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Charming village house with pool and garden in the Provence Cote d'Azur region

John and Danièle SHAW

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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John and Danièle SHAW

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Charming village house with pool and garden in the Provence Cote d'Azur region

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John and Danièle SHAW (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
28 January, 2015

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 working village with good facilities like shops and restaurants that are open all year round.. 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. Two almond trees and an apricot tree provide welcome shade and privacy. It is ideally situated, very close to the centre of the town where there are restaurants, shops and bars. There is also a doctor and dentist in the village. 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.

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Charming village house with pool and garden in the Provence Cote d'Azur region
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Charming authentic tranquility & a v good base

  • 4 of 5

My wife & I enjoyed a wonderful stay in a typically rustic & excellently-equipped home of great character & history - a former silkworm-rearing building.

Also - the very good wifi at the house was, for us, an added bonus for researching some of our local trips/keeping up with news etc.

It's so tranquil there. We relaxed on the patio, in & out of the sun, had a few dips in the little pool, constantly admired the idyllic views across the hillside & made friends with one of the self-assured visiting neighbourhood ginger cats. All very relaxing - just what we were after.

Being a split-level property there are a few steps, & a slope or two for getting to/from the main entrance - but that's all absolutely fine for adults with no mobility issues.

Callas village, where the house is, really is a charming corner of authentic France. We didn't really expect, not want, to hear a British accent for a week or so, & we didn't - so it's lovely sometimes to be nicely off the beaten track.

The location is totally unspoilt & an extremely good base from which to tour the region by car: from the natural beauty of a drive up to Castellane to the more obvious wish-list locations of soaking up Cannes, Antibes & St Tropez - each about an hour away, or more if you wish to take the scenic leisurely routes like we chose to.

We alternated on our evenings between comfortably cooking & dining at the house & sampling each of the very good 4 village restaurants which you can stroll to in a matter of a few minutes.

Well done John & Danielle for finding & creating such a lovely holiday house here & thanks too to Sophie & Sebastien (who oversee the property locally on their behalf) for their friendly welcome & such willing assistance & local expertise (well worth listening to) when meeting with keys etc on arrival.

Tip for guests: the lower-level double-bedroom is a fair bit cooler in the summer at night than the main upstairs bedroom - so if you've got the choice (we were spoilt - we did!), then maybe keep that thought in mind.

P & Z,

Hertfordshire, UK.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nice
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Le Saint-Eloi
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
St.Endreol
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Les Arcs-sur-Argens
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Le Muy junction 36 on A8
Nearest Restaurant
0.07 Metres
Callas
Nearest Ski
64 Kilometres
Gréolières-les-Neiges
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Sainte Maxime
Car: necessary

Callas is an ancient olive-growing village a few kilometres east of Draguignan, half-way between Sainte Maxime on the coast and the stunning Gorges du Verdon. St. Tropez is a 15-minute ferry ride across the bay from Sainte Maxime, while the Iles de Lérin (where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned) are short ferry-rides from Cannes. Also well-worth a visit are the Jardins Mediterrannéens at Rayol on the coast an hour from Callas. Callas still has its own olive mill and twice-weekly markets. Provencal wineries abound. Art exhibitions and music festivals take place frequently in Callas and in neighbouring villages, while artisans like the soap-maker, the vinegar maker and Santon-doll maker ply their trade. The Lac de St. Cassien provides water sports, golf is on hand at St. Endreol while the Verdon area is excellent for rafting, hiking and climbing. There is also spectacular walking in the Esterel and along the coast. The Thoronet Abbey and other medieval churches and villages, e.g. Fayence, Seillans, Mons, are within easy reach. For skiers the resort of Gréolières-les-Neiges is less than an hour away.

Golf: There are many excellent courses, the nearest being St. Endreol which is 20 minutes drive away. Barbaroux, near Brignoles, is superb, as is St. Victoire at Fuveau near Aix-en-Provence. The Esterel and Cap Esterel courses at Saint-Raphael are also very good, as are the courses at Taulane, Tourrettes, Cannes-Mougins, Biot and Roquebrune-sur-Argens.

Ski: Gréolières-les-Neiges, about an hour from Callas, is a very pretty resort for alpine and Nordic skiing.

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Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday house in Callas, Draguignan region

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Early Summer
4 Apr 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
3 night minimum stay
€390
for 3 nights
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€130
€850
 
 
High Summer
13 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
€950
for 7 nights
€950
 
 
Late Summer
29 Aug 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
€390
for 3 nights
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€130
€850
 
 
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3 night minimum stay
€300
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€600
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €100.00
Notes 30% deposit when booking, then the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Callas in Draguignan region

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Jacuzzi
  • The upstairs bathroom has a shower cubicle. The downstairs bathroom is brand new and the bath has jacuzzi and shower fittings.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes providing plenty of space. The twin bedroom downstairs is without windows.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Smoking not allowed inside the house.

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