|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Spacious luxury villa with full gas central heating for spring/autumn lets. Le Tibouren is set in 3000 Sq.m (3/4 acre) of garden with mosaic swimming pool 10m x 5m with solar powered automatic safety cover and BBQ. The house is furnished to an exceptional standard with 3 spacious double bedrooms all with floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes. The open plan living area has a wood burning fire & satellite TV. Wireless broadband is also available. The kitchen is fully equipped with built-in oven, microwave, induction hob & dishwasher. The separate utility room is equipped with washing machine, separate dryer & large fridge-freezer. There is a covered terrace and on the first floor a solarium. The main bedroom on the ground floor has an ensuite bathroom with bath with shower over, two basins and WC. On the first floor there is one bathroom with bath basin and shower cubicle; there is also a separate WC. On the ground there is an additional shower room with basin, shower cubicle and WC
Tourtour: The villa is a 15 min walk from Tourtour, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. The village square is lively in summer with plenty of restaurants, two bars, and a number of art galleries & boutiques. In winter there are at least three restaurants and both bars open. There is a small mini market and boulangerie both open all year. The medieval part of the village has lovely little courtyards and narrow passageways, as well as a fossil museum and olive mill which operates during January & February. In summer the mill is used by local artists for exhibitions.
Shopping: The two nearest hypermarkets are at Draguignan & Trans en Provence. There are markets at Aups (Wed & Sat), Lorgues (Tues) & Salernes (Sun). There is a very large Sunday Provencal market at Le Muy by the autoroute (A8). All the major coastal resorts and Aix en Provence have excellent shops selling designer labels as well as traditional merchandise from the area
The Countryside: To the North is the amazing Gorge de Verdon, 700m deep in parts. You can drive round the gorge via the Route des Cretes (if you have a head for heights!). There are walks by the river through the gorge; canoes & kayaks can be hired. Lac St. Croix is good for sailing & windsurfing. Between Tourtour & the coast are many vineyards to visit and of course wine to taste. The plain of Valensole to the North West is one of the main lavender growing areas of Provence
Richard is retired from John Lewis and now runs his own business
Pam is a magistrate, voluteer with the Princes Trust and chairs their local finance c'tee. She also runs her own consultancy and is an ex director of McVities, Dairy Crest and Thorntons
Richard & Pamela Langworthy purchased this villa in 2000
It okk us five years travelling throughout France to find this area, we bought the land in 200 and the house was completed in 2002 and is updated every year. The garden and pool are exceptionally well maintained by Jean-Paul. The house is professionally managed by local specialist French business, owned by by Christel and Xavia, Christel speaks good English, her husband Xavia not a word! Improvements and redecorating are carried out year on year in order to maintain a very high standard throughout. We spend 3-4 months a year at Le Tibouren, Spring, Autumn and Dec/Jan
Tourtour is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, but still has its roots in the country and doesn't die like so amny places in France outside the Tourist season. Le Tibouren is quietly situated 15 mins walk from the village in a large garden (3/4 acre) with olives, pines and ornamental trees as well and a carefully tended area around the pool. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all of good size and well furnished. The kitchen and utility rooms are well equiped and are easy to maintain
There is plenty of good quality garden furniture so you can relax and unwind after a busy day
It is difficult to imagine a better home-away-from-home. Le Tibouren is immaculately landscaped and impeccably decorated in a modern style, and the pool, while chilly, provides a welcome relief from the Provence heat. (It is also unusually long for a backyard pool, so we were able to swim mini-laps in it for exercise.) Tourtour itself is a very quaint town with excellent restaurants and an open-air market twice a week, and the house is about a fifteen-minute, easy walk away (for the able-bodied). The owners are extremely responsive and helpful from the moment of booking until departure, and the onsite manager is very responsive and accommodating. We arrived to find a well-stocked fridge (some cheese, cold cuts, fruit, milk, butter, eggs, juice, etc.), which was extremely welcome given that the rentals run from Saturday to Saturday but few grocery stores are open on Sunday in France. Tourtour is also well-situated for exploring Provence more generally, but the house and property are so lovely that we abandoned some of our sightseeing plans just to spend more time at "home." Having stayed at quite a few VRBO rentals--all of which have been excellent--we would rate Le Tibouren as the very best. While more expensive than the others that we have rented, we felt that it was money well-spent. This is a spectacular rental property.
This is a high quality, very well equipped holiday house in a great location. We have spent our holidays in this region for many years and have stayed in several rental properties. We have been to this house for the last four years and are booked again for this year. We would not consider anywhere else now as Le Tibouren offers everything that we need. From wifi to Backgammon and enormous towels, it is a home from home. The very helpful and communicative owners, Richard and Pam are extremely proud of their house and it shows.
We could not have wished for a better holiday location than this.The villa itself is magnificently appointed and impeccably maintained; the English owners are thoughtful, cooperative and communicative,whilst Astrid-the lady "on the ground" so to speak is always very friendly,attentive and helpful.
Tourtour truly is one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France"-not as chi-chi as some would make out,it has excellent restaurants(a visit to La Table is a must), an atmospheric square and a couple of very lively bars.Musical events seem to abound all summer to suit all tastes.St Tropez and the hurly burly of the coast is only an hour away- but we always find that we are glad to be back in the hills,to tranquilly sip a glass of rose after an early morning visit!
My only hesitation in giving this villa an unreserved recommendation is that it might prejudice our ability to keep visiting year after year...we have visited on seven occasions- this is really the only recommendation that is needed!
This is the second time we have spent our summer holiday in this beautiful luxuriously equipped villa, It has everything needed for an enjoyable holiday, The villa and the grounds are beautiful and is situated in an area of natural beauty. The swimming pool is a necessity for when the temperature hits the 90's. The villa is with in walking disatnce of the beautiful quaint mountain top village of Tourtour which has some excellent restaurants and bars for a summer evening meal.There are lots of vineyards in the area for winetasting,
The owners Richard & Pam are very friendly and helpful.
Le Tibouren is quietly situated 1km from Tourtour, known as 'The Village in the Sky'. Tourtour is a traditional rural unspoilt village, although it is busy in July & August
17km from Draguignan, 50km from the coast, 20km from the Gorge de Verdon
St. Maxim with its good beach, shops & restaurants is 50km from where you are advised to take the ferry if you want to visit St. Tropez. This will avoid parking and access problems at St. Tropez in the summer, as well as being a cheap and pleasant trip (20 mins). For those with an RYA International Certificate of Competance boats of various sizes can be hired at St. Maxim
Other Activities: Visiting vineyards & wine tasting, Art Galleries
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
A none refundable deposit of £30% is required with your booking confirmation. A refundable security deposit of £400 is required with final payment
Linen & towels (including pool towels) are included in the rates and changed every week
Tax de Sejour of €0.90 per adult per night is included in the rental.