Les Rays is within walking distance of the medieval hilltop village of Callas with its shops, twice weekly street market, bars and restaurants. This elevated, south facing, Provencal style villa, set within 1.2 acres of olive and fruit trees, sleeps 8 and is ideal for families wishing to enjoy the beaches of the Cote D’Azur or the host of activities available in the Gorges de Verdon area. It would equally suit a couple or group of friends, seeking the peace and quiet of rural Provence and excellent food and wine. During warm weather, enjoy the large, secure, private pool and the breath-taking views from its terrace. Please note the pool is situated behind and above the house accessed by several steps, the position enhances the views and offers excellent privacy. The lounge / dining room is light and airy in the summer and opens out onto the terrace and garden. In the cooler months the house is cosy and warm with a wood burning fire. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 on the ground floor, each one with double doors opening out on the south facing terrace. 1 bedroom is a double, one a twin and one has a bunk bed. There is a downstairs bathroom with bath and shower, toilet and washbasin and also a separate toilet. The 1st floor master bedroom has a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom and shower. It also has a roof terrace where you can enjoy fresh croissants for breakfast whilst taking in the stunning views of the countryside and the village or an aperitif in the evening, watch the sunset and admire the floodlit village church.
- Villa1722 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay7 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 with private pool, terrace, close to village
Mike Hill/Susan Hill
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Sep 2018
About Mike Hill/Susan Hill
Susan, Mike and Matthew and our 2 golden retrievers live in Buckinghamshire near Marlow. Mike works in the drinks industry, Susan runs an event management company and Matthew (20) is at Lancaster University. Having spent several family holidays driving through France to Provence and the Cote d'Azur, Susan studied French at University, worked in St Tropez as a student and lived in Paris for 2 years. Now, having stayed in the area on holidays, we love our house in Callas all share Susan's passion for the Provence-Cote d'Azur region.
Mike Hill/Susan Hill purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Mike Hill/Susan Hill chose Callas
We bought the house in Callas, as we love the unspoilt area of rural Provence and the fact that you can walk to the village of Callas with its shops, restaurants and twice weekly market. We can enjoy the other hilltop villages such as Bargemon and Fayence but we are also close to the beaches and it is an easy drive to Nice airport. We looked at several properties but Les Rays stood out from the rest because of the breathtaking view from the pool terrace and the upstairs roof terrace and that the house is so light and airy and completely private. Matthew loved the size of the pool and the boules area.
What makes this Villa unique
A typical day at Les Rays. Coffee on the roof terrace of the 1st floor bedroom listening to the church bells. Walk down to the village to buy fresh croissants and baguettes for breakfast on the terrace. If it is market day (Tues or Sat), have coffee at the Hotel de France with warm pastries from the boulangerie. The stalls sell local produce and there are some great gift ideas. The rest of the day you have a choice of the pool with its all day sunshine, visiting the area by car (a must - The Gorges de Verdon), a trip to the Cote d'Azur, picnics, walking, lunch in one of the hilltop villages with a glass of chilled rose de Provence. Visit the Office de Tourisme in Callas - there are activities to suit all tastes and ages. In the winter, you can ski in Grenoliers which is around 50 minutes drive. Dinner in Callas, Claviers or Bargemon - a huge choice of restaurants or a BBQ at the house but stock up with the local wine from one of the numerous vineyards beforehand! Digestive on the roof terrace to take in the view of the Gorges de Pennafort one more time before bed.
Pool / Spa
Kitchen and bathrooms need to get renovated. Dangerous drive way to the house.
The house is located on a beautiful spot in the Provence. When we arrived the drive way is a steep ramp situated right in the turn of the road. If you don’t pay attention, your car can get damaged. The kitchen and the bathrooms need to be renovated. It is a large house with plenty of space. Also the house was clean. But the AC did not work. And ants were everywhere, outside and inside the house. When we had breakfast outside, ants were on the table and on the wooden beams above you. I did not like this at all! There are 35 steps to the swimming pool which the website did not mention. The garden needs work, especially beside the stairs and at the petanque area. We did like the village of Callas but the house did not meet our expectations and the price is not worth paying.
Gorgeous villa in a lovely village
Les Rays is a gorgeous villa with everything you could possibly want for a relaxing stay. As we were travelling around for a few weeks, we were looking forward to a relaxing week and that is exactly what we got. The house, pool and grounds are obviously all really well looked after and we enjoyed all it's different elements - sitting by the pool, breakfast on the balcony, lunch under the olive tree and fantastic meals on the terrace. Also, Callas is lovely and has all you need - bakery, little supermarket, a bar where we watched the football with the locals and 4 restaurants. We managed 3 and they were all lovely! Everything was brilliant and we would love to return one day.
Lovely property with excellent pool. Owners and property manager were very helpful
The accommodation was very clean, comfortable and tidy. Pool excellent size and with handy access to a fridge/ freezer at the pool house. Lovely scenery and very restful place to stay. We tried two of the local restaurants which didn't disappoint. Temperatures were very high at times so a bit hot at night although the fans did help.
Good communication with the owner, Mike, and with Fiona, the property manager.
Lovely property and pool
Enjoyed our stay in this lovely villa with beautiful views over Callas and the surrounding countryside. The property was well furnished although we ate all our meals on the terrace at the front of the house which offered shade. The pool area was excellent although it did stand some twenty steps above the property. This however didn't cause us any difficulties. The village had several good restuarants. The location meant we could reach Cannes, Nice, St Tropez within 75 minutes or driving into the foot of the southern Alps. We all enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider coming back.
Pretty villa with gorgeous pool
Very clean and pretty villa. Fabulous pool only draw back is the long climb up fine for us younger ones but a struggle for my mother at 77. The owners of the villa were very helpful and friendly and prompt at returning damage deposit. Great restaurant in village called Hotel de France and the village doctor was very helpful when my son came down with chicken pox. I would recommend this villa to other people.
Les Rays truly is a beautiful villa in a stunning location.
Inside there are large spacious rooms, which are all furnished to a high standard. The property was lovely and clean and well maintained. My husband and I stayed with my daughter and boyfriend, we had the lovely bedroom on the first floor which had a verandah with the most stunning view. I found it difficult to drag myself away from here each morning whilst enjoying my breakfast overlooking the village and church.
My daughter had the double on the ground floor which was just as lovely with double doors opening out onto patio area.
The villa was large enough for us all to have our own space and privacy.
Outside the pool area was stunning, more glorious views. Plenty of sun beds for everyone, a very well equipped area and great pool!
I also found it difficult to drag myself away from here, but glad I did,as the area is so beautiful.
A must is the Gorge du Verdon, the many hill top villages, and a visit to the fabulous beaches.
After a days sightseeing it was great to come back for a swim before going out to dinner. We did'nt travel far in the evenings as we really enjoyed the hotel in the village. The food was excellent,well presented and good service. Italian was also good.
We also enjoyed shopping locally for produce, cooking for ourselves and then relaxing in the garden at Les Rays, followed by a game of boules, what could be better especially after a few glasses of wine!.
I would recommend a stay at Les Rays, and am looking forward to our return.
Les Rays stands in over 1 acre of land, featuring numerous olive trees, set high above but within walking distance of the charming, unspoilt village of Callas and 4km from Bargemon. South facing with breathtaking views of the village and the surrounding hills. The stunning upstairs master bedroom has its own terrace, where you can enjoy breakfast whilst taking in the vista.
Just over 1 hour drive from Nice Airport and approximately 45 minutes from the beautiful beach resorts of St. Tropez and Cannes, close the spectacular Gorges du Verdon and ski resorts of the Alpes Maritimes. The surrounding countryside is awash with many of the finest wineries Provence has to offer.
Perfect for two families, with a large private pool (12m x 5m) and terrace. parking for up to 4 cars, ideal for both summer and winter vacations.
10% non refundable deposit required on booking.