La Petite Fleur
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Welcome to La Petite Fleur, our honest and simple medieval bolthole, hidden away in Bauduen, a quiet Provençal village. Surrounded by the magnificent Lake Sainte-Croix, the village is nestled in the scented hills and mountains unique to this region.
We can promise a true experience of life in the slow lane. Living in London ourselves, we know how important rest from the world can be, which is why the apartment is dedicated to simple pleasures- reading, eating olives, drinking wine- ooh, and sleeping.
Our beautiful apartment boasts the doorstep convenience of fresh-water swimming from miles of unspoilt lakeside (the water's so clean it is used for drinking), hillside meanders (sometimes glimpsing eagles and vultures) and stunning scenery.
The village has plenty to offer in terms of eating out, and the 30 second walk to the award-winning boulangerie can be performed half-asleep and in slippers!
La Petite Fleur can be used as a base for discovering wonderful perched villages such as the world-famous Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (only 20 minutes away) or the numerous vineyards that dot the region. Or- as we would also highly recommend- simply use La Petite Fleur as a base for just being and playing in the sunshine.
iPod dock and TV/DVD player (for watching DVDs only) also provided, as well as a good selection of DVDs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 120 km, Nearest railway: Les Arcs TGV 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
We have aimed to provide all that is needed for a peaceful, relaxing break. The kitchen is set up for all the delights Provence has to offer- most importantly, a corkscrew and a saucisson knife...
Entering through an historic walnut doorway this intimate residence has a good-sized living and dining area, leading onto the spacious double bedroom- which is well insulated against even the most oppressive summer heat! A TV/DVD player is provided (for watching DVDs only), together with a selection of DVDs and an iPod dock.
La Petite Fleur also has a separate shower room and WC, as well as two hot-plates and a combination microwave/convection/grill oven for cooking.
|Further details outdoors|
This is a charming traditional property right in the heart of historic Bauduen, a medieval village which is full of character. The apartment has been extensively modernised yet all the original charm has been retained.
It's literally 30 seconds' walk to local shops, restaurants and cafes with their beautiful views over the lake.
This is a wonderful opportunity to stay in a relaxing retreat in the heart of the unspoilt Provençal countryside, yet within easy reach of both Nice and Marseille airports.
An ideal choice for those seeking a quiet, relaxing romantic break; it can also provide a fantastic base for those who want a more active holiday.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
Bauduen is a beautiful medieval village in the department of Var, which forms part of Provence in the South of France. Originally perched high above the Verdon river, the village now stands right on the magnificent Lake Sainte-Croix.
Bauduen is just over one hour inland from the coast at St. Tropez. The village is surrounded on three sides by Lake Sainte-Croix (about the size of Windermere).
The weather is usually fantastic with more than 300 days of clear blue skies: hot but with plenty of air - the village is quite high and the wind benefits wind-surfing and yachting.
The lake is also gorgeous for swimming (it is so clean it is a source of drinking water). Bathing is supervised on the village's main beach during summer - and there are miles of lakeside so you can always find a secluded bay to bathe.
In Bauduen’s pretty streets you will find that time has stood still with an ancient wash house, old church, presbytery and olive oil mill. However, the lake provides an abundance of opportunities for those who just want to relax on the beach or would prefer something more adventurous. There is excellent swimming, sailing and windsurfing; or, if you prefer, just hire a pedalo.
There are several cafés, bars and excellent restaurants and, in summer, there is frequent entertainment. Out of season the village is very tranquil - an ideal retreat for a relaxing romantic break. The lake stays warm until the end of October.
Bauduen is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and picturesque Provençal villages. There is a market in a different local town every day of the week (Bauduen’s is Sunday morning) and there are numerous vide-greniers (literally “attic clearances”- bric-a-brac mornings) throughout the season- there’s always a bargain to be had!
For walkers, whether you want a relaxing stroll or dramatic hike, there is something for you. The magnificent Gorges du Verdon are close by and traditional markets abound in pretty villages such as Aups, Riez, Moustiers, Cotignac and Tourtour.
There are many cru classé vineyards in the region for those who would like to follow a wine trail or who simply want to stock up on the essentials! For the adventurous there is canyoning, kayaking and rock climbing in the Gorges, or you can drive around them for a fantastic afternoon out.
For nature lovers you will find our hillsides full of spring flowers and herbs and there are wild boar and deer, eagles, buzzards and even vultures! Lavender, sunflowers and olives are commercially grown close to the village.
For those who want a fabulous shopping experience then all of Aix-en-Provence, St. Tropez, Cannes and Nice can be reached in under two hours.
There is a very well stocked supermarket in Aups, 15 minutes’ drive away, with a local shop in the village for essentials.
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22 Feb 2013
"A little gem"
We flew in to Nice and after a breath takingly beautiful journey along the coast and then up in to the mountains to the high plains, we dropped down to the village. The appartment was perfect for a gentle retreat from the busy world. The village has everything we needed in the way of shops, hotel, cafe. The locals were friendly. There is plenty to see close to the village ie the Canyon, the Barriage (massive dam) as well as walks up the mountain. The church yard was an eye-opener with nearly all pottery flowers. Moustier is very sweet. Anyone who doesn't fall in love with it must be mad. EW intend going again warmer months
17 Feb 2013
"Fantastic holiday base"
The Petite Fleur is a lovely central location for a lakeside holiday. It is charming and is adequately equipped. It is clean, comfortable and characterful.
The village itself is absolutely beautiful and there are many mountain walks with stunning views.
We really enjoyed our stay and will return in the autumn
2 Oct 2012
"Lovely area but find somewhere else to stay"
La Petite Fleur hasn't been properly prepared for rental.
Even when it is, it will still not be value for money.
Poor servicing prior to our arrival
Dark and with a lack of ventilation in the shower room.
Inadequate cooking facilities
No TV ,DVD , radio etc.
No hanging space The only hanging space for clothes had been padlocked.
Nowhere to air towels or clothes
We are once again genuinely sorry you did not find our simple, honest bolt-hole to your liking. We're sorry too that you felt the need to publicly comment- we thought that when we had emailed you previously explaining the steps we had taken to address your issues that this would have dealt with your concerns. We have (as mentioned then) taken steps to ensure that the apartment is 100% properly prepared for each guest and can assure everyone that we take the servicing very seriously. We have also improved on storage space.
We try to provide a bespoke service for our guests and we are really glad you enjoyed the area as much as you obviously did. We hope that the tailored emails we sent you listing all the amazing things for you to do locally, including the many walking routes, sailing and wineries to visit, helped you, as well as our emails assisting you with directions and car hire.
We did of course explain exactly what cooking facilities were available before your stay. This was, as you will remember, in response to your specific email on the point. The facilities are also honestly set out in the advert and we find they are adequate for most people's needs. As we agreed at the time, the heat does tend to make one want to stick to salads produced from the lovely locally sourced produce!
We are sorry you found the apartment dark; again most people feel that the traditional nature of the property allows it to maintain a pleasant temperature inside (I am sure you noted that more French people keep their shutters closed in the strong sunlight!).
If you are looking for all mod-cons (TV, DVD, radio, wireless internet (none of which are promised in the advert)) then I agree with you that La Petite Fleur isn't the place for you. All I can say is that we try our utmost to go the extra mile for our guests (you will remember we posted a set of keys to you so you didn't have to meet with Marie on the day of arrival); and we are always available to deal with issues promptly, then and there, during your stay. I am sorry you didn't feel you could call us on this occasion when we would of course have tried to remedy any complaints to your satisfaction.
In summary, we are sorry that your experience didn't chime with the other reviews we have had for La Petite Fleur. We note from your profile that your experiences in other properties have, for you, been disappointing- the views expressed there again seemed to be out of step with the majority.
We still believe La Petite Fleur offers a wonderful chance to de-stress, de-clutter and relax among some of Europe's finest scenery, food and wine- not to mention a stunning lake literally on your doorstep.
14 Aug 2012
"simple accomodation in beautiful lakeside village"
we stayed here in august 2012. lovely village, good shop, restaurants (reasonable prices) and great boulangerie. lake is lovely and warm and very clean. we swam across each day. friendly locals and events on during the summer. it was hot! if you walk along the lake anticlockwise there are more shady beaches which are quieter.
the accommodation was basic but pretty much had everything you need. it doesnt have a view (looks out onto street). I think it would be a little cramped for 3 but there is an extra campbed provided. however the price is reasonable for high season in provence.
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