Traditional Provencal Villa in Cavalaire - 15 minute walk to the beach, town and marina.
It is a detached 3 bedroomed property built in provencal style, all on 1 level, with beautiful internal wooden beams and fireplace. All 3 bedrooms are for use - 2 doubles and a twin.
There is a double room with french doors leading onto the terrace, and a double room with ensuite shower and wc and utility area. The 3rd bedroom has large wardrobes and twin beds. There is also a double clic clac double bed settee in the lounge. The lounge is large with a separate dining area and there are 2 sets of french doors leading onto the terrace and garden.
There is a bathroom with bath, shower and bidet, and then a separate wc off the entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen (with dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob, fridge freezer) from which there is a door onto the covered terrace with large table seating 8.
The gardens are on 4 sides of the property, with many Mediterranean flowers, shrubs and cacti. the gardens are lit at night and the newly built decking area has beautiful views towards the sea and islands.
There is a new exterior table tennis table with bats and balls for your use.
Also there are chairs for the beach, toys for the children, and a small paddling pool if you would like it.
The villa has internet - wireless free for your use.
Cavalaire as a holiday resort: Cavalaire is unique in that it retains its French family resort. It is a village in its own right and all year the bars, restaurants and many shops are open. Events taking place can be found on the Cavalaire web site or the St Tropez site. Both of these give information on special events and fete days, sporting events and general details of life in the 2 villages.
The coast around Cavalaire is rocky with pretty sandy accesible coves, although the 3 mile sandy beach of Cavalaire is beautiful. The headland to the east - Cap Lardier,is a national park and will never be built on. The walks around this headland are superb. Alternatively to the west at Le Rayol there is the marine national park, with scuba diving and snorkelling available and the most beautiful gardens. There are weekly musical evenings held at these gardens on a terrace overlooking the sea.
St Tropez - as other towns and villages nearby are all accessible by bus - its so cheap!
Isles d'Or and St Tropez: The Isles d'or to the west of Cavalaire, are a group of islands accesible by ferry from Cavalaire or Le Lavondu. Levant is half military and half nudist, the second Port Cros is a national park with a beautiful tiny hamlet with restaurants - escapism at its best. The third Baghad is uninhabited and the fourth the largest Pourquerolles has a thriving village, vineyards and fantastic walking and cycling. Bikes can be rented for the day. The trip is well worth doing, but has to be reserved a day or so ahead in the summer.
To the east and west of Cavalaire there are many hill villages to explore, some rural and others like gassin a tourist stop but well worth seeing - the best views of the gulf of St Tropez in the area.
Lastly St Tropez has to be on the list to visit. It is a facinating place, expensive yachts and motor palaces alongside fishing boats. The shops are worth a look but just wander the streets and up to the fort and cemetry. The winter is great for exploring it.
Cannes, Monaco, Nice: Cannes has its film festival in may, and can easily be reached in an hour from Cavalaire. Likewise Monaco and Nice are only 2 hours away and can either be visited as a day trip or with an overnight stay. The Voiles de St Tropez - a celebration of old j class boats, takes place in October in the bay of St Tropez. What an event this is to see - fantastic fun to watch even if you do not sail yourself. The specific dates are on the St Tropez web site. Westwards from Cavalaire, lies Hyeres and Toulon. Both of these towns are nice to visit and the airport of Toulon/St Tropez is only 40 minutes from Cavalaire and on a bus route. Toulon is also where the TGV stops. The coastline is spectacular all the way from Cannes to Marseille. Although it is very easy to spend the whole holiday in Cavalaire and its near surroundings it is definitely worth visiting one or two of these towns. If you would like to go to Corsica, then the ferry leaves from Toulon.
I have had my holidays in Cavalaire since 1968! although Cavalaire has changed it has become a friendly village with bars and restaurants open all year. When I was a child we had to collect the ice in a straw bag from the man cutting the blocks of ice at the end of the road, so it has definitely changed for the better. The villa was originally my parents house, and now we spend a lot of time there ourselves, holidaying and gardening! Personally I love the beaches and sea. We snorkel and swim a lot and now I scuba dive as well. We hire boats for the day from the rental company in the village, always a wonderful day out.
Although it is easy to drive from england, we normally fly, either into nice or Marseilles- and then hire a car. We search the Internet for the best deals and do not find it expensive. Although not imperative it is useful to have a car for the holiday, some of the best beaches are a few miles out of Cavalaire.
We eat at home mostly, however we do love the variety of restaurants in the village, but we enjoy shopping in the local shops to cook a BBQ in the garden.
I love having my cafe au lait at the local cafes in the morning, after my early morning swim- such a treat to sit and watch the world go by!
The villa is only a ten minute walk into the centre of the village ( slightly longer back up the hill) but its situation allows a very peaceful stay with wonderful views. The garden we try and keep to a high standard, with a variety of Mediterranean plants. We love having our aperitif on the terrace watching the sun go down behind the Mauree hills, and then in summer, autumn and spring eating outside. The villa is traditional, so cool in the heat and warm in the winter. Although we are letting it successfully, primarily it is our home, and we keep all the useful iteBms there that would be useful to visitors.
We use good quality linen and towels, we do nearly all the cleaning ourselves so ensuring a very high standard , and try and provide a welcome pack for your arrival. The garden is lovely, and we have focused on outdoor eating and relaxing. There is a beautiful large wooden hammock, as well as sun loungers for your use. Last year we made use of a corner of the garden that was not being utilised, and built a decked terrace which now has a set of outdoor chairs and table together with outside lighting. It has proved a great success and we use the area a lot ourselves. In the summer we bought a full sized table tennis table, we used to have one, and felt that not only do our family like having it, but that others would use it as well.
We keep a small amount of toys for use for the children in the garden and a small football table. We welcome all children and hope. That they will be of use. Also we have a toddlers reclining chair for your use, and to the other extreme a wheelchair for those who have mobility problems.
In the villa we have many games, jigsaws, CDs, DVDs, Internet access, plasma flat screen tv and a DVD player. We as a family love playing the traditional games when we are there, although the tv is useful if the weather is not at it's best!
We continually try to update the villa and it's contents, and have a visitors book for any suggestions.