5 Bedrooms, 5 en-suite power shower rooms. Exceptional lux accommodation for 10
- english, french
About Ron Alldridge
I am a typical ‘Brit’ living the dream … or rather escaping the hustle and bustle of big city life. Before coming to France I lived in the centre of London and worked as a reporter for BBC Radio.
Ron Alldridge purchased this House in 2003
Why Ron Alldridge chose Varages
The house is unique and hugely characterful. The Maison de Maître (or Master’s House) was build just about the time when William Shakespeare was writing his poems and plays, and 30 years before Harvard University in the USA was established. I am sure of the date as when renovating the property in 2003 we discovered a plaque in the wall which was initialled by the two chief ‘Compagnons’ (master builders). ‘MA’ and ‘FP’ finished their work, as it is clearly inscribed, on ‘The last day of March, 1609’. A lot of the original features remain. The most impressive perhaps is the stone floor of the vaulted entrance hall - the same stone as can be found in the Catholic Cathedral in near by St Maximin St Baume. Who can imagine who has trodden these massive flagstones in the last 400 years! The walls are built from rocks and ‘tuff’ found in the fields around the original village. Most of the walls are 70 centimetres thick with large tall windows fitted with outer ‘volets’. The thickness of the walls make the house a wonderful refuge of coolness in the summer, and preserve all the warmth of the property in the winter. In the main salon the wild cherry tree beams are six meters long and support in their turn 160 smaller beams which hold up the floors of the bedrooms above. Most of the floors in the house are covered with ‘tommette’ – the local hexagonal deep-red terracotta tiles for which this area is famous throughout France.
What makes this House unique
The house is in the very centre of the little village. Step out of the front door and you’re in the central ‘Place’ with the main village fountain just a few meters away. In the summer, with the windows open, my day is accompanied by the trickle of water dribbling from it’s four spouts. The village has it’s own water source just a short walk from the house. All that can be seen is a little still clear-as-clear-can-be pond. If you weren’t aware of it’s abiding importance to the village and all who live here you would walk by it without a second thought. But the water that fills this pond comes from an unknown source deep beneath the ground. It has never been known to dry up and apparently springs to the surface within one degree in temperature be it 35 degrees in the summer or -12 in the winter.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Pets allowed on the ground floor only ie not in the bedrooms. Dogs not allowed to remain in the house when their owners leave the property
Reservations are normally from Saturday to Saturday. Other arrangements are possible when agreed with the owner.
The property is in the centre of the village and everyone does there best to keep music / general noise to a minimum especially before 8am after 11pm.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Sandie California, three weeks Sept with 9 friends
Ron : I remember when you first arrived, you took one look at the house and said that your holiday was going to be great. Did it work out to be that great?
Sandie : It worked out to be better than great! Ten people in our group, nobody knew everyone. Some were friends of others, we were meeting some people for the first time and some of us were best friends. When we all arrived we were amazed.
The house is large … it’s spacious. We have privacy. Everyone has their own bathroom which was important for our group. We didn’t have to wait for showers, hot water a plenty. I would get up early in the morning and hot water would be waiting for me.
The most important thing for us was to have a place that felt like ‘home’ and we truly now refer to this as ‘our home’. You cannot even begin to imagine the comfort of having both privacy and large enough spaces that you can dine together, you can laugh and play games together, but you can go off and have a very relaxing spacious space of your own.
These things were important to us and it exceeded our expectations!
For the full interview see the video on YouTube ‘LaMaisonDuFaiencier’
Week end entre amis
J’ai loué la maison du faiencier 2 jours pour fêter mes 50 ans .
Nous étions une dizaine et avons passé un séjour idyllique grâce à la qualité des prestations proposées, rien ne manque et les lieux décoré sobrement mais emplein d’histoire et rénové dans les règles de l’art , Un grand merci à toi Ron pour ton accueil chaleureux de la part de tous.
Thanks you for your kind comments Laurent! Come again next year! Ron
Sublime maison plein de charme. Les 6 chambres avec leur propre salle de bains sont très spacieuses.
La court intérieur et l'espace jardin avec la piscine est très jolie également.
Ron, le propriétaire, est très sympathique et très disponible pour toutes questions ou demandes de renseignements.
Je conseil ce logement pour les vacances en famille et pour partir à la découverte des gorges du verdon !
Very pleasant and fun bunch of ‘twenty-somethings’ who came for a long weekend to celebrate one of their birthdays. They apparently had a super time on the lakes and rivers of the George du Verdon and also loved the ‘ Quad Biking’. They looked after the place wonderfully and left it as they’d found it … spotless. Welcome back guys!
Varages, famous over the last three centuries for its painted earthenware (faience), is an 'undiscovered' village situated in the Haut Var, 25 minutes north of the A8 (St Maximin exit) motorway and the same distance from the spectacular lakes of 'The gorges du Verdon', the deepest river gorge in Europe. It's an hour's drive from Marseille and Toulon airports and under two hours from Nice and Nimes airports. Only 50 mins drive from the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. The village has 2 bakers, 2 bars, 2 resturants, a butcher and general stores. The nearest sizeable supermarket with a petrol station is 10 minutes drive away, in the charming market town of Barjols.
Other Activities: rock-climbing, hiking, boating & canoeing
Golf: There are several golf courses a short drive (about 35 minutes) from the house. But the course which all the golf-playing guests rave about as being 'world class' is called 'Golf de la Sainte Baume' at Nans les Pins.