Le Pastre


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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 2 Bathrooms
  5. WiFi
  6. Restaurant 300m
Staircase leading down from entrance to:
  • Ground floor: Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave) with French doors to covered dining terrace. Laundry room (washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer). Open plan living room (TV, DVD, CD player) with French doors to open dining terrace. WiFi. Central heating.
  • First floor: Double bedroom. Cloakroom. Shower room. Children’s twin bedroom with low sloping ceiling. Master double bedroom with en suite bathroom.
  • Outside: Open and covered dining terraces. In-built barbecue. Private parking. Terraced gardens of fruit trees and shrubs.
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps.

With its pale yellow façade delicately reflecting the sun’s rays, and views from the swimming pool terrace stretching across the Luberon valley towards the fabled Mont Ventoux, Le Pastre is the quintessential Provençal rural hideaway, yet only a short stroll away lies the quaint village of Montfuron.

Inside, tiled floors, uncluttered furnishings and traditional décor allow you to enjoy cool Provençal living at its best. A spacious living room is suffused with light from the sun terrace, and a cool kitchen with impressive gas range leads out to the covered dining area.

Two double bedrooms on the first floor benefit from the same glorious views across the surrounding hillsides and a children’s twin room in the eaves completes the sleeping accommodation.

Accessed via a gate at the far end of the terraced garden, a short path leads to the charming village of Montfuron, complete with renowned restaurant, boules pitch and tennis courts. Nearby Manosque (13km) offers further amenities and wine lovers will enjoy tasting the locally-produced wine in Pierrevert (7km) or Pastis in Forcalquier (21km).

  • Terraced grounds mean that young children would need supervision at this house.
  • Please note that in addition to the property rental there is a local tourist tax to pay. We collect this tax prior to your departure and remit it on your behalf. €2.53 (£2.20) per night for adults only aged 18 or over.

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Great Things to Do Near Le Pastre

Discover the work of Manosque's favourite son

Jean Giono (1895-1970) is perhaps Manosque's most celebrated former resident - his paintings depict early 20th-century life in Provence. Giono's birthplace is 14 Rue Grande, near the town's main gateway Porte de la Saunerie, and you can view his works at the Centre Jean Giono on the ringroad.

On your bike!

Hire a bike in Forcalquier and join the 'Luberon en Vélo' cycling path which runs 100km to Apt and Cavaillon. There are also plenty of shorter circuits (!) and lots of detailed information and maps are available from the tourist offices to help you plan.

Saturday morning market at Manosque

It's market day at Manosque on Saturday, with the large Place du Terreau taken over by stalls. There are also other markets in the town such as the food market on the Place de la Mairie.

Anyone for tennis?

Grab your racquets and wander up to the tennis courts in Montfuron for a knock-up.

Making a splash

Sailing and windsurfing are on offer at the Plan d'Eau des Vannades lake, 4km east of Manosque beside the Durance river, as well as lake swimming.

Set aside an afternoon...

for a breathtaking scenic drive along the Gorges du Verdon, one of Europe's most beautiful river canyons, about 25km long and up to 700 metres deep. Start at the eastern end of the Lac Sainte Croix, with its stunning turquoise water coloured by minerals, and wind your way up to the town of Castellane, stopping frequently for photo opportunities!

Wonderful walks

Keen walkers will feel spoilt - the house is on the eastern edge of the Luberon area, a magnificent region for hiking and spotting all sorts of flora and fauna. The GR4 hiking trail passes through Manosque, so you could pick this up and head west to Pierrevert or east to Gréoux-les-Bains.

Dine 'Chez Eric'

Walk up to the village for a fabulous meal at Chez Eric, the well thought-of restaurant in Montfuron. Enjoy a glass or two and don't worry about driving home!

The local tipple

Allocate a designated driver, then head to nearby Pierrevert for some wine-tasting at the Cave des Vignerson de Pierrevert - they produce reds, whites and rosés, with the main grape varieties being Grenache noir and Syrah. They also sell a range of Provencal specialities such as tapenades and patés, as well as olive oil.

The Ochre Villages

Starting from Apt, in the heart of the Luberon valley, take any of the roads north and you will find yourself in an area whose vast natural ochre deposits were quarried for centuries. The quarrying has now stopped but the area still attracts people who come to marvel at the vivid hues of this quite surreal landscape. The colourful ochre is displayed to full advantage in the lovely village of Roussillon, where the buildings range from pale yellow to deep red. Rustrel is a golden coloured village that overlooks the ‘Colorado Provençal’, a range of hills and ochre quarries crossed by well-marked footpaths. Look out for the ‘fairy chimneys’, a river of sand, and various other striking formations caused by the quarrying!

At Ansouis...

take a tour around the imposing, golden stone château with its romantic gardens. Or, for something different and interesting for children, visit the ‘Musée Extrordinaire’ - dedicated to ‘underwater life’, an underwater cave has been created with the help of blue stained glass windows.

Tee off

at the 18 hole course at the ‘Golf du Luberon’ in Pierrevert, about 10km from Montfuron.

Horse riding

is available nearby at Cereste or Manosque. All ages and abilities are catered for. Enjoy the lovely Luberon countryside from the saddle!

Canoe or kayak

down the Durance river between Villeneuve and Manosque, either with a guide or self-guided. This stretch includes some rapids, and at some times of year when the water levels are high white water rafting is also available.

Give the kids a great day out

at the Verdon Aventure site between Manosque and Vinon sur Verdon. There is an animal park, a treetop adventure course and mini-golf to keep everyone entertained. Paintballing also on offer. Open daily during July and August; during other months only open for the afternoon at weekends.

Explore Montfuron

Perched on top of the eastern end of the Luberon massif, Montfuron looks out over the valley of the Durance river. A cluster of stone houses surround the village square and to the west the ruined château looks over the village. There is a beautiful stone church and the Saint-Elzéard chapel which dates back to the 12th century and is classified as an historic monument. To the north of the village is a restored windmill dating from the 18th century which is particularly special as it is still operational. To visit the interior, the keys can be borrowed from the town-hall (Mairie). From the windmill, you’ll have a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside, over no less than 6 départements!



Céreste 15 mins
Manosque 15 mins
Forcalquier 22 mins
Apt 30 mins
Simiane-la-Rotonde 45 mins
Gordes 55 mins
Aix-en-Provence 60 mins


La Ciotat 90 mins
Cassis 95 mins


Marseille 75 mins
Nimes 110 mins
Toulon 120 mins
Nice 140 mins

Train Stations

Aix TGV 60 mins
Avignon TGV (Eurostar) 90 mins
Times are approximate

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