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Beautiful historic home in Provence with private pool in picturesque village

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8-10 , 45 minutes from Nice, near lake, mountains, beaches

We've been selected as one of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay 2018.

Find us under 'La Vieille Forge' at Sawdays co uk

Ideally situated on the edge of the village and within walking distance of all amenities yet with a feeling of being deep in the countryside, La Vieille Forge is a stunning lovingly converted 18th century house. It was once the village smithy as the numerous horseshoes found about its grounds will attest. The house has retained all the character, charm and romance of an authentic and historic village house whilst offering the modern amenities that go into the making of a comfortable holiday including a good-sized swimming pool.

The house is set in its own large, south-facing garden. One walks out of the ground floor area on to a large dining/living terrace beneath two ancient lime trees with magnificent views across the plain of Fayence to the hills beyond. Dining here, after a day spent exploring the area, or simply lazing by the pool, is a magical experience. Beyond the terrace lies a large meadow, ideal for children’s games.

The house has four extremely light and spacious bedrooms, furnished with simple elegance. Three have double beds and their own en-suite bathrooms. The fourth room has twin beds and its own bathroom nearby. There is air-conditioning throughout the house. All the bedrooms have gorgeous views across the surrounding countryside.

On the ground floor there is a vast, well equipped kitchen/dining room and a large, peaceful drawing-room.

The medieval village of Fayence with its bustling market (three times a week) is set in the hills behind the Côte d’Azur. We feel that we have the best of both worlds here, being within easy reach of the coastal towns and beaches as well as of the mountains. There are other hill villages nearby, each with a very distinct character of its own and well worth exploring. One of France’s major gliding venues lies just at the foot of Fayence. This is a paradise for cyclists, hikers and walkers, not forgetting water sports enthusiasts who will find a whole range of possibilities available, including bird-spotting in their sanctuary on the superb lake of St Cassien nearby and the Verdon River Gorges - known as Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon - is only an hour’s drive away. For golfers, the world-class Terre Blanche course is only 5 minutes down the road. Sightseeing opportunities are too numerous to mention here, but art, history and archaeology buffs will find more than enough to keep them happy. .

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Alex and Christina
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French, Greek, You can always try Provencal
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Alex and Christina

Totalling five different nationalities between them, Alex and Christina live in the UK. Alex is a documentary producer and Christina, who also has a media background, is a writer. Much travelled and of multi-lingual background, Alex was brought up mainly in the south of France. His family still live in Fayence and the couple were married in its village church. He seizes every opportunity to return to his childhood haunts and has an intimate knowledge of the region. Christina revels in the area’s beauty and finds its tranquillity fuels her creativity.

Alex and Christina purchased this villa in 2012

Why Alex and Christina chose Fayence

As we observe La Vieille Forge, its warm pink hues glowing in the setting sun, we always feel that our house has a rather inspirational quality to it. It combines what we love best: a comfortable place in which to relax and unwind set in surroundings that are not only attractive and soothing, but that have the welcoming solidity of an old and well established house. It is both a village house and a country property, easy to access and yet cocooned in its own large patch of countryside. To us, staying here feels like having our cake and eating it.

What makes this villa unique

We've been selected as one of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay 2018.

Find us under 'La Vieille Forge' at Sawdays co uk


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Fayence in Var

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Traditional Roll-top cast-iron bath with shower attachment.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath with shower attachment
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 (Blue Room) - 2 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 (Jacqueline Room) - 1 Large Double Bed , En-suite Bath with shower head/WC
    Bedroom 4 (Green Room) - 1 Large Double Bed , En-suite large shower /WC
    Bedroom 2 (Sienna Room) - 1 Large Double Bed , En-suite shower/WC
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The lovely garden is made up of terraces (berges) , some of which are sloping and young children should most definitely be supervised when playing there and should wear shoes with some grip. The swimming pool is alarmed and can be gated but children should not be near the pool without adult supervision. The owners cannot be held responsible for any accidents. The Pool is open from mid May to the end of September.


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Beautiful historic home in Provence with private pool in picturesque village
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Absolutely loved the house!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful house for a family holiday - greeted by the house manager who took us through everything. It is spacious, very clean with a well equipped kitchen (often rare in a holiday let). The owners have clearly thought carefully about what guests need and it made a real difference. We have been to the area several times and this was one of the nicest places we have stayed. I would recommend this house without hesitation and definitely go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The property was well looked after, with good quality furniture and rugs, tasteful decor and a well equipped kitchen. We had everything we needed, including some wonderful views. Everywhere was clean when we arrived. We were welcomed with wine and flowers and supported by the efficient and helpful housekeeper. The information given by the owners helped us to enjoy and discover the local area, including some amazing restaurants.

As a party of seven adults, we had plenty of room both inside and out to come together or find our own space. It was very hot during our stay, but there was plenty of shade to be found in the garden and the house was effectively air conditioned, so we managed to keep cool. The swimming pool helped with that too!

One aspect I found particularly helpful was that each bathroom has a separate water tank, so four showers can be taken at the same time, meaning we could maximise our time enjoying ourselves, with no waiting to get the correct water pressure, or hot water.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay at La Vieille Forge, in beautiful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic home away from home

  • 5 of 5

An excellent all round property and location. Alex could not have been more helpful in the run up to our holiday and Fabien was of great help during our stay. The house is exceptionally well equipped and the quality of the kitchen, appliances etc was very noticeable. A great swimming pool and the grounds are a very good size. Plenty of room for parking. The location is very central, a few minutes walk into the main part of Fayence and a very short drive or again a few minutes walk to an excellent supermarket with an excellent fish counter. We have no negative comments to make.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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excellent in all respects

  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent property and easily met all our expectations. We would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little bit of heaven

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? If you are looking for everything you could want and more, then look no further. We stayed for longer than a usual holiday period and after numerous email exchanges with the owners, they were there to greet us. As lovely in person as they had been in the emails. Fabien the house manager was also lovely. A really funny and helpful guy who will do anything to help you if you ask and we became firm friends.

The house is as gorgeous as the pictures and you will not be disappointed. Little features like the window at the top of the house that perfectly frames the church in Fayence, just add to the feeling of joy I had in this house. The pool is lovely and the shallow end was just right for a little one from about 2.5 - 3 years to stand up. The sunbeds are lovely wooden ones and thick cushions are provided for them as well as the outside chairs. My favourite spot was taking breakfast on the small patio in the lower garden. As this wasn't until my husband got back from his early morning mountain cycle, the trees provided shade and the view across the hills and the airfield for gliders, was so relaxing.

Having spent 6 weeks there, predominantly with only the two of us, I could write a book about it, so I will stop now.

If you want the most beautiful house with the most gracious owners, then this is where your holiday searching stops.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The description and photos of this fantastic villa were exactly as it was described. Correspondence with Alex,was very prompt. We were greeted by the property manager, Fabien who made us feel very much at home. He was more than helpful getting us acquainted with our new surroundings and area. The property is very well equipped and maintained, especially the kitchen . The garden is truly an oasis with a pool and ample seating and lounging area for our party of 8. All amenities are within a 5 minute walk of the village. This property definitely exceeded our expectations. We hope to return and will definitely recommend this property as a "must" place to stay in Fayence.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nice Côte D'Azur International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Several nearby
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Terre Blanche Golf resort
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Gare SNCF de Saint-Raphaël Valescure
Nearest Motorway
21 Kilometres
A8 autoroute
Car: recommended

Four times a year, Fayence hosts an antiques fair which is a five minutes' stroll from the house. Even if you're not an antiques aficionado, it's worth a visit, if only for its wonderful restaurant.

La Vieille Forge is a 30-minute drive to Cannes. It's an easy journey if you're coming for the film festival, or the many other festivals the Croisette hosts during the year


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £446.43

There is a 25% holding deposit of the total cost of the booking which will guarantee the dates for you. Then, no less than 30 days before the date of your arrival the remaining 75% must be paid. The total cost of the booking includes a €350 refundable damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.