Sous le Chêne

Côte d'Azur

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher). Utility room (washing machine). Cloakroom. Double bedroom with doors to terrace. Double bedroom. Shower room.
  • First Floor: Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to covered balcony. Twin bedroom (low ceilings).
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds, partly laid to lawn. Summer kitchen with in-built barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8.5m x 4m) with Roman steps

Situated on the edge of the pretty Provençal village of St Cézaire, this delightful stone house has been meticulously created by the owner, a talented local carpenter, to display all the character of a woodcutter’s cottage whilst offering a comfortable and spacious feel throughout.

In the open plan living area, the traditional furnishings complement the caramel coloured stonework and thick wooden beams. The owner’s stamp continues throughout much of the house with items such as the delicately handcrafted grandfather clock and beautifully finished bench style dining table creating a deliberate rusticity and warmth.

White walls and soft rosy coloured tiles further accentuate the rustic theme to be found in the well appointed fitted kitchen which offers home from home comfort and practicality. Exposed beams and traditional décor continue in the bedrooms with the principal first floor bedroom boasting a very private balcony.

Attractive landscaped grounds encircle the house.. Walking out from the living room, a long covered terrace punctuated with flowering terracotta pots overlooks the swimming pool. Beyond the house, the terrace extends under a mature oak tree casting dappled shade over a spacious al fresco dining area complete with summer kitchen, again lovingly constructed in stone, wood and tiles.

Keen riders will be delighted to find stables only a brief stroll from the property, and there are also tennis courts in the village. St Cézaire-sur-Siagne is within walking distance (1.2km) offering local shops and restaurants, whilst a more comprehensive choice of amenities is available in popular Grasse (15km), famous for its perfumeries. For some of the most breathtaking views in the area, visit Auribeau-sur-Siagne (18km) with giddying views down the valley, or enjoy a leisurely drive around Lake St Cassien to the west (16km). Alternatively drive down to the coastal resorts to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur; the glamorous boutiques of Cannes and sandy beach at St Raphaël are easily reached in about 40 minutes.

The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Sous le Chêne

Les Grottes de St Cézaire

Take a tour of the caves in the village, and marvel at features including draperies, stalactites and stalagmites, many with a lovely rose colour. At the bottom you'll reach the 'Gouffre Béant' (the yawning chasm!) where a underground river flows past. A good choice of excursion for on a hot day!

Take a hike up the mountains

The Esterel Hills are a great place for mountain biking and walking. Take in the view of the stark red hills creating a striking contrast with the deep blue Mediterranean.

Get active!

There are tennis courts and horse riding in the village of St Cézaire.

Teeing off!

The Côte d’Azur has some excellent golf courses, with several in easy striking distance from the house. The nearest is the Golf du Claux-Amic to the north of Grasse. It is an 18 hole course, par 72, 5896m.

Tour of St Cézaire-sur-Siagne

Walk into the village for lunch or a coffee, looking out on the way for some of its notable features: two chapels that are now private houses, sundials mounted high on the walls, and the town hall housed in a former chateau. Leave time to take in the panorama from the Viewpoint. In the vicinity you will also find the ancient wells called Puits de la Vierge, prehistoric caves and megalithic sites.

Perfumeries at Grasse

Grasse's two established perfumeries, Fragonard and Molinard, both offer fascinating guided tours of their premises, to learn about the methodology and history of making perfume as well as the chance to test and buy their products of course.

Lac de Saint-Cassien

Lying just south of St Cézaire, this claw-shaped lake is a joy to drive around with opportunities to stop off for a meal in a waterside restaurant, or the more energetic may decide to hire kayaks or pedaloes and spend a couple of hours on the water.

Cannes

The place to be seen on the French riviera is the waterfront avenue La Croisette in Cannes, which hosts the highly regarded Film Festival in May each year. Whilst luxury yachts, designer boutiques and classy wine bars have become the order of the day, the old town La Suquet and the 19th century villas of the Quartier des Anglais hark back to a different era. If you enjoy a spot of retail therapy whilst on holiday, Cannes can certainly deliver!

Scenic drive...

The nearby hilltop villages of Callian, Fayence, Seillans and Mons make a pretty circuit for a leisurely afternoon's drive. The road up to Mons is not for the faint-hearted but is well worth the amazing view from the top!

Follow the Siagne

As well as exploring the attractive village of St Cézaire on your doorstep, you could follow the river Siagne downstream to Auribeau, another pretty village which clings to the hillside. The Siagne meets the Mediterranean ocean at Mandelieu-la-Napoule, with its beach and marina, and a 14th century fortified castle which was renovated in the 1920s by an eccentric American couple - the sculptor husband renovated the interior whilst the architect wife applied her talents to the gardens. The castle and gardens are open for view every day, as well as hosting regular music and arts events.

The Cote d'Azur is a treasure trove for art lovers...

Nice has a large number of galleries and museums, and you could easily spend a whole day exploring there. However the rest of the coast has much to offer as well... for example, St Paul de Vence has the Matisse Chapel and the Maeght Foundation art gallery, Mougins has an interesting Photography museum, and there are also museums dedicated to Fragonard in Grasse, Picasso in Antibes and Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer.

The Riviera

The beaches, marinas and chic boutiques of the French Riviera are easily accessible, around half an hour's drive away, with the nearest resort being Cannes-Mandelieu. The breaktaking scenic drive along the beautiful Estérel coastline is also a must-do.

Take cookery lessons

at Les Apprentis Gourmets in Cannes. Learn to cook authentic cuisine française!

Day out in Nice

Explore one of the oldest human settlements in Europe taking in the sights of the old quarter, Place Rossetti, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Place Massena which is the main square of the city. Held in the Cours Saleya, the daily morning Marché des Fleurs is a riot of colour and fragrances. Head up to castle hill for a superb view of the sweeping Baie des Anges and the Promenade des Anglais, and later reward yourself with a refreshing 'glace' on the beach!

The Verdon Gorge

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.

For film buffs...

...take a trip down to Cannes for the annual highly regarded Cannes Film Festival which honours the best of film-making.

Antibes

Enjoy getting lost in the little streets of the old town, and stop for a bite in one of the many restaurants. The oldest quarter sits south of the Old Port, and is also home to the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum. This museum looks out over the sea and it contains not only paintings but ceramics and drawings by Picasso which were donated by the artist himself.

Nearby

Towns

St-Cézaire-sur-Siagne 5 mins
Peymeinade 16 mins
Grasse 25 mins
Fayence 40 mins
Cannes 45 mins
Nice 50 mins
Antibes 50 mins

Beaches

Mandelieu-La Napoule 40 mins
Villeneuve-Loubet 45 mins
Juan-les-Pins 45 mins
La Croisette (Cannes) 45 mins
Saint-Raphaël 55 mins

Airports

Nice 50 mins
Toulon 100 mins
Marseille 115 mins
Times are approximate

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