La Bastide de Prenn is a large well equipped family house set in the hills just below the charming hamlet of La Mourre, 10 minutes drive from La Garde Freinet and half an hour from the glitz and glamour and beaches of St. Tropez. It is in an extremely private position with superb and unspoilt views over the valley. Our tenants always comment on the tranquillity of the surroundings and of our huge lavender bed awash with butterflies, bees, hummingbird moths etc. to keep you entranced for hours.
On the ground floor it has a large living room to include a seperate seating area for the television. There is a new fully equipped kitchen with fridge, 2 ovens, gas hob and microwave. A large utility room off this has a further 2 large fridges and a freezer, food storage facilities, washing machine and dryer. The kitchen leads onto a dining room with a table that seats 12. Off the dining room is a Twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath and seperate walk-in shower. There is a seperate w.c. in the hall.
Downstairs is the main sleeping area which is cool in the summer, with doors leading out onto the garden. There are 2 ensuite double bedrooms - one with a walk-in shower and the other with a bath inclusive of shower. There is a further twin bedroom with ensuite walk-in shower and 2 further twin bedrooms that share a family bathroom with bath inclusive of shower. A baby cot and high chair are available.
The front Terrace with its beautiful views over the valley is an ideal location for an evening cocktail and is fitted out with comfortable sofa and chairs. The large rear shaded terrace with built in bar-b-que has an outside dining table that seats 12. A table tennis table and Table Football (full size 'Babefoot') are provided.
The 12 acre large garden with flowering shrubs leads to a private pool 12m x 6m. The swimming pool is fitted with a pool alarm. There is a tiled poolhouse with sofas and table to provide shade and comfort. Pool Loungers and Sun Umbrellas are provided.The garden, terraces and pool are protected from the winds of the Mistral.
Our rentals begin and end on a Friday although this can sometimes be negotiated if there is not a rental already booked after your dates. Linen is included within the rental price together with 8 hours of cleaning upon your departure. Linen includes bedlinen, bath towels and beach/swimming towels.
In 2015 we undertook extensive renovations including rewiring, new kitchen, 2 new renovated bathrooms, floor tiling throughout.
Heating: The house has central heating on the ground floor and electric radiators in the bedrooms on the lower ground floor.
When we returned from working in the Far East in 2001, we knew we had to have a base with guaranteed sunshine to keep our spirits up. We fell in love with the Bastide de Prenn the moment we saw it BUT it did need work and we feel we have renovated it lovingly over the years to make it the special place it is today. Our children have been coming here with us all this time and now grown up they still join us when we are here at every available opportunity. We love the peace, tranquillity, silence of the valley but then you have the opportunity to pop into La Garde Freinet for a lovely coffee, aperitif or dinner with a great selection of restaurants to choose from ....and then there is always further afield...St. Tropez, Grimaud, St. Maxime. Plan de la Tour....
Lynn Royce purchased this villa in 1989
When we bought and renovated the house we had 4 small children and wanted to make it as safe and child friendly as possible. Although they are grown now we are still very conscious that safety for children is important so we have stair gates, lockable terrace gates that prevents them from wandering off and a pool alarm.
We just love this house - it makes us relax the moment we walk in the door.
we travelled as a family of 12 with an age range between 1 and 79. The level of communication was fantastic and Lynn tried to help with all of our requests. The house was perfect and I just do t know where to begin. 1 bedroom with bathroom on the same level as the kitchen and living room perfect for my 79 year old grandmother. It had a wonderful walk in shower. All stairs had a baby gate fitted -perfect for the little people. You are greeted with a wonderful basket of goodies including wine (always a bonus). But I think the icing on the cake is being able to sit out on one of the terraces at night staring up at the sky. The lack of light pollution allows for the most amazing views of the Milky Way plus mars and Saturn.
Being August the temperature was on the hot side. However due to the breeze it never felt too hot. The bedroom are lovely and cool (no need for air-con). The only problem we faced were the horse flies near the pool. However we did find that if we wore hats they stayed away.
The area is great. Visits to local markets, the aquapark, a choice of lovely beaches and a boat ride to st tropez all within driving distance (20mins).
We would love to return to this property and hope we can in the future. Thankyou for providing a wonderful base for a fantastic family holiday.
We had the most fabulous holiday at this beautiful property. We were 2 families of 5 and had masses of room, the joy of so many bathrooms having previously rented properties that were slightly lacking in this department! Aside from the stunning setting and fabulous pool it was the attention to detail that really made the difference from other properties we have rented previously. The kitchen was so well equipped and led straight out onto the BBQ and eating terrace, we didn't even have to bring swimming towels. We will definitely be back next year, it is by far the best property we have holidayed in over the last 15 years.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£500|
|Stay tax||£1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.|
Rental includes 8 hours of cleaning at end of let. Linen is provided as of 2014.
There is a £500 security deposit payable at time of final invoice to cover such things as telephone bill, additional cleaning if necessary, breakages, etc..
A deposit of 25% of rental is due on booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before the rental plus a security deposit of £500 and the Tax de Sejour - French holiday tax we have to collect on behalf of the Government - 0.90 per person per day paid by us to the Mayor's office at end of season. We normally do our transaction through bank transfer or cheques. We regret we cannot take credit cards.
La Bastide de Prenn is set in 12 acres of chestnut and cork oak trees and is situated just below the pretty hamlet of La Mourre, about a 10 minute drive from the historic Saracen hilltop town of La Garde Freinet, and half an hour from the glamour of St. Tropez. La Garde Freinet hosts a variety of pretty restaurants and shops with 2 market days per week. Golf and horse riding nearby and a huge variety of beaches to visit along the Cote D'Azure coast, the nearest being a 20 minute drive. There are wonderful rustic villages to explore and many Vineyards to visit for wine tasting. La Gorge de Verdon is about an hour away - France's answer to Grand Canyon with white water rafting and kayaking facilities. Other nearby attractions include Tennis, Go Karting, Tree climbing, Water Parks, Tortoise Farm, Windsurfing, Banana Boats, Jet Skis, Pedalos, hiking trails and Deep Sea Diving.
Golf: There are numerous golf courses in the area, the closest being in St. Maxime which is about a 20 minute drive away.