Sleeps four adults. Our ancient village home, shown on maps from the 12th century, was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by the architect, Christian Richer. Modern kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white stucco walls, and large windows. Medieval details are matched with a touch of the Southwest USA. This is our private home, not a rental-only property.
Each of the four floors in the main house is furnished with colorful French and Native American fabrics matched with a mix of antiques. As is typical with village houses, ours is very compact and vertical in nature. Rooms are bright and open but not large by US standards. Be prepared to go up and down the narrow, circular staircase several times each day.
The front hall includes a coat closet and utility room. Up the narrow curving staircase takes you to a guest bedroom with built-in desk, twin beds (can be moved together for a queen size), good closet space and a separate tiled bath with combined shower/tub and a built-in clothes washer/dryer.
Up another short flight of curving steps brings you to the living area, one side of which has windows that overlook the tiled rooftops of Seillans and beyond to L'Esterel mountains.
This multifunction area includes a pillowed banquette, antique chairs, settee, dining area and a modest yet well provisioned kitchen. Large windows open wide to let in the sunlight and cool hillside breezes.
Just a few steps off the main room is the master bedroom suite with a double bed, built-in closets, and a sitting area with a desk and bookcases filled with books and guides. The bedroom also includes a pumpkin-and-white ceramic-tiled bath with fluffy white towels, a skylight, and a large shower. A pocket door provides additional privacy between the master bedroom and the main living area.
The roof terrace is reached via a set of handcrafted mahogany stair/steps. These are steep but surprisingly easy to adjust to. Up top you will discover a breathtaking view of the countryside below, swallows overhead, and tiled rooftops of the village. The terrace includes a table, chairs, sun umbrella and Provencal kitchen with BBQ grill, sink with running water, dishes, and pots of flowers.
Seillans is a small, quiet medieval village ranked one of the most beautiful in France. You go there to get away. There are no streets inside the village. And so there are no vehicles. Cobblestone footpaths, protected by the historic trust, traverse the 300-house village. Here you can decrease your carbon footprint while on vacation because you can easily walk, not drive, from our house to local businesses and cafes. And you walk to our house from the parking areas provided along the village perimeter. About 100 yards/meters each way.
A short walk down La Rue de la Boucherie brings you to the busiest part of the village where there is a small grocery store, flower shop, pizzeria, gift shop, day spa, bakery, post office, ATM machine, beauty salon and a newspaper/tabac shop. There are outdoor tables in the square at Placette de la Route where you can order food and drink from the cafe/bar Charlot or on the terrace down the street at the Maquis wine bar.
Walk back up to Place du Thouron, find a table by the fountain, and enjoy a more substantial meal at La Gloire du Mon Pere or at Chez Hugo, two fine restaurants.
And while Seillans has 4-5 restaurants, a world-class cooking school, a few shops, interesting art galleries (like The Orange Tree), and a small charming hotel, it is not a major tourist destination. There are no crowds here to impede a stroll to the boule grounds where you can order a glass of rose from the little bar, sit a moment, or take a look at Le Génie de la Bastille, a sculpture created by Max Ernst when he lived in Seillans with his wife, Dorothea Tanning. You can also order an aperitif under the plane trees shading the Hotel des Deux Rocs, enjoying the view of the Chateau, the 12th century Saracen's Gate, and Font d'Amont.
Seillans may be quiet (at least when the church bells are not ringing) but it is far from isolated. Day trips can be planned along the Cote d'Azur, into the heart of Provence, or up into the Haut Var, the region just above Seillans. And then there are all those other intriguing perched villages where you can spend an afternoon visiting local mills that produce extra-virgin olive oils, watch as local artisans create stunning hand-blown glassware, shop for fresh foods and antiques at outdoor Marches, or spend time driving from vineyard to vineyard, for degustation, sampling the local Cote Provence wines right in Seillans at Chateau Selves or Val d’Iris.
Other destinations within an hour's drive (depending on traffic conditions of course) range from an ancient abbey at Thoronet to the Mediterranean beaches, like those at Frejus, Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice. And then, just think, you get to drive back to the peace and quiet of our private home in Seillans, just in time for dinner on the terrace.
Keywords: Seillans, Rental, House, Historic, Maison de Village. Renovated 14th-Century House & Guest House