About the property
- Apartment365 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
2 elegant purpose built apartments 1x 2 bedroom 1x1 bedroom - beautiful gardens
Boutique Apartments with pool in Provence- Le Diamant Noir offers 4 star accommodation in two 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.
2018 will be our 12th 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 next door a bedoom with one bedroom for a couple
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. The apartments are clean and comfortable, each with a private, covered terrace and small garden area, provided with garden furniture
The two- bedroomed apartment l'amandier has a double bedroom furnished in romantic bastide style with hand painted furniture to include wardrobe, wash stand and bedside tables, with matching headboard. The second bedroom has twin beds, offering a bedroom for children or two adults. Bedside tables, lamps and hanging space, complete the furnishings. This room has been inspired by the seaside.
High quality linens are provided in each room and are included in the price.
Fluffy towels and swimming towels are also provided.
L'amandier has a lovely shower room, with grey tiled shower enclosure and beautiful, contemporary vanity unit, with plenty of storage for your holiday toiletries.
Tissues , toilet rolls and complimentary Occitane products are supplied.
In the corner of the bathroom is a washing machine, so you can pop a load in to wash, while you relax round the pool. An iron and ironing board is provided
The living space is open plan, and has been equipped with a full kitchen to include cooker, fridge freezer and microwave.There is a table and chairs for dining inside and a comfortable sofa and two comfortable chairs for time spent indoors.
Flat-screened TV, satellite receiver and music station and wifi are provided.
The apartment is tastefully decorated and finished with high quality soft-furnishings to add to your comfort.
Outside there is a private, covered terrace for outdoor dining- a perfect place for that glass of locally- produced, chilled rose Garden furniture is provided so that you can all enjoy the provencal climate.
Gas BBQ provided (including gas)
Le Genévrier- our apartment, designed for a couple to stay in absolute comfort.
A lovely bedroom is supplied with a king-size bed and high-quality bed linens, adapted to the season. Pretty fabrics are used throughout. Dressing table , wardrobe and bedside tables, with lamps are provided for your convenience
A large shower room is at your disposal, with tiled shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet. A washing machine is also in the room along with , hooks and storage.
The open-plan living space has a full kitchen with stainless steel dishwasher and fridge, oven, microwave and all the utensils you require to cook a mouth-watering meal from the high quality local ingredients.
The rest of the living space has a very comfortable sitting/dining area with leather sofa and high quality furniture. Colourful soft furnishings complete the look..
The apartment is provided, with TV, satellite receiver, sound bar and wifi, to keep you connected whilst on holiday.
For al fresco dining there is a table and chairs under the covered terrace and BBQin your private garden area is at your disposal for those warm summer evenings.
The two apartments are situated next door to each other, screened by a well established laurel and elaeagnus hedge. A larger party can easily be accommodated by booking L' Amandier for 4 and Le Genévrier for 2 This enables you to holiday with family or friends, but at the same time keep your independence.
The gardens have been purposely designed to give everyone their privacy. Planting has been thought out to provide year round colour. The garden is full of provencal species to include rosemary, lavender, and olive trees, along with hibiscus around the pool and colourful oleander. Buddleia bushes attract several species of butterflies. a short woodland walk takes you form your apartments to the pool. Unbreakable glasses are provided for your use and eveyone's safety. The pool is alarmed to meet the French regulations.
In the grounds we have a purpose- built boulodrome for those who want to participate in the local game of petanque. There is also a table tennis table for everyone's use. Picnic table and further seating are provided for mid- tournament refreshments. All in all a lovely setting for a relaxing holiday
There is ample secure off-road parking with a designated parking place for each apartment. The grounds are secured by electric gates, and therefore provide a safe environment for all.
Our location is ideal for a holiday.We are not situated down an inaccessible country road, but instead, it is only a 1km easy walk into the centre of Aups, where you can find all amenities and medical services. There are several very good restaurants and bars, no need to take the car. An added bonus is the very good supermarket across the road. Fresh baguettes are available from the supermarket bakery or from several bakers in town.
Aups is an authentic provencal town, a wealth of history and its twice weekly market, brimming over with the local produce of the surrounding area. Olive oil, goat's cheese, honey, saffron, an abundance of vegetables---------
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.
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.
Sandra and Colin Bingham-Wallis
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- May 8, 2018
About Sandra and Colin Bingham-Wallis
Having moved to France, for a change of life-style, over fifteen 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 11th season here.
Sandra and Colin Bingham-Wallis purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Sandra and Colin Bingham-Wallis chose Aups
We chose this property as it lent itself to a holiday letting business. The property allows us to live on site, and to be able to welcome our guests ourselves.The gardens have been designed so that 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. We feel privileged to live in such a beautiful area. The scenery on the doorstep is spectacular.
What makes this Apartment unique
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" We love the bustling village and its cafe culture. 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.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Lovely , well equipped gite in a beautiful area.
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.
A four star rating
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
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.
Short but lovely stay
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.
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.
Le Diamant Noir, Aups in Provence
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.
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.
Great gite, great area
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.
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. In Aups you will find the Maison de la Truffe-providing an insight into the truffle growing countryside, the treasured harvest and the gastronomy related tothis precious product. 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.
There are walking paths and cycling routes throughout the area.
Other Activities: kayaking, canyoning and rafting in the Gorges Du Verdon.
Boating on the river Verdon is a popular pursuit.
We have a zip line near Lorgues.
The charming towns of Aups., Tourtour, Villecroze, Cotignac and Moustiers Sainte Marie are all close to us
The area is steeped in history including pre-history. The museum at Quinson offers a permanent collection displaying the results of all the research work and archaeological excavations in the Verdon
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 Personal welcome on site