We are in the Baronnies provençales natural regional park, a varied mid-mountain topography with a Mediterranean climate. Cyclists and walkers alike will find an adventure playground with dramatic landscapes as they explore the vast network of quiet roads and marked trails.
The turbulent history of this crossroads between Alpes and Mediterranean is fascinating to unfold as you come across the many historical vestiges. The rivers, fields, marls and limestone cliffs of this Alpine Mediterranean border create outstanding biodiversity recognised in places by the label Natura 2000.
Le Castelet is a renovated bergerie nestling under the medieval castle of Arzeliers. Leave your hectic life behind and slow down in the magnificent rural landscape of Buech valley. Feel at home, relax, take in the views and chill with friends.
Hygiene and cleanliness as first priority:
We are following CDC recommendations for our enhanced cleaning practices (all rooms are individually ventilated, cleaned and disinfected).
We have put in place a minimal 24 hour “booking buffer” between guest stays.
We offer you accommodation for your sole use with private entrances, dining areas and garden spaces.
The pool, laundry and BBQ area are shared, and timeslots must be reserved during busy periods.
Cancellation and refunds:
If you are unable to stay with us due to government restrictions or you or a family member are unwell, we will offer you:
- A holiday voucher for your deposit amount which will allow you to book with us again within an 18-month period.
- Or a cash refund of your deposit.
Eating and drinking:
Every-one likes a little flexibility for their holidays, and we understand that at the moment you may not want to eat out all the time, so here are some of the options available if you choose to stay in. Our focus is on providing high quality locally produced food. Please contact us before your stay if you have specific dietary requirements.
- A continental breakfast with homemade jams is provided in your own dining area.
- We can propose picnic boxes composed of local fresh produce.
- Join us on the terrace for our Table d’hôtes, served on separate tables, (2/3 evenings a week).
- Auberge de la Prieuré at Ventavon is able offer you high quality regional food, provided as a takeaway service which we will collect and place in your fridge.
- Kitchenette facilities are available for guests (fridge, micro-wave, tableware, etc).
- We have created a BBQ area with superb views over Büech valley, a great place to grill, make a salad, relax with friends.
Our commitment: To safely welcome you at Le Castelet-Arzeliers for a relaxing break in a remote and rural setting.
Holiday costs and reservation
Outdoor activities – Cycle, MTB, walk…
The regional tourist office (Sisteron-Buëch, Baronnies Provençales) publishes circuits for all levels and keeps them well sign-posted. With a little help from us to get you started (maps, gpx files, where to find water/food…) you can do as much or as little as you like!
Stay and relax
Take a leisurely breakfast | quick dip in the pool
Look after your bike | watch the sunset
Read a book on the terrace | chill with friends
Plan your next adventure | walk to the castle
Shop at the market (Thursday) | explore the garden
A picture speaks a thousand words….
Stroll to the castle
Watch the sunset
Chill with friends
Take a leisurely breakfast
A word from your host
I was brought up in South Wales and fell in love with hills and mountains as a teenager exploring the Brecon Beacons.
I studied biology at university and then as a young adult, passionate climber and mountaineer, I quickly moved to France. Before long I was also juggling my job working for a large global corporation and a family. Holiday time was very precious indeed.
I took up cycling 15 years ago, friends wanted to do the “Tour of Mont Blanc” on a MTB. I have never looked back, whether it be road cycling or mountain biking, there is always another route to do…another place to visit.
My daughters and I share a deep love of the mountains, whilst the Southern French Alpes remain our “mountain home” we have also cycled, climbed and trekked in many countries worldwide. We have had many stunning holidays: beautiful settings, good weather, great activities shared with friends. We know that comfortable accommodation and friendly hosts to advise can really make a difference.
Today, I am lucky enough to run “Le Castelet-Arzeliers”, it makes a stunning holiday location and we look forward to sharing it with visitors and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.