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MAGNIFICENT, SPACIOUS 17TH C. VILLAGE HOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL

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Ron Alldridge

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Ron Alldridge

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MAGNIFICENT, SPACIOUS 17TH C. VILLAGE HOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL

Special Offer: 20% off the rental rate 3 May - 28 June

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Varages - La Maison du Faiencier

5 Bedrooms, 5 en-suite bath/shower rooms. Luxury accommodation for 10

As you step inside this 400 year-old 'maison de maitre' onto the flagstone floors, 'La Maison du Faiencier' exudes a sense of history. From the vaulted hall you enter a stylish living/dining room, separated by an archway from the exceptionally well-equipped kitchen. Both, look on to and have access to a charming courtyard (ideal outdoor eating area) which leads into the 350 m2 walled garden. There you can sit under the shade of the vines and fruit trees or take a dip in the pool (7mx3.5m). Throughout the house the emphases is on quality and luxury with all the original features having been carefully restored. Each bedroom is light and airy, tastefully decorated with original materials, and with its own private bathroom. Rooms can be made up with large single or super-king-sized double beds.

The house is situated on the main square, right in the heart of a small but active village. Across the square, you'll find the local, (very ‘French’) boulangerie, boucherie, cafe and restaurant.

Local Activities: This is an excellent place for walking, given its proximity to the Gorge du Verdon and its lesser known lower gorges and lakes. Panoramic views in abundance. Lavender plains also near-by, which are so worth seeing when in full flower June/July. Local markets can be experienced most days of the week and there are plenty of delightful medieval, hill-top villages to explore.

Local beaches and swimming at the near-by lakes. Mediterranean coast is 1 hour's drive away.

Local Food & Wine: A restaurant serving traditional French cuisine is right on the 'doorstep' in Varages and several good, inexpensive restaurants can be found in Barjols, just 10-minutes drive way. For the more exclusive menu, a drive to some of the exquisite local hill-top villages is to be recommended with views and sunsets to accompany the meal. Local domaines abound, where you can sample the Provence wines.

All Year Round Holiday Place: With the locals boasting '300 days of sun a year', La Maison du Faiencier is a special place to come any time of the year. Home, in the past, to Masters of earthenware and porcelain (faience), you'll be experiencing a piece of history in comfortable luxury surroundings, with all the amenities on your doorstep. And there is the added bonus that this little bit of Provence, though exceptionally beautiful, is largely 'undiscovered'.

Please note that in the mid season, individual rooms at La Maison du Faiencier can sometimes be booked on a bed & breakfast basis. A two-people occupancy double room is 185 € per two-night stay with shared use of the kitchen, garden and pool.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Ron Alldridge

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2003
Speaks English, French
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I am a typical ‘Brit’ living the dream … or rather escaping the hustle and bustle of big city life. Before coming to France I lived in the centre of London and worked as a reporter for BBC Radio.

Ron Alldridge purchased this house in 2003

The house is unique and hugely characterful. The Maison de Maître (or Master’s House) was build just about the time when William Shakespeare was writing his poems and plays, and 30 years before Harvard University in the USA was established. I am sure of the date as when renovating the property in 2003 we discovered a plaque in the wall which was initialled by the two chief ‘Compagnons’ (master builders). ‘MA’ and ‘FP’ finished their work, as it is clearly inscribed, on ‘The last day of March, 1609’.

A lot of the original features remain. The most impressive perhaps is the stone floor of the vaulted entrance hall - the same stone as can be found in the Catholic Cathedral in near by St Maximin St Baume. Who can imagine who has trodden these massive flagstones in the last 400 years! The walls are built from rocks and ‘tuff’ found in the fields around the original village. Most of the walls are 70 centimetres thick with large tall windows fitted with outer ‘volets’. The thickness of the walls make the house a wonderful refuge of coolness in the summer, and preserve all the warmth of the property in the winter.

In the main salon the wild cherry tree beams are six meters long and support in their turn 160 smaller beams which hold up the floors of the bedrooms above. Most of the floors in the house are covered with ‘tommette’ – the local hexagonal deep-red terracotta tiles for which this area is famous throughout France.

The house is in the very centre of the little village. Step out of the front door and you’re in the central ‘Place’ with the main village fountain just a few meters away. In the summer, with the windows open, my day is accompanied by the trickle of water dribbling from it’s four spouts.

The village has it’s own water source just a short walk from the house. All that can be seen is a little still clear-as-clear-can-be pond. If you weren’t aware of it’s abiding importance to the village and all who live here you would walk by it without a second thought. But the water that fills this pond comes from an unknown source deep beneath the ground. It has never been known to dry up and apparently springs to the surface within one degree in temperature be it 35 degrees in the summer or -12 in the winter.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday house rental in Varages, France

Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
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Varages Haut-Var - Verdon
California
5

Sandie California, three weeks Sept with 9 friends

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
Ron : I remember when you first arrived, you took one look at the house and said that your holiday was going to be great. Did it work out to be that great?

Sandie : It worked out to be better than great! Ten people in our group, nobody knew everyone. Some were friends of others, we were meeting some people for the first time and some of us were best friends. When we all arrived we were amazed.

The house is large … it’s spacious. We have privacy. Everyone has their own bathroom which was important for our group. We didn’t have to wait for showers, hot water a plenty. I would get up early in the morning and hot water would be waiting for me.

The most important thing for us was to have a place that felt like ‘home’ and we truly now refer to this as ‘our home’. You cannot even begin to imagine the comfort of having both privacy and large enough spaces that you can dine together, you can laugh and play games together, but you can go off and have a very relaxing spacious space of your own.

These things were important to us and it exceeded our expectations!

For the full interview see the video on YouTube ‘LaMaisonDuFaiencier’
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10031
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01
Varages Haut-Var - Verdon
Owner Submitted Review
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Painting in Provence : Peggy &Trisha from the USA

Painting in Provence : Peggy &Trisha from the USA
  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
Ron : You having a good time painting?

Peggy : I’m having a wonderful time painting … and look at the light, it’s wonderful and so golden and so as long as we’re not in the direct sunshine …. everything dries pretty fast

Ron : What is it about the light in Provence … everyone goes on about it…

Peggy : You know you mentioned the shade being do deep and making the contrast but I really think it’s the golden sun and someone else mentioned something about the pollution …. there’s no pollution.. the sky is as blue as blue can be, and the blue colour varies, it’s really interesting. Susie and I who also paints has mentioned, as we drive down the roads, how things just strike you that you’d like to take a shot at painting because they’re so … the light’s so interesting.

Ron : So it’s inspirational

Peggy : Oh yes! Well perhaps your home (one’s home) should be more inspirational. But really to go away and see the light, see the way the vegetation is here, the older buildings, and the colour of the buildings and their shutters, even when their weathered .. they have a really interesting quality about them so that’s fun to paint, I’m a new painter, but it’s still challenging to me …. so it’s a great experience

For the full interview see the video on YouTube at 'LaMaisonDuFaiencier'
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Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10031
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01
Varages Haut-Var - Verdon
Owner Submitted Review
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Jonathan and Clare plus extended family

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
Ron : Thinking of the house and what you expected to find … did it all come up to your expectations?

Clare : I think the web site gave us a good insight into what the house looked like. It’s very chic, very well done, lots of space, modern touches here and there, but also very authentic. So, excellent!

Jonathan : For me, and the unique point to do with the house is the fact that it is in the village and you feel very much part of village life whilst you’re here; going out and getting your bread in the morning … speaking to the local people about the history of the village, going to see ‘le boule’, drinking ‘pastis’ … actually perhaps too much of it! But I think, that for me was the unique part of this holiday, being part of the village as apposed to being out on a hill somewhere where you could be anywhere in the ‘Med’ (Mediterranean) and having to drive everywhere.

Clare : And also, because we had some teenagers with us here they could go off without us getting in the car … go and have a drink across the road or walk up the road (to the other bar) on their own. That was nice. So we didn’t have to always drive them somewhere.

For the full interview see the video on YouTube at ‘LaMaisonDuFaiencier’
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Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10031
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01
Varages Haut-Var - Verdon
Owner Submitted Review
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Andrea and Christian with friends from Germany

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
Ron : How was the holiday ?

Christian : Oh it was fantastic!

Andrea : Yeh, we had a great holiday. Very relaxing, I like the surrounds a lot and the house was very nice …

Christian : There’s lots to do. We always had a day of action and then a day of total relaxation … it was amazing. All your tips were great by the way!

Ron : Did the house come up to your expectations ?

Andrea : Yes, I thought the pictures on the internet were great …. the bedrooms were huge every bedroom had it’s own bathroom … and the kitchen, I love the kitchen, it was very spacious, very good to work in!

Christian : It was especially great coming with two families, it’s spacious enough and everyone’s still got their little private space and nice and comfortable … when you come somewhere on vacation you want to live better than you live at home … and that’s what we did.

For the full interview see the video on YouTube at ‘LaMaisonDuFaiencier’
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Magnificent, spacious 17th C. village house with private pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10031
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01
Varages Haut-Var - Verdon
Owner Submitted Review
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Christopher, Joanne and their two small children

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
Ron : How was the holiday?

Joanne : Oh lovely .. we’ve only had one week but we’ve been very relaxed … the most relaxed I think since we had our kids!

Christopher : Just fantastic really … it’s the location of the house …

Joanne : The weather’s been perfect and it’s been so nice to be in the village and not some obscure hillside where you have to drive. I think on other holidays we’ve made that mistake …

Christopher : It’s not really a mistake. You’re always searching for that ‘remote’ place. I’ve got to admit that I was slightly apprehensive. I’d never stayed within a village. But, no it’s made a huge difference actually, to be on ‘La Place’.

Joanne : … especially with small kids, because then you can just pop out and get a ‘hot chocolate’ in the coffee shop and just sit and watch the world go by. It’s just been very relaxed, very relaxed.

For the full interview see the video on YouTube at ‘LaMaisonDuFaiencier’
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Location

Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Marseille (then Toulon, Nice, Nimes)
Nearest Ferry
72 Kilometres
Marseille
Nearest Train
65 Kilometres
Aix-en-Provence TGV (then Les Arcs)
Nearest Motorway
21 Kilometres
St Maximin Ste Baume, A8, exit 34
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Quinson
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Village centre
Nearest Ski
140 Kilometres
Val d'Allos
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nans les Pins
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Le Provence
Car: necessary

Varages, famous over the last three centuries for its painted earthenware (faience), is an 'undiscovered' village situated in the Haut Var, 25 minutes north of the A8 (St Maximin exit) motorway and the same distance from the spectacular lakes of 'The gorges du Verdon', the deepest river gorge in Europe. It's an hour's drive from Marseille and Toulon airports and under two hours from Nice and Nimes airports. Only 50 mins drive from the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. The village has 2 bakers, 2 bars, 2 resturants, a butcher and general stores. The nearest sizeable supermarket with a petrol station is 10 minutes drive away, in the charming market town of Barjols.

Other Activities: rock-climbing, hiking, boating & canoeing

Golf: There are several golf courses a short drive (about 35 minutes) from the house. But the course which all the golf-playing guests rave about as being 'world class' is called 'Golf de la Sainte Baume' at Nans les Pins.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday house in Varages, Haut-Var - Verdon

Special Offer: 20% off the rental rate

Special Offer From:
Dates 03-May-2014 to 28-Jun-2014

Benefit from a 20% discount on all weekly bookings from 3rd May to 28th June and enjoy the wonderful spring-time sights (fields of red poppies and then the sun flowers) and early summer sunshine of Provence.

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Mid
4 Jan 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
€425
€2,450
2 nights
 
 
High
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
€3,450
7 nights
 
 
Mid
30 Aug 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
€425
€2,450
2 nights
 
 
High
20 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
€3,450
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0.00
Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000.00
Notes The bed linen is pure white top-quality cotton. It is included in the rental rate.

There is an end-of-stay cleaning charge of €185. However, on the middle Saturday(s) of your holiday period, if staying for more than one week, the house is cleaned for two hours at our cost (kitchen, bathrooms, etc) and the beds changed with fresh linen.

House towels sets are available at €10 per person per week.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Varages in Haut-Var - Verdon

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • village
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Telephone
  • Parking
  • Basic Soaps
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Pantry Items
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • En-Suite 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , incl. local hand-made wash basin.
    En-Suite 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , incl. roll-top bath and pedestal wash basin.
    En-Suite 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , incl. local hand-made wash basin.
    En-Suite 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , incl. local hand-made wash basin.
    En-Suite 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , incl. local hand-made wash basin.
    Downstairs Loo - Toilet , incl. local hand-made wash basin.
  • All the bathrooms have their own WC and hand basins, which were individually designed and hand made by the village 'faiencier' (fine potter) who has his shop next door to the house. All the taps and shower units are in solid brass; some of the showers have 'sunflower-head' units.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be two extra-large single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be two extra-large single beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be two extra-large single beds.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be two extra-large single beds.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be two extra-large single beds
  • The five bedrooms are all extra large. They range in size from 22m2 to 36m2. They are all equipped with two extra-large single black iron beds which were tailor-made for the house by the local blacksmith. They can be used as singles or put together to make a 'King size' double. All the clients say that they are extremely comfortable. There are two cots also available. Four of the bedrooms have an en-suite walk-in shower, the fifth bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and shower unit.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Video Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Television
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Tennis Court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • recreation centre
  • cinemas
  • ruins
  • naturist beach
  • water parks
  • zoo
  • caves
  • autumn foliage
  • marina
  • churches
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
  • forests
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • medical services
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • tennis
  • surfing
  • jet skiing
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • water skiing
  • ski
  • mountain biking
  • whitewater rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • mountaineering
  • snorkelling
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • hunting small game
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
Clients are greeted by the house owner who shows them around the property and explains how everything works. There's a welcome fruit bowl on the dinning room table and a bottle of the best local wine in the fridge. The 'Bible' of the house has recommendations for sightseeing, activities, the local markets and dining out. The walled garden and roman 'basin' style pool are cleaned regularly.
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