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Lovely traditional villa in a delightful rural setting

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom villa in beautiful rural setting yet very close to Provencal village

This delightful, traditional Provençal villa with lovely pool set in mature gardens offers a real 'away from it all' feeling yet is only 15 to 20 minutes on foot from an all year round lively Provençal village. Situated at the end of a rural lane and surrounded by countryside you could be many kilometres away from the nearest village but in fact you are just close by. Lovely pool, barbecue - even a traditional pizza oven, this property sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms.The garden is flat and laid out as different 'rooms'. The covered terrace with mosaic dining table is just outside the French windows leading to the dining room and has views to the hills and also across to the securely fenced swimming pool. There is a charcoal barbecue and also a traditional pizza oven with superb preparation space. The swimming pool is surrounded by mature planting - a delightful area for sunbathing as well as swimming. The pool leads to a large terraced area with both sitting and dining furniture - and a double bed for those who wish to take a comfortable siesta or even sleep under the stars. There is a large area set to grass - great for children to play. the whole property is securely fenced and there is private parking for up to 3 cars.


Property Manager
Judith Thompson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

Amenities

Flayosc Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautifully tiled and presented with super shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautifully furbished en-suite bathroom to Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower next to swimming pool
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bed is 140 x 195 cms
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En-suite shower room. Bed 160 x 200 cms
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , The bed is a very small double (110 x 192 cms)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , The bed is a small double 130 x 192 cms
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The village of Flayosc is ideally situated for a wide range of activities. It is situated half way between the Mediterranean and the Gorges du Verdon so if you want to combine cayaking in the Verdon gorges with sunbathing on the Riviera you can!

Reviews

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Lovely traditional villa in a delightful rural setting
average rating of 3.3333333 based on 3 reviews
East Sussex, UK
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Pretty villa .... but dreadful beds and a veritable army of mosquitoes

  • 2 of 5

On the plus side, Villa Caroline is indeed a lovely house filled with brilliantly eccentric furniture. I particularly covet the dresser in the sittingroom. The shady terrace on the side is a wonderful place to while away long lunchtime hours. The pool is elderly, having an old-fashioned pool ladder, and is therefore not suitable for older people - however, it is deep enough for diving and just about large enough to do some laps. The garden is lovely, with nice planting (albeit choked with weeds) and a pretty pond, and a BBQ as well as a pizza oven.

Judith & Keith were very helpful and kind.

But regrettably there is a fairly long list of minus points:

The beds are pretty antiques, but the mattresses are lumpy, and don't be over 5'7" or 5'8" at the most as you won't fit in them and, as in my 6'4" husband's case, you'll have to sleep on the sofa (which isn't long enough, either, but at least has upholstered armrests for your legs to rest on). The duvets were elderly and sported a lot of yellow staining.

There are a lot of nice Provencal dishes in an open zinc-topped sideboard in the kitchen, but there were all dirty. Similarly, the kitchen cupboards were all dirty with a number of dead bugs inside. I understand there are only a few hours on change-over day to get a house ready for the next lot, but we were the first of the season. So why the house wasn't spring-cleaned when there was time to do it, who knows.

From about 5pm stand by for an army of mozzies to descend on you. We tried every mosquito repellent in the supermarket, but were eaten alive anyway. The one thing that worked inside the house was the electrical plug-ins, meaning they stayed out of the bedrooms.

There's a potager/allotment next door which is dilligently (and noisely) worked most days, and you hear a surprising amount of traffic noise.

The slabs around the pool are loose and uneven - these should really be seen to.

Some of the French doors wouldn't close to lock.

However, despite the fact that it was much less tranquil than expected, Villa Caroline could still be a lovely holiday spot.

It seems to me that somewhere along the line there's been a loss of interest in the upkeep of the villa, and also that a love of antiques has superseded the requirements of the comfort and rest of the people who pay to stay there. Good, comfortable beds are crucial to having a good holiday.

And something must be done about the mosquitoes - investing a few hundred quid would sort that out.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, Mayke. Firstly I would like to assure you that this is a much loved family holiday home which is improved by the owners each year - during their latest visit (June-July) they have retiled the dining room and kitchen floors. The swimming pool is a standard 8 x 4 metres - very much the average. The slabs around the pool have been recemented and are now stable – thank you for drawing our attention to that. Your comments about the beds and the duvets have been taken on board by the owners and they have invested in some new beds and new duvets. Mosquitoes are a problem in the south of France in the summer and this year they started unseasonally early because of the extremely warm spring. The owners have bought some additional exterior mosquito repellent products but are finding (mid July) that the mosquitoes are not too numerous - perhaps you experienced the worst of the season.
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good holiday

  • 4 of 5

Nice villa we enjoyed it

Nice area to explore

Very well equipped

Good washing machine and showers

Judith(property manager) very helpful and easily available

Good location, rural but town centre easy to walk to in 15 mins

Garden fairly dog proof

Nice fig tree at the gate

The pool was well looked after by Judith's husband

On the downside the beds were a bit low and a bit creaky

The is a busy road nearby which is a bit noisy at "rush hour"

The pool had a leak and needed daily top ups

The pool area was somewhat overgrown and there were a lot of loose and uneven paving slabs which didn't reduce our enjoyment but might be an issue with children or elderly people

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely villa in a secluded location near a charming French village.

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Villa Caroline.

Judith was very friendly and efficient and booking was very easy. The pre-arrival tips and directions were especially useful! She was also nearby - within the village if we needed help during the holiday. The location of the villa was excellent - pleasant views, peaceful, not overlooked and within a 15 minute walk of Flayosc. The village itself is typically French and the best we have stayed in, beautiful with a great atmosphere having plenty of shops, good restaurants and events for entertainment.

There is lots to do within the vicinity. Some of the activities we enjoyed were canoeing the Gorge du Verdon, taking a boat trip to St Tropez, exploring beautiful villages and the tree park on the edge of Flayosc itself.

Our initial reaction was that the villa was lovely and secluded but needed a little updating, however we soon got used to it's quirkiness to enjoy it's location, pool and spacious garden.

In summary we had a really lovely time and it was very hard to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much for your review - we are delighted that you had a good holiday and that you enjoyed our beautiful village and this lovely villa. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Map

Nearest Airport
91 Kilometres
Nice
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Flayosc
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Toulon
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
La Motte
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Les Arcs- Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
21 Kilometres
Le Muy
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Flayosc
Nearest Ski
92 Kilometres
Gréolières les Neiges
Nearest Beach
43 Kilometres
St Aygulf
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Riviera is only a short drive away - St Maxime, St Raphael, Cannes, Antibes amongst many other Mediterranean towns and villages. Of course St Tropez is also easily accessible - but remember to take a water taxi from St Maxime in the summer months to avoid the traffic jams to this popular resort situated on a peninsula! Don't forget that there are also beaches at Lac St Croix which are much quieter and just as good if not quite as glamorous as the Côte d'Azur!

Travel:

The villa is easily accessed by air (Nice 90 kms, Toulon 79kms and also Marseille), TGV train (Les Arcs-Draguignan - 15kms) and by road (Junction 36 at Le Muy, A8). Car hire is advisable if you wish to take advantage of all of the wonderful villages, the Gorges du Verdon and the coast. However, the village with a huge variety of shops and services is only 15 minutes by foot so visitors may be self sufficient without transport.

Distances:

The lovely village of Tourtour is 13 kms drive. Les Arcs with its lovely medieval quarter is 15 kms. The fantastic Gorges du Verdon is less than one hour away. Avignon and its famous bridge is a 2 hour drive.

Further Details:

The village is well equipped with 2 small supermarkets, fresh fish shop, butcher, delicatessen,2 bakers, chemist, 3 doctors, a dentist, bank, post office, gift shops, 4 bars 2 of which serve food and (at last count) 8 restaurants! A famous truffle restaurant is to be found in a nearby village 15 minutes' drive away. The local town of Draguignan is only 8kms away and has large supermarkets and a variety of shops. Provençal markets are held in the local villages almost every day of the week: Monday Flayosc, Tuesday Lorgues, Wednesday Draguignan, Thursday Bargemom, Friday Le Luc en Provence, Saturday Aups and Draguignan amongst many others. Flayosc is ideally situated half way between the spectacular Gorges du Verdon and the sophisticated Mediterranean coast. From here you can easily visit Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, St Tropez, Marseille and the wonderful cities of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Orange are accessible too.

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Rates & Availability

Flayosc Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,458
 
 
Summer
Aug 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,458
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,108
 
 
Autumn
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$992
 
 
Low Season
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
6 night minimum stay
$1,692
 
 
Low Season
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
Spring
Mar 31 2018 - May 25 2018
5 night minimum stay
$992
 
 
Early Summer
May 26 2018 - Jul 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
$1,458
 
 
Summer
Jul 14 2018 - Sep 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,925
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 8 2018 - Sep 28 2018
5 night minimum stay
$1,342
 
 
Autumn
Sep 29 2018 - Nov 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
$1,161
 
 
Low Season
Nov 3 2018 - Dec 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
Christmas and New Year
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
5 night minimum stay
$2,042
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,108
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $23.33
Refundable damage deposit $874.94

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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