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Le Rocher

A unique cave house built into the cliff above the beautiful village of Cotignac in the hills of Provence.

Catriona Olding
+33 784013916

About the Holiday Home

The terrace enjoys spectacular views over the village of Cotignac
The terrace enjoys spectacular views over the village of Cotignac

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.

The rear walls of the house are living rock.
The rear walls of the house are living rock.

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.

The front door
The front door

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.

Special features

  • Bilingual assistance available on site

Location

Region
Provence-Côte d'Azur
Village
Cotignac
Setting
Village
Nearest large town
Brignoles
Other towns nearby
Saint-Tropez
Marseille
Aix-en-Provence
Draguignan
Département
Var (83)
Rental information

Le Rocher

Accommodates
3 guests
Bedrooms
2 bedrooms
One double bed upstairs and one single bed downstairs.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Shower
  • Fireplace

Rental rates per week

Time of year Cost per week
July 13 until August 17 € 700

Rental Conditions

A deposit of €350 is required to secure a rental. The balance of €350 plus a €400 refundable security deposit is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

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A clear and detailed rental agreement will help to ensure a trouble-free holiday.

Where to Go, What to Do

The village of Cotignac
The village of Cotignac

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.

Arles, famous for its Roman ruins and Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'.
Arles, famous for its Roman ruins and Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'.

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".

Photo Album

The path to the house leads past the botanical garden of the owner next door.
Parking is nearby but the property has no vehicle access.
The path to the house leads past the botanical garden of the owner next door. Parking is nearby but the property has no vehicle access.
A warm wood stove on a winter's evening
A warm wood stove on a winter's evening
The view west from the terrace. Swifts flit about the terrace at dawn and the eagle owl who nests round the corner swoops overhead at dusk.
The view west from the terrace. Swifts flit about the terrace at dawn and the eagle owl who nests round the corner swoops overhead at dusk.
Dawn seen from the upstairs bedroom window.
Dawn seen from the upstairs bedroom window.
The double bedroom upstairs
The double bedroom upstairs
The double bedroom
The double bedroom
The single bedroom on the lower floor
The single bedroom on the lower floor
The owner, a painter, lives next door in this studio apartment.
The owner, a painter, lives next door in this studio apartment.
The Gorge du Verdon is within easy reach of the house
The Gorge du Verdon is within easy reach of the house