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Rural Hideaway Cottage, Beautifully Renovated In Peaceful Secluded Setting

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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

Heather & Steve
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Heather & Steve

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

Why Heather & Steve chose Lorgues

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.

What makes this cottage unique

Privacy and seclusion with wonderful views.


Lorgues Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with monsoon thermostatic shower, WC and washbasin. No shortage of hot water!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Mezzanine bedroom with luxury king size bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The property is situated at the very end of a private track, so absolute and complete privacy is assured. The river Florieye borders the property and is a five minute walk away, with secluded rock pools for swimming. The Chateau de Berne is a 20 min walk along the river and through the vineyards. Outside the cabanon there are spectacular views across the valley, reclining sunbeds with cushions, dining table with chairs, parasol and BBQ .


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Rural Hideaway Cottage, Beautifully Renovated In Peaceful Secluded Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Peaceful Rest

  • 5 of 5

Property is ideal for a secluded and peaceful break. Very thick walls keep it cool in the evenings and has a wood stove we used on several occasions. We intended to use it as a base to explore the region, but due to the beds being too comfortable we did have trouble getting out in the early mornings. You do drive past the owners house on the track leading to the property (unseen from the cottage), and we didn't realise they lived there until the last day, as you are left in total privacy. The description & photographs of the property are spot on and has recently been refurbished, so I do not need to elaborate with further details, it also has a good wifi network, which was surprising given its remoteness.

The route from town is along the old railway line, and is a popular cycle highway, a bonus as 2 bikes are supplied as well. You are not more than an hour and a half from the silver beaches & secluded bays, which were empty in the last week of Sept, you come out of the sea looking as if you have been to a glitter party or the Verdon Gorge to the north. Strongly recommend getting the Michelin Tourist Map 1cm=1km, as it gives star ratings to all the local villages worth visiting within 30-40 mins, we were visiting 2-3 a day, and we still didn't get to do everything we wanted to do within the week.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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If you want some "You time" with your better half this is a great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My Partner and I have just returned from a wonderful week's stay at the Cabanon just outside Lorgues. As part of our trip we took a leisurely drive down through France and then relaxed in the Cabanon overlooking the Haute Var. 7 nights flew by during which we explored the area around Lorgues and beyond.

Lorgues is a very attractive, quiet Provencal town that transforms into a bustling Market Town on a Tuesday-absolutely fabulous, stalls of typical French produce fill the entire length of the Main Street, whilst the cafes either side are filled by the locals, workers and tourists alike (including people watchers like us...!).

After exploring the local vicinity, including the very attractive villages of Tourtour and Villecroix, we would return to the cabanon, sunbathe, read and then cook on the BBQ in complete isolation whilst playing music without fear of disturbing anyone. (For additional info various famous locations along the Cote d'Azur are drivable in around an hour but cannot comment as we chose to stay local).

Later, as the sun would dip below the trees of the wood behind, we would enjoy several glasses of Provencal Rose wine outside in the June warmth.

The cabanon is very well equipped- Kitchen area with utensils, a good shower room, TV with DVD Player, new BBQ and a very comfortable double bed.

If you want some "You time" with your better half this is a great place to stay and see a lovely part of France.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Incredible authentic French experience

  • 5 of 5

My wide and I stayed here at the Cabanon for a week and had an incredible time. The area is totally secluded just you and the stunning views of rolling Province hills at sunset. We love taking a walk to the Chateaux de Berne behind to eat at their bistro. The location is superb and a short walk or drive to the picturesque Lorgues. Car journeys are short from Marseille (inc. via Eurostar direct from London) and Nice airports. It is very rare to find somewhere so secluded in such a desirable place for such a price. The owners are very helpful when booking and arranging everything.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Simon and Emma, Many thanks for your kind words - we're so glad you enjoyed your holiday, and it was a real please to meet you both. Heather
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Perfect hideaway for two, quiet & private

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful cabanon ! Our stay in this perfect cottage was ideal. It is completely private and wonderfully quiet, just what we needed as a complete getaway from-it-all. Clean, comfortable, well equipped, good wi-fi and a well thought out renovation whilst retaining it's rustic charm, it's just the place to relax surrounded by typical Provencal countryside. Also only 5mins drive from the busy market town of Lorgues where we enjoyed coffee, croissants and 'people watching' on Market Day. A day out to the coast is just under an hour with several charming hilltop villages (ideal for lunch !) within an easy drive, we particularly liked Toutour & Cotignac and an endless choice of local vinyards for the all important 'degustation' !! Chateau de Berne is a must. This is all topped off by the wonderful welcome of the charming owners, Heather & Steve, very friendly, helpful and just wanting you to have the best time ! Thoroughly recommended and we'll certainly be back !

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Julie, Many thanks for your review, we loved meeting you both, and we really appreciate your comments and hope you'll come back again soon! Heather and Steve
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Secluded slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have a very hospitality driven job and wanted an authentic romantic french getaway to reconnect and experience something far removed from the city life. We chose this place based in part on the speed with which our questions were answered, and the great information the owners sent us, but also all the research we did on the local town really made it seem like a busy area, with lots of french life and wine to find if we felt like going out.

I think we were both parts excited and nervous as we pulled up to the cabin. It sits well above the 'Main House' and other than a shared driveway it had its own distinct little space - it is a little outside the town and up a steep climb (with the car) but the view were totally worth it. The cabin was perfect, it had everything you could want in a couples paradise. It was clean, thoughtfully decorated and full of all the essentials to get us started.

Day one we just explored a little, picked up some food etc, but Tuesday was the town market and we ended coming home with more food than we could eat in a week (but we took it home and ate it the week after). Don't miss the market. Other highlights around for us were the near by Chateau du Berne (very luxurious winery with a spa), a restaurant La Petite Aubuerge (which was a recommendation from the owners) and a couple of different day trips to the beaches.

Although that sounds busy, a lot of our time was just spent reading on the sunbeds, sunbathing and doing some proper r&r - broken up mostly with a daily trip to pick up french pastries and a cup of great coffee on the high street.

The whole thing suited us perfectly and I think we are going to make it a yearly trip, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a slice of french paradise. There was really nothing we would change about it.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Only came for a week - could have stayed forever!

We wanted a rural retreat and this characterful little gem had it all - stunning views, set above a terraced olive grove - we even saw some wild tortoises!

The cabanon is a perfect rural hideaway ideal for getting away from it all and unwinding. We went for gentle rambles in the forest and on the days we felt more energetic we borrowed bike to explore further afield. Lorgue market is a Provencal tradition not to be missed.

Many thanks to Heather and Steve for such a warm welcome and advising us on some 'not to be missed' excursionsc- this areas has so much more to offer than a beach holiday

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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'.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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