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A gorgeous villa with a large pool and huge terraces set in a chestnut forrest.

John Roadnight

Member since: 2012
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Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A gorgeous villa with a large pool and huge terraces set in a chestnut forrest.

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in La Garde Freinet - Villa Alexandre

Nr St Tropez: pool, views, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 11

SPECIAL OFFER NOW ON: 10% OFF LISTED PRICES FOR 2015 BOOKINGS. Lovely provencal-style villa set in chestnut forest, with 11.5 m pool, covered and open terraces and stunning views over wooded valley. Outside dining (10) under vine-covered pergola. Close to village.

Downstairs: Large entrance hall with bookshelves and pc station. Beamed living room with wood fire-place, two sofas and armchairs, TV etc and beamed dining room (seats 8): both open onto terraces and have pool and country views. Well equipped large kitchen. Spacious airconditioned master suite with private living room ( large sofa, 2 armchairs, TV) opening onto terrace, with large bath/shower. Small Double-bed 5 with luxury shower room.

Upstairs: Curved staircase to Double-bed 2 with ensuite shower, a/c and great views; Double-bed 3 with french windows to lovely private covered terrace, a/c and views; Twin-bed 4 with a/c. Family bathroom. Mosquito screens on all windows.

All bedrooms except Bed 5 have large fitted cupboards and chest of drawers.

Broadband, phone and satellite TV.

Many guests to the Villa Alexandre can't tear themselves away from the lazy lifestyle it offers, with drinks on the terraces, dips in the shimmering pool and lunches, dinners and barbecues under the vine-draped pergola - though the ultra-energetic drag themselves off for a game of boulles in the gravel terrains in front of and behind the house.

But there is a lot more to do if you are so inclined. Closest to home is the village of La Garde Freinet - about 1.5 km or a 20 minute walk away. The village goes back to Saracen times, and slightly challenging walk takes you to the ruins of the old fort and the more modern giant cross which dominate the village from the hills above. The village is very old with narrow winding streets, higgledy-piggledy houses and fountains everywhere. There’s a mediaeval church, the original old stone clothes washing vats with a stream running through, and a very good tourist information office. Although it’s small, it has everything you need, including La Poste, hairdressers, two butchers, two bakers, two general stores, a pharmacy, a few antique shops and galleries and eight or ten bars and restaurants, all with terraces overlooking the delightful pedestrianised main cobbled street. Twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays, there’s a market where all sorts of local and imported produce can be bought – twenty kinds of olives and local olive oil, cheeses, artisanal bread and patisserie, locally grown fruit and vegetables, patés, hams, local pottery as well as straw sunhats and local fabrics. There’s even a fish stall and a locally-famous transvestite d’un certain age selling roasted chickens...

La Garde Freinet is a very authentic village, somehow a little more real than the beautiful but rather chocolate-box village of Grimaud, a couple of miles down the hill. But Grimaud, and it’s quaint but slightly ersatz baby brother Port-Grimaud, certainly deserve a visit – beautifully conserved architecture from the middle ages in the one and a very good fist at creating an old provencal fishing village in the other – Prince Charles would love it. Like all the towns and villages in the region, all have a selection of differently priced restaurants, many serving local specialities.

St Tropez needs no introduction, and you either love it or hate it. It can be brash and showy in the way it displays its money, but there’s no doubting the charm of the old village (and the prices in the designer shops…). And the St Tropez beaches at Pampelonne are some of the best in the Mediterranean, with a wide range of restaurants and beach clubs catering for both family and the ultra glitzy. We provide you with a back-road map to the beaches which allows you to avoid the traffic chaos of July and August, and both the town and the beaches of St Tropez have ferry services from Cogolin Plage and Sainte-Maxime. The super yachts in the harbour and the restaurants, .bars and nightclubs set the place apart from anywhere else I know…

Personally I prefer to stay by the pool with a book and a G&T, but there’s plenty more to do that doesn’t involve St Trop, including many quieter beaches. The spectacular Gorges de Verdon, Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon, is about 70 minutes drive away, through beautiful stone villages and stunning countryside. As well as the scenic drive around the Gorge you can swim or canoe in the beautiful Gorge. There are wonderful walks around the village or in the national park which surrounds it, we have at least five golf courses within a thirty minute drive and two equestrian centres, including the famous St Tropez polo club, within the same distance. There are also lots of wine estates offering tastings (the locals favour rosé, for some reason, but all the local wines are very drinkable).

Two excellent supermarkets at Cogolin and La Foux (both 15-20 minutes away) make the weekly shop quite painless. The display and variety of fresh fish and shellfish is truly amazing, and the deli counters provide you with a host of great starters and cheeses.

This is the first time I have let my house, though friends and family who have stayed over the years have, without exception, fallen in love with it and the whole locality. The aim is to create a comfortable, carefree environment rather than a show house and I have set a weekly rental which I aim to be lower than comparable properties as I want the place to be used and as many people as possible to enjoy it. If there’s something you need to make the holiday special for you then I’ll do my best to accommodate you. Towels, beach towels and excellent linen will be provided, and a mid week clean can be arranged if you require it. My name is John, and please contact me with any questions.

My philosophy is that it's good to have the house used, and so I have fixed rents - even before any discount - at about 20% less than the rate for similar homes in the area, making this beautiful, big villa with its wonderful pool one of the best deals in the area.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
John Roadnight (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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About John Roadnight

I've always loved France, and when I retired in 2007 I wanted to escape the greyness and rat-race of London for the lifestyle and sunshine of the South of France. I've known and loved this area for forty years, and it's great to have new people discovering it for the first time. It gives me a real thrill that people who stay at Villa Alexandre have such great family holidays in s beautiful corner of France.

John Roadnight purchased this villa in 2007

Why John Roadnight chose La Garde Freinet

I wanted a house close to a beautiful and full-service village and close to lovely St Tropez. La Garde Freinet ticks all these boxes, with its lovely village centre, friendly restaurants and bars and wonderful countryside surrounding it. I wanted a house which was big enough to have family and friends stay 'in bulk', and with enough living area that we wouldn't get under each other's feet. Villa Alexandre is perfect for this. It also has lovely large terraces - open or under the covered pergola, and a larger than normal swimming pool. The views from the house across the valley are stunning.

What makes this villa unique

The house is very private, so if you want to walk around nude, then that's fine. The 10,000 square metre grounds are mainly chestnut forest, and if you visit in the autumn you can help yourself to these, or to the porcini mushrooms which abound there. I also love the huge master bedroom on the ground floor, which is effectively a good-sized one bedroom flat.

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A gorgeous villa with a large pool and huge terraces set in a chestnut forrest.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Absolutely what it says on the tin - lovely !!!!

  • 5 of 5

In my past experience, you might as well try your luck with the euro millions as pick the right villa for your holliers off the internet - sad but true -!!

Photoshop does it's thing, owners hide behind agents, who skulk behind the gardener, all of whom then hide behind web sites and the inevitable small print, and hey-presto every place can appear like the Villa Alexandre in the shake of a little lambs tail.

Difference is though, the Villa Alexandre is the real deal, a lovely 'family feel-good' house, full of books, personal stuff, and that slightly beaten up effect that immediately makes one feel relaxed and at home. Don’t expect hot and cold running luxury here, or any other pretentious flim- flam, this is a Gentleman's residence, a home away from home, comfortable, well appointed, lovingly maintained, and, lucky for us, available at a very reasonable price to rent.

Best of all, the Gentleman in question (Please note the capital G) has the chutzpah to put his photograph up on the website (next to his personal mobile number !) and, from the moment of first contact, we knew we were dealing with an honest, helpful, and straightforward owner. No problem was too big or too small not to merit his immediate or undivided attention, or if appropriate, be handed on to his team "on the ground", who were equally helpful and obliging in the face of every eventuality.

Five minutes in the (essential) car sees you in the centre of La Garde Freinet, bakeries, butchers, and bistro's, the usual South of France deal, only way better than most, (plus one of the best wine shops I have come across anywhere in France - no BS !!).

Fabulous walks start outside the front door, and twenty minutes behind the wheel gets you to the beaches at Cigaro, or several others either more or less grand, and finally, traffic permitting, (and providing that this is indeed your thing), half an hour sees you ringside in the circus that is St Tropez.

And yet, sitting by the large and lovely pool that actually works, or on the sun kissed terrace shaded by abundant and mature vines, you could be lost in a reverie a million miles away from civilization, pondering upon the most beautiful verdant and unspoiled views sweeping down across the valley below.

All in all this was a great find, you will be well looked after, and providing your expectations are more or less within what is on offer here, you will have a lovely time

We had a ball, and hopefully, we will be back -!!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful Family Retreat in Wonderful Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We - grandparents through to grandchildren - had such a great fortnight at the Villa Alexandre in July/August this year.

The accommodation was as described and when we arrived all was very welcoming clean and ready for us. The living areas were very airy, spacious and well appointed with a well stocked kitchen. The bedrooms were very comfortable with super bathrooms/shower rooms ensuite or adjacent for bedrooms 3 and 4. Any small problems - new gas bottle for the barbecue for instance - was dealt with immediately by Paul who was very helpful. We and especially the children had such great fun by the pool and on the large terrace - eating outside from the 'barby' through the day and in the evening was an absolute delight - happy memories!!! La Garde Freinet is a sweet village - with lots of cafes/restaurants and a good Spar for necessities - which gave us a true taste and feeling of France. There were supermarkets in nearby larger towns for larger shops - on the way to the beaches which are truly fabulous especially plage de Pampelonne. Can't wait for next summer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Everything we hoped for... and more!

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a fabulous two weeks in Villa Alexandre in August. The house is very spacious, tastefully furnished and has everything and more than you would need for a stay, while the air conditioning was a bonus in the summer heat.

Our teenagers loved the large pool so much that we always spent at least a few hours there each day, and we have fond memories of meals on the terrace overlooking the valley below. The villa manager, Paul, was very helpful and knowledgable with advice about local restaurants and activities in the area.

Villa Alexandre is just outside La Garde Freinet, which is a lovely village with a variety of bars and restaurants as well as a delightful market 3 times a week. It is about 20 minutes from the coast, which was at it's most hectic in August when we were there, so we enjoyed leaving the bustle behind when we returned to the peace and tranquility of the villa.

When visiting St Tropez, as all visitors to this area must do, we either drove there early in the morning or took the ferry from Port Grimaud. There is something rather special about arriving into St Tropez harbour by boat!! As well as St Tropez, Ramateulle, Gassin and Grimaud are top of our list to visit, and all very close by.

From my initial enquiry, John, the owner, was really helpful, answering questions and providing lots of information promptly. I can only praise him, Paul and the pool man who could not have done more to make our stay so wonderful.

My only concern now is that other people will read about Villa Alexandre, and we will not be able to get the weeks of our choice next year!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely and generous review. I'm very proud of the house, and always delighted when my guests have a good time. I don't know what it is about HomeAway, but all our guests have been the nicest people, and all have respected and loved the villa like their own homes. We'll be carrying out a few improvements over the winter, so hopefully next year's guests will benefit from these. John

Perfect place for family holidays

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Villa Alexandre during Pentecost 2012. We, being two couples with 3 children and 2 dogs, felt welcome and taken care of from the start.

If need be John the owner and/or a trustee were ready to help/assist readily.

The villa is cosily nestled into the hills approximately 2 kilometres off La Garde Freinet with charming views to the surrounding hills. The place is well appointed and very clean. The outdoor area is perfect for coming together at the big patio table or lounging at the pool. We all had a great time and the dogs were no problem either and could run freely.

We`e looking pretty much forward staying another time at Villa Alexandre and can recommend highly John`s place to everybody looking for a lovely place with a very charming proprietor.

Best wishes from Munich

Hans + Hiltrud-Hugo and Eddy the Lab

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Beautiful villa in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our family holiday in Villa Alexandre. We stayed for a week in July 2012, the weather and location were perfect. La Garde Freinet is a picturesque hillside town, with several good restaurants and bars, and only about a mile from the villa. It is also an easy drive from the villa to the fashionable resorts on the coast such as Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud.

The villa itself is large and spacious with a fantastic outside space. The pool is big enough to swim in properly, and was kept clean (as was the rest of the villa). The views from the terrace over the countryside are amazing. Breakfast in the cool of the early morning sitting on the terrace, or early evening drinks watching the sunset are both memorable in their different ways.

The kitchen is well stocked so there is no need to buy things like oil, herbs and spices. There is also a well stocked library and an excellent wifi connection. The owner, as well as Alan who looks after the property, are very helpful and booking was made simple.

All in all this is a lovely villa which has all the elements necesssary to allow you to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the sun. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect villa with all amenities

  • 5 of 5

Villa Alexandre was a beautiful place to stay with everything you need to make your holiday perfect. We spent two weeks here enjoying the house, pool, bbg and big garden. Breakfast on the terrace with panoramic view was a goog start in the day.

The standard of facilities in the house is high class. Everything is perfect equiped: the kitchen, the livingroom with fireplace and HiFi, TV with Sky and the bedrooms with aircondition, own bathes and high-quality linen and beds (the best we ever had in a rental house).The master suite is a dream to sleep.

The road in the near doesn't matter. The biggest discussion of the day was do we chill out by the pool, or do some sightseeing.

Alan, the caretaker and friend of the owner, lives in the village and helps immidiate by problems.

My wife and I stayed first time in the villa, but surely not the last time.

Gabriele and Joachim

Freinsheim, Germany

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your generous review of your stay at Villa Alexandre. I’m delighted you had a good stay: I’m someone who loves to receive guests, and it’s important to me that even paying guests feel welcome and enjoy their holiday in my home.


Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Marseille and Nice
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
La Garde Freinet
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Beauvallon and Sainte-Maxime
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Les Arcs - TGV
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Le Luc on A8
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
La Garde Freinet
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Cogolin/St Tropez
Car: recommended

La Garde Freinet is a picturesque 'full-service' and self-sufficient historic town high up in the beautiful Maure Mountains, with its cork and chestnut forests and stunning walks in the nearby national park. It's close to picture-book Grimaud (6 km) and to St Tropez with its famous beaches and elegant boutiques (less than 20 km); it's within striking distance of all the famous Provence beauty spots like Aix en Provence, the spectacular Gorges de Verdon, the hot-spots of Cannes and Nice and innumerable Provencal village gems. La Garde Freinet has a full range of food shops, twice weekly food and crafts markets and excellent restaurants and bars set around a traditional sleepy and traffic-free square. It's about 80 km from the airports of Nice and Marseilles (Easyjet) and 50 km to Toulon (Ryanair). Excellent supermarkets are at Cogolin and La Foux, about 15 mins drive away.

This holiday villa is close to a whole variety of stunning beaches and resorts along this lovely coast, and the area offers everything a golf or horse-riding enthusiast or a nature lover could wish for.

La Garde Freinet has an active community of French and expatriots - it's a year-round village, not just a summer one, and local groups and the commune arrange festivals, concerts and entertainments throughout the year.

Villa Alexandre is a comfortable, well-appointed house in which you will immediately relax and feel at home. While you sip a glass of cool local wine around the pool or prepare a barbecue on the terrace with its lovely views over the valley, the workaday world seems a million miles away.


Prices & Availability

From €1,700 Weekly

Prices for this holiday villa in La Garde Freinet, St Tropez region

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early summer
2 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid summer
27 Jun 2015 - 31 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer
1 Aug 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €500.00
Notes This is the third year we have let the property, and our guests have loved the house and had a great time. We aim to give very good value to build up a client base. On this basis we believe that our rental rates are already 20% below the market rate.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in La Garde Freinet in St Tropez region

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En suite to Bed 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Newly fitted. En suite to Bed 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Newly fitted. Shared Beds 3 and 4
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Newly fitted. En suite to Bed 5
  • Bathrooms 2, 3 and 4 were all installed new in 2010. 2 and 4 have oversized shower enclosures with sliding glass doors. Bathroom 4, which is downstairs, is intended as ensuite to Bed 5 but is also handy for those sunbathing or using the pool. There is also a separate downstairs guest w.c.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , En suite and private lounge
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , En suite shower
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , Shower room en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Private covered terrace; shares bath/shower room.
  • Bedroom 1 (the master suite with a spacious private lounge, TV and bath and shower) has two sets of french windows opening onto the ground floor terrace. It contains a large and comfortable sofa which makes an excellent single bed. Bed 5 which has less storage space than the others is also on the ground floor - ideal for kids; the washer/dryer cupboard (and the garage, which is used for storage) is accessed through Bed 5. Bedroom 2 has its own en suite shower room - newly created - bookshelves and a lovely view across the valley. Bedroom 3 is slightly smaller but has french doors to its own covered terrace with lovely views, which is effectively an extension of the room. Bedroom 4 is large and has two single beds. Bedrooms 1-4 have air conditioning and mosquito screens at windows. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 5 have own ensuites. Beds 3 and 4 share a bathroom. Beds 1-4 have large fitted wardrobes and chests of drawers. Hair dryers, good quality bed linen and towels provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The pool is not gated, though it has a toddler alarm. I suggest that non-swimming toddlers need to have an eye kept on them. There are two downstairs bedrooms for infirm/wheelchairs, and terraces and pool are all on the same level as the house (apart from minor threshhold steps - say 10cms). There is, though, a short slope or afew steps from car park to front door. Dogs love it here... They can wander around to their hearts' content. There are flower beds around the pool and and, plants on the terraces and roses and a large white grape vine bedecking the pergola under which the outside dining table is placed. The grounds are heavily wooded and slope down from the house - offering fun exploration for children and short rambles for adults. In the autumn we often have an amazing crop of porcini mushrooms which guests are welcome to pick.

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