BASTIDE OLEANDER: The house is set in 8 acres of olive, oak and pine trees with wonderful views south across its terraced olive grove towards the distant hills of the Massif des Maures. Surrounded by peaceful countryside the property is away from the road, is totally private, secluded and not overlooked. The lower terrace has a 10m x 5m heated swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers around it. For safety it has an electrically operated rigid cover conforming to the French safety laws for children. Surrounding the house there is plenty of space to enjoy, including a boule court, table tennis and lots of old stone terraces to explore. At the back of the house is a large gravelled area with plenty of parking. The house is reached by its own country track which is not suitable for very low slung sports cars.
LORGUES: From Bastide Oleander it is 5km to Lorgues with its pretty squares, fountains and narrow picturesque streets. Located in the heart of the Var department it has all the usual amenities a town offers, with lots of shops, 2 supermarkets and for eating out it has many bars, street cafés and excellent restaurants including the Michelin starred Bruno. Each Tuesday morning there is a large market which is thought of as the best in the area. You can buy clothes, baskets, pottery, sample local produce including cheeses, tapenades, olive oils and choose from hot roasted chickens, hams and paella to take back for lunch.
BEACHES: The beautiful beaches of the French Riviera are easy to reach with the nearest being those around Sainte Maxime and Frejus, both taking about 40 minutes to reach. The famous beaches around St Tropez take just over an hour, or north in 45 minutes is the large unspoilt Lac St Croix with swimming and many water sports on its turquoise water. At the top of the lake is the Gorges du Verdon, known as France's Grand Canyon and you can kayak or pedalo up the mouth of the gorge in the most spectacular scenery.
PLACES: Nearby places well worth visiting include the Abbey du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans-la-Cascade, and the many picturesque villages such as Tourtour known as ‘the village in the sky’, Entrecasteaux with its Château, Salernes famous for its pottery, Cotignac and Villecroze to name just a few. Lorgues is in the middle of a wine growing area and there are many wine domains nearby to visit for tasting and buying the excellent Côtes de Provence wines.
ACTIVITIES: There are water parks for the children at Sainte Maxime and Frejus about 40 minutes away, tree top adventure parks within half an hour and there are lots of places for kayaking with the nearest being 10 minutes away on the River Argens. Golf courses are about a 30 minute drive away with St Endreol at La Motte and Barbaroux at Brignoles. At the house there is a file with all attractions in the vicinity.
TRAVEL: To get to the house there are 4 airports convenient for using: Nice (1 hr 10 mins), Toulon-Hyeres (55 mins), Marseille (1 hr 20 mins) and Avignon (1 hr 50 mins). They offer a wide choice of airlines flying from the UK including BA, Flybe, EasyJet, Cityjet, Jet2 and Ryanair. Driving the nearest access/exit to/from the main motorway, the A8 autoroute, is at Le Luc by the Toulon junction (15 mins). By train the station is at Les Arcs/Draguignan (15 mins) and its also a TGV stop.