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Murier Blanc is a single storey Provencale style villa. It is set in it’s own spacious garden with beautiful open views of the valley and hills in the distance. The property is one of about 20 on a family run development just outside the historic town of Forcalquier. Although it does not have it’s own pool, there is a large shared one just beyond the garden. The villa is decorated in a rustic style, using neutral colours and natural fibres such as wood, linen and cotton, which gives it a fresh light feel. There are 3 double bedrooms and two shower rooms, making it suitable for six adults and cots can be supplied if required for babies.
Description of Chambres D'Hotes:Murier Blanc has it’s own entrance from a lane which runs along the side of the main development. There is ample parking for at least three cars in the front drive. To one side and along the back of the property is a large tiled area and deep shrub borders giving privacy. At the front and far side there are lawns surrounded by a hedge which has been kept to a level not to obscure the beautiful views of the valley and distant hills.
The villa is arranged with a large open plan American style kitchen, dining and sitting areas through the middle of the property and the bedrooms are off to either side of this, giving two distinct sleeping arrangements. Two double bedrooms (these can be twins or doubles) separated by a large shower room form one side and sited on the other side is the master bedroom with en suite shower room. French doors lead from this bedroom onto the covered terrace to the front of the house, enjoying the stunning south facing views. All bed linen and bath towels are provided, along with L’Occitane bathroom goodies !
The kitchen is accessed through the back door and has a small Utility room leading from it which houses the fridge freezer, washing machine and microwave. The kitchen itself is well equipped with a dishwasher, ceramic hob cooker, coffee machine, kettle, teapot, toaster, etc.
The dining area has a substantial French style rustic table and six chairs. Beyond this is the seating area with two large comfy linen covered sofas and coffee table, with tv and cd/dvd player. The large patio windows again make the best of the beautiful views. A door leads from this area onto the covered terrace which is great for dining in any weather with it’s large glass topped table and six chairs. Just beyond the garden, down a short flight of steps is the main pool with sun deck, loungers, parasols and to one side is a boules court. Although in theory this pool is shared with about 5 other houses and 2 apartments, it is rarely busy. Many of the other houses on site have their own small pools so do not use the main one.
The whole site is very well maintained and has an excellent restaurant and small boutique hotel with a spa, where treatments can be booked. The spa has a hamman and Jacuzzi which are great if you chose to visit for an early spring or late autumn break when the outdoor pools may not be open.
Attractions:Forcalquier itself is within walking distance (around 2 kms), although there is a supermarket just 2 minutes from the villa. The historic town has lots of character with it’s citadel visable for miles around. The views from the top are amazing and although it is a bit of a climb up the cobbled streets, the interesting old buildings do provide a welcome distraction. The centre of the town is dominated by the large church and main square edged with cafes, excellent for sitting under the plane trees and sampling a glass of local rose wine. Every Monday one of the largest markets in the area takes over this part of town and is certainly not to be missed. You can buy anything from locally made lavender soap, to fresh fish, designer clothes and artisan made leather sandals and silver jewellery. Forcalquier is fast becoming known as a centre for artists with several new galleries opening up recently in the old part of the town. These are found alongside the varied selection of restaurants on offer. There is an excellent creperie with a huge menu and lots of outside seating in the summer months. The Moroccan just around the corner provides a great alterative in the cooler weather. The area around the villa has much to offer visitors. It is a very popular area for walking and cycling, with miles of marked cycle paths winding through rolling countryside and beautiful lavender fields. Bicycles can be hired from the hotel or in town by the way. If you prefer something water based, then the Lac de Saint Croix and Esparron are not too far away, where you can hire pedaloes, wind surfers or canoe up the Gorge du Verdon. There are also facilities for white water rafting and a beach with picnic area nearby. If all this gets a bit too much, there are plenty of pretty villages nearby to visit. One of the most outstanding is Roussillon set on it’s red ocre hilltop. Also as we are situated on the east end of the Luberon there are villages such as Bonnieux made famous by the author of A year in Provence, Gordes, Lourmarin and a little further away Isle sur la Sorgue, which are lovely to go for a wander and maybe a leisurely lunch. Depending on the time of year your trip through varied beautiful countryside will be enhanced by fields of lavender or poppies, or earlier in the year orchards full of apple, pear and almond blossom. Perhaps a little retail therapy or culture are more in your line, in which case a trip to Avignon or Apt might fit the bill. If you are prepared to hop on the motorway for a while then St Tropez and the Cote d’Azur are only 2 hours away, for excellent shopping, amazing boats, harbour side artists and a good selection of pavement cafes for watching the rich and famous! All in all there is something for everyone here in this beautiful, unspoilt, relaxed corner of Haute Provence.
DirectionsExit A51 from Aix en Provence, going north at Junction 19.
Follow D4B signposted La Brillanne. At the roundabout take the first exit on to the N96.
In La Brillanne take a left turn signposted Niozelle & Forcalquier (N100)
After about 7.5 miles take the second exit off the roundabout to Forcalquier. Follow
the N100 through the town and as you leave the built up area you will cross an elevated section of road followed by a roundabout. Take the D950 for Banon. After 0.5 mile immediately after a right hand bend turn right up the lane just before the main site entrance to Bastide St Georges. Murier Blanc is first on your left immediately after the two storey apartment block. The house has a large tree just to the right of it.