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Villa near Salernes and Aups, Provence, France - Peaceful Location in the Heart of Provence
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Bedding, bath and pool towels are NOT included but CAN be made available for an additional €18 per person, per letting. You must advise us if you. need bedding and towels IN ADVANCE. If you opt for this linen service, beds will be made and waiting for you. Linen fee is to be paid in CASH on arrival to our caretaker. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 1 king (or twin) beds, en-suite shower and French doors to orchard. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, doors to terrace. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and roll-away pop up single bed. Bedroom 4 with 1 super king (or twin) beds plus 3rd single bed.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - A max of 2 small pets accepted with pre-approvalA max of 2 small pets accepted with pre-approval
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter:
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
Cleaned with disinfectant
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Special interest holidays:
PILATES en PROVENCE - weekend or week-long Pilates holidays at Les Olives for up to 8, self catering or inclusive of meals. Add-ons include massage and body treatments, wine tastings and vineyard tours, art or language tuition and day trips to St Tropez, Avignon and others. Contact owner for details or email below.
Nearest beach is St. Tropez or Frejus, both approximately 25 miles. Plage de Pampelonne St. Tropez is one of the most celebrated beaches in Southern France. Fringed with bustling bars, cafes, hotels and clubs, made famous by Bridget Bardot in And God Created Woman. The northern-most tip of the beach, Plage de Tahiti, is still famous for attracting celebrities. There is good swimming and watersports at Lac St. Croix by the Verdon Gorge, and kayaking, rock climbing an fishing at Lac de Carces.
Nice: 125km (1.15 hours by car on A8).
Marseille: 90km (1.15 hours by car).
Toulon-Heyres: 80km (1.10 hours by car).
Ferries from Cannes, Toulon and Marseille to pretty island of Porquerolles, Corsica and other Mediterranean destinations.
Channel crossings from UK to Dieppe, Calais or Boulogne.
Salernes (centre ville): 2km.
St. Tropez: 55km.
Lac de Ste. Croix: 20km.
Salernes is a very typical working French village with a twice-weekly morning market and several good restaurants, a boulangerie, patisserie, bank, and shopping. Nearby Draguignan, one of the larger Provencal towns, has all the amenities one could hope for including medical and dental facilities. Neighboring villages include Aups, Villecroze, Entrecasteaux (with its "fairy tale chateau" open to the public in the afternoons) and Lorgue, with numerous restaurants each with it's own speciality at very good prices. The village of Cotignac has a beautiful centre with pretty old shop-fronts. Fayence hosts popular antique fairs and the spectacular nearby Lac de Sainte Croix is a popular spot for boating and watersports. The Sunday Telegraph called it "one of the regions megastar attractions [with] primal forests and jade-coloured pools making it one of Europe's most stunning walks." Further along is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a medieval pilgrimage village long known as the Soul of Provence. One of the most breathtaking views in Provence can be enjoyed over lunch in the square in Tourtour the "village in the sky", minutes away. The Var region is truly one of the most unspoilt in all of Provence.
About David Gentle
We live and work in Central London and spend as much time in France as we can. When we are not able to be there we like to make it available for others to enjoy as much as we do!
David Gentle purchased this villa in 2004
Why David Gentle chose Salernes
We decided to buy a second home in France in 2000 and spent the next 3 years looking for a suitable property . When we saw Les Olives we fell in love - and we saw it for the first time in November in the rain! Under the provencal sun, it was glorious and the views across the hills are spectacular. We love being there all year round and try to spend Christmas and New Year there when we can. The fireplace is wonderful and makes the house cosy - we play lots of board games, read by the fire and cook long leisurely meals.
What makes this villa unique
The villa is very private, quiet and nestled in the hills outside of Salernes, which is less than 2 kilometres from the property. The house itself is easy to share and very child-friendly with few ornaments within reach of little fingers and the pool is within steps of the house and easy to monitor from the main living area of the house. Kids have plenty of space to play on the grounds and the traditional 'terraces' that delineate property boundaries act as invisible 'fences.' For adults, there is plenty of space to spread out or gather for drinks and meals with both covered areas and areas in the sun.