants, several cafes, and a huge provencale market on Tuesday mornings. There are several small supermarkets here and a Tourist Office to keep you up to date on all that is going on locally.

It's a great base for visiting beautiful Provence. The beaches of the Cote D'Azur are easily accessed, (30 minutes drive) as are the Gorges du Verdon (Provence's answer to the Grand Canyon), the stunning Lac St Croix and the surrounding lavender fields, or the perfume factories in Grasse (50 minutes away).

Because of the unique private location of the cabanon, even in July and August you can still really be away from it all, - but still be in 'La Belle Provence'.


Rental rates

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High 2017
9 Apr 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
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Changeover Day:
Changeover day normally Sunday or by agreement.

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From the Owner

Privacy and seclusion with wonderful views.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with monsoon thermostatic shower, WC and washbasin. No shortage of hot water!


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Mezzanine bedroom with luxury king size bed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Notes on accommodation: Changeover normally Sunday to Sunday or by agreement. Outside: Two outside reclining sunbeds with cushions. Dining table with chairs and parasol. No formal garden, the old olive terraces in front of the cottage are a mixture of grass, thyme, rosemary, wild asparagus, junipers, broom etc. There are also our own olive terraces to the right of the cottage, with 250 trees which are harvested for oil production in December. Large parking/turning area. Spectacular views across the valley from the house and the outside dining table and loungers. The old stone ruins of the old olive farm, and its dwellings, wiped out by an unusually cold winter in the 1950's are in the forest behind the house. The property is situated at the very end of a private track, so absolute and complete privacy is assured. Large parking area immediately in front of cabanon. It is bordered by its' very own river, a five minute walk away, with secluded pools for swimming, and endless quiet walks, amongst olive groves, and vineyards and pine woods. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and all bedlinen supplied. Maid service between lets. Also pool towels for loungers (and cushions) or for river swimming. The river is owned by the property and is 5 minutes walk away, with wonderful secluded pools bordered by flat rocks.

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