Situated in an acre of mature gardens at the top of a shady green valley, this spacious and airy Provencal villa has wonderful views over the Gulf of St Tropez. It has been recently renovated with a new kitchen, modern appliances, new furniture and updated bathrooms. The villa has a private pool and a games area in the garden and although not isolated is very private, a car is essential to enjoy the surrounding area. It is equidistant from Plan de la Tour, Ste Maxime and Grimaud where you will find a wide selection of supermarkets and restaurants. It is a short drive from the beaches of Port Grimaud and the local golf courses at St Maxime and Beauvallon and within easy reach of St Tropez. Nice airport is about an hour away by autoroute.
The spacious living foom has four sets of double doors leading to the garden and there is always a breeze coming up the valley - welcome in the heat of the summer. The large and well equipped kitchen/diner is a pleasure to cook in with a wonderful old solid oak table seating 12 people although we tend to eat on the covered terrace with those views of the sea. The bedroom wing has two doubles and two twins and each bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room. Each one is furnished to designer standards and the beds made up with crisp white Egyptian linen.
Outside there is a large gas BBQ so there is no need to visit those wonderful French restaurants, unless you enjoy eating that wonderful French food! The pool area has been decked to provide a lovely rustic setting and the matching pavilion provides shade for those who find the sun a little warm at times. It's also a splendid place to drink that cold rose wine that is grown around here and watch the sun go down over the hill.
There is a large gravelled entrance where several cars can be parked. This year we have just finished building a self contained one-bedroomed villa that sleeps 2-4 people (sofabed in the living room) so if you have more friends or family that you would like to invite, please let me know.
The countryside surrounding the villa is a wonderful place for walking or even running if that is your choice of exercise and you can walk over the hills to Ste Maxime or La Garde-Freinet in a matter of hours. Peter and his daughter, accompanied by Sam-dog have done both walks and there are detailed maps on the shelf in the living room. I stood by with the car in case they needed rescuing!
If sitting on the beach is more your thing then you are spoilt for choice with several wonderful beaches nearby including two at Port Grimaud and of course the famous Pampelone Beach where you can look for stars by night and by day. You can hire a boat locally, with or without a "permis" and bicycles and also available for hire. But in my view, the very best pastime is lying by the pool with a glass of something cold in reach.
There are many wonderful places to visit - Port Grimaud in two minutes or San Remo in Italy in two hours. Last year we visited the Les Gorges du Verdon which is 25 kms long and the deepest canyon in Europe where the views are absolutely breathtaking.
The unique characteristic of the locality is that you can do you as much or little as you feel like, enjoy the bling of those fabulous yachts moored in St Tropez or enjoy the splendid peace and quiet of the valley - or even both.