The independent apartment, known as "cottage provencal", is on the first floor of an old building totally renovated. It is suitable for a family / group of 2 to 4 people including children. it adjoins the bastide of the villa Saint Marc (XVIII century entirely renovated). Classified 4 stars in furnished tourism.
In the opinion of our guests, we have the best view: in the center the citadel, to the west the mounts of the Lubéron, to the east the mounts of the verdon and the sea of lavender of the plateau of valensole.
We are quiet, and our location is ideal, according to your comments, 10 minutes walk from the center of Forcalquier, but also at the start of walks in the mountains (Mourres site).
We offer besides this apartment, several rooms in B & B (2 people each, with private bathroom), and a large penthouse (4 to 7 people).
Here you are quiet, (except for cicadas in the summer), while being less than 10 minutes from the center of the village (trade, open market on Monday and Thursday).
You can also walk directly from the villa to the remarkable site of Mourres.
The Villa Saint Mark is located in the heart of the Lavender countryside, in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, with its pretty villages, its enchanting nature with typical scents and flavors, often described in Giono's novels.
Our villa in Forcalquier is also on the edge of the Verdon Regional Nature Park, with its plateau of Valensole (sea of lavender), its lakes, mountains, torrents and famous gorges.
From the villa, you have one of the most beautiful views of the "country" - in the opinion of the forcalquieres - on the historic village of Forcalquier, and the mountains of the Lubéron in the west, the verdon mountains to the east. Our hosts confirm this in their reviews on this site, or on trip advisor.
For those who seek tranquility, the stay here is ideal: you are at the same time in peace (except the song of the cicadas during the summer), while being at 10 minutes with feet of the center of Forcalquier, with its market, shops, the new green village (organic products, local products), countless restaurants and bars.
OFFERED SERVICES :
Here you can enjoy a variety of on - site services: a salt - water swimming pool, with - for large swimmers - the ability to chain lengths through counter - current swimming. For lovers of water massage, just settle on the steps and adjust the power of the jets ...
We also have a children's playground in the park of 4. 500 m2, with a small tree house and a swing.
A ping-pong table is at your disposal as well, and a game of Badimton.
The villa is surrounded by a terrace, which also has a beautiful view of the citadel, or "optional" breakfasts are served.
There is also our vegetable garden - entirely organic - or we grow vegetables and salads in permaculture.
the orchard below is planted with some fruit trees.
Sometimes Cristina, our manager, who runs a cooking show in the local radio station, offers homemade tarts with tea / coffee / syrup. It is usually vegetarian and organic.
The villa is fully equipped, with internet access and wi-fi everywhere.
Parking is also available in the fenced-in park.
The decoration of the villa is neat, in "art deco" style, respecting as much as possible the authenticity of the place. The floor of the ground floor is made of colored cement tiles of origin. On the first floor are typical Provence tiles. And in the second, they are rare rectangular floor tiles. Some rooms have a renovated floor in solid wood flooring.
The ceilings are elevated, as it was traditional in the houses of masters. They are decorated with friezes of origin especially in the living room and the dining room of the ground floor.
Some walls have been restored, with the original colors and patterns.
The rooms on the first floor are en suite and are suitable for 1 to 3 people. They all have views of the citadel, and the surrounding hills.
The penthouse suite on the second floor with its two bedrooms and its huge living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom, suitable for 4 to 7 people. It has a "seated dog" provencal, with a clear view overlooking the old town.
And the adjoining and independent cottage with a bedroom and a large living-dining room, kitchenette, suitable for 2 to 4 people.
Of all the houses, south facade, very sunny, you have the magnificent view on the citadel and the hills.
The breakfasts, optional, are taken on the terrace which dominates the park, always with the magnificent view.
For shopping, two supermarkets are less than 5 kms away. Several small supermarkets are in the city center (10 minutes walk). And Forcalquier prides itself on having set up a "green village", a 10 - minute walk from the villa. You will find local products sold in short circuit (directly by local producers), and a large area of organic products.
Forcalquier is a city with a strong focus on art and heritage. Several dozens of artists have their studio, and for some of the galleries. To visit if you like art.
We are oriented towards respect for the environment, we do not use - as far as possible - products harmful to nature and animals. Our kitchen is vegetarian, and we encourage our guests in the cottage or penthouse - as much as possible - not to cook meat in the kitchens.
We offer barbecues for outdoor use, in places that we have moved especially in the garden, with water and electricity.
We are internationally oriented, having lived in several countries before coming to settle here. We respect all cultures, and can communicate in French of course, in English, in Italian, and a little in German.
We are available for our guests, and as noted in the reviews on this site or on trip advisor, we help you as much as possible to advise you and help you on your trips, your meals, your leisure activities, your visits.
We are here to make your stay as pleasant as possible. And we are happy to see you happy and relaxed during your stay.
We have often seen stressed hosts, by virtue of their profession, their active life! After a few days here, we noticed the faces more and more relaxed, the smiles return. This is our greatest pleasure.
From the villa saint marc you can for example walk to the rocks of mourres, less than an hour walk from the villa, in the hills of garrigues, where you will smell the wild thyme. The Rocks of the Moures, of particularly strange form (heads, mushrooms, others? ) associated with erosion at the bottom of a lake. True open-air museum ...
On foot, you can make plenty of visits in Forcalquier itself: the old town, the chapel Sainte Marie, full of hikes explicit in maps.
You can play tennis, practice golf (nine holes at 5 kms), horse riding (several clubs in a radius of 10 kms), admire the valley and the hills in a hot air balloon flight (the base is at town center of Forcalquier) ...
The Monday market is a must, not to be missed. It starts a 5 minute walk from the villa.
Art and heritage lovers will be delighted. Many visits possible to workshops of artists installed in Forcalquier, and very old restored buildings.
By taking the car, you can visit magical places like the abbey of Ganagobie (15 kms), the ethno-botanical museum in the old monastery of Salagon (5 kms), the lavender seas on the way to Valensole starting from 10 kms).
Remarkable sites are nearby such as the Ochres du Roussillon, Lake Esparron de Verdon with its many nautical activities.
Many walks are also possible by bike, which you can rent in Forcalquier itself. We received hosts, who went by bike from the villa to the small Luberon (60 kms) ...