Les Lavandes

Côte d'Azur

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Split-level living room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with door to covered terrace. Archway to dining room with door to covered dining terrace. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, American fridge, washing machine, microwave). Cloakroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (bath, separate shower). Two double bedrooms (A/C) each with en suite shower room. Bedroom with single bed plus pull-out bed (can be made up as a single, twin or double on request) with en suite shower room. All bedrooms have door to terrace. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • Mezzanine over living room: TV/games room/reading area (TV, Video, PlayStation, piano). 
  • Outside: Tiered garden partly grassed, flowerbeds. Three covered terraces. Open terrace around pool. Built-in barbecue and gas barbecue. Table tennis. Boules equipment. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 6m) with wide Roman steps.

Spacious and elegantly styled, this substantial property offers comfort and quality in equal measure, as well as a blissfully secluded and peaceful setting amid woodland just a short drive from the picturesque hilltop village of Seillans, officially classed as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'.

A modern built house, yet with nods throughout to the Provençal style: wide arches and cool flooring inside, terracotta roof tiles and dry stone terracing outside, with rows of olive trees, rosemary and lavender in the sprawling grounds.

At the hub of the house, the wonderfully spacious living room has a double height ceiling which helps maintain a cool atmosphere and plenty of light floods in through two large glass doors. Here, an eminently comfortable home from home feel has been achieved, with furniture arranged in two seating areas as well as the more informal mezzanine above. A well-equipped modern kitchen sits beside the country style dining area, which in turn leads out to a covered dining terrace for delightful al fresco meals. Oriented towards the south, all rooms walk out onto various terraces which enjoy an outlook over the garden and, beyond that, superb far-reaching views across wooded hillsides.

As the property borders on forest, there are woodland trails to explore on foot or bike literally from the doorstep. Local provision shops and a selection of good restaurants can be found in Seillans (5km), a truly atmospheric 'village perché' with narrow cobbled streets and leafy squares. At some point during their stay, guests will certainly want to sample the wines produced at the nearby Chateau des Selves vineyard (2.5km), and lovers of French cuisine may be tempted to sign up for a course at the local cookery school which is run by a professional chef.

Keen golfers may want to try the two 9-hole courses at Terre Blanche (15km) and for some fun on the water head to Lac St Cassien (22km) where boat, canoe and pedalo hire is available. Furthermore, the bustle and glamour of the Cote d'Azur lies within easy reach to the south, with the celebrated resorts of Fréjus-St Raphaël and Cannes-Mandelieu under an hour’s drive.

  • Tiered grounds mean that young children would need supervision.
  • The pool has been fully fenced since these photographs were taken.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax of £2 per person per night, which will be added to the final invoice. Under 18s are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Les Lavandes

Take a cookery class

Book yourself on a course at the Institut Gastronomie Riviera in Seillans, and learn about French cuisine from a pro.

Go for a walk in the woods

Head out onto one of the forest trails surrounding the property, or meander to the local vineyard to stock up on the delicious rosé and other treats.

Wander...

...around the picturesque hilltop village of Seillans, as well as nearby villages such as Fayence, Tourrettes, Callian and Montauroux. Explore the cobbled streets and delight in finding a quintessential café or provencal market in the square.

A day out in Cannes

A 50 minute drive will take you to perhaps the most famous Riviera town, home to the highly acclaimed Cannes Film Festival. Take a peek at how the other half live by driving down the main drag of La Croisette which contains some of the most expensive real estate outside of Paris. Here, you can also find numerous designer name boutiques for some great retail therapy.

For golf fans....

.... try the two 9-hole golf courses at Terre Blanche, in nearby Tourrettes.

Day at the lake

Have some fun on the water by heading to Lac St Cassien where boats, canoes and pedalo hire are available. There are little lake beaches from which to swim, and café-restaurants for lunch and refreshments. Fishing permits are available too.

Gliding

The adventurous among you may like to try gliding at the nearby Aérodrome just south of Fayence - a unique way to enjoy the mountain and sea views of the Cote d'Azur.

Gorgeous scenery

Head northwest into the Var region to see the spectacular gorge, 25km long and 700 metres deep, formed by the Verdon river whose mineral deposits turn it a startling turquoise. Take a day to drive around the hairpin bends above the canyon, go walking or climbing in the National Park, or even hire kayaks to explore the waterways.

Art in Seillans

There are a number of galleries and studio workshops (ateliers) in and around Seillans, and further west in Salernes. Make a day of it and create your own unofficial ‘art trail’.

St Cézaire Caves

The tour of Les Grottes de St Cézaire takes you down through caverns with features including draperies, stalactites and stalagmites, many with a lovely rose color, eventually reaching the Gouffre Béant at the bottom where a underground river flows past.

Drive up to Mons

The narrow winding road is not for the faint-hearted but rewards you with an unrivalled 360 degree view from the main square, being one of the highest hilltop villages in the area.

Monkeying around at ‘Adventure Forest'

Approx. an hour and a quarter’s drive from Seillans, this high ropes course is set among trees overlooking the Verdon river. There is a series of challenges to tackle, between 2 and 12 metres off the ground, from tightropes, to rope swings and rope bridges! There are even two ‘death slide’ zip wires for the most daring, although of course everyone is harnessed for full safety.

Family day out to Espace Marineland

This massive marine park just outside of Antibes on the coast has over 4000 animals, including a tropical reef aquarium, a shark tunnel, polar bears and penguins, and shows of sea lions, orcas and dolphins. On the same site, there is also the Aquasplash water park, the ‘Far West’ theme park and Adventure Golf. Plus plenty of play areas, picnic spots and restaurants.

Visit Fayence on market day

This hilltop village is a delight to stroll around, its narrow cobbled streets snaking away from the main square, where the market is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb right to the top of the village for an outstanding view from the ruined chateau. Reward yourself afterwards with a refreshing ice-cream or lunch in one of the various restaurants dotted around the village.

Grasse

is internationally renowned for its perfume production, and offers ample opportunity to sample and buy perfumes and a wide variety of fragranced goods as well as discovering the origins of perfume making at the Fragonard, Molinard or Galimard perfume factories or at the fascinating Musée International de la Parfumerie. An antiques market is held at the Cours Honoré Cresp every Wednesday morning throughout the year.

Parc Zoologique de Fréjus

Built in 1971, this Zoological Parc stretches over a vast 20 hectares, which can visited either by foot or in the car. It boasts over 110 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds, and is a fantastically entertaining and educational day out for all the family.

Nearby

Towns

Seillans 10 mins
Fayence 15 mins
Fréjus 45 mins
Grasse 50 mins
Cannes 60 mins
Antibes 65 mins
Nice 70 mins

Beaches

Mandelieu-La Napoule 50 mins
Saint-Raphaël 50 mins
Sainte-Maxime 55 mins

Airports

Nice 60 mins
Toulon 80 mins
Marseille 105 mins
Avignon 130 mins
Nimes 140 mins
Times are approximate

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