|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Here there is total privacy owing to its commanding position, and views nearly all the way round, sometimes glimpsed through trees. This privacy is not easy to find in an area which is more and more sought after because of its beauty and stunning scenery.
It is the setting that makes this house truly remarkable. We are close to our local hill villages, shops and supermarkets, and only half an hour from the coast. However, once you arrive you are in your own private paradise.
The amount of land here protects you from the outside world, and gives children lots of space to explore without them having to leave the property. The land could be described as wooded parkland, and has a variety of indigenous trees.
There are interesting walks and stone walls, making it a wonderful spot to walk or do your early morning 'constitutional' before having breakfast on the terrace. To awaken each morning to the stunning views of the mountains lifts the spirits for the rest of the day.
Access is very easy (not one of those tortuous steep approaches which so often go with a view) and ample easy parking. To arrive you follow the long driveway through natural woodland and finally arrive at the fountain and fishpond outside the house. This unique hilltop position ensures total privacy.
It is a nature lover’s paradise with the variety of different trees, such as olive, fig, mimosa, oak, pines, and an abundance of wild herbs. The therapeutic smell of the pines, lavender, wild thyme and marjoram, combined with the music of the cicadas and occasional golden oriole during the day, and the tree frogs and scope owl in the evenings, make this a truly magical place.
Having been to a lot of places on holidays in the past, we think this takes some beating! Fayence is set back from the coast and thus avoids the traffic and crowds, but is within easy reach if you do have the urge to visit (Cannes, Frejus 30 mins, Nice 50 mins, Italy hrs, Gorge de Verdun 2hrs)
But there is plenty to occupy you here. There is outstanding scenery with olive groves, vineyards, local gorges and rivers, and the surrounding hills change their aspect with the time of day and the weather – usually with varying shades of blue as they recede into the distance. There are 8 hill villages in the vicinity and each one holds free events, concerts and 'balls' throughout the summer. Sometimes its difficult to decide which one to go to
Fayence has a population of about 5,000, and hence is well provided with shops of all descriptions. It also has markets on 3 mornings a week. Markets are also held in the other villages, and at Le Muy and also Frejus plage there are huge markets every Sunday morning.
The house and gardens are well equipped. There are new sunloungers and outdoor seating areas as well as good quality tables and chairs in various positions on the different terraces. The beds are mostly memory foam.
The four bedrooms are all on the East side of the house, and on each floor there is a bathroom serving two bedrooms. Although 3 of the bedrooms are twins, they can be made into large doubles on request.
We have lived in this area for many years now and so are well placed to help you with any questions you might have. We have travelled a lot on holidays, and think that this is the most wonderful area to be. It has everything - fantastic scenery, medieval villages, lots of good restaurants and shops of all descriptions.
Marjie Edwards purchased this villa in 1989
We originally moved to this area because although it was within easy commuting distance to the coast it was still very rural and unspoilt - as well as being breathtakingly beautiful. We bought an apartment in the village of Seillans, but after 3 years we decided that Fayence was a better place to be because it was larger and more lively.
We update and refurbish the house on a continuous basis and always do our utmost to make sure the letting season goes smoothly without mishaps. The house is now a comfortable and spacious home carefully maintained, and we try to do everything possible to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable and trouble free stay. The grounds afford total privacy and plenty of space. It is away from roads and hence is peaceful and relaxing. As this is our home we are able to oversee the property ourselves and it isn't left to languish uncared for as is sometimes the case.
When the house is let we live in our small apartment in Fayence village.
We first saw an aerial picture of this place in an estate agents office, even before he had got round to putting it in the window. We were given directions and came round to see it straight away. Immediately we fell in love with it, and even though it was run down we could see its potential and imagine how it would be after care and attention was lavished on it.
The interesting stone wall configurations, the well, the terraces, the long entrance drive culminating in a round fish pond in front of the house – to us it was a special place. Even the name was special – ‘La Pierre Qui Chante’ on a rusty sign hanging from the entrance pillar as we arrived that first time. We do have ‘a stone that sings ‘on the terrace in front of the kitchen doors. It rings when you tap it with another stone. No one knows why.
We have traced La Pierre Qui Chante back to the land survey of 1849 - when they started doing them.The building was no doubt on this spot because of it's incredible situation. There is easy access from the road (no precipitous inclines) yet it has a commanding view. If it weren't for the trees it would be 360°. As it is you have views to the South and the North, with glimpses to the East and West. Consequently it is not overlooked and is completely private in it's 8 acre grounds.
In spite of this it is very close to all the amenities that the area has to offer.
we had an absolutely lovely holiday. It is the most beautiful spot we are all agreed - and we don't need to tell you that; I hope we can return soon. Thank you for your kind hospitality. I have some lovely photographs to look at once I get a minute with all the unpacking! Many thanks again for a wonderful holiday from all of us.
During the years we have rented several houses in Provence but this villa which we rented for one great week in August 2008 was without comparison the most wonderful and charming place we have stayed and we had a really fantastic holiday. All of the rooms were big and each had its own unique qualities. The villa had everything you could need and a few things beside and the area is lovely quiet and relaxing. The pool and garden are superb and from the large terrace there are beautiful views of the mountains. The owners were very welcoming and their restoration of the house and the property is excellent. It truly was a magical place to be, so a week simply flew by. The only minus was our own poor planning not booking for two weeks. We would certainly recommend this place to anyone, families with small children or teenagers or a group of friends. Jens and Pia, DK
This was our second visit to La Pierre qui Chante. Having had such a lovely holiday in 2015, we couldn't wait to return and I hope at some point in the future we will go back again. The house is up in the hills and very secluded so the views are beautiful and there is complete privacy. The pool is in the sun all day and was perfectly clean. The owners had put in a new liner since our previous stay and also bought some very smart and comfortable pool furniture. Tony and Marjie are very friendly and helpful; close by if needed, but otherwise unobtrusive. We loved Faience which has a number of nice places to eat and a busy itinerary of evening events, dances, markets during the summer. On the way into Faience is a fabulous restaurant called La Table d'Yves, which is well worth a visit. We also visited Monaco, Grasse, Cannes and Nice. All in all a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
Lovely, spacious house. Gorgeous garden - eating figs fresh off the trees was a treat. Stunning views. Great location within an an hour of nice and Cannes - when we could drag the family away from the pool and the comfortable sun loungers.
Tony and Marjie are very welcoming and have good knowledge of the area and places to visit off of the tourist trail.
We're looking forward to a return visit.
Thank you to Marjie & Tony for making us very welcome. It was a really comfortable base from which to explore so many beautiful Provence villages. Our four boys loved the house and pool. With so many places to eat in Fayence, Tony's local knowledge was very helpful. Thank you Tony, for booking us into the local restaurant. Tasty Sea Bream!
We loved our stay and hope to come again one day.
John Karen and our Boys
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Pierre Qui Chante. The house was clean and comfortable. We liked the fact that the owners live there most of the year because it did feel like a home. The pool was a good size and remained in the sun all day and there were plenty of shady spots to sit and read or eat too. The local area is beautiful and there are plenty of nearby towns with restaurants, cafes and markets to enjoy. Nearby there is a lake with pedalos and inflatable slides etc which our children loved. All in all a fabulous holiday and we are definitely going again.
My wife, son, daughter-in-law and I rented this property for one week in June/July 2014 and wished we had stayed longer. The property is charming, on top of a hill, and very secluded. It is in a beautiful rural setting, but also close to a full range of amenities in the village of Fayence, which is 10-15 minutes drive from the house.
The house is immaculate: tastefully furnished and decorated, with artistic accents; well-maintained and fully equipped. The grounds are extensive, with a nice pool and a charcoal BBQ, which we enjoyed using. The owners, Marjie and Tony, live in the house most of the year, but relocate to their nearby apartment during rental periods. They are on hand to greet you on arrival and easy to contact if you need help or have any questions. We really enjoyed meeting them; they are very pleasant, humorous, interesting people and very helpful in ensuring you get maximum value from your stay. In our case my wife’s birthday was the day after we arrived and I wanted to arrange a glider ride for her - Fayence is a renowned center for gliding. Tony was diligent in making the arrangements with the Gliding Club in advance of our arrival, which greatly simplified the process from my standpoint. Doing business with Marjie and Tony was straightforward, and they were prompt in returning our security deposit at the end.
Fayence is a lovely village with a good selection of restaurants. We enjoyed: Table D’Yves for an upscale, but not over the top, experience; L’Auberge Fleurie for seafood; and both Strega and La Terrasse for pizza and salads. We also enjoyed the fish soup and stuffed mussels at Strega. Marjie and Tony recommended L’Echapee Belle, a small restaurant with an interior courtyard in nearby St Paul-en-Foret, which we also liked.
There are several quaint villages near Fayence, such as Mons and Seillans, that are worth visiting for a glimpse of a bygone age but we really enjoyed Tourrettes. Walking the streets was like visiting an art exhibition - local artists had integrated their creations into the architecture of the village and it seemed there was a surprise every time we turned a corner. I think the tourist office had a map outlining a walk through the village that would see every exhibit, but we opted to freelance it and nonetheless had a very enjoyable experience.
All in all, we can highly recommend this property and would certainly consider a return visit. Our thanks to Marjie and Tony for an enjoyable vacation.
Long the dream location of Francophiles the world over, Provence with its views, light, colours and the smell of lavender in the air is intoxicating. The climate here is the best in France and visitors from Northern Europe come here to escape their own uncertain weather. Fortunately with all this popularity there is lots of space – especially if you venture here inland where rural life continues and you will find unspoilt countryside, vineyards and olive groves.
This part of the South of France, set back from the coast, has retained its beauty whilst having every facility imaginable.
Fayence is the main village in a group of 8 which constitute the ‘Pays de Fayence’. It is an ideal size (5000 inhabitants in the commune) – large enough to have all the facilities and infrastructure, yet still small enough to keep its character and village atmosphere. There is a cultural centre and outside theatre where shows and plays are held, and dances and summer events are held in the market square outside the church.
Each of the villages has its own character, summer festivals, dances and events. There are markets, countless good restaurants, shops of all kinds, including supermarkets, bars, garages - and all of the villages provide free parking.
There are gorges, lakes, and rivers to explore, vineyards and olive mills, making Fayence a fantastic holiday area.
The house itself is between the villages of St.Paul en Foret (5 mins) and Fayence (10 mins). There is tennis, riding, golf, gliding nearby (all within 10 minutes), and also a large lake (St. Cassien) for water sports 20 minutes away.
Fayence is about half way between Draguignan and Grasse, and Nice Airport is only 50 minutes away.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£606|
A refundable security deposit is payable with the final installment 60 days before arrival