Bastide Var

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3


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Set in a little hamlet surrounded by woodland, just minutes from the beautiful Lac de Saint-Cassien, this fine family home is a wonderful place to relax in lovely surroundings.

Bastide Var offers both character and comfort with traditional features alongside modern amenities. The traditional Provençal house has wood-beamed ceilings and a grand stone fireplace in the welcoming lounge, five sensitively restored bedrooms and three modern bathrooms. The owners are experienced in knowing what guests are longing for in their holiday home and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll receive a particularly warm welcome from the house manager, a former hotelier, who can organise all sorts of services you may wish for from a chef to babysitting and much more.

One of the most striking aspects of this homely bastide is the superb summer kitchen which as been brilliantly equipped with everything you may need, including a wine-fridge, hob, barbecue and pizza oven. Feast al-fresco on warm afternoons, drinking Provençal rosé as kids play on the little swings and slide in the pretty garden, surrounded by the summer scent of lavender. The large swimming pool is a delight in the summer or you can watch on from the sun-loungers and outdoor lounge. Whether staying with family or friends, the outdoor space is an ideal rural sanctuary for all generations.

You can hire bikes just up the road where you will also find a bakery, pharmacy and a couple of places to eat. You are also perfectly positioned to drive to the nine perched villages Pays de Fayence, the nearest being just 5km away with a delightful weekly market and charming artisan craft studios. Others include medieval Callian with its flower filled lanes, picturesque Fayence with some wonderful cafes and restaurants and incredible Seillans, one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

The surrounding region also offers walking paths through forests of oak and pine trees, discovering river gorges and all sorts of wildlife plus the magnificent Lac de Cassien, just minutes away, with its lakeside beaches, summer watersports and endless trails for hiking, biking and horse-riding.

As well as this wonderful natural scenery, you can also reach the beaches of the French Riviera within half an hour. Swim in the Mediterranean, take boat trips out to beautiful islands or soak up the glitz and glamour of the Côte d'Azur in nearby Cannes. The Var in southern France really does have it all!

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What you should know…

  • Bear in mind the stairs leading up to the second floor are fairly steep
  • Even though you can hire bikes just down the road, car hire is necessary in order to reach the supermarket and to be able to explore the region fully and reach the charming hilltop villages

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interior

Ground Floor (entrance via steps)

- Open-plan living room with fireplace
- Open-plan dining area with table for up to 8 guests
- Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, oven, American fridge-freezer with ice-machine and microwave

First Floor

- Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath and WC
- Double bedroom
- Triple bedroom with bunkbeds and single bed
- Bathroom with shower and WC

Second Floor (via steep stairs)

- Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and WC
- Triple bedroom with three single beds

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (12mx6m, depth: approximately 1m-2.2m) with pool safety alarm. Open approximately June to end-September (other dates on request)
- Summer kitchen with oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher and wine-fridge
- Charcoal BBQ
- Weber Gas BBQ
- Pizza oven
- Covered al-fresco dining area
- Sun loungers (x8)
- Al-fresco lounge area
- Garden with children’s play area
- Boules court
- Laundry room
- Private parking


- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Smart TV (international channels via SKY)
- DVD player
- DVD library (all ages)
- CD player
- Log fire
- Boules


About the surrounding area of Bastide Var
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Bastide Var is set in a small hamlet just a short drive from a beautiful French village in the Var department. Just over 1km away you will find a bakery, pharmacy, a couple of places to eat and a little further away there is a large supermarket. There’s also a place where you can hire bikes just down the road.

Within a five to ten-minute drive you will reach a beautiful French hilltop village, one of the nine perched villages of the Pays de Fayence. Wander around and discover the village’s historic charm with narrow lanes, pretty fountains and studios creating artisan crafts. Visit on a Tuesday morning to experience the weekly market and throughout the year there are all sorts of events and festivities organised by the townhall. 

Other stunning perched villages include Callian (6km) with its medieval castle and flower filled alleyways, fortified Seillans (15km), one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ and Mons (23km), one of the Var’s highest villages, an incredibly picturesque place for lunch with a view of the sea and mountains. Fayence (9km) is also a short distance away with its many restaurants and cafes as well as a morning market on a Tuesday and Saturday.

The landscapes of oak and pine forests offer wonderful opportunities for hiking, passing incredible scenery such as waterfalls, stone bridges and the Siagne river with its gorges where you’ll find locals splashing around to cool off from the summer sun. There’s also rock-climbing, fishing and bird-watching opportunities here, not to mention cycling trails including off-road paths through the woodland.

There are further walking trails around the magnificent Lac de Saint-Cassien, just a five-minute drive away (or 2-3km hike) as well as fishing, watersports and lovely spots for a lakeside picnic. The lake offers rowing, canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing and pedaloes as well as an aquatic park with giant inflatables at nearby Okwide Plage. Other activities here include mountain biking, buggy tours and horse-riding treks.

Golf-lovers have a choice of many courses in the area, including the prestigious Terre Blanche Golf Resort around a ten-minute drive away. For a true adrenaline fuelled experience you can book a flight excursion at the well-known gliding centre in Fayence or head further inland to the Verdon Gorge with its incredible canoeing and white-water rafting.

Another great aspect of the Var department is your proximity to the sea with the French Riviera just over half an hour away. Visit Théoule-sur-Mer (31km), Cannes (34km) and Antibes (44km) or take a boat excursion out to the Île Sainte-Marguerite for a wonderful day out. The beautiful beaches and the glitz and glamour of the Côte d'Azur awaits you!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nice Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Airport


Nearest Train Station Cannes


Nearest Restaurant


Nearest Supermarket


Nearest Village


Nearest Town/City Mandelieu-La Napoule


Nearest Golf Terre Blanche Golf Resort


Nearest Tennis


Nearest Beach



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

You’re in a fantastic location for reaching the wonderful Lac de Saint-Cassien. It’s just a 5-minute drive to Okwide Plage where you’ll find all sorts of activities in the summer months such as pedalo hire, stand-up paddle boarding and a great aquatic park with giant obstacles.

Other activities around the lake include canoeing, kayaking, sailing as well as fishing and bird-watching stations. There are also lakeside horse-riding treks, mountain biking and walking trails and some lovely spots just for a picnic by the lake.

There are many other walking trails across this part of the Var department, following paths through the woodland, many suitable for children depending on their age and level. Saint-Paul-en-Forêt even has its own nature trail which was created by the village’s children, showing information as you explore, discovering all sorts of amazing flora and fauna. The gardens at Les Bambous du Mandarin, just a few minutes by car, is another pleasant place to spend some quiet time walking around.

There’s also lots of family fun to be found around Antibes with its waterparks, summer fun fairs and amusement parks, as well as boat excursions departing from marinas in Cannes and Antibes.

Of course, the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera are just over half an hour away with Théoule-sur-Mer, Cannes, Antibes and many other places along the Côte d'Azur so close.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Slide
  • Swings
  • Climbing frame
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra maid service
- Babysitting
- Chef service
- Taxis
- Other services guests may require (in the past these have included yoga instructors and gym membership)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay cleaning is included on a Saturday for guests stays of 7+ nights. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately June to end-September (other dates are on request). Please note cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights (June to September). Shorter stays are on request during all other periods.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £4,042
Aug 29th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £1,949
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 £1,949
Jun 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 £2,747
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 £4,042
Aug 28th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 £1,949
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 £1,949

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €4,193
Aug 29th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €2,021
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 €2,021
Jun 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 €2,849
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 €4,193
Aug 28th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 €2,021
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 €2,021

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $4,749
Aug 29th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $2,290
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 $2,290
Jun 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 $3,227
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 $4,749
Aug 28th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 $2,290
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 9th 2022 $2,290

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Bought this property in 2001 and started renting from then onwards. Have hosted 3 kids christenings, multiple Christmases and of course very long lazy summers since then. Love the area so much we bought 3 further properties.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
When thinking of the Southern France experience you want the terracotta tiles, the stone walled bastide, character, big pool, plenty to do (or not do if lazing is preferred) and this offers the lot. Space for two families easily. Skiing under an hour away. Gorges du Verdon, Monaco, Cannes, Italy all within an easy hour.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
200+ years old as part of an old farming hamlet, once owned by different parts of the same family.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Won’t mention them but you will see the Swedish Royals, Mikka Hakkenen (the F1) driver and others in the area.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?
Kids will enjoy the activities on the lake. Tree climbing in Grasse is also good at Riviera Nature.

Must eat?
Moulin de la Camandoulle is the winner for us. Old Mill with roman viaduct in the grounds. Gorgeous. And the biggest cheese board you will ever see.

Must see?
Cannes, Monaco, Nice, Valbonne market can be busy but is an experience, Gorge du Verdon is stunning.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Unpack your shopping straight into the outdoor kitchen and base yourself there. No need for using the house except for sleeping as the exterior is well-equipped for lazy sunny days.


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