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.
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
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.
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.
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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