This cosy Provençal villa was recently restored and now sleeps 7. The house sits in 2.5 ha of land surrounded by Olives, vines and Cork Oak trees. The house faces south and has stunning views over farmland to the soft wooded hills beyond. You can sit on the terrace and watch the birds of prey circle overhead, listen to the crickets and watch the sun go down with a cool glass of Rose, and feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. Yet you are only 12 km from the beaches of St Tropez.
The house is small and cosy and sleeps 7 in two double rooms, one twin bedded room with balcony and a single room. There is a bathroom with a roll top bath en-suite with the master bedroom and a separate WC inside the house. The second bathroom with tiled shower and WC is accessible from the outside. The kitchen and sitting room have open fireplaces, and there is also a fireplace on the terrace for evening BBQ. There is a large pool with a safe cover, and a large Mediterranean garden.
La Garde Freinet: La Garde Freinet is a remarkably unspoilt medieval hilltop village. It has twice weekly markets and and great local family run shops and restaurants. The village sits at the base of the Massif des Maures mountains and above the village is the Fort de Freinet from which you can walk on a stunning two hour journey through the mountains back to the house. You will see views of the snow covered Southern Alps in one direction, and the Bay of St Tropez on the other. You will pass the Romanesque Chapelle de Notre Dame de Miramer high above the fields and farms below, and often you will be the only person around surrounded only by the bare rocks and the wild plants of the Garrigue. In the other direction from the house is the hilltop medieval village of Grimaud which also has great views, great restaurants and a local flea market. In October the annual Chestnut festival in La Garde Freinet is a popular local event with stalls selling chestnut themed produce as well as hog roasts and music
Beaches: The nearest beach is Port Grimaud about 10km away. From here you can also take a ferry to St Tropez which is not only a great way to beat the traffic, but also to see the many huge and sometimes beautiful yachts in the bay. The beaches of St Tropez like Pamplonne are busy and glamorous with great beach side restaurants such as the famous Club 55 where the stars like to be seen having lunch. You might prefer the quieter coves like Canadel and le Lavandou, or you can take a short ferry ride to the beautiful island of Porqueroles where you can rent bikes, pack a picnic and visit the botanical garden.
Activities, sports and sightseeing: There are quite a few Golf courses nearby, and tennis near Grimaud. There is horse riding in the village of Hameau de la Tourre 1km from the house, and of course on the beaches you can rent boats, windsurfers and go water skiing. For older children and teenagers the
go-kart track near the Geant Casino supermarket is very popular. For younger children there is Aqualand.
There are also numerous local caves and châteaux where you can sample the excellent local wines.
The local town of Cogolin, whilst less idyllic than Grimaud and La Garde Freinet has many useful shops, banks, supermarkets and also a weekly market.
The Grarde Canyon de Verdon is about an hour's drive to the North. In this amazing nature reserve you can do canoeing, rock climbing, white river rafting or just take in the incredible geological features, and breathtaking scenery.
About 35 min drive North is the perfectly preserved Cistercian monastery of Le Thoronet which was founded in 1120.
Everything was absolutely perfect. Great facilities and wonderfully welcoming home environment. We loved all the rooms. The kitchen, laundry and bathrooms were stocked beautifully. We have two very small children and three adults and we felt happy, secure and relaxed from the minute we arrived. The pool is wonderful and it is a perfect distance from the house. It was extraordinarily hot when we were there and the alfresco dining every morning for breakfast was a dream come true. We were warned, but were still shocked, at the challenging road approach. It is actually critical that you have a vehicle that is high off the ground. As we had never been to the area, we were blown away by the beauty of the surrounding villages. At first I was a little disappointed and frightened by the isolation of the villa (being a good city girl!!), but by the end of the first day, I was totally in love with it. My daughter (28) has just said she felt it had been our own family home for many many years.....a truely welcoming and wonderful piece of paradise.
This part of France is perfect for holidays, situated between the dramatic Massif des Maures mountains to the North, and the beautiful beaches of the Cote d'Azur to the South. You can choose the glitzy beaches and restaurants of St Tropez, or the quieter coves like Canadel or Le Lavandou. The beautiful Iles d'Or with their crystal clear water and unspoilt beaches are a short ferry ride away. Here you can rent bikes, pack a picnic and visit the stunning botanical gardens. St Tropez is where to go for designer shops,big yachts and people watching.
Closer to home, you can visit the hilltop villages of Grimaud and La Garde Freinet with their tiny winding streets, excellent family run shops and restaurants, and their busy weekly markets.
Local Caves where you can sample the delicious local wines are always worth a visit. For the more active there are many local Golf courses, a thrilling go-kart track for older children, as well as windsurfers and boats to rent at the local beaches.
Other Activities: Shopping, wine tasting, markets, water skiing, boat rentals, quad biking, theme park, water park, tennis.
Golf: There are numerous golf courses in the region. The nearest are Beauvalon with 18 holes, 5800 m, par 72, Valcros with 18 holes, 5274 m, par 70, and Sainte Maxime Golf - Course with18 holes, 6155 m, par 72.
Ski: There are some small local ski resorts in the Southern Alps within an hour and a half's drive.
Of the bigger resorts, Isola is 190 km away.