|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
An attractive and spacious 2 bedroom garden apartment, independent & private, adjoining the owners’ own accommodation in our converted olive mill. The front door, which is in the courtyard leads into an entrance hall and on into the spacious living room. This has dining space for 6 plus a high chair, & sofas for 6 people. The sofa bed in there could accommodate a 5th person. A contemporary, fully equipped kitchen is located within the living/dining room. There is gas central heating throughout. The 2 bedrooms & bathroom are located in a separate wing with corridor access from the living room. An entryphone allows remote control of the electric gates from within the house. Outside, a dining table with 12 chairs is situated close to the front door. Further chairs & tables are available on the terraces & the lawn. On the terrace next to the heated pool are sun loungers & sun umbrellas.
Stunning olive mill, built in 1764, sensitively restored & converted recently by the architect owner into a well appointed, spacious & comfortable house. Sleeps 11 people, perfect for 2 families, as there are 2 kitchens! Also possible to rent one wing as a garden apartment for 5 people. The large 12x6m. heated salt water pool is set within a delightful walled courtyard garden, with a selection of terraces & lawns for al-fresco eating, sunbathing, games & relaxing. Electric gates give access to the house, secure parking & the secluded half acre garden which includes a wildflower meadow. A peaceful location to get away from it all, yet only a couple of minutes' stroll into the centre of Lorgues with its famous market, shops & range of restaurants. The mill enjoys wonderful views over the village to the Maures mountains. This beautiful area is set between the mountains & the Mediterranean sea - perfect for touring. There are many historic villages & famous Provencal vineyards close by.
Access to the house: The main auto route, the A8, is just 20 minutes away so Nice, Cannes, Aix en Provence, are all about an hour's drive. Monaco and Italy are an easy day's outing or you could take a trip to Corsica by ferry from Nice. Toulon-Hyeres, also an hour's drive to our house, is a hassle-free provincial airport served by Ryanair, or alternatively fly into Nice with a wide choice of airlines. The SNCF railway station at Les Arcs, which is 15 minutes from the house, provides fast connections to Paris (TGV 5 hours). If you prefer there is an overnight Motor rail service from Calais/Lille to Nice allowing you to bring your own car and let the train take the strain!
Lorgues facts: Lorgues is a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants, built up around a walled medieval core. Built on a south-facing hillside, ‘a village perché’, it is dominated by an enormous and imposing church – la Collégiale St. Martin – very visible, as you get close!
The town dates from the 10th century, and has an intriguing history in relation to the Crusaders. The church was built in the 15th century. The narrow streets of the old village, enclosed by crumbling walls, and some beautiful towers, are worth exploring; especially as there are fountains and interesting old buildings dotted around. The main street, a rather grand tree lined boulevard, Boulevard Georges Clémenceau, is modelled on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. Plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants there to relax in
Our olive mill was one of 6 on this street, located to use the water from the open culvert(La Canal) which ran down the street.
Shopping and restaurants: Shopping: There are markets at Lorgues (Tues), Aups (Wed & Sat), & Salernes (Sun) and a very large Sunday Provencal market at Le Muy by the auto route (A8). The two nearest Carrefour hypermarkets are at Draguignan & Trans en Provence. Smaller supermarkets (Intermrche and Casino) are open on Sunday mornings in Lorgues, and most of the surrounding villages. Draguignan, the former capital of the Var, with its impressive county hall, provides a rich variety of individual shops, where you can buy clothes, handmade chocolates, pastries, and gifts. There is also a theatre, cinema, ten pin bowling and visiting funfairs. All the surrounding villages have a number of restaurants, serving primarily French cuisine. From the renowned Michelin-starred truffle restaurant Chez Bruno near Lorgues, to family-run French restaurants all offering 'le menu' or a la carte. For a change there are Chinese restaurants and pizza takeaways
Lorgues is a great little town with plenty of restaurants and a nice market with good but expensive produce. It's well placed for excursions to the mountains and the coast alike.
The owners have gathered together lots of information for days out. We took their advice and headed into the hills on a really hot afternoon to the little hilltop village to the north which is both cool and spectactular.
A car is essential. The entrance from the main road is quite tight but you do get used to it.
The owners proudly showed us the main house which is huge and beautifully re-furbished. We had the apartment which is lovely too and by no means second best. It's really nicely furnished with a mix of simple contemporary pieces and some local market bargains. The open plan living/dining/kitchen space with views in 3 directions makes for convivial, lively atmosphere. There are books to read and lots of games provided for the odd dull day - not that there's many of those.
The kids had lots of space in their twin room and and although the double bedroom isn't that spacious there is a large wardrobe/store opposite the door.
Outside there are several discrete areas of garden and terrace to sit in at diferent times of the day. The pool is lovely, large and clean. It's too deep for our kids to touch the bottom which was a worry at first but by the end of the week they were both swimming without armbands.
We had a truly fantastic holiday and will be back - in fact we've already booked it for 2010
We have just returned from an extended stay at the garden apartment which has been lovingly restored to a very high standard. Alan and Gill have taken great care to preserve and create those all important ambient features that you hope to find in a Provencal villa.
We particularly enjoyed lounging around in the idyllic and well equipped pool environment after days out exploring the local area.
The location also provides a peaceful rural retreat with the convenience of being just a short walk from restaurants, bars and shops in the characterful town centre. You can also base yourself here to discover all of the other leisure activities and pursuits that Provence has to offer e.g. Beach, cycling, canoeing and visiting regional towns, villages and cities etc.
Alan and Gill were fine hosts albeit that they only arrived on our final day. No review would be complete without a special mention of Luce the caretaker who was so helpful and friendly and a delight to talk to.
We were very depressed on the day that we finally left and we would not hesitate to return or recommend this ideal holiday bolt hole to friends.
Our family of 5 enjoyed another 2 week holiday in Lorgues staying in Gill & Alan's wonderful Garden apartment property. We are returning guests and quite simply love the property. The accommodation and kitchen/living area are to a very high standard but the outdoor facilities are superb. Gill & Alan are wonderful hosts and we would highly recommend the property.
Mark, Gillian & Family
This property is superb. As a family we have been coming for a number of years, and now that I have my own family, I was eager to see what it was like with a baby. Well, it couldn't have been better. Gill kindly let us use her grandchildrens cot and we had use of all I could possibly require for our baby boy eg high hair, bibs, beakers and toys! The pool is glorious and the grounds stunning. Gill and Alan have been working hard and the garden is glorious. It's a peaceful tranquil well equipped haven, but a stones throw from the lovely town of Lorgues, where we pottered down for 5 euro breakfasts and enjoyed a few meals out. Safe to say we have already booked for next year! Thank you!
We absolutely love staying here in this apartment in Lorgues. It is very well equipped and is so central, easy walking distance of bars and restaurants, so driving not necessary! Gill and Alan are extremely helpful in pointing you to the right direction for the best beaches, places of interest to visit etc. There is plenty to do and see in the area. The best part is the wonderful pool and gardens. Plenty of sitting areas in full sun or shade for those lazy lunches. The gas BBQ is great too! The apartment is very clean and well maintained. We have enjoyed many a holiday here and will be there next year too.
This two bedroom garden apartment shares the large pool and gardens with the main house. There was no one in the main house during our stay. However, given the large size of the pool, garden and orchard and the extensive choice of places in the garden to eat, relax, sunbathe etc we do not envisage this being a problem.
The garden is very well maintained and is also quite private.The pool was a lovely temperature, much warmer than many pools we have used in June.
The apartment itself is well appointed and was ideal for the two of us. It has great views from the bedroom and sitting room out over the town to the hills in the South, which was an unexpected bonus. Overall, this is a very pretty apartment, which has clearly been carefully developed and maintained to a high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this property as a destination or as a base to visit other parts of Provence.
Mark and Judi Longhill
Lorgues is a charming and friendly medieval village with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and a vibrant market every Tuesday morning. It is situated in the heart of Provence about one hour's drive from the airports at Nice or Toulon-Hyeres, and is the 2nd most wooded region in France. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and superb for touring, there are many historic villages and famous Provencal vineyards close by. An easy drive brings you to the beaches and lively resorts at Sainte Maxime (complete with Aquapark), Saint Raphael, Port Grimaud and Saint Tropez. Inland amidst breathtaking scenery, the Gorges du Verdon - the French Grand Canyon - and Lake St Croix, the largest lake in Provence, offer swimming, walking, sailing, white water rafting, kayaking and windsurfing. All just 45 minutes away. Other local attractions include the Abbaye du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans de Cascade, and the village of Chateaudouble set in stunning mountain scenery.
Other Activities: There is also a table tennis table for use indoors or out.