A detached Provencal villa of 130sq m, set in a garden of 800sq m with views of the surrounding rugged hills and the valley below. Les Cerises is 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Fayence, along a pretty lane of detached villas. It looks and feels like open country round about but there are a surprising number of houses tucked away and hidden by large gardens and hedges. Large gates open onto the front of the house with parking for up to 3 cars and the front door opens onto a spacious atrium style 'sejour' or living room, off which is the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom and the kitchen, pantry and 'cave'. French windows lead out to the terrace, the deck and the pool, all of which are surrounded by olive trees and other native flora in the garden. Upstairs there are 2 available bedrooms, a shower room and separate toilet. In the 'cave' by the front door, there is garden furniture, 4 bikes and garden games. All in all, the house has everything one might need.
Fayence: With a population of around 4500, Fayence is big enough to have quite a few decent shops, restaurants and bars but manages to avoid the rather more frantic happenings down on the coast. It's more relaxed, friendlier and more authentically French. There's a Provencal market 3 days a week, local vineyards offering visits and tastings, regular concerts in the new exhibition hall or in the open air, and lots of nearby galleries, potteries and antique shops. In the valley below, the gliding centre is supposed to be the best in Europe and a good place for a drink or a meal. Even a trial flight. For the golfers the new Terre Blanche course across the valley aims to be one of the best in France and there are other courses nearby at Mandelieu and Cannes. Horse riding is available locally and there are tennis courts at the bottom of the hill for the really energetic. To find out more about the town, please ask us for web site link.
The famous 'perched' village of Fayence is an appealing place. It's one of the larger hill villages behind the Cote d' Azur, other hill villages close by are Montauroux, Callian and Seillans. It's about a half hour from Cannes, the same from St. Tropez and Frejus, and 45 minutes from Nice airport, so it's very close to the fashionable Riviera, yet it edges into beautiful Provence. It is an ideal central base from which to explore the glorious coastline or go inland to Grasse, St Paul de Vence or the spectacular Gorges du Verdon. Half an hour away is at Mandelieu - a very attractive place indeed with its Chateau and port. Between there and Fayence in the middle of the Massif de l'Esterel is the stunning Lac de St Cassien, a popular alternative to the Med - swimming, sailing, fishing and pedalos. The ski slopes of the Alpes Maritime are only one and a half hours away, closest being Valberg, a really pretty and authentic Alpine village with good pistes and skiing for all abilities.
Other Activities: Skiing in lovely Valberg - 1h 30 min drive with all the facilities of the Cote d'Azur within 25 mins' drive
Golf: We're not golfers but La Terre Blanche a few kilometers away is supposed to be one of the best courses in Europe. There are several other courses particularly nearer the coast.
Ski: Ski-ing is about an hour and a half away at Valberg, in the Alpes Maritime. It's a beautiful and authentic village, easy to get to and not too busy.
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