House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
- English, French
About Julia Deans
We now live in Toronto, but started visiting Callas 20 years ago while living in Asia with young children. We have a wide variety of interests but we all love coming to Callas to relax, explore, and immerse ourselves in all things French.
Julia Deans purchased this House in 2005
Why Julia Deans chose Callas
We bought our villa after renting in the area for many years. Every time we left we had many things to do on our next visit so we knew we'd never get bored! The list now includes everything from great markets, vineyards and restaurants to hiking trails, beaches and cultural sites - we love sharing it with our guests. It's also a great place to relax and do nothing. Have a morning cafe and croissants in the Callas square, a leisurely lunch on the terrace and an afternoon reading under the shade of the mulberry tree or by the pool. Perfection!
What makes this House unique
We like being able to walk into our village and not have to drive. It's 10 minutes down, 15 minutes back (there's a hill). We also like being in the quiet beauty of a rural area with incredible nature all around us but also having easy access to bigger places like St. Tropez, Cannes, Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence. It's the best of all worlds!
Not equipped for very young kids (no crib etc.)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Wonderful property in the Var!
This was our second visit to this Provencal Villa, the first being in the fall of 2008. We hope it is not our last!
It is a lovely home, well appointed (thank you, Julia and Graeme), and beautifully situated on a hillside close to the town of Callas. We used the various terraces for morning coffee, afternoon lunches or simply for viewing the stars after a walk back from dinner in the town. This villa would suit a group of friends, up to 4 couples or a family grouping.
Access to the villa was easy and conveniently arranged.
The town of Callas has more than a few restaurants and the distance is a welcome walk. Our favourites were La Grupie (delicious, small and intimate) and La Fontaine (good food and a lovely busy terrace in the square). We also enjoyed cooking meals at the villa. This is a great location from which to hike. i.e.: the Gorges du Blavet, local hikes to Clavier and Bargemon (see the info office in Bargemon) and the Gorges du Verdon. We were provided with ample information of the area, the restaurants, markets, activities, etc by the owners.
The drive from Nice airport to the house is straightforward and the Dean's instructions from Callas to the house were excellent.
We would like to return to this house again with our growing family.
We stayed at this amazing Villa for two weeks, starting at the end of September. It is a spectacular location. Very relaxing location with complete privacy and the owners have done an exceptional amount of work to keep everything impeccible. The location is ideal for short and long day trips to all the places you will ever want to see. We highly recommend this beautiful home and location to anyone considering a vacation to this area.
wonderful vacation home
Two couples shared this lovely home for 10 days. the location is wonderful for exploring and the home is luxurious. The kitchen is well set up and there are lovely areas to eat outside. the pool is great.
there is a local hostess who was very helpful. We highly recommend this beautiful home.
Nice Provencal holiday again!
My husband and I and our almost-16 year old son, stayed here for 2 weeks. Weather was lovely and hot, and we had a very relaxing time overall. We enjoyed being able to walk into Callas for early-morning croissants and bread, and the Hotel Du France in town was excellent value for lunch, and really good cuisine overall. We splurged again at the Michelin restaurant (Gorge du Pennafort) and once again found the 18 courses delicious, but just too much food - a la carte next time for us! We were pretty lazy and didn't leave the house except to shop for food, or eat out - the places we wanted to visit were a bit far away so we opted to chill by the pool most days. The pool was good, and we especially enjoyed the company of 3 chickens who roamed the flower beds looking for bugs to eat. We sat out and BBQ'd most evenings - the BBQ was excellent - we wished there was some comfy outdoor seating to relax a bit more in - but we played cards and games at the table a lot. The stereo and TV/DVD in the house was good - we watched a couple of films and listened to music most evenings. Amandine, the house manager, was excellent, and responsive to the few things we needed while we were there (more pillowcases and a minor dishwasher repair - all taken care of very easily and no hassle to us).
All in all, a very relaxing and easy vacation, in a wonderful area of Provence, with typically-excellent food and wine abounding. Julia provided tons of useful information and checked we were OK once there - making the overall experience even better!
Thanks so much for your positive comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and will add more seating options for future guests
From the moment we walked...
From the moment we walked through the door, I
wished our stay could have been longer. There
were 6 of us (3 couples). We enjoyed the house, the
garden and surrounding area. It was our first visit
to Provence. Peaceful, comfortable, inviting and
memorable. The Deans have created a lovely retreat
that we made all our own - if only for one week.
Thank you. Veronica Pantin
We always wish we could s...
We always wish we could stay longer! The villa is very
comfortable, the garden is gorgeous and the village is
charming. Provisioning is easy; the village has an
excellent butcher/charcuterie, great wine shop and a
bakery, not to mention the herbs straight from the
fabulous markets, walking/hiking/running, museums and historic sights, beaches, cycling