Le Moulin du Château

Saint Laurent du Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Standing in its own gardens, surrounded by lavender and fruit trees, Le Moulin is a sleepy paean to the simple things in life


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


A sleepy place – come to doze, your silence broken only by the call of the sparrowhawk or the distant rumble of a car. This 17th-century olive mill once belonged to the château and stands at the foot of a venerable grove; the vast press is now a reception area where modern art hangs on ancient walls. The Moulin, a long, low, stone building with lavender-blue shutters and the odd climbing vine, stands in its own gardens surrounded by lavender and fruit trees. In the bedrooms light filters though voile curtains, shadows dance upon the walls. The feel is uncluttered, cool, breezy, with vibrant colours: turquoise, lilac, lime – luminous yet restful. This is an easy-going ‘green’ hotel where the emphasis is on the simple things of life. Edith and Nicolas use regional and organic food, boules is played under the cherry tree, poppies grow on an old crumbling stone staircase and views stretch across fields to village and château. There are great walks, bikes for gentle country excursions, a swimming and boating lake nearby, and further afield are the Cistercian abbey of Le Thoronet, the Gorges du Verdon and Digne les Bains.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Extra beds available.
November to March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast €10. Picnic lunch €10. Dinner, 3 courses, €28; 4 courses, €32 (except Mon & Thurs). Wine €6-€40. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €104
Singles €103-€131. Extra bed/sofabed available €16-€22 per person per night.
4 Twin/doubles
From €104
6 Doubles
From €104


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Edith & Nicolas Stämpfli-Faoro

  • Lose yourself in the market of Riez - rich with colors and smells of Provencal cuisine. From goat cheese makers to fishmongers, this market is steeped in history and brings you back in time.
  • The light of Provence has attracted famous artists from all over the world. Enjoy a painting class with a local artist in his private studio and tap into your creative side. Be Van Gogh for the day.
  • Filled with adventure at every turn, Le Gorges du Verdon heralds some of Europe`s most beautiful scenery. Take a canoe trip through the torquoise streams with a local guide, bike amidst the canyons, rock climb the white cliffs, and much more.
  • There is something about the atmosphere of St. Laurent that instantly relaxes you. Calming and peaceful, enjoy a stroll through the ancient town or sit and soak in the light with your favorite book and Edith and Nicholas' delicious fare.
  • You're a 20 minute ride from Moustiers St Marie, one of the most beautiful towns of Southern France. Stroll through the famous white and blue fiance stores, learn about the romantic history of the town, and pop into a local boulangerie for a treat.