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, mini-harbour (5 min) where children can be captain on their own real boat, '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.
The extra appartment can only be rented in conjunction with the villa. Often the extra appartment is where the grandparents stay, while the family has the villa to stay, offering both the possibilty to have some extra privacy. Also two families could stay in both villa and appartment.
The owners, Peter jan and Els are helpful and kind. They were always on hand to resolve any issues which arose and yet were unobtrusive.
The main villa is well and thoughtfully equipped with a good range of kitchen requirements for self catering and useful touches like pool towels, beach umbrellas, a cool box, picnic things, bags for shopping, ice trays......the list is endless..
There is a good BBQ area and wonderful terraces, one overlooking the adequately sized pool (well equipped with benches, loungers, toys for the children), and others over looking the truly fantastic view across to Cap Negre.....watching the sun set and the moon rise with the stars in the warm evening is amazing. There are two tables, one under cover near the BBQ.
The house is set some 10 mins by car from the nearby beach (Pramousquier) and a small rustic restaurant and 'Proxi' mini market. The walk down to the beach would take 20 - 30 mins and to walk back is impossible unless you were superbly fit, as the roads are winding and steep (but the benefit is the stunning views and seeing the local houses).
The bedrooms are quite basic, 'no frills' but with good wardrobe space and fans to keep you cool. There are mosquito nets at the windows to keep insects out at night.
Bathroom is well equipped in the main villa with lovely tiling and a large shower.
The house is clean and well maintained. Peter is very clear about rules around the pool and generally, but these are nothing more than common sense and courtesy to one's host's home. We were happy to look after the house as the owners wished....it is after all, their home/property.
My family and I had a lovely holiday and were sad to leave. I have given the Villa 4 stars rather than 5 mainly because the bedrooms were a little basic for my taste...but they were clean and quite acceptable for holiday purposes. One room has a window which does not open and which made it quite uncomfortable to stay in. It is also not suitable for an adult and is best described as children's room (toys and kind touches of games/dolls are provided).
Overall, a lovely villa with kind owners and a fantastic calm ambience. There is good parking and a very steep drive!!
Thank you Peter and Els for providing the basis for a wonderful holiday
Our stay was relaxing and the location afforded us many areas to explore. The views are extraordinary. A heated pool only added to the ambiance. The house was well appointed and convenient for shopping and touring with plenty of room for two couples. A great week living in Rayol.
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!