Our fabulous modern 3 bedroom villa offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for 7 people. A large 11mx5m pool with its wide terrace give access to a mix of sun or shade under trees or parasols. We designed the house to be light and airy, and the spacious living room and master bedroom both open out on to the wide south facing covered terrace with views across the grounds to countryside and hills. The large modern kitchen is equipped to a high standard + all 3 bedrooms have their own private en-suite with shower and toilet - plus a bath in the master bedroom. Set in 1 acre of grounds close to the Verdon Regional Park with the beautiful Lac de Ste Croix for swimming/water sports and the amazing Gorges du Verdon for sightseeing or rambling. There are a multitude of hill-top Provençal villages to explore, plus great restaurants in nearby towns and villages. Provençal heat during the days but cool in the evenings and a fabulous night sky because of the lack of light pollution.
- Villa1539 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay7 nights
Villa in Fox Amphoux, Nr Aups, Var. Provence - Set In One Acre (4000sq.M) Of Grounds Close To The Fabulous Verdon Regional Park, Peace And Quiet
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About David Neale
We live in the South Downs National Park, and our house in France is right on the edge of Verdon Regional Park, so we like countryside and we love visiting our house in France; it is quiet, private but close enough to towns, villages, lakes, sea and scenery that to us - it is perfection. Our new grandchildren are beginning to really appreciate the opportunities that the house brings, while the acre of ground has many different areas to explore and run around in, that is if we can get them out of the pool.
David Neale purchased this Villa in 2008
Why David Neale chose Fox-Amphoux
Our family holidays were always taken in France, dragging a caravan around from the top of Brittany to the Med - a different location every year. Our first visit to this area was in 1994, and we returned year on year, finding something new on each visit. When we had the opportunity to buy a plot of land, we spent 2 or 3 years searching for the right one, before deciding on Fox Amphoux, and then designing and building the house. When designing it we always had 'spacious' in mind and we feel that the house gives the feel of space, tranquility, light, and relaxation. We love the result.
What makes this Villa unique
Our guests have sometimes remarked on things that we have taken for granted, butterflies in spring, the lack of light pollution at night and the view of the stars, as well as major attractions like the gorge or the lake. Personally, we are just so enthusiastic about the multiple opportunities for water-sports, walking, sight-seeing that we can't wait to be there. The winter of 2009 saw the installation of an 11m * 5m swimming pool by a local specialist craftsman - somewhere to cool down on those hot Provençal afternoons, and during 2011 we completed the wide pool surround by paving it - again by the same specialist and to the same high standard. Our work in recent years has been to improve the land by planting grass and shrubs and installing seats and benches in the grounds as somewhere to relax and read or just contemplate in peace.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
An excellent villa - one of the best we've stayed in.
We enjoyed a lovely two weeks in this delightful part of Provence. The property. grounds and pool are all super and we felt quite at home both inside and out
Amazing property in an amazing location for touring the Verdon region
Everything you would need for a week or two on holiday with the family
La Taniere review
This property was well appointed and we had a great stay. Right in the countryside and short drives to the supermarket and various picturesque local villages. Lovely pool. Great place to base a first trip to Provence from as it is close to the coast but also the country.
Spacious, airy, modern villa with a fabulously large pool set in a beautiful part of Provence
We returned to this property as we loved it so much last year. It's a beautiful part of Provence - hills for hiking, gorges for boating and lakes for swimming. There are also plenty of local vineyards and olive groves to visit, sample and buy. For the keen cyclists, the base of Mont Ventoux is only a couple of hours drive away, passing through wonderful Luberon countryside and starting in the UNESCO listed town of Sault. More locally, there's the captivating Parc de Verdon and pretty places of Tourtour, Cotignac and Fox-Amphoux itself. The property is spacious, bright and modern with everything you would need provided. Every bedroom has an en-suite and the enormous kitchen is well equipped and stocked with plenty of crockery and cutlery. We converted the ample parking area into our petanque court for some fun family evening games, and the pool is enormous - handy for those doing lengths whilst children swim and play at the same time. There is a wide choice of typically french nearby places to eat or a large Super U is 10 miles away if you wanted to eat in. Thank you for making our second stay in Provence wonderful.
Stunning villa in a lovely area of France
We were looking forward to our stay in Fox-Amphoux and hoping the villa La Taniere was as good as the photos suggested - we were not disappointed in any way. The villa was stunning with everything thought of to make our stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. On arrival the villa was clean and everything was as detailed in the listing. A fantastic pool with many areas to relax in the shade during the hot periods of the day and a challenging driveway on which to play petanque! The area includes beautiful landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, picturesque villages and especially the stunning Gorges du Verdon where we took a pedalo up the gorge. There were so many outings we could have considered but thoroughly enjoyed relaxing around the villa and playing in the pool. Before going we just wanted to find a villa that we wanted to go back to - and we did. We very much look forward to going back. Thank you David for your information and assistance throughout the booking process.
What a Wonderful Villa
On the 2nd of August 2014 we started our holiday, we had chosen La Taniere owned by Stephnie & David Neale because we thought it looked ok in the pictures. When we arrived we looked at the villa looked at each other and said WOW if this villa is the right one we are going to have a fantastic holiday. We were met by Ray who looks after the villa and he let us in, gave us the keys and said knock yourself out . The villa is set out brilliantly big lounge/dinner/kitchen with everything you need and more.There are three double bedrooms each en-suite with showers with the master bedroom having a bath in the en-suite as well .The French doors open onto the terrace/dinning area from both the lounge and the master bedroom which overlooks the pool area which is really nice area to relax in.The pool itself is great, the villa is set In approx. 1 acre land and therefore you can have a mooch around the garden which is rural and full of wild birds and insects. The area around the villa is of forest and trails so if you take a bike its yours to explore there is a local store and pub 2 kms down the road towards Aups and the nearest super u is 5 kms at Regusse .You do need a vehicle to get around as the villa is rural but that is what we liked about it ,peace and quiet. Marks out of ten this villa is a big nine we have been going to France on holiday a good Thirteen years and this is the best one yet .We would definitely recommend .
We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We know how important holidays are to people and every year we have added extra bits to the house/grounds to try to exceed peoples expectations. It is really gratifying to know that we're successful in this and thank you for your feedback.
The boundary of the Verdon Regional Park is only 2 km away for lakes, mountains, hill-top villages, forests, gorges - a whole host of different scenes and experiences.
The Lac de Ste Croix offers a stunning scenic backdrop to a whole range of water sports, swimming, sailing, canoeing - but no power boats. Beaches are plentiful and generally quiet with free parking easy to find.
Canyonning up the Gorge du Verdun by kayak is a popular past-time, and again the views are just amazing as the gorge towers above you displaying millenia of erosion.
The plateau of Valensole is famous for its lavendar fields in the summer, the scent of which fills the air as the rows of lavendar disappear off onto the Provençal light.
Being a keen cyclist, I often visit the plateau, the lake, and a trip around the lake is about 60 miles - you do need good legs!
Marseille airport is about 80 mins away, whilst Nice and Toulon are about 90 mins. The use of a car is essential. Full directions are available from all airports.
The Verdon Regional Park is 2km away with all that it has to offer, such as the Lac de Ste Croix - 16km away, and the spectacular Gorges du Verdon - Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon - about 50km. The Valensole playeau is about 15km away. The nearest town is Aups (10km) that has lively markets twice a week, and a great choice of places to eat and drink. The Med is about one hour away at St Maxim, whilst the Basilica of St Maximin la Ste Baume is the reputed resting place for Mary Magdalen - a little over 40 mins away.
The village has a boulangerie that is 1-2km away. A local farm shop for fresh veg and their own meat, and a farm that produces home made goat or ewes milk cheeses.
Supermarkets are situated locally in Regusse (9km), Barjols (9km) and Aups (15km). Hypermarket in Draguignan (33km).
Restaurants are plentiful in the towns and villages with two in or near to Fox Amphoux itself. Weekly local markets are held in almost all local towns and villages. Other typical hill top Provençal villages are plentiful in the area and artists will find plenty of subjects to paint. Historians can tramp along medieval ruelles in the historic villages or visit picturesque chapels and chateaux, including the basilica at St Maxim de la Ste Baume where reputedly the remains of Mary Magdalene were laid to rest after she fled the holy land and sheltered in the area.
Please note that bookings are accepted on a weekly (or multiple) basis only.