Villa Amalie

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Sleeps: 34 Bedrooms: 15 Bathrooms: 16

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Beach Nearby Pets Welcome All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

This graceful French château is in a simply stunning location in the Esterel National Park on the French Riviera just minutes from the beaches of the Mediterranean. With fifteen elegant bedrooms and five beautiful reception rooms, this is the perfect place for a relaxing family retreat, a special celebration or a majestic and romantic wedding.

Villa Amalie was dreamed up by Lord Amherst at the beginning of the 20th century, much of the charm and character still remains to this day such as the antique furnishings, the grand staircase and of course the lovely views from the bedrooms of mountains, forests and the sea. Recent renovations have brought the villa back to its former glory with added modern amenities such as a heated swimming pool, gym, home-cinema room and pool table plus air-conditioning and WiFi throughout. The atmosphere here is one of romance with a strong sense of history in this dreamy location.

Exclusive services are included with your stay: a security guard, on-site guardians and maid will ease your stay. A private chef or chauffeur can be arranged, a private yacht can be chartered and a whole host of activities can be organised such as art classes, wine-tasting or sporting events in or near the villa.

It is indeed the perfect place for a unique event, celebration or wedding and a special team can be made available to you to ensure every need is catered for. Up to 80 guests can be seated in the historical reception rooms or dine al-fresco in the delightful courtyard surrounded by loggias and the fountain in this magnificent setting.

You are surrounded by woodland walks with direct access to the Esterel National Park and a stunning golf course is just a five-minute drive away. Yet within only five kilometres you can be in the nearby towns of Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël by the sea, each with a distinct character. Fréjus is an ancient Roman city full of monuments, whilst there's plenty of fun to be had in Saint-Raphaël (try the Casino Barrière by the sea)! For fine dining, stop by at the Restaurant Stéphane Léger - a worthy adventure outside your heavenly villa.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • All the bedrooms are en-suite except the three rooms on the top floor which share two bathrooms, an ideal space for families
  • The English speaking caretakers live in a separate apartment on site and are on hand if needed
  • Discounts may be available at times for bookings of smaller groups requiring less bedrooms - please enquire for further details and prices
  • Advertised rates are guide prices and the final price and/or any discounts will be confirmed at the time of booking

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Wheelchair Access Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site

Interior of villa

Ground Floor

- Three interlinked reception rooms with antique furnishings which can seat up to 80 guests for dinners and events
- Grand salon with antique furnishings and grand fireplace
- Petit salon
- Family kitchen, fully equipped, leading to al-fresco dining terrace and garden
- Professional kitchen for use during dinners and events
- Guest bathroom (with wheelchair access)
- Additional WC

First Floor

- Bedroom 1 with double bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom and separate WC. Cloister and mountain views
- Bedroom 2 with twin beds (90cm), en-suite bathroom and separate WC. - Forest and sea-views
- Bedroom 3 with double bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom and WC. Sea and pool views
- Bedroom 4 with double bed (160cm), en-suite bathroom and WC. Sea and pool views
- Bedroom 5 with twin beds (90cm), en-suite shower room and separate WC. Balcony with sea views. Adjoins to room 6.
- Bedroom 6 (junior suite) with double bed (160cm), seating, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and separate WC.  Balcony with St Tropez views. Adjoins to room 5
- Bedroom 7 (suite) with double bed (180cm) and open-plan bathroom, separate living room, shower room, two separate WCs. Sea and mountain views
- Bedroom 8 with double bed (160cm), en-suite shower room and WC. Mountain views
- Bedroom 9 with double bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom and WC. Forest/mountain views
- Bedroom 10 with double bed (160cm), en-suite bathroom and separate WC.  Cloister and mountain views
- Office with printer
- Laundry room

Second Floor

- Bedroom 11 with small double bed (140cm)
- Bedroom 12 with twin beds (140cm each)
- Bedroom 13 with small double bed (140cm)
- The above three bedrooms share one bathroom and one shower room, each with WC
- Living area with sofa-bed
- Roof terrace with stunning views

Garden level

- Bedroom 14 with double bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom and  separate WC, private terrace
- Bedroom 15 with double bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom and WC and garden
- Gym
- Home cinema and games room

Outside Grounds 

- Heated infinity pool
- Pool gardens with seating for up to 30 guests
- Cloister courtyard and loggias for al-fresco dining
- Boules
- Woodland area
- Direct access to Esterel National Park
- Ample parking
- Electric gates
- Security fences/cameras

Facilities

- Air-conditioning
- Heating
- Wi-Fi
- Sound system
- Home-cinema
- Lift
- Washing machine and dryer
- Iron
- Pool table
- Table-tennis
- Boules

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Amalie
Beach Nearby Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Horse Riding Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Located in the Esterel mountains with direct access to the Esterel National Park, Villa Amalie is only five minutes drive from the medieval village of Fréjus with its Roman amphitheatre and charming seaside town of St. Raphael. In both places you will find some interesting shops, fantastic restaurants and a good choice of bars. Don't miss the twice weekly Provençal market in the old town in Fréjus, a wonderful place to pick up fresh local produce. 

Those looking for sporting and cultural activities are in a prime location. The Golf and tennis Club of Valescure is just five minutes away by car and trekking and mountain biking can be organised in the Esterels. Sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing are available nearby at Agay Plage and St. Aygulf. Sailing trips to St. Tropez and the Lerin Islands are available daily and fishing and diving trips can be arranged.

The fashionable city of Cannes (35km) is within easy reach, here you can take a walk along the city promenade in Cannes, La Croisette, as you soak up the glitz and glamour that surrounds you. The city has a brilliant nightlife, some superb restaurants and a great choice of lovely sandy beaches, both public and private.  To discover Cannes from its days as a fishing village, head to the narrow labyrinth of lanes in Le Suquet, where the fishermen and their families used to live. Nowadays it has a magical atmosphere with pretty restaurants, bars and shops for visitors to enjoy.

Other delights of the French Riviera are easily reached such as historic Grasse (45km), in the hills north of Cannes, known for its perfume heritage and fields of lavender. Alternatively, drive south to the family friendly beaches and pretty town of Sainte Maxime (27km) and then onwards to prestigious St Tropez (42km) or during the summer months leave your car in St. Raphael and take a boat or even charter your own private yacht for the day.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nice

(60km)

Nearest Ferry port Nice

(60km)

Nearest Village St. Raphael/Fréjus

(4km/5km)

Nearest Town/City Cannes

(35km)

Nearest Restaurant St. Raphael/Fréjus

(4km/5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub St. Raphael

(4km)

Nearest Beach St. Raphael/Agay Plage

(5km/12km)

Nearest Golf Valescure

(3km)

Nearest Tennis Valescure

(3km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Heated Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Butler Available
  • Security guard
  • Chauffeur Service Available
  • Party Planner Available
  • 4 Hours of Daily Maid Services Included

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):

- Chaffeur service
- Additional housekeeping
- Babysitting
- Private chef for your stay or special events
- Cookery lessons
- Sports coaches
- Wine tasting
- Art lessons on site
- Cultural and sporting activities
- Private yacht hire with skipper and crew

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!

 

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Event information

Villa Amalie 

This stunning venue is only minutes away from the beaches of the French Riviera, with forest and mountain views and glimpses of the sea from some of the bedrooms. This is an idyllic choice for your nuptials and your closest friends and family will love staying with you here in great comfort and style. The gardens by the sparkling pool are perfect for a romantic ceremony before the wining and dining begins by the fountain in the peaceful cloistered courtyard or in the elegant period reception rooms. Indeed, a happy bride described her wedding here as being “one of fairy tales”. 

Wedding Reception
An outdoor reception for up to 80 people could take place in the historic cloisters or in the gardens surrounding the swimming pool. 

An indoor reception for up to 80 guests could be held in the three interconnecting period reception rooms which overlook the pool gardens. 

Dancing and music is able to continue in the reception rooms until 3am or outside in the cloisters until midnight. 

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony for up to 80 people can take place in the gardens or cloisters. 

There is also a church with a large capacity 5 minutes’ drive from the villa. 

There is a chapel on site for photographs only – it is too small for ceremony. 

The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant. 

Where to Stay
32 people can sleep at the villa and there is a wide range of hotels nearby for an unlimited number of extra guests to stay. 

The owners are able to supply details of local transport firms. 

Wedding Planning
The on-site manager of the villa is the venue’s wedding planner or the clients may prefer to use their own planner. 

Catering
The owners can recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own – there is a professional kitchen on site. 

Other information 

Dancefloor hire is required for outdoor dancing in the cloisters. 

During July & August, there is a minimum stay of 1 week. Other months, 2 nights. 

Guests not staying at the villa are asked to leave by 2am. 

The venue requests that no marquees should be used at the property – indoor options are available in the case of bad weather. 

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 A security deposit of 15,000 euros is required. This cheque will be returned at the end of the stay if no damage has been caused.
Arrival time Flexible.
Departure time Flexible.
Energy costs included? Energy costs are included.
Linen & towels included? Towels and bed linen is included.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Any day of the week.
End of stay cleaning included? End of stay cleaning is included, on the condition that the villa is left tidy and reasonably clean.
Smoking Allowed? Outdoors only.
Insurance An insurance policy will be required for the duration of your stay. We can assist with arranging this.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs There are separate hire costs for the commercial kitchen and the Tower Suite should you wish to use them - please enquire.
Minimum stay 2 nights, except July and August when 7 nights.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 34 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Sep 1st 2019 - - - - £64,115
Sep 1st 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 £32,058 £37,428 £42,797 £48,167 £57,704
Oct 1st 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 £32,058 £34,743 £37,429 £40,114 £44,881
Jan 1st 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 £32,058 £34,743 £37,429 £40,114 £44,881
Apr 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 £32,058 £37,428 £42,797 £48,167 £57,704
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - £64,115
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £32,058 £37,428 £42,797 £48,167 £57,704
Oct 1st 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 £32,058 £34,743 £37,429 £40,114 £44,881
Jan 1st 2021 - Feb 18th 2021 £32,058 £34,743 £37,429 £40,114 £44,881

Prices based on an occupancy of 34 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Sep 1st 2019 - - - - €67,188
Sep 1st 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 €33,594 €38,964 €44,333 €49,703 €60,469
Oct 1st 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 €33,594 €36,280 €38,965 €41,651 €47,032
Jan 1st 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 €33,594 €36,280 €38,965 €41,651 €47,032
Apr 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 €33,594 €38,964 €44,333 €49,703 €60,469
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - €67,188
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €33,594 €38,964 €44,333 €49,703 €60,469
Oct 1st 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 €33,594 €36,280 €38,965 €41,651 €47,032
Jan 1st 2021 - Feb 18th 2021 €33,594 €36,280 €38,965 €41,651 €47,032

Prices based on an occupancy of 34 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Sep 1st 2019 - - - - $74,546
Sep 1st 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 $37,273 $42,643 $48,012 $53,382 $67,091
Oct 1st 2019 - Jan 1st 2020 $37,273 $39,959 $42,644 $45,329 $52,182
Jan 1st 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 $37,273 $39,959 $42,644 $45,329 $52,182
Apr 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 $37,273 $42,643 $48,012 $53,382 $67,091
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - $74,546
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $37,273 $42,643 $48,012 $53,382 $67,091
Oct 1st 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 $37,273 $39,959 $42,644 $45,329 $52,182
Jan 1st 2021 - Feb 18th 2021 $37,273 $39,959 $42,644 $45,329 $52,182

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

Property Owner
Morag

How long have you owned the property?
08 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The beauty and grace of the chateau and the stunning surrounding countryside of the Esterel national park whilst only minutes from the sea.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The chateau was built by Lord Amherst of London in 1904. British nobility choose the area for the healthy air and peaceful environment. Lord Amherst helped to fund Howard Carter's trips and excavations of the Tutankhamun tomb.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Simon Cowell and the X factor team. Simon chose it as his Judge's house for the girls! Sir Phillip Green and friends all came for a picnic in the garden.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
Mariah Carey wanted white flowers everywhere and a grand piano perched by the pool and Simon Cowell requested black straws and copious amounts of chocolate and ginger!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Visit the excellent local vineyards and sample the provencal wines.

Really eat?
Wonderful fresh sea bass and bream caught locally.

Really see?
The stunning creeks and red cliffs and go on a coastal trek.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Aperitifs by the pool as the sun sets is fantastic followed by candlelit dinner in the historic cloisters, wonderful and very romantic. The area is excellent for water and land sports and local beaches are very child friendly.

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Reviews

  • A Fairytale Stay!

    Posted by Nadia & Gisle on 12/12/2017

    Lou Casteou is simply stunning! Beautiful location and amazing hosts. Our big day was one of fairytales. It is very hard to sum it up as Villa Amalie is just so spectular...Thank you!

  • I Loved It!

    Posted by Ruth A. on 26/09/2017

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my 3rd stay at Villa Amalie. I just love it every time, so I take my hat off to you Morag, and the guys, for maintaining such an incredibly high standard year after year. I always look forward to it and it never fails to deliver. Very much look forward to meeting again.

  • Amazing Stay!

    Posted by Lynn N. on 10/05/2017

    Huge thanks to Morag and all of the team. Villa Amalie is a very special place with the warmest hospitality, attention to every detail to enhance the stay and great food, wine and Company just make it - fab-u-lous!

  • Magical Stay!

    Posted by M. on 08/05/2017

    Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I felt so welcome and pampered from the moment I arrived. Fantastic food, tantalising tennis, sensational setting. You've created a magic formula, can you please reserve me a week for next May!?

  • A Dream Wedding!

    Posted by Wenche on 29/04/2017

    Thank you for all your hospitality, it a was an adventure for us to have the wedding at Villa Amalie. It was a dream! The atmosphere was fantastic and we have memories for ever fro the event. The service and attention and follow up were perfect. Thank you again for all your help. We will certainly see you next spring.

  • Excellent

    Posted by Nelly Radfar & Max Jalayer on 24/09/2016

    Morag, I will have to echo what everyone has already said. You have been a truly amazing host and we both thank you genuinely for making our stay at Villa Amalie so memorable. Your entire team was fabulous and we experienced nothing but excellence!...Thanks again!

  • Merci Beaucoup

    Posted by Michael on 02/09/2016

    Thank you so much for a really wonderful stay. Everything was 5*… As for Vanessa and her lovely family, and of course the most beautiful Janice, what can I say other than merci beaucoup, probable uttered in my inexcusably poor French accent - so sorry for that, I felt so at home and so pampered. My very best of wishes, as ever, Michael.

  • Amazing chateau in a wonderful location!

    Posted by Rita & Mike Cullen on 12/07/2016

    The chateau is amazing & in the most wonderful location. The food was exquisite, thank you Jonathan. Wilfred, Vanessa & Romane all did a fantastic job in looking after us in your lovely approachable manor. It really is a beautiful area…. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

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