|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Villa Vivace can be rented with or without the extra appartment to make either 3 or 5 bedrooms. Both units have brandnew bathrooms. The appartment can only be rented on conjunction with the villa, so will never be let to others. The pool is absolutely private...not shared.
This villa (3 bedrooms, full bathroom + half bathroom) and it's extra appartment (another 2 bedrooms + extra bathroom) (that can only be rented in conjunction with the villa, not seperately!) are situated in Le Rayol on a sunny hillside overlooking the bay of Le Lavandou and Pramousquier with views over Cap nègre, Cap Bénat, Ile de Bagaud and a part of Ile de Porquerolles. From the pool and the house you can enjoy the beautiful views on green and rocky hillsides, covered with protected cork-oak trees.
There are 4 sandy beaches within 5 minutes! Le Rayol-Canadel has 4 quiet sandy beaches with sufficient parking places, bars, restaurants...and crystal-clear water. The house has recently been renovated, has a fully equipped kitchen and stand in 2,550 m2 of enclosed grounds and has a new private heated pool 8.50 x 4 m. It's quiet!!!! Extra apartment can be rented on demand: small living, dining table, sat-TV. Toilet, new bathroom, big shower. 2 extra bedrooms (12 m2 each, sleeps 3-4),covered terrace 27 m2.
Families with children are welcome to visit our house. Don't bring toys with you...we have enough for children between 3 and 12 years old. More pictures? Please call
Gardens of ' Domaine du Rayol': A must to visit: Jardins du Domaine du Rayol !
These gardens form a sort of natural outdoor exhibition. The 'Conservatoire du Littoral' (Botanical Conservatory), which is now the owner, has put the landscape gardener Gilles Clément in charge of restoring and re-designing the site: 12 acres of flora from Mediterranean climates from all over the world. Mediterranean carob trees, Australian acasias, South African strelitzias, Mexican agaves, Asian bamboo, New Zealand linseed and Chilean palm trees all in a truly magnificent setting. During summer you have the unique opportunity of diving in the adjacent underwater garden!Another must to visit: the islands 'Iles d'Or'. Especially national parc 'Port-Cros' (no cars allowed...),or Porquerolles. Just take the boat in Le Lavandou and experience the beauty of these islands and their underwater flora and fauna. Don't forget to take your mask and snorkel! Thanks to its micro-climate, Le Rayol-Canadel catches the most sun-hours in France!!!
Activities nearby: Swimming, sailing, snorkelling, sailboarding, pedalo's, diving.
Thanks to it's micro-climate, Le Rayol-Canadel catches the most sun-hours in France!!!
On the beaches of Le Rayol, Canadel and Pramousquier are life-guards in season. Good snorkelling along the rocks. The EC tests rate this cove the cleanest water in this part of the Mediterranean. Warm enough for swimming from May to October. Lavandou, Bormes and Cavalaire have active diving centres with instruction and all gear available. Sailing schools in Lavandou, Cavalaire and Cavalière, with organised lessons for beginners to the experienced with a variety of boats (cats, 470's, 420's .) for hire. In Cavalière also the possibility of water-skiing and para-sailing. Tennis, golf, riding. Lots of tennis courts in Rayol and Cavalière. Golf courses in Le Lavandou (practice) and Valcros/La Londe (18 holes). Riding near La Mole and La Croix Valmer with beautiful tracks in the Maures Forest. Endless hiking tracks start at our front door.
For the children: For the children...Lots of sand and water!!! But also: a beautiful mini-golf (15 min) in an exotic garden, 'Niagara' swimming park (15 min), with 7 water slides, jacuzzi and Turkish bath, tropical bird-zoo (20 min), 'Kiddy-parc' (25 min) small attraction-park, O.K.Coral western-town (60 min) live western shows and fairground for children and lots of things more!!!
Many holiday homes on the French Rivièra are build very close to the noisy D559. Villa Vivace isn't! Traffic cannot be heard up here...just relax!
Note concerning pool heating: the pool is maintained all year through; the pool heater starts working from 17 degrees natural water temperature on.
During low season, the villa can be rented for 3 nights on at only 99 euros/night (4 persons).
The location is just lovely. Placed in a wonderful elevated position with fabulous views. Beautiful terraces to dine and a lovely pool.
Although we did not need them, there are lots of things for children to play with.
The house is thoughtfully equipped and well laid out. Everything you could need is there, including bags to go shopping with.
The owners are kind and attentive but discreet. There if you need them, but otherwise unseen.
We loved the place, it was clearly the home of the owners at one time with sweet family pictures on the wall. A lovely atmosphere.
10 mins down the windy Corniche des Pins is a 'Proxi' min market with a smiling proprietor...next door is a small low key restaurant. The beach across the road is delightful.
We miss Villa Vivace and thank Peter and Els for a wonderful holiday.
Elizabeth, Ben, Claire and Ben.
Very nice house, lovely pool and facilities. Nice and clean with a good selection of pots, pans and crockery. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly with good communication running up to our checking in date. Plenty of beaches within a 5 or 10 minute drive although we did prefer to head to Le Lavandou a little further away.
Plenty of room for a family of 5 plus we rented the smaller apartment as well for Grandparents which was also spacious for the two of them.
Helpful information in the house about local restaurants and attractions and other things you may want to see or do.
We would certainly recommend this to friends and family and would certainly stay again if we came back to the same area.
Thanks very much Peter and Els for a lovely holiday.
Julie, Dave, Kids and Grandparents.
We have just got got back from a truly amazing week at Villa Vivace with our two young daughters (7 & 5). I really couldn't recommend the villa, the area, the climate and the views highly enough - just the perfect package and well worth the money.
The villa itself is situated in a beautiful location high in the wooded hills above stunning blue seas and has outstanding views from the rear terrace over the sea.
The property is finished to a very high standard and was impeccably clean. Plenty of space for the 4 of us - so much so that we were able to pick 3 different tables outside to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in a different place each time!
Everything is provided that you could need - the cool box and parasol for the beach a great touch as well as things like the step to the sink in the bathroom for the little ones and the very well stocked toy room.
The pool is a really good size and was even nice and warm in the evening when the sun was starting to go down. The views from the pool are also stunning.
The girls also loved the wooded, shady play area including the tree-houses, trampoline and sand-put which kept them amused for hours. All of this is set in completely secure and private surroundings meaning they could play and we could relax.
Peter and Els met us on arrival and provided a really detailed tour of the property and how things worked which was really helpful. They were so friendly and nice and couldn't do enough for us, speaking excellent English.
The location is also brilliant, being no more than 10 mins drive to the nearest beach and some beautiful places within easy reach - Le Lavandou and Port Grimaud both being highly recommended. But we barely scratched the surface only having one week there. And that is my only regret of the entire holiday - that we hadn't booked for longer!! We will be back in 2017 for sure.
I can thoroughly endorse all the previous comments such as the most recent from Michelle H. Peter and Els were very helpful from the outset when I first e-mailed my enquiry early in the year. We spent 2 weeks in their lovely villa with a pool that, if I have any reservation at all, was so nice we didn't get out enough! The local beaches were fantastic and we didn't feel the need to venture too far from the coastline between Cavalaire and Le Lavandou. The only exeception was a trip to Cassis where we took a boat trip to see Les Calanques des Cassis which were wonderful. Nearby villages such as Bormes les Mimosas, Grassin and Grimaud were all beautiful too.
I have no hesitation recommending Villa Vivace, not least because Peter and Els were so friendly and helpful.
I cannot recommend this property highly enough! It is in a beautiful quiet setting in a great area with beautiful views, close to amenities and beaches. The villa is furnished to a high standard - a real home away from home. It is a perfect place for families to stay - our children loved it! The owners, Peter and Els, are attentive and friendly and have thought of everything that you might need to make your holiday relaxing and enjoyable. We have just spent a wonderfully relaxing 2 week holiday at Villa Vivace and have rebooked to visit again next year - it is a real gem and we are delighted to have discovered it!
We discovered Villa Vivace in 2004 and have been coming back almost every single year. We'd rather keep it a secret but Peter and Els deserve credit for their endless efforts and friendship over the years. Villa Vivace is really our home away from home because it is so well maintained, clean, complete and comfy. The kitchen has everything you need. There are plenty of toys for the kids and books on the shelves. The beds are comfortable. The pool is nice, clean and warm all year round, and protected from the wind which is ideal in Spring and Autumn. Because it is higher up the hill it is so quiet and never too hot in Summer. At night you hear the nightingales sing in the valley and you can count the stars. Peter and Els always go the extra mile to make your stay an unforgettable experience. We love this part of the French Riviera as it is way less crowded and less urbanised than the Saint Tropez area. This is where French families holiday, not the international jetset. The coastline is stunning with a range of nice white sandy coves and beautiful views at every turn. Restaurants are affordable and offer good quality. There are several nice outings nearby: Bormes-les-Mimosas with it's arts and crafts shops is always popular with our children, as well as the Domaine du Rayol. St. Tropez is a 40 minutes scenic ride (go early in the morning when it's still quiet). Take the inland route over Col du Canadel on the way back for a stunning view. The hinterland has some nice sites and villages and beautiful scenery as well. The medieaval city of Hyeres is worth a trip and of course the islands. Porqueroles offers bike rentals and tropical white beaches. The area of Toulon has some nice museums and on a rainy day Nice and Monaco are still nearby enough for a nice day-trip. If you get away at all because you will find yourself lazying lounging around the house most of the days or hang out on one of the beaches. For hikers there are plenty of options (with kids the Domaine is great fun and) and there is a bike path along quite a part of the coast (it used to be a rail track). Even after 10 years there is enough on our wish list!
Le Rayol-Canadel is in fact a part of the French Rivièra wich is not yet discovered by mass tourism. If you want to visit more touristic places: Saint-Tropez, Saint-Maxim, Fréjus etc. are only between 30 and 45 minutes away and Cannes 60 minutes. Le Lavandou is 10 minutes and Hyères, 20 minutes. If you want, we can give you advice for things to do every day, to discover and enjoy this paradise.You will be amazed to come across one of the French Rivièra's most spectacular coastal panorama's. The immense Mediterranean Sea literally explodes into view. Bleu, bleu everywhere. Opposite, a group of lazy little islands basking in the sun, just waiting for you to disembark. The street, where the villa is situated, ends in a path, which can be the start of endless walks in the hills of the National Protected Forest 'Massif des Maures', one of the few places in the world where turtles live. Sometimes you can even find one in the garden. It's also a great place for mountain biking.
Other Activities: paradise for hikers!