About the property
- Apartment753 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
5 Bedroom house, sleeps 11 maximum or 2 bedroom garden apartment sleeps 5 max
Stunning olive mill, built in 1764, sensitively restored & converted recently by the architect owner into a well appointed, spacious & comfortable house. Sleeps 11 people, perfect for 2 families, as there are 2 kitchens! Also possible to rent one wing as a garden apartment for 5 people. The large 12x6m. heated salt water pool is set within a delightful walled courtyard garden, with a selection of terraces & lawns for al-fresco eating, sunbathing, games & relaxing. Electric gates give access to the house, secure parking & the secluded half acre garden which includes a wildflower meadow. A peaceful location to get away from it all, yet only a couple of minutes' stroll into the centre of Lorgues with its famous market, shops & range of restaurants. The mill enjoys wonderful views over the village to the Maures mountains. This beautiful area is set between the mountains & the Mediterranean sea - perfect for touring. There are many historic villages & famous Provencal vineyards close by.
Access to the house: The main auto route, the A8, is just 20 minutes away so Nice, Cannes, Aix en Provence, are all about an hour's drive. Monaco and Italy are an easy day's outing or you could take a trip to Corsica by ferry from Nice. Toulon-Hyeres, also an hour's drive to our house, is a hassle-free provincial airport served by Ryanair, or alternatively fly into Nice with a wide choice of airlines. The SNCF railway station at Les Arcs, which is 15 minutes from the house, provides fast connections to Paris (TGV 5 hours). If you prefer there is an overnight Motor rail service from Calais/Lille to Nice allowing you to bring your own car and let the train take the strain!
Lorgues facts: Lorgues is a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants, built up around a walled medieval core. Built on a south-facing hillside, ‘a village perché’, it is dominated by an enormous and imposing church – la Collégiale St. Martin – very visible, as you get close!
The town dates from the 10th century, and has an intriguing history in relation to the Crusaders. The church was built in the 15th century. The narrow streets of the old village, enclosed by crumbling walls, and some beautiful towers, are worth exploring; especially as there are fountains and interesting old buildings dotted around. The main street, a rather grand tree lined boulevard, Boulevard Georges Clémenceau, is modelled on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. Plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants there to relax in
Our olive mill was one of 6 on this street, located to use the water from the open culvert(La Canal) which ran down the street.
Shopping and restaurants: Shopping: There are markets at Lorgues (Tues), Aups (Wed & Sat), & Salernes (Sun) and a very large Sunday Provencal market at Le Muy by the auto route (A8). The two nearest Carrefour hypermarkets are at Draguignan & Trans en Provence. Smaller supermarkets (Intermrche and Casino) are open on Sunday mornings in Lorgues, and most of the surrounding villages. Draguignan, the former capital of the Var, with its impressive county hall, provides a rich variety of individual shops, where you can buy clothes, handmade chocolates, pastries, and gifts. There is also a theatre, cinema, ten pin bowling and visiting funfairs. All the surrounding villages have a number of restaurants, serving primarily French cuisine. From the renowned Michelin-starred truffle restaurant Chez Bruno near Lorgues, to family-run French restaurants all offering 'le menu' or a la carte. For a change there are Chinese restaurants and pizza takeaways
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Lorgues is a great little town with plenty of restaurants and a nice market with good but expensive produce. It's well placed for excursions to the mountains and the coast alike.
The owners have gathered together lots of information for days out. We took their advice and headed into the hills on a really hot afternoon to the little hilltop village to the north which is both cool and spectactular.
A car is essential. The entrance from the main road is quite tight but you do get used to it.
The owners proudly showed us the main house which is huge and beautifully re-furbished. We had the apartment which is lovely too and by no means second best. It's really nicely furnished with a mix of simple contemporary pieces and some local market bargains. The open plan living/dining/kitchen space with views in 3 directions makes for convivial, lively atmosphere. There are books to read and lots of games provided for the odd dull day - not that there's many of those.
The kids had lots of space in their twin room and and although the double bedroom isn't that spacious there is a large wardrobe/store opposite the door.
Outside there are several discrete areas of garden and terrace to sit in at diferent times of the day. The pool is lovely, large and clean. It's too deep for our kids to touch the bottom which was a worry at first but by the end of the week they were both swimming without armbands.
We had a truly fantastic holiday and will be back - in fact we've already booked it for 2010
Lorgues certainly is a great centre for day trips inland and to the coast, but is lively enough itself, particularly on market day, with plenty of bars and restaurants. For a family of 4 or 5, the garden apartment is ideal, but for a bigger party, or 2 families, consider renting the whole house! One big asset is the location, which is very near the centre of the town, but the views out are almost rural. We hope to cultivate more of the 2200 sq.m. garden before next season, in addition to the garden and courtyard which Jon describes above.
Lovely villa with pool
We had a fantastic stay at Gill and Alan's villa in Lorgue. The highlight was definitely the pool which was beautiful and warm. There is lots of outside space too which is lovely. The weather was incredibly hot (38/39 degrees) so we struggled to stay cool at night but other than that is was a great holiday. Lorgues is a pretty provincial town and it was fabulous to be only a few minutes walk from the villa to the town. There are lots of simple restaurants to try out and beautiful villages to explore especially Tourtour. We also had a great day kayaking down the Gorge Du Verdon. We would definitely like to come back for another holiday! Thanks Gill and Alan.
Lovely Quist and yet central paradise
We (family of 4 - 2 kids 11 and 14) stayed a week at the Moulin in the beginning of July 17. We simple loved the house, especially the huge pool and the lovely garden, - spacious and private and yet only a 2 minute walk from the city centre. Lorgues has several great restaurants and is located in the rosé epi centre... Good super markets and a stunning Tuesday market (and a smaller on Fridays). The busy coast line is only an hour+ drive away - we made it to Saint Tropez (too hot though). We also visited Tourtour and the nearby Thoronet Abbey and best of all the wonderful Gorges du Verdon where we river rafted (Sport Passion). Book your stay now. This is a perfect place and well equipped 😄� Enjoy!
A tastefully restored house of very high quality
We have just returned from an extended stay at the garden apartment which has been lovingly restored to a very high standard. Alan and Gill have taken great care to preserve and create those all important ambient features that you hope to find in a Provencal villa.
We particularly enjoyed lounging around in the idyllic and well equipped pool environment after days out exploring the local area.
The location also provides a peaceful rural retreat with the convenience of being just a short walk from restaurants, bars and shops in the characterful town centre. You can also base yourself here to discover all of the other leisure activities and pursuits that Provence has to offer e.g. Beach, cycling, canoeing and visiting regional towns, villages and cities etc.
Alan and Gill were fine hosts albeit that they only arrived on our final day. No review would be complete without a special mention of Luce the caretaker who was so helpful and friendly and a delight to talk to.
We were very depressed on the day that we finally left and we would not hesitate to return or recommend this ideal holiday bolt hole to friends.
We do appreciate your generous comments - especially on the quality of the restoration. It certainly was a labour of love! We did try to keep as many of the original features while providing high quality modern amenities. The town centre location so close to shops, and restaurants, is a bonus, especially as the setting gives the impression of being in the country!
Janet and Alan, we look forward to seeing here again. Gill and Alan
Lovely Lorgues again!
Our family of 5 enjoyed another 2 week holiday in Lorgues staying in Gill & Alan's wonderful Garden apartment property. We are returning guests and quite simply love the property. The accommodation and kitchen/living area are to a very high standard but the outdoor facilities are superb. Gill & Alan are wonderful hosts and we would highly recommend the property.
Mark, Gillian & Family
Perfect home away from home!
This property is superb. As a family we have been coming for a number of years, and now that I have my own family, I was eager to see what it was like with a baby. Well, it couldn't have been better. Gill kindly let us use her grandchildrens cot and we had use of all I could possibly require for our baby boy eg high hair, bibs, beakers and toys! The pool is glorious and the grounds stunning. Gill and Alan have been working hard and the garden is glorious. It's a peaceful tranquil well equipped haven, but a stones throw from the lovely town of Lorgues, where we pottered down for 5 euro breakfasts and enjoyed a few meals out. Safe to say we have already booked for next year! Thank you!
Lorgues is a charming and friendly medieval village with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and a vibrant market every Tuesday morning. It is situated in the heart of Provence about one hour's drive from the airports at Nice or Toulon-Hyeres, and is the 2nd most wooded region in France. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and superb for touring, there are many historic villages and famous Provencal vineyards close by. An easy drive brings you to the beaches and lively resorts at Sainte Maxime (complete with Aquapark), Saint Raphael, Port Grimaud and Saint Tropez. Inland amidst breathtaking scenery, the Gorges du Verdon - the French Grand Canyon - and Lake St Croix, the largest lake in Provence, offer swimming, walking, sailing, white water rafting, kayaking and windsurfing. All just 45 minutes away. Other local attractions include the Abbaye du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans de Cascade, and the village of Chateaudouble set in stunning mountain scenery. Other Activities: There is also a table tennis table for use indoors or out.
Additional information about rental rates
All rentals start and end on a Saturday, except by prior agreement. A 25% deposit is required to secure a booking and final payment made 6 weeks prior to arrival. On arrival Euros 250 will be collected as a breakage deposit and returned to you prior to your departure. Long lets welcome, rates negotiable. Heating and electricity included, bed sheets and towels included, final cleaning excluded.