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Andrew Wheaton

Member since: 2004
Speaks English

Exceptional manor in heart of medieval town, swimming pool and private gardens

43 Reviews
People14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday home in Esterel - Fayence - Maison Hirondelles

7 bedrooms, 4 living rooms, well maintained and equipped, with beautiful views

Seventeenth century stone manor house set in 1.25 ha of landscaped grounds with swimming pool and terraces in centre of medieval Seillans, one of France's most beautiful villages. Enjoying spectacular views over the old town and the Esterel mountains, this historic property provides a unique mix of location, space, flexibility, privacy and charm. All within easy walking distance of the centre of the old town. One minutes walk for morning croissants, or the local restaurants!

Recently refurbished the house offers seven bedrooms, kitchen, dining, living, reception and conservatory living rooms. All with beautiful views over Seillans, the valley and mountains and/or our private garden. Capacity for 14, but ideal for multiple family or friend groups of 12 (or less) with 8 adults. Modern bath/shower rooms on each of the 3 floors of bedrooms. Wifi and free (VOIP) telephone calls to over 50 countries. Beamed living room offers HDTV, DVD, Apple TV and digital music system. Table tennis and table football provided in ground floor reception area. Attached single garage, guarantees local parking.

The House Grounds: The house faces south and enjoys spectacular views over the village, surrounding countryside and distant Esterel mountains. The half acre terraced garden is pleasantly planted with flowering shrubs, fruit trees and lawns. The garden is complemented by several paved terraces, which are each furnished with a mix of hardwood sun chairs and loungers. The shady external dining terrace is furnished with a 3m hardwood table and teak chairs and equipped with a large Argentinian charcoal BBQ. An 9.5m x 4.5m swimming pool, with alarm, is also set in a sunny terrace.

The property lies in the heart of Seillans old town, over looking both the Place-de-la-Republic and Place-du-Thouron. The Place-du-Thouron is home to ‘La Gloire de Mon Pere’ restaurant, a boulangerie and a small epicerie. The Place-de-la-Republic is the principal village square and provides space for boules and car parking. As the principal village meeting place, the Place-de-la-Republic hosts various village events throughout the year, such as; a small weekly farmers market, occasional antique fairs and the annual ‘Bastille Day’ celebration. As you would expect of such a central location in the old town, some noise from village life and celebration is inevitable at times.

The house interior is full of character, attractively and comfortably decorated in a mixture of local antiques and modern furnishings. The floors are set in marble or old Provencal tiles. The accommodation is on five levels, with half-landings between them.

First Floor Living Areas: The kitchen, dining room and conservatory are located on the first floor. The kitchen is approached from steps externally and has a small shaded terrace. The kitchen is fully stocked with all gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and crockery and cutlery sufficient for the number of guests. The dining room leads directly off the kitchen, and has a large oak dining table and chairs and oak side board. The dining room also boasts a wood burning stove for use in the winter. The walls are hung with a collection of Provencal prints. From the dining room a comfortable and light [triple aspect] conservatory/ seating room is reached, which has stunning views over the old town.

Third Floor Living Room: A large beamed living room is located on the third floor level. The room is double aspect with twin windows overlooking the garden and pool, with superb uninterrupted views to the mountains behind the village. Separate double french doors provide access to an elevated terrace with views of, and gated access [via steps] to, the garden and pool. The terrace contains teak table and chairs. A retractable awning can also be deployed to provide shade to this external area.

The living room is furnished with a modern large sofa suite, capable of seating 10 persons. The living room also contains a satellite television, Blu-ray DVD, Apple TV and digital music system. An extensive supply of DVDs are contained in 2 large teak book cases, which also house a wide range of books and games.

Bedrooms: At the Ground level are two cool 'summer' bedrooms. The main double bedroom suite is large, with 'lounge' seating area, fireplace and french windows to the front elevation of the house. A further window on the side elevation boasts beautiful views over the old town to the chateau. Leading off the main bedroom is a large family bathroom and further bedroom (2 single beds & cot) suitable for children. Please note; that the second bedroom is only accessible via the main ground floor suite.

On the second floor there are one double , one twin and one further (small) double bedrooms. These bedrooms are served by a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

On the fourth floor is one large double bedroom suite, with dressing and seating area. And a further bedroom comprising 2 singles beds . This floor is also served by a modern bathroom. All bedrooms contain fitted wardrobes, cupboards, bed side lights and each has superb views over the old town and/or panoramic countryside views.

A large basement Utility room provides modern washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities. Access is also provided to the attached single garage. A further basement pool room houses lounger cushions, parasols and a small selection of pool toys.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrew Wheaton (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Andy, just got back from France and wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all your help with staying at your property in Seillans. All of us had an amazing time and loved the surrounding area, the weather, the locals, the restaurants and most of all your amazing house! It is a rare thing to have your highest expectations bettered by reality but all of our group commented on the fact that the house and pool were even better than the website shows and the location was just perfect.



We will be booking again,
Jun 2012
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Exceptional manor in heart of medieval town, swimming pool and private gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
5

Five Stars in Lovely Seillans

  • 5 of 5

Our three-generation American family (ages 12 to 78) spent the first week of July at this wonderful house. It is the model of what a vacation rental should be: extremely well-equipped and comfortable and well-located in the village but private. Sitting in the large garden near the pool under the olive and fig trees, smelling the lavender and looking up at Seillans’s Romanesque church, is idyllic. Most nights we ate at the long table under the grape arbor, which is enhanced by an excellent large grill. (The one night we ate out was at the splendid La Gloire de Mon Pere, about a minute away.) The kitchen is well-designed, so it was easy for us to work together to prepare meals. The house is nicely decorated with Provencal fabrics and has both a big living room and smaller sitting room, as well as various terraces, so it is easy to be sociable or private. The beds are comfortable. There is an excellent collection of books, videos and games, and the owners have thoughtfully provided a selection of local maps for use while at the house. The caretaker speaks good English and is very nice. Unlike many rentals, staples were left from previous visitors, so we didn’t need to buy things like vinegar and olive oil for our all-too-short stay. There’s a garage, but we never had to use it for any of our three cars because there was always parking at the edge of the boules court across the street. The bakeries and Tabac (with the International New York Times daily) are a five minute walk down into the lovely old town, as is the Bar Charlot, where our grandsons had a great time watching the World Cup with the townspeople. I cannot think of anything that would have further improved the experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Wonderful stay in Seillans

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay with the family in this beautiful house. It has all the facilities to house a number of families, great location to the local village and surrounding towns and cities. Spent a day in Monaco which was a about an hours drive away and had a day on the sea, superb. The local vineyards are a pleasure to visit and the vineyard owners extremely friendly and accommodating. The owners made sure our stay went without hitch. I hope we get the chance to go back soon, to visit of the hills and seaside towns. Wonderful, wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Perfection Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This is the 3rd year staying at this remarkable property. (I am booked for the next two years also), I need a large villa for my culinary tours as a base and this villa fits the bill! Everything mentioned in the listing is correct! The village where it is is so quaint and small.. You feel like part of the community in fact! The views from the rooms are breathtaking. One side you get the village with the towering church (Bells to wake you up at 8am!) to the other side your view is the valley.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Wonderful house for a big family in Seillanse

  • 5 of 5

As a 3 generation family of 11 people we spent 8 wonderful days in beautiful Seillans. With plenty of space indoor (including 3 bathrooms!) and outdoor (including a lovely swimmingpool!), the manor was a perfect housing for us. Very well equipped, well maintained and extremely charming we fell in love with the house and the garden. The house provides good cooking opportunites if you want to cook at home and has spacely dining areas outside as well as inside. Nice restaurants in the neighboorhood made dining out easy as well, as we had walking distance . We also had excellent meals in other nearby villages.

Seillanse is in a perfect place for exploring the area so wether you want to visit the coast or the charming villages in Provence, all is within a short daytrip (approximately 40 minutes to the sea). We combined trips a.o to Antibes, Gordes de Verdon and St Tropez with some relaxing days in the calm village of Seillans and in "our own" garden, making our holiday a perfect one! The area is also nice for walking and jogging as the surrounding area is really beautiful.

We would love to come back and would certainly recommand this lovely manor to anyone who would like a relaxing holiday in this area full of charm and history!

A family from Bergen, Norway

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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A lovely base for a family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday with friends and family. The house provided the space to enable everyone to get together for meals etc but still find their own space to relax in peace. The village is lovely and the restaurant is only 50 yards away. It was so good we ate their 5 times in 8 days.

The surrounding villages and countryside give a good contrast to the delights of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo.

And the owner Andy is so helpful and informative. You cannot go wrong booking this house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Wonderful hilltop village stay!

  • 5 of 5

After a busy week in Paris, our stay here was a lovely counterpoint. Relaxing by the pool, walking in the village, and exploring the countryside. The house is wonderful for several families (lots of space to spread out), games and puzzles for the rainy days (had a couple during our stay), big area for everybody to eat - both inside and out, ate fresh figs and grapes from the property. Felt so french to walk into the village to get baguettes for breakfast. Property is nicely located to be able to do several day trips in the area; hilltop villages, Monte Carlo, the beaches, hiking, rafting the "grand canyon" of France. Shops close enough to get groceries easily and kitchen nicely set up to cook dinners. Highly recommend for a great family holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nice
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Le Relais
Nearest Ferry
1000 Kilometres
Le Harve
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Four Seasons Provence
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A8 - Junction 39 - Fayence
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
La Goire d'Mon Pere
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
L'Audibergue
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
La Napoule
Car: necessary

Seillans is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Set in spectacular, unspoilt scenery, the 'perched' village is a harmonious collection of pink, pastel houses, steeply terraced slopes with a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways, squares, rustic portals and arches, still surrounded in part by it's fortified ramparts. Delightful fountains and 'lavoirs' are a feature of the village and are found in almost every street. All the facilities of the village are within a couple of minutes walk of the house, including patisseries, restaurants and bars. Whilst a haven of tranquillity and beauty, the village is less than 45 minutes from Nice and 25 minutes from Cannes. The beautiful beaches of Frejus and St Raphael are less than 45 minutes distant. Also easily accessible is the Gorge du Verdon (45 mins) and Lac St Cassien (10 mins). Seillans is also perfectly placed to widely explore the beauty of the Cote d' Azur and Provence, given its proximity to the A8 motorway.

Other Activities: The Owner also offers a bespoke, guided, holiday tour service for groups of family/friends using the house as the base.

Golf: Europe’s most complete golf facility, Terre Blanche Golf Club has earned a position among the world’s top-level golf destinations and is less than 15 mins from our house. With a mild year-round climate, Terre Blanche provides an unrivalled environment for improving your game.

Offering the ultimate in Provence golf, the club features two 18-hole, par-72 championship courses – Le Riou and Le Château – designed by golf legend Dave Thomas to make the most of the lush hills and valleys.

Elevating Terre Blanche to international stature is the one-of-a-kind Albatros Golf Performance Center, a massive practice and training facility focused on achieving transformative results. On-site expertise encompasses BioMecaSwing Assessment and a David Leadbetter Golf Academy. This comprehensive training approach benefits players of all levels – from beginner to expert.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Seillans, Esterel - Fayence

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak Summer
16 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£4,900
for 14 nights
£2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £150 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
3 Sep 2016 - 23 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Autum
24 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Early Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,575
for 7 nights
£1,575
 
 
Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Early Summer
20 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 7 nights
£1,950
 
 
Peak Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
£4,900
for 14 nights
£2,450
 
 
Late |Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Autumn
23 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£700
for 2 nights
From
£350
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £650

Weekly rental rates will be increased by £300 per week for groups of 13.

Payments can be made by BACS or by Credit Card. Credit card transaction fees are not included in the quoted rental rates and will be recovered at cost; 1.4% for UK cards, 1.9% for EU cards and 2.4% for cards issued outside of the EU.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Esterel - Fayence in Var

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ground - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rails
    2nd Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rails
    4th Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rails
  • All bathrooms have been recently refurbished, with full size bath and integral pressurized shower units. Each bathroom also has a toilet, wash hand basin inset into vanity unit with large mirror, lighting and extraction. Electrically heated towel rails are also included in each bathroom. Bathrooms are all white tiled with red terracotta floor coverings.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Ground Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Large suite
    Ground adjoining - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Via suite (Kids)
    2nd Singles - 2 Single Bed , Seperate singles
    2nd Twin - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Twin
    2nd Double - 1 Double Bed
    4th Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Suite
    4th Double - 1 Double Bed
  • At Ground level are two cool 'summer' bedrooms. The main double bedroom is large, with 'lounge' seating area, fireplace and french windows to the front elevation of the house. A further window on the side elevation boasts beautiful views over the old town to the chateau. Leading off the main bedroom is a large family bathroom and further bedroom (2 single beds & cot) suitable for children. Please note; that the second bedroom is only accessible via the main ground floor suite. On the second level is one double bedroom, one twin (made up as a double) and a further twin (made up as 2 singles). These bedrooms are served by a modern bathroom with bath and shower. On the fourth floor is one large double bedroom suite, with dressing and seating area. And a further bedroom comprising 2 singles beds . This floor is also served by a modern bathroom. All bedrooms contain fitted wardrobes, cupboards, bed side lights and each has superb views over the old town and/or panoramic countryside views.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The house is comprehensively fitted out to a high standard. The living room provides satellite TV, DVD, Apple TV and digital music system. A wide selection of CDs, Videos and DVDs are also provided, together with an extensive selection of books and games for all family members. The dining room houses a substantial oak table and chairs which can be extended to seat 14 maximum. Both the kitchen and dining room provide for all the cutlery/equipment one would anticipate. The Kitchen is equipped with gas/electric hob, fridge freezer, dish washer and micro-wave oven. A separate large basement utility room houses washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board and iron. All bedrooms are furnished with continental quilts, together with one bath and hand towel per person. The external, covered, dining area is furnished with a 3 x 1m teak table and chairs and large BBQ. A comprehensive assortment of hardwood loungers and chairs are also provided for use around the other terraces, pool and garden.

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