Located In Provence Verte, Maison Genet offers comfort in a rural setting whilst being within walking distance of the centre of the lively working Provençal town of Barjols. The house sits on a south facing terrace backed by olive groves and the pines and oaks of the forêt Nationale. Maison Genet enjoys spectacular views toward the Bessillon Hills and the massif of La Sainte-Baume, The house has been stylishly and sympathetically renovated with a snug lounge, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor and double bedroom (with dressing room and ensuite shower room) and twin bedded room and family bathroom on the first floor. The swimming pool (12x2.5 metres) is private.
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Forest Location in Provence Verte
Jenny and Richard Rees
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 14 Dec 2018
About Jenny and Richard Rees
Richard and Jenny Rees live in Edinburgh in Scotland and have always loved France where they have friends and business colleagues.
Jenny and Richard Rees purchased this House in 2014
Why Jenny and Richard Rees chose Barjols
Richard met the previous owner who also lives in Edinburgh and who told him of the house in Provence that she had owned and enjoyed for over twenty years. Richard and Jenny spent their first week in the house in March 2014 and fell in love with it: the house, the terrace, the pool and garden, the olive grove, the wonderful views and the beautiful surrounding area. Barjols is not a twee place: it is a working French-speaking town, which we think adds to the satisfaction of coming to France. Very much on the up, with new supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and traiteurs. And, naturellement, an excellent boulangerie nearby, to reward an early morning stroll with freshly baked baguettes and croissants to eat on the terrace.
What makes this House unique
Our clients remark favourably on Maison Genet's location. South facing with a clear view across t the Mont La St-Baume Massif. Near to the facilities of a lively town, but still in the countryside: quiet but not isolated. Easy travel to and from the airports, and to the beaches, mountains and lakes of Provence, Monte Carlo, Cote d'Azur and the Camargue. Maison Genet has the feel of a cosy home rather than a hotel apartment And a great pool to swim in, for play, exercise or simply to chill under a starry sky! Dark skies and clear air mean good astronomical observations: a telescope is available on request.
Pool / Spa
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Beautiful retreat in a wonderful area of France
This was our second stay in Maison Genet and we enjoyed it just as much as our first. As long as this house is available to rent, we will come back! The things that we particularly enjoy are the pool, the relative seclusion and lack of immediate neighbours (nearest property is perhaps 100 ft away) and the wonderful surroundings; the house appears to emerge from a rocky cliff that itself backs onto the forest.
There is plenty to do if you have a car (and you will need one) in the surrounding area but we particularly enjoyed relaxing and doing very little; its that kind of a place. We did pay a visit to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, which is very beautiful; get there early before the crowds appear.
Well equipped and comfortable, this year there was the welcome addition of a large gas fired paella cooker that we enjoyed using. The plot is big enough to find your own spot away from your fellow holiday makers if you so desire.
Don't forget your inspect repellent if you are troubled by the wee beasties and enjoy cooling down in the pool in mid-afternoon when in July and August it can each 35C or higher.
The local patisserie is 10-15 minutes walk and the croissants are great. Barjols has a lot of charm but we didn't tend to spend a lot of time there. This year we caught the Tour de France on the way to Salon de Provence and I was able to indulge my passion for astrophotography as the skies are clear and dark enough.
We had a great time.
Charming villa with a great pool and a great location.
We stayed at Maison Genet in July 2017.
The villa is itself is fairly compact but great for a couple or small family. It has pretty much everything you could need, including lots of walking maps and guides to the local area, as well as helpful notes from the owners and previous guests, with tips about the best places to visit. I have never stayed somewhere with so much information on hand.
The best part of the property is the outdoors. The pool is fantastic, and there is a big terrace with a good view where we sat every night for meals. There are extended gardens away from the house with good views and places to sit and read.
The villa is not overlooked and is very peaceful ( some houses are being built further down the hill but that did not disturb us). Barjols itself is not the prettiest town in the region, but it is a very good base for exploring from. Aix, the coast and the Verdon Gorge were all within 75mins drive. There is a great bakery and big supermarket within 5 mins drive of the property.
Richard was very helpful and easy to deal with.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Maison Genet, June 2017 - home from home and with the luxury of having a pool!
We certainly would re-book Maison Genet, it had everything we needed for a luxury holiday, including our very own herb garden, as rosemary and Thyme growns in abundance. The kitchen was well equipped with a dish washer (very nice thank you) and a washing machine! The Rose wine went down very well. We found the house clean and cosy. We enjoyed many meals sitting on the terrace under the cooling pergola covered in vines. The views from the terrace were lovely. The pool was very welcoming in the heat and there were plenty of loungers for us to sit or fall asleep in, lovely! Wish we were back there!
Verdon Gorge and Lac St Croix didn't dissapoint, the lake is a specular blue and great for swimming including small children. We found there to be lots of shade from the trees and including pic nic benches. We returned a couple of times as we enjoyed it so much.
We kayaked at the lower part of the gorge. There's lots of lavender to see on the road to the gorge and the lake, not to be missed. Richard and Jenny provide you with a welcome pack that includes the best places to see the lavender.
We also visited Moustiers Saint Marie which is a very beautiful medieval town.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in green Provence that our one week didn't allow us to see, therefore, we certainly would return and stay in Mainson Genet!
The house is a great base for visiting, including cycling, my husband (an avid cyclist) enjoyed the hills and cols to explore! Basically, a great holiday for couples, families and sports fanatics but where you can also unwind and spend lazy days sitting on the terraces or swimming at Maison Genet!
Thank you Richard and Jenny!
Louise, thanks for your kind review. Maison Genet is a perfect place to balance activity and relaxation, for both adults and children. The lie of the land makes for great cycling, long flat stretches and steep climbs. The famous Mont Ventoux climb is within easy reach.
Glad you enjoyed the homely feel of the house, and we look forward to welcoming you back
lovely, homely house nestled in the woods above Barjols. a forest hideaway to relax and enjoy.
The house felt like a home, not a rental property and we enjoyed it all the more for that. In size, it was perfect for two adults, but would obviously cope with a family. I'm less sure about 4 adults. The forest setting is wonderful with the house, garden and pool sitting on a terrace carved from the steeply sloping woods above barjols. Lots of lovely things to see and do although we didn't feel the need to stray far. There are a few houses being built immediately below the property which created a bit of noise but I'm pretty sure they will be completed before next season. Once finished they won't intrude. Judging the house on its own, it was a clear 5 stars. The reason for a 4 star overall rating from us is that it lies above a less attractive residential end of barjols which just slightly took the edge off an otherwise perfect holiday.
Dear Bill, Thanks for your review, and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at Maison Genet. As regards the building work, for the benefit of future guests, I would agree with your assessment that this should be complete before the 2017 season. The new houses are on the 4th terrace below Maison Genet, and will be single storey houses, so should be largely screened by the trees and bushes on the intervening terraces where no building work is permitted.
Kind regards Richard Rees
Great holiday house with pool. Well equipped. Great location for exploring locally & further afield.
An attractive and comfortable house, much as we expected from the website and owner's description (they were also most helpful in answering any questions before & during our stay). It's well equipped and provided virtually everything we needed for a most enjoyable 2 week stay. The pool was regularly and diligently maintained throughout and the property and grounds provide pleasant, elevated views towards Barjols and pretty hills in the distance. Barjols itself is an attractive large village with an impressive collection of fountains, narrow streets and pretty houses. There's a good boulangerie and an Intermarche within a 5 minutes drive of the house and another small supermarket the other side of the village plus independent shops in Barjols center.
We fell into our usual pattern of alternate days out and days at home enjoying the pool, house & location.
For shorter day trips, there are numerous attractive towns and villages within easy striking distance. Too many to explore in a single holiday. Most boast at least a few restaurants plus interesting and attractive old buildings to visit and explore. It doesn't take long to work out that the countryside in this area can quickly change from forested to open, hilly to flat, cultivated to wild - all of which adds to it's charm and interest.
We also struck out on some longer day trips:
- St Tropez - prettier, with a nicer atmosphere than we'd expected - best approached along the attractive coast road from the west to avoid jams,
- Verdon Gorge - very scenic - requires a complete day to do it justice - one scarily high road bridge,
- Mount Ventoux - the climb from Sault is attractive and not too steep - what a view from the top!!
- Avignon - really, it needs more than a day, loads of history,
- Monte Carlo - lots of hustle and bustle, a set of streets you simply have to drive, and a harbour you have to walk.
- The Camargue - Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer and especially Auiges-Mortes are well worth seeing.
At the end of each long day it was great to get back to the house. We slept well there, nights being cooler than days.
So, it's a great base for exploring the area - the east-west motorway (within 20km of the house) making some longer trips possible.
You really do need a car to explore this part of France although we avoided the largest cities of Nice, Toulon and Marseille because even their outskirts were busy. For these, public transport might be a better option.
A great base for exploring.
Thanks for your kind review, and for pointing out its great location. You certainly made good use of the autoroutes to see the further flung sights along the Cote d'Azure and the Camargue.
Monte Carlo is about 2hr15 drive from Barjols, and can also be accessed by train: the roads in and out of the city can get very clogged. Helicopter from Nice Airport is quite cool too...
Aigue Mortes is about 2hr30: Arles (think van Gogh), Nimes and Saintes Maries de la Mer are on the way to Aigues Mortes.
A great little house with a gorgeous pool, set in the hillside overlooking the Var.
We have just spent a wonderful week at Maison Genet. The house was very comfortable and the pool was the perfect refreshment as we had temperatures in the 30s every day. The view from the house is beautiful, especially from the relaxing reading area at the bottom of the garden, where there was less foliage and so uninterrupted views of the nearby hills. We would highly recommend visits to Cotignac and Lac St Croix and Moustiers, plus Tourtour with its stunning views of the mountains. The house is the perfect base for a family of four to enjoy the delights of Provence and we hope to return at some point. Thank you Richard and Jenny (August 2016)
Thanks for your review. Much appreciated by Jenny and myself.
Delighted that your family enjoyed the pool, and the tranquillity of the gardens: great for chilling out, even if the temperature is 30C+.
A pleasure to have you stay, and Jenny and I look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Barjols additional info
Côte d'Azur resorts: Hyères 75 kms drive. Fréjus 80 kms, Bandol 85kms
Freshwater beaches and water-sports located at Lac de Ste Croix: approx. 40kms drive
Aix-en-Provence TGV approx. 45 mins
Draguignan SNCF approx. 1 hr
Marseilles-Provence Airport approx. 1hr 15 mins
Nice Cote d'Azure Airport approx. 1hr 45 mins
Use of car recommended
Cotignac 15 kms
Brignoles 25 kms
Aix-en-Provence 60 kms
Gorges du Verdon/Lac St Croix 40 kms
Cannes 110 kms
Barjols is a small French town, located in the department of Var and the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA). It has some 3500 inhabitants. Barjols is a working, French speaking, town. Supermarket (Intermarché), 3 minutes drive, fresh meats, poultry, seafood and wide range of fruits and vegetables. Artisan boulangerie/patisserie 2 mins drive or you can walk 10 minutes to get your oven-fresh baguette and croissants. Barjols centre is 5 mins drive or a pleasant 15 mins walk along the byways and past the many streams for which the town is famous. The historic centre of Barjols has a range of small shops - butcher, bakers, banks, bookshop and bars/restaurants, mainly round the main square, which is also the location of the Sunday Market.
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