After taking the stone stairway from the internal courtyard you arrive at a logia where guests can relax in an enclosed terrace with nice views of the garden and the old houses of rue St Mary.
There is also a small library with books and maps on Provence plus a computer for guests use. Under the stairwell is a laundry with a washing machine and other laundry facilities. To the right is the entrance to our most recently completed Studio / Apartment 5. This superbly appointed studio apartment is located on level one of our main building. It is situated in what is believed to be a former chapel and incorporates some lovely features such as stained glass windows and some magnificent arches and columns.
The layout of the studio apartment comprises an open plan kitchen, lounge / dining area plus double bed. The couch in the lounge area can also be adapted to form a double bed in the event that two twin double beds are required. There is a separate bathroom with all modern facilities including a large walk in shower area. The kitchen area comprises the latest modern equipment including a dishwasher, oven, 4 induction electric hotplates, range hood and double sink. The studio / apartment has satellite TV and there is WiFi internet access. It has central heating and access to the outdoor garden and internal courtyard with outdoor furniture and a BBQ.
In Summer the rooms stays remarkably cool due to the thick stone walls. The large double windows have shutters which can be locked at night or closed during the day to keep the sun out. All linen and towels are provided. The rooms are not serviced during your stay but cleaning can be arranged if you desire.
There is plenty of free parking near the apartments and it is possible to drive to the bottom of rue St Mary to unload luggage. The apartments are located in a charming stone house which stands in a quiet cobble stoned street and leads to the Citadel where a 13th century castle once stood. Today the Notre Dame de Provence Chapel stands in its place and commands a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. The Citadel, as the hill is passionately known by the locals, is a real ‘green oases in the centre of town and a beautiful spot for an early morning or evening stroll.
Forcalquier has a population of 4,500 and from the Apartments it is a 5 minute walk to the centre of town. Here you can buy everything you need for your stay in Forcalquier. There are numerous bakers, a butcher, an excellent fruit and vegetable shop, pastry and chocolate shop, 2 supermarkets, delicatessen and very good wine shop (there are also 2 large Supermarkets at each end of the town) 3 banks, Post Office, 2 chemists and a news agency. Of course there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants. We have a list of the ones we recommend and we are only too happy to talk about the other ones we take our groups to in the nearby villages.
Of course one of the big attractions of Forcalquier is the Monday morning market. It is renowned as being one of the most colourful in Provence and of course one can do the weekly shopping direct from the producers. There is an enormous range of food available - local cheeses, fruit and vegetables, organic breads, herbs and spices, fresh fish from Marseille, Provencal fabrics and pottery etc.
Forcalquier is ideally located in terms of visiting the nearby tourist sites. Avignon is 1.5 hours, Aix en Provence 1 hour, Marseille 1.5, Nice 2.5, and the French Alps 1.5 hours. Of course it is preferable to have a car. If you plan not to have a car then it is possible to visit all the towns just mentioned using public transport.
Touring bikes can be hired in the town. The Forcalquier region is famous for its wonderful cycling path which leads all the way to Cavaillon near Avignon, a distance of 100 kms. Otherwise there are plenty of quiet country lanes which are suitable for cycling. We can help you with information.
There are also 500 km’s of marked walking tracks in the region. Basically the area forms a square bordered by 2 mountain ranges to the North and South and by 2 rivers to the East and West. It is ideal for walking as there is an immense variety of landscapes influenced by both a continental climate from the Alps and a Mediterranean climate from the south. We are happy to discuss the different walks with you.
Fabulous location, fabulous accommodation, and fabulous hosts. We stayed at this wonderful apartment for a week with our nine-month-old son. From the moment we arrived, we could not believe our luck. Our apartment was perfect for our family. Spacious, beautiful, light-filled, quiet and comfortable. The courtyard was lovely, and the town itself gorgeous. Graeme was kind, friendly and welcoming. He helped us plan a wonderful few days in the area, and could not have been more hospitable. We've done a lot of travelling and this is one of the true gems we've been lucky enough to discover. We've been recommending this wonderful place to all of our friends and family and hope to be back ourselves. The perfect Provence experience!