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11 metre pool, heated and with plenty of shade as well as a child proof gate
The swimming pool is heated
The balcony
A top spot for an aperitif and to wait for the sun to dip down the far end of the valley
The balcony wraps around the dining room
Picture yourself, glass of wine in hand
The barbecue deck leads past the boules pitch to the pool
With the table in shade you can dine in the midday sun
The outdoor dining table can be covered and uncovered from the sun in a moment
Dining alfresco with a view
All our bathrooms are modern, have great water pressure and unlimited hot water
A quality mattress and the best egyptian cotton go a long way to making your holiday perfect
We have 2 garden rooms with their own terrace
All our rooms have king size doubles but 4 can be requested with twin beds
The view across our field from the edge of the barbecue terrace
The table tennis overlooks the boules court
Table tennis, or as the French say, ping-pong
The conservatory
Bringing the outside in - the green oak double height conservatory
You cannot be short of space at Le Foulon
The oak framed conservatory is actually dwarfed by the size of Le Foulon
A place for peace and quiet
Opposite the conservatory are three 300 hundred year old oaks
We uncovered this original archway into the building - probably used for farm machinery way back when
Every window frames a beautiful view
Grab a book from the library and put your feet up
The internal blacony with a chaisse longue for one
The upstairs library leads onto the Conservatory balcony
The double height Conservatory
Self-catering clients need not worry about fridge space - you get a complete cold room at Le Foulon
If you rent Le Foulon self-catering you will find we are totally equipped to cater for large groups
Budding chefs form an orderly queue
A great place to self-cater.
For children the pool is the main attraction
A 60th birthday surprise and a family reunion - a great way to spend a week in Provence
The barbecue terrace in full swing
A view from our garden up to the Cheiron Mountain beyond. The wild flowers of Provence are simply beautiful.
It is a pity no one has invented smell-o-vision for your PC - the Broom in flower is heaven sent, if you will pardon the pun
If you like a mojito the rivers here are crammed with giant sized mint - delicious
The field has just been cut - July 2009 - and the farmer will return tomorrow to bail the hay
The view of the Courmettes mountain as seen through 300 year-old oaks
The trout farm was dug out by hand 100 years ago
The trout farm
You can buy local honey from bees that only feed on Lavendar.
Lavender on our bbq terrace.
Lavender on our bbq terrace.
Steps down from the bbq terrace lead to the front of the building and the double height conservatory
The bbq terrace table seats 18 and looks across the land and from this angle to the heated pool
Every year at the end of May nearby Bar sur Loup holds the fete du chien - a lovely day out if you are a dog lover, with about 30 different hunting dogs displayed, a good lunch and some real local culture
14 Apr 09. Blossom on our Blackthorn is a good omen for another bumper crop of Sloe berries.
14 Apr 09. The lake is constantly fed by a diversion from the river Gagniere - a tributary of the river Loup that marks the Western border of our garden.
14 Apr 09. The lake is almost 5 metres deep with a completely submerged rock thats great for jumping off.
14 Apr 09. Only 20kms from its source the river Loup soon grows quite wide.
14 Apr 09. The river Loup (Wolf) winds its way down to the Mediterranean at Villeneuve Loubet.
14 Apr 09. Early morning sun glinting off the river.
14 Apr 09. Fresh leaves on the horse chestnut - they only took a week to reach this size.
14 Apr 09. These little flowers just sprang up of their own accord and are all over the field.
14 Apr 09. The track running through our land.
14 Apr 09. The lake was originally a commercial trout farm.
13 Apr 09. An evening view from the balcony.
13 Apr 09. The conservatory catches the last of the days sun.
13 Apr 09. An aperitif on the balcony.
13 Apr 09. Sunset bathing Le Foulon in light
13 Apr 09. Taken just before the leaves come out.
Taken in spring 2008 the oak framed conservatory was just being finished.
The view down from the mezzanine level in the Wolf Suite - as with everything here you are never short of space.
The Wolf Suite dressing table - all our rooms are a tasteful mix of quality antique furniture and modern comforts.
The Wolf Suite mezzanine level and the metre wide round window - best view in the house.
Jenny and Roy saying I Do.
The calm before the storm - a wedding table awaiting the guests.
After 30 minutes walk above the Foulon this is one of the views you are rewarded with - looking west along the valley of the wolf to the source of the river.
One of 4 rooms that can be made up as a twin - great for kids or just friends holidaying together.
The Strauss Suite
Top of the stairs to the 3 suites and the best rooms in the house.
All our bathrooms are very modern and stylish without sacrificing comfort or practicality.
This is the view from the Fablo Luxury room, looking down across the conservatory roof to the river Loup. The Oak trees are around 300 years old.
The view from the dining room doors that lead onto the balcony.
The Alpes-Maritimes (the department that fits the bottom right hand corner of France and includes the Cote d Azur) has more species of butterfly and moth, many of them unique, than anywhere else in Europe. This is one of the more bizarre creations.
The 3 suites and the Fablo and Gertrude rooms have a mini bar (concealed here in an antique sewing machine cabinet), plus a tassimo hot drinks system for tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
The half of the lounge showing the stone arch leading to the inglenook fireplace and the door to the bedrooms.
One half of the lounge showing the large opening straight through to the dining room.
Four of our rooms feature iron framed beds made by a local artisan - they can be left separate or connected to be equally comfortable as a super king sized double or two twins.
All 3 suites and the Gertrude and Fablo luxury rooms have a small but well sounding iPod dock/alarm clock radio. Also, all our rooms have brushed aluminium bed-side lights - just touch the metal and they come on, which saves you fumbling for a switch in the darkness.
The inglenook fireplace is a nice quiet haven during the summer and a warm cosy one in the winter.
The Foulon is an imposing 4 storey building (5 with the mezzanines) and quite unique in the area
The first dance...
The wood is a special outdoor specific pine called meleze - like teak it has since silvered with age
A champagne reception on the barbecue deck - we have since added shade along the whole length of the table that seats over 20 people.
The courtyard by candle light
You arrive on this courtyard level, with one storey of Le Foulon going up and 2 down.
Just down the road from here this is the route to Courmes and a great lunch at the Auberge. Looking south this is the Gorges du Loup - and a 41 year old BMW still going strong.
The view through a 300 year old oak from the green oak of the conservatory. You can just make out the castle of Greolieres in the distance.
Please remember a dog is not just for Christmas
Only 5 minutes flying time from Nice Airport and we will meet you on the field with a bottle of champers - a great start to your holiday
To the north of Le Foulon the peak of the Cheiron rises to 1800 metres and is snow capped through the winter months
Cheiron Suite - one of two with a mezzanine reached by a cast spiral staircase.
We have recently added black out blinds to the velux - whilst the view is breathtaking some guests wanted to stay in the comfy bed so long they requested some darkness!
The mezzanine level of the Cheiron Suite exposes all the orignal roof timbers and was designed with roof windows to maximise the view when reclined in bed.
40 minutes by car or only 5 by helicopter - take your pick.
The big table seats 18 and now has shade running the length of it. This is the barbecue terrace where a great stainless steel barbecue proves it is possible to cook perfectly alfresco and dispels the myth that you need charcoal to get that unique flavour.
A freshly mowed meadow in July, looking back to the Foulon.
As Autumn turns to Winter the sky becomes ever more dramatic. This was taken with no filters or polarisers and has not been retouched - it is exactly as taken, and proved to be the shepherds delight it promised.
Our gardens are more wild than formal, and all the closer to nature for it.
A truly special location for a truly memorable occasion.
A challenging walk up the mountain behind Le Foulon rewards you with this vista of the Mediterranean and Cap Antibes. Take a pic-nic, spend an hour soaking in the view and your soul will be truly reminded of the important things in life. Which is exactly what the best sort of holiday is all about.
On the right is Christoph - a legend round these parts: guide, market gardener, waiter and entertainer extraordinaire.
A 1967 Citroen DS 21 will ensure every Frenchman will love you where ever you drive
This is Bob the wedding DJ encouraging old and young alike to shake it on the dance floor. Alternatively make your own play lists on your iPod which plugs straight into our lounge hi-fi.
The swimming pool has plenty of space for all and meets the latest regulations on child safety. It is kept at a constant 28 degrees from April through October.
High above Le Foulon a couple of paragliders make like birds and seek out the thermals.
Monaco is about 1 hour 15 minutes and one of those places you have to visit in your lifetime. Even better when its the boat show, the tennis masters or the grands prix.
Whilst you could still be queuing for a hire car at Nice airport the smart money arrives by helicopter. And for around 100 euros per person its good value too.
As a long Autumn lunch rolls into the afternoon the sun streams lower through the panoramic windows
The 11 metre pool is heated, and subsequent to this picture being taken is surrounded by faux grass for maximum underfoot comfort
A moody wedding shot showing how we arange the table around the old chestnut tree in the courtyard
The Taverne Provencal in Gourdon - great food, friendly service and stunning views. What more could you want from a lunch?
Another view of the Taverne Provencal, looking across the Gorge du Loup to the peak of the Courmettes
Nearby Gourdon is full of history as well as shops
We can host weddings for up to 70 guests at a sit down meal, or more if you are looking for an informal buffet style reception
A young Bing Crosby impresses the ladies
Accordion players are extra
Night of a thousand candles - on this particular occasion the courtyard was lit for a wedding.
The Foulon bar is a huge cross-section of highly polished elm. Let us mix you a cocktail when we are in b&b mode, or become your own expert bar man when renting the whole place as a self-catered villa.
As the eagle flies this is our nearest village. Cipieres has one great little restaurant, a small shop with indeterminant opening hours and buckets of charm.
40 minutes from Nice International airport and easy to spot.
The large dining room has a panoramic vista of the gardens and the mountain beyond. We can add or take-away tables to suit the size of your group.
The barbecue terrace, in between the dining room balcony and the swimming pool, offers plenty of shade for an alfresco lunch
Accessed from the dining room the balcony has uninterupted views of the countryside and is a great sun trap for a lazy afternoon.
Birthdays, anniversarys, or no excuse at all - Le Foulon is the perfect place for a celebration with friends and family.
Gourdon is just up the road and with views like these it becomes everyones favourite place.
Spring, all the way through summer sees the garden burst into a riot of wild colour
Pictures never portray the size and grandeur of the bar and lounge area.
Taken looking north this shot does a good job of capturing the scale of Mount Cheiron rising behind Le Foulon, which is the small white spot at the bottom of the picture. We are situated at 550 metres above sea level, whilst the mountain peaks at 1800.
Antibes is 45 minutes drive and a lovely place to visit. Take a stroll round the impressive harbour and explore the old town. We can recommend a few restaurants to get the most from your day.
After a hearty meal Winter evenings are generally spent round the ingle-nook fireplace. The weather in Winter time is a lot like a ski resort on a good day - hot sunshine and crisp blue skies followed by cold nights and sparkling stars.
The Eagles Nest restaurant in Gourdon - location, location, location.
The dining room is a cosy place to host a celebration or simply to enjoy a fine meal with good company, whatever time of the year.
Autumn is a great time to visit Provence - the weather remains wonderful, the crowds have parted and the colours have you reaching for your camera at every turn. This is at the top of our drive.

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