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Superb villa with HEATED pool, stunning views, overlooks Callas village

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property


Villa Etoile du Sud is in a tranquil setting of two acres of olive and fruit trees, with stunning views of the village and Maures hills, minutes from the village. If you're looking for somewhere special for family or friends then this is it. Just read the reviews. Beautiful Provencal villages abound, St Tropez and beaches 40-45min, vineyards, golf, watersports, horse-riding, family entertainment - all nearby. Don't miss visiting the Gorge du Verdon about 40 minutes to the north with spectacular views, and outdoor activities from pedaloes on the lake to white water rafting on the river. The villa is 1 hour from Nice airport, 1hr 20 from Marseille and for those lucky enough to fly into the provencal airport at Toulon it's an hour. The pool is 10m a 5m, HEATED from May-Oct with salt water and an electric security cover. The villa is furnished and equipped to a high standard for easy home from home living. It's light and spacious and sleeps 6 people comfortably. A child's z-bed and/or cot are also available as is a high chair. There is Central Heating and duvets if you wish to stay during the cooler months. Throughout the year the skies are invariably blue - it's not called the Cote d'Azur for nothing. We have SKY TV wich includes SKY Sports, a DVD Film Library and plenty of books. There is a Stereo system with CD/Cassette (I-pod compatible) and to keep your valuables safe there is a Wall safe. The phone will accept incoming and outgoing calls and we offer free WiFi. CHANGEOVER IS GENERALLY FRIDAY TO FRIDAY FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER. POOL OPENS IN MAY AND HEATED MAY TO OCTOBER

Sports: The famous Gorge du Verdon offers Canyoning, Rafting Kayaking, sailing and swimming and beautiful sightseeing. The close lake of St Cassien also offers watersports. Bicycles, tennis courts and crazy golf available at Figanieres (5km) and we believe there's a new riding establishment about 1km out of the village. There are at least 8 golf courses within an hours drive. The nearest is the beautiful 18 hole course at St Endreol, La Motte (10-15mins). St Endreol also has a Day Spa with Spa Packages from €59. The Terre Blanche at the Four Seasons Hotel at Fayence (approx 25 mins) is stunning and now reportedly one of the best in the Provence/Cote d'Azur area. A keen golfing client recommended Taulane as one of the most beautiful he's ever played and with wonderful restaurant. In winter Downhill Skiing available at Praloup, Isola 2000 and Auron (2hrs drive) or more locally at Greolieres (45mins). Ever been gliding? Try it at Fayence. Callas has it's own Tourist Office.

Medical: Callas has a medical centre and dentist. The doctor speaks some English. A general hospital with Emergency department is at nearby Draguignan (15-20 minutes). Nearest Pharmacies are at Bargemon (5mins drive) and Figanieres (10 mins drive).

Wine: There are hundreds of wine Domaines in the region. You'll pass 6 or 7 just driving from the motorway to the house. In the villa is a book 'The Top 100 Vineyards in Provence' which is just a tiny fraction of what's available or read what other guests have enjoyed in our visitors wine book. Dame Jeanne in the village has an enviable selection. Plenty of sampling on offer. Try the Maison des Vins at Les Arcs which is laid out like a library of wine from only the Provence region. They have at least a dozen wines on tasting.

More Details

Debbie Stratford
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, A little French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Debbie Stratford

We live in the UK and both work in TV production. We found this house in 2003. It was unloved but in a fabulous spot with outstanding views and loads of potential to make it a comfortable home from home which is what we lovingly did. Unfortunately we have little time to visit ourselves during the summer so we have chosen to rent to others who would like to experience and explore this beautiful part of France.

Debbie Stratford purchased this villa in 2004

Why Debbie Stratford chose Callas

The views, the views, the views. In the height of summer it's away from the crowds of the coast but has so much you can see and do. Don't miss visiting the stunning Gorge du Verdon and Lac St Croix about an hour to the north. Often we and quite a few guests choose not to go anywhere and just stay put! The villa sits in an olive grove of nearly two acres and is not overlooked making it beautifully private but not remote as the village is just a few minutes away. We hope we've thought of everything to make it a home from home. We have numerous guests coming back time and time again so we think we're getting it right. One client returned for the ninth time this summer.

What makes this villa unique

Because we've tried to make it a home from home you hopefully won't think it feels like a rental property lacking this and that but where you can settle right in. Gill our villa manager is English, will meet you on arrival and because she lives locally is a source of information plus she is on hand should you have any little mishaps and need some help.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A dream holiday home. Such a beautiful setting and such attention to detail. Every comfort provided for.'

'Absolutely wonderful house - a home from home. The internet doesn't do it justice.'

'We loved the villa so much we hardly left for the whole week.'

'Fantastic villa, wonderfully appointed with everything taken care of. Stunning views and what a location.'

'We shall miss the ambience of this delightfully furnished and comfortable home, the sunset and the breakfasts 'en plein air'.'

'The villa is exceptional. Plenty of places to visit, eat and drink. We have already recommended the property to friends and family.'

'The only dampner on the weekend is having to leave.'
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Callas in Var

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Any problems or breakages that occur during your stay must be conveyed to our villa manager ASAP, not just when you leave
  • No glassware to be taken anywhere near the pool
  • Young children must be watched at all times around the pool and the cover replaced EVERY time the pool is out of site
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are well appointed and beautifully tiled. Heated towel rails in all bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , High Quality mattress, fan, hair-dryer
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , High Quality mattress, fan, hair-dryer
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , High Quality mattresses, fan, hair-dryer
  • 2 doubles - both ensuite, 1 twin - bathroom immediately opposite with walk-in shower, 1 children's bed, 1 cot.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Swimming Pool - 10m x 5m Max depth 1.7m. It is saline, heated and with electric security cover. Utility Room with washer/dryer, Butler sink and drinks fridge. All bedrooms have portable fans and hairdryers. Electric wall heaters in all rooms. Three bathrooms (two en suite). Two with walk-in showers and one with bath and shower. Villa is more spacious than floor area implies. Included in your weekly rental are bed-linen, bath and pool towels, electricity, gas, cot and high chair, cleaning on departure and pool maintenance. There is a Telephone for incoming and outgoing calls (no bar) so can be used for international calls, and Broadband Internet connection. Actual cost of calls set against your deposit. Our Manager Gill will see you in and out of the villa. Babysitting generally available on request. Beauty Therapies available in the villa. Private Catering can be arranged in advance. If you wish more information on the area please contact us for a web link.


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Superb villa with HEATED pool, stunning views, overlooks Callas village
average rating of 4.976744 based on 44 reviews
Auckland, New Zealand


  • 5 of 5

In keeping with its celestial name, this place is heavenly - we have just had 11 wonderful days there and loved every minute of it. The villa sits on a hillside overlooking the town of Callas. It is well equipped, very comfortable and offers wonderful indoor-outdoor flow. It is clean and well maintained by Gill, the lovely caretaker. Eating under the mulberry arbour was delightful and late afternoon drinks on the sunny patio became a daily ritual. Being Antipodeans, we made use of the BBQ, purchasing our produce from the local markets- we particularly liked the market in Fayence. The pool is superb - salt-water and heated - it simply entices you to relax, and you can't resist. The village is delightful with a lively and colourful Saturday market. We frequented the friendly local cafe daily for coffee, and ate our pastries there, which we bought from the nearby bakery - just a few minutes walk from the villa. We dined at La Grupie in the village and loved both the food and the friendly service. Callas is a perfect base for exploring local villages, the Riviera and the magnificent Gorges du Verdon. We drove the southern side and took an electric boat ride through the Gorges - utterly amazing, plus we enjoyed the towns of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Aups. L'Etoile du Sud is definitely a star. Thanks Debbie!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled you had such a gorgeous stay at Etoile and that you saw so much of the gorgeous surrounding areas. The Gorges du Verdon truly is spectacular isn't it. Good hint about the electric boat ride, up until now we've only white river rafted which is also amazing, although a little wetter I suspect!
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The property exceeded our expectations It was larger than it appeared in the photograths

  • 5 of 5

The approach up the track was a little challenging without the clearance of a 4 wheel drive, but the arrival was worth it. The property is well maintained with quality furnishings and outdoor equipment.

4 of us stayed in the house and there was adequate dining ware. A few larger serving/salad bowls would be god if there were more people staying.

If there were to be a niggle, which is not the owner's fault, you cannot walk to the village safely, so we were reliant on the car.

We requested a pool clean during our stay which was promptly dealt with.

Because both the World Cup and Wimbledon were on whilst we were there a new HD TV would be the real icing on the cake!

We would love to go again. It was heavenly.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Willan family, we're so pleased you all had such a good time and we would happily welcome you back in the future. Just a note on walking to the village. There is a path at the bottom of our hill Chemin Peypin so the only part of the road you need to walk on is crossing the road to get to it making it perfectly safe. If you come again we'll make sure you know where it is. It comes out just by the post office. Glad our SKY TV with Sport came in handy. Sometimes you just have to come out of the sun to watch those big events.
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Super house in lovely and relaxing hill side location, fabulous heated pool and quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house up the hill from the village of Callas. Fabulous pool with plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas and outdoor shower. Great terraces to sit out on, plenty of shade when needed. Three well sized bedrooms, two with en suite. Very well equipped kitchen and very comfy sitting room, with a wood burning stove.

We have had a super week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The village is very quiet but it has a couple of super restaurants and a small supermarket. Lots of vineyards and markets to visit.

Debbie was really helpful with our booking and responded very quickly to any questions we had before our stay. We would recommend staying here, great spot for families. We were a party of five including a 5 and 7 years old, and Nana.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia

Very enjoyable and relaxing stay at Etoile du Sud

  • 5 of 5

Etoile du Sud was like a comfortable beach house in sunny Provence. Meaning it was peaceful, relaxing and had a lovely outdoors feel with its different terraces and places to sit– a sunny spot for breakfast with views, a shady table under the mulberry trees for lunch, another space with comfortable chairs for an evening apero gazing at the panorama in ever-changing light. We were there in April so too early for the pool and its lounges. The access road was a bit daunting the first couple of times but not a problem after that, and it’s quite rutted after winter storms so needed to be taken slowly. The house is clean, well-equipped, the appliances work fine and the furniture and bedding are comfortable. It’s conveniently located between two villages – Callas itself and the slightly larger Bargemon – which between them offer a range of eateries and stores for provisions. Clotilde’s croissants are superb and getting advice from Dame Jeanne about her wine was fun. Further afield there is plenty to explore. We skipped the Gorges du Verdon having visited them previously, but on this occasion enjoyed the local countryside, e.g. the drive via Chateaudouble to Villecroze (good lunch at La Place in the square) and the beautiful Seillans (highly recommend Chez Hugo, we lunched there twice). Debbie was a great host, patient with all my questions, responsive and prompt in her replies. Gill greeted us on arrival and was most helpful in explaining how things worked. All in all, an excellent holiday in a beautiful part of Provence.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review and so glad that even in April a great time can be had. We are personally grateful for your restaurant recommendations which we shall try when we are next there. Sounds like Chez Hugo is a must. The road as you say is a bit steep but as i'm sure you'll agree the views are worth it!
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Star of the South is Heaven x

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two children , 11 and 6 and I spent a fantastic week at this stunning villa. Everything about the place was perfect, the heated pool, comfortable loungers with parasols, every sort of outdoor furniture you could want, the outdoor gas BBQ, Sky TV, DVD's, books , 3 bathrooms a fantastically equipped kitchen, where do I stop!! And I haven't even mentioned the view yet...... which is beautiful.

The nearby village of Callas has everything you need, a bakery for bread and croissants, a shop and some lovely restaurants, our favourites being La Fontaine and La Grupie. With the dramatic Gorges du Verdon and the Cote d'Azur only half an hours drive away the location is perfect for exploring.

I would highly recommend a stay at Etoile Du Sud and can't wait to book another holiday there!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another month in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Having had such a wonderful time at L’Etoile three years ago, it was with a little trepidation that we approached our one month stay this year. We need not have worried!

Everything was just as we remembered it- the comfortable rooms, the expansive views, the peace and calm and the magnificent pool. We again had some friends join us for a few days at a time -most had been on the previous occasion and were more than happy to rekindle old memories, while those new to L’Etoile were delighted with the amenities of this superb villa.

We found some picturesque new restaurants to visit as well as returning to those we had enjoyed before, and had numerous coffee stops at the many local villages. And, as ever, Gill was available to help out with assistance or advice.

L’Etoile lived up to all our high expectations-it really is a home, not a rental. Next time we go back, there will be no trepidation, only anticipation!

Iain and Liz

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nice, Marseille, Toulon
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Kilometres
Callas, Bargemon and Claviers
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
St Endreol
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Les Arcs - TGV from Paris
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
A8 Exit 36 Le Muy
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Kilometres
Callas, Bargemon and Claviers
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
St Aygulf
Car: necessary

Callas is a pretty medieval Provencal village with a grocery, patisserie, post office with 24hr banking, Newsagent, Tourist Office, restaurants, Beauty Salon etc. There's a market in the square every Saturday. Only a 10 min drive is Draguignan, the old capital of the Var, where there is a wider selection of shops and supermarkets. There is a plethora of Vineyards and Olive groves , creating a beautiful contrast against the Azure skies plus wonderful opportunities for some wine and oil tasting. Within 45 minutes you can be in the stylish resorts of St. Tropez, St. Maxime, Antibes or Cannes. The boat trip across the bay from St Maxime to St Tropez is fabulous plus you avoid the traffic jams. There's a choice of sandy beaches, the closest being at St Aygulf or Les Issambres. 45mins North you'll discover the spectacular Gorge du Verdon, one of the most beautiful canyon's in Europe. It leads down to the beautiful Lac de St Croix offering plentiful watersports . There's a variety of golf courses within an hour's drive including the highly rated Terre Blanche. The St Endreol Golf Course with its own Day Spa and a wonderful place for lunch (don't forget to book) is only 15 minutes from the villa. For days out with the children there are Waterparks, Zoos, crazy golf etc. Callas has a playground by the church. Or, hire a bike, take a beautiful walk, or sit and do nothing but drink in the quiet, the views and the wonderful local wines. Etoile du Sud is a special place.

Other Activities: beaches 40 minutes.

Gorge du Verdon: Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, picnics

Golf, Horse-riding, Vineyards, pretty Provencal villages


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

Rates include all cleaning, linen, pool towels etc and a 2hr interim clean for stays of more than one week. Any additional cleaning required by the client to be arranged and paid directly with our Villa Manager. Also includes mandatory pool heating fee of £50 between May and September.
30% deposit due on booking. Final payment and £600 security fee is due with final booking 60 days prior to booking

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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