Mas des Issarts

Côte d'Azur

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Open plan kitchen/dining room (CD, oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to dining pergola. Utility room (washing machine). Shower room. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower). Corridor to garden room (French windows to terrace), mezzanine with two curtained alcoves each with single bed. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally). WiFi.
  • Open staircase (no bannister) leading to:
  • First Floor: Split level sitting room (TV, table football, fireplace) with French doors to terrace and balcony. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Study with door to terrace.
  • Second Floor: Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower).
  • Outside: Spacious grounds with open terraces. Private parking. In-built barbecue. Table tennis. Solar shower.
  • Private heated infinity swimming pool (12m x 6m) with corner Roman steps.

Set in the heart of the rolling hills above St Tropez and the Côte d'Azur, Mas des Issarts enjoys sweeping views over the wooded hillsides of the Massif des Maures. As you approach the property you are greeted by abundant olive trees, which are still farmed to this day, and the unmistakeable scent of lavender so characteristic of this region of France.

This delightful old stone farmhouse has been thoughtfully restored and comprises an eclectic mix of original features such as wooden beams, exposed stone walls and recessed alcoves with contemporary furnishings and vibrant 'tadelakt' walls - a Moroccan plastering technique which gives a wonderfully warm, smooth finish. Private and secluded, the property provides the perfect hideaway from the crowds, yet the coastal resorts are just 40 minutes' drive away.

The thick stone walls of the house naturally provide an element of shelter from the heat of the day, though sun worshippers will adore the large infinity pool, fringed by wooden decking, ideal for a lazy poolside afternoon and from where there are the most gratifying views over the surrounding countryside.

Inside, the spacious kitchen area is well equipped and has direct access onto the terrace where both a dining and seating area can be found. The large bedrooms are comfortable and colourful with modern bathrooms containing ornate stone basins and walk-in showers.

From the kitchen an open stone staircase leads up to the first floor living room where plump sofas enhance the relaxing environment that has been attentively created.

A small handcrafted iron balcony provides another spectacular viewpoint from which to admire this beautiful setting whilst the terrace at the rear of the property looks up to bounteous olive groves. A connecting corridor on the ground floor leads to a garden room with two curtained bedrooms on a mezzanine.

Nearby Callas (5km) is a charming Provençal village with a selection of amenities including cafés and restaurants. A short drive away is the medieval town of Fayence (17km), and in the other direction the superb golf course at St Endréol (14km) and the larger town of Draguignan.

The coast at Fréjus and St Raphaël is only 35km away and the bustling towns of Cannes and Nice are also easy day trips. A drive of about an hour and a half northwards takes you to the beautiful lake of Sainte-Croix and to the stunning Verdon gorges, the highest in Europe.

  • Local access is via an unmade track, unsuitable for low slung vehicles.
  • Open stairs leading up from the kitchen and terraced grounds mean that younger children may need supervision.
  • Apart from non-mobile infants, the minimum age requirement is 4 years old.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • When paying the Small Party Rate, both double bedrooms (ground floor and second floor) will be prepared. If you wish to have use of a twin instead of a double bedroom, please advise at the time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Mas des Issarts

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.

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'.

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.

Perfume in Grasse

It is approximately one hour's drive to the Grasse, known as the Perfume Capital. You can visit the perfumeries and the perfume museum to learn all about this specialist industry which continues to this day in the area, albeit with some different techniques. Also in Grasse, you can visit the gardens of the Viscount of Noailles, browse numerous boutiques and art galleries, and taste all the different flavours of their speciality sweets.

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 cecomes even more amazing the closer you get. Guided visits are available and many concerts take place throughout the summer in this great setting.

Tour the famous towns of the Cote d'Azur

Antibes, Cannes, Juan-les-Pins & Nice are all in easy reach and connected by the busy coast road or A8 autoroute. Go a little further and drop into the principality of Monaco.

Relax

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

Experience the local market

A local market is held in Callas on Saturday and Tuesday mornings, with larger markets in Fayence, Draguignan and Le Muy. It's always a great place to get tasty lunch ingredients, to brush up on your French and to mix with the locals.

Arts and crafts

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

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.

Go walking

in the woods above the house, or in the dramatic scenery of the nearby Pennafort Gorge.

Nearby

Towns

Callas 12 mins
Le Muy 20 mins
Fayence 25 mins
Seillans 30 mins
Cannes 65 mins
Nice 80 mins

Beaches

Sainte-Maxime 45 mins
Saint-Raphaël 50 mins
Mandelieu-La Napoule 55 mins
Port Grimaud 60 mins
Théoule-sur-Mer 60 mins

Airports

Nice 60 mins
Toulon 75 mins
Marseille 100 mins
Times are approximate

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