This is a semi-detached small family home on an estate of 80 units closely located to a sports ground and supermarket. The estate residents share two swimming pools and children's play areas. Open-plan downstairs, with two bedrooms on the upper floor. Shuttered main door and windows. The house is well equipped, includes built-in wardrobes, heating during winter use, and is accompanied by a small garden, including a 12 m2 covered patio. Discover from here the charm of a succession of traditional villages in the Var hinterland, including fabulous Tourrettes and other hill-top locations.
Ground floor: Comprises mainly one large living/dining room and kitchen combined. The tiled living/dining area is furnished with an oval dining table and chairs, TV and a large pull-out sofa (forming a 140 cm double bed for the last two guests). The kitchen area includes a central island (to use either as additional working surface or a snack bar) and all the attendant cupboards, drawers and electrical equipment (electric hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, good stock of crockery & cutlery and utensils, 'fridge-freezer, dishwasher, 2 coffee machines, washing machine and vacuum cleaner). Discretely hidden under the stairs is the closet (WC with hand-basin). A built-in cupboard is also located under the stairs to accommodate cleaning materials, ironing equipment and other utilities.
First floor: Two bedrooms each with 140 cm wide double beds and large built-in wardrobes, and two bathrooms; floor-boarded underfoot. Master bedroom with chest of drawers and shoe rack, and an en-suite shower room and WC, hair-dryer; the second bedroom (with sloping beamed ceiling) uses the separate bathroom (bath tub, WC).
Television: International channels selected by remote control.
Internet/telephone: No fixed telephone line is available. You might find it convenient to buy a local SIM card at a tourist tariff in the village, or use the internet for this. Internet is available throughout the house by wifi.
Baby facilities: No facilities are available as standard at present, but please inquire if you do have the need.
Washing facilities: A washing machine is available.
Air conditioning: Available, although not frequently needed in this cooler hilly climate. Fans also available in the bedrooms, and heating is available during the winter period.
Outside facilities: 44 m2 garden with bushes and gravel approach, including a 12 m2 covered patio and outside furniture for evening drinks and light meals. A table with eight chairs is available for outside drinks and dining; use the barbecue, and relax on the three lougers.
Supplementary services: None are offered on the property itself, but this is where you should easily be able to benefit from the community facilitities. Doctors, physiotherapists are only 5 minutes away by foot; for such services as chef, driver, masseur etc ask at the estate reception office.
Disabled-friendliness: Whereas the property is by no means disabled-friendly in the strict sense of the word (having a flight of steps up to the first floor), at least the ground floor is accessible after overcoming a four-inch step onto the patio and a further similar rise to get over the threshold.
Environmental features: Garbage is separated at community level. Glass is collected 50 m outside the estate entrance.
Swimming pool: There are two pools, of which the closest is just a couple of steps outside the private garden. They are open in the summer months only (beginning of May until the end of September).
Play facilities: Tables tennis, children's games, boules ground, tennis courts; areas for beachball, volleyball and basketball.
Drive and parking: There is no private drive for parking. The community is gated, and from the gatehouse to the property is some 150 m, with various multiple parking bays along the road and opposite the house.
Damage deposit: €500 € in local cash on arrival, refundable less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Bed & bathroom linen: Hired by the week from the estate office. Charges per person: towels €9, bedding €16.
Gas, electricity & water: No gas; electricity and water included in rental cost.
Cleaning: €50 in cash on arrival.
Holiday tax: At time of publication: €1.65 NOT included in the rental cost.
Change-over day: Normally on Saturdays, particularly in the high season, but contact us to find out if another day is possible. Arrival 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or by special arrangement. Depart before 11 a.m.
Pets: Small dogs and other pets allowed if well domesticated, but subject to inquiry (please quote size, race etc). Not allowed on furniture (beds, sofa etc).
Smoking: Strictly no-smoking inside the house; in the garden please pay special attention to fire risks and ensure that no stubs are left lying around.
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: exit at les Adrets for the fastest arrival (and drive acress the Saint Cassien reservoir). Or exit at Le Muy for the more direct, but longer country run.
By Air: Nice (56 km, 48min) is the closest international airport, but Marseille Provence (166 km, 1h46 min) has more flights and connections still. Toulon-Hyères (121 km, 1:22 hours) 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 les Arcs-Draguignan. Hire a car here and drive 36 km (42 min) to your new home.
• Full directions will be sent to you once you have made a booking.
About the local area
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION
As with all our properties in the Var "hinterland", just drive out of the gate and find yourself in magnificent rolling countryside. This is the focal point of the Fayence hills, with its delightful villages tucked into the steep slopes.
Our wisest guests come with few preconceptions: they drift happily and ad-hoc from one activity to another, absorbing sport, culture, history and high-life as they come, and then combining them to a wonderfully stress-free holiday.
Local shops are just seven minutes away on foot, close to the estate. They include a large supermarket, various restaurants, a medical centre and much more. For more intensive retail therapy take a drive into close-by Fayence.
Sightseeing: Start right now by studying the splendid website https://www.paysdefayence.com, with which we are not intending to compete. However suffice it to say that you will probably want to start with the "perched" or hill-top villages of Fayence, Tourrettes, Tanneron, Montauroux, Callian, Mons, Seillans, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, and Bagnols-en-Forêt. Just seeing all nine will take you easily through a two-week stay, without even having sniffed at the many other occupations you could indulge yourself in. If you want a good drive or two, then practice some hyperventilation around the serpentines of the Verdon Canyon, or on the way to Mons. If you are still desperate to do more and much further, then "do" the Côte d'Azur from Mandelieu to the Calanques of Marseille and Cassis along the windy, tricky roads that lead to Fréjus via the Bay of Tropez. Plan your own house purchase in a bar in each of the pretty coastal villages on the way, then let us rent it out for you!
Local markets: There is not a village in the Var Department worthy of this designation without the inhabitants singing the praises of its own market. The obvious choices will be the hill-top villages named above, providing you with all you would like to dream of for tasty nibbles, solid food, heavy drinking, and more. But be more adventurous, and discover your own hot tips and feed them back to us! Typical specialities in Provence markets are the tapenades and brandade: if you don't know how to interpret these terms then just book this holiday and try them out at first hand.
Sporting activities Here are two super sites just around the corner. For those who crave for a third dimension, toddle along to the Fayence-Tourrettes aerodrome 3 km away and hire a glider; if you prefer terra firma, then drop on to the spa and golf course at Terre Blanche 5 km away. Going a little further afield, hire donkeys, horses or bikes from the villages around, or at the reservoir Lake St. Cassien 7 km away which includes a nature reserve. There are also limitless walks into the hills around. Spend your day, or three weeks, exploring the St. Cassien reservoir, with its water craft, fishing and sun-bathing (also called a sport by some!); or get a feel for the power of hydraulics at the power station. For more ideas just scroll up to that website named above.
Beaches are certainly not your first port of call on this holiday, but they are still easily accessible from the house. With the Mediterranean 20 km away at Napoule, and the limitless coastline from there on in both directions, you won't be limited for choice.
Getting around certainly requires a car, unless you are devoted to your bike or horse, or like using public transport for the sake of it. Buses serving the villages will be rare, particularly off-season, but by all means take a taxi to Fayence, then a bus to the rest of the world, and let us know if you get back again.
Other entertainment includes the nightlife of the Bay of Napoule (in particular Cannes), boat trips, cinemas, wine tasting, dining out in village squares, boat trips out to the islands or just talking to the locals. Read the introduction to your language book first and teach yourself fluent French "in just one month".