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Sebastian

Member since: 2009
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Beautiful old stone villa with private pool & spectacular view, very peaceful

21 Reviews
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Esterel - Fayence - Le Rayol

Secluded location, 5 km from Seillans village, 4 bedrooms/ sleeps 7, 4 bathrooms

Le Rayol is a carefully renovated natural stone villa standing in 15 acres of terraced olive-groves, maritime pine trees and grass. The house faces south-east and the house-front and terraced patio (for 'al fresco' meals!) are covered by a beautiful old wisteria. Here you will find peace and quiet, summer breezes, carrying the scent of lavender, thyme, rosemary and pine, and a 'forever' view to die for.

In the white washed clear and simple decor of the house you will also find some family antiques. The windows have wooden shutters on the inside and out. There is a 12x6 m outdoor private swimming-pool and a breathtaking open view over the hills towards the sea. Easy winter-living: you will find central heating and a fire place for the cooler months of the year. The house also adjusts well for 2 people. There are no immediate neighbours. Shaded parking. Outdoor furniture provided. Please note that the last 800 metres or so of road to the property is not tarred and its condition varies depending on the weather. After many weeks of heavy rain (very rare during the main season) one has to drive carefully to avoid small rock protrusions. No need for 4x4 vehicles.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Sebastian (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Why Sebastian chose Esterel - Fayence

Der Spiegel Oktober 2013: Herbst an der Côte d'Azur: Endlich Nebensaison http://www.spiegel.de/reise/europa/herbst-an-der-cote-d-azur-a-925364.html

What makes this villa unique

Very private; amazing, unobstructed view; peaceful and extraordinarily relaxing

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 4 weeks at 'Le Rayol' were fantastic. It was a real pleasure to live there for such long holidays and we enjoyed every minute of it. It is a beautiful estate and all was perfect. We felt blessed by the complete seclusion of Le Rayol thanks to the substantial land surrounding it. The beauty of the nature, the animals and the privacy were really enjoyed by us when we made our walks through the environnement almost every day. Also we benefitted from the almost permanent cloudless skies to do a lot of 'star gazing' at night. You have developped a beautifully landscaped garden with numerous terraces and lovely olive trees.



Just to say how very much we all enjoyed our week at Le Rayol. It really is the most wonderful place - the beautifully furnished house, the superb pool with its breathtaking views and the magical gardens. We loved Seillans and enjoyed exploring many of the surrounding villages. Thank you again for letting us use your fantastic house.
May 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful old stone villa with private pool & spectacular view, very peaceful
average rating of 4.904762 based on 26 reviews
5

Beautiful. Quiet. Peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

I wake early, go downstairs and open the front door to the emerging world. I make coffee and go to drink it outside. I watch as the sun rises through the olive tress in the bluest of skies. The air is still and warm. I look across the valley towards the distant hills and hear... nothing... except the gentle chattering of birds. The cyan of the pool draws me towards itself. There is nowhere in the world I'd rather be than Le Rayol in summer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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5

Excellent and comfortable house in superb natural surrounding, absolute calm.

  • 5 of 5

The traditional house is well equipped, including WiFi, and even when the weather is bad, staying inside is quite pleasant. The owner has an interesting collection of German, English en French books in his library.

The attractive terraced terrain with its old stone walls (restanques) and beautiful olive trees is surrounded by a forest with paths for walking in every direction. One small caveat: the long and winding gravel road to the house is not suitable for cars having a clearance less than 10cm.

With absolute 100% privacy and a splendid view this is a great place for those who want to really relax.

The nearby village of Seillans is friendly and attractive with 2 good restaurants and a modest supermarket.

The communications with the owner as well as with the housekeeper went very well and provided all information required.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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5

Peaceful Paradise in Provence and the Côte d'Azur

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful peaceful xmas vacation with our two boys ( 8 and 11 years old) and with our dog at Le Rayol. It started off with an adventure finding the house by off road paths. We came with a German Volkswagon bus and worried a bit about driving with this kind of a car, but the path was managing the car well. The old farmhouse is located in the woods, in a fantastic French Provence landscape scenery. No noise, no neighbors, no stress. The inside is even more beautiful than the pics and the listings has described it. We had breakfast outside nearly everyday and we were all surprised about the wonderful weather at this time of the year. We went hiking from the farmhouse in the neighborhoods for hours. We meet wonderful neighbors on our tours from all over the world there with beautiful properties. At night times we put the fireplace on and enjoyed French redvine, cheese and enjoyed the family. The heating worked very well. We did some field trips to St. Tropez, Antibe and the surrounding villages. There are a couple beautiful small lakes arround and our dog (a flat coated retriever) loved to take a swim there. Also we played tennis with the kids a couple times in the village and had this beautiful scenery of the old town of Fayence behind us. Everything was perfect organized by Sebastian and the local neighbor Nicole was very kind and helpful to show us everything for and around the house. The supermarket and the bakeries are probably about 15 minutes away from the location which was alright. And yes, we can recommend this place. Without any procrastination we will came back for sure. It is a really charmy and romantic place! Thank you again. Frederic and family

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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5

A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

We chose Le Rayol because we wanted a characterful house in its own grounds that wasn't overlooked or near to any neighbours. Wow did this place hit the spot. The only noises we heard were birdsong and the occasional small plane and its position down a long stony track means people and cars don't pass by.

The house has a fantastic living space on the middle floor with lots of different seating areas in which to lounge about and read or surf the internet (the wi-fi works fine!) if the weather isn't up to much, and the mezzanine area upstairs hosts a comfy sofa and a large TV that kept us entertained in the evenings. The bedrooms are a good size and each has its own bathroom. The master bedroom on the middle floor is particularly lovely with two windows looking out onto the grounds and loads of floorspace. The kitchen has everything we needed and we loved its accessibility to the three different outdoor eating areas which gave a choice of shade or sun, close to the house or near to the pool. The pool was a good size and gave great views across the hills. We stocked up at the Intermarche supermarket in Fayance (about 20min easy drive away) and didn't leave the house by car for 12 days!

From the villa there are loads of tracks through the forest to explore on foot and with the exception of about 500 metres on the main D19 road its possible to do a 5 mile loop on track and minor roads and not see another soul.

If you crave hustle and bustle and the sights and sounds of other people then this place isn't for you. We've already booked to come back again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The villa is in a lovely rural location with beautiful views and great walks. The picturesque and idyllic town of Seillans is walkable from the villa and has a good selection of restaurants and shops. The villa is ideally located to visit all the main places of interest along the coast and also up into the spectacular gorges. The pool is lovely, particularly given it's setting, and the overall feel of the villa is a place that is rustic and unspoilt without lacking the necessary creature comforts. The remoteness of it is exemplified by the un surfaced road that you bump down to get to it. Sebastian is a perfect owner - informative and responsive. This is probably the only villa that I would ever return to in my life. A real gem.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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A wonderfully quiet and relaxing house

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most welcoming of houses we have rented in the last 15 years. It is quintessentially Provençal set in a wonderfully quiet spot, with beautiful views and some wonderfully villages near by. The owner was always on hand to help us prior to our arrival and we were greeted by Nicole who is a wonderful source local info. We all had a wonderfully relaxing time in a quiet corner of one of the beautiful regions of France". We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Nice
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
http://www.where2golf.com/france/terre-banche-golf
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
St. Raphael/Frejus
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Les Adrets
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
St. Raphael
Car: necessary

Le Rayol is situated on a hill side facing south-east towards the sea. It is surrounded by green hills and pine woods. The air is crystal clear. The next village is Seillans, a picturesque medieval place, classified as 'one of France's most beautiful villages', where the famous artist Max Ernst chose to spend the last years of his life. Seillans, with fountains, winding cobbled streets, shaded squares, with restaurants and cafés inviting you to sit outside and let village life go by. It has 2 boulangeries, a small supermarket, a chemist and a 'tabac'. Within a radius of 10 km, you can reach other medieval villages (villages perchés), also with weekly markets, antique shops, restaurants and cafes.

Nearby attractions:

Fayence, with supermarkets and all else you will need, 12km.

Bargemon (summer homes of Sir Elton John and David Beckham OBE), 10km.

Grasse, perfume centre of the world, 30km.

XII century Abbey Le Thoronet, 50km.

Canyon of the Verdon River (the largest in Europe),65km

Other Activities: soaring

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Seillans, Esterel - Fayence

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,070
for 7 nights
£2,070
 
 
Late Summer
27 Aug 2016 - 23 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,475
for 7 nights
£1,475
 
 
Autumn
24 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
Christmas
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£838
for 7 nights
£838
 
 
Winter
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£654
for 7 nights
£654
 
 
Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,257
for 7 nights
£1,257
 
 
Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£922
for 7 nights
£922
 
 
Late Spring
13 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,257
for 7 nights
£1,257
 
 
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,391
for 7 nights
£1,391
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,070
for 7 nights
£2,070
 
 
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,475
for 7 nights
£1,475
 
 
Autumn
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £838
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Council tax of 0,40 €/person/night
Security deposit, refunded if no damage: 1000€
For rental periods of 3 weeks or more, a discount of € 200/week applies from the third week onwards; additional weekly cleaning services at € 15/hour
WiFi internet included
Heating according to usage (at cost)
For longer winter lets: apply for rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Gallery - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa Bed
    Bedroom nr. Kitchen - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 1 suite with twin beds, bath and shower, wc extra. 1 bedroom with twin beds, 1 bedroom with double bed, each with en-suite shower and wc. 1 bedroom on gallery with sofa-bed, en-suite bathroom, bidet and wc.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cleaning lady on request once a week (15 € per hour), guests staying-on longer than 1 week are obliged to have our cleaning lady in on a weekly basis on Saturdays for 3-4 hours (depending on how many people are staying for € 15 per hour). She will change the bed-linen and towels and clean the house. Swimming pool not enclosed. Twice weekly professional swimming pool maintenance during the main season. Outside store-room for garden furniture. Track towards the house not tarred for the last 800m or so, drive carefully if small rocks protruding. No need for 4x4 vehicle.

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