Hiding in the shadow of a forest carpeted mountain peak in Var department of Provence, France is the ancient town of Seillans. There is an undeniable atmosphere of peace in Seillans, whose ancient villas remain in the shade long into the morning, and during the hot summer afternoon, plenty of shade can be found under the wide leaves of trees lining the boulevards and squares. Located just 18km from the beautiful beaches of the Cote d’Azur, there is nothing finer than sitting around the pool of your Seillans villa, looking across the countryside to the glistening waters of the Mediterranean in the distance.
Those looking to escape to the peace and elegance of rural Provence will find their dream property in Seillans. The main square, Placette de la Route, is completely timeless, the whole thing nestled in the shade of a huge plane tree, which has stood for centuries. There are countless cobbled alleys and streets to investigate, hiding more shaded squares, charming outdoor restaurants and ancient, gurgling fountains, which combine to ensure that you are always relaxed, and never feel hurried during your holiday. Among the most endearing sites to discover from a Seillans property are the Saracen Door, 11th century chapel and the ancient feudal castle.
The view from your Seillans villa casts over many miles of forested countryside, reaching all the way along to the coastline. The whole area is crossed by a maze of walking and mountain biking trails, leading up onto the ridges that form the horizon as well as along the picturesque reaches of the streams running down to the Mediterranean. Hiking maps and mountain bikes are both easily obtained, giving you complete freedom to explore the landscape throughout the year, protected from chilling winds in winter and the glare of the bright sun in summer.
There are a great number of festivals, events and markets throughout the year in Seillans. The annual Festival Musiques en Liberte in August is the largest festival to enjoy from a Seillans property, as international musicians descend upon the town to amaze visitors with a great mix of classical, choral and jazz performances. The Seillans pottery Market is also of great interest in the town, again bringing the whole area to life.
Frejus is the nearest beach town, and somewhere that you will get to know well if you are taking self catering Seillans accommodation during the summer. The town has not been overrun by tourists, and even during the height of the summer, you will be able to find a spot on the beach on which to relax, or to use as a base for enjoying the huge range of water sports available, especially sailing, fishing and scuba diving.
The summer seems to last almost indefinitely in Seillans. The summer weather begins to creep in at the start of May, when you can expect daily peak temperatures in the high 20’s (˚C), which rise into the 30’s for June, July and August. Seillans enjoys a fantastic Indian summer, and people can happily swim in the sea until late October. Even during the winter months, daily temperatures rarely drop below 15˚C, and you shall have much of the region to yourself.
A hire car is strongly advised when you take Seillans accommodation, allowing you to visit the beach, investigate the countryside and even explore the local cities of Grasse and Nice. Marseilles (MRS) and Nice (NCE) are the two local airports, both within an hour and both receiving direct flights from across the UK.