Farmhouse in Seillans
The main house comprises 6 bedrooms, a large dining-drawing room, large new kitchen, three full bathrooms and a shower-room with WC. The kitchen has a new range, washing-machine and dish-washer. TV, Wifi and IPod stations are available. The bedroom on the top floor – the old hay-loft – is a living space in itself. Apart from a large double-bed, it has its own marble bathroom with basin in one corner, as well as a well-stocked library of quality books. It also has direct access to the garden through the back. Also on the top floor, there is a smaller single bedroom suitable for a child or infant, and an adjoining shower-room with WC. On the middle floor, there are two other double bedrooms (with en-suite bathroom) and a smaller bedroom with double-bed. The single bedroom also has direct access to the garden. On the ground floor, which has the kitchen and dining-drawing room, there is a further small bedroom with en-suite full bathroom.
The house is fully furnished throughout to a high standard, including fine bed-linen, towels, quality crockery, table-ware and kitchen utensils. There is a large portable ping-pong table. Near the house there are lots of spaces for meals, and many recreational (and romantic!) spots. There is a 5 X 12-metre oval pool with large stone surround, and a Raj tent. The rest of the property features two large patios (in front of and beside the house) with Weber barbecue, walled terraces, oleander, roses, groves of fruit trees (olives, cherries, figs, apples, pears, plums, hazel-nuts, walnuts), a very large paddock and two waterfalls. The property offers a rare combination of total seclusion, but short access to the village along one of the paths through the grounds.
+ Guesthouse (can be rented with the farmhouse)
Originally a cheese factory, this self-contained one-storey dwelling has been converted and re-modernised in 2010. It comprises two double bedrooms (each with a double bed, one with an extra single bed), each with shower-room and WC attached. The guesthouse is fully furnished, air-conditioned and features attractive high wooden beams.
Villa in Seillans
The villa reflects the character of the region, with large shuttered windows and local furnishings. It comprises a large (60 m2) south-facing drawing room with a huge French window. There is a separate eating area, which adjoins the kitchen. There are three double bed-rooms with direct access to two full bathrooms. The villa is fully furnished, including bed-linen, towels, crockery, table-ware and kitchen utensils. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove, dish-washer and large refrigerator. There is a washing-machine in one of the bathrooms and a satellite TV in the drawing room. (For winter guests, there is a full fireplace, and under-floor heating throughout the villa).
A 10-metre pool adjoins the patio. The villa is set on an acre of lush terrain up the hill from the owner’s farmhouse. From the villa and its extensive patio, there is a commanding view of the village and the sweep of hills around it. The front of the villa faces South and enjoys sunshine from morning until evening. Surrounding the villa is an olive grove, and below it a series of grassy terraces fronted with stone walls characteristic of the region. There is easy access to the villa from the Route de Mons, and a large drive leading up to the patio.
The villa is independent from the farmhouse about 150 metres away. Each offers total privacy. However, both properties can be rented together if several families want to share their holidays.
Villa in Bargemon
Villa Les Oliviers was built earlier last century. Once the highest dwelling in the fortified medieval village of Bargemon, it is still the best vantage point over the ancient roofs, yet only a few steps from the centre of the village.The villa is on an acre of land originally belonging to Count de Boisgelin, a former local mayor. It includes thesite of a tiny chapel,close to the house, now converted into a glass-fronted writer’s studio.There is a large (5 X12 metre) pool, generous plage, and a separate pool house which has its own “crow’s nest”terrace and eating area.
The property is on spectacular terrain, and the house has been specifically remodelled so that the inspiring views can be seen from as many places as possible, both inside and outside the villa. The setting is a pine forest which extends behind the house, once concealing several large natural caves. The magnificent rolling hills of verdant eastern Provence can be viewed for miles around. In the distance is the village of Claviers, perched on a wooded spur. “On a clear day”, as they say, you can see the sea off the bay of St.Tropez.
The house has been extensively renovated as a family residence by the present owners. It comprises an L-shaped sitting-room, featuring a fire-place as well as a bay with floor-to-ceiling windows. The roofs of Bargemon seem to extend directly from the bamboo below the glassed-in bay, which is one of the favoured eating areas. There is also a good upright piano with music for players of all standards, and a large book collection. A corridor leads to two full double bedrooms, one West-facing with a full “tout-de-suite” bathroom, i.e. connected to the main room through a wide arch! The other (South and West-facing) room has spectacular views of the village and surrounding hills which can also be enjoyed from its own large (15 sq. metres) balcony designed by the owners for the beginning and end of languid summer days. Also on this floor is a marble shower-room with lavatory, and a good-sized kitchen, fully equipped with fridge/freezer, washing-machine, dishwasher and ample cupboard space. Adjoining the kitchen is a terrace, ideal for al fresco meals, with a Weber barbecue.
On a lower floor, reached by the outside staircase, there are two further bedrooms of a good size, each with an en suite shower-room and basin. There is also a separate lavatory in the corridor between the two rooms, one with double-bed, the other with double and single. Both rooms open directly on to the garden and pool area.
Total privacy. The house stands on its own, no other property overlooks it.
The 12-metre pool has its own generous surround, as well as stone terraces above. There is a ‘pool-house’ above the pool with a large patio ideal for sundown aperitifs. On the other side of the house is a flat pinède among the pines which makes another charming eating (or siesta) venue. Above it is the writer’s studio, which can be furnished with a bed and a table for the prospective author! The rest of the garden consists of terraces with a number of fruit and nut trees (olives, figs, cherries and almonds), rose bushes, lavender and the famous herbs of Provence. There are thirty wide steps down to the garage.