Villa Dumas

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village RWC-Marseille RWC-Nice

Stay in your very own corner of Provençal paradise at this beautiful villa set in the forest, just a leisurely walk to a pretty market town and within a 40-minute drive of the French Riviera.

Take in the calming scenery around you as you head through the gates of Villa Dumas, surrounded by the aromas of pine trees and summer lavender. There are bursts of colour across the beautifully landscaped gardens alongside little stone walls, pretty steps and the most charming of terraces. Cook meals al-fresco by the plancha, dine with friends or family under the cast-iron pergola, then retire in the outdoor lounge with a glass of wine, perhaps from the vineyards of nearby Château de Berne.

The air-conditioned interiors offer both style and space with a living and dining area opening up to the elegant farmhouse kitchen with a Lacanche stove and other high-end appliances. The main villa is home to two double en suite bedrooms including a sumptuous master double with a contemporary walk-in shower,  as well as a bunk-bed bedroom suitable for children. A studio annexe offers a third double bedroom with its own entrance, a great option for a couple or grandparents wanting a little extra independence.

Set in the woodland with other houses dotted across the neighbouring countryside, keen walkers can stroll along the country lanes to the restaurants and shops of the small local town. It’s typically Provençal in character with authentic buildings, fountains and a wonderfully traditional market on a Tuesday morning.

Other delightful market towns and villages close by include Draguignan, Vidauban and Flayosc or drive further afield towards Aups, the gateway to the incredible Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon and its world famous gorges beyond. Find horse-riding nearby, canoeing and kayaking along the Argens river as well as so many cycling routes and hiking trails. Also look out for festivities, night markets and brocantes taking place across the Dracénie region in the summer months.

The French Riviera also awaits whether spending the day in historic Fréjus, sun-bathing on the shores of Saint-Raphaël, enjoying the beaches around Sainte-Maxime or soaking up the glamour of Saint-Tropez. You could even drive as far as Cannes, Antibes or Nice for a superb day out or stay closer to home and explore the mountain villages of the Massif des Maures before heading back to your wonderful woodland retreat.

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What you should know…

  • Villa Dumas sleeps up to 6 guests across three double bedrooms (one in an annexe) and a fourth bedroom with bunk-beds suitable for two children.
  • The beautiful grounds and swimming pool are on terraced levels with steps, stone walls and horizontal railings.
  • It's a pleasant 2km walk into the local town - it's worth noting it's via unpaved country lanes, downhill at first and then uphill.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Smart TV Heating RWC-Marseille RWC-Nice

Villa Interiors (250m2)

-    Living and dining area with doors leading out to terrace
-    Open-plan kitchen, well-equipped including Lacanche stove and high-end appliances including an espresso machine
-    Master bedroom with double bed (180x200cm) and en suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (180x200cm) and small en suite bathroom with shower and WC
-    Bathroom with shower and WC
-    Children's bedroom with bunk-beds

Separate Studio (own entrance)


-    Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm) and en suite bathroom with shower and WC

Outside Grounds (4500m2, various levels with steps and horizontal railings)

-    Heated swimming pool (8x4m, depth: 1.4-2m) with safety alarm and electrolysis pump for cleaning (partially salt-water)
-    Poolside terrace with sun-loungers
-    Al-fresco lounge terrace
-    Al-fresco covered dining terrace for up to 6 guests
-    Gas plancha
-    Other terraces amongst landscaped gardens

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi (Fibre high-speed internet)
-    Air-conditioning
-    Heating
-    Chromecast TV (with Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC)

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Dumas
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Dumas is located in the Dracénie region of the Var department, part of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and just outside a picturesque Provençal town.

The setting feels remote, with just a handful of other villas dotted across the forested surroundings, yet you can walk along the country lanes (up and downhill) and reach the heart of the local town in around 20 minutes (or you may prefer the 5-minute drive). There’s an authentic ambience across the small town which is home to historic buildings, pretty fountains and characterful streets with a handful of restaurants, bars and shops. The traditional market takes place on a Tuesday morning, one of the largest in the Dracénie region, selling fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses and charcuterie as well as crafts, clothes and more.

Gastronomes and wine lovers also note that Château de Berne is a short distance away whilst Chez Bruno, a Michelin starred restaurant specialising in truffles, is only ten minutes by car.  

This is a wonderful area for exploring other historic market towns, idyllic perched villages and stunning landscapes, not just the surrounding olive groves, forests and vineyards but also the Maures mountains, the waterfalls at Cascade de Sillans and the Verdon Gorges - Aups, the gateway to the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon, is only half an hour by car.

The bustling town of Draguignan (15km) has a twice-weekly market, art galleries and museums whilst nearby Vidauban (13km) is famed for its wine production and close proximity to the Argens river, ideal for canoeing, kayaking and all sorts of other adventurous activities close by. The medieval village of Flayosc (14km) is also a joy to explore with its charming Provençal ambience.

Further afield, head into the heart of the Massif des Maures and follow the winding roads through oak and chestnut forests to mountain villages such as La Garde-Freinet and Le Plan-de-la-Tour, perhaps continuing as far as the flower-filled village of Grimaud, set in the hills behind the glistening Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

The family friendly French Riviera resort of Sainte-Maxime is just under an hour by car, or a little further is Saint-Tropez and its famous Plage de Pampelonne and exclusive beach clubs.

Fréjus can be reached in around forty minutes, a beautiful historic town with a long sandy beach and plenty of attractions for everyone. Find more stunning shores in elegant Saint-Raphaël and some magnificent walking trails along the coastline towards Plage d'Agay. backed by the Massif de l'Esterel.

Cannes is just over an hour away by car, with Antibes and Nice a little further along the French Riviera coast. Perhaps combine with lunch out in flower-filled Mougins, where Picasso spent his final days, or instead visit one of the perfume studios of Grasse, around 86km away.

Golf-lovers can choose from a number of courses across this part of the Var department, including the incredible Golf de Roquebrune or high-end Golf de Barbaroux a little closer.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulon Hyères Airport

(80km)

Nearest Airport 2 Nice Airport

(93km)

Nearest Airport 3 Marseille Provence Airport

(125km)

Nearest Train Station Les Arcs - Draguignan

(15km)

Nearest Town Small market town

(2-3km)

Nearest Restaurant Local town

(2-3km)

Nearest Supermarket Intermarché Super et Drive

(3km)

Nearest Beach Port Fréjus/Sainte-Maxime

(42km)

Nearest Golf Golf de Barbaroux

(30km)

Nearest Tennis Vidauban

(13km)

Region

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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Kids

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

This is a fantastic part of southern France for families that love adventure, whilst the sandy shores of the Mediterranean are easily reached for a wonderful day out.

Water lovers only need to head south towards Vidauban for the Base Nature De La Dracénie with its summer inflatable waterpark, trampolines, a playground and water play area. Furthermore, find kayaking, canoeing and an open-air playground featuring inflatables, as well as tree-top courses at Provence Aventure on the banks of the Argens river.

Cycling enthusiasts can find a number of trails to suit a variety of abilities – La Vigne à Vélo may be a good place to start with its gentle routes. Horse-riding can also be arranged nearby and of course there are so many beautiful walks across the Dracénie region and beyond. Not to mention the close proximity of the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon.

If you feel like a day at the beach, the long sandy shores and family attractions of historic Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël are easily reached or drive through the Massif des Maures towards Sainte Maxime and Saint-Tropez.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool

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 pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

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!

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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €800 paid via bank transfer to the owner 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.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €200, payable locally on arrival in cash. 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.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally on arrival in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Pool heating charge? Extra cost, on request (payable locally).
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? Open from end of March to mid-October. 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.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Pets welcome? One pet welcome on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Villa Dumas sleeps up to 6 guests across three bedrooms (one in an annexe) and a fourth bedroom with bunk-beds suitable for two children.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 £3,775
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 £2,797
Oct 1st 2022 - Nov 1st 2022 £2,504
Nov 1st 2022 - May 1st 2023 £2,054
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 £2,504
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £2,797
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 £3,775
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 £2,797
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 £2,504
Nov 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024 £2,054
Jan 1st 2024 - Jan 8th 2024 £2,054

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 €4,150
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 €3,075
Oct 1st 2022 - Nov 1st 2022 €2,752
Nov 1st 2022 - May 1st 2023 €2,258
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 €2,752
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €3,075
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 €4,150
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 €3,075
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 €2,752
Nov 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024 €2,258
Jan 1st 2024 - Jan 8th 2024 €2,258

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 $4,228
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 $3,133
Oct 1st 2022 - Nov 1st 2022 $2,804
Nov 1st 2022 - May 1st 2023 $2,300
May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 $2,804
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $3,133
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 $4,228
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 $3,133
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 $2,804
Nov 1st 2023 - Jan 1st 2024 $2,300
Jan 1st 2024 - Jan 8th 2024 $2,300

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.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?

We have owned the property since September 2021 and have fully renovated the property since then.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

We love the terrace, the garden and the extraordinary luxury kitchen. The house is in the middle of the countryside and at the same time close to the beautiful village Lorgues, the Mediterranean sea, etc.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Not yet, but Brad Pitt and George Clooney have a property very close by!

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

- Must do?

Go to the beach, St Tropez, Golfing, Aix-en Provence, Tuesday market in Lorgues.

- Must eat?

Bruno Michelin Truffle restaurant in the village.

- Must see?

The village of Tourtour and the Abbaye de Thoronet.

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

Take a very nice break for lunch or dinner and take a walk to the Chateau de Berne (within 1 mile of the house).

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