Here there is total privacy owing to its commanding position, and views nearly all the way round, sometimes glimpsed through trees. This privacy is not easy to find in an area which is more and more sought after because of its beauty and stunning scenery.
It is the setting that makes this house truly remarkable. We are close to our local hill villages, shops and supermarkets, and only half an hour from the coast. However, once you arrive you are in your own private paradise.
The amount of land here protects you from the outside world, and gives children lots of space to explore without them having to leave the property. The land could be described as wooded parkland, and has a variety of indigenous trees.
There are interesting walks and stone walls, making it a wonderful spot to walk or do your early morning 'constitutional' before having breakfast on the terrace. To awaken each morning to the stunning views of the mountains lifts the spirits for the rest of the day.
Access is very easy (not one of those tortuous steep approaches which so often go with a view) and ample easy parking. To arrive you follow the long driveway through natural woodland and finally arrive at the fountain and fishpond outside the house. This unique hilltop position, a registered bird sanctuary, ensures total privacy.
It is a nature lover’s paradise with the variety of different trees, such as olive, fig, mimosa, oak, pines, and an abundance of wild herbs. The therapeutic smell of the pines, lavender, wild thyme and marjoram, combined with the music of the cicadas and occasional golden oriole during the day, and the tree frogs and scope owl in the evenings, make this a truly magical place.
Having been to a lot of places on holidays in the past, we think this takes some beating! Fayence is set back from the coast and thus avoids the traffic and crowds, but is within easy reach if you do have the urge to visit (Cannes, Frejus 30 mins, Nice 50 mins, Italy hrs, Gorge de Verdun 2hrs)
But there is plenty to occupy you here. There is outstanding scenery with olive groves, vineyards, local gorges and rivers, and the surrounding hills change their aspect with the time of day and the weather – usually with varying shades of blue as they recede into the distance. There are 8 hill villages in the vicinity and each one holds free events, concerts and 'balls' throughout the summer. Sometimes its difficult to decide which one to go to
Fayence has a population of about 5,000, and hence is well provided with shops of all descriptions. It also has markets on 3 mornings a week. Markets are also held in the other villages, and at Le Muy there is a huge market every Sunday morning.
We have lived in this area for many years now and so are well placed to help you with any questions you might have. We have travelled a lot on holidays, and think that this is the most wonderful area to be. It has everything - fantastic scenery, medieval villages, lots of good restaurants and shops of all descriptions.
We originally moved to this area because although it was within easy commuting distance to the coast it was still very rural and unspoilt - as well as being breathtakingly beautiful. We bought an apartment in the village of Seillans, but after 3 years we decided that Fayence was a better place to be because it was larger and more lively.
Over the years we have updated and refurbished the house and always do our utmost to make sure the letting season goes smoothly without mishaps. The house is now a comfortable and spacious home carefully maintained, and we try to do everything possible to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable and trouble free stay. The grounds afford total privacy and plenty of space. It is away from roads and hence is peaceful and relaxing. As this is our home we are able to oversee the property ourselves and it isn't left to languish uncared for as is sometimes the case.
When the house is let we live in our small apartment in Fayence village.
We first saw an aerial picture of this place in an estate agents office, even before he had got round to putting it in the window. We were given directions and came round to see it straight away. Immediately we fell in love with it, and even though it was run down we could see its potential and imagine how it would be after care and attention was lavished on it.
The interesting stone wall configurations, the well, the terraces, the long entrance drive culminating in a round fish pond in front of the house – to us it was a special place. Even the name was special – ‘La Pierre Qui Chante’ on a rusty sign hanging from the entrance pillar as we arrived that first time. We do have ‘a stone that sings ‘on the terrace in front of the kitchen doors. It rings when you tap it with another stone. No one knows why.
We have traced La Pierre Qui Chante back to the land survey of 1849 - when they started doing them.The building was no doubt on this spot because of it's incredible situation. There is easy access from the road (no precipitous inclines) yet it has a commanding view. If it weren't for the trees it would be 360°. As it is you have views to the South and the North, with glimpses to the East and West. Consequently it is not overlooked and is completely private in it's 8 acre grounds.
In spite of this it is very close to all the amenities that the area has to offer.