It is hard to believe that the holiday season has come round again and we have already welcomed international clients from Europe, Norway, Canada, and of course the UK, to our corner of Provence. One of the perks of our job is meeting lovely people from all over the world.

Life in Aups continues at its provençal pace,  and the bustling twice weekly market attracts people from far and wide, with a wide selection of products. Clinking of boules is never far from earshot as the enthusiasts practise for the summer competitions.  The shopkeepers have been at work with the odd lick of paint and refurbishment, to continue to provide several inviting shops to tempt the wallet.

We have been enjoying asparagus and strawberries and are now moving on to cherries and melons!

There is always a ” brocante “or a “vide grenier” taking place in a local village and as the season progresses, the villages find all sorts of excuses for a “party”, with various local festivals, usually surrounding   local produce and attended by local musicians.

We are surrounded by several very quaint villages, all steeped in history and very welcoming with summer café culture.


Four seasons fountain Cotignac
Four seasons fountain Cotignac

The pool is heating up nicely and has been in use already this year.  Almost warm enough for us- we are getting too accustomed to the hot summers.

As the garden becomes more and more established, every section becomes more private.  The roses this year are beautiful.




The temperature is increasing and the communal areas are ready for entertaining.


The first barbecue evening of the season was a great success, as we celebrated the 65th birthday of a Canadian guest.

The surrounding countryside is lush and green and there are wild flowers everywhere. The wild thyme is in flower and the fragrance of wild herbs underfoot, adds to the pleasure of any walk .

For keen walkers there are several walks in this area and especially in the Gorges  Likewise this is an area for keen cyclists.

The Gorges du Verdon and the Lac Sainte Croix are as spectacular as ever, not to mention the fresh early mornings and sunsets!




Bookings for accommodation are steadily rolling in and some of the high season weeks are now complete.

We are offering a special rate for a couple to occupy l’amandier, as we realise that family occupancy is restricted to school holidays.

Meals from our freezer takeaway menu have been very popular, especially defrosted for an easy first night’s meal, so we are continuing with this service and our wine tasting and BBQ evenings, as everyone seems to enjoy themselves.

It look as though we may have fresh figs on the menu!


We are looking forward to meeting our new guests and to welcoming those who are returning to Le Diamant Noir

Happy  Holidays!

Sandra and ColinNew

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