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Truly breath taking views, an artist's delight. A three story house opposite a restaurant giving the convenience of a hotel. An old village house set in a beautiful village near the Lac de Sainte Croix and Gorges du Verdon. It has a large terrace of 18 m². The village, perched on a hill at an altitude of 630 meters, has maintained its old fashioned Provençal appeal and is in the midst of a nature reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna. The scenery here is astonishing and diverse. This area was never really discovered until the beginning of the 20th century, the two Verdon Gorges have fascinated innumerable visitors ever since. The two canyons are separated by the Lac de Sainte Croix. One is called Les Hautes (upper canyon) and the other is called Les Basses (lower canyon).

Things to do
Relax and watch the world go by.

The Canyon of Baudinard should not be missed. Cliffs of up to 150 meters, home to many caves, beutiful clean turquoise water. It defines the 13 kilometre long path called le Sentier des Basses Gorges. Be warned, it's not for those who are afraid of heights! There are many marked out paths in the area and general walks near the village that are excellent for viewing the diverse Provençale flora of the region. For example, le Sentier Botanique of 2 km in length, or the path du Museau de la Colline which takes you to the 16th century chapel of Notre Dame de la Garde at an altitude of 710 meters. From here, you will enjoy a tremendous vantage point of six departments of the Var.

In Baudinard, you could visit the 11th century church of Saint Michel l'Archange, restored in 1921; le pont Silvestre (built near the remains of a Roman bridge), the three shrines of Ste Catherine, St Espero and St Etienne, or the 14th century dungeon of the Chateau de Sabran. A classified historic building, l'Abbaye de Valmogne, is situated on le chemin de Vaumougne. This superb Roman priory of the 13th century has been recently restored and is well worth a visit. There are walks and hikes along the edge of the river Verdon, as well as walks that take in villages and vantage points. Whatever walk you choose, you can be sure of the most awe-inspiring scenery, a wealth of wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers, plants and birds.

Action and Adventure Activities
The Gorge and the lakes of the Verdon river are the home of many companies specialising in action and adventure activities such as white water rafting, canoeing, canyoning, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, climbing, trekking, mountain bike rides paragliding, free flight, gliding, and horse riding. It is also one of the most memorable settings in the world for fishing. It is sheer nature at its best featuring crystal clear emerald waters and white canyon cliffs 700 meters high above your head. It is a paradise for hikers, climbers and fly-fishers.

The area
Le Parc naturel du Verdon
The Gorge and Lake are in a Natural Park, and there has been a successful programme over the last few years to re-introduce wildlife such as golden eagles and vultures, which can frequently be seen souring above the mountains or down into the Gorge. There are many different varieties of lizards and geckoes to be seen on a hot day as well as crickets and cicadas. The scenery is enhanced by the abundance of wild flowers and shrubs throughout the year. In April the acacia trees bring white fragrant blossoms whilst the elegant wild irises are a mass of colour and the rarer dwarf varieties in their different colours and hues can often be spotted. May brings the vibrant yellow blooms which abound on the mountain and roadsides. Wild flowers such as the delicate purple columbine, sweet peas, and many varieties of orchid are numerous in the area.

The Grand Canyon du Verdon
The Gorge du Verdon is the world’s 2nd largest gorge, approximately 20km long and plunging more than 300m in places. This immense and magnificent canyon straddles the departments of Var and the Alpes de Hautes Provence. The Gorge du Verdon is one of Europe’s great natural wonders; formed where the blue-green Verdon river cuts a deep swathe through the high limestone plateau of Haute Provence. Often called Europe's Grand Canyon , this truly spectacular canyon is over 25 kilometres long and in places over 1000 metres deep, and the great cliffs are a playground for rock climbers. Although it's much smaller than Arizona's Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon du Verdon is deep, compact, wild and beautiful. From Castellane to the village of Rougons, the Verdon river flows clear and swift, and the road follows along the banks.

Lac de Ste. Croix
This magnificent turquoise lake was formed by the Barrage (dam) de Ste. Croix, built on the Verdon river in 1975. Sitting on the open Plateau de Valensole and the Grand Plan de Canjuers, the lake has a feeling of endless space and light. At the north eastern end of the lake at the Pont du Galetas, an almost invisible slot in the mountain wall hides the deep, wild Verdon canyon where the rushing green waters of the river enter the lake.

There are hikes starting from the ancient villages around the lake. There is easy access to most of the lake shore, and plenty of beaches and picnic areas. As the lake is so large the summer visitors are accomodated without a feeling of overcrowding its vast surface. On the plateau above the Lake are miles of lavender fields, which are truly spectacular when in flower, around June and July. The Lake, which the river of the Gorge feeds into, is normally bright blue, reflecting the sun.

Although the village of Ste-Croix-de-Verdon gave the lake its name, the village of Les Salles-sur-Verdon on the opposite side is more a part of the lake itself: the old village rests 40 metres below the surface of the water. When the dam was built, Les Salles-sur-Verdon moved to higher ground, taking some of the old village with it, including the church bell tower and the fountain.


Village house with panoramic views and 18 square meter terrace near Gorges du Verdon. The house is opposite a restaurant giving it all the facilities of a hotel. Sleeps 6.


Property type: Village house

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in Living room
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
1 bathroom, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Heating and air con:
Open fire
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen

Outdoor facilities



Suitable for

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site

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Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Clean linen and cleaning of the property is charged pro-rata at 15 GBP per week per person. (For people staying for more than one week, the property will be cleaned weekly). All year Occupancy: per person £15.00 per person per week

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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 10km
  • Nearest bar: 11km
  • Nearest restaurant: 10km
  • Nearest supermarket: 9km
  • Nice Airport: 100km
  • Toulon Airport: 100km
  • Beach on lake: 10km
  • Gourge du Verdon: 10km


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21 out of 21 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 18 August 2012
Overall a good place to stay. Main Bed was comfortable and the room was spacious. En suite fantastic, being very large and well equipped. Good value to get a house this large for the money. We rented as a couple so had large amounts of room to spread out. Wide ranging collection of books, CDs and DVDs to occupy you when staying in. Shade is always available on some part of the terrace so parasol not essential. As terrace is west facing there is no sun at breakfast time. Village is interesting but can be covered in a short stroll. It is very clean and well kept. Points which could be improved – only minor and does not detract from this being a good place to stay. View from dining room not as good as advert as a large tiled canopy has been built obscuring most of the view shown in the advert. Photo submitted. Can the advert be updat ed? Shower room toilet pan is loose and not fixed to floor (same as another renter commented on in Sept 2007).
Stayed Saturday 13 September 2008
A charming, characterful old property in a beautiful location.
Stayed Friday 14 September 2007
A perfect base to explore a wonderfully unspoiled region ,lovely villages with great markets and the Gorge du Verdon is a must .
Stayed Friday 10 August 2007
We really enjoyed our holiday in this simple house in a quaint village (tho no village shop). The house is a great base for exploring this amazing area. This house is basic but well equipped with new 'white goods' and good quality beds and linen. The views from the dining area and upstairs terrace are beautiful, though we found the west facing terrace too hot to use in August with no umbrella or awning. The bathroom suite was new and lots of hot water, flatscreen tv (not satellite), plus cd player with good selection of owner's music- altogether comfortable and functional, good value for the price we paid. The restaurant opposite is run by the couple who look after the property- great to have them close at hand, and they could not have been more freindly and helpful- nice too to have option of eating in their bistro.
Owner reply:

We have now added a shade for the terrace.

Stayed Wednesday 05 April 2006
A lovely typical French village house with everything we expected, as described. The view from the terrace was wonderful. The beds were very comfortable and we loved exploring the area. Lac de Ste Croix was a very beautiful and relaxing place. Great to have a choice of two restaurants within a couple of minutes walk. We would certainly go again.
Stayed Wednesday 05 April 2006
excellent location. views are fantastic. quirky house with authentic features
Lovely property in a fantastic location
We had a fantastic time at maison baudinard, wonderful views from the terrace and bedroom, and a great bar across the road that does good food. Well equiped kitchen. nice lounge, lovely bathroom and bedroom.It exceeded our expectations and was very good value for money. A very relaxing place to stay.
Une maison de ville avec beaucoup de caractère. Terrasse magnifique avec superbe vue sur le Mont Ventoux. Maison très bien équipée. Seul petit bémol : café en face assez bruyant certains soirs du mois daoût (une des seules adresses où les gens du coin se réunissent jusque parfois très tard dans la nuit). Mais en bref, nous avons passé une très belle semaine.
The property was fine, and it meat my expectations okay. I would have liked some kind of parasol on the terrace. I would reccomned it to a friend if their needs were the same as mine.
We really enjoyed our time in Maison Baudinard. The house is in a great location and the terrace is fantastic (although definitely does need a parasol - I know its been mentioned before, but we couldnt find one...). The system with the keys does not seem very secure, we could see various other keys poked under the garage too, which im sure someone could get out if they really wanted to. a code box for the keys would probably be a better option. The only other criticism is that the house could do with a good spring clean. bathrooms / kitchen etc were all clean and tidy, but cobwebs etc throughout the house made it feel a bit dirty.
A beautiful house with panoramic views. The property is both charming and comfortable and offers an ideal base from which to explore this lovely area of France.
Nice place to spend a week in amazing surroundings. Swimming in the Lac de Ste Croix was very pleasant and the staff at Le Cardon restaurant were very amiable and helpful.
A wonderful place to explore this stunning part of France. Very peaceful and fabulous views from this typical provencal home, in an area where one can totally switch off, but so many activities are available if you want to be energetic! The village is so pretty with two lovely restaurants, the owner of one was so helpful and both were most welcoming. The house is excellently equipped with a huge selec tion of music books and dvds for when you want to stay and relax.An evening spent on the terrace with candles a bottle of wine listening to music and watching the sunset is utter joy. We left with batteries charged to explore another region but should have stayed at Baudinard longer.We will definitely return
Had a fabulous time here - book this place for a relaxing holiday of lunches on the terrace and sunsets with a glass of wine. Superbly appointed and couldnt ask for more. The bathtub facing the amazing westerly view is the icing on the cake!
very very well organised and thought-through beautiful view secluded location all we were looking for and more
The rental was very well presented by the owner. It was a two bedroom property and one of the rooms was much nicer than the other so it wouldnt have worked well for two couples. However, for a family with one or two children it would be fine. It was definitely on the dirty side when we arrived so we were disappointed in that regard, but once we got it cleaned up and stocked a bit better we enjoyed it very much. (For example, there were no matches when we arrived and the stove was gas that needed to be lit with a match so it would have been nice to have those handy). Also, the second day, we ran out of fuel right in the middle of cooking a leg of lamb for Easter. Luckily, the property manager across the street had a spare tank and took care of it quickly for us. All in all, we were comfortable and liked the area very much.
Lovely little house. Good value for money. Steep stairs would make it unsuitable for small children or anyone with physical limitation but this is made clear to the renter. Well equipped kitchen, good shower, lovely bath. Washing machine much better than my own. Beautiful views from the Terrace. The village has two restaurants but no shops which is an inconvenience.
We had the most wonderful time in this perfect little gem of a house, where everything has been thought of. Breakfast and supper on the terrace came as close to heaven as one could, the views are just spectacular. As for le charbon, the restaurant opposite, I give it 5 stars for the food (nearly all local and deliciously fresh)and for all the help Nicolas (owner) gave us while we were there. We shall return!
We found the location excellent even though the bar owner and ourselves had a few disagreements.The cottage itself was in its character,although the second lavatory,was,shall we say,needed bolting down and it required, a little more warmth.On a personal note,one only had five saucepan lids and one saucepan,followed by no oven,to which we mentioned to Claire.Also only a couple was plastic wine glasses,which were not suited to our expensive wine and armagnac. How-ever in saying that a few minor alterations and detail would make the property,excellent value.One also got the impression that due to the fact the barowners were leaving,they showed little enthusiam in your property.[too bsy i,m told]. Finally yes,one would reommend friends and have done so already,as they are great cyclists. Hope this helps.Regards. J.Commatteo.
Owner reply:

Dear John,Thanks for your review, the oven is gas and needs lighting - I know this can be difficult at times - so sorry you found this difficult. The last time I was there there were 3 copper pans, one non stick blue pan and a wok on the wall, as well as a frying pan - so if these have been taken away I apologise, and we will replace them. There is an assortment of glasses in the lounge cupboard, wine as well as brandy glasses - as they don't fit in the kitchen cupboard - apologies if you did not manage to find them. We will get the lavatory seat 'bolted down'. Glad you would recommend it to a friend - it is a really lovely part of the country.Adrian Gibby

An excellent base from which to explore the spectacular local scenery. However, as we were the first ever renters of this property, there are a few teething problems which need to be sorted out. The standard of cleanliness was poor on arrival but this was apparently as a result of confusion over our arrival date. (Not really an excuse, 'tho). More worrying is that the place leaks like a sieve when it rains but this problem should be easy to rectify - and it didn't rain until the day we left! The Bistro du Pays opposite provided one of the best meals we ate whilst in France and the owners are this property's managers. They are very friendly and helpful & will provide anything asked for, such as bread for breakfast, if ordered the night before. (They are closed on Tuesdays.) One last thing - the bells, the bells! There is a huge one directly above the house which we became aware of on our first evening out on the terrace - enjoying the fabulous sunset and far-reaching views with a G&T - but, intriguingly
Owner reply:

We have now fixed the leak and changed the cleaner. The Bistro still manages the property.

1 other reviews
The terrace has an excellent hilltop view across the Parc naturel du Verdon. The down side of this is that it is exposed to strong gusts of wind that will blow away a parasol, with the strong potential of it landing on the cars parked below the terrace. For this reason it is not possible to leave a parasol on the terrace.


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