The villa is in the centre of the department of the Var; Provence/Cotes D’Azur region of France. This is a beautiful area set between the Mediterranean Sea and the Gorges du Verdon and is superb for touring.
The villa is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Lorgues, which is a charming medieval village with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and a vibrant weekly street market.
A lot of the ancient walls, defensive gates and other old buildings remain intact. The old narrow streets have vaulted passages, ancient stairs, and many buildings and doorways contain lovely stone carvings.
Lorgues is located in the middle of wineries and fields of olive trees. It can be accessed via the A8 Autoroute (20 km) or the SNCF train station of Les Arcs-Draguignan (12 km), Toulon Airport at 45 mn, Nice Airport at 1 h and Marseiles-Marignane airport 1 h 30 away.
There are many historic villages and famous Provencal vineyards close by. An easy drive brings you to the beaches and lively resorts at Sainte Maxime, Frejus and Saint Raphael, (both these resorts have an aquapark), Port Grimaud and Saint Tropez. There is also a scuba diving school in Saint Maxime and a Golf Course near Le Muy. There are detailed instructions at the villa on our favourite beaches with directions and parking tips/info and info on the best snorkelling beaches, best swimming beaches etc.
About 45 minutes away amidst breathtaking scenery, the Gorges du Verdon - the French Grand Canyon - and Lake St Croix, the largest lake in Provence, offer swimming, walking, sailing, white water rafting, kayaking and windsurfing.
Other local attractions include Les Arcs, Flayosc, the Abbaye du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans de Cascade, and the village of Chateaudouble set in stunning mountain scenery.
Cannes with the lovely La Croisette, Antibes with its old town and Aquasplash / Marineland nearby, and the gorgeous seaside village of Theoule-sur-mer are less than an hours drive away.
Nice and Aix en Provence are an hour's drive; Italy and Monaco are an easy day's outing and so are the picturesque islands just off the coast from Le Lavandou or Hyeres.
Again there are detailed directions and instructions (eg places to park) on all these places, at the house; for example, the location of the fantastic public swimming platform in Monaco near the seaward side of the harbour wall, with swimming pool like steps into the sea. Great for cooling off during a hot day walking around the sites in Monte Carlo / Monaco, just remember a towel and swimming gear!
Literally across the road from the villa is the forest leading up the hill to the Saint Ferreol Hermitage site with a 13th-century chapel, ruins of a Ligurian oppidum and Roman castrum, and a lovely forest walk.
The villa is about 500 Metres from the disused railway 'Train de Pignes' that ran over 200Km from Nice to Meyrarges in the Bouches du Rhone. A lot of it is now a fantastic cycle track. There is a project underway to completely open up the track from Barjols to Fayence (the remaining major work required is to complete the section that crosses the town section of Draguignan). There are 2 adult mountain bikes at the house and lots more information on cycle routes.
There are municipal tennis courts in Lorgues less than 1 Km away from the villa.
Lorgues has 2 large supermarkets, Intermarche (nearest petrol) and Casino which are open on Sunday mornings in the summer. In the centre of Lorgues there are all the usual smaller shops (some of which open sunday mornings all year round) and numerous restaurants, cafes and bars. There are markets at Aups (Wed & Sat), Lorgues (Tues) & Salernes (Sun) and a very large Sunday Provencal market at Le Muy. Draguignan (15mins drive), the capital of the Var, has Hypermarkets, a rich variety of individual shops, where you can buy clothes, handmade chocolates, pastries, and gifts. There is also a theatre, cinema, ten pin bowling. All the surrounding villages have a number of restaurants, serving primarily French cuisine. Noteable restaurants very closeby include. The Michelin starred Chez Bruno about 1.5 Km from Lorgues on road to Taradeau. Le Chrissandier and Le Table du Moulin in the centre of Lorgues and Chateau de Berne about 2km north of Lorgues.