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Pretty villa with pool in tranquil countryside near the beaches of St Tropez

People7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
villa
People
7
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in La Garde-Freinet - Le Clos d'Ours

Secluded villa with pool in La Garde Freinet near St Tropez. Sleeps 7

This cosy Provençal villa was recently restored and now sleeps 7. The house sits in 2.5 ha of land surrounded by Olives, vines and Cork Oak trees. The house faces south and has stunning views over farmland to the soft wooded hills beyond. You can sit on the terrace and watch the birds of prey circle overhead, listen to the crickets and watch the sun go down with a cool glass of Rose, and feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. Yet you are only 12 km from the beaches of St Tropez.

The house is small and cosy, and sleeps 7 in two double rooms, one twin bedded room with balcony, and a single room. There is a bathroom with a roll top bath en-suite with the master bedroom, and the second double bedroom, and a separate WC inside the house. The second bathroom with tiled shower and WC is accessible from the outside. The kitchen and sitting room have open fireplaces, and there is also a fireplace on the terrace for evening BBQ. (except in the summer when BBQ's are not permitted by the local authority) There is a large pool with 2 pool alarms, and a large Mediterranean style garden. Like most pools in this area, our pool is unheated, but in summer is warm enough for swimming in.

The 2.5 hectare garden is enclosed by electric fence (to keep out the wild boar) and is very tranquil and private. It has a rustic feel, and you will see many types of birds and insects - especially butterflies, and at night, beautiful moths. If you are lucky, you will see a wild tortoise, and you will definitely see the geckos which scamper up and down the house walls at night catching insects.

The last 500 meters of the road leading to the house is very rustic; it is not scary, but quite bumpy and rutted in places. It is not suitable for a low slung sports car, but otherwise is fine as long as you take it slowly. With a 4x4 it is no problem.

La Garde Freinet: La Garde Freinet is a remarkably unspoilt medieval hilltop village. It has twice weekly markets and and great local family run shops and restaurants. The village sits at the base of the Massif des Maures mountains and above the village is the Fort de Freinet from which you can walk on a stunning two hour journey through the mountains back to the house. You will see views of the snow covered Southern Alps in one direction, and the Bay of St Tropez on the other. You will pass the Romanesque Chapelle de Notre Dame de Miramer high above the fields and farms below, and often you will be the only person around surrounded only by the bare rocks and the wild plants of the Garrigue. In the other direction from the house is the hilltop medieval village of Grimaud which also has great views, great restaurants and a local flea market. In October the annual Chestnut festival in La Garde Freinet is a popular local event with stalls selling chestnut themed produce as well as hog roasts and music

Beaches: The nearest beach is Port Grimaud about 10km away. From here you can also take a ferry to St Tropez which is not only a great way to beat the traffic, but also to see the many huge and sometimes beautiful yachts in the bay. The beaches of St Tropez like Pamplonne are busy and glamorous with great beach side restaurants such as the famous Club 55 where the stars like to be seen having lunch. You might prefer the quieter coves like Canadel and le Lavandou, or you can take a short ferry ride to the beautiful island of Porqueroles where you can rent bikes, pack a picnic and visit the botanical garden.

Activities, sports and sightseeing: There are quite a few Golf courses nearby, and tennis near Grimaud. There is horse riding in the village of Hameau de la Tourre 1km from the house, and of course on the beaches you can rent boats, windsurfers and go water skiing. For older children and teenagers the

go-kart track near the Geant Casino supermarket is very popular. For younger children there is Aqualand.

There are also numerous local caves and châteaux where you can sample the excellent local wines.

The local town of Cogolin, whilst less idyllic than Grimaud and La Garde Freinet has many useful shops, banks, supermarkets and also a weekly market.

The Grarde Canyon de Verdon is about an hour's drive to the North. In this amazing nature reserve you can do canoeing, rock climbing, white river rafting or just take in the incredible geological features, and breathtaking scenery.

About 35 min drive North is the perfectly preserved Cistercian monastery of Le Thoronet which was founded in 1120.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Elsebeth Gatacre
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Dutch, Danish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

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Laurence



Une magnifique maison dans la nature, au calme mais cependant toute proche de St Tropez ou Port Grimaud. Le terrain est gigantesque et magnifiquement arboré. La piscine est très grande et le tout est très bien fourni en mobilier de jardin. La décoration de la maison est chaleureuse et il ne manque vraiment rien, on se sent comme à la maison! Nous avons été reçus par une dame très agréable et accueillante qui a su répondre à toutes nos demandes pendant le séjour. Idyllique! Nous rêvons d'une résidence secondaire comme celle-ci..





July 2016
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Pretty villa with pool in tranquil countryside near the beaches of St Tropez
average rating of 4.8 based on 13 reviews
Brooklyn
5

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. We went to stay in the house with my family and my brother in July. It is a very unique house that makes you feel your are truly in Provence.

The property is 10 min outside of beautiful Grimaud with great views of the mountains. The last 2 miles to get there are somewhat adventurous as the road is not so good but you get used to it once you drive it once or twice.

The manager of the property Paul was waiting for us when we arrived. He was very friendly and showed us everything. Also later in the stay when we needed something he would always come within a couple of hours.

The house itself is very spacious, recently renovated and tasteful decorated. It has a modern “provencal” feel to it. The bedrooms have nice linen and good mattresses and the bathroom has a great tub. There is always a breeze at night coming from the mountains but there is no AC. The large pool with umbrella and chaises is down from the house within a beautiful garden. The whole property is enormous and includes a vineyard and an olive grove so you can go explore. The house has everything you can possibily ask for and we especially like the beautiful farmhouse kitchen and patio

I would recommend this place for people that like peace and quiet and want to stay in a true provencal house still in driving distance to St Tropez and Grimaud.

The only downside is that it is a somewhat rural so you have to deal with a few insects and dust here and there and the house has only one bathroom inside the house (there is an outside shower and another bathroom in the laundry room).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
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5

Loveliest provencale country living; stunning view

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay in this absolutely lovely and very comfortable Provencale farm house, full of charm and in a most beautiful and completely private setting. We had wonderful meals on the stone terrace, with delicious local produce from the charming villages nearby, as well as wonderfully relaxing times at the beautiful pool.

The house and pool is very well maintained, with a great and very friendly service from the owners manager. We are coming back!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Perfect House in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

(German) Ein sehr schönes Haus in toller Lage. Wir haben die Ruhe sehr genossen! Das Haus ist liebevoll eingerichtet und die Ausstattung ist sehr gut. Der Bäcker und die Croissants im nächsten Ort sind der Hammer. Der Außengrill konnte leider aufgrund der Brandgefahr nicht benutzt werden. Es war sehr trocken und die Brandgefahr somit sehr hoch. Ein toller Pool mit herlicher Ausicht ins Tal lassen einen den stressigen Altag schnell wergessen. Ein optimales Haus für eine Familie mit Kinder. Das Klima ist optimal, es weht immer ein leichter Wind von den Bergen. Wir würden auf alle Fälle noch einmal wiederkommen.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: Translation: "A beautiful house in a great location - we very much enjoyed the peace and quiet. The house is lovingly decorated and the furnishing is excellent. The bakery and croissants in the nearest village are amazing. Unfortunately we could not use the outdoor grill due to the high risk of fire during our stay. The weather had been very dry, increasing the risk of causing fire. The fantastic pool with beautiful views over the valley quickly makes you forget your stressful life. A perfect place to stay with family and children. The climate is perfect with a light breeze coming in from the mountains. We will certainly come and stay again.”
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5

Summer in France

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this house, the pool area is wonderful, and with the very hot weather it was where we spent our time, plus the outside shower is fantastic, and was used all the time. The views in the evening are really special, and made time sitting on the patio what holidays are made of.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Fantastic idyll

  • 5 of 5

Had the most wonderfull holiday in this beautifull , secluded farm house set amongst the vineyards , it was in such a peaceful spot , yet so close to other busy villages such a Grimaud, and vibrant St Tropez, it was the perfect antidote .

The house itself is really well decorated in a simple Provençal style in muted colours , the kitchen is really well appointed , so cooking is a treat , and the outdoor eating area is just off it . It is all very cosy , practical and in extremely good taste .

The swimming pool is also a real drawing point as it is large enough to really swim in , unlike many homes with tiny plunge pools .

I thought this was a fabulous house , it was truly relaxing and peacefull, yet if you wanted more action it was only a few km away from first class restaurants , shops and markets

Will defiantly go back there again ,as soon as possible

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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5

Far from the madding crowd

  • 5 of 5

The most wonderfull, authentic and very beautifull house , nestled in the vineyards , so tranquil and peaceful yet only a short distance away from St Tropez and its buzzy life . Didn't want to leave the house after the 3rd day as we got into a slow , very relaxing pace of life .

The pool is fabulous , and a great size , it's a bit away from the house which is better , as you wouldn't hear noise from it if there were lots of teenagers playing around .

The house itself is very simply but beautifully decorated in muted greys and blues - all very soothing and relaxing to be in .

The kitchen is really well appointed , so cooking is made easy and it opens up onto the terrace .

The only downside possibly could be the road / track going to the house , it's a bit rough , and would recommend a 4x4 if you have a choice ., howeverI drove a regular city car and it survived the bumps .

Think this is a wonderfull and very romantic place to stay - it's proximity to other villages,markets and busier places makes it the perfect haven to relax in , will defiantly go back there as soon as possible - loved it

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Location

Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Grimaud/La Garde Freinet
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Port Grimaud
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Beauvalon
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
St Maxime
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A8/A57 junction Le Luc
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Grimaud/La Garde Freinet
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Greolieres les Neiges
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Port Grimaud
Car: necessary

This part of France is perfect for holidays, situated between the dramatic Massif des Maures mountains to the North, and the beautiful beaches of the Cote d'Azur to the South. You can choose the glitzy beaches and restaurants of St Tropez, or the quieter coves like Canadel or Le Lavandou. The beautiful Iles d'Or with their crystal clear water and unspoilt beaches are a short ferry ride away. Here you can rent bikes, pack a picnic and visit the stunning botanical gardens. St Tropez is where to go for designer shops,big yachts and people watching.

Closer to home, you can visit the hilltop villages of Grimaud and La Garde Freinet with their tiny winding streets, excellent family run shops and restaurants, and their busy weekly markets.

Local Caves where you can sample the delicious local wines are always worth a visit. For the more active there are many local Golf courses, a thrilling go-kart track for older children, as well as windsurfers and boats to rent at the local beaches.

Other Activities: Shopping, wine tasting, markets, water skiing, boat rentals, quad biking, theme park, water park, tennis.

Golf: There are numerous golf courses in the region. The nearest are Beauvalon with 18 holes, 5800 m, par 72, Valcros with 18 holes, 5274 m, par 70, and Sainte Maxime Golf - Course with18 holes, 6155 m, par 72.

Ski: There are some small local ski resorts in the Southern Alps within an hour and a half's drive.

Of the bigger resorts, Isola is 190 km away.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in La Garde-Freinet, St Tropez region

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low season
29 Oct 2016 - 30 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£757
for 7 nights
£757
 
 
Mid season
31 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,429
for 7 nights
£1,429
 
 
High Season 2017
26 May 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,186
for 7 nights
£2,186
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £631

Following email confirmation, your booking will be held following receipt of 50% of the rental amount has been received. The balance is required 6 weeks before your arrival. If your booking is within 6 weeks the full amount will be required to confirm your booking. A refundable security deposit of Euro 750 is also required in the event of any damage or breakages.
Cancellation charges; Up to 12 weeks before arrival; Full refund. Up to 8 weeks, 50% of rate refunded. Minumum 4 weeks; 25% of rate refunded. Less than 4 weeks, no refund.

The water at the property comes from our own source and is suitable for washing and cooking in, but not for drinking. Please make sure that you buy sufficient bottled water for your own consumption.

Please note that the last part of the road is rustic and uneven and may not be suitable for low slung sports cars or similar.

Please also note that the pool is unfenced, and whilst there are 2 pool alarms,you are responsible for supervising your children or non swimmers.
Clean linen and towels are included in the rental as is a reasonable clean of the property after your departure. Please leave the property clean and tidy and with all your rubbish removed at the end of your stay. If the property has been left in an unusually dirty and or untidy state then the Property Manager will charge for the extra cost of any cleaning required, and this will be taken out of your deposit.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in La Garde-Freinet in Var

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is ensuite to the second double bedroom
  • There are two ensuite bathroom inside the house both with large cast iron baths. Accessible from the outside is the laundry/shower room, and a further shower is located on the outside of the house.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , twin beds/singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , twin beds/singles
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , twin beds/singles
  • The master bedroom is large and spacious with great views to the south and north. It has an en suite bathroom with a roll top bath which also has great views. The next best bedroom has two large single beds which can be used as twin bedroom with a balcony overlooking the pool and the woods. The third double bedroom is small but has French doors onto its own terrace and South facing views. The fourth bedroom is a single through which you have to go to get to the third double room and so is ideal for a child's or baby's bedroom. All beds are generously sized and newly handmade in oak by a local carpenter. The mattresses are new and coil sprung.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
As both the house and garden are on many levels with numerous ruins, wells and a steep escapement to the south, the property is not suitable for small unsupervised children. It is perfect for elderly people as it is so peaceful, but not if they are infirm, due to the many levels.

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