- Sleeps: 12/14
- Bedrooms: 6 double bedrooms two capable of being turned into twin rooms. A further twin bedroom can be made available by request taking the max, under appropriate circumstances, to 14 in 7 bedrooms.
- Bathrooms: 6 bathrooms, all ensuite
- Rent: €7,500 to €11,900 per week
- Key features: Recently renovated and beautifully decorated Villa
Heated Swimming pool
Elevated South facing position
Superb provencal gardens and grounds
Table tennis, snooker table and petanque court in the garden
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La Bastide des Oliviers
La Bastide is wonderfully sited on a hill surrounded by its own delightful Provencal garden and grounds with long views to the distant hills of the Massif des Maures.
Both inside and out it is a home and garden of warmth and style given a wonderful renaissance by the thought, care and inspiration of its owners. It is a hugely welcoming home comfortable and relaxing in every way. At the same time it respects and enhances its origins along with the character and spirit of Provence in the most appealing way.
For those who appreciate a blend of character, comfort and authenticity in the most relaxed environment this is exceptional and appealing to all generations.
The house accommodates 12 in 6 double bedrooms all of which have their own ensuite bath or shower rooms. A further twin bedroom can be made available if the composition of the group is appropriate.
'This place is beyond beautiful. The rooms are well furnished, from the adorable decorated bedrooms to the very clean and nice bathrooms, you recognise every detail has been thought through and Sally has done an extraordinary job with the wole house. Imagine the perfect French living experience – well here it is! It is near to adorable medieval villages and towns which are worth visiting, surrounded by its own beautiful garden with olive trees and the most relaxing pool area. Furthermore you can chill in a hammock or play billiards, no wishes left! You have your privacy. This trip was one of my favourite rental experiences. We would love to come back.'
Vanessa B........ from Germany.
'We had a lovely week in this beautiful Bastide, celebrating my father’s 80th. It was the perfect setting for a family reunion. Thank you!'
'From the very moment I arrived this beautiful place worked its magic - soothed and relaxed, day to dusk cares slipped away. I just love it and to be with all the family was just wonderful.'
Extraordinary house. Beautiful setting with a great view. Sheltered from everything and very quiet. A place to disconnect.
Jean Philippe, France
'I honestly can't say enough good things about this house. It was everything we thought a house in Provence should be. Absolutely stunning, stunning mountain views, tranquil, peaceful, lavender gardens throughout. The house was spacious, comfortable, and well equipped. It was the most amazing house I have ever stayed in. Outdoor living is perfect. A large covered living/dining area, outdoor pool table, ping pong table, swimming pool, and more. We loved every second'
Deborah, United States
Access is up a small track towards the top of the hill on which the property is located. The drive commences through formal stone gate posts into a drive that curls up through the garden to a parking area outside the house where there is ample parking space for several cars. Additional space for parking can be reached up a secondary drive further away from the house.
The house is entered in the North/higher/rear side from the parking area under a porch with Roman tile roof into a small Entrance hallway at the end of which lead two sets of steps/stairs one of which descend to the left to the lower ground floor and the other ascends to the right to the bedrooms on first and second floors.
There are 6 double bedrooms, two of which can be converted to twin bedrooms and 6 ensuite bath or shower rooms.
The descending stairs lead down into a front hallway filled with natural light from its generous French windows which lead straight out onto the terrace and gardens on the Southern side of the house. There is an upright piano in this room.
A step up from this hallway leads into a small cosy sitting room with sofas and armchairs around a raised open log fire.
A second sitting room/TV room also adjoins the hall with comfortable sofas and a large 60 inch flat screen TV (satellite/smart TV) and well stocked bookshelves.
A downstairs WC also adjoins.
In the other direction from the hallway a large open plan kitchen diner extends west down the Southern side of the house. The dining end has a large oak table capable of seating 8 comfortably with further searing for 12 adjacent to the kitchen in the loggia. Doors open onto the terrace that runs the full length of the Southern side of the house.
The well equipped traditional kitchen has a handsome central table/work surface with units under, kitchen units to two sides and stainless steel sink unit with Smeg gas oven cooker. There is also a fridge freezer.
There is an adjoining ‘Back kitchen’ with dishwasher, fridge freezer, double sink, Jura coffee making facilities, microwave, toaster etc and storage.
A door from the kitchen diner leads down into a well decorated and well lit ‘cave’
There is an office area with a desk and connections for a computer. There is broadband/WiFi internet throughout the house.
A storage/utility/washroom area with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board is the last room on this end of the ground floor. It has a door leading through to a double garage which will be secured and is not part of the let.
Stairs ascend from the front hallway via the entrance hallway to:
The First Floor
Bedroom 1 ‘The Master Bedroom’ with King Size bed (1.8w x 2m) which can be divided to form a twin room with south facing windows and air conditioning.
Ensuite Bathroom 1 with free standing roll top bath, shower, twin wash basins and WC.
A further/additional bedroom with twin beds can be made available in appropriate circumstances adjoining this bathroom.
Bedroom 2 with double bed (1.5w x 2m), south facing windows and washbasin in the bedroom.
Ensuite Bath/Shower Room 2 with walk in shower.
A separate WC adjoins on the same landing.
Stairs ascend to the Second Floor and Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5.
Bedroom 3 ‘The Pink Room’ with double bed (1.5 w x 2m) and
Ensuite Shower/Bathroom 3 with walk in shower, single basin and WC.
Bedroom 4 with King Size double bed (1.8w x 2m) and south facing windows with
Ensuite Bathroom 4 with bath (with shower over) WC and single wash basin.
Bedroom 5 ‘The Blue Room’ with double bed (1.5w x 2m) and a separate single bed.
Ensuite Shower/Bathroom 5 with shower WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 6 is a ground floor double bedroom with its own independent entrance from the western end of the terrace. Double bed (1.8w x 2m) which can be split into two singles to form a twin room. This room has a flat screen TV and a mini fridge for cold drinks.
Ensuite bath/shower Room 6 with shower, wash basin and WC.
Garden & Grounds
The Bastide sits in the middle of its 2½ acre Provencal garden which is planted with fig trees, lavender and thyme aswell as numerous flowering plants and creepers, mature cypress and other trees and a small olive grove of some 120 trees. The terraces and gardens are a delightful feature of La Bastide.
A wonderful terrace shaded by vines runs along the southern/front of the house with numerous flowering plants and creepers providing shade and a profusion of colour and scent. The main feature of the terrace is a beautifully proportioned and very comfortable loggia which frames perfectly the very best of the views towards the hills of Maure. On the outer side of the loggia is a comfortable seating area and on the inner side a dining table that comfortably seats 12. On the inner wall is a BBQ kitchen.
A dining table seating 8 is positioned on another terrace in the shade of a mulberry tree.
A series of stone terraces drops away from the front of the house.
The heated swimming pool measures 5.5m x 11m. The pool is heated and there is a pool alarm.
There is a boules court in the garden and a table tennis table in a separate games room close to the swimming pool. There is also a pool table and dart board in a separate area of the garden near the pool area with fridge for cooling drinks.
La Bastide is located in The Haut Var region of Provence between Draguignan and the Provencal market town of Lorgues.
Draguignan (8 minutes) has a good choice of restaurants, shops and local services aswell as some interesting museums including an Artillery Museum and the National Museum of Art and Popular Traditions.
The pretty medieval town of Lorgues (10 minutes) has a wonderful weekly market, good shopping and a further choice of restaurants
It is also within easy reach of Les Arcs (10 minutes by car) and Flayosc (7 minutes by car). Both are delightful villages. Les Arcs has a market on Thursdays and there is a boulangerie, grocers, banks, a chemist and a post office aswell as a number of restaurants and café’s. Similarly, in Flayosc there is a market on Monday, a boulangerie, grocer, butcher, post office and bank aswell as a Spar shop, chemist, restaurants and café’s.
The coast is within easy reach and Saint Maxime and the Bay of St Tropez is only 35 minutes away with beaches and views over St Tropez. From St Maxime a short ferry is the quickest route to St Tropez.
Nice airport is 1hr and Marseilles (Marignane) c 1½ hrs. Toulon (Hyères) international airport is also about 1 hours' drive.
The TGV stops at Aix TGV station (between Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles), although some trains continue, rather more slowly, to Draguignan/Les Arcs.
Guests will be met on arrival and shown around the house and grounds, how everything works and provide the codes for the alarm systems and the entrance gates.
Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided and will be changed on a weekly basis.
This is very much an all year round villa with an excellent heating system.
As long as sufficient notice is given a cook or chef can probably be found. His/her/their wages are the tenants responsibility and, if requested, can be ascertained in advance so that arrangements can be confirmed in good time.
There is an iron and an ironing board.
There are two travel cots (with mattresses and bed linen) and a playpen. Also a double buggy, two high chairs and a booster seat.
There are a selection of English and French language books, as well as board games, playing cards and childrens’ toys and games.
The House Information Book explains how everything works inside the house and out.
Things to See & Do near La Bastide des Oliviers
The House Information Book contains details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. It also includes maps, brochures and important local contact details. A selection of these are mentioned below.
Markets - abound in the surrounding towns and villages, the largest and arguably the best of which is in Lorgues (10 mins) on Tuesdays. Draguignan (8 mins) has its market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Les Arcs (10 mins) has its market on Thursdays.
The local specialities of pottery and Provençal fabrics are widely available in local shops and at the markets. There are also lavender farms which make and sell lavender related products. There are also nougat and honey producers in the vicinity aswell as the full range of Provencal herbs and spices, all of which can be purchased readily in the markets along with plentiful and excellent ranges of fish, poultry, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are many stunning towns and villages in the vicinity to explore including the following, to name a few:
Taradeau is a pretty village with church, café and wine cellar and has many small but convenient shops and bars.
Entrecasteaux boasts a marvellous Château and gardens designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century who also laid out those at Versailles.
Tourtour, is known as "the village in the sky" whilst Aups, the gateway to the Haut Var, is said to be the truffle capital of France.
Salernes has numerous pottery shops and an excellent Sunday market.
Lac de Ste Croix (10 kms in length and 1 hr’s drive to the north) with excellent swimming from its many beaches in crystal-clear water, as well as wind-surfing, sailing and pedalos.
Here you can also see the dramatic Gorges du Verdon, known as the Grand Canyon of Europe and providing all kinds of exhilarating pursuits including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning and mountain biking.
Bicycling – can be rented in Draguignan. Dragui cycles. Bicycles should be booked in advance of your arrival.
Restaurants and eating out – There is a great choice of restaurants in the area and a selection is suggested in the House Information Book.
Local fairs and festivals – including concerts at Abbaye du Thoronet, take place throughout the summer.
Golf – There are a number of reasonable to outstanding 18 hole golf courses within 30kms. Arguably the best are at St Endréol and Barbaroux. Details are contained in The House Information Book.
Walking – There are some interesting and varied walks from La Bastide and locally
Beaches – The Mediterranean beaches of Cavalaire, St Tropez and Cannes are all within driving distance. Ste Maxime is relatively easy to reach even in the busiest months and from here the quickest route to St Tropez is by short ferry trip. Details of beach bars and restaurants can be found in the House Information Book.
Wine/Vineyards – Vineyards are reasy to reach in most directions from La Bastide producing red, white and rosé. Many offer tastings and the excellent Maison des Vins at Les Arcs sells a comprehensive selection of the region’s best wines.
For children there are a number of childrens adventure playgrounds and zoos in the area including one near Vidauban which provides a range of activities for all ages.
There is a tourist office in Lorgues and Draguignan
Rents & Terms
RENTS AND TERMS
2024 Rental prices per week are as follows:
January 1st - January 27th €8,750
January 27th - February 24th €7,500
February 24th - March 30th €8,600
March 30th - May 25th €10,350
May 25th - June 29th €11,100
June 29th - July 27th €11,400
July 27th - August 31st €11,900
August 31st - December 21st €9,900
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day, and should leave by 10 am on the day of departure.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the rental agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A refundable Booking security deposit will be paid with the balance of the rent and returned to the tenant less any deductions after the booking.
Tenants should advise The House manager at the end of their rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages.
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