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Our valley, Le Champ de l'Amant

A garden of Eden, our small valley opens out to the large fields of lavender below the perched village of Banon. We are located in Le Pays de Forcalquier, the rolling hill country between the Luberon to the south and the Mont Ventoux-Montagne de Lure to the north. Avignon, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, St. Rémy, Le Pont du Gard and Nîmes are all easily accessible as day trips. Here you will find landscapes to please the eye, and when you return from a day of sightseeing, you will find restorative tranquility.


The property consists of several centuries-old stone buildings which originally formed a farmhouse complex. We, the owners, live year-round in our home adjacent to your cottage. We will welcome you and give you any help/advice/suggestions you may desire, but, otherwise, we will remain unobtrusive. You will be the only guests on the property in your charming, recently-restored stone cottage, L’Ourdissoir ("the warping machine"), named by the weavers who once used it as their atelier.

Le Champ de l'Amant, our valley
Le Champ de l'Amant, our valley

Cradled in a beautiful valley, the 2.5 acre property is surrounded by cultivated lavender fields and a hillside covered with native vegetation (wild lavender, thyme and savory) and crisscrossed by dry stone walls. We enjoy views of the Montagne de Lure to the east and the village of L’Hospitalet to the south. The park-like setting includes many species of mature trees where you will enjoy strolling and birdwatching. You can easily walk to the local café-bistrot in the nearest village, Saumane.

Opportunities for secluded outdoor living abound and your home has three points of access to the outdoors. At L’Ourdissoir you will enjoy your own private plunge pool (2.3 x 3.4 m) set in local stone and many spaces both sunny and shady for reading/writing/painting, al fresco dining, relaxing. Tearing yourself away from Le Champ de l’Amant for sightseeing may not be easy.

some things you can do without leaving the property: imagine ...

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...picking a bouquet of wild lavender on the hillside or a bowl of cherries in the orchard

...gathering native thyme or sweet savory for your evening meal on the stone terrace

...reading, napping or birdwatching from one of the hammocks

...enjoying a glass of Côtes du Ventoux by the plunge pool by an old stone wall under our astonishing night skies

...picnicking on very local chèvre in the grove of birch trees

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photos: Trish & Tim Barker, Lynne Crytser, Gloria Hickman, Angela MacDonald, Gail Polack, Claude Segalen

website: Lynne Crytser with Freeway Express on a Mac (of course!)

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