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Magnificent, Spacious 17th C. Village House with Private Pool

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View of courtyard and rear of house from garden.

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bras house description

As you step inside this 400 year-old 'maison de maitre' onto the flagstone floors, 'La Maison du Faiencier' exudes a sense of history. From the vaulted hall you enter a stylish living/dining room, separated by an archway from the exceptionally well-equipped kitchen. Both, look on to and have access to a charming courtyard (ideal outdoor eating area) which leads into the 350 m2 walled garden. There you can sit under the shade of the vines and fruit trees or take a dip in the pool (7mx3.5m). Throughout the house the emphases is on quality and luxury with all the original features having been carefully restored. Each bedroom is light and airy, tastefully decorated with original materials, and with its own private bathroom. Rooms can be made up with large single or super-king-sized double beds.
The house is situated on the main square, right in the heart of a small but active village. Across the square, you'll find the local, (very ‘French’) boulangerie, boucherie, cafe and restaurant.


Local Activities: This is an excellent place for walking, given its proximity to the Gorge du Verdon and its lesser known lower gorges and lakes. Panoramic views in abundance. Lavender plains also near-by, which are so worth seeing when in full flower June/July. Local markets can be experienced most days of the week and there are plenty of delightful medieval, hill-top villages to explore.

Local beaches and swimming at the near-by lakes. Mediterranean coast is 1 hour's drive away.

Local Food & Wine: A restaurant serving traditional French cuisine is right on the 'doorstep' in Varages and several good, inexpensive restaurants can be found in Barjols, just 10-minutes drive way. For the more exclusive menu, a drive to some of the exquisite local hill-top villages is to be recommended with views and sunsets to accompany the meal. Local domaines abound, where you can sample the Provence wines.

All Year Round Holiday Place: With the locals boasting '300 days of sun a year', La Maison du Faiencier is a special place to come any time of the year. Home, in the past, to Masters of earthenware and porcelain (faience), you'll be experiencing a piece of history in comfortable luxury surroundings, with all the amenities on your doorstep. And there is the added bonus that this little bit of Provence, though exceptionally beautiful, is largely 'undiscovered'.

Please note that in the mid season, individual rooms at La Maison du Faiencier can sometimes be booked on a bed & breakfast basis. A two-people occupancy double room is 185 € per two-night stay with shared use of the kitchen, garden and pool.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Events Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Can be two extra-large single beds ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 king

            Can be two extra-large single beds...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 king

            Can be two extra-large single beds....moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 king

            Can be two extra-large single beds....moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 1 king

            Can be two extra-large single beds...moreless

          • The five bedrooms are all extra large. They range in size from 22m2 to 36m2. They are all equipped with two extra-large single black iron beds which were tailor-made for the house by the local blacksmith. They can be used as singles or put together to make a 'King size' double. All the clients say that they are extremely comfortable. There are two cots also available. Four of the bedrooms have an en-suite walk-in shower, the fifth bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and shower unit....moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • En-Suite 1: toilet, shower

            incl. local hand-made wash basin....moreless

          • En-Suite 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            incl. roll-top bath and pedestal wash basin....moreless

          • En-Suite 3: toilet, shower

            incl. local hand-made wash basin....moreless

          • En-Suite 4: toilet, shower

            incl. local hand-made wash basin....moreless

          • En-Suite 5: toilet, shower

            incl. local hand-made wash basin....moreless

          • Downstairs Loo: toilet

            incl. local hand-made wash basin....moreless

          • All the bathrooms have their own WC and hand basins, which were individually designed and hand made by the village 'faiencier' (fine potter) who has his shop next door to the house. All the taps and shower units are in solid brass; some of the showers have 'sunflower-head' units....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Clients are greeted by the house owner who shows them around the property and explains how everything works. There's a welcome fruit bowl on the dinning room table and a bottle of the best local wine in the fridge. The 'Bible' of the house has recommendations for sightseeing, activities, the local markets and dining out. The walled garden and roman 'basin' style pool are cleaned regularly. ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys
              • VCR
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Luxury
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Autumn Foliage
              • Caves
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Nude Beach
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Water Parks
              • Waterfalls
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Rural
              • Village

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Jet Skiing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Rafting
              • Sailing
              • Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Spelunking
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                Two child's meal-time high chairs can be supplied. ...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 10 people

              General

              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                There is air conditioning in two of the bedrooms. The sloping roof of each of these faces the sun for much of the day so the rooms get far warmer than those situated on the other side of the house....moreless

              • Basic Soaps
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Parking
              • Parking On Street
              • Telephone
              • Toilet Paper
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet

              Kitchen

              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                This is a large kitchen with 14 linear meters of work surface. It has two stone sinks, solid brass taps, a La Canche 'piano' 5 burner gas cooker ... pretty much everything you could ask for really. ...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Mini Refrigerator
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Barbecue
              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Furniture
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Terrace

              Pool / Spa

              • Outdoor Pool
              • Private Pool

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Optional

                  Property Descriptor

                      • Terraced
                       

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                      Oct 26 - Dec 21, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €800

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Pet Fee €0
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      The bed linen is pure white top-quality cotton. It is included in the rental rate.

                      There is an end-of-stay cleaning charge of €185. However, on the middle Saturday(s) of your holiday period, if staying for more than one week, the house is cleaned for two hours at our cost (kitchen, bathrooms, etc) and the beds changed with fresh linen.

                      House towels sets are available at €10 per person per week.


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                      Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                      Location

                      85 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Marseille (then Toulon, Nice, Nimes)
                      20 Metres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Village centre
                      72 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Marseille
                      30 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Nans les Pins
                      65 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Aix-en-Provence TGV (then Les Arcs)
                      21 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      St Maximin Ste Baume, A8, exit 34
                      20 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Le Provence
                      140 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ski
                      Val d'Allos
                      23 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Quinson

                      Car: Necessary

                      Varages, famous over the last three centuries for its painted earthenware (faience), is an 'undiscovered' village situated in the Haut Var, 25 minutes north of the A8 (St Maximin exit) motorway and the same distance from the spectacular lakes of 'The gorges du Verdon', the deepest river gorge in Europe. It's an hour's drive from Marseille and Toulon airports and under two hours from Nice and Nimes airports. Only 50 mins drive from the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. The village has 2 bakers, 2 bars, 2 resturants, a butcher and general stores. The nearest sizeable supermarket with a petrol station is 10 minutes drive away, in the charming market town of Barjols.

                      Other Activities: rock-climbing, hiking, boating & canoeing

                      Golf: There are several golf courses a short drive (about 35 minutes) from the house. But the course which all the golf-playing guests rave about as being 'world class' is called 'Golf de la Sainte Baume' at Nans les Pins.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2003

                      About the owner: I am a typical ‘Brit’ living the dream … or rather escaping the hustle and bustle of big city life. Before coming to France I lived in the centre of London and worked as a reporter for BBC Radio.

                      Why the Owner Chose Bras:
                      The house is unique and hugely characterful. The Maison de Maître (or Master’s House) was build just about the time when William Shakespeare was writing his poems and plays, and 30 years before Harvard University in the USA was established. I am sure of the date as when renovating the property in 2003 we discovered a plaque in the wall which was initialled by the two chief ‘Compagnons’ (master builders). ‘MA’ and ‘FP’ finished their work, as it is clearly inscribed, on ‘The last day of March, 1609’. A lot of the original features remain. The most impressive perhaps is the stone floor of the vaulted entrance hall - the same stone as can be found in the Catholic Cathedral in near by St Maximin St Baume. Who can imagine who has trodden these massive flagstones in the last 400 years! The walls are built from rocks and ‘tuff’ found in the fields around the original village. Most of the walls are 70 centimetres thick with large tall windows fitted with outer ‘volets’. The thickness of the walls make the house a wonderful refuge of coolness in the summer, and preserve all the warmth of the property in the winter. In the main salon the wild cherry tree beams are six meters long and support in their turn 160 smaller beams which hold up the floors of the bedrooms above. Most of the floors in the house are covered with ‘tommette’ – the local hexagonal deep-red terracotta tiles for which this area is famous throughout France.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The house is in the very centre of the little village. Step out of the front door and you’re in the central ‘Place’ with the main village fountain just a few meters away. In the summer, with the windows open, my day is accompanied by the trickle of water dribbling from it’s four spouts. The village has it’s own water source just a short walk from the house. All that can be seen is a little still clear-as-clear-can-be pond. If you weren’t aware of it’s abiding importance to the village and all who live here you would walk by it without a second thought. But the water that fills this pond comes from an unknown source deep beneath the ground. It has never been known to dry up and apparently springs to the surface within one degree in temperature be it 35 degrees in the summer or -12 in the winter.


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                      Speaks: english, french

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                      Photos

                      • View of courtyard and rear of house from garden.

                        View of courtyard and rear of house from garden.

                      • Entrance hall looking through to the courtyard.

                        Entrance hall looking through to the courtyard.

                      • Kitchen (25m2) with 'piano' style gas cooker

                        Kitchen (25m2) with 'piano' style gas cooker

                      • Living / dining room

                        Living / dining room

                      • Private pool (7mx3m) in the walled garden (350m2).

                        Private pool (7mx3m) in the walled garden (350m2).

                      • Second terrace ... great for breakfast!

                        Second terrace ... great for breakfast!

                      • Hall with exposed wood ceiling

                        Hall with exposed wood ceiling

                      • Another bedroom

                        Another bedroom

                      • Bedroom with 4 windows and en-suite bathroom

                        Bedroom with 4 windows and en-suite bathroom

                      • One of the five large (22-36m2) en-suite bedrooms.

                        One of the five large (22-36m2) en-suite bedrooms.

                      • Fresh figs from the garden for breakfast!

                        Fresh figs from the garden for breakfast!

                      • The house of the master potter.

                        The house of the master potter.

                      • Front of the house on the main 'Place' of the village.

                        Front of the house on the main 'Place' of the village.

                      • Kitchen

                        Kitchen

                      • Kitchen has solid brass fittings & two stone sinks

                        Kitchen has solid brass fittings & two stone sinks

                      • Part of the garden viewed from the courtyard

                        Part of the garden viewed from the courtyard

                      • The 350 sq meter walled garden

                        The 350 sq meter walled garden

                      • Hall with vaulted ceiling

                        Hall with vaulted ceiling

                      • Hallway has a white plaster handrail & metal lamps

                        Hallway has a white plaster handrail & metal lamps

                      • Solid brass shower fittings

                        Solid brass shower fittings

                      • Bathroom with rolltop bath & solid brass fittings

                        Bathroom with rolltop bath & solid brass fittings

                      • Solid brass shower room fittings

                        Solid brass shower room fittings

                      • Apricots too!

                        Apricots too!

                      • Plaque found in the wall confirming date of build

                        Plaque found in the wall confirming date of build

                      €800 per week (EUR)
                      1

                      5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                      Member since: 2003
                      Speaks: english, french
                      • Calendar last updated: 12/18/2014
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