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Gail Reid

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
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Elegant, Luminous 12th C stone monk's residence in upper village redone 2007.

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Draguignan region Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Lorgues, quiet, intimate, yet close to wineries and so many sites in Provence. This is a small, hill village dating from 1100's with an outstanding Provencal market and great restaurants. The main street is shaded by Plane trees with small shops and local cafes that invite one to linger over wine and coffee and croissants watching the world go by.

The house is at the top of the village on a cul de sac that is less than a 3 minute walk from the main street. Somewhere in its 900 year old history it was a barn, but before that recent research indicates it was the residence of local monks associated with Saint Martins Parish. Its medieval lineage shows in the stone fleur de lys carving indicating it is one of the town's oldest dwellings.

Today it is a lovely 1500 sq. foot house on two floors. The remodeling was done 5 years ago by a local designer and the house has both a cozy and spacious feel. It has the most beautiful kitchen. If you want to try your hand at cooking some of the delicacies from the local markets, this is the house for you. WE hardly ever really cook, but often enjoy eating dinner at home after a day exploring the hill towns or at the coast or the golf course, and it's wonderful to prepare our purchases in such an ambiance... or on hot days take a simple dinner to the patio and contemplate the 1000 year old town wall adjacent to the courtyard.

The ground floor of the house has a living room with seating for 6, a fireplace, English and French language TV, stereo. The kitchen includes an excellent new 5 burner stove, frig, freezer, dishwasher, micro, coffee maker and all pots, pans, plates and glasses necessary. The dining room table seats 6 to 8, and gives onto a courtyard through large glass doors.

On the second floor the master bedroom is very large and light with tall ceilings, a skylight, and windows that open onto the courtyard. The air conditioner in the master bedroom keeps things comfortable in hot weather, but the house is stone and keeps cool itself as it is shaded during the hottest part of the day. There is a large bath with tadlakt finishes like those used on the palaces of Morocco. There is a large tub and shower wand, heated towel rack and a closet with washer, dryer, iron, etc. Hair dryers are included. This bedroom has its own study with desk, lounge chair and internet and computer hooked to the internet. Just turn it on and get your email.

The second bedroom is of good size with comfortable bed, closet and separate bath with sink and walk in shower. There is a separate toilet room.

The stairway leading to the 2nd floor is modern with an unguarded open side making it dangerous for small children. For this reason and the high quality of some of the furniture,the house is not suitable for small children.

There is parking, when available, in the courtyard next door. If not, in one of 2 town lots a block away.

Keywords: spacious, 2 story, stone house, modern, great kitchen, spacious, quiet, elegant,

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gail Reid (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french

About Gail Reid

Bill and I live in northern California on 25 acres with our 5 sheep, 4 chickens, a small vineyard and our beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Buck. Bill was a banker and I was a French teacher at a local high school. 5 years ago, after retirement, we bought an apartment in Paris. But, marvelous as Paris is, we missed small town life. Last year we found the house of our dreams on the internet and sold Paris and bought this dreamy house in Lorgues. We spend 3 months a year in France, mostly in the spring and fall. We have furnished it with the wonderful things we bought for the Paris apartment. We hope those who rent it will love and treasure our things as we do. In France we love to shop, go to wineries, explore the hill towns, go to Aix shopping for antiques, go the Nice or Antibes for lunch or photograph the uniqueness of the area. And we love the people in Lorgues, their warmth and welcoming ways.

Gail Reid purchased this townhome in 2011

Why Gail Reid chose Draguignan region

These colorful hill villages like Lorgues are a thousand years old. They are south facing, warm in the winter and cooler in the summer than the coast. They are much less crowded in July and August than the coastal beaches, but still are in close proximity to the glories of the Cote D'Azur. We can have the easy access and warmth of a small village with the glamour of the great colorful towns of Provence an easy hours drive.

Lorgues is a 15 minute drive from the train station at Les Arc that serves the TGV from Paris and Nice. It is also very close to theA 8 auto route to Nice and Italy to the East and Aix, Marseille and Lyon to the West. The Gorge of the Verdun is 45 minutes north.

What makes this townhome unique

So many wonderful places to visit in the area yet such a tranquil ambiance!


based on 11 traveler reviews

Elegant, Luminous 12th C stone monk's residence in upper village redone 2007.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
New Hampshire, USA

Beautiful home, so many attractive small towns, & lovely countryside in the south of France

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful two-week visit to Lorgues and the Reid house at 3 rue du Paty. The house is beautiful: the exterior is a handsome High Medieval stone building, the interior recently renovated and artfully decorated, and there is a lovely private garden terrace off the dining room. When we travel, we like coming home at the end of a long day to our own home base, to relax with some wine and make our own dinner with food we bought at the market – roasted chicken, baguette, olives, gorgeous salad greens, and the freshest chevre cheese. We had a dessert contest on several nights, each selecting a different tart or cake or cookie at one of the 3 bakeries in Lorgues. The ultimate winner was the tart frambois cassis at Aux Delices (also the best croissant for breakfast).

Most days we picked out a town to drive to and explore: one day Tourtour with a wonderful view of the valley and fine shops; the next day to Aups, charming; north to Lake St. Croix, breathtakingly blue with a sandy beach/kayaks then the small mountain town of Moustiers Sainte Marie, wandering between the medieval buildings and lunch at a shaded outdoor café; to Aix en Provence, a busier town, tea by the central fountain La Rotonde and walked the Cours Mirabeau, a wide boulevard with refined French architecture (much of it designed by Louis XIV); south to the Thoronet Abbey built by Cisternian monks circa 1175, impressive, a highlight for us; and a long day to St. Maxime on the Mediterranean (a beautiful drive/highway), took the shuttle boat to St. Tropez, admired the yachts of the rich and famous and had lunch in a quiet outdoor café on a back street.

The best part was simply living in Lorgues. We grew accustomed to walking down the steep hill to the main street and shops and cafes to partake of town life (for a leisurely tea and coffee at 4 p.m., buy croissant, or buy a few things at the little Casino store) then climb back up the hill to home. The local restaurants in Lorgues are quite good. The pizza is excellent. The market in Lorgues every Tuesday morning is fantastic and fun -- the main street lined with vendors under tents: a vegetable stand, fruit stand, then olives, cheeses, bread and pastries, saucisson and chickens, beautiful clothes, hats and on and on. A delightful feast for the eyes and senses! It was a splendid two weeks living, indeed, in a very different place and culture that appreciates and accentuates beauty and simple pleasures.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma county, California, USA

Comfortable house, good location

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful house with another couple (close friends) and had a wonderfull time. The house is very suitable for 2 couples or a family. The kitchen is lovely, one of our party wanted to cook while in France so she was very pleased with the kitchen and all the equipment. The rooms have plenty of space and the furniture is comfortable. Even though most of the houses are in very close proximity because the town is so old, the locals are very quiet and generally you would not know that everyone is so close. It's a tight squeeze if you decide to park next to the house, but parking in a local square is just a short walk away so it is not a problem. The streets of the town are suitable for a horse so are either a snug fit for driving or you walk. A bit of a hill between the center of town and the house so I would not recommend walking if you have any disabilities (we have none in our party). The main street has most things that you need for daily life and a good selection of restaurants and cafes. The owners will give renters a list of items in the house and a list of restaurants, all the ones we tried were very good, places to see and go to, market days and sights to visit. A great document which we used and referred to all the time, really helpful. Wineries are nearby for a visit, a 13th century Abbey was very interesting all the small hill towns with wonderful restaurants and a train ride to St. Tropez. Lots to do.

We definitely would recommend this property. We all hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Ian. We love our town too. Everyone seems so happy in our house and this makes us so glad to share it.
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Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA

Great house, town, and region!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time in this house in Lorgues. It was very spacious and beautifully decorated. The kitchen is amazing! We loved the town of Lorgues - it seemed very real - not touristy. Try the pizza at Le Main de la Pate (sp?) on "pizza street". The local convenience store, Le Petit Casino, was very good for wine and cheese, and the bakeries were great. We drove to Gorges du Verdon (a MUST), to St. Maxime (parking at Elephant Beach very easy on a Friday, with free beach, showers, bathrooms), then took the ferry to St. Tropez, which was very nice for walking around, getting ice cream. Also, driving around some of the hill towns was wonderful. La Garde-Freinet and Salernes were beautiful! Lorgues is a great location for driving around the Var. Wineries and olive oil mills abound. Great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

House in Lorgues

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time in a wonderful House in a beautiful Town. We appreciated the information which was left by the Owners, it helped us get the information regarding shopping, great places to visit, restaurants to go to, and do much more.

We would love to do this again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nevada City, CA

Best Accommodations of Our France Trip

  • 5 of 5

The title really says it all. This magical Provence home has all the modern comforts, a great floor plan and yet it is in an historic and lovely old town. Lorgues is beneath the radar for most tourists and we like that. It is every bit as charming and interesting as St. Remy de Provence but without the crowds and with much better access to the Cote d'Azure and the Alpes-Maritimes. We loved our stay and you will too. Bon Voyage!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mill Valley, CA

Beautiful home & Stunning Value!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this gorgeous home for nearly two weeks and enjoyed every bit of it. It was perfect for our family of four--spacious rooms, charming decor, large kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining settings, entertainment for the kids on international TV and large family-friendly movie selection on the Apple TV. Yes, the little village of Lorgues was one of the cutest we encountered, with a fantastic market on Tuesdays (Italian clothes, shoes, great tapanades, spices, cheeses, freshly roasted potatoes and chicken...), but the location was superb for exploration of Provence as well. Within 20 minutes drive of the Mediterranean (check out Elephant beach, near St. Maxime), short drive from Gorges du Verdon and in the middle of France's wine country this is a terrific launching point for all of Provence. Besides the helpful regional guide provided by the owner, there is an extensive library of travel books for those who like to come without a plan and explore options once you reach your destination. The owner was very helpful in answering questions and the neighbors are friendly as well. Great value for a family on a budget.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
St. Maxime
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Les Arcs sur Argens
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
St. Maxime
Car: necessary

Lorgues has a fabulous Provencal market weekly and is in the heart of the wine country, surrounded by vineyards, local farmers markets and olive groves. It is half way between Nice and Aix en Provence and a half hours drive to the coastal towns of the St. Martine and the ferry to St. Tropez.


Rates & Availability

Le Thoronet Townhome Rental Rates

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Jul 31 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $59

A housecleaning and linen fee of 75 euros to be left at the house upon departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Draguignan region Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.25
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
So many wineries and wonderful provencal markets to visit.

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