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Summary

Near the Gorges du Verdon
Stunning views
Terrace faces west towards the sunset
5 Minutes from the Lac de Sainte Croix
Self-catering, Sleeps 6
Opposite restaurant, Lots of parking
Two double bedrooms
1 double sofa bed in living room
Floor area 80 m²
18 m² Roof terrace with table and chairs
Fully equipped kitchen
Living room with fire place
Large on suite bathroom and toilet
Separate shower room and toilet
Nearest beach 10 minutes (on lake)

In Detail

Old village house near the Gorges du Verdon with panoramic views and large terrace

Views of the wild countryside and spectacular sunsets

Enjoy truly breath taking views of the wild countryside and spectacular sunsets, an artist's delight. A self catering 18th century three story house opposite a restaurant giving the convenience of a hotel. An old village house set in a beautiful provençal village near the Lac de Sainte Croix and Gorges du Verdon. It has a large terrace of 18 m². The village, perched on a hill at an altitude of 630 meters, has maintained its old fashioned Provençal appeal and is in the midst of a nature reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna. The scenery here is astonishing and diverse. This area was never really discovered until the beginning of the 20th century, the two Verdon Gorges have fascinated innumerable visitors ever since. The two canyons are separated by the Lac de Sainte Croix.

• Private outside semi-shaded sun terrace for eating and relaxing, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
• Large bathroom with Victorian style free standing bath
• Beautiful view of rolling countryside from Victorian style bath
• Crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, linen, electricity and water included. Towels for indoor use only
• All bed linen is made of cotton
• Pop downstairs for your coffee and breakfast, lunch and diner – no need to cook at all!
• Lots of free and secure parking outside the house and in the friendly village
• 15 minutes to Aups - Village with large supermarket and lots of facilities
• Children's playground nearby complete with playground equipment
• TV, DVD, and CD player
• No hidden extras

Ideal for a family holiday

There's lots to do and lots of places to see.

Have a look at this Google map of thngs to see and do in the area. (Opens in a new window)

Relax and watch the world go by on the terrace or on one of the many beaches on the nearby lake.

Action and Adventure Activities
The Gorge and the lakes of the Verdon river are the home of many companies specialising in action and adventure activities such as white water rafting, canoeing, canyoning, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, climbing, trekking, mountain bike rides, paragliding, free flight, gliding, and horse riding. It is also one of the most memorable settings in the world for fishing. It is sheer nature at its best featuring crystal clear emerald waters and white canyon cliffs 700 meters high above your head. It is a paradise for hikers, climbers and fly-fishers.

Walking

Map of walks in the area
Best viewed on the satellite view as the map has been drawn over the satellite view.

The Canyon of Baudinard should not be missed. Cliffs of up to 150 meters, home to many caves, beautiful clear turquoise water. There are many marked out paths in the area and general walks near the village that are excellent for viewing the diverse Provençale flora of the region. For example, le Sentier Botanique, which is 2 km long, or the path du Museau de la Colline which takes you to the 16th century chapel of Notre Dame de la Garde at an altitude of 710 meters. From here, you will enjoy a tremendous vantage point of six departments of the Var. The more daring should try the 13 kilometer long path called le Sentier des Basses Gorges. Be warned, it's not for those who are afraid of heights!

In Baudinard, you could visit the 11th century church of Saint Michel l'Archange, le pont Silvestre, which was built near the remains of a Roman bridge, the three shrines of Ste Catherine, St Espero and St Etienne, or the 14th century dungeon of the Chateau de Sabran. A classified historic building, l'Abbaye de Valmogne, is situated on le chemin de Vaumougne. This superb Roman priory of the 13th century has been recently restored and is well worth a visit. There are walks and hikes along the edge of the river Verdon, as well as walks that take in villages and vantage points. Whatever walk you choose, you can be sure of the most awe-inspiring scenery, a wealth of wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers, plants and birds.

The area

Le Parc naturel du Verdon
The Gorge and Lake are in a Natural Park, and there has been a successful program over the last few years to re-introduce wildlife such as golden eagles and vultures, which can frequently be seen souring above the mountains or down into the Gorge. There are many different varieties of lizards and geckoes to be seen on a hot day as well as crickets and cicadas. The scenery is enhanced by the abundance of wild flowers and shrubs throughout the year. In April the acacia trees bring white fragrant blossoms whilst the elegant wild irises are a mass of colour and the rarer dwarf varieties in their different colours and hues can often be spotted. May brings the vibrant yellow blooms which abound on the mountain and roadsides. Wild flowers such as the delicate purple columbine, sweet peas, and many varieties of orchid are numerous in the area.

The Grand Canyon du Verdon
The Gorge du Verdon is the world’s 2nd largest gorge, approximately 20km long and plunging more than 300m in places. This immense and magnificent canyon straddles the departments of Var and the Alpes de Hautes Provence. The Gorge du Verdon is one of Europe’s great natural wonders; formed where the blue-green Verdon river cuts a deep swathe through the high limestone plateau of Haute Provence. Often called Europe's Grand Canyon , this truly spectacular canyon is over 25 kilometers long and in places over 1000 meters deep, and the great cliffs are a playground for rock climbers. Although it's much smaller than Arizona's Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon du Verdon is deep, compact, wild and beautiful.

Lac de Ste. Croix
This magnificent turquoise lake was formed by a dam built accross the Verdon river in the 70's. The Lac de Sainte. Croix is very large and has a feeling of going on forever. At the north eastern end of the lake is an almost invisible slot in the mountain wall hides the deep, wild Verdon canyon where the rushing green waters of the river enter the lake. There are many sandy beaches on the lake, which is very safe to swim in.

There are hikes starting from the ancient villages around the lake. There is easy access to most of the lake shore, and plenty of beaches and picnic areas. As the lake is so large the summer visitors are accommodated without a feeling of overcrowding its vast surface. On the plateau above the Lake are miles of lavender fields, which are truly spectacular when in flower, around June and July. The Lake, which the river of the Gorge feeds into, is normally bright blue, reflecting the sun.

Although the village of Ste-Croix-de-Verdon gave the lake its name, the village of Les Salles-sur-Verdon on the opposite side is more a part of the lake itself: the old village rests 40 meters below the surface of the water. When the dam was built, Les Salles-sur-Verdon moved to higher ground, taking some of the old village with it, including the church bell tower and the fountain.

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Visitors' book

June 2016 Nina and David
UK
Wonderful house - quirky, quaint and perfect for our needs. Lovely village - quiet but close to the sights (right there on the terrace for starters). The restaurant opposite is indeed worth a visit - friendly staff and delicious food. Can't wait to come back. So sad to leave.

May 2016 Vivien
Paris, France
Everything went perfectly, description by Adrian was correct and the apartment was very well equipped. The west-facing terrace is perfect for aperitifs and barbecues! Everything is perfect for enjoying the Verdon.

October 2015 Robyn
Sandy Bay, Australia
We had such a lovely time. There is so much to do in the area and of course time has to be made to sit on that lovely deck. We did lots of walks in the Verdon and surrounding areas.

August 2015 Nicola, Matt and Henry
Dover, UK
Absolutely fantastic house and area. We loved the bath and the terrace! The restaurant Le Chardon is really nice and the staff are really friendly.

August 2015 Samantha
Berkeley, UK
Fantastic Accommodation. Maison Baudinard is a beautiful home, we felt like we were staying at a friend's house, so comfortable and the furniture decor are gorgeous, we would love to return. Location wise was also 10/10, a perfect base to explore the Verdon region. The villages of Bauden and Lac St-Croix were a 15 min drive away.

August 2015 Nicola, Matt and Henry
Dover, UK
Absolutely fantastic house and area. We loved the bath and the terrace! The restaurant Le Chardon is really nice and the staff are really friendly.

August 2015 Michael
Bruhl, Germany
Very nice house, well equipped with everything you need.

June 2015 Cliff and Barbara
Folkestone, UK
This is a beautiful area of the country. Spectacular views from the roof terrace. Baudinard is a quiet little village and we have enjoyed our stay very much.

September 2014 Sean, Fay, Aaron and Jigna
London, UK
Lovely house with favorite views over the hills from the terrace. We would recommend the walk up to 'Notre Damme' in the village for the best views of the lake and surrounding villages.

September 2014 Gary
Cape Town, South Africa
Lovely maison, could live permanently on that sunset terrace. Wonderful region, my favorite. Lac de Ste. Croix and Gorges du Verdon are just spectacular. A week is not enough.

August 2014 Pat and Ian
Chiswick, UK
This is a wonderful part of France and a lovely house. We had a beautiful holiday here. Thank you.

August 2014 Kerry and Andrew
London, UK
We love this place! Gorgeous terrace, amazing views, roll top bath. Lovely village too, great restaurant opposite. Thank you for a lovely week.

May 2014 Phil Mary and Jason
Birmingham, England
Really felt like home after a couple of days. Great views from the Chapel Notre Damme. Local walks great, local food great. The lamb at Le Chardon over the road is wonderful and it has a fine selection of beers.

September 2014 Michael, Laura and Ben
California, USA
A wonderful and restful "vacance" after a week in Paris. This is our new favourite destination. Merci.



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