Les Amandiers is an idyllic family summer/winter holiday rental. It is south-facing, set on a hillside with spectacular views and an architect designed beautiful private pool and sunbathing terrace. Approached via a little lane, it has a pebbled drive and parking for 3 cars. This romantic rose-coloured old stone house is quietly situated amongst its own terraces of 2,200 m2 planted with almond and 45 olive trees. It overlooks the ancient, little village of Tourrettes and beyond it to St Tropez and the Esterel Hills. It is a short (8 mins) walk to Fayence, 15 mins to the lake and 30 mins to the nearest beach. It is ideally situated to explore the coastline, towns and general allure of Cote D'Azur. The house sits on a south facing grassy terrace upon which our covered dining terrace opens directly into the pretty sitting room. With its Provencal fabrics, open fire and two sofas the sitting room adjoins the small but well-equipped kitchen which has a round dining table and door to the terrace. In the summertime though drinks, meals and barbecues are likely to be enjoyed by the pool on the south-facing terrace which is usually bathed in sunshine from breakfast till well into the evening. The new architect-designed pool is down a few steps and set into a limestone terrace for sunbathing. Both the pool and the terrace share breathtaking views overlooking the ancient village of Tourrettes and valley beyond. In the evenings the village is beautifully lit and it would be hard to find a more lovely setting! The same view is enjoyed from the main bedroom which is a good size with a door and a Juliet balcony over the terrace. The second twin bedded bedroom is also a good size and is on the 2nd floor. The 3rd bedroom is small with bunk beds but also a wardrobe and chest of drawers. This is our own much-loved home, rather than a commercial rental and is we think, attractively furnished in simple, Provencal style.
Fayence and surrounding area: Fayence is a delightful old village bustling with life and attractions. The charming village square markets are frequent and you will find local pottery, fabrics as well as fresh vegetables, cheeses and local specialities. The area has a number of supermarkets too. Near-by is the local Marche Paysan (Farmers Market) which is open 6 days a week in the summer. Produce rarely seen at home can be found - white aubergines and courgettes flowers for example!
Les Amandiers is glorious in the winter, ideals for long lets, very cosy inside and one often awakes to low-lieing mists over the valley.
The countryside is rolling hills and wooded hillsides dotted with picturesque, perched villages and interspersed with luxuriant valleys and deep gorges sparkling with fast-flowing rivers and crystalline rock pools.
The local villages of Seillans, Callian and Montarauroux are a medieval treat. Fayence is very accessible. BY TRAIN: TGV/ Motorail: Nice 1hour, Frejus/St. Raphael (45 mins). BY AIR:Nice Airport 45 mins: Many chartered airlines + Easyjet. New Ryanair service to Toulon-Hyeres Airport 90 mins - 99p flights!
Local activities: The summer brings an outdoor jazz festival, concerts, firework displays and historical and family attractions. Les Amandiers itself offers contrasting holidays from an extremely peaceful one, perhaps painting on the terrace (tuition available) lazing by the pool followed by walking in the picturesque cork forests behind the house and sampling local Provencal dishes to a very active time using it as a base to explore the local beaches and general allure of the Cote d'Azur or closer to home visit the many historical, medieval villages and superb Lac St Cassien is only 15 mins away. It is large and offers swimming, fishing, canoeing, pedalo-hire, mountain-biking, sailing, hiking and lovely picnic areas as well as a low-key children's 'swinging' park. There is plenty of horse riding or try gliding at the world-famous Gliding Club a truly spectacular environment for experienced pilots (also a lovely little restaurant in the grounds!). 5 mins drive away is the acclaimed Terre Blanche Golf Club
Painting Holiday + Cote D'Azur + Beaches: A delightful and talented artist friend has fallen in love with the house and area and is keen to offer painting holidays at Les Amandiers. Please contact us for further information on this.
The Cote d'Azur has been known since early 19th century as Europe's leading playground. As a holiday destination it is unsurpassed in the world, offering a beautiful stretch of coastline backed by the jagged peaks of the Alps, superbly maintained top class resorts, magnificent promenades and gardens, as well as a plethora of historic towns, ancient hilltop villages amidst fabulous countryside with an exceptional climate, cuisine and wine. The coastline is an ever-changing series of glimmering bays and dramatic cliffs falling straight into the sea. The coastal towns are renowned the world over and the coastal drive from La Napoule to St. Raphael is full of dramatic scenery backed by the craggy red mountains of the Esterel National Park. Here you will find our best beaches (35-20 min drive).