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Luxury Villa Near Grasse, Private Pool And View Of Lake St Cassien

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 210 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Montauroux, Nr. Grasse / Fayence, Côte d'Azur - Peaceful Hillside Location With Lovely Views

Les Chênes villa is located just five minutes drive from the hill-top village of Montauroux, 25km to the north-west of Cannes and 15km west of Grasse. It is situated on a peaceful wooded hillside, in an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds, with a private pool and magnificent views over Lake St Cassien and the Esterel National Park. The Côte d’Azur resorts can be quickly reached via the A8 motorway which is 15 minutes away. It is a 30 minute drive to Cannes or Fréjus/St. Raphael, 35 minutes to Nice airport and 1 hour to Monaco. The nearby lake, which has several pretty beaches, is a five minute drive away.

The property comfortably accommodates 11 people in 6 bedrooms. On the ground floor, there is a spacious double bedroom (with an extra large king size bed) opening onto the garden with a fully tiled en-suite bathroom (with shower, washbasin and WC), two twin bedrooms (one of which is very large and opens onto the garden and pool), a fitted kitchen and a second fully tiled bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and WC.

On the first floor there is a large open plan lounge/dining room opening onto the dining terrace with lovely views, a very spacious and modern fully fitted kitchen opening onto an indoor terrace with another dining area and also panoramic views. There are two more bedrooms on this level, a spacious double bedroom and a large twin bedroom, plus a third bathroom with a shower cubicle, bath, two washbasins and a separate WC.

On the second floor there is a mezzanine bedroom with a single bed, leading to the upper terrace with terrific views over the nearby lake and surrounding countryside. An open interior staircase links the three floors and it is also possible to walk around the outside of the house and up a few steps at the side to get from the ground to the first floor. The property has been recently renovated with new double glazed windows and shutters as well as a new kitchen and redecorated throughout.

Les Chênes villa is located in an acre of landscaped grounds within a protected area of green belt where no construction is allowed. Although there are neighbouring properties, they cannot be seen from the house and do not overlook the villa or gardens, which are very secluded and the area is very peaceful. All the properties in the area have large plots of land and lots of the domaine is protected and not built on so it is very green with beautiful pine trees and gardens.

The villa ground floor opens out onto the lawned garden with views over the surrounding hills and lake. The garden is very nicely landscaped with lots of mature trees and flowers as well as beautiful palms around the pool terrace. The latter is fully equipped with garden furniture and parasols. There is an 8m x 4m tiled pool, benefiting from a thermal cover to enable swimming early and late in the season as well as a child safety alarm. The villa and grounds are South-West facing, enjoying day long sunshine throughout the year until the very last of the evening’s rays, making the upper terrace a fabulous spot for an aperitif before dinner.

There is an outside dining area on the garden level overlooking the lawn, as well as dining terraces on both the first and second floors plus an indoor terrace with a small garden and another large dining table. Next to the pool there is a fully equipped, covered garden kitchen/barbecue area with a traditional charcoal barbecue plus an additional fridge and two dining tables, one under cover and one outside.

You are also welcome to make use of the shared tennis court, free of charge, as well as the "boules" court.

The property is very bright and modern inside and the kitchen is extremely well equipped with everything we could think of. There is a flat screen TV with English, French and other international satellite channels including the free to air UK satellite channels (all BBC channels, ITV, Channels 4 & 5, 24 hour News etc), a DVD, video, iPod dock and CD player. Wifi internet access is provided. There is central heating for winter lets and cooling fans for the summer. A cot is available (but without bed linen) and a high chair. Bedlinen and towels are provided. There are anti-mosquito devices for all rooms, although being on a sunny hillside and away from water, there are few mosquitoes.

More Details

Jill McQueen
Member since: 2004
Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

About Jill McQueen

We (Jill and Ray) bought Les Chenes (property Ref FR433) as our permanent residence in 1994. We have been renting the property out as a holiday home since 2002 when we moved into another house which we had built near Seillans. We bought property ref FR328 in 1998 with a view to renting it out as a rental home.

We live permanently near Seillans and actively manage our properties ourselves so they are always maintained to a high standard and we are on hand to solve any problems that may arise during the course of the rental season. When renting holiday homes for ourselves we have found that it can be a big advantage to have the owners on hand.

Jill McQueen purchased this villa in 1994

Why Jill McQueen chose Esterel - Fayence

We fell in love with the area as soon as we first explored it. The scenery is very beautiful, it is quieter than the coastal resorts and yet has easy access to the Cote d'Azur.

The area offers everything we enjoy doing - terrific hiking, swimming and kayaking on the lake, mountain biking trails and nearby ski-ing. In addition there are lots of interesting villages steeped in history and tradition, with numerous local festivals to enjoy. Not to mention all the excellent restaurants and vineyards.

The other great advantage is proximity to the coast and all that has to offer from a sporting, cultural and gastronomic point of view. All in all, there's something for everyone here.

What makes this villa unique

The property is located in a beautiful, protected area surrounded by green belt so, although it is residential, all the houses in the area have lots of land so it is very private and secluded. The domaine itself has been developed to maintain a maximum of greenery and the indigenous pine forest has been largely preserved. In addition it is very well maintained.

The house is located only a few minutes drive from the lake and has superb views over lake St Cassien and the hills of the Esterel regional park, especially from the upper terrace which benefits from the last rays of the setting sun year round and was always our favourite spot for a pre- dinner drink.

The location is also extremely convenient for visiting the Cote d'Azur resorts (10 mins to A8 motorway linking the resorts)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many thanks for our lovely holiday..we were exceptionally comfortable in your superb villa – we could have stayed there forever. We have spent the majority

of our holidays in France for the last 16 years and your villa was definitely the best accommodation we have stayed in. C.H. Derbyshire

Facilities, weather and area provided everything required for an excellent holiday…a wonderful villa in a wonderful area. A.R. Leeds

The “Guide” is the best and most comprehensive you are likely to find in any villa – detailed and accurate. T.R. N. Yorks

The villa is fantastic and we felt very at home. N.H. Northants

Had a fantastic holiday at Les Chênes..all in all a wonderful time by all. We would recommend it to anyone. D.W. York

The villa is very good and provided everything we needed. J.B. Shropshire

Lovely house, beautiful pool, brilliant holiday. C.G. Hertfordshire

We’ve spent a beautiful week in your charming house. P.D. Switzerland

We had a fabulous time…the villa was superb and well appreciated by everyone. We played some great golf courses. D.P. Wearside

We have had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here in beautiful surroundings. B.B Angus, Scotland

We have thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight at the villa. We found the folder on places to eat very good and informative. S.G Sussex

Thanks for a fantastic holiday in Château Tournon. We had a brilliant time and loved the villa. It was absolutely perfect for our requirements. E.S. W. Midlands

Just to let you know we loved staying at the villa. Everyone in our party found it delightfully inviting and embracing as a home away from home. It made our stay in Provence special and memorable. A.J. California, USA.

Just wanted to write and say "thank you" for letting us rent Les Chenes for the summer. We had a truly fabulous time and it is a lovely property. M.H. Exeter

We're pleased to record that the villa lived up to all our expectations, and was excellent in every respect. Definitely one of the best of the many villas we've used over the years. G.M. York

We all enjoyed our time at your villa immensely. The villa is in a stunning location in one of our favorite places ….fantastic! G.F. Canterbury

Just a quick note to let you both know that we had a wonderful holiday. Your villa was fantastic & a great location. K.Y. S. Yorks

We would like to thank you both for such a fabulous holiday and incredible accommodation. D. E. Surrey

We want to thank you for a great holiday at your villa. We were very happy with the villa. It fulfilled all our expectations and even more. We will recommend it to all our friends. Lovely views also. K.V. Finland

We very much enjoyed staying in the villa and the beautiful view…we had a great holiday and found the area so beautiful. D.R. Canada

The villa is very nice and in a wonderful, quiet area. We had a wonderful week in Provence and we will recomend it to our friends. I.M. Slovenia
Feb 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Montauroux, France

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 210 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - bath with shower , shower enclosure , Double vanity basin
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , En suite bathroom to kingsize bedroom. Large washbasin.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Large freestanding washbasin
  • Fully tiled en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, washbasin and WC. Fully tiled bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and WC. Fully tiled bathroom with shower, bath, two washbasins. Separate WC.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with extra large kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double bed. Bedroom 5 with twin beds. Bedroom 6 with single bed in top floor mezzanine. Cot and high chair available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The villa is located in an acre of landscaped grounds within a forest of oak and pine. The ground floor opens out onto the lawned garden with superb views over the surrounding hills and lake. The garden is very secluded with lots of mature trees and flowers, a pool terrace with garden furniture and parasols and an 8m x 4m tiled pool with a thermal cover and child safety alarm. The villa and grounds are South-West facing, enjoying day long sunshine throughout the year until the very last of the evening’s rays. You are also welcome to make use of the shared tennis court, free of charge. There is an outside dining area on the garden level overlooking the lawn, as well as dining terraces on both the first and second floors and a fully equipped, covered garden kitchen/barbecue area with a dining table next to the pool. The BBQ is charcoal based. The upper terrace affords magnificent views over the Esterel hills and the lake. There is also an indoor terrace with armchair seating and dining area around an indoor garden with ornamental fountain. Lovely views. There is a large utility room off the kitchen with extra storage space. Iron and ironing board. There is both central heating and thermostat controlled electric heating for winter lets. Internet access is provided through a wi-fi device for mobile computers. We also provide cooling fans and anti-mosquito devices for the summer. A Cot and high chair are available. An open interior staircase (carpeted to prevent slipping) links the three floors and it is also possible to walk around the outside of the house and up a few steps at the side to get from the ground to the first floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided together with two bath towels and one hand towel per person, changed weekly. Cleaning prior to guests arrival with a briefer weekly clean during stays of two weeks or more. Garden and pool maintenance is twice a week.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Great location with easy access to the coast, a great local lake and the mountains

  • 4 of 5

A characterful house on three levels with room for personal space. Loads of interesting corners and vistas. The ground floor can operate independently making it good for a two-family holiday with friends. Very private location, not overlooked, but not remote. Pool and BBQ area are excellent. The house is well equipped and well maintained. The location allows for a variety of activities - it's 25 minutes from the coast (can see St Tropez from the top floor balcony),it overlooks Lac St Cassien (a great holiday destination in itself and heaven for kids & water activities) and it backs onto the "wilderness" of the mountains with their amazing scenery, beautiful villages and, an hour way, the Verdon Gorge.

The owners were diligent and supportive - taking care of both the property and the satisfaction of tenants.

We had a lovely private and peaceful holiday simply enjoying the property and pool, with occasional effortless forays North and South.

In all - a perfect and versatile location. We were just two on this occasion, but would happily return for a more active break with the immediate family as the house can easily accommodate eleven.

We'd thoroughly recommend Les Cheynes (and indeed the owners, who also own another simliar Rental property about 30 minutes away), and will certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and roomy

  • 4 of 5

The villa is beautiful! Went with 8 friends and it was exactly what we were looking for. The house itself had plenty of bedrooms and was well equipped. The garden, pool, bbq etc was perfect and the view sublime. Lots of local places to explore as long as you're not looking for a nightclub (we weren't). Local towns and villages so pretty! Best of all was very good value!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to spend a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable break. The villa is set in a pretty and quiet location, it is private and the accommodation is very comfortable. It is a great spot from which to explore the surrounding area without being too crowded and commercial. Had a great time and would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great family holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the property. It is very peaceful and quiet with terrific views - located in a private estate. It's obviously very well maintained.

The property is well looked after, with all mod cons: bright, modern & clean. We loved being outside - the most garden we've seen in Provence! - with plenty of outdoor seating and a comfortable eating area with a proper BBQ.

It's a great location with all the major attractions within easy reach - the coastal towns and all the local villages.

The owners were very helpful - being English (with fluent French), they gave us brilliant tips for our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic villa, everything and more that we hoped for. Great location in the hills. Lovely pool. Plenty to do for all. Well equipped, had amazing time. Thanks Jill and Ray.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Superb holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a superb place to spend a holiday. The villa is lovely and well equipped. The location is fantastic. The welcome and help from you both was great. As a result we had the best holiday ever!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Terre Blanche, Tourrettes de Fayence
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A8 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
38 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The closest beaches are a few minutes drive at St. Cassien lake. The nearest coastal beaches are at La Napoule and Theoule near Cannes which is a 25 minute drive and a stunning location with sandy coves and high cliffs dropping into the sea. St. Raphael/Frejus beaches are a 30 minute drive with a choice of sheltered coves or long sandy bays. The impressive coast road from La Napoule to St. Raphael is full of dramatic scenery backed by the red, craggy mountains of the Esterel National Park.


A car is essential as local transport is infrequent.

Nice airport is approx. 55 kilometres (34 miles) or 40 minutes drive. Marseilles airport is just under a 2 hour drive and Hyères/Toulon is about one hour. The high speed TGV train service departing from London Waterloo takes seven hours to reach Marseilles. You can then carry on to Les Arcs or Nice if you wish. By road it is approx 1100km from Calais.


The villa is located just five minutes drive from the hill-top village of Montauroux, 25 kilometres to the north-west of Cannes and 15 kilometres west of Grasse. The larger village of Fayence is a 10-15 minute drive. The Côte d’Azur resorts can be quickly reached via the A8 motorway which is 15 minutes away. It is a 30 minute drive to Cannes or Fréjus/St. Raphael, 35 minutes to Nice airport, 1 hour to Monaco and 1 1/2 hours to the Gorges du Verdon and St. Tropez.

Further Details:

Montauroux village is in a lovely hillside setting with glorious views over the St. Cassien lake and the hills of the Esterel National Park. It offers all the conveniences you may require including a fair sized supermarket, several bakers, butcher, a lively local bar with free wi-fi, large tourist office, Post Office, bank (with ATM) and several good restaurants within a 5 minute drive from the villa. There are also other large supermarkets and numerous shops within a 10 minute drive.

The area where Montauroux is located is known as the “Pays de Fayence”, Fayence being the largest local village, while the “département” is The Var, boasting some of the finest scenery Provence has to offer. The countryside is predominantly wooded hillsides dotted with picturesque, perched villages and interspersed with luxuriant valleys and deep gorges sparkling with fast flowing rivers and crystalline rock pools. The clear waters of nearby Lake St. Cassien are excellent for swimming. It is also famous for carp fishing and offers a range of watersports. The nearest lake access is located a short drive down the road and there are many beaches and swimming areas dotted around the lake. You can also take a trip into the Tanneron hills and enjoy marvellous views over the lake and the Esterel National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular peaks.

Most outdoor sports are available locally from hiking to gliding and white water rafting as well as all the main watersports.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Montauroux, France

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late summer
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$15 per night, per additional guest
Autumn to Spring
30 Sep 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
Peak season
21 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee A$13.5 per person per night
Damage Deposit A$843.81

Booking Notes:
Provisional booking requests are held for 24 hours to enable payment to secure the booking. If no payment is made in this time, the booking request will be cancelled.

Pricing is fully inclusive of gas, electricity, linen and cleaning. We offer prices for groups of from 4 to 11 people. There is a 20% (non-refundable) deposit. The balance is due 12 weeks before arrival and the security deposit of £500 is due one week before arrival and refunded within a week of departure.

The property can be rented by smaller groups at reduced prices outside of high season. Please enquire for smaller group prices.

Changeover Day:
All arrivals and departures are normally on Saturday in the high season. This is flexible out of high season. Arrival is from 4 pm and departure by 10 am.

Taxe de sejour:
This is collected by the Municipality for stays in the summer season. It is 0.66 € per adult per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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