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.
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 with private pool, terrace, close to village
Mike Hill/Susan Hill
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Jan 2019
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
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
I had a wonderful stay at this place with my family this summer. The views are stunning, especially from the pool. It’s quite a climb up the steps but worth it! One of our favourite aspects was the fact you can easily stroll to the village from the house to buy fresh croissants from the local boulangerie or for an late afternoon glass of wine in the village square. We tried all 4 restaurants which were very good. The house itself was clean and is a mix of Provençale and contemporary styles. The location was great for us as we visited some of the lovely villages in the area as well as Ste Maxime and Cannes. The owners, who were very helpful, suggested that we took the boat to St Tropez to avoid the traffic. I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone who wants to experience authentic rural Provence as well as have easy access to the Cote D’Azur without the expense or the crowds.
Hi Matt we are really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your holiday at our villa. We would be very happy to welcome you back again soon. Mike and Susan Hill
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.
We are disappointed that you personally found that our house did not meet your expectations. The instructions that you received before your arrival clearly state in bold that the driveway is steep and you need to take care, as well as there being two mirrors to assist you on arrival and departure, which is the case with most of the properties in the area. The house is described as “Provencal style” and the property’s images clearly show its characteristics and kitchen facilities. All the appliances are in full working order. We do not have a/c nor is this suggested on the website. We are sorry that the ants were a nuisance; this summer was particularly hot which has caused extra problems. Unfortunately, this was beyond our control and insects are part of life in rural Provence. Had you mentioned this during your stay to our manager, she would happily have helped. Regarding the steps, the website states that there are several steps up to the pool and that the villa is unsuitable for those with mobility problems. The garden is beautiful during the summer months, thanks to our passionate gardener working hard to maintain an exquisite variety of plants to greet our guests when they arrive. The other areas are planted with olive and fruit trees and the petanque area is adjacent to where we store our logs for our winter guests. We regret that you felt the house was not good value for money. Our pricing is based on the market value according to the Home Away website which we believe is reasonable and in line with similar properties in the region which accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms.
A thoroughly enjoyable vacation in a wonderful property.
Les Rays has rustic charm, local character and is set in a wonderful location with fantastic views.
Whilst the small village feel of Callas, with a few small shops, restaurants, boulangerie, tabac and a Saturday market in the village square, just a 10-15 minute enjoyable stroll down from the property, although a car is highly recommended due to the hillside location and terrain, which then opens up some beautiful villages in this idyllic area of Provence.
The property does have quite a steep drive but then reveals this wonderful property. On a large landscaped plot surrounded by its own selection of olive groves and grape vines, there sits this lovely house, mostly on the ground floor, but leading to a first floor master bedroom with dedicated en-suite bathroom and own private balcony. Breakfast from there provides excellent views of the whole region, with the tolling of the bells across from the village church.
There is a large lounge and dining area and well appointed kitchen, but for our stay we enjoyed our evenings at the outside covered family dining area through the large glazed double doors off the lounge.
Behind the property rises via a series of steps to the elevated large swimming pool, with a dining and sunbathing paved area surrounding the pool, and changing / toilet facilities.
The property is ideal for a family or group, with 4 good sized bedrooms and the 2 bathrooms, and a separate WC. Families with Infants, pushchairs, or perhaps elderly or disabled wheelchair dependant members should review the collection of photos for suitability, as the pool area would be difficult to access.
This is a perfect way to see Provence, and to feel at peace with the region. Character, charm and a wonderful vacation with wonderful friends. We shall be sure to return again.
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit this lovely review of our property. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed the villa and Callas so much and would be very pleased to welcome you back again in the near future.
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.
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.