Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Callas - La Magnanerie
Renovated stone house with small garden, pool and great views
This old silkworm-rearing building has recently been totally renovated. The higher, most-accessible entrance, adjacent to the village streets, is on Rue Vierme Basse and the lower entrance is on the Boulevard des Poilus. The house is on two levels. The upper floor of the house has exposed beams. Level with the garden, it has a small kitchen, a living-dining area, a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower and toilet. The lower level is accessible from both an outside stairway and an interior spiral staircase, and contains a bathroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, a hallway and a garage which opens on to the Boulevard des Poilus. The garden has a terrace with a superb view towards the Pennafort Gorge and the red Maures hills beyond Le Muy and Roquebrune. You can relax on the lawn, shaded by almond and apricot trees, or cool down in the standing 9m2 hexagonal pool.
In and around Callas: La Magnanerie is in the heart of this ancient village. Within two minutes walk you have a bar-cafe and a choice of four well-priced restaurants. You can get your bread and croissants from the excellent local bakery and the day's British newspapers from the nearby grocers. Historically famed for its olive oil, Callas has a modern olive mill and shop while the nearby museum explains the traditional methods of production. The soap-maker, vinegar-mill and santon-maker are close by and well worth a visit. The popular twice-weekly markets enable you to sample local produce and crafts. During the summer months there are regular art exhibitions and music festivals including the Festival de Musique Ancienne with concerts in the churches of Callas and neighbouring villages. Between Callas and Le Muy, with its gigantic Sunday-morning market in the old streets, you will see many wineries, particularly noted for their Provençal rosé and white wines.
Exploring the local area: From La Magnanerie you can explore the old streets or follow trails through the old olive groves. A 45-minute walk takes you to the 12th century Chapelle de St. Auxile on the hill to east of Callas. The beautiful villages of Bargemon, Claviers, Figanières, Seillans, and the hilltop town of Fayence, all with their cafés, restaurants and spectacular views, are short drives away. High-quality golf courses are within easy reach as are water-sports at the Lac de St.Cassien and there are many opportunities for horse-riding, cycling and hiking too. The beaches, cliffs, coves, fishing villages and towns along the Cote d'Azur are without parallel. Sainte-Maxime is easy to reach and from there you can take a ferry to St.Tropez which retains its charm. To the north is Europe's own Grand Canyon, the stunning Gorges du Verdon, with breathtaking views, especially at the Point Sublime and along the Route des Cretes.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About John and Danièle SHAW
We are retired high school teachers; John is British and Danielle is French.
John and Danièle SHAW purchased this house in 2011
Why John and Danièle SHAW chose Callas
We wanted a holiday home in the warm south of France, in a quiet, rather than busy, village or town. Situated half way between St. Maxime on the coast and Castellane in the Gorges du Verdon, about 45 minutes drive from each, the small town of Callas perfectly suits our needs. The house had been recently renovated and has its own small garden and private pool. It is ideally situated, very close to the centre of the town where there are restaurants, shops and bar. The opportunity to get fresh bread and croissants within walking distance was a strong factor in our decision to buy this house! Also the fact that the property is a restored stone-built magnanerie (silkworm rearing building) gives it an extra cachet, in our opinion.
What makes this house unique
The very easy access to shops and restaurants from the house is important to us, and having a secluded little garden and pool of our own is quite unusual so close to the town centre.