|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This old silkworm-rearing building has recently been totally renovated. The higher, most-accessible entrance, adjacent to the village streets, is on Rue Vierme Basse and the lower entrance is on the Boulevard des Poilus. The house is on two levels. The upper floor of the house has exposed beams. Level with the garden, it has a small kitchen, a living-dining area, a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower and toilet. The lower level is accessible from both an outside stairway and an interior spiral staircase, and contains a bathroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, a hallway and a garage which opens on to the Boulevard des Poilus. The garden has a terrace with a superb view towards the Pennafort Gorge and the red Maures hills beyond Le Muy and Roquebrune. You can relax on the lawn, shaded by almond and apricot trees, or cool down in the standing 9m2 hexagonal pool.
In and around Callas: La Magnanerie is in the heart of this ancient village. Within two minutes walk you have a bar-cafe and a choice of four well-priced restaurants. You can get your bread and croissants from the excellent local bakery and the day's British newspapers from the nearby grocers. Historically famed for its olive oil, Callas has a modern olive mill and shop while the nearby museum explains the traditional methods of production. The soap-maker, vinegar-mill and santon-maker are close by and well worth a visit. The popular twice-weekly markets enable you to sample local produce and crafts. During the summer months there are regular art exhibitions and music festivals including the Festival de Musique Ancienne with concerts in the churches of Callas and neighbouring villages. Between Callas and Le Muy, with its gigantic Sunday-morning market in the old streets, you will see many wineries, particularly noted for their Provençal rosé and white wines.
Exploring the local area: From La Magnanerie you can explore the old streets or follow trails through the old olive groves. A 45-minute walk takes you to the 12th century Chapelle de St. Auxile on the hill to east of Callas. The beautiful villages of Bargemon, Claviers, Figanières, Seillans, and the hilltop town of Fayence, all with their cafés, restaurants and spectacular views, are short drives away. High-quality golf courses are within easy reach as are water-sports at the Lac de St.Cassien and there are many opportunities for horse-riding, cycling and hiking too. The beaches, cliffs, coves, fishing villages and towns along the Cote d'Azur are without parallel. Sainte-Maxime is easy to reach and from there you can take a ferry to St.Tropez which retains its charm. To the north is Europe's own Grand Canyon, the stunning Gorges du Verdon, with breathtaking views, especially at the Point Sublime and along the Route des Cretes.
We are retired high school teachers; John is British and Danielle is French. We have worked in Germany and in Hong Kong most of our life. We have a family house in the French Jura mountains, not far from Geneva. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren aged 12 aand under in France and in England. We enjoy cross-country skiing and mountain walking as well as gardening, cycling and watching our local rugby team Oyonnax.
John and Danièle SHAW purchased this house in 2011
We wanted a holiday home in the warm south of France, in a working village with good facilities like shops and restaurants that are open all year round.. Situated half way between St. Maxime on the coast and Castellane in the Gorges du Verdon, about 45 minutes drive from each, the small town of Callas perfectly suits our needs. The house had been recently renovated and has its own small garden and private pool. Two almond trees and an apricot tree provide welcome shade and privacy. It is ideally situated, very close to the centre of the town where there are restaurants, shops and bars. There is also a doctor and dentist in the village. The opportunity to get fresh bread and croissants within walking distance was a strong factor in our decision to buy this house! Also the fact that the property is a restored stone-built magnanerie (silkworm rearing building) gives it an extra cachet, in our opinion.
We wanted a house with character and this old silkworm mill has plenty. Its garden is shaded by fruit trees and the stairs from the top are under an arch of wisteria and vine so that the house is both in the village and secluded. The very easy access to shops and restaurants from the house is important to us, and having a private little garden and pool of our own is quite unusual so close to the town centre. The views from the house are extensive and were also a great selling point for us.
The house is on two floors, each with bedroom and bathroom, which makes it suitable for 2 couples or families. It is very light and airy and there is plenty of space for 6 people. The garden is a good living extension and we often barbeque and eat outside or lounge in the hammock.
We stayed in the property as a family party of 6 - two grandparents, two parents and two young children. The house suited us perfectly with plenty of room to spread ourselves around. The building has lots of character and has clearly been furnished with loving attention by the owners. Everything is in immaculate condition and as described on the site. We found it a perfect place to spend lazy days lounging around enjoying the sun as well as a base to visit the wider area.
Callas is a charming little village full of history. We particularly enjoyed opening the back gate and stepping out to explore its medieval rabbit warren streets. The location of the house in the centre of the village is ideal and we made daily trips to the boulanger, literally 2mins from the house, to bring back bread and croissants in the mornings. We also made a couple of visits to some of the very reasonable local restaurants during our week's stay. There was a fair amount activity in the village to keep it lively.
From Callas we explored the wider area by car and made day trips to the coast. We particularly recommend visiting the car free island of Sainte-Marguerite, a short boat trip from Cannes, and walking the spectacular Cap Estérel close to Saint-Raphaël. There is so much to explore in the area and we found Callas a convenient base to either go north as far as the Gorges du Verdon as well as south to the enjoy the French Riviera.
All in all we would recommend the house for its convenient and idyllic medieval village location as well as the quality and cleanliness of the rooms. We had a perfect holiday that we will remember for a long time and hope to be back soon.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this gorgeous little gem, tucked away in the little village of Callas.
This beautiful authentic house met and surpassed all our expectations. It was comfortable, clean and we had everything we needed during our stay.
We most appreciated the refreshing pool, BBQs in the beautiful garden, and the short 5 minute walk to the bakery and restaurants!
We had a wonderful stay and will definitly be coming back !
My wife & I enjoyed a wonderful stay in a typically rustic & excellently-equipped home of great character & history - a former silkworm-rearing building.
Also - the very good wifi at the house was, for us, an added bonus for researching some of our local trips/keeping up with news etc.
It's so tranquil there. We relaxed on the patio, in & out of the sun, had a few dips in the little pool, constantly admired the idyllic views across the hillside & made friends with one of the self-assured visiting neighbourhood ginger cats. All very relaxing - just what we were after.
Being a split-level property there are a few steps, & a slope or two for getting to/from the main entrance - but that's all absolutely fine for adults with no mobility issues.
Callas village, where the house is, really is a charming corner of authentic France. We didn't really expect, not want, to hear a British accent for a week or so, & we didn't - so it's lovely sometimes to be nicely off the beaten track.
The location is totally unspoilt & an extremely good base from which to tour the region by car: from the natural beauty of a drive up to Castellane to the more obvious wish-list locations of soaking up Cannes, Antibes & St Tropez - each about an hour away, or more if you wish to take the scenic leisurely routes like we chose to.
We alternated on our evenings between comfortably cooking & dining at the house & sampling each of the very good 4 village restaurants which you can stroll to in a matter of a few minutes.
Well done John & Danielle for finding & creating such a lovely holiday house here & thanks too to Sophie & Sebastien (who oversee the property locally on their behalf) for their friendly welcome & such willing assistance & local expertise (well worth listening to) when meeting with keys etc on arrival.
Tip for guests: the lower-level double-bedroom is a fair bit cooler in the summer at night than the main upstairs bedroom - so if you've got the choice (we were spoilt - we did!), then maybe keep that thought in mind.
P & Z,
Callas is an ancient olive-growing village a few kilometres east of Draguignan, half-way between Sainte Maxime on the coast and the stunning Gorges du Verdon. St. Tropez is a 15-minute ferry ride across the bay from Sainte Maxime, while the Iles de Lérin (where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned) are short ferry-rides from Cannes. Also well-worth a visit are the Jardins Mediterrannéens at Rayol on the coast an hour from Callas. Callas still has its own olive mill and twice-weekly markets. Provencal wineries abound. Art exhibitions and music festivals take place frequently in Callas and in neighbouring villages, while artisans like the soap-maker, the vinegar maker and Santon-doll maker ply their trade. As well as the Coast, the Lac de St. Cassien provides water sports, golf is on hand at St. Endreol while the Verdon area is excellent for rafting, hiking and climbing. There is also spectacular walking in the Esterel and along the coast. The Thoronet Abbey and other medieval churches and villages, e.g. Fayence, Seillans, Mons, are within easy reach. For skiers the resort of Gréolières-les-Neiges is less than an hour away.
Golf: There are many excellent courses, the nearest being St. Endreol which is 20 minutes drive away. Barbaroux, near Brignoles, is superb, as is St. Victoire at Fuveau near Aix-en-Provence. The Esterel and Cap Esterel courses at Saint-Raphael are also very good, as are the courses at Taulane, Tourrettes, Cannes-Mougins, Biot and Roquebrune-sur-Argens.
Ski: Gréolières-les-Neiges, about an hour from Callas, is a very pretty resort for alpine and Nordic skiing.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£86|
30% deposit when booking, then the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival.