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Historic and Charming Village House with View

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Please note: in July and August only there is no weekend check in, check out.

This lovely, historic house in the oldest, quaintest section of La Garde Freinet, built in 1850 and recently lovingly updated, will make your stay in this unique village very special.

The sunny main floor consists of a new open plan kitchen - where you can cook and socialize with your family or guests - a dining table which will seat 6 people, and a cozy sitting area with flat screen TV, French cable and Wifi for your comfort and entertainment. English speakers will enjoy the IPTV box with a vast array of English TV channels. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances: fridge, stove, electric stove top, dishwasher, microwave, and Nespresso coffee machine.

The second floor houses a large, airy master bedroom with king bed, armoire, dresser, mirrors and extra hanging rack. There is lots of room for stowing your bags and belongings. The iron and ironing board are kept here. There is also a sparkling clean, good sized bathroom on this level, with bathtub and shower, shiny new fittings, lots of towel racks and storage space. There is a hair dryer stowed under the sink, and linens and towels are provided. The washer and dryer are also here.

On the top floor, there is another bright bedroom with two windows for that lovely mountain breeze. You will sleep so well! This bedroom has a double bed and another single bed, which can also be used as a sofa for napping or reading.

From the second floor stairway window, there is a view of the ancient fort from which La Garde Freinet gets its name, and from the upstairs bedroom skylight windows, you can see La Croix (the cross that watches over our village from the crest above). And there are lovely views from the terrace across the rooftops to the mountains in the distance.

Just outside this bedroom door is the door to the rooftop terrace, or 'terrasse tropezienne.' This roomy terrace has a pretty vintage metal table with 6 chairs

for lunches or dinners, and there are chaise longues for your use for very private sun-tanning.

Back on the main floor now, outside the east-facing front door, which catches the warm morning sun, there is a little café table with chairs, where you can enjoy morning coffee and croissants amongst the potted geraniums and lauriers. You can plan your days of sightseeing or marketing in the neighboring villages, hiking the many very scenic trails around La Garde Freinet, or touring the glorious beaches of the Cote d'Azur just 20 to 30 minutes drive from your door.

This house has been furnished as a home as opposed to a rental unit, with all of the comforts and amenities the owner needs to feel at home here: including a well-equipped kitchen, and clean, new furnishings and creature comforts.

The history of the house and neighbourhood is an interesting one. Constructed in the mid 1800s, probably to cater to the men working in the cork industry that was booming then. It is said that the reason the tiny street and square attached were named Rue and Place de l'Amour is because the houses were bordellos servicing the cork workers.

This house may have been a 'house of love' at one time, but it was also home for many years to one of France's most decorated army generals.

The village of La Garde Freinet has a fascinating history - worth delving into - and now is home to an eclectic group of people living in and around it, who make it a very cool and fun place to be. Enjoy evenings of people watching as you dine outdoors on the cute, quaint main street - just steps from the house. Market days are Sundays and Wednesdays, always a festive vibe those mornings; join the locals having coffee at the Bar du Soleil after your browse through the stalls.

Be sure to hike up to the Roches Blanches, the glimmering quartz precipice above the village, overlooking the Golfe of St Tropez. You can see the Mediterranean shimmering in the distance, and the vast view of the plains that made the Saracens carve out their cave-like dwellings here, that gave the village its start a thousand years ago.

It's a 'merveilleux' place to rest and restore - fabulous food, great wine, exercise in the fresh mountain air, swim in the sea. What could be better?

Come and see for yourselves why the owner and many, many others are drawn to this special village and surrounding area. Come see!

More Details

Property Manager
Judith Boyce
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Judith Boyce

Hi! I'm an active professional woman, living and working in Bermuda. Canadian by birth, I'm grateful to be able to live in paradise, to be able to run, bike, swim and play golf all year around, and to enjoy the social aspects of life in a small, friendly country.

Judith Boyce purchased this house in 2014

Why Judith Boyce chose La Garde-Freinet

I fell in love with La Garde Freinet at my first visit there. The people, the food, the wine, the hiking and biking, the air, those sparkly rocks and peaks! The energy - it's amazing. The house has a special history - as does this neighbourhood of the old part of La Garde Freinet - I was drawn to it. What more can I say?

What makes this house unique

Quaint. Provençal. Recently renovated, cleaned, painted, updated - but many historic features have been preserved. Convenient - walk to restaurants, shops, or hike from the front door. Drive to St Tropez and the Mediterranean in 20 minutes. Quiet. Lovely neighbours - French, German, Swedish - so cosmopolitan - yet very private.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Garde-Freinet in Var

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural ...
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveller reviews)

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A PERFECT DREAM HOUSE IN A WONDERFUL VILLAGE!!

  • 5 of 5

This village house exceeded our expectations. My only regret is that I wish we would have stayed longer. Needless to say, we will be back. Judy, your directions from Nice to La Garde Freinet were perfect. Your house was beautifully decorated, and the assistance from Becky was very much appreciated! The neighbors and people of La Garde Freinet were fabulous, food and markets outstanding and the location was very easy to drive to neighboring villages. I will definitely be back and friends are asking for information regarding your village house for future trips. Thank you so much!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the house and location. Clean, comfy and homey! Plenty of pre-visit assistance and advice from the owner and property managers. Not too much to do in town at this time of year but we did enjoy the museum near the tourist office and visiting the local market, restaurant and patisserie. The weather was much cooler and wetter than we expected but this was February and, for the last ten days or so, we understand some of the worst winter weather in years! Plenty to see and do in the surrounding cities - Grimaud, Cogolin, St. Tropez, Nice, Grasse, Antibes, etc. We really enjoyed the hikes and trails in the area. May visit again sometime - but during warmer weather. The best thing about the winter visit time was avoiding the crowds.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Skip! I enjoyed having you and so glad you made the best of the weather. At least you missed the heavy snow - very unusual - but short-lived. Yes, do come back. Spring in the Var is fabulous!
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Charming little cottage in lovely location

  • 4 of 5

Property was ideal for a couple. Great location to base yourself particularly in winter as La Garde Freinet is more or less closed.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful French Country Home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in quaint small village. Well appointed with shabby chic decor.. English speaking tv... great kitchen... full size washer and dryer... beautiful roof top terrace... owner has anticipated visitor needs .. highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sara! My aim was/is to anticipate visitor needs :-) So glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon!
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in La Garde Freinet. The village house was beautiful and a very short walk from the village centre. There were shops and restaurants still open even though it was the second week of October. Everyone we encountered in the village was friendly and welcoming. The weather was sunny and warm so we began each day reading and drinking coffee on the roof terrace (lovely views). Then we would do a walk to the fort, the cross or drive to a quiet beach to snorkell. We visited St Tropez and the Monastry of La Verne as well as other villages. The whole holiday was enhanced by being able to take our dogs along (think we managed to wear them out...). All in all the little house and village more than lived up to expectations and we would love to return at some time.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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In Our Hearts

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at your villa will remain in our hearts as the highlight of our trip to France and Italy. The villa is beautifully decorated and well appointed, easily meeting all of our needs. Immediately upon arrival the feeling of home was there for us. The location in La Garde-Freinet accommodated our daily trips to markets in neighbouring towns, to the seaside, and was also great access for hiking. Each day we visited the sensational bakery, delightful wine cellar, and took in the absolute beauty and charm of this lovely village which is steeped in history and architectural delights. The kitchen is really well appointed thus creating evening meals with our market goodies was a real treat. We also enjoyed daily the lovely old world charm of the great room for dining and reading and as well the the upper terrace as a place for evening drinks and star gazing.

The absolute attention to detail in aesthetics as well as comfort and convenience for guests was both noted and appreciated. Thank You - dreaming of returning for a longer stay!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heather, for this wonderful review. The house was lovingly decorated and equipped so that guests like you would feel at home. So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and want to return. Come back soon!
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Location

Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Port Grimaud to St. Tropez
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Les Arcs-Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A8
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Port Grimaud
Car: necessary

Bonjour! Wineries and wonderful hikes and walks are just minutes from La Garde Freinet! St Tropez and Pampelonne Beach are 21 km or about 20 min drive. There are wonderful markets and wineries all along the coast. Enjoy!

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £87.5
Pet Fee £43.75
Damage Deposit £218.75

No smoking please.
Fireplaces are non-functional - do not set fires in them. Decoration only.
Booklet of information is in the house.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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