Villa Cousteau

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Sleeps: 13 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool
Wow Factor
Quirky Modern All Bedrooms En-Suite

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The amazing Villa Cousteau has been designed by a prestigious architect and is sure to take your breath away. It could well be the dream holiday you are searching for, perched on a hill above the French Riviera resort of Bandol in an extraordinarily idyllic setting, blending beautifully into the landscape.

There are so many quirky features to delight you here on the different open-plan levels. This is a uniquely stylish space where the glass sides of the 28m heated pool run alongside the living area so that you can jump straight into the water from your armchair!

As you rest in one of the sleeping areas below, you might see your friends and family swimming below the water from one of the spectacular bedrooms. This is a place for unconventional living for a group of people who are relaxed together and appreciate the artistic ambience of this unique villa.  

There are lovely terraces to admire the superb views, a fully equipped kitchen to produce delicious meals, kitchenette areas for a quick coffee, comfy beds, bathrooms and shower rooms interestingly placed throughout this fascinating abode.

You may well feel that you are in some kind of heavenly space but, when reality beckons, you are close to the much loved French Riviera resort of Bandol. With a more relaxed atmosphere compared to other towns on the Côte d’Azur, it’s just lovely strolling along the palm lined promenade and admiring the sailing boats bobbing in the marina. There are a variety of boat trips from Bandol to several wonderful islands offering the chance to scuba dive or see the dolphins.

There are more watersports and sandy beaches in Sanary-sur-Mer which you might combine with a trip to the historic maritime city of Toulon. There is scenic coastal walking, hiking and mountain biking trails in the nearby Forêt de Janas and don’t miss the Calanques National Park, an area of incredible beauty between Cassis and Marseille.

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What you should know…

  • 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.
  • Expect unique features such as designer furnishings, open bedrooms/bathrooms, bright windows and many steps and terraced levels!
  • Due to the layout of the villa and its grounds on various levels, children will need to be supervised.
  • The villa sleeps up to 13 guests across four bedrooms - check the "Features" tab for details of the bedroom layouts.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite

Villa Interiors (350m2, various levels)

-    Open plan lounge with doors opening to swimming pool
-    Open plan kitchen, fully-equipped
-    Bedroom with double bed (160cm, can be made up as a twin) and shower room with WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (200cm) and sleeping area with round double bed, three raised single mattresses (90cm each) and aquarium style wall (with view of swimming pool). Kitchenette and shower room with WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (160cm) and bathroom with WC
-    Bedroom with bunk-bed (bottom bunk: 140cm, top bunk: 90cm), kitchenette and shower room with WC

Outside Grounds

-    Heated swimming pool (28m long). Heated approximately April to October
-    South facing terraces
-    Al-fresco dining area (6-8 guests)
-    Barbecue
-    Outdoor kitchen  
-    Terraced garden (with steps and open levels)
-    Parking (3 spaces)

Facilities


-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Cousteau
<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 Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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Villa Cousteau is situated on a wooded hillside 4km outside the seaside resort of Bandol in the Var department of the Côte d’Azur between Toulon and Cassis on the French Riviera.

Bandol is a seaside town which was historically a quiet retreat for artists and writers and is now a particularly treasured holiday space for the French. Situated in a sheltered bay with one of the largest marinas in France, there is a bustling Tuesday morning market, lively night markets and plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops. It’s very relaxing to stroll along the palm lined promenade at Quai Charles de Gaulle, admiring the variety of sailing boats as you pass.

Grand Vallat, Casino and Centrale are sandy town beaches and the Cove of Rénecros has a beautifully sheltered sandy bay with gently shelving water. Around the town there are also some lovely small pebbled coves with crystal clear water to explore at the end of the day.

Bendor Island is only a short trip from Bandol and there are longer boat trips to the beautiful Îles d’Hyères, some offering a chance to scuba dive and meet the dolphins along the way. Hikers will enjoy the westwards coastal walk from Bandol to the Calanque De Port d’Alon before following the gorgeous vineyard trail to La Madrague in St-Cyr in time for the bus back to Bandol.

Bandol is famous for its vineyards and there are several wineries to visit in the region for tastings of the famous AOC Bandol. It is also well known for its Paul Ricard motor racing circuit, created in the 1970’s and considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Toulon is a great destination for a day trip with its museums, restaurants, markets, shops and beaches, a 17km drive westwards or a train journey from the station at Bandol. Be sure to take the cable car up Mont Faron and admire the spectacular views from the top.

Sanary-sur-Mer (8km) is a lovely seaside town with a picturesque harbour, tall watchtower and weekly market. Join the queue for the traditional spongy pancake, cade, and during summer weekends take a tour of the coastline in one of the brightly coloured fishing boats. The pebbled Plage de Bonnegrace has a section near La Coudoulière which is an ideal spot for surfers and windsurfers due to the large waves whipped up by the Mistral.

Eastwards from Villa Cousteau and not far from Marseille is the pretty fishing village of Cassis (30km), the ideal place for a seafood lunch with a glass of the celebrated Cassis wine. It is the gateway to the Calanques National Park, an area of incredible beauty encompassing the land and sea east of Cassis. There are some more wonderful hikes from Cassis along the calanques, natural inlets surrounded by steep rocky promontories.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulon Hyères Airport

(38km)

Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Provence Airport

(76km)

Nearest Train Station Bandol

(4km)

Nearest Restaurant In and around Bandol

(4km)

Nearest Supermarket

(Within 2km)

Nearest Beach Near Bandol

(3km)

Nearest City Toulon

(17km)

Nearest Golf Fregate Provence Golf & Country Club

(5km)

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: Teens
Ideal for Teens

This relaxed part of the French Riviera has beaches, forests and many great family attractions. Bandol itself has superb sandy beaches, a wide range of watersports and boat trips with swimming opportunities. There are also some lovely clear watered rocky coves where you might catch a sea urchin or two.

Head north-east towards the Janas forest where there are mountain biking and walking trails and an adventure centre for children.

Toulon is a great day out for kids. Older children might enjoy the museums and a tour of the military harbour. There is a six minute cable car ride up Mont Faron before a walk along the clifftop and a visit to the wild cat sanctuary. There are four blue flag sandy beaches in Toulon with ball pool, a carousel and mini golf.

Beyond Toulon is lovely Sanary-sur-Mer where the sandy Portissol beach has a seawater lagoon reserved for children to practise snorkelling and further along there is a diving zone for teenagers. When they are tired of the beach, head to the nearby Sanary-Bandol zoo and botanical park.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Welcome Basket Included
  • Breakfast Preparation Included (there is an extra cost for food)
  • Mountain Biking/Paddle-boarding/Kayaking 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 included at this property:

- Daily cleaning (4 hours)
- Welcome basket
- Breakfast preparation (there is an extra cost for food)
- Concierge service

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Yoga instructor
- Chauffeur
- Babysitting
- Massage
- Mountain biking
- Paddle-boarding/kayak
- Wine tours/tasting

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

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 €2500 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Minimum stay 7 nights approximately mid-June to mid-September. 3 nights during all other periods.
Changeover day Saturday approximately mid-June to mid-September. Flexible during all other periods.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, and 4 hours daily cleaning included. 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.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Tax French Visitors Tax paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
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.
Pool heating charge? Included April to October. Extra cost during all other periods, payable locally (on request). Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
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.
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 13 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 £5,267 £7,022 £8,777 £12,287
May 1st 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 £6,583 £8,777 £10,971 £15,359
Jun 15th 2024 - Sep 15th 2024 - - - £19,198
Sep 15th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £6,583 £8,777 £10,971 £15,359
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £5,266 £7,021 £8,777 £12,287
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 5th 2025 £6,583 £8,777 £10,971 £15,359
Jan 5th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 £5,267 £7,022 £8,777 £12,287
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 £6,583 £8,777 £10,971 £15,359
Jun 14th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 - - - £19,198

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 €5,734 €7,645 €9,556 €13,378
May 1st 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 €7,167 €9,556 €11,945 €16,723
Jun 15th 2024 - Sep 15th 2024 - - - €20,903
Sep 15th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €7,167 €9,556 €11,945 €16,723
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €5,734 €7,645 €9,556 €13,378
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 5th 2025 €7,167 €9,556 €11,945 €16,723
Jan 5th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 €5,734 €7,645 €9,556 €13,378
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 €7,167 €9,556 €11,945 €16,723
Jun 14th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 - - - €20,903

Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 $6,212 $8,282 $10,352 $14,492
May 1st 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 $7,764 $10,352 $12,939 $18,115
Jun 15th 2024 - Sep 15th 2024 - - - $22,643
Sep 15th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $7,764 $10,352 $12,939 $18,115
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $6,211 $8,281 $10,352 $14,492
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 5th 2025 $7,764 $10,352 $12,939 $18,115
Jan 5th 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 $6,212 $8,282 $10,352 $14,492
Apr 30th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 $7,764 $10,352 $12,939 $18,115
Jun 14th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 - - - $22,643

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.

Reviews

  • Magique!

    on 30/08/2023

    Villa magique, emplacement parfait, ce fut un moment où nous étions sur un petit nuage. Une fois passé 10 minutes dans la maison, on veut déjà plus la quitter. L’accueil est digne de la villa, les photos reflètent la réalité et le confort est de la partie. J’y retournerais avec grand plaisir.

  • Je recommande vivement!

    on 01/06/2023

    Nous étions en famille, 2 adultes 5 enfants. L'emplacement sur les hauteurs de Bandol est juste parfait, calme et proche de toutes commodités. Pour les amoureux de l'architecture et de l'esthétique des bâtiments c'est la maison idéale. L'hôte a été très réactive lorsque nous avons rencontré un problème technique. Je recommande vivement la villa on the rocks. Ps la piscine fait 28m parfait pour la nage.

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