Maison Melissande

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village

This light and airy home overlooks the dazzling sea on the French Riviera. The villa is located on the Giens Peninsula near the town of Hyères, which was once the playground of European royalty and aristocrats but is now a holiday location which the French like to keep to themselves.  

Maison Melissande is a spacious family home that has been lovingly decorated to reflect this area's artistic spirit, which is a hub for poets and artists. Stepping inside, you will enter an open-plan living space with comfortable sofas and a large dining table, perfect for evening meals looking out over the garden. The living area opens out onto the fully-fitted kitchen to create a social space. When you feel sleepy after a busy day at the beach, you can unwind in one of the four stylish bedrooms, one of which has a separate entrance for extra peace and quiet.  

Heading outside, you will discover a charming garden with lots of little tucked-away spaces. Outdoors there is an inviting private pool, a covered al-fresco dining space, comfy seating for reading a good book and even an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. The garden is also enveloped by staggering panoramic views over the cliffs and the Mediterranean Sea.  

When you need to pick up some groceries or pop out for a bite to eat, you couldn't be closer to the nearest amenities as the village of Giens is on your doorstep. This authentic French village is great to have so close. There are a wide range of shops and eateries here, historic streets to wander around and a bustling market on a Tuesday where you can pick up local produce and artisan gifts. Walk up to the viewing platform to take in the most breathtaking views of the sea and the nearby Golden Islands.  

Under 1km away, there is a fabulous little spot, the Port of Niel, which is lovely to stroll down to. The port is surrounded on one side by a pine forest which fills the warm air with a gorgeous fragrance. There is also a little beach, and the port itself is filled with colourful fishing boats. If you are looking for somewhere for dinner, there is a fantastic seafood restaurant famous for its fish soup and lavender sorbet, all prepared with local produce. After dinner, there is a gentle coastal walking route which can be followed. 

The closest large town is Hyères which is 13km away by car. Hyères is filled with historic streets and buildings from various eras as it has been settled for 2500 years! Here you can see ancient churches, medieval towers and pretty shop-lined squares. You will also notice many palm trees dotted around as the town is nicknamed the town of palm trees. The town is also known for its markets, and you will find a different one most days in the main square, the Place Massillon.

For a day out, why not visit the magical Golden Islands by boat, or drive to the City of Toulon, which is 29km away, or Saint-Tropez, which is 58km away.

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What you should know…

  • One of the sophisticated en-suite bedrooms is located in a separate annexe, ideal if any of your party want extra privacy.
  • Those with little ones or mobility issues should be aware that there are a few staircases around the building.
  • Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV Heating

Villa Interior (150m2)

Main House

- Open plan living space with sofas, TV, dining table and garden access
- Open kitchen with pantry, breakfast bar seating 4, oven, hob, fridge freezer
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC
- 2 x bedroom with double bed
- Bathroom with shower, sink and WC


- Annexe with independent access, bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC

Outside grounds (660m2)

- Salt water swimming pool with alarm system (8m x 4m, 1.4m deep) Open all year
- Covered dining terrace with table seating 8
- Al-fresco kitchen area with grill and barbecue
- Outdoor sofas and chairs
- Sun loungers


- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- TVs
- Washing machine


About the surrounding area of Maison Melissande
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Paragliding Boat Trips
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This lovely home is located on the unspoilt Giens peninsula in the South of France. With beaches, pretty towns and villages, hiking routes and picturesque islands all within easy reach, there is so much to do here on a trip with friends or family. 

As you leave the villa's gates, you will find yourself in the heart of Giens village. There are cafes, restaurants, bakers, butchers and a supermarket on your doorstep, ideal for picking up supplies for a delicious lunch. To sample some of the freshest local produce, visit the market held on a Tuesday in the charming main square. You can also visit the art gallery and medieval church and take in incredible views of the nearby Golden Islands from Giens village.  

Additionally, there are several beaches within 1.5km of the house which you could walk along. These are small, pebbled coves, and there are plenty of white sandy beaches along the coastline. Some of the finest beaches in the South of France can be found on the Golden Islands, which you can easily visit.  

Take a boat from Port de la Tour Fondue, 2.8km from the serene, protected islands, each with their own character. The trip takes around half an hour by shuttle boat, or choose to take a more extended trip which stops off at coves and swimming spots. There are three islands; you could visit all of them or pick one and spend the day there. Porquerolles is the largest island, and the gorgeous Notre Dame Beach is one of the highlights. The island is a paradise for those who want to get active and explore; you can hike, cycle, snorkel, swim in little coves and even take diving classes here. Porquerolles also has villages with plenty of places to have dinner and windmills, lighthouses, old churches, and medieval forts to discover. The two smaller islands are also definitely worth visiting; Port-Cros is a picture-postcard island with no cars and fantastic hiking routes, and a long history of pirate attacks that you can learn more about. Le Levant, the third island, used to be a historic prison colony and is now a hub for naturists. 

Back on dry land, you can spend the day visiting Hyères, which is the nearest town and is 13km away from the house. As the town was founded 2500 years ago, history lovers have lots to see. As you enter the old town through the Porte Massillon gate, you can wander the winding streets filled with pretty, pastel-hued buildings which lead to the main square, the Place Massillon. Visit the Tower of Saint-Blaise, a 12th-century tower which was once a base for knights during the crusades and the Gothic church of St Louis. The town also has a wealth of shops, restaurants, daily markets and some lovely places for walks, such as the castle ruins or the park of St Bernard. 

If you would like to explore some more of this area, then the port city Toulon is just 29km away, or glamorous Saint-Tropez is a 58km drive away.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulon Hyères Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Provence Airport


Nearest Train Station Hyeres


Nearest City Toulon


Nearest Supermarket

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Beach

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Ferry Port


Nearest Restaurant

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Golf Golf Valgarde


Nearest Tennis TC Hyerois



The Provençal way of life is one that’s deeply tempting for anyone who’s been feeling the need to get away from it all. This is a place where the Mediterranean weather turns fields of corn and lavender into picture-perfect backdrops, where you can sip your locally bought wine and enjoy the landscapes before heading out and tackling them head-on with a range of great activities for families, groups of friends and adventurous foodies. Better yet, our range of villas in Provence and chateaux and holiday homes in the Côte d’Azur make the perfect base to explore this enchanting region!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Maison Melissande is a brilliant base for exploring the towns and coastline of the stunning French Riviera. The home is located on the Giens Peninsula, a beautiful area slightly separated from the rest of the South of France. Lined with beaches and home to a quaint village and family-friendly walking routes, this is a great place to bring children.  

Olbius Riquier Park in Hyères is a lovely place to visit for the afternoon with the children. This vast landscaped garden covers over 17 acres and is the perfect spot for a family picnic feasting on supplies from the local markets. Here you can stroll around the botanical gardens and the lake, visit the greenhouses filled with tropical plants, and there is also a small petting zoo, playground and a land train for the kids.  

Just 8.5km away from the house, there is a fascinating place to visit with the kids, the ancient city of Olbia, a vast archaeological site. Here, you can see the city's homes, shops, and bathhouses founded in 325BC by Greek settlers. Many incredible remains have been found here from the Greek and later Roman inhabitants; this will help to bring history alive for your little ones as they walk around the old streets. If your party enjoys snorkelling, you can even see parts of the city lost to the sea by rising tides over the centuries.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge

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
- Bike hire

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Cooking and cocktail-making lessons
- Grocery shopping service
- Wine tastings
- Yoga
- Personal trainer
- Massage treatments
- Water sports and boat tours
- Concierge service
- Babysitting

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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Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €5000 charged to client’s credit card by the owner one month before and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
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.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Saturday.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable direct to owner before arrival (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs High chair and cot are available on request.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Jul 27th 2024 £10,062
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 £13,417
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 £10,062

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Jul 27th 2024 €10,916
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 €14,557
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 €10,916

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Jul 27th 2024 $12,015
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 $16,021
Aug 24th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 $12,015

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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