Maison Sebastien

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Sleeps: 11 - 13 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5
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Overview

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Originally a 14th century lookout tower, this hilltop chateau in Provence provides 360-degree views of the surrounding oak forest and lush landscapes below, accommodating 13 guests in comfort and style.

Thoughtfully restored with rustic and contemporary décor, the chateau has an inviting ambiance and plenty of comfortable places to relax – from the open living space with a wood-burning stove, to the cinema room, or the sun loungers by the pool with wonderful views overlooking the valley. It's even a wonderful place in the winter, especially cosying up by the Christmas tree or simply gazing up at the clear starry skies at night.

The ancient terraces will be a popular spot for enjoying meals from the local market - especially the shaded terrace just off the impressive modern kitchen, where you’ll dine alongside breathtaking panoramic views of the French countryside. Below lies a medieval courtyard with lavender and fruit trees – another excellent space for entertaining.

Along with five bedrooms in the main house, the delightful studio with a mezzanine bed and private terrace sleeps an additional two guests.

You’ll be within walking distance to the village of St Michel L’Observatoire, with delicious restaurants and a prominent observatory, and a short drive to the famous absinthe of Forcalquier. The beaches of the French Riveria are worth the 2.5-hour drive!

A Stay at Maison Sebastien

“I will never get over this perfect house in the countryside and wish we could have stayed for weeks! It was perfection from the French kitchen, to the blue shutters, medieval floor plan, sunny terrace with gorgeous views, swimming pool, and country lanes for miles surrounding us…” - Read more about the fantastic Maison Sebastien here!

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill'otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the 'Extras' tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The 11 guest price applies to the main house only, whilst the 13 guest price includes the use of the studio which sleeps an additional two guests
  • Approximately end-October to mid-April, only the 11-guest prices apply as the villa will only accommodate up to 11 guests (the studio does not have central heating and only a wood burning stove, therefore it is not available in the winter months). Please enquire

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV

The original Maison Sebastien was a medieval lookout post - The Bastide. Over the centuries a studio apartment was added and in 1859 the annexe of the Magnanerie was built to house the facilities to produce silk. The valley is famous for its mulberry trees.

The Bastide (the main house)
On the Ground Floor there is a large open plan area with a modern kitchen, indoor dining area and a large sitting room. This area opens onto a double terrace with outdoor dining and a serving area. Around the corner is an ancient covered terrace that overlooks the medieval courtyard.

From the salon, a stone arch leads to a large ground floor bedroom with a superking sized bed and a bathroom with Haman style shower. The main stairway is curved stone and lit by a double storey slit window.

The first floor has two en suite double bedrooms both with kingsized beds. The area outside the second bedroom room can be curtained off to create a family unit with an additional single bed.

The second floor has two bedrooms - one double and one with two single beds. These rooms share a bathroom. The second floor also has a full TV/cinema area with access to Apple TV and Orange cable. This layout of rooms is the original medieval fort and sleeps 11.

The Studio
Also available is the studio, set below the main Bastide, off the medieval courtyard, and which is ideal for a couple. This has its' own bathroom, small kitchen, private sun terrace and a mezzanine with a double bed.

Grounds
Maison Sebastien is situated in the Luberon National Park and therefore all work done has to reflect the area's natural beauty. When you first arrive at the property you drive through a thriving young oak forest. This gives way to a stunning view of Mane, Forcalquier and the Midi Alps beyond. The approach to the house is lined with olive trees, pines and poplars. The swimming pool is fully enclosed and highly secure for young children. It is surrounded by an elegant stone area that offers both perfect sunbathing and shade under a 'tunnelle'. All around the house there are old - some ancient - terraces and the property has one of the very last remaining Roman mulberry trees in Provence. The stoneware around the house is listed.

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Sebastien
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Maison Sebastien is a five minute drive - or lovely twenty minute walk - from the village of St Michel L'Observatoire.

The village is thriving with four restaurants, a baker, butcher and epicerie. It is also home to a major French Observatory. St Michel's position at the foot of the Midi-Alpes combined with a lack of light pollution gives it unique night skies at all times of year. 

Ten minutes drive from the house is the small medieval town of Mane and beyond - the regional centre - Forcalquier. Mane has a good pizza restaurant, pharmacy, bakery, butcher and Epicerie. Forcalquier is famous for it's absinthe, it's historic church and square and it's citadel high above the town but it also has two excellent supermarkets, a thriving - if crazy - Monday market and some lovely cafes restaurants and shops.

There are many ways to get to the property: fly to Marseille or take a train to ether Aix en Provence TGV or Avignon TGV. There is now a direct train between London St Pancras and Avignon. The drive from London is approximately 14 hours. There are numerous useful local buses that link with both the airport and the train stations.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marseille

(91-100 km )

Nearest Ferry port Marseille

(91-100 km)

Nearest Train Station Manosque

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village St Michel L'Observatoire

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Forcalquier

(4 km)

Nearest Restaurant St Michel L'Observatoire

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub St Michel L'Observatoire

(1 km)

Nearest Shop St Michel L'Observatoire

(1 km)

Nearest Supermarket Forcalquier

(4 km)

Nearest Tennis St Michel L'Observatoire

Region

The Provençal way of life is one that’s deeply tempting for anyone who’s been feeling the need to get away from it all. This is a place where the Mediterranean weather turns fields of corn and lavender into picture-perfect backdrops, where you can sip your locally bought wine and enjoy the landscapes before heading out and tackling them head-on with a range of great activities for families, groups of friends and adventurous foodies. Better yet, our range of villas in Provence and chateaux and holiday homes in the Côte d’Azur make the perfect base to explore this enchanting region!

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The house and estate are comfortable, spacious and offer different experiences for everyone. While some people are swimming others can be watching TV and films, or riding at the local stable. Walking locally is fantastic and there is much to see in the area.
Kindly note the spacious terraces and fenced gardens have low walls and the upper windows do not have locks and bars: we recommend keeping an extra eye on toddlers and young children.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Onsite Facilities

  • Xbox/Playstation
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Child-Safe Pool

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Cleaner once a week
  • Meal ready on your arrival! (on request)
  • Transport service to Marseilles to see the big football matches (up to 15 people - on request)
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £800 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time After 4 Pm (3 Pm in the winter)
Departure time Before 10 Am (9 Am in the winter)
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra €250 per week, if required.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only
Pool heating charge? No.
Changeover day Flexible.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other special events are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs Approximately end-October to mid-April, only the 11-guest prices apply as the villa will only accommodate up to 11 guests (the studio does not have central heating and only a wood burning stove, therefore it is not available in the winter months). Please enquire
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end of September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £3,291
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £6,143
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £3,291
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £4,224
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 £6,143
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £6,418
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £6,143
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £4,224
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £3,291
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £6,143
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 £3,291

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £3,840
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £6,856
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £3,840
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £4,909
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 £6,856
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £7,185
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £6,856
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £4,909
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £3,840
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £6,856
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 £3,840

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €3,600
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €6,720
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €3,600
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €4,620
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 €6,720
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €7,020
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €6,720
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €4,620
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €3,600
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €6,720
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 €3,600

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €4,200
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €7,500
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €4,200
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €5,370
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 €7,500
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €7,860
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €7,500
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €5,370
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €4,200
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €7,500
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 €4,200

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $3,970
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $7,411
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $3,970
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $5,095
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 $7,411
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $7,742
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $7,411
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $5,095
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $3,970
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $7,411
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 $3,970

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 14th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $4,632
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $8,271
Jan 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $4,632
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $5,922
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 $8,271
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $8,668
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $8,271
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $5,922
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $4,632
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $8,271
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 16th 2021 $4,632

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We have owned and loved Maison Sebastien since 2008. We started the building project to renovate the property in 2010 and  have continued to develop the house, gardens and a beautiful swimming pool since then.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We saw many houses built in the lee of hills and forests but Maison Sebastien is unique. Based around a 14C look-out tower – it stand high on on a hill with 360 degree views.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house has a medieval courtyard. Steps have been preserved and rebuilt into the house that date back to the 14C. During the French Revolution, the sisters/nuns from Forcalquier hid down in the huge caves under the house and used a portable font to baptise new babies. The centre of the old courtyard has a central stone where this used to take place. The Magnanerie was an addition in 1850 when the silk route opened up through Provence. Silk worms thrive on Mulberry trees which have been planted on the estate since the Romans.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Well yes, we both work in film and TV but I think their identity should be private.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Walk, Pony ride, visit Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Cycle rides with bikes hired from Forcalquier rr just chill by the pool. Also visit the Gorge de Verdon–a huge wonderful lake with Kayaking, canoeing and huge open water swimming. Mont Ventoux, for visual treats. In winter, skiing is an hour from the house in the Midi-Alps.
Really eat?
The guide book for the house gives you many options for our recommendations for restaurants. Also you will find a full guide to the local markets and best butchers and supermarkets. The local village has a great baker and a lovely epicierie. I am also a chef so the kitchen is fully equipped with good pans, knives and crockery .
Really see?
Try to get to the local towns and villages of Forcalquier, Banon, Dauphin and Bonnieux. Also if you love antiques, take a trip to the world famous Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - the biggest centre for antique trade in France, with nearly 300 antique dealers and decorators plus a flea market at weekends.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Our Guardian, Monsieur Francois Devun, lives on site 24/7 in his own cottage across the old stone yard where they used to grind the corn. He will help you out with any problems but remains totally private. He also knows how to help you get to any place or to hire a vehicle or to sort out any transport … the house would not work without him. Our Housekeeper can also be on call if you have any domestic disasters.

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Reviews

  • We had a perfect break and unanimously loved the house!

    Posted by Tony & Deborah on 13/08/2019

    On behalf of my family we are writing to thank you for a wonderful holiday. Maison Sebastien is a very special house set in a unique location. It was also very well equipped, with everything a large family could wish for. Francois was ever helpful and kind. We learned a lot about the area, and places to visit. His recommendations about markets all turned about to be correct.

  • Wonderful holiday

    Posted by Tony & Deborah on 13/08/2019

    On behalf of my family, thank you for a wonderful holiday. Maison Sebastien is a very special house set in a unique location.
    It was also very well equipped, with everything a large family could wish for.
    Francois was ever helpful and kind. We learned a lot about the area, and places to visit. His recommendations about markets all turned about to be correct.
    We had a perfect break and unanimously loved the house.

  • Couldn't ask for more!

    Posted by Dean on 29/06/2019

    Great secluded location and amazing views. Pool and beautiful large home was well stocked for everything you need in the kitchen.

  • Amazing holiday

    Posted by Chris D on 26/09/2018

    My wife and I stayed in Maison Sebastien with a group of our family and friends at the start of September 2018. It's a gorgeous Provincial setting with amazing views of the surrounding countryside. The villa is beautifully renovated with tasteful decor and comfortable rooms. The kitchen is well equipped and allowed us to easily cook for a group of about a dozen. It's a very private and quite setting, and we really loved the pool. Kate and Francois were both exceptionally helpful, friendly, informative and accommodating.
    We highly recommend this as a holiday destination!

  • A dreamy taste of Provence

    Posted by Emi on 13/11/2017

    Our stay at Maison Sebastien was a highlight of our trip. It is secluded on a little dirt road outside a small town in Provence, which is perfect for feeling like a true escape into the French countryside. Everything in this house is done so right from the exterior, interior, decor, furniture, linens, beautiful setting, and more. No detail is missed. It's the ideal place for an escape with loved ones.

  • Sublime

    Posted by Jane on 15/09/2017

    We had a great family week at Maision Sebastien, in August. The house is really beautiful and has been converted with great taste in sympathy with its ancient buildings and history. The house is generously equipped and we lacked for nothing. The children especially enjoyed the pool (no chlorine so it was lovely) and also the wide selection of DVDs!
    The terrace is a delightful and cool place to eat, with views over the valley towards San Michel - which is also a great place to eat. Francois who looks after the house and the pool was charming and could not have been more helpful!

  • A special week

    Posted by John on 04/09/2017

    We came all the way from China to South France looking for a specially place to have our wedding. Fortunately I found Kate's house --- Maison Sebastien as our wedding venues. I am a taveler, traveling around the world every year, and I had communicated with many house owner, and Kate is simply the nicest one. She gave us so many great suggestions and guidelines about the area. The restaurants she recommend are great. She also prepared everything we need for a wedding party. She did not have a outside loudspeaker, and she purchased a great one for us specifically. I truly appreciate all the things she did for assisting us to run this wedding smoothly. We also have a great gardener - -Franswall (I wish i could spell his name correctly). He is very very nice and responsible person. Last but not least, the house is amazing. Very privacy, very quiet. Big swimming pool with great mountain view. The best thing about the house is the stars during the night. That is the starry sky I have ever seen in my life. Everyone with me loves madly. Thank you to allow us having a so special week in Maison Sebastien. I miss it so much.

  • We loved your house!

    Posted by David W. on 30/08/2016

    Oh how we loved your house! Our daughter, two sons and their three spouses, plus seven grandchildren from three to sixteen all voted it "best yet"! And Francois was wonderful and charming. Isabol speaks excellent French so they got on well.

  • A fantastic time at Maison Sebastien

    Posted by Alena H. on 10/08/2016

    We had a fantastic time at Maison Sebastien. It was beautiful. The caretaker on site was excellent, so kind and helpful.Overall a great holiday. Kind Regards

  • An exceptionally beautiful maison

    Posted by Hanna Lilja J. on 03/08/2016

    We spent a week in Maison Sebastien with 2 other families; there were 6 adults and 7 children in total and we all had a fantastic time without exception. The house is beautifully renovated and you can tell the owners have put a lot of thought and hard work into making the house as well equipped and comfortable as possible. There was plenty of space for everyone especially the kids. The bedrooms were very comfortable each with its own nicely decorated bathroom and necessary amenities. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped, which was great since we enjoyed cooking at the house and eating outside on the lovely terrace. The view was amazing and we couldn´t get enough of the beautiful outside area of the house. The pool area was also very nice and well used with the children.Francois, the friendly housekeeper, lives on the property and was there to assist if we needed anything. The house is about an hour drive from many small villages in Provence like Gordes, Lourmarin, Bonvieux and more. I would highly recommend the property to anyone who wants to enjoy some peace and tranquility in an exceptionally beautiful maison with the opportunity to explore the beautiful nearby villages of Provence. I sincerely hope I will return to Maison Sebastien one day.

  • Our fourth trip to Maison Sebastien

    Posted by Alex L. on 27/07/2016

    “We’ve just returned from our fourth trip to Maison Sebastien, this time in early April 2016. The trees just bursting into blossom, spring flowers and green fields as far as the eye can see - glorious. Chilly weather so only a couple of al fresco lunches on the terrace this time, and wonderfully cozy inside with the wood-burning stove going great guns of an evening. The house is just fantastic - so comfortable, beautifully appointed with every mod con you could desire. François, the guardian, was as helpful and accommodating as ever, and has made a friend for life in our friends’ toddler by driving him around on one of the tractors. We’re only sorry it was a bit too early in the year for us to experience the new swimming pool - oh well, we’ll just have to come back again!

  • A wonderfully stylish place to stay. We'll be back.

    Posted by Lara B. on 27/07/2016

    We visited Maison Sebastien with our 2.5 year old toddler and other friends in early April 2016. The house is, of course, stunning, but more impressive is the attention to detail which makes this a delightfully comfortable place to stay. The kitchen has everything you need to create memorable meals from the local produce. The bedrooms have comfortable beds with good linen. The bathrooms are stylish and have good water pressure - which may seem odd to mention, but having stayed in places where the shower delivers a lukewarm dribble, I can vouch for its importance! We were too early for the pool to be open but it's obvious that the pool terrace is a wonderful place on a warm Summer's day. The whole house is tasteful, cool and beautiful. But more importantly, it works - as a home from home and as a wonderfully stylish place to stay. We'll be back.

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