5 Bedrooms, 5 en-suite power shower rooms. Exceptional lux accommodation for 10
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter: 21 - NoneNone
- Covid19 Cancelations 30 to 0 days before check-in due to a national French government ‘lockdown’ (i.e. travel ban) will get back 100% of amount paid.
- Reservations are normally from Saturday to Saturday. But other arrangements are possible when agreed with the owner.
- Pets are allowed on the ground floor of the property but not in the bedrooms. Pets should never be left alone in the property.
- English, French
About Ron Alldridge
I am a typical ‘Brit’ living the dream … or rather escaping the hustle and bustle of big city life. Before coming to France I lived in the centre of London and worked as a reporter for BBC Radio.
Ron Alldridge purchased this House in 2003
Why Ron Alldridge chose Varages
The house is unique and hugely characterful. The Maison de Maître (or Master’s House) was build just about the time when William Shakespeare was writing his poems and plays, and 30 years before Harvard University in the USA was established. I am sure of the date as when renovating the property in 2003 we discovered a plaque in the wall which was initialled by the two chief ‘Compagnons’ (master builders). ‘MA’ and ‘FP’ finished their work, as it is clearly inscribed, on ‘The last day of March, 1609’. A lot of the original features remain. The most impressive perhaps is the stone floor of the vaulted entrance hall - the same stone as can be found in the Catholic Cathedral in near by St Maximin St Baume. Who can imagine who has trodden these massive flagstones in the last 400 years! The walls are built from rocks and ‘tuff’ found in the fields around the original village. Most of the walls are 70 centimetres thick with large tall windows fitted with outer ‘volets’. The thickness of the walls make the house a wonderful refuge of coolness in the summer, and preserve all the warmth of the property in the winter. In the main salon the wild cherry tree beams are six meters long and support in their turn 160 smaller beams which hold up the floors of the bedrooms above. Most of the floors in the house are covered with ‘tommette’ – the local hexagonal deep-red terracotta tiles for which this area is famous throughout France.
What makes this House unique
The house is in the very centre of the little village. Step out of the front door and you’re in the central ‘Place’ with the main village fountain just a few meters away. In the summer, with the windows open, my day is accompanied by the trickle of water dribbling from it’s four spouts. The village has it’s own water source just a short walk from the house. All that can be seen is a little still clear-as-clear-can-be pond. If you weren’t aware of it’s abiding importance to the village and all who live here you would walk by it without a second thought. But the water that fills this pond comes from an unknown source deep beneath the ground. It has never been known to dry up and apparently springs to the surface within one degree in temperature be it 35 degrees in the summer or -12 in the winter.