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This villa was everything we expected and more. Beautiful location, secluded yet within walking distance from Bagnols. All our needs were catered for within the villa and the pool was excellent. Would certainly recommend a visit here and would hope to return again ourselves. Our hosts were very helpful and on call for anything we needed. This made such a difference in helping us to enjoy our trip to France.
We wanted to award la Maison du Canard 4.5* as it is so close to being the perfect home-from-home for an authentic Provencal holiday, but you can't! The house is set in an ideal situation about 10 minutes walk from the pretty village of Flayosc and a short drive to Draguignan for all the shops, museums and supermarkets you need. Flayosc has a really great bakery close the church; a friendly greengrocers close to the post office and a great deli in the same location. The restaurants are mostly found in the main square, with 3 attempting reasonably priced high-end cuisine, but we found Le Melissan to be good value for money, with cheerful service and good food. We also had a superb meal at Le Cigalon (close to the village car-park and Boules courts) sitting on its intimate terrace.
The house itself is airy and more than spacious enough for the six of us and has been tastefully decorated and furnished to keep its Provencal heritage whilst embracing the modern. It is easy to see the owners obvious passion for French brocante! Downstairs the master bedroom is extremely large, but the twin bedroom rather cramped and no access to a wardrobe. Also the separate wc feels rather claustrophobic and being under the stairs lacks ventilation! However, one feels you could easily just live upstairs if only 4 stayed at the house. The dining and living area is comfortable and has modern media system- but we never once used it. (Very good wi-fi though - necessary for 2 teen girls!) We spent most of our time at the house so made good use of the kitchen and bbq. Yes, the kitchen needs up-dating, but we found it perfectly serviceable - the fridge was fine and the hob a typical electric one. Again, the kitchen has a Provencal authenticity to it, so to up-grade it unsympathetically would loose the house's identity and would be a shame.
La Maison du Canard's piece de resistance is its outside terrace with perfect pool, patio furniture and super views. It was the best place to relax and enjoy the sun. The terraced gardens have the potential to be amazing - we made use of the herbs. Judith had warned about the tiger mosies, so took all precautions, but the minute the sun disappears behind the trees they appear on the terrace! Next door's spaniel also often took a stroll through the gardens! Also, be careful when popping down to the chapel -a lovely St Bernard followed us back & explored!
Special mention must also go to Judith and Keith who were on hand at a text!