|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
SPECIAL OFFER NOW ON: 10% OFF LISTED PRICES FOR 2017 BOOKINGS. Lovely provencal-style villa set in chestnut forest, with 11.5 m pool, covered and open terraces and stunning views over wooded valley. Outside dining (10) under vine-covered pergola. Close to village.
Downstairs: Large entrance hall with bookshelves and pc station. Beamed living room with wood fire-place, two sofas and armchairs, TV etc and beamed dining room (seats 8): both open onto terraces and have pool and country views. Well equipped large modern kitchen which has just been installed. Spacious airconditioned master suite with private living room ( large sofa, 2 armchairs, TV) opening onto terrace, with large bath/shower. Small Double-bed 5 with luxury shower room.
Upstairs: Curved staircase to Double-bed 2 with ensuite shower, a/c and great views; Double-bed 3 with french windows to lovely private covered terrace, a/c and views; Twin-bed 4 with a/c. Family bathroom. Mosquito screens on all windows.
All bedrooms except Bed 5 have large fitted cupboards and chest of drawers.
Broadband, phone and satellite TV.
Dogs are honoured guests and love the place (though it is not fully fenced if they tend to wander...).
Many guests to the Villa Alexandre can't tear themselves away from the lazy lifestyle it offers, with drinks on the terraces, dips in the shimmering pool and lunches, dinners and barbecues under the vine-draped pergola - though the ultra-energetic drag themselves off for a game of boulles in the gravel terrains in front of and behind the house. There is also a new outdoor table-tennis set-up.
But there is a lot more to do if you are so inclined. Closest to home is the village of La Garde Freinet - about 1.5 km or a 20 minute walk away. The village goes back to Saracen times, and slightly challenging walk takes you to the ruins of the old fort and the more modern giant cross which dominate the village from the hills above. The village is very old with narrow winding streets, higgledy-piggledy houses and fountains everywhere. There’s a mediaeval church, the original old stone clothes washing vats with a stream running through, and a very good tourist information office. Although it’s small, it has everything you need, including La Poste, hairdressers, two butchers, two bakers, two general stores, a pharmacy, a few antique shops and galleries and eight or ten bars and restaurants, all with terraces overlooking the delightful pedestrianised main cobbled street. Twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays, there’s a market where all sorts of local and imported produce can be bought – twenty kinds of olives and local olive oil, cheeses, artisanal bread and patisserie, locally grown fruit and vegetables, patés, hams, local pottery as well as straw sunhats and local fabrics. There’s even a fish stall and a locally-famous transvestite d’un certain age selling roasted chickens...
La Garde Freinet is a very authentic village, somehow a little more real than the beautiful but rather chocolate-box village of Grimaud, a couple of miles down the hill. But Grimaud, and it’s quaint but slightly ersatz baby brother Port-Grimaud, certainly deserve a visit – beautifully conserved architecture from the middle ages in the one and a very good fist at creating an old provencal fishing village in the other – Prince Charles would love it. Like all the towns and villages in the region, all have a selection of differently priced restaurants, many serving local specialities.
St Tropez needs no introduction, and you either love it or hate it. It can be brash and showy in the way it displays its money, but there’s no doubting the charm of the old village (and the prices in the designer shops…). And the St Tropez beaches at Pampelonne are some of the best in the Mediterranean, with a wide range of restaurants and beach clubs catering for both family and the ultra glitzy. We provide you with a back-road map to the beaches which allows you to avoid the traffic chaos of July and August, and both the town and the beaches of St Tropez have ferry services from Cogolin Plage and Sainte-Maxime. The super yachts in the harbour and the restaurants, .bars and nightclubs set the place apart from anywhere else I know…
Personally I prefer to stay by the pool with a book and a G&T, but there’s plenty more to do that doesn’t involve St Trop, including many quieter beaches. The spectacular Gorges de Verdon, Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon, is about 70 minutes drive away, through beautiful stone villages and stunning countryside. As well as the scenic drive around the Gorge you can swim or canoe in the beautiful Gorge. There are wonderful walks around the village or in the national park which surrounds it, we have at least five golf courses within a thirty minute drive and two equestrian centres, including the famous St Tropez polo club, within the same distance. There are also lots of wine estates offering tastings (the locals favour rosé, for some reason, but all the local wines are very drinkable).
Two excellent supermarkets at Cogolin and La Foux (both 15-20 minutes away) make the weekly shop quite painless. The display and variety of fresh fish and shellfish is truly amazing, and the deli counters provide you with a host of great starters and cheeses.
This is the first time I have let my house, though friends and family who have stayed over the years have, without exception, fallen in love with it and the whole locality. The aim is to create a comfortable, carefree environment rather than a show house and I have set a weekly rental which I aim to be lower than comparable properties as I want the place to be used and as many people as possible to enjoy it. If there’s something you need to make the holiday special for you then I’ll do my best to accommodate you. Towels, beach towels and excellent linen will be provided, and a mid week clean can be arranged if you require it. My name is John, and please contact me with any questions.
My philosophy is that it's good to have the house used, and so I have fixed rents - even before any discount - at about 20% less than the rate for similar homes in the area, making this beautiful, big villa with its wonderful pool one of the best deals in the area.
I've always loved France, and when I retired in 2007 I wanted to escape the greyness and rat-race of London for the lifestyle and sunshine of the South of France. I've known and loved this area for forty years, and it's great to have new people discovering it for the first time. It gives me a real thrill that people who stay at Villa Alexandre have such great family holidays in s beautiful corner of France.
John Roadnight purchased this villa in 2007
I wanted a house close to a beautiful and full-service village and close to lovely St Tropez. La Garde Freinet ticks all these boxes, with its lovely village centre, friendly restaurants and bars and wonderful countryside surrounding it. I wanted a house which was big enough to have family and friends stay 'in bulk', and with enough living area that we wouldn't get under each other's feet. Villa Alexandre is perfect for this. It also has lovely large terraces - open or under the covered pergola, and a larger than normal swimming pool. The views from the house across the valley are stunning.
The house is very private, so if you want to walk around nude, then that's fine. The 10,000 square metre grounds are mainly chestnut forest, and if you visit in the autumn you can help yourself to these, or to the porcini mushrooms which abound there. I also love the huge master bedroom on the ground floor, which is effectively a good-sized one bedroom flat.
What can we say? This is the 4th time we have been lucky enough to stay here and it just gets better and better. It is the perfect place for our family holiday.
The villa is spacious, clean and homely. The new kitchen layout is a real plus. Any needs are swiftly seen to by Paul.
We loved our lazy but fun days around the pool and relaxed mealtimes from the bbq on the terrace.
La Garde Freinet remains a quaint yet bustling village.
This year we discovered the delights of Cavalaire and the brilliant sandy beaches- perfect for the children.
Yet again, a wonderful time was had by all the family- young and "less" young.
Thank you John!!
We left villa Alexandre on Saturday, June 25, after spending a very lovely week there. It's still hard to believe that our fantastic vacation is over! We loved every minute of our stay at villa Alexandre. The house felt like home. It's very spacious, tastefully furnished and has everything that you can imagine.
Thank you, John, for your hospitality! A big "Thanks" for the 'ping pong' fun. My family and friends spent hours every day playing ping pong. These memories will be with us forever.
Also please forward our 'Thank you' to Paul. He was prompt and very helpful. It was very nice meeting him there.
We would definitely recommend this villa to others. Thank you, John, for everything.
We arrived at Villa Alexandre with high expectations to holiday with a group of friends, 2 of whom knew the Villa A. and were sure we would enjoy it too.On arrival I felt quite teary as the surroundings and the Provencal feel of the place was so perfect....and that was before I had stepped inside!
The villa is so well appointed.. indeed it feels like the owners home, and has everything you could want and more.Loads of loos and bathrooms, to save any embarrassment! Even some great cookery books... lots of good reading in fact! A proper fully stocked kitchen with goodies left by previous guests ( we left stuff too, that is the ambience/ atmosphere of the place) Usually on holiday we hurtle about sight-seeing - but not here- we went to the the delightful village on market days and had a coffee or a beer, went to the picturesque, medieval village of Grimaud 10 mins away and had a farewell cocktail at Port Grimaud' Should mention a wonderful Leclerc in Cogolin and the baker in le Garde Freinet for early morning croussants and pain au raisins. There is a wonderful wine nerchant in Le Garde Freinet, he speaks great English, can recommend according to what you want to spend! not usually a fa of over- cloying rose but the local stuff is brilliant.
Finally, our stay at Villa Alexandre ranks as one of our top holidays and I really hope we can go there again.
Villa Alexandre is a delightful place - you feel instantly ‘at home’ as soon as you set foot through the door. The accommodation provides everything you’d expect and some you didn’t including a good variety of books (in case you run out of reading material) and even a hairdryer – which we forgot to pack! The kitchen is well-equipped and roomy enough for a number of enthusiastic chefs to be cooking at the same time without treading on each other’s toes. The pool and sunbathing terraces are key features of the property and were very popular with everyone - the palm trees and other foliage providing welcome shade from the baking August sun. The vine-covered pergola was a perfect setting for outdoor dining and offered stunning views over the wooded valley below. The air-conditioning and mosquito screens in the bedrooms together with the comfortable beds afforded us all a good night’s sleep. The living room was another a big favourite, especially with the kids, for lounging in after a busy day of activity. Villa Alexandre is the perfect place to escape the rat race and relax in spectacular surroundings. It’s also an ideal base for exploring the nearby countryside, chic beach resorts, sleepy old villages and astonishing historical monuments. Some of our party were returning to the South of France after a long absence and others were discovering this beautiful part of the world for the first time. We all had a wonderful experience. Highly recommended!
A fantastic, comfortable and spacious villa. Well set out with amazing views and a really homely feel.
We enjoyed the lazy days by the pool followed by wonderful warm evenings on the terrace eating from the brilliant barbecue.
When we could tear ourselves away from the villa, the surrounding area was great to explore. La Garde Freinet is a delightful old village and the beaches at Port Grimaud and Ste Maxime were big hits with the children.
This is a perfect place for a family holiday and we certainly look forward to staying here again.
We would definitely recommend this villa to others.
Thank you John.
In my past experience, you might as well try your luck with the euro millions as pick the right villa for your holliers off the internet - sad but true -!!
Photoshop does it's thing, owners hide behind agents, who skulk behind the gardener, all of whom then hide behind web sites and the inevitable small print, and hey-presto every place can appear like the Villa Alexandre in the shake of a little lambs tail.
Difference is though, the Villa Alexandre is the real deal, a lovely 'family feel-good' house, full of books, personal stuff, and that slightly beaten up effect that immediately makes one feel relaxed and at home. Don’t expect hot and cold running luxury here, or any other pretentious flim- flam, this is a Gentleman's residence, a home away from home, comfortable, well appointed, lovingly maintained, and, lucky for us, available at a very reasonable price to rent.
Best of all, the Gentleman in question (Please note the capital G) has the chutzpah to put his photograph up on the website (next to his personal mobile number !) and, from the moment of first contact, we knew we were dealing with an honest, helpful, and straightforward owner. No problem was too big or too small not to merit his immediate or undivided attention, or if appropriate, be handed on to his team "on the ground", who were equally helpful and obliging in the face of every eventuality.
Five minutes in the (essential) car sees you in the centre of La Garde Freinet, bakeries, butchers, and bistro's, the usual South of France deal, only way better than most, (plus one of the best wine shops I have come across anywhere in France - no BS !!).
Fabulous walks start outside the front door, and twenty minutes behind the wheel gets you to the beaches at Cigaro, or several others either more or less grand, and finally, traffic permitting, (and providing that this is indeed your thing), half an hour sees you ringside in the circus that is St Tropez.
And yet, sitting by the large and lovely pool that actually works, or on the sun kissed terrace shaded by abundant and mature vines, you could be lost in a reverie a million miles away from civilization, pondering upon the most beautiful verdant and unspoiled views sweeping down across the valley below.
All in all this was a great find, you will be well looked after, and providing your expectations are more or less within what is on offer here, you will have a lovely time
We had a ball, and hopefully, we will be back -!!!
La Garde Freinet is a picturesque 'full-service' and self-sufficient historic town high up in the beautiful Maure Mountains, with its cork and chestnut forests and stunning walks in the nearby national park. It's close to picture-book Grimaud (6 km) and to St Tropez with its famous beaches and elegant boutiques (less than 20 km); it's within striking distance of all the famous Provence beauty spots like Aix en Provence, the spectacular Gorges de Verdon, the hot-spots of Cannes and Nice and innumerable Provencal village gems. La Garde Freinet has a full range of food shops, twice weekly food and crafts markets and excellent restaurants and bars set around a traditional sleepy and traffic-free square. It's about 80 km from the airports of Nice and Marseilles (Easyjet) and 50 km to Toulon (Ryanair). Excellent supermarkets are at Cogolin and La Foux, about 15 mins drive away.
This holiday villa is close to a whole variety of stunning beaches and resorts along this lovely coast, and the area offers everything a golf or horse-riding enthusiast or a nature lover could wish for.
La Garde Freinet has an active community of French and expatriots - it's a year-round village, not just a summer one, and local groups and the commune arrange festivals, concerts and entertainments throughout the year.
Villa Alexandre is a comfortable, well-appointed house in which you will immediately relax and feel at home. While you sip a glass of cool local wine around the pool or prepare a barbecue on the terrace with its lovely views over the valley, the workaday world seems a million miles away.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
This is the third year we have let the property, and our guests have loved the house and had a great time. We aim to give very good value to build up a client base. On this basis we believe that our rental rates are already 20% below the market rate.
20% deposit with booking, balance 6 weeks before arrival.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.