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Live in an Unspoiled Village in Provence

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Our charmingly renovated and furnished 200-year-old village house is perfect for self-catering holidays in non-peak seasons. Out the front door: the conveniences and vitality of a working French village -- including tractors down the main street(!); out the back, an unobstructed view of the countryside from the terrace, plus the sound of a waterfall.

Four bedrooms sleep eight comfortably and privately, yet just two will feel cozy, as well. With its small pool and garden with lavender and grapevines, the holiday house, villa, vacation rental, ferienhaus or somerhaus--depending on your language--is an ideal gathering place for friends or family or an idyllic retreat for writers, artists, or academics on sabbatical. Three toilets and shower-rooms/bathrooms (one on each level); sinks in two bedrooms, ceiling fans, fuel-fired central heat (important for off-season holidays!).

The land behind the villa and its enclosed pool includes a small cottage garden. A communal path alongside the garden leads to the river's edge and a nearby waterfall. You will pass through the bountiful gardens maintained by villagers to the edge of the river.

The surrounding French countryside is filled with vineyards.... great biking, kayaking, walking, etc., are within steps. Listen to the waterfall when enjoying meals on the terrace. A local tennis club is available on a per-hour or membership basis to visitors, and horseback riding is available nearby.

You will be living in working village in rural France, not a tourist-crowded monument. Within steps are boulangeries, small shops, cafes, small markets, pharmacies, butchers, banks, post office, five wineries (in town), a traditional Saturday market, and a charming village of around 2500 people who actually like having visitors in town.

You can be as isolated as you wish yet still stroll to the Presse to pick up the day's paper, then across the street to the boulangerie for a croissant, then to the next door café for coffee. Daily fresh bread, of course, is right around the corner. Two small groceries and two fresh vegetable stores are steps away. On the outskirts of town is a larger supermarket if you feel the need for a stock-up. Even larger stores are in Brignoles, about 20 minutes away.

Carcès and other picturesque villages nearby offer lively, engaging cultural activities on a regular basis: music concerts in medieval buildings, art openings, flea markets in village squares, market days that have occurred in the same villages on the same days for hundreds of years. Within a few minutes' drive, you will find half a dozen restaurants ranging from local specialties to the highly recommended cuisine that makes the south of France so appealing.

Where in the world is Carcès? Carcès is an unspoiled village in the rosé-producing region of Provence. Located in the south of France, half-way between Nice and Marseille just north of the A8 auto route, the village is about an hour and a half from Nice, Marseille, Arles, Avignon; an hour from St. Tropez and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, to Toulon or Hyeres to the south, an hour from the dramatic Gorges du Verdon to the north.

In just 45 minutes, drive west to Aix-en-Provence to walk in the footsteps of Cezanne. Drive just two hours east for lunch in Italy. Or, stay 'home.' Fishing out the back door; horseback riding down the road; biking in vineyards and through picturesque villages nearby; the Lac de Carcès is within hiking or biking distance. A great location and an ideal accommodation.

Keywords: Provençal Winemaker's House

More Details

Betsy Brill
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Betsy and Ken speak French.
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About Betsy Brill

Ken & Betsy live in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and in Carcès.

Ken is a retired professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University, an author and inventor. Betsy is a retired a freelance writer, editor and publication designer.

Ken is the author of the textbook "Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach" and inventor of Professor Kobré's Lightscoop®. The Lightscoop solves UGLY flash problems for most 35mm SLR cameras that have a pop-up flash. Ken also publishes KobreGuide point com, a curated website guide to the Web's best videojournalism.

Betsy is the photojournalism book's designer and editor, plus COE (Chief of EVERYTHING) for Lightscoop point com. Betsy is a pro bono director of HandUp Congo (handupcongo point org). Betsy also is an enthusiastic member of the Fisherman's Wharf Rotary Club in San Francisco. Rotary is an amazing humanitarian organization.

Ken and Betsy also are co-authors of the 7th and 8th editions of another textbook, "Photography," which was based on the original Time/Life series of photography books.

Ken is 65. Betsy is, well, 4 years younger.

Betsy Brill purchased this house in 2002

Why Betsy Brill chose Carcès

We fell in love with Provence during several home exchanges in the area. When we decided to look for our own place, we both wanted a village house, where we could be part of daily life. Neither of us wanted a renovation (no good at that in the States... sure couldn't imagine it in France). Betsy wanted a garden. The intersection of all these desires turned out to be in Carcès.

What makes this house unique

We love living here because we're so well situated, both in the village and in the region. In addition to our Saturday market in Carcès, we're regulars at the Salernes Sunday market & the Tuesday market in Lorgues or Cotignac. We can be in Nice, Marseille, or even Arles in around 90 minutes. Aix-en-Provence is 45 minutes away. The Cote d'Azur is an hour away. Another of the great things is that there are art and entertainment opportunities occurring close by, as well... from jazz to contemporary art. We're out and about a LOT. We love the climate... even in the hottest weather, the stone walls in our house keep us cool... and in winter, the heat stays inside for the same reason. Amazing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Letter received from one of 4 guests who stayed for one month in fall 2006.Hi Betsy, We have been meaning to email since we returned, but somehow the time slipped away.We had such a wonderful and interesting time in your village of Carcès and your home! We spent many mornings and evenings on your back deck solving the problems of the world. First I would like to say that the French people in Carcès were so kind and helpful to us and went out of their way to try and understand our English and bad French. In fact all the people, in all the places we went, were very accomodating. The tourism offices were the best we have seen anywhere.We so enjoyed outdoor market day and bought much to eat for our meals. We also purchased much fresh fish from the ice truck that arrived twice a week. Your herb garden came in handy for our grilled fish. And the grapes were deliciously ripe and ready to eat. We bought Foies Gras from the shop near Carcès and managed to bring some home to give as gifts.Your guest book was great, especially the directions for the washing machine. We took advantage of the restaurant suggestions. We loved Le Pressoir with their mussels and pizza and their friendliness. We had dinner several times in Cotignac at La Terrasse and found it superb! Other ones we liked were La Fourchette in Avignon and for our last meal in Provence we ate at Chateau Rasque in Ampus. Would you believe that the chef's wife had written in English the menu for that evening and apologized to us for her bad English. Needless to say we also apologized for our bad French and the meal was fantastic! We found a wonderful restaurant in Maseille on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We ate a delicious Bouillabaisse at the hotel restaurant Le Rhul with a view of the Mediterranean Sea that was spectacular. As you can tell we thought all the foods were excellant and we also learned to appreciate Rosé wine.The four of us did much hiking all over Provence and Bob did leave extensive writings in the guest book at the house. The scenery on these hikes was unsurpassed. This is how we tried to keep in shape with all that food we ate. We even hiked up Cezannne's Mount St. Victoire. Fabulous!Now that I am writing about France I am missing being there. Jill was so good about keeping in touch to see if we needed anything. She did help us out when we wanted to telephone a restaurant f
Feb 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carcès in Var

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Double sinks. Plus sinks in TWO bedrooms on this level.
    Salon/Dining/Kitchen Level - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ground level - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1),
  • Books
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fuel-fired central heat, ceiling fans, full kitchen (including dishwasher, convection oven, food processor, dishware, beaucoup de cooking utensils), linens, iron, ironing board. Please limit smoking to the outside, as we are allergic non-smokers


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average rating of 4.9636364 based on 56 reviews

Surpassed our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 month stay at this beautiful property. The description of the property and house are accurate and the photos depict the house and grounds as we found them. The house is spacious, comfortable, charming and well equipped. The owners are responsive and friendly. The town is well situated for day trips in and around Provence and both the French and Italian Riviera and only an hour and a bit from the Nice Airport. We would definitely book this property again!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Paradise in Provence

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a genuine experience, you have come to the right place! Situated right in the tiny village of Carces, this rental was easily accessible, had everything we could need, and central to all the places you would want to visit in Provence. The house was clean, beds were comfy and the people in the village were friendly and welcoming - even if your French is poor! Definitely a great place to explore the south of France.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, warm, full of light and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Our group of four stayed in Carces for a total of three weeks. Sad to say, everyone of us got sick, some before we arrived, some after, and from different ailments, none of which were attributable to this lovely, quiet, comfortable house, full of light even when the temperatures were chilly outside and we were seriously concentrated on making chicken soup. We also got well, and had time to drive about to Cotignac and Aix and Frejus, easy little day trips to fascinating adventures. Whether you're sick or well, this house is a great place to work, play, and especially cook - it has the best kitchen of any house we've ever stayed in abroad, and everything you need to whip up something fantastic is literally steps away. Carces is not fancy, but sweet, with a great market, and friendly shopkeepers. We were particularly taken with the pharmacist, a brilliant diagnostician who gave us great medicine for very few Euros. If only we could have taken him home. All in all, we recommend this beautiful home - and it gets to feel like home very quickly. Lovely terrace and garden - even in late December we had breakfast in the warm sun. So many places to relax with a book, or if you can't bring yourself to disconnect, excellent wireless service. When the time came, we were sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Tx

my retirement mecca

  • 5 of 5

After 56 years of nursing, I treated myself to a 200 year old winemakers house and it did not disappoint. I rented it for 1 month and had family and friends arrive in 1 week increments. 4 bedrooms and 3 baths accommodated all generously with room to spare. Trips to St Tropez, Monaco, Cannes, Avignon were just 90 minutes away on A8 ( have change for tolls). Carces is quintessentially French with shops right around the corner. The grocer, Pierre, spoke perfect English should you need it. Restaurants were all within walking distance. Jogging out the front door along vineyards with only a farmer on his tractor was a treat for my son. The back of the house had a beautiful terrace where we ate breakfast and had our cocktails. All appliances worked perfectly when instructions were followed. We had fun hanging the laundry on the clothesline or conveniently in the garage in inclement weather. All in all, a perfect home which was full of cheer and comfort and a cleaning crew weekly. A grand adventure for one and all.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home centrally located in Provence

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for our delightful stay! We all loved the sound of the waterfall and the pretty view in the backyard. The people in Carces were very friendly, too. The boulagerie owners always remembered our favorites and would include free extra pastries for our appreciative boys, the small grocery owners would chat with us in the store and when they would see us outside, and the pizzeria workers enjoyed visiting and even knew our state's capital! :-) The home was well supplied with plenty of room for our family of 7, and we even managed to fit our 8 passenger rental van in the garage with about 6" to spare on each side after folding in the windows (and with some help from our boys to guide us in and out). The location in central Provence was convenient as well, and we went all over from Monaco to St. Tropez to Nimes, and many places in between.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for exploring the south of France

  • 5 of 5

Where do we begin? This wonderful home which upon approach appears ever so humble, is revealed to be anything but once you walk through the front door and up the stairs. From the majestic views visible from the back of the property to the soft sounds of rushing water we found it difficult to leave our new found paradise.Days were spent exploring and sampling the region, Evenings were spent around the crackling fire sipping wine, purchased from local vineyards. This home is located in the charming town of Carces perfectly situated an hour or so to the famous towns of St Tropez, Aix,St Remy de Provence, Nice, etc etc.... It was our first visit to the Var region and certainly will not be our last, Rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and charming small unaffected towns all came together to contribute to one of our most enjoyable trips to France to date, Thank you Betsy for everything! We loved your home.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Cote d'Azur, Petanque (Boules), Concerts, Sightseeing at Ancient Historical and Religious Sites, Art Openings, We can put you in touch with teachers for private French lessons, private French cooking lessons, You might even be interested in arriving to a home-cooked meal prepared fresh from ingredients purchased at the town's traditional market


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Carcès, Var

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Fall 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Holidays 2018-2019
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
2 Mar 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May-June 2019
4 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning + Linens £115.88
Property Damage Protection £45.58
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,158.75

Cancellation policy: Once received, payments are 100% refundable IF we can rebook your cancellation. Truly, we will make every effort to rebook our home. The earlier the notice, of course, the more we are likely to succeed. In that case, you will receive a refund less our expenses if we incur any. For your ultimate protection, we STRONGLY recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. We are just a nice couple sharing our home with people like you -- and not a professional agency.

Please recognize that you will be guests in our home -- not a hotel, resort, or professional property. We do everything that every responsible and loving homeowner does to maintain a healthy, happy, safe, secure, and functional home to share with our guests, friends, and families, but we cannot accept liability for accidents, death, loss or damage to persons or personal effects, however caused.

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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