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!