La Bergerie du Ravin France, Provence

The Luberon is one of France’s most filmed, painted and written-about regions; an iconic landscape of honey-coloured, hill-top villages, craggy mountains and purple lavender fields. Sitting pretty as a picture in the heart of the Luberon’s Parc Naturel, this tastefully restored 19th-century bergerie makes an ideal base from which to explore the myriad natural and cultural riches of the region.

La Bergerie is set in 18 acres of meadow and woodland. The area immediately around the house has been carefully landscaped with gravel and flowering plants, but most of the 18 acres are unspoilt native woodland and meadowland. With terraces all around the house, you can follow the sun or find a spot in the shade as the mood takes you, or simply stake your claim on a pool lounger and let the southern warmth work its stress-melting magic. The pool can be heated and is gated for peace of mind and families with children will also appreciate the board games, boules and table tennis that are provided. There are fine views out over vineyards, rolling countryside and the Luberon hills to the north, and the hilltop village of Grambois to the south.

When you’re ready to explore, Grambois makes a good start point, with its cobbled streets, vaulted passageways and houses built into the medieval walls. La Motte d'Aigues and La Bastide des Jourdans are also conveniently close and equally charming. The Luberon’s more famous (and rather busier) villages, including Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon and Lacoste, are between 45-60 minutes’ drive. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in the cooler spring and autumn months, the Montagne Sainte-Victoire is a very popular place for walking and climbing. Picturesque Cucuron, one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ is around 15 minutes’ drive away and offers a good choice of local restaurants and a popular weekly market.

 

Accommodation:
  • 4 bedroom bergerie (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday
Ground floor:
  • Open-plan living/dining room
  • Kitchen with French doors to terrace
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, French doors to private terrace
  • Double or twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC, French doors to private terrace
  • WC
First floor:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double or twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Laundry room
General:
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • 2 cots available (linen on request) and 2 highchairs plus baby equipment
  • Telephone
  • Satellite and cable television, DVD player
  • Central heating (possible charge)
  • Open fireplace (firewood provided)
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Board games
  • Boules
  • Private swimming pool 10m x 4m (depth 1.2m – 2.2m), security alarm, fenced, corner steps, heated (May-September)
  • Security deposit £500
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Services:
  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning €15/hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Local outside catering service available
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change
Access times:
 
Check-in time – 3.00-4.00pm
Check-out time – 10.00am
 

La Bergerie du Ravin is located in a very special area of France. It nestles in tranquil countryside, close to the beautiful scenery of the Luberon and its picturesque and famous hilltop villages, only a short drive from the vibrant historic towns of Aix-en-Provence, Apt, and Marseille, and also within easy reach of Mediterranean beaches at Bandol, Cassis and the Côte Bleue. The landscapes of the southern slopes of the Luberon become more Mediterranean in character, with the limestone studded and herb-scented garrigue continually buffeted by the Mistral winds. One of the area’s most picturesque villages is Cucuron best known for the large bassin surrounded by centenary plane trees in its main square, a coolly idyllic setting on a hot afternoon. Lourmarin, one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’, has a lively café scene and some fine restaurants. Its Renaissance château bears the grandiose title of Villa Medicis de Provence. Lourmarin was the home of Albert Camus, who is buried there. The village of Ansouis is also definitely worth visiting.

Shops and Services

  • Villages
    • The best croissants and pains au chocolat come from La Bastide-des-Jourdans and the best bread from La Tour du Pain at Moulin du Pas (5km) where there is also a very good fruit and veg shop which has local wine, cheese and meat.
    • Grambois (5km) – bakery, café from where you can order English newspapers
    • Moulin du Pas (5km) and La Motte d'Aigues (7km) – small supermarkets open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays
    • La Tour d’Aigues (10km) – small supermarket open till 7pm and to 12.30pm on Sundays
  • Towns
    • Pertuis (16km)
    • Apt (36km)
    • Aix-en-Provence (40km)
    • Marseille (70km)

Market Days

  • Morning markets:
    • St Martin de la Brasque (6km) – Sundays
    • La Tour d’Aigues (10km) – Tuesdays
    • Mirabeau (17km) – Thursdays
    • Pertuis (16km) – Fridays
    • Ansouis: (15km) – Sundays
    • Villelaure (19km) – Thursdays
    • Beaumont de Pertuis (14km) – Saturdays
    • Cucuron (16km) – Tuesdays
    • Cadenet (22km) – Mondays
    • Lourmarin (23km) – Fridays (excellent)
    • Lauris (28km) – Mondays
    • Apt (40km) – Saturdays
    • Aix-en-Provence (40km) – Place du Palais de Justice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, Place de la Mairie on Sunday mornings and antique book market on first Sunday of each month
  • Summer evening markets:
    • La Motte d’Aigues (7km) – Thursdays
    • Mirabeau (17km) – Fridays
    • Vaugines (18km) – Tuesdays
    • Lauris (28km) – Saturdays

Recommended Restaurants

  • Moulin du Pas (3km) – Auberge des Tilleuls
  • Ansouis (12km) – La Closerie
  • Pertuis (16km) – Le Goût du Jour, La Paillote
  • Cucuron (16km) – Restaurant de l’Etang, La Petite Maison, Les Temps Modernes 
  • Lourmarin (23km) – La Fontaine, L’Antiquaire, La Louche à Beurre, L’Insolite 
  • Cadenet (21km) – La Source, L’Auberge de la Fenière
  • Mérindol (36km) – La Bastide du Grand Tilleul
  • There are dozens of good restaurants in Aix-en-Provence (40km), here are a few recommended by our owners: Le Clos de la Violette, Le Passage, Chez Antoine, Le Mas d’Entremont, Le Comptoir des Orangers, La Table Marocaine, Le Bistrot des Philosophes
  • These are classic restaurants in Marseille (70km) – Péron, Une Table au Sud, Fonfon, La Cantine, Les Acolytes.
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.
 

Places to See

  • The southern Luberon is rich in history and landscape
  • Grambois (9km), La Motte d'Aigues (7km), and La Bastide des Jourdans (11km)
  • Lourmarin (23km) – classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Cucuron (16km) – commands wonderful views.
  • Ansouis (12km) – a 12th-century castle and many craft shops
  • The northern Luberon's famous hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon and Lacoste, to name just a few, are between 35km and 50km
  • Aix-en-Provence (40km) – a beautiful and lively town of ‘a thousand fountains’ – well worth spending some time here
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (40km) – inspired many artists such as Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky and is a very popular place for walking and climbing
  • There are many theme parks around Aix for children such as Aquacity, OK Corral, Le Zoo de la Barden.
  • Gorges de Verdon, north east of Grambois – admire the deep blue lakes, many activities in the area (45min drive)

Local Events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • Outdoor live screenings in Cucuron of Aix music festival in July
  • Musicales du Luberon (in Ménerbes) – music festival in July
  • Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – opera festival in July 
  • Chorégies d’Orange in the Orange Roman theatre – opera festival in August
  • Festival de Lacoste created by Pierre Cardin – musical festival in July 
  • Festival d’Avignon – theatre and dance festival in July 
  • Les Suds d’Arles – music festival in July 
  • Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron – piano festival in July and August 
  • Festival de Lourmarin – music festival all summer 
  • Festival Jazz de Luberon – jazz festival in May 

Regional Food and Wine

  • Food
    • Aioli (garlic mayonnaise to accompany fish and vegetables)
    • Pissaladière (onion tart)
    • Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato) 
    • Bouillabaisse (fish stew) 
    • Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes) 
    • Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise) 
    • Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste) 
    • Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
    • Truffles
    • Fruits confits
  • Wine
    • Wine produced from the vineyard around the property is available at the Grambois Cave Coopérative and can be purchased just outside Moulin du Pas (5km)
    • Tours and wine-tasting nearby at La Dorgonne vineyards
    • The Côtes du Luberon appellation covers 3500 hectares situated between Cavaillon and Apt, with 36 districts sharing the vineyards. 80% of the wine producing land is grouped into co-operative wineries (caves co-operatives) comprising 70% reds, 15-20% rosés or whites depending on the year, the Côtes du Luberon wine is appreciated for its delicate bouquet. The reds are well-balanced and flexible, the rosés fresh and nervous, while the whites are fresh and well-rounded. It is generally better to drink the Côtes du Luberon wines when they are young. 
  • Wine events
    • Mid-November: La Gouleyade: 'Fête du vin bourru' (First wine of the year), village parades, wine-tasting
    • End of June: Festivals at the châteaux around the Luberon
    • Discover Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes de Provence and Côteaux d’Aix  – there are many good local wines on sale at local markets (in particular at the marché paysan of Coustellet)

Beaches

  • Marseille, sandy, shingle, rocky (70km) 
  • Carry le Rouet, pebble, rocky (78km)
  • Sausset, sandy, shingle, rocky (76km)
  • Cassis, a beautiful fishing port with good restaurants, boat hire available (88km)
  • La Couronne, sandy (93km)
  • Bandol, try the beach café of the Ile Rousse Hotel, visit the old castle and the promenade with fish restaurants (109km)

Activities

  • The property is close to the Luberon cycle route – cycle hire from Vélo Luberon who deliver
  • Tennis courts at Tour d’Aigues (10km)
  • Bowling at Pertuis (16km)
  • Horse riding at Pertuis (16km) Ecurie du soleil
  • 18-hole golf courses at Pierrevert (14km), Aix-en-Provence (42km), Les Milles (48km), Mallemort (43km)
  • Truffle hunting in Cadenet (30km)
  • Hiking in the Luberon, Montaigne Ste-Victoire, Mont Ventoux
  • Squash at Pertuis (16km)
  • Lac de Bonde (8km) with swimming, restaurants and fishing
  • Lac de Peyrolles (30km) with pedaloes, table tennis and beach volleyball
  • Sailing at Marseille (70km)

Getting There

  • Airports
    • Marseille 65km 
    • Avignon 70km 
    • Toulon 120km 
    • Nîmes 125km 
    • Montpellier 179km 
    • Nice 200km   
  • Ferry ports
    • Le Havre 952km
    • Caen-Ouistreham 999km 
    • Calais 1,044km 
    • St-Malo 1,102km 
    • Cherbourg 1,111km  
  • TGV stations
    • Aix-en-Provence 33km 
    • Marseille 53km
 

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights too for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Marseille 65km/1hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday 16 Apr - 17 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Glasgow easyJet Saturday 2 Jul - 1 Oct

 

Avignon 70km/1hr25min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City CityJet Depart Sat/Return Sun 24 Jun - 5 Sep
Southampton Flybe Saturday 28 May - 17 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 28 May - 3 Sep

 

Nîmes 125km/1hr35min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Luton Ryanair Sat/Sun 2 Apr - 30 Oct (Sat)
All season (Sun)

 

Toulon 120km/1hr55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City CityJet Sunday 23 Jun - 4 Sep
Bournemouth Ryanair Sat/Sun 23 May - 27 Sep

 

Montpellier 179km/2hr5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 14 May - 17 Sep

 

 

  2 April 9 April 16 April 23 April 30 April
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 May 14 May 21 May 28 May
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  4 June 11 June 18 June 25 June
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 July
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 August 13 August 20 August 27 August
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 September 10 September 17 September 24 September
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 October
La Bergerie du Ravin 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,830 5,620 2,830 5,620 2,830 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
 
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Money
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
 
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
 
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
 
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
 
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
 
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
 
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
 
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
 
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
 
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Telephone 
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.