About the home
Situated in a private residence, with ample off-road parking at your disposal, this one-bedroomed garden apartment is on one floor and furnished in country style, with high quality soft furnishings to complement the decor.
The beautiful gardens are at your disposal along with the swimming pool for that refreshing dip on long summer days.
There is also table tennis and a small boulodrome for family fun.
Bed and breakfast facilities are available. Evening meals, cooked from fresh, local produce are available on request, with pre-booking, as are picnics to take with you on those days when you explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.
"Le Diamant Noir" is situated in the Verdon National Park, with spectacular scenery on the doorstep, but at the same time the town of Aups is an easy walk (1km). A typical provençal town, Aups offers all the necessary amenities, boasting shops, cafes, restaurants, a wealth of history and its twice weekly market, brimming over with the local produce of the surrounding area. During winter months there is also the famous weekly black truffle market.
Whether you want to spend a relaxing holiday , enjoying the climate of the South of France, or you want to be more active there are lots of things to do in the area. Come and share a corner of provencal paradise, the inspiration of writers and artists for generations!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Lac Sainte Croix, Sainte Maxime|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
This one-bedroomed garden apartment is also on one floor and furnished in country style, with high quality soft furnishings to complement the decor.
The bedroom has a double bed with two bedside tables and lamps, a generous wardrobe and a dressing table and hairdrier. High quality bedlinen and towels are provided.
The tiled shower room has a shower cubicle, sink and wc with storage for your toiletries.
A washing machine and vacuum cleaner are at your diposal.
The kitchen is fully equipped, with hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, fridge-freezer and a comprehensive set of pans and utensils for all your culinary needs.
There is a complete range of crockery and glasses, table mats, etc.
A dining table and chairs are available for indoor meals and there is a dresser in the living area for extra storage, while there is a comfortable sofa for relaxation.
Wifi internet access, Satellite TV, DVD player and CD player with MP3 Compatability are available for your use in the sitting area.
The covered terrace allows for dining in the shade, with table and chairs provided.
Garden furniture and parasol are supplied for use in your private garden area.
A gas barbecue and tools are also provided for outdoor living.
Bed linen and towels, including swimming towels are included in the price.
Further details outdoors:
The Grounds of Le Diamant Noir - Our grounds are completely enclosed and secured by automatic gates, providing not only a safe environment for family relaxation but also ample off-road car parking.
Each "gîte" has its own terrace and private garden area, supplied with outdoor furniture, and screened for privacy. A woodland pathway, edged with lavender, and butterfly-attracting buddleia, leads to the pool, which is at our guests' disposal, with sun-loungers and parasols provided. The pool is screened by hibiscus bushes which flower throughout the summer. In order to meet French safety requirements the pool is alarmed, with each apartment being supplied with its own remote control and full instructions.
In the grounds we provide table tennis and a small boulodrome for family fun. A picnic table at the edge of our wooded area is provided for mid-tournament refreshments! A shaded, vine-clad pergola is the perfect provençal setting for al fresco dining and provides the venue for our popular, weekly BBQ evenings during the summer months.
Shopping service available for arrival
English-speaking resident owners on site to help with any queries
Booking deposit of 30%
Refundable Security deposit of €300
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur / Var region
The Parc du Verdon is situated in the PACA ( Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur) region of the South of France.
The scenery is beautiful and this is true Provence a world away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, although only an hour away.
The climate is superb for a holiday- hot sunny days but cooler evenings as a result of the altitude at 500m.
For those wanting to avoid the school holiday rush, June and September are lovely months- the weather is warm and places are not so busy.
Aups is an authentic Provençal market town and people come from miles around to share the productivity of the Provençal soil and local craftspeople at the twice weekly market.
Take a seat at a street café and absorb the atmosphere, the hustle and bustle of the morning´s business before a long gastronomic lunch and relaxing afternoon, the clink of the boules as pétanque is played enthusiastically under the shade of the plane trees.
Take a stroll through the old streets steeped in history.
The varied landscapes dotted with aromatic herbs and the purple clad-lavender fields are inhabited by honey−producing bees. Cepes and morilles along with the coveted black truffle − "le diamant noir" are among the fruits of the oak forests.
A weekly truffle market is held in Aups during the winter months, where the chefs source the truffles for the tables of the Riviera.
All amenities are available in the town.
A 20minute drive takes you to the Lac Sainte Croix and the Gorges Du Verdon. The scenery is spectacular and the location ideal for a family day out. -Watersposts are available on the lake and in the river Verdon.
A comfortable 10minute walk from the village- Le Diamant Noir is ideally situated.
The Aups area
"Le Diamant Noir" is situated in the Verdon National Park.
Although you need go no further than our local, historic town of Aups for a taste of Provence and its famous truffle market, we are in a region of extreme natural beauty with a wealth of flora and fauna for nature lovers.
Villages in the area include Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Tourtour, Salernes, Flayosc, Villecroze, Carcès,Cotignac.
Situated in the foothills of the Alps we are surrounded by incredible scenery, from fortified medieval hill-top villages to the magnificent Gorges Du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe. The Lac St Croix provides a base for many watersports. The lavender plateau of Valensole is only a short drive away.
Surrounded by local producers there are gastronomic delights at every corner, not forgetting many hectares of vineyards and the wine-tasting experience.
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.
A two hour drive will take you on a journey through spectacular scenery to the source of the Verdon River at the Val d´Allos − also a ski resort in winter.
How to get there
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The following airports all easily accessible are served by cheap flights:
Nice airport at 114km
Toulon / St Tropez airport ( At Hyères ) at 97km
Marseille Provence Airport ( Marseille /Marignane) at 109km
By Train TGV- Les Arcs, Draguignan at 34km
Fly to Nice, Toulon/St Tropez, Marseille - all served by budget airlines.
TGV train to Les Arcs, Draguignan.
For details please see our website through the link in the Contact Details section at the bottom of the advert - this shows exactly where to find us.
Activities near Aups
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
08 Oct 2012
An ideal base for the many beautiful old villages in this region.
Very comfortable, pleasing decor with homely touches, no detail missed.
Secluded area for sitting out as well as comfortable seating around a good sized pool.
Sandra and Colin are helpful, friendly and attentive when required – perfect hosts.
Advertise your home cooking more before people arrive. We would have welcomed it on the Sunday we arrived. We had forgotten!!!
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|Prices for group size 2|
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|Low||15 Apr 12||19 May 12||£ 600||£ 90||£ 90||3 Nights|
|Mid||19 May 12||23 Jun 12||£ 680||£ 100||£ 100||3 Nights|
|High||23 Jun 12||8 Sep 12||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||8 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||£ 680||£ 100||£ 100||3 Nights|
|Low||29 Sep 12||22 Dec 12||£ 600||£ 90||£ 90||3 Nights|
|Christmas||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|low||5 Jan 13||18 May 13||£ 630||£ 95||£ 95||3 Nights|
|mid||18 May 13||22 Jun 13||£ 720||£ 110||£ 110||3 Nights|
|high||22 Jun 13||7 Sep 13||£ 905||-||-||1 Week|
|mid||7 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 720||£ 110||£ 110||3 Nights|
|low||28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 630||£ 95||£ 95||3 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
30% deposit required on booking
Balance payable 8 weeks before arrival
Payment by direct transfer or through paypal
Refundable security deposit of €400 required with final payment
All linen and towels included in the price
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