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Var, France  (# 23486)
 Village house with panoramic views and terrace
  Var vacation rentals Property ID 23486  

Major City: Nice
Distance: >100 km

Type:   House
Area: Rural

Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 2
Size: 75 Sq M

Internet: No
Pets OK: Call
Pool: No
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: Yes

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Large terrace with spectacular views

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Name: Adrian Gibby

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8144 8128

Languages: English, French

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VacationsFRBO Member Since: 2007-05-30

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Maison Baudinard - Village house with panoramic views and terrace
near Gorges du Verdon

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 three story house
opposite a restaurant giving the convenience of a hotel. An old
village house set in a beautiful village near the Lac de Sainte
Croix and Gorges du Verdon. It has a large terrace of 10 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
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. One is called Les Hautes
(upper canyon) and the other is called Les Basses (lower canyon).



- Near the Gorges du Verdon
- 5 Minutes from the Lac de Sainte Croix
- Sleeps 6
- Self-catering
- Opposite restaurant
- Two double bedrooms
- 2 double beds
- 1 double sofa bed in living room
- Floor area 80 m²
- Roof terrace
- Living room with fire place
- Large on suite bathroom and toilet
- Separate shower room and toilet
- 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 veiws of rolling countryside from bath
- Crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, linen, electricity and water
included. Towels for indoor use only
- 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
- No hidden extras
- Nice Airport 1 3/4 hours
- Toulon Airport 1 3/4 hours
- Nearest beach 10 minutes (on lake)
- Marseille 2 hours



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

The Canyon of Baudinard should not be missed. Cliffs of up to 150
meters, home to many caves, beautiful clear turquoise water. With a
13 kilometre long path called le Sentier des Basses Gorges. Be
warned, it's not for those who are afraid of heights! 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 of 2 km in length, 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.

In Baudinard, you could visit the 11th century church of Saint
Michel l'Archange, restored in 1921; le pont Silvestre (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

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.

The area
Le Parc naturel du Verdon
The Gorge and Lake are in a Natural Park, and there has been a
successful programme 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,
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 kilometres long and in places over 1000 metres 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 the Barrage (dam) de
Ste. Croix, built on the Verdon river in 1975. Sitting on the open
Plateau de Valensole and the Grand Plan de Canjuers, the lake has a
feeling of endless space and light. At the north eastern end of the
lake at the Pont du Galetas, 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 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 accomodated 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 metres 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.



27/09 - 19/12 265 GBP 20/12 - 01/05 345 GBP 02/05 - 25/09 495 GBP 26/09 - 18/12 265 GBP 19/12 - 30/04 345 GBP 01/05 - 01/10 495 GBP Terms & Conditions - Clean linen and cleaning of the property is provided per week at £10 per person per week. For people staying for more than one week, the property will be cleaned at some time between 12 noon and 4pm on each Friday - Arrival time after 4pm Friday and departure time before 12 noon Friday - A deposit of 25% is requested with booking, within 1 day of placing the booking - A refundable damage deposit of £200 is also required with booking * Damage deposit money is authorised on your credit card but not taken unless a claim is made - No hidden extras - Cancellations will be charged - 65% - 3 weeks prior to booking date. 80% 2 weeks prior and full rate for less than 1 week - Towels provided for internal use only

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