Welcome to Le Poirier
Le Poirier has beautiful views over the surrounding forests, the lakeside village of Bauduen and part of the lake, whose crystal-clear waters change colour according to the weather.

Le Poirier is ideally situated to enjoy a range of activities from water sports in the nearby Lac de Sainte-Croix, to hiking in France's 'grand canyon', the Gorges du Verdon, as well as relaxing in numerous local restaurants.

In the local village of Bauduen, two kilometres away from Le Poirier, there are three restaurants, two shops and a weekly market on Sundays. The village has musical events most weekends in July and August, as well as tennis courts, pedalo, sailing and canoe hire facilities. Bauduen is situated on the Lac de Sainte-Croix, which has many little beaches dotted around its shoreline. The nearest town, Aups, eight kilometres away from Le Poirier, boasts a range of restaurants and two supermarkets.

Other local attractions include the famous 'village in the sky', Tourtour, with its art galleries and stylish cafés and the rocky Moustiers Sainte-Marie with its waterfall running through the centre of the village.

If you want to go further afield, you can enjoy the glamour of the Cote d'Azur (one and a half-hours' drive), the ski slopes of the Hautes-Alpes (one and a half-hours' drive), and the lavender fields of Provence (30 mins drive).

Visit our Places to Visit page for further information about local attractions or read articles on the 'Three As of Provence' and 'A Few Things to Do in Provence'



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Bauduen is a little village perched on the side of a hill overlooking the Lac de Sainte-Croix. There are three restaurants, a hotel, post office, bakery and grocery store. There is also a weekly market. Many of the buildings, including the church and clock tower, date back to the 16th or 17th century. There are two tennis courts and watersport hire facilities and Bauduen is on one of France's 'grandes randonnées' - long hiking routes.
Fetes are held in the village on various dates throughout the summer.

Lac de Sainte-Croix
This lake is so large it can be seen from the air as you fly in towards Nice. It is great for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, pedalo or swimming. You can reach it for a swim, within five minutes' drive or fifteen minutes' walk from the house, and the nearest sports hire facilities are located at Bauduen. At either end of the lake you enter the spectacularly steep Gorges du Verdon.

Les Gorges du Verdon
The 'grand canyon' of France is 21km long and up to 700m deep. You can see it from the top by taking a hike, which involves ladders up some of the steeper areas or you can see it from the bottom, taking a canoe through its shady interior.

This is the nearest town, which has a range of restaurants and bars and a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It also has two supermarkets, Casino, in the main square and the larger, Intermarché, on the other side of town.

Nicknamed the "village dans le ciel", or village in the sky; this picturesque village is about 10km away.


This village is about 30km away and is set in the rocks with a mountain stream rushing through it. Famous for pottery.

Lavender fields
Head for the town of Riez, 24 km away, to be at the heart of the famous Provençal lavender fields.

Further afield (within two hours' drive):
  • StTropez
  • Nice
  • Cannes
  • Bauduen boulangerie
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille
  • Toulon





























The Three A's of Provence
If you've decided to head to Provence this summer, but are having trouble knowing where to start in your plans, don't panic! Provence is a vast region of France that is home to many spectacular sights and colourful customs, but as long as you do a little bit of research it shouldn't be too hard to tailor your trip to your needs. To start you off with a few ideas, here's a brief guide to the 3 A's of Provence: Aix, Arles and Avignon.

Aix is perhaps one of the most famous towns in the Provence region - long regarded as the cultural capital of Provence, it is home to some beautiful architecture as well as a wealth of history for you to discover. The town plays host to many educational institutions, giving it a refined air, whilst also remaining a favourite spot for writers and artists across the world. Aix played a large part in the life and art of Paul Cézanne, and visitors can call in at his studio, view his art on display in the Musée Granet, or even take a special Cézanne tour through the town. A popular spot for those in search of a bit of French culture, Aix is definitely worth a visit.

Arles, on the other hand, is perhaps slightly less renowned as one of Provence's towns to visit. Visitors tend to be drawn in by the town's Roman history and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, its most celebrated ex-resident. As yet, Arles has remained largely untouched by the tourist industry, making it a nice place to stop off to escape the hustle and bustle of larger Provence towns. Full to the brim with monuments and museums, Arles is certainly an artistic town, with a fine line in crafts and cultural traditions. For somewhere with a less hectic pace of life, Arles stands out as a must-see Provence town.

Avignon is another town in Provence which is well known to tourists, largely due to the popular "Sur le pont d'Avignon" rhyme. The town contains much impressive and well preserved art and architecture, proving that it has more to offer than its infamous bridge. The Papal Palace, for example, was home to several popes during the 14th century, and is the largest Gothic palace in the world. Avignon itself is a vibrant place with lots of history and culture to explore, and is sure to wow you with its picturesque vistas.

Whether you choose to stick with the A's, or venture further into other Provence destinations like Nice and Marseilles, it truly is a wonderful spot for a summer holiday. Pick up a cheap hotel and accommodation package deal online, and save by purchasing your holiday insurance with companies like GO Travel- you can have a memorable break in the South of France without breaking the bank.





















A Few Things to do in Provence
France has always been a popular holiday destination for British travellers - for a relatively short, cheap journey, you can find yourself immersed in a different culture and, if you've chosen to head for Provence, a beautiful, warm climate. As a nation, France is known for its gastronomy as well as its proud traditions, and if you spend your holiday in the countryside you can enjoy the rich, age-old customs whilst soaking up some rays. If you're looking for things to do whilst in Provence, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

To begin with, why not take in some Roman ruins at the same time as visiting the infamous village where Van Gogh painted 'Starry Night'? Located 20 km south of Avignon, Saint Remy de Provence is a quaint, traditional Provencal village. It stands out, however, as it is home to the Triumphant Arch of Glanum, an awe-inspiring sight for those with an interest in Roman history. The small town also contains the Monastery de Mausole, where Van Gogh was staying when he painted his famous Starry Night painting. On Wednesdays, you can also visit Saint Remy's bustling market to pick up some fresh produce, pottery and other Provencal goods.

For something on a larger scale, you can always opt to visit Aix-en-Provence, the supposed cultural capital of Provence. A beautiful university town, Aix's riches are based on agriculture and academia. It is home to some truly superb architecture that has been carefully preserved and restored over the years, as well as a wealth of artistic and cultural sights, such as the Musée Granet and Cézanne's old studio. You can even finish your trip by relaxing at one of the town's many spas - Aix is built over hot thermal springs which are rich in minerals and can be a wonderful way to chill out after a bustling holiday.

Another area of Provence that is worth a visit is the Carmargue. It is essentially a large lagoon delta where it can be difficult to work out where the land begins in the water ends. Though it is not home to much human life, it does serve as a giant nature reserve for those who like to view birds and animals in their natural habitat. Home to flamingos, seabirds, marsh birds and all manner of amphibians, the Camargue is also frequented by white horses and bulls. This could be the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of tourist Provence.

The Provence region is rich in options for all manner of travellers, and can provide you with a holiday you'll always remember. It doesn't even have to be expensive - flights and hotels can be bought on the cheap from reputable internet sites. Find cheap travel insurance from companies such as GO Travel . So don't let money hold you back - start planning your Provence holiday today.