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La Colle Gîte Galileo and The Main House

Note Gite Galileo is currently unavailable.

(Taken from our guest books)

***** Gîte Galileo is a beautiful holiday residence in a stunning location we all had a wonderful time. Thank you for setting up such a beautiful holiday location Simon, Rachel, Isold & Charlotte R London United Kingdom


**** Thank you for all your hospitality. You make us feel welcome here. I will miss your road! Tom Cari Kristi and Blayne M Milwaukee USA


****  What a wonderfully equipped gîte, thanks for your charming hospitality after your long days work it was much appreciated. We will miss La Colle Adrian Fay Jessica & Louella Oxon UK


***** We stayed at Galileo La Colle for 3 weeks in August and had a great time including our (almost) 2 year old toddler.  The swimming pool was fantastic and by the end of week 1, Eli was happy to swim by himself around the pool and by week 2 was jumping in.  The amount of space to run around and play 'footie' in was also a real bonus.  Before we arrived I had been a little concerned about how suitable the gite would be for a toddler (last year's holiday home provided nothing so we had to travel with a cot, travel high chair etc etc) but I was really very happy with all the equipment at the Gite. There was a proper cot with mattress and sheets provided, a high chair, bath mat, plastic beakers and bowls and even cuddly toys, children's books, DVD player and a trike which Eli loved.  We didn't need it but a baby bath and changing mat were also available.  It all just made the holiday much easier and we really appreciated those extra touches. Vikki, Paul and Eli (2) United Kingdom


***** We have spent a wonderful week in this gîte, we are sad that we have to leave. Last night we celebrated the Swedish Midsummer Eve Nils & Britt-Marie;  Hedi & Laurence Sweden


**** Very sorry we have to leave this wonderful place everything has been perfect. Very helpful hosts, magnificent scenery, a wonderful variety of wildlife. Chris & Terry W,  Eleen & Fred S North Yorkshire UK


***** This is the second 3 week stay for us at beautiful La Colle in 2 years. We all enjoyed this holiday as much if not more than last time. We are very sad to leave. Kanchan & Adrian, Maya, Ben and Oliver T Beds UK


***** Well the trip up the mountain has been quite an adventure. We have so enjoyed “driving into the picture”, and have found ourselves looking forward to arriving home each night from a day of touring. This place will be a wonderful memory of the time in Provence. Renae, Vivian & Sarah Boston Maine USA


***** Enjoyed a truly different and special weeks holiday here. Found the early morning sunrise through the bedroom windows quite magical. Never been to a market quite the size of Forcalquier on Monday before. Thanks La famille D Lincs England


***** Wonderful week, wonderful weather, a beautiful peaceful setting. No complaints at all to anyone reading this. We highly recommend this tranquil haven . Best regards Stuart & Maureen H UK


***** Great week – great weather! We enjoyed taking walks with Milute, sitting by the pool and touring the countryside. Rod you are a most gracious host. Leslie & Catherine W  San Francisco, California USA


***** As the first group to stay for four weeks, I would have to say that it was well worth it! And we were struck, time & again by the incredible beauty & peace of this place. We have just had a basically fabulous time, and we want to thank you for providing us with this opportunity. Hope to see you again in a year or two! Nancy, Nicky and Shannon Oct 7 – Nov 4 Vancouver B.C. Canada


***** Our first time in Provence but definitely not our last. The sun shinned all week – the kids were the first to break the ice in the pool. Keep up the good work Rod Ben, Janette, Zoe & Robin J, 14th April 01, Co. Clare Ireland (returned again April 02)


***** If you look closely, you can see the middle of nowhere just beyond this house. Isn’t it great! We had a wonderful week exploring the countryside. Highlights included soaring over Sisteron in a glider and walking the track to Sigonce. We are convinced there is no “best” spot or top ten list of places to be visited. Provence is more of a way of life. Enjoy the slow easy rhythm and you will enjoy Provence. And a few words about La Colle & Gîte Galileo It’s well appointed, Rods advice on places to go was dead-on. We’d recommend Galileo to our friends and family. Paul, Anna, Kyle & Charlotte; San Jose, California USA


***** We had a beautiful time, a warm and relaxed week. Rod is an admirable host – both attentive and discrete, and we sucked in happily the great view. Tomer, Emat & Mattia Israel


***** A wonderful two weeks celebrating 30 years of marriage and the beauty of life in Provence. Thank you for your attitude and help. Tom & Julie R USA


***** Had a wonderful relaxing time. Waking up to wonderful views was really lovely. Plenty of beautiful places to visit. A great choice for our holiday we have enjoyed every moment staying here Kirsty & Stuart England (PS I proposed to Kirsty in this very building, so thanks Rod for giving me the perfect surroundings to do so. The hills, sounds and tranquility made it a perfect moment)


***** Thank you for a very nice week in this beautiful setting. What a view! We loved the nice house, so well equipped especially for children. We recommend the following sites in the area: Forcalquier market, Sisteron castle/citadel, Lac de Ste Croix. There are so many more things to see, but the above mentioned surprised us. Michelin yellow map 81 is highly recommended. Henrik, Lou, Charlotte & Frederike E Denmark


***** We have stayed in many parts of France but none have been quite like this. Certainly none of the drives can compare. Mark, Colette, Thomas, Claudia & Jonathan R Purley UK


***** We had a wonderful holiday. A welcome two weeks of hot weather with a swimming pool to refresh ourselves, was a real delight. In addition to all the other things to do we found a beautiful waterfall/river with some amazing rock pools to swim in, which the locals use a lot. Thana, Danni, Ben (12), Joshua (10) Natasha (5) S Kent UK


***** We wondered what we were coming to as we drove down the track, but on arrival, we saw the sky at night – magic! Then the sunrise – spectacular! The views – breath-taking! Even though we visited places of interest, we were just as happy to stay at La Colle. Thank you very much for a memorable holiday. Alan & Margaret H England


***** We totally fell in love with gîte Galileo & La Colle. Tranquil, relaxing, beautiful sunsets, stunning scenery – it had it all. We felt as though we had really ‘stepped into the picture’ of rural France – we loved it!. We had an amazing holiday here – and will definitely be back Sian & Mark Mc C New Zealand


***** The girls have enjoyed the pool very much. The setting is wonderfully peaceful. The gîte is very spacious & comfortable. A lovely 2 week holiday in an extraordinary setting. Thanks Rod Andrew, Sunty, Rebecca & Abigail UK


***** So many memories all very positive and what’s lovely is the children will remember this holiday with such happiness as will we. Thanks Rod for all your hard work and good company. I just didn’t want the holiday to end. All the best. Sue, Rob, Jennie, Jessica L and Rufus the Dog! Kent UK


***** Good time was had by all especially as the weather was very kind (Sept 21st ) Mark, Carrie, Duncan & Claudia England


***** We thoroughly enjoyed our week’s visit; the weather was beautiful everyday & nights cool. The countryside is magnificent. Thanks Rod for your hospitality. (28th Sept) Elle & Mike B USA


***** When we drove down, we were sure it was the ‘end of the earth’. This corner of Provence is a delight each little village has a personality & the sunlight is true heaven. We had great fun with our friends. (Nov 8) Thanks so much Rod Joan & Bob D Italy


***** What an adventure in the wilds of Provence. The country is beautiful, the little restaurants, markets & the friendly people. Each night when we returned it was like coming home. You were both most helpful & welcoming. I’m sure we will think about the sunrises & sunsets & starry nights at La Colle. Thanks for many fond memories. (Nov) Bob, Emily N USA


***** Our stay here at La Colle is over. Had a wonderful week here and enjoyed our various trips; Aix, St Croix, St Tropez, Forcalquier Thanks Rod for your hospitality Diane, Rob, Bruce & Jack W Oakville, Ontario Canada





Find sunshine, peace and tranquillity in the heart of Provence, Luberon, South of France! And of course lots of good wine and food !!

Self-catering and short-stay holiday gîte rental accommodation in high-quality restored properties in a traditional 17th-century mini hamlet in the Provencial countryside.

 Quality holiday property gite rentals near Aix en Provence, Forcalquier, Avignon and the Luberon in the South of France

Other activities: Local trips and hiking, On-site games, swimming pool, knock-ball shuttlecock problem-solving, BBQs and wood picnics, nighttime star gazing, and lots of on-site entertainment.


If you wish just to work, there are lots of quiet places to do this, including our new panoramic outdoor workspace.


Whatever you are looking for in a stay we can offer you an incredible vista and an extraordinary place to experience it.


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Have great relaxation time or increase your effectiveness, give more time for yourself &  friends and family. When done, jump in the pool or discover the local vibes and nature.