Classic Provençal villa with 6 bedrooms split between main house & guest annexe
About Gordon McAlpine
We're a British family with 2 girls and Cookie the dog who live in beautiful Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Gordon McAlpine purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Gordon McAlpine chose Tourtour
We've always loved this beautiful part of Provence and got married over here in 2005 in a neighbouring village. We realised our dream when we bought this stunning holiday house in Tourtour and have spent many happy times together with friends and family at Villa Belle Ecosse. We absolutely love this house and only rent at certain times of the year to families who we feel will treat it like their own home.
What makes this Villa unique
The views from Belle Ecosse are simply incredible as you can see both the village above and the panoramic hillsides below, and can walk to the village for a glass of rose in the sunshine.
Pool / Spa
Strict no party rule as residential area
Kids must be over 3 and able to swim
Extra guests cannot be invited to stay outside the family the rental has been agreed with
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Belle Ecosse Review
Belle Ecosse offers well presented accommodation that has been thoughtfully furnished throughout. The interior to the main house is bright, clean and functional. There is a separate annex that has been cleverly converted into 2 bedrooms each with an ensuite bathroom. There is plenty of outside space where you can relax under the shade of the canopy or cool down by the pool and enjoy the amazing views across the valley.
The property is situated just below the beautiful village of TourTour being about a 5 mins drive away which has a good selection of restaurants and a small traditional french bar.
We had a wonderful time and can't wait to return.
Many thanks for your review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Belle Ecosse and made full use of the wonderful annex as well as enjoying your stay in the main house and relaxing in the gardens!
After many many hours trawling the internet we came across Belle Ecosse - to say the least we are fussy and this house was as good if not better than the photos (which is not always true). Why go away and settle for anything less than you are used to at home. Beautifully kept, spotless and perfect décor. It ticked all the boxes. A car is required if you don't fancy a steep uphill walk into Tour Tour. The area has the most fabulous scenery. Restaurants were not as good as we experienced last time we were in Tour Tour but you don't need to go out to eat when you have such a wonderful house and facilities. Thank you Gordon and Claire for sharing your wonderful home in Tour Tour
Fantastic villa,clean, roomy with beautiful views.
What a gem. Fantastic villa, with superb views of rolling mountains and hills on the horizon. Just the place to relax and chill out, and if you have a car ( which is advisable) plenty of places to visit. A beautiful lake to the north for swimming and boats for hire, and the Mediterranean to the south. All within an hours drive.
The village of Toutour is a 20 min uphill walk. We walked up every day to buy the freshly made baguettes and croissants for breakfast, what luxury ! The village has a village square, plenty of lovely restaurants, an open air market, and again fabulous views.
The kitchen is well equipped. There is a boules court and lovely sitting areas by the pool, also a terrace, where you can sip your evening cocktails, and enjoy the views. Also a good table for eating al fresco.
Astrid, who looks after the villa, was there to welcome us, a very capable and professional lady ( and speaks perfect English) so we had no worries.
I would certainly recommend this villa and needless to say we have booked again for 2014, for another perfect holiday !
Many thanks for your review. We're so pleased that you loved Belle Ecosse as well as the surrounding area. We agree that it's so lovely to be living in a tranquil hillside village with the beautiful lakes nearby, but also to be able to get to the buzzing Cote D'Azur within an hour for a day on the beach.
15 mins walk to village of Tourtour, which has many good restaurants and amenities and offers a 'summer school' for children from 3 years upwards. Many other medieval villages and fascinating markets within easy reach. 30 min drive to the picturesque lakes and villages of the Gorges of Verdon (the Grand Canyon of Europe), which offers numerous sporting activities as well as some of the best scenery in Europe. Less than 1 hour's drive to the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.