House of Sebastien - MANO101OL

Prices from £3,974 - £7,749

Guests: 13   Bedrooms: 6

Originally a 14th century lookout tower, this hilltop chateau in Provence provides 360-degree views of the surrounding oak forest and lush landscapes below, accommodating 13 travellers in comfort and style.

About House of Sebastien

Thoughtfully restored with rustic and contemporary décor, the chateau has an inviting ambiance and plenty of comfortable places to relax – from the open living space with a wood-burning stove, to the cinema room, or the sun loungers by the pool overlooking the valley.

The ancient terraces will be a popular spot for enjoying meals from the local market - especially the shaded terrace just off the impressive modern kitchen, where you’ll dine alongside breathtaking panoramic views of the French countryside. Below lies a medieval courtyard with lavender and fruit trees – another excellent space for entertaining.

Along with five bedrooms in the main house, the delightful studio with a mezzanine bed and private terrace sleeps an additional two guests.

You’ll be within walking distance to the village of St Michel L’Observatoire, with delicious restaurants and a prominent observatory, and a short drive to the famous absinthe of Forcalquier. The beaches of the French Riveria are worth the 2.5-hour drive!


Facilities and Features

  • WiFi Internet
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Private Pool


The original Maison Sebastien was a medieval lookout post - The Bastide. Over the centuries a studio apartment was added and in 1859 the annexe of the Magnanerie was built to house the facilities to produce silk. The valley is famous for its mulberry trees.

The Bastide (the main house)
On the Ground Floor there is a large open plan area with a modern kitchen, indoor dining area and a large sitting room. This area opens onto a double terrace with outdoor dining and a serving area. Around the corner is an ancient covered terrace that overlooks the medieval courtyard.

From the salon, a stone arch leads to a large ground floor bedroom with a superking sized bed and a bathroom with Haman style shower. The main stairway is curved stone and lit by a double storey slit window.

The first floor has two en suite double bedrooms both with kingsized beds. The area outside the second bedroom room can be curtained off to create a family unit with an additional single bed.

The second floor has two bedrooms - one double and one with two single beds. These rooms share a bathroom. The second floor also has a full TV/cinema area with access to Apple TV and Orange cable. This layout of rooms is the original medieval fort and sleeps 11.

The Studio
Also available is the studio, set below the main Bastide, off the medieval courtyard, and which is ideal for a couple. This has its' own bathroom, small kitchen, private sun terrace and a mezzanine with a double bed.

Maison Sebastien is situated in the Luberon National Park and therefore all work done has to reflect the area's natural beauty. When you first arrive at the property you drive through a thriving young oak forest. This gives way to a stunning view of Mane, Forcalquier and the Midi Alps beyond. The approach to the house is lined with olive trees, pines and poplars. The swimming pool is fully enclosed and highly secure for young children. It is surrounded by an elegant stone area that offers both perfect sunbathing and shade under a 'tunnelle'. All around the house there are old - some ancient - terraces and the property has one of the very last remaining Roman mulberry trees in Provence. The stoneware around the house is listed.

Location and Map

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Maison Sebastien is a five minute drive - or lovely twenty minute walk - from the village of St Michel L'Observatoire.

The village is thriving with four restaurants, a baker, butcher and epicerie. It is also home to a major French Observatory. St Michel's position at the foot of the Midi-Alps combined with a lack of light pollution gives it unique night skies.

Ten minutes drive from the house is the small medieval town of Mane and beyond - the regional centre - Forcalquier. Mane has a good pizza restaurant, pharmacy, bakery, butcher and Epicerie. Forcalquier is famous for it's absinthe, it's historic church and square and it's citadel high above the town but it also has two excellent supermarkets, a thriving - if crazy - Monday market and some lovely cafes restaurants and shops.

There are many ways to get to the property: fly to Marseille or take a train to ether Aix en Provence TGV or Avignon TGV. There is now a direct train between London St Pancras and Avignon. The drive from London is approximately 14 hours. There are numerous useful local buses that link with both the airport and the train stations.

Nearest Airport - Marseille (91-100 km )
Nearest Ferry port - Marseille (91-100 km)
Nearest Train Station - Manosque (16-20 km)
Nearest Village - St Michel L'Observatoire (1 km)
Nearest Town/City - Forcalquier (4 km)
Nearest Restaurant - St Michel L'Observatoire (1 km)
Nearest Bar/Pub - St Michel L'Observatoire (1 km)
Nearest Shop - St Michel L'Observatoire (1 km)
Nearest Supermarket - Forcalquier (4 km)
Nearest Tennis - St Michel L'Observatoire

Weekly rates and Extra Charges


rental period weekly rate
22 Jun 2024 12 Jul 2024 £7,418
13 Jul 2024 23 Aug 2024 £7,749
24 Aug 2024 30 Aug 2024 £7,372
31 Aug 2024 20 Sep 2024 £5,100
21 Sep 2024 13 Dec 2024 £3,974
14 Dec 2024 04 Jan 2025 £7,418
28 Jan 2025 16 May 2025 £3,974
17 May 2025 20 Jun 2025 £5,100
21 Jun 2025 11 Jul 2025 £7,418
12 Jul 2025 22 Aug 2025 £7,749
23 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 £7,372
30 Aug 2025 19 Sep 2025 £5,100
20 Sep 2025 12 Dec 2025 £3,974
13 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 £7,418
Arrival after 4pm, Departure by 10am. Times may be flexible out of high season.


Item Cost Per Optional/ Mandatory Payment Due
Winter Heating Costs £250 Per Week Optional With Balance

Fees and conditions

  • Security Deposit: £800
  • Prices are for occupancy of 13 people. please enquire for prices for 11 people or less. (House only accepts 11 people during winter months).
  • Energy costs included
  • End of stay cleaning included
  • Linen & towels included
  • Saturday changeovers July and August but otherwise flexible.
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Further Information

The house and estate are comfortable, spacious and offer different experiences for everyone. While some people are swimming others can be watching TV and films, or riding at the local stable. Walking locally is fantastic and there is much to see in the area.

Kindly note the spacious terraces and fenced gardens have low walls and the upper windows do not have locks and bars: we recommend keeping an extra eye on toddlers and young children.

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