Happy New Year !

2014 has now arrived and we turn our thoughts to the forthcoming season ahead. We are pleased to be filling our calender with bookings, and will be delighted to welcome new guests in the months ahead, as well as those … Read More

Summer in Provence- Verdon

About half an hour from Le Diamant Noir at Aups, you can reach the lavender plateau, where the fields of purple are truly worth the trip.  The lavender harvest is now under way, so some of the fields have been … Read More

The Lavender Plateau at Dawn

Not far from Aups in the Haut Var area of Provence, is the start of the Valensole lavender plateau. While it was still dark, my daughter and I set off on a mission, to see the sun rise over the … Read More

Aups-another sunny spring Market Day in Provence

Melons, asparagus and strawberries- all in abundance. With a clear blue sky and sunshine, Saturday morning in Aups  was a busy, bustling morning in the market.  With the seasonal range of mouth-watering produce, arts and crafts, good quality fashion stalls, … Read More

a lovely Spring drive in Provence

Le Diamant Noir at Aups in the Haut Var, is ideally situated for exploring both the hinterland and coastal region of the Var. This is a perfect time of year to explore the region-nature is wakening up to the warmth … Read More

Provence- Easter festivities-!

Just a short drive from Aups , perched on the edge of the mountain with a spectacular, panoramic view over Les Maures, is Tourtour- the village in the sky. This is a very quaint village, claimed to be one of … Read More

Christmastime in Provence

There is that recognisable feeling in the air.  That time of the year has arrived again, to put us all in a good mood with a feeling of loving and giving. Here in Provence the run up to Chritmas is characterised … Read More

Provencal harvest

The summer  harvest in Provence  has been gathered.  Along with the cereal crops, the fields of lavender and sunflowers add to the typically provencal landscape- the subject of many works of art.  Hues of gold, yellows and purple add a … Read More

Lazy Sunday!

Holiday accommodation- Aups- Haut Var- Provence A short drive from Le Diamant Noir, Aups, Provence, you will find yourself  in the Verdon valley, amid wonderful scenery. Last weekend we set off with a picnic to the Verdon. This time not … Read More