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Pool / Spa
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.
Children allowed - We provide one wooden cot and highchairWe provide one wooden cot and highchair
Pets allowed - Please ask in your enquiryPlease ask in your enquiry
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter:
Local activities include:
For water sports head north (25 - 40 mins drive) to Quinson, Lac de Ste Croix and Esparron or south to the river Argens (20 - 30 mins drive) with water based activities near the villages of Carces and Correns.
Equestrian centres abound within a 30 minute drive
Rock climbers from all over Europe head to the Vallon de sourn near Correns (20 minutes drive) to test their skills.
We provide a number of bikes (3 adult and 3 childrens) for your use. Cycle hire is also possible from Carces (25 mins).
And of course, wine tasting from the local vignerons or in the co-operatives to be found in most villages and small towns.
1 hour 30 mins by car to the Mediterranean beaches and resorts of St. Tropez, Ste Maxime Cavalaire-sur-Mer and Hyeres.
30 mins drive to the 'plages' of Lac St. Croix, Quinson and Montmeyan.
Air: 1hour 30mins from Marseille, 2 hours from Nice, 1hr from Toulon, 2hrs from Nimes.
Train: 1hr from Aix-en-Provence TGV station.
Car-hire is essential as the house is not on a public transport route.
Barjols 5km (for everyday shopping, banks, pharmacies and amenities)
1 - 2 hours drive to the historic and culturally rich cities of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Cannes and Nice
Our house is in the commune of Ponteves, a pretty, well kept up hill top village with narrow winding streets and a ruined castle from where there are far reaching views north to the Verdon. From here you can walk the Petit Bessillon, choosing a more or less strenuous route! To the east is the Grand Bessillon. Near the summit is a memorial to some local young men from the French Resistance who were captured and shot at the end of the second world war.
Within a 30km radius of our house are many attractive villages with their squares, cafes, restaurants and markets. The following are particular places of interest:
Barjols (5km) formally the centre of a tanning industry, is a small town with supermarket, petrol stations, garages, banks and pharmacies as well as traditional shops - and 28 fountains to track down! Recently re-opened, the footpaths and viewing platforms of the Vallon de Calme follows the impressive waterfall and bathing pools tumbling down into the town.
Cotignac (10km) is noted for the medieval houses and passageways leading off the main square and the troglodyte walkways on the 'back wall' of the village.
Sillans-la-Cascade (12km) has a lovely walk to an immense waterfall and pool.
Salernes (18km), another attractive small town is a tile, ceramics and pottery centre and has a particularly good Sunday market.
Aups (20km) is home to the Simon Segal modern art museum.
Quinson (25km), which along with Lac de Ste Croix is a water sports centre, has the largest pre-history museum in Europe, designed by Sir Norman Foster.
Entrecasteaux (25km) has a beautiful chateau - and an active cricket club!
Le Thoronet Abbey (30km) is one of the three great Cistercian monastries of Provence.
Paul and Gillian Dyer
- english, french
About Paul and Gillian Dyer
Thank you for looking at our advert and I am pleased to introduce myself. My name is Gillian Dyer. I grew up in Reading, trained as a teacher in Yorkshire and moved to the Bournemouth area in 1979 upon marriage to Paul, a solicitor. We have 3 adult children. Throughout our marriage we held a long term ambition to 'have an adventure' by living abroad. 2008 provided a window of opportunity when our youngest child reached 11 and was changing schools. She gained a place at an international bi-lingual school in Aix-en-Provence so we took the plunge and bought La Tuiliere. I live in the adjacent second house for several months of the year, joined by Paul as and when he is able, returning to Bournemouth during the summer months and over winter. I am well-integrated into our active and welcoming village, being a member of the chorale and art groups and participating in the annual Fete de Bessillon on May 1st. In 2015 we took the opportunity to buy an Olive grove so are now novice 'oleiculteurs', producing our own olive oil. I am also a member of the nearby (English speaking) church, being a life-long Christian.
Paul and Gillian Dyer purchased this farmhouse in 2008
Why Paul and Gillian Dyer chose Ponteves
Having previously co-owned a modern villa in the Algarve we decided that France (and the French language!) was a better option for us and were looking for an old property, with land, in a part of the Var that, having driven through several years previously, thought, "We must return for a proper holiday one day....we can imagine ourselves living here". After dozens of fruitless internet property searches we came across La Tuiliere and an agent who replied to our e-mail! Flying out for a viewing we were charmed by it's situation, it's originality, the land and the stream running through it. The hilltop village of Ponteves was pretty and well kept up, small enough for people to know each other and with a surprising number of activities going on. It was also within an hour's distance of Aix, the coast, the Verdon lakes and Gorge. Our offer was accepted and within 6 months we had bought and moved in. All that we had hoped from both La Tuiliere and the village of Ponteves proved true and we happily divide our time between here (about 7 months) and Bournemouth (about 5 months).
What makes this farmhouse unique
Not 'another modern villa!' We love it's age, quirkiness and the feeling that generations of families have lived and worked here. The tranquility and serenity of the location and environment. The mix of mature deciduous woodland, trees and open space. The flora and fauna, particularly the birds, butterflies and insects. The generously sized private swimming pool.....