3 beds, sleeps 6, set in 2,200 m2, 50 mins Nice Airport, near beaches, lake
- English, French
About Jill Claxton
We live in Richmond upon Thames, near London and have 2 teenage girls and our black lab Florence who sometimes dons her beret to join us in the south of France! My husband works in media and with his frequent travels finds Les Amandiers a perfect bolt hole to escape to. As you will gather it is very much our much-loved second home, full of personal touches - Provencal fabrics for example and, we're told, it has a lot of character, perhaps different from a standard rental property. We've always wanted a house in Provence and were enchanted with the ancient unspoilt village of Tourrettes whist staying with a friend who's had a house for many years there. On a subsequent trip we looked over Les Amandiers and fell in love with it - most particularly the incredibly beautiful, panoramic view bowled us over. The house too has masses of charm, we just had to have it! We have had wonderful times in the years following with our own growing family and visiting friends. And now after many years of waiting for approval we have finally putting in a new pool immediately below the terrace which we are really excited about. We adore our French home, all the stresses of life just melt away after an hour or so of being there ..We have two girls of 16 and 19 who love the house too. They're older now but when they were younger we felt happy to let them roam freely in the village and around and about in a way that just doesn't seem possible at home, transporting them to a rather bygone age befriending the local cats, checking out the market or messing about in the river down the road, their ‘dingly-dell’. Since the house is perched on a hill we could usually spot them quite easily. They are mad about horses and ride locally too, there’s a wonderful riding school about a mile or so away and it is much cheaper than UK.
Jill Claxton purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Jill Claxton chose Tourrettes
There are lovely walks to be taken straight out of our garden gate my favourite being following the lane at the end of our drive upwards passing along the river and into open countryside fringed with the cork trees. One of France’s major gliding venues lies just at the foot of Fayence. The area is a paradise for cyclists, hikers and walkers, not forgetting water-sports enthusiasts who are served by the superb Lac St Cassien nearby. For golfers, the world-class Four Seasons Terre Blanche resort is only 5 minutes down the road. The breathtaking Gorges du Verdon, known as Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon are always worth a visit.
What makes this Cottage unique
We’ve owned Les Amandiers for about 10 years and it is a much-loved house which we feel is particularly special. It's magnficent terraces and pool overlooks the unspoilt, romantic village of Tourrettes, 2 mins walk away. Markets, restaurants, the lake, the sea and the proximity to all the 'hotspots' of the Riviera are a stone's throw away and a particular lure we thought in years to come for our growing teenagers! Winters too are particularly special and the mists over the Esterel Mountains in the morning are unforgettable. The house faces south and we’re blessed with the sun all day long. From our terrace you can see for miles over an incredibly beautiful, unspoilt vista towards the Esterel Mountains, St Tropez and the coast. We sit on a hill just above the lovely village of Tourrettes, about two minutes walk away. The village is medieval and totally unspoilt due in no small part to its mayor who believes fervently in preserving its beauty and authenticity with little encroachment from the last few centuries. A major concession of his however are the amber lights which illuminate the village at night - making it a beautiful sight to gaze upon over dinner from the terrace! As of May 2013 we have just completed a new swimming pool which we are absolutely thrilled with! It's a few steps down from our main front terrace and we hope to have many long lazy days swimming and lieing on the terrace around the pool! Our most popular beach location at the moment is Theoule Sur Mer which is about 25 mins away and is a residential seaside town. There are a number of different beaches with nice little restaurants and cafes, jet skis, sailing boats etc. If you take the coastal road south from there towards St Rafael it is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly scenic as the road winds round above azure waters, wonderful little coves to say nothing of the beautiful houses,many Belle Epoque, belonging to the rich and famous!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
I loved this house and was sad to leave. Lots of greenery, quiet, and birdsong, yet a short walk to shops and restaurants. Ample parking, good sun exposure and view yet with considerable privacy. The interior has quaint, attractive decor and comfortable furniture. Heating at any time of the day or night was provided by several silent and effective electric radiators, not the noisy blowers and pumps one often encounters. Shower is a bit small, with an intrusive curtain. There were no lawn chairs (except an ancient one that ripped while I was sitting on it—diet time!). Homeaway’s map does not show the correct location, and I found the directions provided by the owner too vague (ended up on chemin du vieux moulin, don’t go there!). The property manager met me at the roundabout and guided me to the house.
Hello Nelson, I'm pleased to hear your found our house charming but very sorry about the 'lawn chairs'. I'm afraid that because your's was a last-minute booking my usual caretaker (Monelle) was unavailable and the substitute obviously didn't put out the chairs /sunbeds or explain how you could do so. I'm so sorry.
Re the map yes I know Homeaway's can be confusing but guests usually find my instructions work well, very sorry about this anyway but happy that you loved the house and were sorry to leave! Kind regards, Jill
Really lovely villa in an idyllic location, with breath taking views. The pool makes the villa even more special.
Walking distance to great restaurants in both Tourrettes and Fayence. Plenty to do in the surrounding areas. We hired electric bikes and did some white water rafting.
Lovely House and Views
We had a lovely relaxing time staying at Jill's house and highly recommend it.
The house is very comfortable and had everything we needed. It has great views of the valley and watching the frequent Gliders fly through the valley was very relaxing.
The drive from Nice Airport was around 45 minutes, Jill provided clear instructions beforehand and when we arrived Monelle was waiting at the house to greet us. She provided all the information we needed regarding the house, pool etc. Jill has also provided lots of useful information regarding restaurants, beaches and other interests in the nearby area.
Tourettes is a small, quiet village that includes a very nice local restaurant. A 10 minute walk away is Fayence which is larger and has more options for food and drink along with a grocery store. Larger supermarkets are a 5 minute drive away.
The area is very peaceful and the house is in a great location to drive to places such as Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco (and all the smaller villages in between). We hope to return.
Delightful house perched on a hillside on the edge of Tourettes. Short walk into the villages of Tourettes and Fayence, easy day trip to the Côte d'Azur. Spent a great week with 3 teenage kids walking, swimming, kayaking and eating out at some of the extremely good (albeit not cheap) local restaurants. Everything as described, clean, pleasantly rustic. The house has everything you need. Would like to come back.
Really fantastic holiday home!
We loved the beautiful view from the terrace over the green hills. The house is perfectly situated near Tourrettes (1 min. walk) and Fayence (10 min. walk) and the coast (45 min. drive). The swimming pool is super and te house has all we needed with 5 persons and Jill Claxton provided all the necessary information and service. We hated to leave!!!
Thank you Marlies and we're so pleased you had a super stay. Without wishing to be picky I'd just correct, if I may, that the coastal town of Theoule (our favourite place for a beach) is only 25 mins drive away and this might make a difference to some families.
Our very best wishes to you and the family, Jill
Perfect semi rural idyll.
Everything was as described and the house and surroundings were delightful. A peaceful location 5 mins walk to a charming town and village. All the various attractions of the Riviera a 40min or so drive away. What more can you ask for?
Alan and Sophie, Glasgow.
Tourrettes is a quiet enchanting medieval village but yet only a short distance from Riviera beaches and Cote D'Azur hotspots. Local Fayence bustles with thrice-weekly markets, bars, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, many excellent restaurants and 2 supermarkets. It remains remarkably unspoilt. A major gliding centre it has a number of golf courses close by. The lovely Lac de St. Cassian, a haven for children with water sports/fishing is 10 minutes drive away and lovely beaches within 30 minutes drive in Esterel National Park. Tourrettes is an easy 45 minutes drive from Nice Cote d'Azur airport and 20 from A8 motorway giving easy access to the towns and beaches of the captivating Riviera coast such as Cannes, Nice, Antibes,St. Raphael, and St. Tropez. If you prefer to explore locally medieval hilltop villages, vineyards, chateaux and mile after mile of pine and olive groves abound. Grasse, the lovely world capital of perfume is 30 minutes and spectacular Gorges de Verdon l hr away.
Other Activities: Beaches are 25 mins + and large lake nearby with facilities. There is a major gliding centre down the road
Golf: The much acclaimed Terre Blance 18 hole Golf Course is 5 mins drive away and offers a lovely setting and superb facilities and course. There are a number of other courses as well within striking distance.