A beautiful stay
Avaliou em 7 de Agosto de 2019
The Chante L'Oiseau is located in the midst of a beautiful landscape. The surrounding mountains, forests and small rivers are perfect for shorter and longer hikes/bike tours.
Charming villages and cities like Sigonce, Forcalquier and Mane are close by and their streets, monasteries and churches offer a glimpse into earlier centuries.
During our stay we felt welcome at all times and especially the pool was a delightful detail that allowed to fully enjoy the July-sun.
We definitely recommend to stay a few nights in the tree house, if possible. It was amazing.
Thank you very much for the relaxing vacation!
Tents for some, rooms for others, we enjoyed both.
Avaliou em 24 de Setembro de 2018
It so happens that my wife and I live (for the time being) worlds apart. So when we wanted to have a rendezvous, which we often do, last August in South of France, she told me, "surprise me.".
I am on a medical mission in Pakistan and she is in the US with the family and the grand-kids.
While grand-pa is a physician and is not much of a help with baby sitting and diapers and would be more useful to treat the sick in the country of his birth, his American wife, the grandmother can tend to her part time law practice and take care of the above items as well.
So, I picked this place and reserved a 'room' for three nights.
However, call it senility, or anything else, and as often things can go wrong at my age (72). when we showed up at this charming place, the owner told us that we had a reservation for a tent and she had no rooms.
You don't want to know what happened later and what my rather high-maintenance lawyer wife thought of me, at that news. Nonetheless, after initial anxiety, we waited to see what was next. I made a quick excuse to go to the restroom, and let the lawyer-wife of miine, negotiate the terms to her own liking.
After I came out of the restroom, a smile on the face of my wife was heartening. She was standing alone outside the office of the hotel. Pretending to hide my inner apprehension, I asked, “so what is the plan now?” making sure to add, “darling.”
“She…” My wife pointed to the office in which the owner had disappeared, “thinks, there is a possibility that there would be a cancellation.”
“Is she checking?” I rubbed the side of my face.
To our delight, and to mine in particular (since my skin was at stake), the lady returned and told us that we did indeed could spend the first night in a room. For the second and the third night, however, we would end up in a tent.
We spent the first night in a delightful bungalow, which was close enough to the office that I even had a decent internet signal. Luckily, there was only one bed. Otherwise, I could have been ordered to sleep in the other, if the place would have come with two. I would even be sleeping on the floor because, my proper place, for that night… to be honest… could even be the doghouse. Right?
Now, I am just kidding. My wife and I have been married for more than four decades.
By the next morning, my wife had forgiven me. After breakfast, we went into the town and just hung out. The tent for the second night turned out to be super nice. We slept in the woods, between pine trees, next to a ravine. Sitting outside the tent on a picnic table and looking at the stars, through the swaying branches of the trees above was heavenly. It seemed that we were indeed FAR, FAR from civilization. Earlier we had pulled our car close to the tent. That came handy, because all the food that we had bought while on the road, became something to munch on.
If you have not done any camping and you are a senior, and you want to reignite your love for your spouse, then try sleeping in a tent. Especially, in a similar tent that this place provides. The only inconvenience that you may have is that you may not have running water. The place has a communal shower, which again is very clean.
We could have stayed in the tent for the third night, but the owner had already tried to get us back into a room. Therefore, we did not think that it would be polite to refuse her offer.
The place is absolutely wonderful, though on the slightly pricier side. It has its own restaurant where perhaps only the breakfast is served. But we saw other guests having pizza. There are a number of horses on the property and I think that the business also doubles up for some equestrian fun.
One thing that I have mentioned in another review. If the owner tells you that the nearby town is within walking distance, please don't take her advice.
Although both my wife and I had hiked in the Alps, and are in very good physical shape, we thought that walking to the town to eat in another delightful place was a bit too much…especially, after you have a delicious, heavy French dinner. The road TO the town would be downhill, but I doubt that you would want to hike back those steep grades on gravel roads, after a leisurely dinner in town and particularly after dark with no street lights and if you had a few too many.
You may not even find the place in the dark when you return.
The owner is very friendly, has lived in the States and speaks fluent English.
Gites in beautiful gardens and great pool but some drawbacks.
Avaliou em 19 de Julho de 2017
The first thing to say is that the location of the Chante L'Oiseau is beautiful with lovely gardens, superb mature trees and a fabulous pool with views over the surrounding hills. The garden has lots of butterflies, birds and flowers with a couple of horses in a paddock (though the larger horse sometimes wanders freely around the grounds, which may not be to everyone's liking).
There are about half a dozen gites on the site of different sizes but all are in attractive characterful buildings and well spaced. It is also a hotel. Sally provides a warm welcome. It is very pet friendly (Sally has two dogs of her own which roam the grounds). The pretty village of Sigonce is five minutes away and the beautiful town of Forcalquier is about a 15-20 minutes drive. The hills of the Lure, the lavendar fields of the Luberon, and nice villages to visit are all nearby. So there's lots to like about Chante Oiseau.
We stayed in a gite for two (SNC 106 booked through Interchalet), which was essentially an add-on to an existing house, with two entrances and two small terraces. There was one large room which was a living room and bedroom and there was a bathroom and small but adequate kitchen. You can order bread and croissants etc which are delivered every morning (but one).
The drawbacks we found were as follows. 1. The gite became increasingly hot as the temperature rose during the week. It is directly under a long roof which does not appear to have much insulation. There's no AC nor any fans. 2. We were bothered by a lot of flies that were difficult to keep out. You couldn't leave a door open, otherwise a lot of flies would get in. This problem might be related to having horses on the site. 3. When we were due to leave we were informed it would cost 45 euros to have the gite cleaned - or we could do it ourselves (with vacuum cleaner provided). So read the small print carefully for the hidden extras you have to pay for (not cheap). 4. A few things didn't work very well like the flush in the loo. 5. The terraces on our gite were small and have small tables and upright chairs. There are loungers which you can have in the garden but no cushions to go on them - so they get a bit hard after a while, even when using your own towels.
In summary a lovely place but with a few drawbacks.
Beau week end
Avaliou em 21 de Outubro de 2021
Avons dormis dans la cabane dans les arbres pour les 4 ans de mon filleul , très beau logement , hôte très gentil et accueillant, belle expérience , piscine immense magique vraiment grandiose cadre dépaysant et très bon petit déjeuner .. nous reviendrons
Avaliou em 23 de Agosto de 2021
Points positifs :
-le calme du cadre
-la maison du maître: décoration et mobiliers très anciens (la table et une chaise étaient cassées à notre arrivée), la gazinière fonctionnait a moitié (2 feux sur 5), pas de congélo dans le frigo et une ''propreté'' très limite (des toiles d'araignée et poussière dans tous les coins des chambres)
-la terrasse de la piscine est très dangereuse, sur notre groupe de 10 personnes 3 ont pris des échardes, une autre a dû partir en urgence se la faire retirer.
-les vélos à disposition ne sont pas utilisables et même dangereux
-''petite'' sur-taxe de 50cts (soit la moitié du prix du pain) par baguette lorsque vous commandez via le gîte (pas de boulangerie à moins de 15min de voiture)
-pas de pression d'eau si vous prenez votre douche entre 19h et 21h
-on a essayé de nous faire payer à plusieurs reprises la taxe de séjour et ménage alors que celles ci ont été payées à la commande.
Pour un peu plus de 1800€ la semaine, vous comprendrez que les prestations n'y sont pas.