Carillon & Clapotis, A Charming Welcome in Forcalquier

There’s nothing better for getting to know a place than to reserve a room in a B&B. Sybil Gosselin, owner of Carillon & Clapotis in Forcalquier, certainly won’t disagree. She provides a heartfelt welcome.
By Caroline Taret

Forcalquier is a village to discover. All of Provence seems to be crystallized in this village, located in the Alps of Upper Provence department. With its characteristic alleyways, its fountain, its local producer market, and its bell tower; if you get off the beaten path, you’ll find yourself in authentic and genuine Provence. For the name of her guesthouse, Sybil was inspired by the splashing of the fountain, a must for any Provençale village that respects itself, and the only bell in Provence to be rung by hand and lodged in the Neo-Byzantine citadel that towers over the village. Marvelous sounds that provide the tempo of life in Forcalquier.

Established since 2000 in this village so dear to Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’OCCITANE en Provence, Sybil Gosselin is rediscovering her place in a Provence which marked her childhood and which she left for over 30 years. After an intense professional life filled with trips from which she would bring back tons of objects, this antiquer set down her suitcases in the calm of this incredibly charming little village. She bought and restored an L-shaped house dating from the middle of the 17th century and created 3 apartments that enjoy sublime views over the Luberon and the hilltop village of Saint-Michel l’Observatoire.

Up to four people can stay in the one called L’Observatoire, or why not in Les Pivoine s or the Moulin de Balthazar? Two studio apartments are there to complicate the choice of rooms! As for the interior design, we melt before the décor, exactly what you dream of when you think of reserving a weekend in Provence. Sybil has created a decoration made up of furniture that belonged to her grandmothers and the objects picked up in the course of her forays into the world. It’s a harmonious blend and full of charm. This little “haven of peace” as Sybil describes it, is the result of a lifetime, a return to her roots that had been running through her mind for a long time. You don’t forget Provence like that. She describes her joy in going to one of Provence’s most beautiful markets on Monday, and meeting up with her friends who are all so happy in Forcalquier. Some of them came from Norway, Sweden and Denmark to live in this village. An elegant immigration that watches over with goodwill this Provençale heritage, by which Sybil will never be unconcerned. But she will tell you better than I… like so many other lovely stories.

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Carillon & Clapotis
Place Jeanne d'Arc - 04300 Forcalquier
Tel +33 (0)4 92 75 26 29
www.carillon-et-clapotis.com/

 

Carillon & Clapotis, A Charming Welcome in Forcalquier
Carillon & Clapotis, A Charming Welcome in Forcalquier
Sybil has created a decoration made up of furniture that belonged to her grandmothers and the objects picked up in the course of her forays into the world.
Photographie : DR
Carillon & Clapotis, A Charming Welcome in Forcalquier
Carillon & Clapotis, A Charming Welcome in Forcalquier
Forcalquier is a village to discover. All of Provence seems to be crystallized in this village, located in the Alps of Upper Provence department.
Photographie : DR

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