Cravate aux Papillons is a modern villa standing in its own grounds of 2 hectares. Facing south, it enjoys a panoramic view of the Massif des Maures and the medieval castle of Grimaud in the middle distance. A large terraced area accessible from the kitchen and sitting room provides ample shade and is ideal for eating al fresco. The 12m x 6m pool with Roman steps lies, relatively secluded, just below the villa and can be illuminated at night.
Pool and terrace furniture are provided. The kitchen is a good size and well equiped with oven, induction hobs, large fridge, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, washing machine (tumble drier in garage), electric kettle and Kenwood mixer.
The sitting room has a TV with free to air UK channels linked to a video and CD player. The master bedroom has ensuite bathroom & separate WC & bidet, Two other bedrooms are twins with shower rooms ensuite. All bedrooms have built in cupboards and mosquito netting. A studio style single bedroom is above the hall with a separate WC off the hall.
Villa: Linen is changed every 7 days for stays longer than a week. Baby sitting is posible by arrangement. Precooked meals can be delivered.
Location: The villa is in a rural and quiet setting about 2 kilometres south of the ancient village of La Garde Freinet. There one finds much of historical interest as well as modern facilities such as a pharmacy, doctor's surgery, small supermarket, bakeries, picture galleries and petrol station, plus numerous restaurants across a good price range.
Within and around the village there are a number of interesting and challenging walks.
Like almost all the villages and towns in the area La Garde Freinet holds weekly markets.
Area: Grimaud is the next village to the south. Very picturesque and well preserved, it can become a bit overcrowded in high season. On the coast is Port Grimaud, a most attractively designed 'port' for boat owners who like to look at their prize possession from their bedroom window. There are numerous restaurants and shops with a twice weekly market during the summer.
The beach there offers an excellent selection of water sports including water skiing, sailing and parapenting plus a good beach restaurant/bar. There is also tennis, go-carting and quad biking available nearby.
Port Cogolin is on the way to St Tropez. Boat hire is available subject to the appropriate certification and there are a couple of beach restaurants
The big attraction of the area is St. Tropez. Its glamorous reputation continues to pull in large numbers of holiday makers and ever larger yachts. With a big, modern marina off to one side, the harbour remains remarkably like it was when Bridget Bardot first removed her bikini.
A visit to its market is strongly advised. Getting ahead of the fashion curve and competitive pricing means fast footwork at the stalls. If all else fails every big fashion brand is represented among the many shops, and many restaurants compete to provide a most varied range of sustenance to help the weary shopper. At night there are clubs and bars to meet all tastes.
For swimming and eating we would recommend taking the road to Pampelonne Beach. Numerous restaurants operate on the beach with private sun beds and tables with a fashion show thrown in. Sometimes expensive but always fun.
Other Activities: There is golf at Vidauban and Beauvallon
Outside St. Tropez is a large funfair that operates quite late into the night. Close by is a Geant Casino supermarket that fully lives up to its name. It is huge and offers an excellent choice.
A recommended trip is to the Grand Canyon du Verdon. There's canoeing, swimming and rock climbing plus the dramatic geological formations.
Try taking a ferry to St. Tropez from Port Cogolin or St. Maxime. You'll enjoy the same view as from a multi million dollar yacht.
The area offers courses in all sorts of fields such as painting, yoga, french lanquage, bird watching and pottery.