Beautiful French Farmhouse in Provence
Situated at the foothills of the Alps where the air is clear, dry and brisk, Aups is 60 kms from the seaside and 80 kms from the ski slopes.
The picturesque old streets testify to the rich past of Aups and will be appreciated by history buffs.
You will notice the keystones on the houses, ancient fountains and sun dials.
More pictures at: aups.shutterfly.com
Single Family Home with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 square feet
King, Queen, Queen, and 2x Twin
8 guests maximum
Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport - NCE
1 hour by car
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- The pretty neighbouring villages of Cotignac, Villecroze or Tourtour are delightful to visit and discover on foot. Further afield Aix-en-Provence, St Tropez or Cannes and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur are just over an hours drive.
Places of Interest
- Aups is a 20mn drive to the wild and dramatic Gorges du Verdon - the deepest gorge in Europe - and the Lac de St Croix, for swimming or wind surfing in its brilliant turquoise blue waters.
- Aups – The village has a number of local specialities. Black Truffles are grown in the area and is what Aups is famous for although Olive Oil, Honey and Wines are also important.
- The Obelisk in Aups – Aups was central to the anti-Bonaparte movement after the 1850s. The village also played a large part in the French Resistance during WWII and was awarded the Croix de Guerre avec Palmes.
Fabulous French Farmhouse in Aups France
We had the best time touring Provence from this centrally located, quaint French farmhouse. It has four bedrooms of decent size on the main floor, a combined living-dining-kitchen area on the downstairs floor leading out to the garden and the pool. The property has fruit-bearing olive tress, fig trees and a grape vine. The host's friend picked fresh figs and grapes for us a number of times during our 2-week stay. While admittedly not luxuriously appointed, it gave us a great experience with local charm. The views, the pool, the proximity to Aups with its wonderful restaurants, Saturday ,market, shopping and charm, all were welcomed. Aups is 20 minutes from the Gorges du Verdon (where we kayaked the entire gorge),and less than 2 hours from Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez, Marseilles and Agivnon. We visited all of these. The castles, churches, Roman ruins and the landscape were all charming. Christophe is a wonderful host who made sure everything was explained. He is accessible and gracious. We can't wait to come again!”
Nice.... However, not the ThirdHome standards we were used to..
This property in Aups is set in a beautiful location and is a wonderful launching point to explore the many surrounding villages in Provence. The grounds afford a phenomenal view of the valley and olive groves nearby. The home, however, is very simple and the amenities are basic. The rooms are modestly appointed, with beds low to the ground. Sheets pillows and towels were clean but very old and mismatched. Bathrooms did not have fresh supplies of all toiletries, including toilet paper and bathsoap. While several details are not up to the ThirdHome standards we have experienced, the home was clean. We were asked to leave $75EUR for housekeeping service upon our departure, which should be mentioned in the property description. The host was very responsive and provided good recommendations about surrounding villages, restaurants and wineries. The town of Aups is charming, albeit quiet, and the access the home provides to the greater Provence area was its most appealing feature.”
French Farm House,
We had a very pleasant week at a very beautiful spot in Provence. The location is excellent for a week of touring the area. Aups is a lovely town. The house was adequate and serviceable but not, in our opinion up to Third Home standards in terms of amenities and quality. Everything was very basic, towels clean but old, beds were old, very low to the ground. No closets so we spent the week living out of our suitecases on the floor. Basics like paper towels and even toilet paper in short to no supply. We had to move the roll between bathrooms. A nice fireplace but no firewood was available. Clean but certainly not spotless and not up to resort quality that we understood was the standard for Third Home properties. We recommend the home to others as long as they understand the limitations of the property. Doug and Patty”
Fantastic Family Friendly holiday home!
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Aups. The farmhouse was well equipped, had amazing views and was perfect for a family holiday. Our kids loved to play amongst the olive trees and on the tree swing and we enjoyed the safety of the property and the stunning weather - even in April! We would love to come back during the "pool" season so we can enjoy the gorgeous pool and loungers with such a lovely view - the kids will too! Highly recommended!”
The house is spacious and its located in a quiet rural area of Aups. Peaceful and Ideal location, if you aim to visit other villages in beautiful Provence. We booked the New Year’s week and enjoyed the fire place and cooking most nights as restaurants in the area were a bit scarce during festive season. Christophe was very responsive and sent the handyman to fix the TV that was not working. It is a shame that was too cold for the outside dining and swimming pool, the views are one of the best features of the property. Overall we enjoyed our time very much.”
The Best of Provence!
Our stay in Aups could not have been more perfect. The town is an easy walk for coffee and croissants and had a lovely market twice during the week we were there. We loved exploring the areas around Aups: hiking, shopping, eating etc and found it a comfortable base. We ate most dinners at the house after long days away and the kitchen was perfectly outfitted to cook anything. Christophe was easily available by email and his manager Remy came over to introduce himself and offer suggestions of visits to make in the area. We all want to return to this property one day soon! ”
The farmhouse is exactly as described. We loved the area and the wonderful market in Aups. Since we spent three weeks there, we really felt at home. The location is perfect for exploring Provence. We took several day trips, the most memorable being to Avignon. We look forward to returning in the future. Cecilia Kempton”
Great location in central Provence to explore wonderful villages, centuries old historical venues and dining experiences - OH the FOOD! Great house with everything 3 couples would need for a fun and immersive travel experience. Private location with great sunset views across the Provencal countryside. Within walking distance to Aups - easy day trips to Avignon, Nimes, Arles etc etc. Thank you Christophe for your hospitality!”
Cutest French Cottage in Rural France
I have always only imagined what it would be like to stay in a cute French cottage surrounded by olive trees, close to a quaint rural village and to then saunter into town daily to buy fresh croissants. Well for one whole week we actually lived that dream. The cottage has a lovely large open plan kitchen and living area and the kitchen is well equipped with SO many pots and pans ( we LOVED that!) and all the necessary crockery and cutlery to cook up a storm. There is a lovely large Tuesday morning farmers market in Lorgues ( we missed the Aups one on the Saturday due to our late arrival) and we bought a weeks supply of food due to the incredible variety and quality. The house lends itself to socializing around the kitchen table and that is what we did every evening for a whole week. We did a great day trip from Aups through Tourtour to Ampus then Chateaudouble and on to Bargeme. At Bargeme there is not much commercial activity ( but DO visit it) but if you pack a picnic lunch this is a good spot to have it. Then travel on to Castellane and then all along the Verdon river to Moustiers- Ste-Marie and then home. That trip along the river ( and Grand Canyon Du Verdon) will blow your mind. This is a full day outing but so worth it. Make time for villages such as Tourtour, Cotignac, and a drive on the west side of the lake past villages such as Lac de Sainte Croix. Nice lavender fields. Set your GPS on shortest route sometimes and you will discover gems as you go through paths only travelled by the locals. Wine tasting and the wine tour at Thuerry wine estate just outside the beautiful village of Villecroze was a delightful experience. The lady at the tasting room, Sandy, was a delightful hostess and you are bound to love her. She spoke English very well. We fell in love with this cottage with its green shutters and we fell in love with this area. We cannot wait to go back. As we left on the Saturday morning the Aups village market was underway and it looked fantastic. Thank you for sharing your delightful farmhouse with us.”
I found my stay at Aups to be excellent and the owners were very helpful indeed. They sent a great little e-mail package with details on almost everything from restaurants to days out that was really helpful. The property is very nice indeed and ideally located for the local town, the lakes and also the Gorge, which is spectacular. The property itself was clean and had everything needed to make it a comfortable stay. The garden and views were great. The local town was very good with a nice market on Wednesday's and Saturday mornings. I recommend a trip to the Lac St Croix and the Gorge and also the local town of Tourtour. All in all it is a lovely little place to stay and also to explore the surrounding areas. I would go again. ”
Beautiful French House in Provence
We stayed for a second week and enjoyed it as much as the first week. :)”
House in Provence
We appreciated the location a lot. Visited all the villages around. Lac Ste-Croix is a magnificent place to go in the gorge du Verdon. Aups village and Tourtour are two very nice villages. The markets on Wednesday and Saturdays bring a lot of action in the village. The house is comfortable and had everything we needed. Remy and his wife welcomed us on our arrival and were very helpful. The temperature was great. Thank you very much for sharing this great place!”
Home in Aups
This charming cottage was a dream come true. The house has been recently renovated and is in pristine condition. Every effort was made to provide a comfortable retreat. The location is ideal for visiting other villages and breathtaking views. Aups itself is a village of antiquity and historical significance. Every turn in the road was a photographers delight. There are many restaurants, the food was delicious and the residents warm and welcoming. ”
Simply perfect !!
Our stay at this charming farmhouse in Aups, Provence was wonderful. This is a very comfortable home with all the amenities. The view over the olive grove and valley with the mountains in the distance was incredible!! It was so relaxing to come back to this home after a busy day touring the countryside…. a perfect place to enjoy some French wine!! This part of Provence is especially beautiful and there is so much to see and do. We definitely will return to this piece of heaven. Jay Brunette ”
The farmhouse was in a beautiful location and we absolutely loved meeting the owner and his wife who were extremely gracious hosts. Its is a great 1 Key.”
The structure and location of this quaint French Farmhouse were perfect for visiting the regions vineyards and small hillside villages. It was somewhat difficult to locate and the wifi was very finicky and didn't work half of the time. Bedroom Furnishings and clothes storage left a bit to be desired but the kitchen and living area were comfortable and well equipped. The home seems to be furnished more like a rental property than a second home. With some updated matching bedding and linens and a dresser and uncluttered closets, I think this home would have made a much better impression. If you're not picky you'll enjoy your stay.”
We had the most amazing time....the house was perfect in the best location so we could use that as our base to travel for 2 weeks all around Provence to the many wonderful villages. Our host was very helpful and gracious...enjoyed our communication with him. Would go back tomorrow and live there! LOVED IT!!!!”
Our family stay in Aups
The week that we stayed in this home in Aups was perfect. The home has been nicely updated with a very clean and well appointed kitchen and new master bathroom. There were 6 adults in our party and we never felt crowded. We enjoyed several meals outside on the back lawn where the view was lovely. The caretaker met us when we arrived and was most helpful. The home is a perfect walking distance to this very sweet and not too touristy village. We liked the location because it was close to The Var which has outstanding natural beauty but also to more villages and even wineries. There was something for everyone!”
Great place! If you are looking for a different vacation in France go to this property. It is a farm house at la provence located in a small village near an spectacular canyon, fields of Lavanda, and small beautiful towns. The house is perfect. Completely renovated with a great kitchen, garden, views and its own olive trees. ”
Farmhouse in Provence
Great property. It was rather difficult to find (need better directions) and during the holidays, grocery stores were scarce”
Our stay in Aups, Provence
Six of us, three couples, spent a most pleasant week at Aups, Sept. 29-Oct.6, 2012. This old French farmhouse has been very nicely updated with modern conveniences. It is located in the middle of olive groves and fig trees with a magnificient view to the south, in the countryside, but only 5 minutes from the center of Aups. It was charming, warm and cozy. Remy, a gentleman who looks after the property, was most helpful. The information and directions provided by the owner was complete and thorough in every detail. We recommend this property to anyone who wants to experience the real Provence.”
Nancy and I just returned from two glorious weeks in France where we stayed at the farmhouse in Aups for one week. We had a wonderful time. During the months prior to the trip, we were in regular contact with the owner, Christophe Petit, a charming Frenchman who lives in Brooklyn New York and we even had him and his wife over to our apartment for a drink some months before we left. He was very helpful with advice and emailing lots of info to give us a good chance to plan our local itinerary. The house, surrounded by hundreds of olive trees, and the property are lovely and has all the facilities (dishes, cooking utensils, towels, indoor and outdoor chairs) we needed. We had help from the charming man who takes care of the outside property (he dropped off a bunch of cherries one day) and a manager who is in charge of the house. The manager speaks English fluently while the outside caretaker speaks only French. Since we speak French we had no problem. He gave us some good advice on local restaurants and road directions). The unspoiled town of Aups is delightful, with few American tourists in June, (mostly French and British) and a large market day on Wednesdays where they sell everything. The lady in the grocery store was helpful in directing us to the house on the day we arrived). In the area there are fabulous markets every day in different nearby towns less than a half-hour away. Speaking French is of course helpful but many vendors speak some English. We bought all our fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and woodcrafts, sandals, blouses at these markets and always had breakfast in the garden and often had lunch there as well. There are many excellent restaurants (in varied price ranges) in Aups about five minutes drive from the house and a superb and expensive haute cuisine restaurant nearby in Tourtour that is well-worth the dining experience). There are lots of places to visit nearby where you can walk through so many charming towns with medieval houses, an 11th century abby that is magnificent, the sublime town of Moustier, home of the famous ceramics (with a vast market day on Fridays) and especially – the Gorge de Verdon. The giant Gorge is only a half-hour drive from Aups and you can go swimming and boating there, as compared to the Grand Canyon in the U.S. You can have lunch in an inexpensive café overlooking the Gorge. We spent some wonderful days before and after the week in Aups in Paris, Nice, Villefranche and St. Jean Cap -Ferrat. We flew from New York to Paris, took the TGV to Aix-en-Provence where we rented a car. Then we drove two easy hours to Aups over good and well-marked roads, stopping at towns along the way. After our week in Aups, we drove back to Aix, returned the car and took the TGV to Nice, where we flew back to NYC. In Nice we savored the best bouillabaisse and paella we’ve ever had. Hope this is helpful. We highly recommend this Aups home to everyone who wanats a true French experience and would be pleased to speak with them if they wish. Best regards, Dennis”
We are sitting in chicago waiting for our connection and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Aups house. It was lovely, in a beautiful setting and we drove all over Provence enjoying the medieval villages, food and vineyards. It was great! ”
- 40"+ TV
- Chef's Kitchen
- Espresso Machine
- High Speed Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet