• A grand 5-bedroomed early 17th century house with its own private walled garden and swimming pool, positioned on the town square of the small historic village of Varages. Up in the hilltops, this area of Provence continues in the tradition of of earthenware pottery production.
• The property has been restored in style by the owners (who live in a separate divided part of the house), using many of the original features, including vaulted ceilings, 400-year old flagstones, exposed beams and bespoke wrought iron internal doors.
• The front of the house overlooks a classic French village scene. Just picture the central fountain, lofty plane trees, local café and boulangerie while the back gives onto the most unexpected enclosed garden and pool. The walls are entwined with climbers and there is an array of Provençal plants and fruit trees.
• Living/Dining Room: Front onto one of two outside patios with plenty of windows to let in that sunshine. Sofa and chairs plus television and DVD are provided and a long dining table ideal for a large party of people.
• Kitchen: If there is a chef in you, you will adore this kitchen, spacious and furnished to the highest standard. Oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine provided.
• Bedrooms: Every one of the five bedrooms is of generous size and all the beds can be arranged as twins or bolted together as a double. Ech room is equipped with hanging space for clothes, seating and bedside tables. Two of the bedrooms have a small kitchen niche with a fridge and oven plates for snacks or a brew of coffee before descending for breakfast. One bedroom is positioned on the first floor and four on the second. Two of the second-floor bedrooms placed on the front side of the property have air conditioning. The décor throughout is cool and fresh.
• Bathrooms: Each one of the bedrooms has its own private bathroom with shower, toilet and sinks crafted by local potters. One of the five has a free-standing bath instead of a shower.
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• Outside: There are two patios, one is discreetly placed by the pool and is equipped with table and chairs; the other is located directly outside the living/dining room, is furnished with teak table and chairs. There is a barbecue for outside dining and sun loungers for relaxing whilst soaking up the sun.
• Swimming pool: The 7m by 3m private pool is surrounded by a terrace with terracotta pots filled with flowers.
• Internet: Wi-fi access is available.
• Telephone: A land-line telephone is available. Make your arrangements with the owners to use it.
• Baby facilities: Highchairs and cots are available on demand.
• Supplementary services: None.
• Environmental features: None.
Damage deposit: 1,000€ in cash on arrival. This will be refunded to you following your your stay, less the cost of any damage.
Bed & bathroom linen/towels: Bed linen is included, however there is a charge of 10€ per set of bathroom towels. Pool towels are not provided, so remember to bring your own. Bear in mind that the French will often bring their own in the car...
Gas, electricity & water: All included in the rental cost.
Heating: Not included.
Cleaning: End-of-stay cleaning included.
Tourist tax: Included.
Change-over day and time: Usually Saturday – but do inquire if you prefer other arrangements. Arrive after 16h, depart before 10h.
Pets: By arrangement only, quoting race and weight.
Smoking: Strictly not permitted inside the villa. Please remove cigarette ends from the outside areas!
HOW TO GET THERE
By Car: The roads and autoroutes in France are a pleasure, so driving can sometimes make a good alternative to flying – at least you’ll already have your car with you! From the UK you have the choice of using the ferries or the Eurotunnel for your crossing. Once in the South of France, this property can be easily accessed via the A7 and A8 autoroutes, the junction of St. Maximin on the latter being 21 km to the South of Varages.
By Air: Toulon/Hyères is the closest international airport (87km, 1h33m), but Marseille Provence (88km, 1h13m) has more flights and connections, and Nice (153 km, 1h46m) offers additional alternatives.
By Train: Eurostar runs from London to Paris city centres and then the high speed TGV service runs from Paris to Nice. The nearest TGV station to this property is Draguignan - Les Arcs. 56 km 1h09m). You may prefer to alight earlier in Aix-en-Provence (77km, 1h3m away).
• Full directions will be sent to you once you have made a booking.
About the local area
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION
• Being in the centre of Varages enables you, within a couple of minutes, to walk to your bakery, sit in a café, go to a restaurant, purchase most conveniences at the local shop, perhaps admire the pottery or explore the ruined castle.
• Here in the Var you find splendid variation; the region consists of cool, wooded mountains inland, and the breath-takingly beautiful coast bathed in a sunny Mediterranean climate. A 25-minute drive and 22 km will bring you to the series of lakes along the Verdon valley, of which the upper reaches form one of the greatest tourist attractions in Provence, the Gorges du Verdon , or "the Grand Canyon of Europe".
• The Var boasts an endless shoreline with the Iles d’Hyères, Saint Tropez and Bandol being just a few of the well-known hot-spots worth a visit. Culture and history as well as tasteful shops can be found in Aix-en-Provence, famous for its association with the artists Cézanne and Picasso.
• Walking, biking, boules, horse riding, tennis and wine tasting can be enjoyed locally. The nearby lakes offer climbing, white-water sports, canyoning and paragliding.
• Most of the local villages have their own open-air markets selling fresh produce. One hour away is Cassis with its renowned market.
• The nearest supermarket is in Barjols, a 13-minute drive away.