LARGE, COMFORTABLE STONE VILLAGE HOUSE WITH VIEWS OVER COUNTRYSIDE

Betsy Brill and Ken Kobre

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
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LARGE, COMFORTABLE STONE VILLAGE HOUSE WITH VIEWS OVER COUNTRYSIDE

Carces Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Our comfortable home is no ordinary vacation rental. We live here part of each year, so the house is fully furnished for daily life. Step out the front door into a lively village; enjoy meals on the terrace in back while overlooking the countryside.

Central heat, wireless Internet, satellite TV, washing machine and (SOLAR) dryer, fully equipped kitchen and more.

First level: A garage, laundry, sitting room and toilet/shower-room.

Second level: living room, dining room, kitchen, toilet/shower-room, and terrace.

Third level: four bedrooms (sinks in two of them) & full bath.

Carcès is a working village, not a tourist-crowded monument. Within steps are boulangeries, small shops, cafes, small shops, pharmacies, butchers, banks, the post office, five wineries (in town), a traditional Saturday market, and a charming village of around 3500 people who actually like having visitors in town.

Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Letter received from one of 4 guests who stayed for one month in fall 2006.Hi Betsy, We have been meaning to email since we returned, but somehow the time slipped away.We had such a wonderful and interesting time in your village of Carcès and your home! We spent many mornings and evenings on your back deck solving the problems of the world. First I would like to say that the French people in Carcès were so kind and helpful to us and went out of their way to try and understand our English and bad French. In fact all the people, in all the places we went, were very accomodating. The tourism offices were the best we have seen anywhere.We so enjoyed outdoor market day and bought much to eat for our meals. We also purchased much fresh fish from the ice truck that arrived twice a week. Your herb garden came in handy for our grilled fish. And the grapes were deliciously ripe and ready to eat. We bought Foies Gras from the shop near Carcès and managed to bring some home to give as gifts.Your guest book was great, especially the directions for the washing machine. We took advantage of the restaurant suggestions. We loved Le Pressoir with their mussels and pizza and their friendliness. We had dinner several times in Cotignac at La Terrasse and found it superb! Other ones we liked were La Fourchette in Avignon and for our last meal in Provence we ate at Chateau Rasque in Ampus. Would you believe that the chef's wife had written in English the menu for that evening and apologized to us for her bad English. Needless to say we also apologized for our bad French and the meal was fantastic! We found a wonderful restaurant in Maseille on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We ate a delicious Bouillabaisse at the hotel restaurant Le Rhul with a view of the Mediterranean Sea that was spectacular. As you can tell we thought all the foods were excellant and we also learned to appreciate Rosé wine.The four of us did much hiking all over Provence and Bob did leave extensive writings in the guest book at the house. The scenery on these hikes was unsurpassed. This is how we tried to keep in shape with all that food we ate. We even hiked up Cezannne's Mount St. Victoire. Fabulous!Now that I am writing about France I am missing being there. Jill was so good about keeping in touch to see if we needed anything. She did help us out when we wanted to telephone a restaurant f
Feb 2007
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Betsy Brill and Ken Kobre

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Ken is a photojournalist/videojournalist, author of textbooks on the topics, and inventor of Professor Kobre's Lightscoop®, a device that produces professional, natural looking light with the built-in flash on dSLR cameras. Betsy has worked with Ken on his books and run the Lightscoop business since its inception in 2007. She is now working on retiring... work work work. Carcès has been our part-time home since 2002.

Betsy Brill and Ken Kobre purchased this villa in 2002

We had done home exchanges in this region in the past, and when presented with a year-long academic leave during a period of unusual strength for the US dollar, we decided to look for a place to buy. This home met all our needs: no renovation required, a location in a working village where we could have access to services and daily life, and outdoor space for gardening and sun. This intersection of desires is unusual, particularly in a village where typically only homes on the village perimeter (like ours) have access to open space.

We like being part of village life while being able to walk out the back to enjoy dining on the terrace or in our garden. There are lots of enjoyable walks in and around the village, as well. We host friends and family a LOT while staying in Carcès. The layout of the house, exterior spaces, and the proximity (steps) to the village center mean a crowd is never overwhelming.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

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Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
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Carces Brignoles region
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Surpassed our expectations!

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 month stay at this beautiful property. The description of the property and house are accurate and the photos depict the house and grounds as we found them. The house is spacious, comfortable, charming and well equipped. The owners are responsive and friendly. The town is well situated for day trips in and around Provence and both the French and Italian Riviera and only an hour and a bit from the Nice Airport. We would definitely book this property again!
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
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Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
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+1 (415) 9316720
Carces Brignoles region
4

Paradise in Provence

  • 4 of 5
If you are looking for a genuine experience, you have come to the right place! Situated right in the tiny village of Carces, this rental was easily accessible, had everything we could need, and central to all the places you would want to visit in Provence. The house was clean, beds were comfy and the people in the village were friendly and welcoming - even if your French is poor! Definitely a great place to explore the south of France.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p329652
+1 (415) 9316720
Carces Brignoles region
5

Comfortable, warm, full of light and quiet

  • 5 of 5
Our group of four stayed in Carces for a total of three weeks. Sad to say, everyone of us got sick, some before we arrived, some after, and from different ailments, none of which were attributable to this lovely, quiet, comfortable house, full of light even when the temperatures were chilly outside and we were seriously concentrated on making chicken soup. We also got well, and had time to drive about to Cotignac and Aix and Frejus, easy little day trips to fascinating adventures. Whether you're sick or well, this house is a great place to work, play, and especially cook - it has the best kitchen of any house we've ever stayed in abroad, and everything you need to whip up something fantastic is literally steps away. Carces is not fancy, but sweet, with a great market, and friendly shopkeepers. We were particularly taken with the pharmacist, a brilliant diagnostician who gave us great medicine for very few Euros. If only we could have taken him home. All in all, we recommend this beautiful home - and it gets to feel like home very quickly. Lovely terrace and garden - even in late December we had breakfast in the warm sun. So many places to relax with a book, or if you can't bring yourself to disconnect, excellent wireless service. When the time came, we were sad to leave.
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
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+1 (415) 9316720
Carces Brignoles region
Houston, Tx
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my retirement mecca

  • 5 of 5
After 56 years of nursing, I treated myself to a 200 year old winemakers house and it did not disappoint. I rented it for 1 month and had family and friends arrive in 1 week increments. 4 bedrooms and 3 baths accommodated all generously with room to spare. Trips to St Tropez, Monaco, Cannes, Avignon were just 90 minutes away on A8 ( have change for tolls). Carces is quintessentially French with shops right around the corner. The grocer, Pierre, spoke perfect English should you need it. Restaurants were all within walking distance. Jogging out the front door along vineyards with only a farmer on his tractor was a treat for my son. The back of the house had a beautiful terrace where we ate breakfast and had our cocktails. All appliances worked perfectly when instructions were followed. We had fun hanging the laundry on the clothesline or conveniently in the garage in inclement weather. All in all, a perfect home which was full of cheer and comfort and a cleaning crew weekly. A grand adventure for one and all.
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
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+1 (415) 9316720
Carces Brignoles region
Midwest
4

Charming home centrally located in Provence

  • 4 of 5
Thank you for our delightful stay! We all loved the sound of the waterfall and the pretty view in the backyard. The people in Carces were very friendly, too. The boulagerie owners always remembered our favorites and would include free extra pastries for our appreciative boys, the small grocery owners would chat with us in the store and when they would see us outside, and the pizzeria workers enjoyed visiting and even knew our state's capital! :-) The home was well supplied with plenty of room for our family of 7, and we even managed to fit our 8 passenger rental van in the garage with about 6" to spare on each side after folding in the windows (and with some help from our boys to guide us in and out). The location in central Provence was convenient as well, and we went all over from Monaco to St. Tropez to Nimes, and many places in between.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Large, Comfortable Stone Village House with Views over Countryside
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p329652
+1 (415) 9316720
Carces Brignoles region
5

Perfect for exploring the south of France

  • 5 of 5
Where do we begin? This wonderful home which upon approach appears ever so humble, is revealed to be anything but once you walk through the front door and up the stairs. From the majestic views visible from the back of the property to the soft sounds of rushing water we found it difficult to leave our new found paradise.Days were spent exploring and sampling the region, Evenings were spent around the crackling fire sipping wine, purchased from local vineyards. This home is located in the charming town of Carces perfectly situated an hour or so to the famous towns of St Tropez, Aix,St Remy de Provence, Nice, etc etc.... It was our first visit to the Var region and certainly will not be our last, Rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and charming small unaffected towns all came together to contribute to one of our most enjoyable trips to France to date, Thank you Betsy for everything! We loved your home.
  • Submitted: May 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Marseille
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Gare TGV - Aix-en-Provence
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Brignoles, A8 autoroute, exit 35
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Cassis
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Bar Central
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Golf Barbaroux
Car: necessary

Carcès is a traditional Provençal village located at the confluence of the Argens and Caramy rivers. A waterfall near where the two meet is below our house (hearing distance--not viewing--but you can walk there). A working village, Carcès has all services -- boulangeries, banks, post office, food shops, and more. The traditional Saturday morning market in town is lively and fun. There are also markets on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in nearby towns. Live music, art exhibits (good art!), nice eating places in town or nearby. 35 minutes east of Aix-en-Provence, 1 hour+ to Cote d'Azur, 1 hour to the Gorges du Verdon, 1.5 hours between Nice and Marseille, 2-hour drive to lunch in Italy. Golf is within a 30-minute drive.

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Carces Villa Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning USD87

Notes

  • €700-€2000/week
  • Weekly cleaning req'd: €65/wk + €15/person/week;
    Discounts negotiable for stays of more than 1 month.

Amenities

Amenities

Carces Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • River
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Top floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Middle floor - toilet , shower
    Bottom floor - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom, Back of House - 1 queen
    Twin Room, Back of House - 2 twin/ single
    Double Room, Front of House - 1 queen
    Twin Bedroom, Front of House - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Toys
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Games
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Bicycles ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • 16 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
The house is ideal for year-round living, very comfortable for off-season stays.