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Luxury Villa, Close To St. Tropez With Heated Pool, Extensive Grounds and A/C

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 12 people, recently renovated, beautiful setting

This stunning villa is a fantastic base for a holiday in the St. Tropez area of the Côte d'Azur as the routes to all the major attractions and famous beaches are easily accessible. Villa La Prairie offers guests contrasts between exploring the peaceful hilltop towns and countryside of Provence with the buzz and excitement of St. Tropez.

Villa La Prairie has been completely renovated and is furnished and equipped to a very high standard, with air conditioning installed in all bedrooms. It has a contemporary French style and a bright and spacious design. It is situated in protected farmland and surrounded by vineyards. The secure, gated grounds make it ideal for families with children, and the secluded pool area and terraces on three levels allow guests both privacy and space for relaxation. The villa is set within beautiful contained parkland gardens, with green sweeping lawns and mature trees. The views from the gardens and terraces are breathtaking.

The villa also features a beautiful new pool house and large stone terrace with outside entertaining and seating areas, which can be illuminated at night to create a perfect ambience for balmy summer evenings. The pool can be heated to ensure that guests can enjoy the benefits of swimming from Easter until late summer.

The secluded pool area in the Upper Garden is perfectly situated to have sunshine throughout the day. The pool house, lawns and nearby trees give the opportunity for shade. The pool is alarmed and has entrance steps to give easy access for the elderly or small children.

Within the gardens there is a wooden slide and swing set for children to enjoy. The owners have their own small child so the villa is equipped with new high quality resources including: a travel cot; stair gates; toys; a 'Stoke' highchair and most things that families would need to cater for their children whilst on holiday.

The design and layout of the villa works extremely well for both couples or up to two or three families. Villa La Prairie is the perfect place for entertaining. The large covered terrace and al fresco dining area is the best setting for breakfasts, BBQs or watching the sun go down with a glass of rosé. The property is on three floors and all bedrooms have reversible air conditioning and views over the vineyards, beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside.

First Floor

• One double bedroom with super-king sized bed

• One bedroom with 2 adult sized bunk beds (ideal for children or


• Shared bathroom with bath, shower, wash-basin and WC

Ground Floor

• Modern well equipped kitchen with large range cooker, American

fridge / freezer, dishwasher and microwave.

• Large light and bright living and dining area with French doors

leading to covered terrace and al fresco dining area

• Fireplace with newly fitted 'Chesney' log burning stove

• TV with SKY and Orange, DVD and CD player, Wi-Fi Broadband


• Spacious entrance hall and downstairs cloakroom

• One double bedroom featuring a French king-sized sleigh bed with

en-suite shower room, wash basin and WC. French windows lead

to private terrace over looking garden

Lower Floor (Garden Level)

• One double bedroom with a king-sized bed, with its own

bathroom with shower, wash basin and WC

• One large family sized bedroom with a king-sized bed and

2 full-sized single beds, en-suite bathroom with bath, shower,

wash basin and WC

• Garden level rooms have their own private terrace and seating

over looking the gardens

• Utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble drier, fridge,

kettle and mini-grill.


• Covered upper terrace with outdoor dining furniture to seat 12

• Gas BBQ

• Secluded swimming pool, pool house, pool alarm

• 8 Sunloungers

• Large wooden hammock

• 3 large sun umbrellas

• Wooden swing and slide set

• Boulodrome / Petanque court

• Floodlit grounds

• Electric security gates with automatic lighting

• Large resurfaced drive

The property is beautifully maintained and presented by our English and French speaking property managers who live close by and will be at the villa to meet you and make you welcome on your arrival. They have a very good knowledge of the surrounding area and can give advice and help if necessary during your stay.

More Details

Fran and Nick Gowlland
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Fran and Nick Gowlland

We, the owners, Nick and Fran Gowlland, are British and have a six year old daughter. We have both travelled extensively and have had the privilege of staying in some amazing places but the South of France and the St. Tropez area is the place we love coming to more than anywhere else. The minute we arrive at Villa La Prairie we feel relaxed and at home. We hope that this will be how our guests come to feel about their stay.

Fran and Nick Gowlland purchased this villa in 2010

Why Fran and Nick Gowlland chose Cogolin

We bought our property after carrying out extensive research and visiting the area ourselves as a family over several years. Villa La Prairie has the layout, space and design that really works for groups of families and friends and this was important to us when buying our French home. The pool, gardens and views are restorative and we felt this as soon as we visited the Villa. We knew from the experience of being holiday makers in the St. Tropez area ourselves which beaches, villages and facilities it would be important to be near, but we also wanted to be able to access key routes to destinations easily without being caught in the summer traffic. The geographical position of Villa La Prairie managed to meet all of our criteria.

It was also important for us to buy a home that we could renovate and design to ensure that we offer all the modern contemporary requirements that family and guests expect, whilst maintaining the French charm we had fallen in love with when we first saw Villa La Prairie. We have worked very hard with a great local team to renovate our home to a high standard.

What makes this villa unique

Villa La Prairie offers the perfect combination for a luxury holiday destination. It is unique in the sense that it is rurally situated in tranquil vineyards, but only 15 to 20 minutes' drive to the most popular destinations in the St. Tropez area, and positioned so as to avoid peak season traffic. It also offers guests opportunities to enjoy the experience of a traditional French town, which functions all year round. We particularly enjoy the area in the spring and late summer, and every time we visit there is more to explore.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cogolin in Var

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lower Floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Lower Floor
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Ground Floor
  • All the bathrooms within Villa La Prairie have been recently renovated and contain high quality fixtures and fittings. The owners have taken great care in designing the bathrooms and they reflect the neutral, contemporary style of the villa.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , First Floor with views over the gardens and vineyards
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , First Floor with views over the gardens and vineyards
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ground Floor with private terrace and views over the gardens
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Lower Floor with large terrace and views over the gardens
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Lower Floor with large terrace and views over the gardens
  • The bedrooms at Villa La Prairie have been recently renovated and beautifully furnished. All bedrooms have reversible air conditioning. The bed linen and accessories are of high quality and in keeping with the contemporary French style of the villa. Every bedroom has a beautiful view over the gardens and surrounding countryside. There is little or no passing traffic along the lane and the only disturbance the owners have sometimes heard is the noise of the nightingale at night. The bedrooms on the Ground and Lower Floors have their own private terraces equipped with bistro tables and chairs. The owners have redesigned and renovated the villa so that it works for different groups or families. The layout of the villa ensures that parents are able to be in adjacent rooms to their children. It also gives two or three families enough personal space within separate parts of the house to allow privacy. The bedroom on the Ground Floor is also ideal for a Nanny or Housekeeper.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Babies and Children at the Villa. We, the owners, have a small daughter and therefore there is equipment for children and babies at the villa, which we are happy to share. We hope that this may make it easier for guests with young children and request that it is used with care and cleaned after use. Prior to your arrival please indicate which items you would like to use in order to help our managers prepare for your stay at Villa La Prairie. The following items are available: John Lewis travel cot, mattress and sheets; ‘Ready Bed’ (a blow up bed); safety bed rail for bottom bunk bed, (upper bunk already has wooden safety rail); ‘Stoke’ high chair; ‘Phil and Ted’s’ travel seat for attaching to stable outside wooden tables; three 'Mothercare' stair gates; ‘In the Night Garden’ travel booster seat; changing mat; bath mats; training loo seat; potty; step for the loo; step for the sink; a set of plastic tableware and cutlery x 4; a selection of toys in the toy box; ELC swing and slide.


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Luxury Villa, Close To St. Tropez With Heated Pool, Extensive Grounds and A/C
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Beautiful Villa in excellent location!!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous villa, just as pictured with well equipped kitchen, pool area, and comfortable beds, nice clean and well kept bathrooms, spacious grounds with boule court and plenty of space for the kids to run around. Felt tucked away amidst the vineyards yet close enough to pop in to Cogolin every morning for fresh bread and croissants. Close drive to the beach or some of the beautiful hillside villages in the area. Would love to come back and spend another week or more here!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Anusha, we are so happy that you all had a great holiday! You are very welcome back any time. Best wishes, Nick and Fran.
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Beautiful villa - a paradise near St.Tropez

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with this place and we loved every minute we were here. The villa La Prairie has everything you could want for a beautiful holiday.

The house itself is beautifully decorated and well equiped and in the garden there are so many areas in which you can relax. The pool is fabulous. We and our children had so much fun. We would definitely recommend Villa La Prairie to anyone looking for a wonderful stay with family or friends. It‘ s a perfect place and very well positioned to visit all the fantastic french towns like St. Tropez, Gassin or Grimaud. Nick and Fran, the owners and also the local managers are very friendly and have lots of helpful informations. Thank you so much for this beautiful two weeks at your villa. We would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa la Prairie

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a very enjoyable week at the above property. The villa is beautiful and furnished and equipped to e very high standard. It is conveniently situated close to many historic villages and beaches and to St Tropez.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hâvre de paix tout près de St-tropez

  • 4 of 5

Quel plaisir de séjourner dans cette charmante villa et d'alterner entre parties de boules sur le terrain de pétanque ombragé du joli jardin, baignade dans la très agréable piscine et repas entre amis sur la grande terrasse... le tout au calme tout en étant proche de St-Tropez et de diverses plages. Lits très confortables, cuisine bien équipée, matelas gonflables et jeux pour la piscine... Nick et Fran ont tout prévu pour le confort de leurs hôtes !

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Practically perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This has to be the cleanest, best equipped villa we have ever stayed in. It is beautiful inside and out with everything needed for a great holiday. Peaceful at night and very effective, quiet air conditioning. The villa is very well maintained, so child friendly and just superb.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise in France

  • 5 of 5

There is a certain expectation which every person holds when holidaying in the South of France, Villa La Prairie exceeds those expectations. When entering the Villa’s grounds you cannot help but be blown away by the 360 degree views right in front of you, that smell that the South of France carries automatically puts a smile on your face, I knew at this point my holiday had started and the dreaded cooking, cleaning and tidying which I am sure every mum out there can relate to, was going to stop for 10 blissful days.

The Villa is designed for spacious and easy living, I never felt at any point my friends and I were on top of each other whether that be in the living room, kitchen or by the pool. The Villa also somehow encapsulates what an adult needs to enjoy their holiday as well as being totally welcoming to kids and utterly child friendly from top to toe.

In terms of location, this villa hits the nail on the head for me personally, tucked away far enough for me to be separated from the hustle and bustle that St Tropez can sometimes carry, but close enough for me to drive there for a spot of breakfast, lay on the famous beaches and of course hit the St Tropez shops! On several occasions we also took a short drive to explore the surrounding old villages which set the scene for plenty of wine filled dinners.

I was very impressed with the presentation of the Villa itself, on arrival every room was spotless, clean and welcoming, the pool area had plenty of beds to lay on and the pool itself was very hygienic, it is clearly taken care of around the clock.

Over all, my stay at Villa La Prairie was wonderful, I have absolutely no complaints and it was everything I could have dreamed for. I will definitely be returning and cannot recommend it highly enough! I came back to London to numerous compliments from friends and family who told me I had never looked happier and was glowing…it must be something in the air!

5 Stars

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
St. Raphael
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A8 Jct 35 Le Muy
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Pearl Beach, St.Tropez
Car: necessary

Villa La Prairie is ideally situated to access key routes to: St. Tropez; Ste. Maxime; the fabulous beaches and surrounding small towns and villages such as Gassin, Ramatuelle and Grimaud. Pampelonne beach can be reached by the back routes, with the advantage of avoiding the traffic in the summer months. Other beaches are also within easy driving distance such as Pearl Beach in St. Tropez, Hercules and Gigaro Plage.

The wonderful location of the villa makes it the perfect holiday destination for guests who want the peace and privacy of the countryside whilst being near the famous beaches of Pampelonne and the glamour of St. Tropez. The small hamlet of La Gavotte is 5 minutes drive from the traditional old French town of Cogolin, which has a hypermarket, bakeries, shops selling local produce, a weekly market and traditional restaurants, cafes and bars. Walks through the surrounding countryside are accessible directly from the entrance of the villa and there are local maps available for guests.

The situation of the villa allows guests to drive easily to other interesting small towns and villages further afield, including Plan de La Tour, the beautiful hill top town of Bormes-les-Mimosas and the village of Collobrieres, which is famous for its chestnut festival in October. The restaurants in St. Tropez, Ste. Maxime and the surrounding small towns and villages are the best places to sample the delights of the Côte d'Azur and Provence.

There are a wide range of activities for all the family within close reach of Villa La Prairie such as: golf; wine tours; horse riding; tennis; cycling; hiking; water parks and sailing. Villa La Prairie is an ideal location for guests to stay if they wish to experience ‘Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez’ and see the stunning racing yachts in action during late September.

The Owners have compiled a very comprehensive ‘Villa La Prairie Welcome Pack’, which will be emailed to guests after booking. This will allow clients to have a good understanding of the exciting range of opportunities a holiday in the St. Tropez area has to offer and to make bookings or reservations for the coolest beach clubs, fabulous restaurants or activities in advance of their stay.

The villa is approximately 75 minutes drive from Nice Airport, and is professionally managed by French and English Speakers (JBPS Côte D'Azur) who are employed by the owners.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £892.86


The price Includes:
• Welcome pack
• Mid-week clean, and laundry of towels and bedding change each Saturday
• Bath and hand towels for up to 12 guests
• Pool towels for up to 12 guests
• Laundry for linen and final clean of the villa at the end of your holiday
• Electricity and water
• Garden maintenance
• Pool Maintenance
• Comprehensive Information Pack about the villa and surrounding area

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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