|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
L'Arc En Ciel is a beautiful detached Provencal villa within the stunning medieval village of Fayence yet only a few minutes walk from the centre of town. It has mature gardens, a large swimming pool and sun terrace with magnificent views towards the Esterel Mountains.There is an outdoor eating area to the side of the property with a summer kitchen complete with built in barbecue and rotisserie and a wood fired pizza oven.The house is set back from the road in a complex of three Provencal style properties. There is parking for 3/4 cars. There is a large covered terrace to the front of the property and a private upper terrace accessed from the main bedroom. Spacious living accommodation comprises a fully equipped large kitchen with seating for 8, dining room with seating for 8 and direct access to the terrace, sitting room, separate large studio room, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms. Air conditioning in most rooms. A TV with Freeview in the sitting room and wireless internet.
This was our third visit to this villa. A great base for exploring the wonderful countryside and ancient towns in Provence and not too far for a days trip to the coast. The villa is situated on the hill providing lovely views and within a short walk to the centre of Fayence so you are not dependant on a car after an evening out. We enjoyed the coffee, croissants and shopping at the market - very French! Several good restaurants but our favourite is Les Temps des Cerises. A good excursion is a walk to the pretty village of Seillans - then you have earned your lunch at the excellent La Gloire de Mon Pere. The villa is very comfortable, quiet with pretty pool and gardens. Perfect as a base to explore or just to chill out and enjoy the weather, food and wine!
We (family of five, with three teenage daughters) have now stated at L'Arc for the last three years - which says something. The house is in a perfect location (though one does need to be able to negotiate the walk back up the hill sometimes), with wonderful views, the sound of birds, the gentle ringing of the bells in the distance and the "swish" of the occasional glider passing overhead. Two of us summoned up the courage this year to do a vol d'initiation in a glider and it was breathtaking!
The house is nicely laid out, with plenty of room either for everyone to be together or to retreat to different rooms: the studio room is very cool and a good place to escape the heat. The pool is very nice and great for that necessary dip to cool down, especially after a walk down to the town. The upper terrace, with the main bedroom, is superb and is a wonderful place to just sit and read - enough, but not too much, sun.
Fayence itself is charming. We love the market (three days a week) and frequent the same stalls each year (especially the roast chicken and fried potatoes!). The bread is heavenly, in particular La Fayencoise.
As for the restaurants, there are many of all sorts to chose from. We really liked Le France, Pattin Couffin and L'Entracte, but have also been to many of the others.
As for excursions out: Fondation Maeght, Lac de St Cassien and Gorges de Verdon are frequent attractions, but try also Abbaye de Thoronet. The coast is there should you so desire, but the hills are much nicer!
We had 14 fantastic days at this lovely place. The house has plenty of space and the garden is lovely with several nice sitting areas. We used the outdoor barbeque area a lot and we had all our breakfasts outside next to the nice smelling lavender and view to the pool and the garden. Our two kids ( 5 and 8 yrs.) also loved it here. It is only a short walk to the very cosy town Fayence. We are very pleased with the good follow-up from the house owners. We would love to come back to the house and area.
We look forward to our third visit to L'Arc en Ciel this summer, accompanied again by three university-age daughters and their friends. The spacious and elegant property, which is generously appointed, offers plenty of privacy and comfort; the pretty garden and pool area too are well designed so that even with a full house, there are private places for reading and relaxing. The nearby town has all basic provisions and jolly music and dancing in the square a couple of evenings each week. It has some good restaurants too - the short but steep walk home afterwards affords just enough exercise to counter gastronomic indulgence! It is delightful too to eat 'at home', experimenting perhaps with the pizza oven and choosing,depending on the time of day, the table beneath the pergola or that in the welcome shade of the porch, which easily seats ten. While there are of course plenty of delightful places for outings - the Lac de St Cassien or Nice - it is tempting simply to remain at the property, enjoying the pool, the boules, the table tennis and the view.
Fayence is the largest of one of 5 medieval towns, all are extremely attractive with their own squares, bars and restaurants. The market in Fayence is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with larger markets at Antibes on Saturdays and Le Muy on Sundays. The location offers a unique diversity of beaches and nightlige on the coast together with the superb attractions of Provence including the Gorges Du Verdon which is approximately 45 minutes away, Le Lac de Cassien is about 15 km away and offers watersports, windsurfing, rowing, pedaloing, swimming and fishing. The town of Grasse famous for its perfume industry is 20 mins from the Villa. The A8 (junction 39) is close by and gives access to Frejus, St Raphael and St. Tropez to the West, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo to the East. There are 2 golf courses nearby at Terre Blance and within a 15 km drive is St Endreol at La Motte and within a 20 min Chateua Tourlane.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£575|
Arrival time after 6 p.m. Departure time before 10 a.m.
We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival plus a 25% security deposit which is refundable (less deductions for any damage) within one week.
Rental rates include cleaning when you leave the property..
Linen and house towels are included.
Beach and pool towels you need to supply