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Fabulous stone villa with private tennis court and large heated pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property


A fantastic family villa with brilliant heated pool and tennis court, boules and table tennis. perfect for all year round holidays. Set in over 3 acres of beautiful pine parkland in stunning countryside, the villa is close to shops, superb golf (Les Terres Blances PGA 18 hole 7km) and the Riviera coastline (20km). Very flexible and spacious accommodation for as few as 2 to 10+. Hifi and wifi. Superbly equipped kitchen and laundry. Local village of St. Paul en Foret 2km with an excellent boucherie, epicerie and 2 great restaurants. Fayence, Seillans, Callian, Montauroux with many more restaurants and much to see and do close by, inc riding, canoeing and gliding. Wonderful local wines and produce make it the perfect holiday for gastronomes! The Gorges du Verdon is 1 hour and in winter it's just a short drive for local skiing and only 1hr 45mins to Isola 2000 and other premier resorts. But... it has been known for some guests to stock up and not budge because the villa has it all.

Golfing Paradise: The magnificent Four Seasons Terre Blanche is a must for all visiting golfers. It's just a ten minute drive to the jaw dropping splendour of the 2 x 18 hole PGA courses and when you arrive you will be greeted by friendly and very professional staff to kick-start the experience. Fantastic scenery from start to finish and a wonderful club house to have a drink and a snack whilst analysing your performance! It's a challenging course alright...

Close to the slopes...: Premier resorts Isola 200 and Auron are within 2hrs. Lots of our winter guests leave the house at 7am and they're on the slopes, all kitted-up by 9.30am. For those who are happy with local skiing, Greolieres is 45 minutes away - and the drive to it is fantastic. Perfect for beginners and intermediates - ideal for a family day out.

Year round touring...: They say this part of the world is Europe's playground. They're right. And it's a wonderful base for travelling further into France or further afield to Spain (Barcelona 6 hrs), Venice (5hrs), the Cinque Terre World Heritage sight (3-4hrs) and the world famous Ventigmilia Friday market (1hr 15mins).

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Lucy Clayton-Payne
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Lucy Clayton-Payne

In July 2003, we walked up the drive of Les Terrasses & my first words were... "I wish this was ours... wouldn't you die to have a place like this?" Two months later, it was ours and ten years on we have a spacious, comfortable, fun and well-equipped home. We reflect on serendipity with a warm smile and just a bit of back ache. We love it.

Chris is a GP and I have a business specialising in presentation skills training. We have 4 grown-up children who, like us, enjoy lying by the pool, playing tennis and boules, sipping rosé, long lazy lunches, giggly outdoor suppers, breathtaking walks, winter skiing, fabulous golf, amazing restaurants, gorgeous markets, nearby sandy coves, Mediterranean scents, gastronomy...

Knackered and thin we stagger in, happy and stout we stagger out.

Lucy Clayton-Payne purchased this villa in 2003

Why Lucy Clayton-Payne chose Esterel - Fayence

This area of Provence is something else... on the one hand you have the beauty of rural Var and on the other, you have the sophistication of the Cote d'Azur. From our Cambridge home, we can get door to door in about 5-6 hours. EasyJet and other carrier flights from UK airports to Nice are in abundance and it's just 45 mins to the villa from Nice airport. Our local village, St. Paul en Foret and our local town, Fayence are both very 'French' and very attractive with lots going on, in and around them. The joy of this area is that you can opt for a sophisticated day out in Mougins, Antibes or many other tourist spots, but you can then come back to the serenity and privacy of a beautiful home. Perfect.

What makes this villa unique

It's wonderful to have so much to do. The active ones enjoy endless games of tennis on the private tennis court and the less energetic love to lounge by the pool or sip at their drink whilst playing boules. Guests with young children thank their god for the sky package... their kids are watching TV while they have their lie in.

Our guests who love to cook comment on the brilliant kitchen... they can potter away but everything else going on is still within ear shot.

Those who love to madly launder (?) have everything to hand. Those who love to sample local vino enjoy the plethora of domaines within striking distance - especially Val d'Iris. From markets to mountains, it's all nearby. We're talking minutes, not hours. Funny though... many don't budge for the duration.


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
St. Paul en Foret
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
St. Raphael
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Terre Blanche Four Seasons
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
St. Raphael
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Jnc 39 on the A8
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Local Village
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Theoule Sur Mer
Car: necessary

Inland Cote d'Azur - just 30 minutes from the coast. Local market towns Fayence, Seillans, Callian, Montauroux minutes away and Grasse, Mougins, Draguignan, St. Tropez, Cannes , St. Paul de Vence and Nice all well within 1 hour. House and grounds are set in natural pine parkland and vineyards 2km from local village. Secluded but close to everything - 5km to a huge LeClerc! Plenty of cultural and gastronomic attractions within easy striking distance. Close to Lac St. Cassien (10km) for windsurfing and only 18km from nearest beaches. Amazing PGA golf course (Terre Blanche) just 7km away and loads more slightly further away. Excellent for walking, biking, horse riding, gliding canoeing and kayacking. Skiing just 45 min and premier resorts Isola 2000 and Auron within 2 hours - in fact all year round the villa is a perfect base location for guests who wish to tour Europe - Italy only one hour...

Other Activities: Boating, Gliding, Flying, Riding, Walking, Cycling, Water Park, Health Spa

Golf: There is a vast number of fabulous golf courses in the region, the nearest being the PGA Terre Blanche, providing magnificent facilities and outstanding views. St. Endreol is only 20 minutes away, but the local list is endless.

Ski: Greolieres is about 45 mins away. For day skiing at beginner to intermediate level. Isola 2000 is 1hr 45mins - excellent skiing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Fayence in Var

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Part of the garden chalet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 4 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Sleeps 8 perfectly but 12+ with dormitory and mezzanine facility. Bedrooms 1-4 are suitable for adults and supervised children. Beds are high quality (max 8) Bedroom 5 is a dormitory and suitable for children over the age of seven as the stairs are quite steep (max 6) Bedroom 6 is an 'occasional' mezzanine bedroom (max 2).
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The house is great for all ages but as it's on a gentle hillside, there are some steps. As well as the tennis court and superb pool, there is a boules terrace, table tennis and there are some board games, a honky tonk piano and a dart board! Linen and house towels are provided for up to 10 people. Beyond that, we ask people to bring their own. The satellite package gives our renters everything except porn! We even provide you with extra DVDs to watch and there is a large selection of mini disks for all music tastes. There is a fantastic outside summer kitchen with a BBQ. This is wonderful on extra hot days and warm evenings and we manage to fit about 18 people around the table. Other table and seating arrangements are flexible and should work for all guest groups. The house is cleaned on arrival and departure. In between we leave you to your own devices, other than regular visits from our pool maintenance people. Bed linen and house towels provided for 10.


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Fabulous stone villa with private tennis court and large heated pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Très très bonne impression. Cette propriété c'est le paradis sur terre.

  • 5 of 5

Séjour magique du début a la fin dans cette somptueuse propriété baignée par le soleil et un environnement exceptionnel sans vis a vis.

Nous avons profité de tout, piscine, tennis jeux de boules et jeu de fléchettes, promenades, lacs, visite des villes alentour restaurants. Nous avons vécus a 12 personnes sans jamais nous gêner, profitant tour a tour des "Terrasses" ainsi que du barbecue.

Chacun a pu vivre a son rythme et c'est très appréciable. Nous espérons sincèrement y revenir. Pour finir un grand merci a Lucy et Chris Clayton-Payne pour leurs gentillesse et leurs rapidités de réponses a toutes mes questions par mail sans oublier bien sûr les 2 personnes qui s'occupent de la maison et qui sont charmants. Un vrai bonheur. Merci. Mr Girard Olivier

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what a fantastic review written by our lovely French guests. They truly seemed to enjoy everything the house and grounds have to offer - the tennis court, private heated pool, boules court, table tennis, darts and of course the BBQ in the outside kitchen, plus they managed to explore the local area and coastline. This makes very happy reading for us and it proves our continued commitment to make this a top rate holiday experience reaps great benefits for our guests. Brilliant - thank you! Lucy and Chris Clayton-Payne
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This house just wraps you up and looks after you..

  • 5 of 5

Four frazzled people turned up to this amazing house and ten days later the same four fatter but happier people left!! This house just oozes immense comfort and charm. The pool and tennis court are both in fantastic condition. The terraced gardens have thoughtful seating everywhere to either hide or bask in the sunshine. The summer kitchen is utterly delightful with its bbq and relaxed seating - perfect for scrabble and cards. Every need is considered in this house which made our holiday so complete. The beds are really comfy and the house is very clean. We were lucky enough to see a massive hare in the garden and a a family of red squirrels but the lavender plants are constantly awash with stunning butterflies. The owners are delightful and this comes across in this truly wonderful welcoming house. We could not have chosen a better house to spend our holiday in.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jo and Ian for writing such lovely things about Les Terrasses. It seems you love it as much as we do and that gives us huge pleasure. The house looks forward to seeing you again and we hope to meet you one day! Very best wishes. Lucy & Chris.
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Thoroughly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit in three years to Les Terrasses to meet with friends – seven of us in total. On this occasion driving from the UK; previously we had flown into Nice and picked up a hire car – a very easy trip.

Les Terrasses is situated towards the end of a secluded wooded valley amidst substantial grounds, with nearest neighbours several hundred yards away, providing a private and peaceful holiday setting off the beaten track. It is an established, solidly constructed, and well-designed property sitting sympathetically in its surroundings.

A car is pretty much essential if one is to get out and about to local villages, restaurants, and to explore the surrounding countryside from the mountains to the sea. There is ample parking for several cars.

The property description provided by the owners (who offered excellent customer service in all aspects) is accurate and their camera does not lie! The photographs give an excellent overview of the property as a whole. We visited at the end of May and the weather was glorious, with hot sunny days and pleasantly cool evenings and nights.

Many a day was started with breakfast on the main terrace followed by a morning trip to one of the neighbouring villages or vineyards for sightseeing, shopping, etc., before returning for a swim and a late lunch. A short siesta refreshes one for a late afternoon game of tennis on the private court.

As afternoon turns to evening, a ‘sun-downer’ or two is taken over a somewhat lively and competitive game of pétanque on the boules terrace - no prisoners taken!

An evening in the outside dining area around the barbeque eating and drinking the delicious locally-derived and sourced produce completes the day. And so to bed in order to build strength for further similar exertion the next day, but perhaps this time involving a little sailing, or a motor boat trip, or a scenic drive, along the spectacular Côte d'Azur, less than an hour’s drive distant.

If the urge to create one’s own culinary masterpieces chez nous is lacking then a variety of highly recommended restaurants await in the neighbouring villages; such a decision is, however, slightly hard luck on the nominated driver!

All in all Les Terrasses is a wonderful location in which either to remain, relax, and enjoy the facilities, or to use as a base to explore all that this part of France has to offer. It is thoroughly recommended to families and to groups of friends of pretty much all ages alike.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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excellent group holiday

  • 5 of 5

4 families with teenage kids - had a great time with enough space for everyone , good pool and tennis court. Wonderful outdoor dining.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saffron Walden

A gem of a holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for excellent accommodation set in lovely countryside, then you need look no further. The setting, the house, the amenities and the tranquillity altogether make it the ideal location to spend a relaxing holiday It is not often that a property lives up to its advertising, however in this instance it exceeded my expectations and photos do not do justice to the house or the views.

The house has been beautifully restored with the French country style and is bright, airy, immaculately clean and welcoming. Nothing has been forgotten for the comfort and convenience of guests. It has fantastic modern facilities, well equipped kitchen and excellent showers with wonderful water pressure. There is a fabulous terrace for outdoor eating or a rustic ‘cuisine d’ete’.

The outdoor facilities include an impeccably clean swimming pool, a tennis court and boules court which gave hours of fun.

You would need a car at this property, but wonderful restaurants and shops are only a very short drive away.

I’m almost afraid to recommend it too highly in case I am unable to book it myself.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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« Les Terrasses », a great place to be!!

  • 5 of 5

We really wanted to put a notice on the site, to tell anyone who would like to have some information that « Les Terrasses » is absolutely a great place to be !

Our holidays in the domain were outstanding ! we have lived in this house as in a bubble, full of oxygen, and suitable for calm, peaceful and resting days but also for fun, laughter, cheerflulness … having a good time together !

It is true that when you’re 12 and you have 4 dogs you really question yourself about the place to go. “Les terrasses” offers this amazing confort! big enough to have privacy and also actually be together ! this is tremendous !

We really made the most of the swimming pool, the tennis court, the ping pong table, the barbecue, the frontyard and backyard terraces and almost never went out of the house, we were too good there to move ! we fell in love with the old stones, the rosebays, the pines and the cicadas !

I often thought about how lucky we were to be all together, enjoying life !

For all of this, thanks a lot Lucy and Chris.

Hope to see you soon again, Paul VW & family !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gosh - THANK YOU! What a tremendous review. Our aim is to make 'Les Terrasses' a terrific experience for our guests - a comfortable, attractive and well equipped villa that allows everyone to really 'chill out'. It's so kind of you to take the time to give us this review and we very much appreciate it. We really love being there too! Best regards. Lucy & Chris
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Fayence, Var

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Late 2017
29 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Christmas 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

Out of season is a joy for golfers and walkers. We will always aim to be flexible on changeover days and length of stay during mid and low season. Please do call us if you are interested in longer term rental.
Special reductions may be available for parties with fewer than six people.

A 30% deposit secures the booking. The remainder, plus security deposit is payable at six weeks prior to departure. Payment preferred by internet bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.