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at Le Champ de l'Amant

Le Pays de Banon

Here at Le Champ de l’Amant, the sun shines over 300 days of the year, providing dazzling blue skies and stunning starry nights. Nestled in the heart of lavender country, our property is within easy walking distance to the twin villages of Saumane-L’Hospitalet (1 and 2 km, respectively) and a 7 minute drive from Banon, famous for its chèvre cheese bundled in chestnut leaves. This vibrant hub town is home to one of France’s greatest bookshops, Le Bleuet, and hosts a lively farmers' market on Tuesday mornings. Just beyond Banon, you can explore the cobbled streets leading to the chateau which crowns the fortified medieval village of Simiane-la-Rotonde or admire the stunning views into the gorges from the perched village of Oppedette.

Our valley is a paradise for a wide variety of outdoor activities. There are facilities for horseback riding, hot air ballooning and paragliding in the immediate area and from the property we have direct (no driving) access to many hiking, riding and cycling trails.

early evening: Banon
early evening: Banon
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Simiane-la-Rotonde

La Provence

The bustling towns of Forcalquier, Apt and Manosque are all nearby. In Manosque, you can visit the pedestrian streets of the ancient, walled town center, take a French language immersion class, or visit the Occitane factory. The farmers’ markets at Forcalquier and Apt are among the very best in Provence.

Fifteen minutes beyond Apt you can explore the beautiful perched villages of the Luberon (Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes, Oppède, Roussillon and others) or you may choose to go antiquing at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, cycling on Le Mont Ventoux, wine-tasting at one of the Côtes du Rhône villages, swimming at Lac Sainte Croix or kayaking in the Gorges du Verdon.

The vibrant provençal cities of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nîmes and Marseille, as well as picturesque coastal towns such as Cassis and privileged destinations like St. Rémy, Moustiers and Le Pont du Gard or the narrow-gauge railway beween Digne-les-Bains and Nice all make wonderful day trips.

La Haute-Provence
La Haute-Provence
Cassis

Cassis

The Banon Valley:

Life in Provence as it should be

Sample the "terroir" cuisine of one of local restaurants or visit a winery

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Hike our hills and discover one of the dozens of dry-stone "bergeries" and shepherd's huts

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Choose your picnic supplies at one of the local farmers' markets

Participate in a village fête or attend an outdoor summer concert in a field of poppies

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