About the property
- Villa1937 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 2,5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
You will find in La Calisanne everything you may be searching in Provence : the sun, the quietness, the sound of the cicadas, the freshness of a pool and above all, the light and the nature.
To understand the magic of La Calisanne, just read what one of our guest wrote :
'The house could not be more perfect, it has been beautifully designed and we have loved every minute here. My son and husband both play piano and the house has been filled with music. I have enjoyed strolling around the garden and also the views of the Bessillon hills that change by the hour. It is a little piece of heaven.' Sandra P., London.
A FANTASTIC LOCATION
The immediate surroundings are in the heart of nature (vineyards, hills, forests, scrubland) along a no exit road. Here, you may feel at the end of the world… only 3 minutes from the village of Bras, 35 minutes from the elegant Aix-en-Provence and 10 minutes only fromSaint-Maximin and its pittoresque market.
A LUXURIOUS CONTEMPORARY HOUSE
La Calissane is a traditional “Provencal mas” outside and a ECO-friendly luxurious contemporary house inside. The house has been furnished with love, offering you the state-of-the-art of comfort and amenities : a swimming pool biologically eppurated (without chlorine), air conditioning in every room (powered by heat pump). The master bedroom comes with a private en suite complete bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. The twin bedroom comes with a walk-in shower bathroom, both are equipped with design tubs and faucets. The walls in polished concrete, the ceramic or wooden floors give them a very cosy and contemporary atmosphere. You will also enjoy high speed internet, satellite TV with international channels and home cinema. For the gourmets, the kitchen is equipped with everything they can dream.
PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO
You will start the day after a fresh, relaxing and absolutely silent night. The sunshine illuminates the house. Open the windows and have your breakfast on the terrace, listening only to the birds. Then you may choose to go for a swim in our infinity swimming pool. You will appreciate the softness of the water chlorine-free.
Or you may decide to go the village of Bras and buy some bread, fresh vegetables from local producers, newspaper, meat and everything you may need. On Wednesday you will experience the famous typical provençal market of Saint-Maximin facing the XI th century Basilique. You may visit the rests of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, yes, the one of the book, in the crypt. Or if you are there at the end of July, you will have the unique opportunity to participate to the procession : Marie-Madeleine is convoyed in the streets of the town followed by the habitants singing in provençal... a unique, quite impressive experience.
On other days you may spend hours walking in the beautiful streets of Aix-en-Provence and visit its museums, boutiques or enjoy the terraces of the Cours Mirabeau. This attractive and refined city is really like a small Paris.
You may also like to visit numerous vineyards around Bras and Saint-Maximin and taste the famous Coteaux Varois. Or go to the beach at Cassis, Hyères or Saint-Tropez. Or kayaking in the Gorges du Verdon. Or play golf at Nans-les-pins. Or go to Marseille, its Vieux-Port and Calanques and taste the bouillabaisse. All of this, less than one hour drive.
Plenty of our guests feel so good in the house and its 5.600 SQM garden that they are 'stuck' here by the incredibly zen atmosphere. For those who play and those who like to listen, the grand piano will provide you magic nights.
Marseille-Marignane airport : 60'
Aix-en-Provence TGV : 50'
A8 highway exit Saint-Maximin : 12'.
Nice airport : 90'
The next village is Bras, at 1,5 km. (Bakery, pharmacy, 'tabac' selling newspapers, 2 restaurants, pizza to take away, butcher, supermarket, bars, post office, small open air market with fresh organic vegetables on Sundays).
Aix-en-Provence city: 35'
Saint-Maximin : 10' (restaurants, supermarkets, bars and all comodities).
Beach : 45' (Cassis, Hyères). Cannes, Saint-Tropez: 1h45'.
Marseille and Vieux-Port : 50'
Golf, tennis : 16 km.
Gorges du Verdon : 50'.
Abbaye du Thoronet : 35'.
Hotellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle (gastronomic restaurant) at 15'.
Many vineyards and domaines to visit nearby.
Linens and towels included (1 set/person/week). Pool towels included. Intermediate cleaning during the week included.
Final cleaning : 110 EUR. Additional cleaning during the stay available on request upon booking (13€/h).
Garden and pool maintenance included.
MINIMUM STAY : 7 days. Stays are from Saturday to Saturday.
Please ask the conditions for late check in.
No pets. Absolutely No smoking.
Minimum age of the renter : 30.
Minimum age of children : 6. Able to swim.
La Calisanne is carbon free and ECO friendly. No gas or oil are used in the property. The cooling/heating systems of the house and pool are powered by heat pumps. Cooking is electric low consumption (induction). The walls and the roof are state-of-the-art isolated. The water of the pool is biologically epurated through a no-chlorine BIO-UV system. The linens and towels are dried in the open air. The spotlights are low-consumption type. So may we ask our guests to take care and help us to preserve this exceptional environment.
Keywords: Aix-en-Provence, villa, mas, charm, pool,Var, luxury house, contemporary house, summer house, vacation rental, house to rent, vacation home, no chlorine pool, infinity pool, view, hills, vineyards, Saint-Maximin, Aix TGV, sleeps 4.
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- Feb 4, 2018
My husband and myself are frequent travelers so we know very well what is important in a house : the location, the light, the comfort, the quietness, the accessibility. Passionate with music, architecture, design, art and gastronomy, we are keen to share our taste and experience with other travelers. To understand the quality of our properties, please have a look on our reviews : vrbo 351993 vrbo 336932 homeaway 3494891
Francoise purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Francoise chose Bras
We falled in love with the place for the view, the nature and the absolute quietness. Nowhere in the world (and we travel a lot) we found such a zen micro-climate not far from a town. We built the house in 2009 and refurbished it thoroughly. For us, every day here is a delight.
What makes this Villa unique
Located in one of the most authentic countrysides of the Var, this contemporary ultra-luxury house facing an amazing landscape offers an exceptional quietness. You will enjoy an infinity no-chlorine pool, a design house, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a grand piano. All this, some minutes only from Aix and all the famous centers of interest in Provence. La Calisanne is carbon free and ECO friendly.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect holidays in the Provence: full equiped house, lovely decoration & beautifull landscape
We were there with our 2 kids and we enjoyed a lot our holidays. The house is classy, proper, everything new, with nice bedrooms (quiet airco), each its "design" bathroom. Kitchen is well equipped, nice Weber Gaz barbecue. Swimming pool is great, warm, chlorine free and with a wonderful view. Next to this we enjoyed the tennis table & pétanque strip. Our girl enjoyed the wonderful piano in the living room.
No view on the neighbors, very quite.
Very good contacts with the owners, you see they take care of their property but also of the happiness of the tenant. The person who has welcomed us was also very kind and helpful. I would for sure recommend this place and the picture are really describing well the place.
We are so happy that you enjoyed so much your holiday in our house. I think it was the perfect mix for your family : sports, nature and culture and most of all maybe, the quietness. Thank you for having taken such a good care of La Calisanne, we found back everything perfect. Take care, Françoise
A house in Provence
We spent a wonderful week at La Calisanne in July this year. The house was elegant, spacious and bright. A fully equipped kitchen, a nice living room with a big screen tv and grand piano, a storage/laundry room with an extra fridge, and four bedrooms with modern bathrooms made the house very pleasant and comfortable.
The highlight of the place was the pool (chlorine free) and an unobstructed view over the hills and trees. The garden had also a field for the "petanque" game, table tennis, and barbecue.This allowed everybody to enjoy their favorite activities in total independence.
Both the owner and the housekeeper were very organized and responsive and everything went smoothly.
I would definitely recommend the place. The house offers a magnificent environment and the region is splendid: a perfect combination for the most desirable holidays.
I am so happy that you enjoyed so much your holiday at La Calisanne and that you find the house well equipped and comfortable. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to stay in one of my other properties, you will always be welcome! Kind regards, Françoise
Again a surperb vaccation in the heart of Provence
We a family with 2 kids and their two friends have visited La Calisanne now for the second time. Like the last time the house was in an excellent condition - everything was well prepared and the check-in and check-out was professionell and very friendly organized.
The location is just as wonderful as it is described. The landscape is amazing, the little provencal towns are worth visiting and Aix-en Provence is in closer distance to reach. We enjoyed very much our time in Bras and we would love to come back when possible.
Thank you Peter for this kind review, I am so happy that you had a great time again at La Calisanne and in Provence. You and your family will always be welcome in any of my properties. Kind regards, Françoise.
What's Not to Love?
Amazing. Photos do not do La Calisanne justice. The setting is perfect -- in the hills above a small Provencal town, overlooking a valley of vineyards, small towns, and mountains in the distance. The infinity pool is right out of a movie. We spent every afternoon and evening (and some nights) lounging in the pool, amazed at our luck in finding this spot.
The house has been beautifully updated. It looks like a very traditional French house from the outside, but the inside is completely updated. Very modern, tasteful and clean. ACs in every room worked very well, even in 100 degree heat. Beautiful kitchen and luxurious baths. The kitchen is completely decked out with everything. We cooked large meals there 6 of our 7 nights and loved it.
The town of Bras is very small, but we ventured about an hour away (or less) every day and had a wonderful time (e.g. Cassis, St. Maximin, Aix, Fayence, Brignoles, etc.). It's a great location from which to explore the region.
The owners could NOT have been more helpful both before we arrived and while we were there. Amy email we sent with a question was immediately answered and, if necessary, someone was sent out to help.
I would recommend La Calisanne to anyone who wants a traditional, relaxed Provencal vacation.
Thank you for this wonderful review, it looks like your stay ;-). I am particularly happy to know that you enjoyed the kitchen and the pool so much. We made the house as comfortable as we could for our guests and we will continue to work for that. You are always welcome.
Superbly Equipped House in Perfect Setting
Our group was two American couples who like to cook. We LOVED La Calisanne and certainly recommend it! Now for some details:
The house is lovely. It has all of the conveniences of a modern house with a distinctly European feeling. The layout of the bedrooms made it very convenient for two couples to have a bit of separation. The living room is huge and comfortably furnished. The beds were very comfortable, and the bathrooms are spa-like. The kitchen is very well equipped and roomy. We loved cooking in the kitchen and on the outside gas grill. The terrace is perfect for outdoor meals. It was very hot during our visit (first week in July), and the central air conditioning and shutters kept the house delightfully cool.
The setting is perfect. We did our sight-seeing in the morning, usually ending with a late lunch - then came back to relax by the pool - enjoying the fresh goat cheese and wine we had picked up at the market - before eventually cooking dinner. We also enjoyed the pentanque (boules) court. (Note: as in all rural areas, you need insect repellent.)
Rural roads in Provence are narrow and windy, and the road from Bras up to the house is no exception. However there is very little traffic, and we enjoyed being on a quiet hilltop. The village of Bras is small but boasts two excellent restaurants - Le Petite Maison de Bras and L'Aoutee. There is also a small bakery and a butcher shop. There is a small but well stocked grocery store at the east end of town.
Our day trips in included: the Gorges du Verdon where we rented a small electric boat and enjoyed a dip in the Verdon River followed by a delightful lunch in Moustiers; Cassis - we had been warned of crowds so we went on a weekday and got an early start - had no traffic and no trouble parking in the large lot at Gorguettes - loved the boat tour of the Calanques; and some out of the way villages like Ponteves and Cotignac.
Finally, a host of small details made La Calisanne perfect for us. We received a very warm welcome from the house manager, who was wonderfully patient with our lack of French language skills. In the laundry room we found a small cooler and "blue ice" that we took on all of our excursions. There were lovely terry cloth covers on the pool lounges and lots of beach towels. The kitchen had lots of cutting boards and good knives - believe me this is not always the case in vacation houses!
In short, PERFECT!
We are so pleased that you had a great vacation at La Calisanne and that you enjoyed so much all the facilities of the property. I also like to read that you discovered some of the hidden gems of the area like Ponteves! It seems that you enjoyed both the "classics" of Provence and the places off the beaten tracks. You will always be welcome in any of our properties. Warm regards. Françoise
Pat Troxel, Amelia Island, Florida
We loved La Calisanne! We were there this month (July, 2015) on a 3-generational girls' trip…grandmother, daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, and loved every minute! The home is immaculate with wonderful bathrooms, living areas, and kitchen. Property is well equipped…we found everything at our fingertips. We took day trips all week from Isle Sur La Sorgue, St. Remy, Arles, Cassis, St. Tropez, Aix--the location was fabulous. It was so nice returning to La Calisanne in the afternoons to enjoy the peacefulness, the pool and beautiful views. Bras is a wonderful little village to pick up everything you need. We will definitely return to La Calisanne!
I am so happy that you had a great vacation at La Calisanne. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest. You are always welcome.
A grand piano with piano library is available, Music festival of Aix-en-Provence, Small and charming music festivals in the villages nearby, Village feasts during the summer, Fête de la Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin (end of July), Museums, galleries, antiques in Aix-en-Provence.
Rates & Availability
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An inventory of the house and an insurance contract (free) will be signed by the guest upon arrival. No smoking. Sorry, no pets. No parties, this is a very quiet environment. Avoid noise after 10 PM. Please respect our neighbours. In this area it is forbidden by law to lit fire and use carbon or wood BBQ in the open air. So please use only our gaz BBQ and keep it on its terrace. To avoid dangerous fat burns on the gaz bottle clean regularly the tray under the grill and close the gas bottle after use. Do not store any gaz bottle in the house. Please cover the barbecue after use. The house is strictly for non smokers and at that time of the year it is quite dangerous to smoke outside since the vegetation and trees are quite dry. Toilets ° The toilets are connected to a skeptical tank. NEVER use any product containing chlorine or antibacterials in the toilets, the basins and the washing machine. NEVER throw nappies or tampax in the toilets and use only WC products and papers compatible with skeptical tanks. Living room ° Please do not seat on the sofas with wet swimming suits. ° If you play piano, our instrument is there for you. Thank you for not putting anything on the piano(URL HIDDEN) Electrical consumption ° Please close doors and windows while the air conditionning is working and switch off when leaving. Screens, shutters, umbrellas The electric outdoor sunscreen and the umbrellas should be closed when you leave and in case of wind to avoid damaging the mecanic. Always fix the shutters to the façade. ° PLEASE DO NOT FEED ANY CAT OR OTHER ANIMAL in the property. Security ° The place is very safe but when at the pool or in the garden and when leaving we recommend to close the gate, doors and windows. Pool security ° The use of the pool by the members of your family or group is under your sole responsibility. Children have to be accompanied by an adult in the pool area. Refuse Thank you for not leaving the refuse outside to avoid spoils by the cats.