Château des Vignes

Côte d'Azur

  • 10-12
  • 5
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Web Ref: 1223
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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Dining room (A/C). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to rear terrace and garden. Cloakroom. Living room (TV, DVD). Bar with seating area (TV, CD, dishwasher, fridge). Shower room. WiFi internet access. Heating throughout the house (payable locally). Air conditioning is payable locally.
  • First floor: Two double/twin bedrooms (A/C) with en suite shower room. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (roll top bath). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom leading to linked room with single bed and pull-out bed. Double bedroom (four poster bed, A/C) with en suite shower room. Laundry room (washing machine).
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of 0.5 hectare consisting of garden with wooded area, dining terrace. Three ornamental stone 'bassin' ponds (1 filled, 2 empty). Barbecue. Table Tennis. Badminton, children's swing. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, with shallow 'beach' area 3m x 1.5m) set within an enclosed area.

A backdrop of vines, olive groves and woodland creates the quintessential Provençal setting for Château des Vignes, a stunning family home which has been transformed into a stylish and relaxing place to stay. Approached by way of a country lane that meanders past the owners' vineyards, the entrance is through a wrought iron gate into the front courtyard where a stone fountain and greenery evoke a tranquil atmosphere.

Steps lead up to the entrance hall where the original tiled floor, a high ceiling decorated in frescos and a double staircase set the scene.

The transformation of the interior has been a labour of love for the owners, who have retained the charm of the ancient building and infused it with modern touches, creating rooms that are effortlessly stylish.

The ground floor is given over to the living and dining areas. The spacious rooms exude grandeur with beautiful painted ceilings and tall windows that overlook the garden. In the salon, plump sofas in neutral tones are an invitation to relax whilst watching TV or enjoying after dinner conversation.

Tastefully furnished, the dining room leads into the well equipped kitchen, which in turn leads out to the rear terrace. A sophisticated finishing touch is the bar, a delightful room where you can gather for an apéritif before dinner.

On the first floor, the bedrooms are decorated in an elegant palette of colours, with coordinated fabrics and a vintage mix of furniture adding panache. All the rooms have their own en suite facilities, each one individually designed to complement its bedroom.

An al fresco dining area and the large garden are found to the rear of the house, where there is plenty of space for children to play. Mature trees dot the grounds and create pockets of dappled shade whilst a sunken stone 'bassin' is an unusual feature. Follow the path around the house to the side and you come to the pool which sits in its own enclosed area, accessed by a gate.

Careful thought has been given to the design of the pool: its colours reflect the surrounding olive trees whilst at one end, there is a shallow 'plage' or beach area for young children.

The village of Carcès is only 3km away and is an attractive bustling place with shops and restaurants. Nearby Lac de Carcès is a picturesque place for a walk, with further walks and sporting activities available at the Gorges du Verdon.

  • To the far side of the property is another building (accessed independently), occupied by the owners who maintain the grounds, pool and the surrounding vineyards.
  • Air conditioning and heating are payable locally.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Château des Vignes

Enjoy exploring

the grounds in and around Château des Vignes. As well as the garden, discover the countryside around the house - vineyards, olive groves and woodland.

Carcès

Visit Carcès, the nearest village, home to a good choice of shops and restaurants. It is a pretty place with medieval buildings and an open air theatre. Get fresh croissants for breakfast, pop in for lunch or a stroll before dinner.

The Lac de Carcès is close by

enjoy a walk around the lake taking in the peaceful and tranquil setting. If you are a keen fisherman, fishing is allowed on the lake. Ask at the tourist office for more details.

Discover the local wines.

Carcès is on the 'Route des Vins de Côtes de Provence' and there are numerous vineyards in the area where you can stop to try the local product. Ask the owners of Château des Vignes - they are vintners themselves. The produce of their vines is taken to the local 'cave'.

The River l'Argens

is great for kayaking and canoeing. There are a few companies in the area that organise supervised trips. Ask at the tourist office in Carcès for further information.

Entrecasteaux

Visit the chateau at Entrecasteaux, a rare example of Provençal architecture. With the look of a fortress but the allure of a bastide, the chateau has a particular charm about it. Open between Easter & October.

Cotignac cliff

Be amazed by the 260 ft high cliff which forms the backdrop of the village of Cotignac, and is riddled with caves. Walk along the special 'Promenade' to view the troglodyte homes, or attend the Festival du Rocher in July and August, which takes places in the theatre built into the village walls.

Head north to the Lac de Ste Croix,

which is at the start of the Gorges du Verdon. The lake is truly beautiful - a shimmery greeny-blue colour. Access to the lakeside is easy, and you will find beaches and picnic spots. You can also go canoeing and sailing on the lake - head for the village of Bauduen at the southern tip of the lake, and the village of Ste-Croix-de-Verdon along the northwestern shore to find the companies that offer these services.

Head south to the coast

and take the boat across from Giens Peninsula to the Ile de Porquerolles. A National Park, it boasts white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, and you will find no cars on the island!

Go celebrity spotting

and enjoy the high life in St Tropez (approx an hour's drive). But be aware that there are often queues of traffic either trying to get into St Tropez or trying to leave!

Domaine du Rayol

Visit the Domaine du Rayol in le Rayol Canadel along the Corniche des Maures - a beautiful site of plants and flowers from all over the world that flourish in this mild and soft climate.

A 'little corner of paradise'

A few kilometres west of the village of Correns (not far from Carcès) lies the Vallon Sourn - a 'little corner of paradise' as the local inhabitants call it. The valley with the River l'Argens running through it is home to many species of flora and fauna, many of which are rare. Go for a walk along the riverbank or if you are looking for something more active, try the rock climbing (but only for experienced rock climbers).

One of the wonders of Provence

The Grand Canyon du Verdon is one of the wonders of Provence. For many years it was inaccessible but there is now a road that goes right the way around the canyon, offering fantastic views. It takes all day and there are some hairpin turns and narrow parts but it is well worth it to see this gorge in all its glory!

Moustiers-Ste-Marie,

the village at the western gateway to the Grand Canyon, clings to the hillside, a jumble of stone houses with terracotta tiled roofs. It is famous for its 'faience' studios - the Provençal glazed ceramics. There are many places to buy the pottery as well as a museum of its history in the village.

Beaches

If you want to go to the beach, try the pretty small coves along the Corniche des Maures (between le Lavandou and la Croix Valmer), the spectacular coastal road. There are a number of little villages and towns dotted along the coastline with small white sandy beaches, and beachside cafes and restaurants. Have a seafood lunch or 'moules et frites' at one of the beach cafes, with the sand under your feet and the sound of the waves in the background.

Massif des Maures

The countryside inland from the coast is called the Massif des Maures where the hills are thickly covered with cork oaks, chestnut trees and umbrella pines. The D14 from Pierrefeu du Var leads to Collobrières, a village in the heart of the Massif. On the way, you will pass La Marchande, a forest centre with arboretum, nature trails, outdoor activities for children, and picnic areas. In Collobrières you will find the Confiserie Azuréenne where they make sugared chestnuts or 'marrons glacés'.

Relax

Take the pile of novels that you have always been meaning to read with you to Château des Vignes and spend the week working your way through them.

Visit the basilica at Ste Maximin-la-Ste-Baume.

This huge Gothic building can be seen from a distance, dominating the town. Impressive from afar, the scale of the building, with its 95ft high nave, becomes even more amazing the closer you get. Guided visits are available, and many concerts take place throughout the summer in this great setting.

Abbaye du Thoronet

Nestling in a wooded valley near Carcès is the Abbaye du Thoronet, a beautiful 12th century Cistercian abbey. Join a guided tour around the building and museum to discover its history.

Nearby

Towns

Carcès 6 mins
Entrecasteaux 17 mins
Brignoles 25 mins
Fréjus 55 mins
Grimaud 60 mins
Sainte-Maxime 60 mins
Saint-Tropez 75 mins

Beaches

Sainte-Maxime 60 mins
Port Grimaud 65 mins
Le Lavandou 85 mins

Airports

Marseille 70 mins
Toulon 70 mins
Nice 80 mins
Avignon 90 mins
Nimes 110 mins
Times are approximate

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