Relaxing holiday at le Mas
This was our second visit to le Mas. The house is spacious and comfortable, and has been planned with tout confort in mind. It is quiet, with no neighbour or traffic noise, and there is an excellent supermarket five minutes away. There are excellent restaurants (we particularly liked the Chateau de Berne, just beyond Lorgues). Should you be unfortunate enough to hit a rainy day, there is plenty of space to sit indoors, and there are big open fires in both salons. We lit a fire on our only wet day – there is little more depressing than Provence on a bad day, but a fire does help to take the pain away, and it must be wonderful in the winter.
The bedrooms are very comfortable, with attractive en suite showers (with heated towel rails) and luxurious beds and linen. On our second time, we slept in the Studio down by the pool, which was wonderful and ideal for people who might need a little seclusion.
The kitchen has a good size fridge, with extra fridge space (and an ice machine) in the outside summer kitchen, and lots of saucepans and china etc. There are several terraces and places to sit and eat, each with a different view, and the evening light over the hills is particularly attractive. It is then that the scent from the lavender and asiatic jasmine (to pick just two) becomes intoxicating.
It is an hour (roughly, I can’t remember exactly) from Nice airport, and a little less from Toulon (Ryanair). We shared with friends the second time, and they came on the TGV from St Pancras via Lille (a very simple platform change with plenty of time) and got off at Les Arcs, about fifteen minutes away.
The only minor drawback is possibly the entrance to the access road from the main road, which is not exactly beautiful, but soon forgotten after we arrived!
There are lots of villages to visit within easy reach (try Tourtour), and markets abound, particularly at Lorgues which is the second largest after St Tropez. St Tropez itself is less than an hour away by car and can be reached by boat from St Maxime if you can’t face the parking there (we can’t!).
We strongly recommend this villa to anyone.
With reference to the points that we are asked to cover:
Was the listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, facilities, etc? Yes
Was the property clean, was it well-maintained, etc? Yes
Did the owner provide good customer service? Yes
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