Le Rocher is a traditional 18th century home on three levels, built into the cliffs above the beautiful village of Cotignac. The back walls of the house are living rock and keep the house wonderfully cool in summer and warm in winter.
Part stone built, part cave dwelling, the enchanting house is on a tiny cliff path. With a double and a single bedroom, it's ideal for a couple or three guests.
A narrow cliff path leads to the house. A steep path in the other direction leads to the best boulangerie in the village, a three minute walk. A reasonable level of fitness is necessary. The back walls of the house are living rock and keep the house wonderfully cool in summer and warm in winter.
Stone steps lead up to the main front door. On this middle level is a living room, an open plan kitchen and dining area, and a small terrace with spectacular views. Downstairs is a single bedroom, with its own front door leading to the cliff path, and the only bathroom. Upstairs is a double bedroom.
Wifi internet access is available, and there is a TV (with French channels) and a DVD player.
Downstairs is a bathroom, which has boat ladder steps leading down to it. The steep steps make the house unsuitable for small children or anyone with mobility problems.The owner, a painter, lives next door in a studio apartment.
The village of Cotignac has bars, restaurants, pretty squares with fountains, an outdoor theatre and many lovely walks to be discovered in the hills above. It has a famous church, Notre dame du Grace, and a monastery with a famous well which attracts pilgrims all year. A picnic at Cabanon Sara, a round trip on foot of two hours, is a must.
The great regional park of Verdon is a short drive to the north. This park includes the famous Gorge du Verdon, "France's Grand Canyon". Hire a boat to explore the river, try rock climbing, or enjoy the many scenic walks in the gorge. Lac Saint Croix is a great place to swim or paddle about in an electric boat.
There are many great places to visit on a day trip. The beaches of the Mediterranean coast are about an hour's drive. It's a little further than that to the glamourous coastal city of Saint-Tropez.
It's also well worth a visit to Marseille, famous for its 18th century old city and home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the Mediterranean. The city of Aix-en-Provence, founded by the Romans, is rich in history and culture. More Roman ruins are currently under excavation at Glanum. Arles was once home to Vincent Van Gogh and was where he painted "Starry Night".