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Debbie Stratford

Member since: 2004
Speaks English, A little French

Superb villa with HEATED pool, stunning views, 2min from village, Broadband

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Callas - L'Etoile du Sud

3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, Sleeps 6-7

L'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. Beautiful Provencal villages, St Tropez and beaches 40-45min, vineyards, golf, watersports, horse-riding, family entertainment - all nearby. 1 hour Nice airport, Marseille 1hr 20min. HEATED 10 X 5 M Saline pool June-Sept+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. Child's z-bed and/or cot also available. Central Heating and duvets for cooler months. SKY TV, DVD Film Library. Stereo system with CD/Cassette (I-pod compatible). Wall safe. Phone for incoming/outgoing calls + free WiFi . AS A FIRST POINT OF CONTACT WITH US PLEASE CLICK ON 'ENQUIRE NOW' NOT 'REQUEST TO BOOK'. DESPITE WHAT THE WEBSITE MAY SAY WE DON'T ACCEPT ONLINE BOOKINGS

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 various treatment packages from €80. 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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Debbie Stratford (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, A little French

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.

Debbie Stratford purchased this villa in 2004

Why Debbie Stratford chose Draguignan region

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 but equally we and quite a few guests choose not to go anywhere and just stay put.

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.

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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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)
Superb villa with HEATED pool, stunning views, 2min from village, Broadband
average rating of 4.970588 based on 35 reviews
Auckland, New Zealand
5

Heavenly!

  • 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: Jun 22, 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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5

Little Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Although it was our second visit and we knew what to expect it was still very difficult after 3 weeks to leave this Little Paradise. The quietness, sublime views and wonderful property layout, along with the weather, food and many nearby attractions simply made us relax, forget the outside world and live the dream. Hope to be back again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted to hear your return visit was as wonderful as your first. We will of course be delighted to see you back again one day
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Fantastic week in France!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week holiday in beautiful villa situated in French hills. The villa was clean and well maintained, and description of the place was accurate. The villa manager was very helpful.

The property is located near a small village Callas, within relatively short distance from Saint-Tropez (we recommend taking boat from Sainte-Maxime to reach Saint-Tropez), Cannes and Monaco. The drive along the coast in between Cannes and Saint-Tropez was wonderful.

There are a few restaurants in Callas serving a local food and some more in the villages situated about 2 miles away. If you fancy a bit of fine dinning we recommend Les Gorges de Pennafort.

There were only four of us staying in the villa, hence we have used only two bedrooms, but there is much more space to accommodate more people comfortably. We would definitely recommend this property and would like thank the owners.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful 10th Anniversary Trip to Provence!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at L'Etoile du Sud in Callas for a week in late April 2016. Let me first say that we had an amazing trip and the villa exceeded our expectations. I'll break my review into three parts.

First-the villa itself. Etoile du Sud is a really charming property! It's an old stone cottage that's been updated and modernized with very nice finishes and furnishings, while maintaining the character of a old Provincial villa. It was just the two of us, and the villa was extremely spacious and comfortable. I would think that a larger family or up to three couples would be very comfortable and not feel cramped at all. The furnishings and beds were very comfortable. We found the kitchen to be much better equipped than most vacation rentals we've stayed at. The outdoor living spaces were very spacious, with a large, pretty pool area and an elegant outdoor dining area. While close to town, the villa feels very private-really can't see any neighbors at all from the property. I think we were the first guests of the season, and everything was in perfect working order and ready for the summer. In my opinion, the pictures in the listing don't do the villa justice-it's roomier and more beautiful than depicted inside and out.

Second-the region. Callas is a very small village about an hour north of the Mediterranean coastal towns of Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Its just over an hour from the Nice airport. We found Callas to be really quaint. In April, it seemed pretty quiet (which we love), but it appears that things get pretty busy in July and August! We enjoyed coffee and croissants every morning in town, and ate at most of the restaurants in the village and had some nice meals. Jeanne at the wine shop was great helping us select some nice wines of the area. During the week we visited many small villages around Callas as well as Monaco, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and the Gorges du Verdon. The area is just so pretty, with landscape that reminds me of a lot of California. We found the locals everywhere to be super helpful and language was not an issue at all for us with little French skills.

Finally-the transaction. Debbie and David were great to work with. The contract and information was very complete and professional, and Debbie was quick to answer any questions we had. Gill the local caretaker gave a great orientation and was available for anything we needed. Overall, we were extremely impressed with the entire rental experience!

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can we book again for next year?

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Debs and David for making such a wonderful place for other people like us to experience the joys of Callas and surrounding area. We had a fantastic 2 weeks in L'Etoile du Sud and were very reluctant to leave when our time ran out. To be honest we hardly moved from the villa, except for food shopping and the local markets, as the house and pool offered everything we needed. The boys were so happy to spend all day in the wonderful heated saline pool and we were equally happy to sit by either reading or soaking up the spectacular views. Our only lengthy time away from the villa was a day trip to Gorges du Verdon which was a huge hit with the boys especially when we took out a pedalo and swum under the waterfalls. We cannot recommend L'Etoile du Sud more highly. A well appointed villa with excellent facilities, perfectly equipped and maintained and well serviced by the very charming and helpful Gill. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing 10 days

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing stay. The house is so well equipped and comfortable. Gill was very helpful and it was good to know she would be there to help if we had questions. We did the walk into town most mornings to collect baguettes and croissants but spent most days by the pool or under the mulberry trees reading. Our son really wanted to visit Monaco so we did a day trip - he was very happy to add another country to his list but I wouldn't recommend it!

We went to the Gorge du Verdon twice - it is stunning. The first day we drove around it and the second day we returned to do 'Aqua Randon' ( I think it's called? ) - it was fantastic fun floating down the rapids in wet suits - just the right level of action to thrill all of us from 13 years old to me. That was a day my mum stayed back at the house under the trees! This trip was her first holiday to France - and she was enchanted. She even swam in the pool. There is so much more to see in the area and we would love to return one day. Thank you , Deb, Tom, Daisy, Sam and Marie

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased Etoile suited all three generations of your family and you had such a lovely time. Thank you for sharing details of your excursions - we shall have to try the randon at the Gorge, sounds great fun. We would of course be very happy to welcome you back any time in the future. Gill will be with us again in 2016.
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Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nice, Marseille, Toulon
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Kilometres
Callas and Bargemon
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 and Bargemon
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Callas, Draguignan region

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Summer
25 Aug 2016 - 14 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Late Season
15 Sep 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
May 2017
18 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 21 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,700
for 7 nights
£1,700
 
 
Early Summer 2017
22 Jun 2017 - 12 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
High Season 2017
13 Jul 2017 - 23 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,600
for 7 nights
£2,600
 
 
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4 night minimum stay
£600
for 4 nights
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£150
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

5% reduction for second week if made at time of booking.
£600 security fee is due with final booking
A £60 per week pool heating fee is mandatory from May to September

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Callas in Var

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
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. If you wish more information on the area please contact us for a web link.

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