Château des Tourettes | Self-catering in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Château des Tourettes - Self-catering in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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Les Tourettes, 04300 Forcalquier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Provence - Alps - Riviera, France

Martine Thioly

+33 (0)6 09 06 51 22(landline)

Impressive château on a quiet hilltop – make yourselves at home amid aristocratic interiors, beautiful tiled floors, a serene pool, garden

Bring a group to fill this imposing château and enjoy its restored grandeur all to yourselves. Built in the hamlet of Pierrerue by a local who made a fortune overseas more than a century ago, its exterior is solid and simple. Inside, it’s more Provencal and large windows flood the rooms with light. Gorgeous painted tiles pattern the floors and elaborate fireplaces sit in the high-ceilinged salon and dining room, with piano for musical guests. Bedrooms are mostly on the first floor, each with touches of colour – pick turquoise and green, red, or pink perhaps. Bathrooms have shiny white metro tiles, original porcelain sinks and baths, one or two with more modern showers. You can while away hours by the pool, stroll the splendid lawns, eat on the huge terrace and admire views of woods and distant Alps. Book the chef next door if you don’t want to cook in the big kitchen, or walk to the bistro in Pierrerue. Plenty more eateries in lively Forcalquier too, five minutes away by car through fields of sunflowers, plus a Monday market.  Go further for the splendours of the Verdon Gorge, Lure mountain or the lovely Luberon.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Martine Thioly:

Local points of interest from
Martine Thioly:

  • The hamlet is at the end of a road, almost in the middle of nowhere! There are artists’ ateliers in the hamlet and they work in iron, sculpture and porcelain.
  • A classical music festival happens each year in the second two weeks of July: Festival de musique de Haute-Provence.
  • There is an equestrian centre nearby which means you can go on some beautiful rides in the surrounding hills.
  • You can set off from the château on lots of wonderful walks in the wild Luberon countryside without meeting a soul apart from the wildlife.
  • Don’t miss eating at the Resto de Pays in Pierrerue which is run by Maryvonne et Mark who serve the best beef followed by a delicious cheesecake.
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  • 1 Château for 12
Price:(i) 3700 to5000 per week

Cot available.

Booking info:

Parking on-site.


Restaurants 5-minute drive.




Les Tourettes, 04300 Forcalquier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Self-catering Château des Tourettes (self-catering)
Château ~ 5 doubles (3 en suite), 1 twin; 2 bathrooms, 2 separate wc
Price: (i) 3700 to 5000 per week

Martine Thioly

+33 (0)6 09 06 51 22(landline)