About the property
- House1506 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 Bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, sleeps 6 comfortably+1 baby - 8 max
Les Vallas (we have changed its name to its traditional one from La Maison Lavande) is a lovely, traditional Provencal house in the heart of Provence, just outside the medieval hilltop village of Chateaudouble in the unspoilt Haut Var. It has been recently furnished and decorated in keeping with the traditional style and enjoys superb panoramic views over the gorge. Set in 3/4 acre of land it has grassed terraces of apricot and olive trees with its own private pool. It is well placed for visiting the charming local villages, Tourtour, Barjemon and Seillans are just a few and the beaches along the south coast, as well as the mountains and golf courses. It is also on the cycle ways of the area encompassing 15 circuits. There are 2 restaurants in the village, there is also a bar, village shop, post office and boulangerie. It is ideal for family holidays, painting courses, cyclists or grown up breaks.
MORE GUEST BOOK REVIEWS: Philippa - Just to say a big thanks for everything during our stay. We had NO faults whatsoever, none.
The villa was spotless and welcoming, making the perfect base for our holiday. Everything far exceeded our expectations.
Hi Philippa, hope all is well. The holiday was fantastic, great location lovely furniture, Chateaudouble was wonderfull we met Chris Fosse whilst dining (famous artist)!! The restaurant Chateau was excellent. Overall we gave our holiday 11 out of 10 and have recommended to friends!! Thanks.
Just to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in your lovely house. After the journey everything was great - stunning views, beautiful property good weather etc. Thanks again
Not long back from our holiday and wanted to let you know that we had a most enjoyable time at your house. It was very comfortable and suited all our needs. We even managed to use the pool - well the kids anyway!
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CYCLING & GOLF: CYCLING
The Haut Pays Varois, Centre VTT/FFC offers 15 cycle ways throughout the area ranging from 8Km to 27 Km. One of them going past the village of Chateaudouble. So if you are a keen cyclist this could be just the spot for you. Details of the routes available in the villa or from the local Tourist Office in the village or ask the owner for more info.
There are many golf courses in the area and in particular a lovely new 18 hole course at St Endreol at La motte. It has magnificent scenery and views of the river Endre. La motte is approx 10 miles.
There is also the Domaine de Terre Blanche golfing experience at Fayence, about 30 minutes drive. Two of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe – designed by one the finest golf course designers worldwide. Both courses in the Domaine de Terre Blanche offer a standard of care and maintenance at any time on 300 days of sunshine throughout the year.
OTHER SPORTS: The Gorge du Verdon offers Climbing, Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, sailing and swimming. There is also a lake near the Gorge du Verdon, Lac St Cassien which offers watersports.
Bicycles, tennis courts and crazy golf available at Figanieres, approx 10 minutes (where there is also a supermarket and Pharmacy there).
The nearest ski resorts are from approx 1 - 2 hours away.
Also you can go gliding at Fayence, approx 30 minutes away.
Draguignan offers an Athletic stadium, badminton, snooker, bowling, cinema, table tennis, Museum, approx 15 minutes away.
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- May 17, 2018
About Philippa Brown
Professional couple with 3 young children, which keeps us very busy espicially as 2 of the children are twins. We live in the lovely northern spa town of Harrogate.
Philippa Brown purchased this House in 2003
Why Philippa Brown chose
Set in a beutiful location with stunning views as soon as we saw it we new this was the property for us. We love the tranquility of it and being able to open the shutters in the morning to look at the amazing view over the gorge. We adore France and this property has been able to give us a piece of it.
What makes this House unique
The fact that there is a pretty medieval village 5 minutes walk from us and there are 2 restaurants and a bar. There is also so much to see and do in the area most things within half an hour makes it the perfect location, so many pretty medieval villages to see and only 10 minutes from a supermarket or 15 to the main town and still close enough to visit the beaches.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A place in Provence
A wonderful house in a simply magical location.
The views are to die for, and the local village of Chateaudouble is quite unspoiled and is not over run with tourists.
The owners are very helpful and friendly and get things fixed that need fixing.
There is quite a lot of driving to do to get anywhere, but the roads are quiet and it is not a chore.
We have stayed three times in La MaisonLavande. Each stay was as enjoyable as the first. We really love the house - it's location is breathtaking - the interior is furnished in a very comfortable yet sophisticated style. Always very clean on arrival - well stocked with crockery, cutlery etc. Brillian 'library'. Chateaudouble is a pretty village within walking distance. Restaurants are extremely good. Excellent location for Verdun Gorge and Riviera cost. Sitting on the terrace, having breakfast on a sunny morning, overlooking the Chateaudouble Gorge ... bliss!!
If you want Provence-this is it!!
We have visited La Maison Lavande several times now,even celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary there.It is a holiday venue with many options,whether it be a lazy day with a bottle(or two) of wine and a barbeque overlooking the gorge,or a more strenuous day out driving round the gorges of Verdon.It was the perfect'get away from it all' villa.
We found it to be clean,very well presented and fully equipped,making it a home from home.We liked the little extra touches and the very extensive book collection!
On several occasions we walked down to the pretty village for croissants and the restaurants and found the locals very friendly.
The views of Chateaudouble gorge will never be forgotten and we hope to return again soon.
We found this property very disappointing, it looked good at first glance but there were many problems. After much correspondence with the owners they sent us a refund cheque of just over 15% as compensation. In no way did this make up for all the problems which spoilt our holiday from the moment we arrived, however, we did not have the time or the energy to try to get more, they had excuses for all our complaints.
To expand a little on the problems:- We could not use the garden because it was totally overgrown, we had to cut a hedge with scissors to see down the gorge. The drive was so overgrown that our cars were scratched every time we drove in. Weather was blamed for this but surely the owners should have employed a gardener to fix it? One toilet had urine in it when we arrived and did not work, it was four days before it was fixed. The seat on the other toilet was broken, it was also four days before this was replaced. One shower was blocked and we had to remove a great deal of hair from the plughole before water would drain away. There was black mould in the other shower. The property had not been cleaned properly and there was still rubbish in the kitchen bin. The outside table was so dirty we had to scrub it before we could use it. There is more but I think this is enough to explain why we were thoroughly disappointed.
We were very saddened to hear about this complaint especially since it is our first one in the 4 years we have been renting our beautiful villa in Provence. We have otherwise only received positive feedback and thank yous, including from the previous guests to the complainant who, apparently, have recommended it to their friends. We also have repeat guests who stay.
On the day these guests arrived unfortunately the husband of the couple who manage the property had a heart attack and had to be taken to a major hospital 2 hours away. They sent their friends who were not familiar with the property to do the changeover to help out. They made a mistake of forgetting to clean the downstairs toilet and empty the bin and as soon as the managers’ son was available to come out he was able to fix the seat of the downstairs toilet.
After speaking with the guests at the time and explaining the situation and apologising they were absolutely fine with this and sympathised with the situation. We never the less made arrangements to compensate them for the inconvenience.
We personally cut all the plants and hedges 4 weeks previously and are really surprised they had grown to such an extent. This country rural villa garden has lots of plants and shrubbery and the view of the gorge is so magnificent it would take a very large hedge to obscure such a view.
We can only apologise again that such unfortunate circumstances arose. Thankfully the manager is making a good recovery and therefore the same situation should not arise again.
Chateaudouble, a real eagle's nest teetering on the top of a cliff (130 metres high). This name which actually means 'double castle' comes from the fact that there are two castles here. One is at the top of the village, the other on the banks of the river Nartuby. Chateaudouble is a gem of Provence encased in greenery. To nature lovers it offers magnificent walks:- The canyons of Chateaudouble, The prehistoric caves, The Hamlet of Rebouillon, a green island bordered by the Nartuby on one side and the canal of the Reine Jeanne on the other. The village itself has a couple of restaurants, shop, historic chapel and shady terrace cafe with magnificent views over the gorge. Drive a little further and visit the Gorges de Verdon and the Lac Ste Croix, or in less than an hour you can be in the chic resort of St Tropez. The area is surrounded by medieval villages for you to explore and also visit the local markets in the region.
Other Activities: Golf, Cycling, Athletic stadium, badminton, snooker, bowling, cinema, table tennis, Museum
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
DISCOUNTS & RENTAL PERIODS. Discount may be available for periods of 2 plus weeks and flexability on 2 week bookings for peak periods - please confirm with owner. INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Towels/ Linen - Towels and bed linen are included in the price but not beach towels. CLEANING - The cost of laundry and cleaning the property at the end of your stay is included, though we ask tenants to leave it in similar condition as when they arrive. A LONG LIST OF GUEST REVIEWS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AND ON OUR WEBSITE. WE HAVE HAD EXCELLENT REVIEWS AND ONLY 1 COMPLAINT IN 12 YEARS AND THIS WAS DOWN TO THE MANAGER HAVING A HEART ATTACK AND HAVING TO SEND AN UNFAMILIAR PERSON TO DO THE HAND OVER.