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Walk to Beach from Architect's Mediterranean Villa, Own Pool

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Looking down over private pool from our terrace, with view of sea

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Le-Rayol-Canadel-Sur-Mer villa description

By a miracle this part of the coast has escaped urban development and still feels like 'la campagne'. The intense light and colour that drew Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh still cast a spell. A deep blue sky, warm sun and a landscaped garden full of mediterranean flora: palms, olives, lavender, rosemary, peach, orange, lemon, honeysuckle and jasmine surround the villa and private gated pool. A path without traffic leads in about 400m - a 10 to 15 minute walk - to a sandy cove where mica in the white sand looks like diamonds dancing in the water.

The small village of Canadel is on the sea side of the Corniche des Maures, a 26km coastal road stretching from Lavandou to La Croix-Valmer, with breathtaking sea views. On the land side rises the Massif des Maures. A road 5 minutes from the villa leads to the Col and the ridge path, superb for walking, cycling and picnics with vast blue vistas below.

We designed the villa to have as little division between house and garden as possible and to have privacy and space for different ages and activities, one of which must be reliable WiFi. Outside the bedroom wing is the cactus garden with swings, a tree house, badminton, table tennis and boules play areas. Two bedrooms have french doors opening onto a central terrace with a pepper tree, family dining table and chaise lounges facing the sea . . . still leaving space for yoga!

The living/dining room wing leads to a covered terrace with oak table, stone barbecue, summer kitchen and a gate to enclosed private pool (open mid-May to mid-October or by special request). Up the steps is our 'cocktail terrace' - a quiet hideaway with eagles nest view of the sea and islands.

All bedrooms are screened and have ceiling fans, bedside reading lights and wardrobes. Two beds are 160cms; one has adjustable backrest. Two bedrooms are ensuite, another has adjacent bathroom with tub with sea view: overlook the Mediterranean as you soak, with slate sill for chilled white wine. A fourth double bedroom (140 cm) looks onto our garden and has an adjacent shower room. A children's room has built-in bunks (80cm x 150 cm) and 2 single beds (80 cm x 190 cm).

The kitchen is state of the art, again with stunning sea views as it looks out to the Mediterranean.

This villa is our holiday home rather than a commercial rental property and therefore equipped with books, games, paintings, art materials, plants, CD's, DVD's, satellite TV, comfortable classic furniture, low voltage lighting on dimmers, telephone, fax, internet connection, alarm linked to central station and a caretaker couple from the next village who are available for mid-stay cleaning and babysitting on request.

Gentle steps lead up to the first floor which has all the living and terrace accommodation on one level without steps: a boon for the less mobile. The ground floor has a separate studio which can sleep up to 4, with independent kitchen, shower and WC. It is available at a small supplementary rent for over-spill.

We believe the villa has all the ingredients needed to make a memorable holiday and you will find it a fantastic place to be!

Keywords: sea side , beach house, villa with pool

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                This is a family holiday home designed to welcome children. There is an iron gate to the pool area for safety. Books, games, safe spaces, table tennis court, badminton, boules, tree house. For slightly older children, the disused railway track that runs along the coast is a fabulous biking trail. Bikes for hire locally. ...moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                The first floor living accommodation is all on one level but there are steps up to the first floor....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

              • Bedroom 1 with ensuite shower and WC: 1 queen

                Amazing views from window, double doors onto roof terrace...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                Gorgeous views from 2 windows. Adjacent bathroom and WC...moreless

              • Attached studio: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                Shower, WC, kitchenette. Windows onto entrance to property...moreless

              • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

                Children love this room! View to garden, adj WC and shower...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 double

                Double doors onto roof terrace. Ensuite shower and WC...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 1 double

                View onto garden. Adjacent to bathroom and WC...moreless

              • 2 x Queen beds 160 cm wide. One has adjustable head and foot; Ceiling fans in all bedrooms., Double Beds (2) 2 x double beds 140 cm wide., Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 x single beds 80 cm wide, We have a new travel cot plus a wooden cot with mattress, Bunk Beds (2) 2 x Bunk beds - 80 cm wide x 150 cm long...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                Bijoux, brilliantly designed, modern...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: shower

                Generous shower room with sink...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

                Bijoux but brilliant use of space...moreless

              • Bathroom 4: tub

                Bath with a view! Lovely window and light...moreless

              • WC 1: toilet

                WC between bedroom 4 and bedroom 5...moreless

              • WC2: toilet

                WC for guests and adjacent to bathroom 2...moreless

              • Bathroom WC3: toilet

                External WC convenient for pool...moreless

              • Bathroom 8: outdoor shower

                Outdoor shower, convenient for pool...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Extensive collection including Global knives. a Magimix, blender, fresh orange juicer, scales, wine racks, salad dryer, cheese nets...moreless

              • Dining:

                Two external dining areas on two different terraces. Internal dining table Saarinen in white with six matching chairs...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Architect designed, 2 sinks, meters of stone worktop, all with sea views. Terrific lighting...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Extensive collection of dishes for all courses including serving dishes...moreless

              • Catering Available:

                local chefs available to cook celebration meals....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Double door Fridge freezer with ice cube maker...moreless

              • Oven:

                Under counter oven with pull out racks. ...moreless

              • Stove:

                Induction hob gives fine control...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                serious espresso machine...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Full size dishwasher...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                10...moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 10 people

              Amenities

              • Living Room:

                Panoramic views across the bay with sliding windows and sliding mosquito nets. Twin leather sofas, coffee table, stereo system on bookshelves. ...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Laundry of bed linen, towels and beach towels charged at £20 per person End of stay cleaning at £200...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Secure parking inside the gate for several cars...moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                ceiling fans...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Iron & Board
              • Washing Machine

              Other Amenities

                  • The kitchen is an area where one can perch on a bar stool, glass in hand, to cheer on the cook, A double door fridge produces ice cubes by magic. An induction hob, a pull-out oven, 2 sinks, meters of stone worktop, all with sea views make preparing meals a joy helped by 'essentials' such as serious espresso machine, a Magimix, blender, fresh The kitchen is an area where one can perch on a bar stool, glass in hand, to cheer on the cook, A double door fridge produces ice cubes by magic. An induction hob, a pull-out oven, 2 sinks, meters of stone worktop, all with sea views make preparing meals a joy helped by 'essentials' such as a serious espresso machine, a Magimix, blender, fresh orange juicer, scales, wine racks, salad dryer, cheese nets and chef's knives. orange juicer, scales, wine racks, salad dryer, cheese nets and chef's knives. In the hallway linking bedroom and living wings are a washer, a safe and a door to clotheslines in the sun. The garden is landscaped, maintained, ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    BBC world service available as well as CNN and many other stations....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Ecclectic collection built up over the years. ...moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    several CD's Classical and French...moreless

                  • Games:

                    Board games and some jigsaws...moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Ping Pong Table
                  • Stereo
                  • Television

                  Communications

                  • Free Long Distance:

                    Calls to land lines in Europe, USA and Canada included in rent NOT cell phone numbers...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Laptops can be used throughout house and garden - just bring your own and plug in. ...moreless

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Private Pool:

                        The private pool is tiled with glass mosaics and serviced weekly. Pool is 10 meters x 5 meters. Available mid May - mid Oct ...moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Deck at rear of house looks over pool which can be lit and offers some shade. Deck at side of house looks over bay, shrouded by pepper tree. Small patio at top of garden for pre dinner drinks ...moreless

                      • Gazebo:

                        Small terrace with table and chairs at top of garden looks over pool, the bay and pretty much everything else. Dreamy...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Charcoal fired grill housed in brickwork and protected from wind....moreless

                      • Lanai / Gazebo:

                        Gazebo type structure offers some shade on small top terrace...moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        Club welcomes guests in local town...moreless

                      Location & View

                      • Village:

                        Le Rayol is around 5 minutes away in a car with small supermarket, cafe, brilliant boulangerie and butcher. Market with local produce throughout season. Doctor's surgery and pharmacie...moreless

                      • Beach View:

                        The house looks across the bay to Cap Negre and the changing light throughout the day is stunning....moreless

                      • Ocean View:

                        Beach is 400 meters from house on footpath without traffic....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Live Theater
                      • Tennis
                      • Swimming
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Sailing
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Parasailing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Hiking
                      • Golf
                      • Fishing
                      • Cycling
                      • Medical Services
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Shopping
                      • Shelling
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Boating
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Restaurants
                      • Museums
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                       

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                      10
                      Sep 6 - Sep 19, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      £3,200
                      3
                      Sep 27 - Oct 24, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      £2,000
                      1
                      Nov 1 - Dec 13, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      £1,500
                      11
                      Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      £2,500

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                      Location

                      50 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Toulon
                      300 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Le Relais http://www.lerelaisdesmaures.fr
                      400 Metres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Canadel

                      Car: Necessary

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1999

                      About the owner: We are an academic couple living in London. We came here for 4 main reasons. The word ' holiday' and 'Mediterranean ' are a good fit when London is a shade of pewter. Second we hoped the family would hear and speak another language through play, not just text books. Third, we liked, the wine, the food, the markets and wanted to try our hand at Elizabeth David's style. Finally, The ability to invite guests to stay would be enormous fun.

                      Why the Owner Chose Le-Rayol-Canadel-Sur-Mer:
                      For over 20 years we had a house in the Herault, but when our 5 children produced their own, being a 40 minute drive from the Sea was a drawback . We concluded that the only way to have a relaxed holiday was to be independent of cars. We needed a safe sandy beach, accessible with a push chair If it were traffic free so older children could come and go, that would be a huge boon. When we finally found this house, we spent 2 years designing and converting it to be a place where three generations could mix or go on independent paths.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      Location, location. Being within walking distance of a two knife and fork Michelin restaurant, as well as 4 piazza informal ones, gives everyone scope. A short walk in either direction brings us to two splendid sandy beaches while even closer are stairs down to the rocks where you can swim and snorkle. Five minutes by car is Rayol village with doctor, post office, pharmacy, marvellous butcher, baker, photographer, beauty salon, newspapers.,small supermarket and weekly market. The energetic bike everywhere: along the dedicated cycle path to Le Lavandou, up the winding route to the Col for picnics or to the tennis courts at Cavalière. Perhaps the most memorable part of our holidays are dinners under the pepper tree: candle lit banter stories or serious discussion mixed with lots of cheese, wine and a bit of guitar.


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                      Speaks: english, french

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                      Photos

                      • Looking down over private pool from our terrace, with view of sea

                        Looking down over private pool from our terrace, with view of sea

                      • View from top terrace

                        View from top terrace

                      • Living Room with TV, music centre and window to sea

                        Living Room with TV, music centre and window to sea

                      • Living Room with sofas low table  and open sliding window

                        Living Room with sofas low table and open sliding window

                      • Kitchen equipped to professional standard

                        Kitchen equipped to professional standard

                      • Double bedroom with double exposure

                        Double bedroom with double exposure

                      • Bathtub with ledge for that glass of chilled wine overlooking the Med

                        Bathtub with ledge for that glass of chilled wine overlooking the Med

                      • Bunks in children's room plus 2 single beds

                        Bunks in children's room plus 2 single beds

                      • Studio with one double and single bed

                        Studio with one double and single bed

                      • Canadel beach is a 10/15  minute walk  with no traffic.

                        Canadel beach is a 10/15 minute walk with no traffic.

                      • Sail boat launch at next beach - Cavaliere

                        Sail boat launch at next beach - Cavaliere

                      • Local tennis court

                        Local tennis court

                      • Gated pool, barbeque and steps to upper terrace

                        Gated pool, barbeque and steps to upper terrace

                      • Top path

                        Top path

                      • Living Room has huge  sliding window opens to Mediterranean

                        Living Room has huge sliding window opens to Mediterranean

                      • Indoor and outdoor dining spaces

                        Indoor and outdoor dining spaces

                      • Double bedroom - Queen bed with en suite

                        Double bedroom - Queen bed with en suite

                      • Double bedroom overlooking tree house and garden

                        Double bedroom overlooking tree house and garden

                      • Table tennis, tree-house, swings, badminton, boules beyond bedrooms

                        Table tennis, tree-house, swings, badminton, boules beyond bedrooms

                      • Studio kitchen and adjacent shower and WC

                        Studio kitchen and adjacent shower and WC

                      • Last part - Path to the beach

                        Last part - Path to the beach

                      • For an after sail aperitif or lunch

                        For an after sail aperitif or lunch

                      • Chemin de l'Ecuelle. Our house from the road.

                        Chemin de l'Ecuelle. Our house from the road.

                      VRBO #36966

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                      £1,500 - £3,200 per week (GBP)
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                      5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

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