Les Lauriers

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

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This is the type of place that guests return to year after year. There’s no surprise with its stunning views, glorious swimming pool and hillside setting within walking distance to a beautiful medieval village. All of this and you are only 30-minutes from the French Riviera. 

Les Lauriers is a fantastic holiday home for so many reasons. Inside, the interiors are incredibly attractive with a charming country kitchen, elegant dining area and cosy lounge, all with doors leading to a perfect terrace with tremendous views. Upstairs you’ll find three comfy bedrooms and across the home there are three smart bathrooms, one of them en suite. The owners have thought of everything with homely touches such as Satellite TV with UK channels, children’s games and Wi-Fi throughout, alongside high-quality furnishings and pretty décor. In a private setting, this is a fantastic home for all ages!

After wandering down to the local boulangerie in the morning, enjoy breakfast on the kitchen terrace looking out to the surrounding countryside. Steps lead up to the swimming pool on the upper level where you can gaze out towards the village’s medieval castle and admire the magnificent valley views as you laze in the sun, making the most of the villa’s south-facing position. As the evening approaches, relax on the upper terrace with an aperitif and watch the sun set for the day.

Discover some of the lovely restaurants in the village, reached in under a ten-minute walk if you don’t mind the hilly walk back! It’s one of the Pays de Fayence’s nine perched villages; others include Montauroux, Fayence and beautiful Seillans where you can enjoy excellent restaurants, visit atmospheric markets and admire the spectacular scenery of this incredible region.

Walk along the shores of the stunning Lac de Saint-Cassien, a short drive away, or partake in summer watersports, horse-riding and mountain biking. Hike through the oak and pine forests so near, splash in the gorges of the Siagne river and play golf in one of the many golf courses across the French Riviera, including the prestigious Terre Blanche Golf Resort just a ten-minute drive away.

The beaches of the Côte d'Azur are just a 30-minute drive away with Cannes, Antibes and Nice ideal for coastal days out or head further inland to the Verdon Gorge, one of France’s most spectacular natural sights. This said, as so many guests declare, once you’re relaxing by the swimming pool at Les Lauriers, it becomes hard to venture too far with such wonderful views around you.

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What you should know…

  • It’s worth noting there are steps to the upper swimming pool and some low walls and horizontal bars around the pool and terrace
  • When leaving the house with the car,  you reverse out of the drive and up a little, as it is a one-way system – once you have done it once you will soon become used to it!
  • Due to the hillside position, the 10-minute walk down to the village is uphill to return

Property Features

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

Villa Interiors

Ground Floor (split-level)

- Open-plan living area with satellite TV and sofas. Doors lead to covered terrace 
- Open-plan kitchen-diner, well-equipped including a dining table and chairs
- Wet room with shower and WC
- Guest WC

Upstairs

- Bedroom with super king-size double bed and en suite shower room 
- Bedroom with super king-size double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds and wash basin
- Family bathroom

Outside Grounds

- Salt-water swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth: up to 2m) with safety alarm
- Upper poolside terrace with sun-loungers
- Upper al-fresco dining terrace with gas barbecue
- Covered terrace with table and chairs
- Terraced grounds

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Satellite TV with UK channels
- CD library
- Games for children
- Fans
- Safe
- Pool inflatables
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Les Lauriers
Walk to Village 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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Les Lauriers is set in a wonderful hillside position just a short walk from one of the delightful perched villages of the Var department in southern France, just half an hour from the French Riviera.

It’s less than a ten-minute walk down the hill to the village (very much uphill on the way back!) or if you’re not so keen on the hilly surroundings then pop in the car and be there in a couple of minutes. This charming village with its medieval castle is perfect for picking up fresh croissants and bread in the morning or simply wandering down to one of the many restaurants in the evening. There’s also good choice of large supermarkets a short drive away.

This village is one of the nine perched villages of the Pays de Fayence; others include Montauroux with its Tuesday morning market and artisan craft studios, Fayence with its lovely restaurants, cafes and twice-weekly Farmer’s market and idyllic Seillans, classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. You can even follow the winding roads up to Mons, one of the highest villages in the Var department with incredible mountain and distant sea views.

Lac de Saint-Cassien (10km), around a 15-minute drive away, is a perfect spot for long hikes, horse-riding, picnics on lakeside beaches and summer watersports with canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards as well as fishing.

Those seeking other natural landscapes for outdoor activities should escape to the oak and pine forests covering so much of this area. Discover little gorges, waterfalls and stone bridges along the Siagne river as well as great cycling trails, bird-spotting opportunities and rock-climbing. Further afield, spend the day canoeing, white-water rafting or just admiring the amazing vistas when visiting the Verdon Gorge.

You are also close to the Mediterranean sea – visit some of the Cote D’Azur hot-spots such as Cannes (40km), Antibes (50km) and Nice (58km) or drive to some of the brilliant beaches near Théoule-sur-Mer (35km) or Saint-Raphaël (35km). Boat excursions depart Cannes as far as Saint-Tropez, Villefranche-sur-Mer or Villefranche-sur-Mer or take a ferry to the beautiful Île Sainte-Marguerite.

Golf lovers have the prestigious Terre Blanche Golf Resort just a ten-minute drive away (as well as many other golf courses across the French Riviera), there are tennis courts in the local village and the famous flying school in Fayence is also close by where you can book flight-excursions, a unique way to view the magnificent scenery of this region!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nice

(57km)

Nearest Airport 2 Marseille

(168km)

Nearest Village

(600m )

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(600m )

Nearest Shop Boulangerie

(600m)

Nearest Supermarket E.Leclerc

(4km)

Nearest Beach Saint-Raphaël

(35km)

Nearest Golf Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort

(9km)

Nearest Tennis Near the village

(2km)

Nearest Town/City Cannes

(40km)

Nearest Train Station Cannes

(40km)

Kids

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

This is a great location for families with so many activities within a short drive.
Visit the beautiful Lac de Saint-Cassien where you will find lovely walks, horse-riding, picture-perfect spots for lakeside picnics, a summer aquatic park with inflatable obstacles and watersports such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boarding and pedalo hire.

There are many pretty walking trails across this region, many suitable for young kids such as the nature trail in Saint-Paul-en-Forêt that was created by the village children! Also look out for the great tree-top trail activity centre near Montauroux which also offers mini-golf and laser games.

The coast is close by with the French Riviera just half an hour away. Discover some of the lovely and family-friendly beaches for a day by the Mediterranean with Théoule-sur-Mer, Cannes, Antibes and Saint-Raphaël.

In the summer you will also find fun-fairs, water parks and amusements parks in and around Antibes as well as some great boat trips leaving from the marina in Cannes.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • 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

  • Board games
  • Pool inflatables
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Indoor Games

Extras

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 transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €500 charged to client's credit card as a pre-authorisation one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes and linen is changed mid-stay for stays of more than one week.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. 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.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Strictly outside only and with extreme care.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other events are not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £2,543
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £3,062
Aug 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2021 £2,543
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 £3,062
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 28th 2021 £2,543

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €2,634
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €3,172
Aug 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2021 €2,634
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 €3,172
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 28th 2021 €2,634

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $2,908
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $3,501
Aug 29th 2020 - Jun 26th 2021 $2,908
Jun 26th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 $3,501
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 28th 2021 $2,908

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?
Twenty extremely happy years full of dear dear memories and smiles - everything from family weddings, to christening parties on the upper terrace and many many friends sitting around the large circular table over looking the chateau below.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its incredible ability to wrap itself around you and allow you to sink into its heart. The views are spectacular and sunsets with a glass of bubbles on the terrace just transports you to an amazing level of karma and relaxation. No window or terrace is overlooked and yet you are in the most beautiful medieval village of Callian with its wonderful chateau on the peak of the hill almost an enticing finger touch just below you. I love the spring with the wood smoke rising from the valley chimneys, the white cherry blossom and irises  both in the garden and down in the valley. The smell of the mimosa on the terraces and its majesty of deep yellow against the deep blue skies of spring in Provence looking up and back behind the house. The summer brings the shade around the front door bedecked with  wisteria and deep red hanging flowers that come in June and flower to November. Then it is the turn of the oleanders splashing their blousy over abundance of flowers throughout the summer all around the terraces of the house with the window boxes of white flowers all along the front of the house terrace.  Winter is a different blanket of warmth and security spent in front of the raised open log fire - too hot at times! Suppers inside but often breakfast and lunch on the sheltered kitchen terrace as temperatures over 20 C are not unusual. The village is decorated with lights over the road and in the trees for Christmas and the olive trees festooned in olives ready to be made into our very own oil! The house comes quite simply with a drug that draws you back time and time again.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Two little girls - now in their late twenties/thirties came to the house as young teenagers and called it “La Maison du Bonheur” and how right they are.

We have had so many wonderful family occasions there from way back in the beginning when my eldest son got married in Montauroux and the house was full to bursting with friends arriving for a week of parties and fun. I served about four separate large lunches that day as friends arrived at different times.  Many special birthdays from guests who have used it as the base from which to fly from various parts of the world to celebrate together. Inter family/friends golf fun spent on the many many local championship courses.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
No just lovely normal people - but Picasso used to visit the house above!

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

Must do?/Must eat?/Must see?

They all come with wonderful intentions of doing so much but end up most of their stay at the house and on the terraces. Wonderful local restaurants from small bistros to Michelin Star standard. Huge amount to see and do from Chagall windows, local vine yards, Sea World, climbing in the tree canopies, local markets and a secret walk along the Siange with turquoise water and huge trout and rebuilt Hannibal’s bridge that he brought the elephants  over - a little exaggerated I think and without a SATNAV a little far from the alps!

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

Definitely the walk along the River Siange - it is in an isolated ravine with steep steep sides where you see the village of Cesaire way up above and then you walk through the woods to get near the little river of gin clear quality.

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Reviews

  • A little slice of heaven

    Posted by Sarah Bone on 08/01/2020

    I have been lucky enough to have stayed in this most wonderful charming 3 bed room villa overlooking the medieval chateau in Callian for several years. It is the most blissful place and seems to have restorative powers!

    The house is perfect for couples or two families, it is spacious and well-equipped and has various terraces to choose to dine from.

    The swimming pool is perfect to have lots of fun and is a tranquil place to relax after a busy afternoon on the lake.

    We were fortunate enough to rent the house for two weeks in summer 2019 and cannot wait to return this year.

    It is so well located, with supermarkets and restaurants just a few minutes’ drive away.

    The owners lovingly care for the property and are so helpful and welcoming. The house is scrupulously clean and is lovingly well maintained and has everything you could possibly require.

    You will be assured of a wonderful happy holiday when you stay, it is a little slice of heaven.

  • The photos do not do it justice!

    Posted by Bernadette Newton on 29/11/2019

    From the moment you arrive at Les Lauriers it will become your Sanctuary; the whole experience was totally amazing. The photos really do not do it justice, it's very difficult to capture serenity. The instructions received prior to our trip were so helpful, the directions got us straight to the door and while the villa is tucked away in the hillside, down a number of tiny lanes after a few trips out it was really easy to get to. The village is a walk away if you can manage hilly terrain, it will give you the exercise required to alleviate the guilt from the freshly baked croissants and bread from the bakery every morning or 2 minute drive in the car (well you are on holiday). The house book was packed with tips and ideas, this helped us plan our trip and avoid some well-advertised tourist spots at bad times.

    The house is so beautiful, it is obvious that the owners have exceptional taste nothing has been over-looked. There was everything you could have possibly wanted - really large fridge with ice maker, extremely well-equipped kitchen, BBQ. We were there in late October and although the weather was beautiful during the day the evenings were a little chilly however that was not an issue as there was an open fire with plenty of wood- perfect for an evening around the fire with a bottle of Red and a deck of cards. The bedrooms were so tastefully decorated and the beds super comfortable - choice of showers or baths - home from home.

    The outside space was equally magnificent, it was well thought-out with many terraces and eating areas which allowed you to enjoy the spectacular views. There was an area for everything, if you wanted to sit/lay in the sun and soak up the rays, shaded areas for relaxing and reading, breakfast terrace, lunch terrace afternoon tea, and most importantly sundowner terrace - the grounds are well maintained beautiful plants and flowers- we even got to pick out own tomatoes. There is a beautiful pool, sun loungers, umbrella for shade, as I say nothing has been overlooked.

    This is a perfect location to relax and unwind, the views and tranquillity of the hilltop villa will help you have a holiday to remember. We enjoyed a few day trips to Cannes, Nice and Antibes but couldn't wait to get back to our spectacular hilltop retreat. We went to the villa in Late October (over half term) my grandson (4) and teenagers (14 & 16) there was something for everyone. We can't wait to return.

  • The house is immaculately designed and decorated

    Posted by John on 25/08/2019

    We have been lucky enough to visit Les Lauriers several times over the past decade. It has stunning views over the countryside leaving the patio as the perfect place for drinks or a leisurely cigar after a long and fattening lunch. The pool is just right for a cooling dip and loved by all the children that we have been with. The house is immaculately designed and decorated. Surrounding and easily accessible supermarkets ensure that we’ve always put on weight during our stay as have the local restaurants. The Lake St Cassian and its fresh water is much nicer and more refreshing than the salty sea. The nearby mountains have miles of great walks along fresh and clear flowing streams of the Préalps d’Azur.

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