Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Tourrettes - Les Amandiers
3 beds, sleeps 6, set in 2,200 m2, 50 mins Nice, near beaches, lake
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).
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
About Jill Claxton
We live in Richmond upon Thames, near London and have 2 teenage girls and our black lab Florence who sometimes dons her beret to join us in the south of France! My husband works in media and with his frequent travels finds Les Amandiers a perfect bolt hole to escape to. As you will gather it is very much our second home and therefore different from a standard rental property.
Jill Claxton purchased this cottage in 2004
Why Jill Claxton chose Tourrettes
We've always wanted a house in Provence and were enchanted with the ancient unspoilt village of Tourrettes whist staying with a friends who's had a house for many years there. On a subsequent trip we looked over Les Amandiers and fell in love with it - most particularly the incredibly beautiful, panoramic view bowled us over. The house too has masses of charm, we just had to have it! We have had wonderful times in the years following with our own growing family and visiting friends. And now after many years of waiting for approval we are finally putting in a new pool immediately below the terrace which we are really excited about. We adore our French home, all the stresses of life just melt away after an hour or so of being there ..We have two girls of 16 and 19 who love the house too. They're older now but when they were younger we felt happy to let them roam freely in the village and around and about in a way that just doesn't seem possible at home, transporting them to a rather bygone age befriending the local cats, checking out the market or messing about in the river down the road, their ‘dingly-dell’. Since the house is perched on a hill we could usually spot them quite easily. They are mad about horses and ride locally too, there’s a wonderful riding school about a mile or so away and it is much cheaper than UK.
There are lovely walks to be taken straight out of our garden gate my favourite being following the lane at the end of our drive upwards passing beautiful Provencal mas’s along the river and into open countryside fringed with the cork trees of the Foret de Callian. Our children love the local (10 mins away) lac de St Cassien with its pedaloes, little beaches for swimming and nice café for snacks. Riding too is possible around the lake. There is also a junior (Go-ape type) camp for children where they can swing between the trees!
What makes this cottage unique
We’ve owned Les Amandiers for about 7 years and it is a much-loved house which we feel is particularly special. It's magnficent terraces and pool overlooks the unspoilt, romantic village of Tourrettes, 2 mins walk away. Markets, restaurants, the lake, the sea and the proximity to all the 'hotspots' of the Riviera are a stone's throw away and a particular lure we thought in years to come for our growing teenagers! Winters too are particularly special and the mists over the Esterel Mountains in the morning are unforgettable.
The house faces south and we’re blessed with the sun all day long. From our terrace you can see for miles over an incredibly beautiful, unspoilt vista towards the Esterel Mountains, St Tropez and the coast. We sit on a hill just above the lovely village of Tourrettes, about two minutes walk away. The village is medieval and totally unspoilt due in no small part to its mayor who believes fervently in preserving its beauty and authenticity with little encroachment from the last few centuries. A major concession of his however are the amber lights which illuminate the village at night - making it a beautiful sight to gaze upon over dinner from the terrace!
As of May 2013 we have just completed a new swimming pool which we are absolutely thrilled with! It's a few steps down from our main front terrace and we hope to have many long lazy days swimming and lieing on the terrace around the pool!
Our most popular beach location at the moment is Theoule Sur Mer which is about 25 mins away and is a residential seaside town. There are a number of different beaches with nice little restaurants and cafes, jet skis, sailing boats etc. If you take the coastal road south from there towards St Rafael it is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly scenic as the road winds round above azure waters, wonderful little coves to say nothing of the beautiful houses,many Belle Epoque, belonging to the rich and famous!