Exclusive Villa in Provence with Beautiful Countryside & Sea Views
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Le Beausset villa description
L'Ecrignole is a beautiful villa commanding a dramatic position near the crest of a hill with magnificent views across low foothills and vineyards to the sea. Two km from Le Beausset and ten km from the atmospheric beach resort of Bandol, the house is set on a hillside in almost 10000m2 (2.5 acres) of land. Peace and privacy are at a maximum, the villa is surrounded on three sides by woods. There are no near neighbours nor houses overlooking the grounds with the consequence that photographing the villa's setting is close to impossible.
To the south the woods fall away to reveal a picturesque landscape of dream-like character stretching to the Mediterranean Sea. This vista is the central theme of a large sun terrace and 12x5 metre swimming pool. The villa has been completely renovated, beautiful fully equipped kitchen and heated, salt water swimming pool. It is also provided with a wide range of facilities, including TV, HiFi, Sky Satellite and (free) Wireless Broadband Internet access.
The swimming pool uses a salt water chlorination system with an ultrasonic system for killing algea, etc. The salt water system means that the pool has a much lower level of chlorine and the water feels much softer than a normal pool. The concentration of salt in the water is so low that it can barely be tasted and leaves no residue on your skin. The ultrasound system further keeps the pool free of algea without the use of chemicals. The result is a pool that remains extremely clean, is more environmentally friendly than a normal pool and is extremely pleasant to use.
The ground floor consists of a large lounge and dining area with sofas, TV, HIFI, computer, dining table & chairs, adjoined by a large modern and throughly equipped kitchen. Kitchen equipment includes a steam oven, fan oven, refrigerator, large gas hob, dish washer, microwave and various other coffee, tea and general apparatus. On the otherwise of the entrance hall is a bedroom with ensuite shower / bath combination. A separate toilet opens off the the hall, as does a utility room containing a washing machine, dryer and large fridge / freezer along with ironing and cleaning materials.
New in 2013: View to the south has been greatly expanded, resulting in an even more breathtaking view and great sense of space and light on the terrace. See new photos.
New in 2013: 150 metre concrete driveway, improving access to the house. See new photos.
New in 2013: Addition of Apple 'Airplay' capability to the Hifi, allowing guests to play music from their iDevices via the Hifi. Addition of Apple TV to the entertainment centre. Addition of extra 5Ghz Wifi network, increasing network range.
- 2 story
- 240 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- A maid service is available on request, as required and at extra cost. End of stay cleaning costs are included, extra cleaning is available on request at extra cost. Linen and towels are included and are changed once every two weeks. Baby sitters are available on request. Smoking is not allowed in the house. In principle the house is available for rental all the year round. Telephone usage is charged. Electricity is included in the standard rental rates....moreless
- DVD Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Music Library:
- Video Game Console:
- Video Games:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library
- Games For Kids
- CD Player
- Winery Tours
- Water Parks
- Autumn Foliage
- Theme Parks
- Horse Riding
- Gambling Casinos
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Near The Sea
sports and adventure activities
- Jet Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Golf Pass Optional
- Dining Area
- Child's Highchair
- Washing Machine
- Computer Available
- Security System
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Wood Stove
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Local Maps
- Wireless Internet
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Outdoor Grill Gas
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- Outdoor Pool
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Summer in Provence
Summer in Provence
We had a wonderful time at this property. The view is incredible and the home is well appointed. The location, for being near the top of mountain, is fairly easy to get around once you master the mountain roads. Good central location between the nearby towns and Wineries. You can walk the road/path behind the house to Domain Hermitage and there are several wineries to visit on your way to the house. The kitchen is great for cooks and has top appliances (it might help if you can read Dutch to use them). As you must be ready for in this area, the winds can be strong, but are nice for cooling the house, make sure you secure the doors and windows! The property manager is accommodating and a delight to work with. The only criticism that I can think of is that we lost water pressure a few times when the pool was being filled and the driveway to the house is in need of repair. Wonderful!
- Guest DLD1 (Indianapolis, Indiana USA)
- Date of stay 07/04/09
- Review Submitted 08/08/09
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Villa in a beautiful area with a fantastic view
Villa in a beautiful area with a fantastic view
We can only agree with the people who visited l'Ecrignole and who placed their review. We also had a very pleasant and comfortable stay for 2 weeks. We were 2 families and enjoyed every single day at this place. The villa was spacious enough for all of us, especially the pool and the kitchen (no problem cooking with the 4 of us). In case of problems, the people that were looking after the house, were always approachable, nice and helpful. It is the perfect location to relax, but also very central to visit places at the cote d'azur and in the provence. We can only recommend this address. We had a wonderful holiday. Thanks!
- Guest MaWa (Linz, Austria)
- Date of stay 08/28/09
- Review Submitted 10/01/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers.
Wonderful place, wonderful setting.
Wonderful place, wonderful setting.
I can't say enough about the area. It's the perfect combination of beauty, culture, and lack of tourism for me. The views are spectacular from the property, and the access to the ocean, wineries, and quaint towns is excellent. The house itself is comfortable with a beautiful updated kitchen. Some of the amenities are a bit dated but I honestly can't say that it detracted from the overall experience for me or my family. The best thing about the villa by far is that it's located in a fantastically beautiful area that doesn't feel touristy at all. For those of you who want to lose yourself in the South of France without feeling like a sheep this is the right place for you. Given the opportunity I'd spend as much time here as I could.
- Guest d1111t (Walnut Creek, California, USA)
- Date of stay 07/05/08
- Review Submitted 11/14/08
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thanks for your kind review!
A different world
A different world
You cannot be afraid of narrow, steep streets if you are staying at L'Ecrignole - they are an adventure! But once there you are in for a fantastic stay. Quiet, beautiful views, all the amenities including a fantastic kitchen, wireless internet - you can be connected but still far, far away. The markets in nearby towns are lively and full of fresh food for the most wonderful meals, the Bandol beaches are 30 minutes away (max) and Le Castellet is a nearby walled village perche with many shops and restaurants. It's close to the Autoroute so easy access across Provence. The caretakers are fantastic and helpful. One hint: If you intend to use the pool, let them know so they can turn on the heat in advance - it can take a couple of days for it to warm up.
- Guest Unique Nickname (US)
- Date of stay 09/26/08
- Review Submitted 10/07/08
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Many thanks for your review!
Truly relaxing holiday!
Truly relaxing holiday!
This is a really beautifully designed modern house in an idyllic position. It has all possible amenities and a well-maintained pool which can also be heated. It is tucked away a little up a hillside so you do need a car to get to the local shops and markets but there are also some amazing walks in the wooded countryside and the view from the chapel at the top of the hill is fantastic. It is also ideally positioned for sight-seeing with plenty of places of interest for all the family and many lovely beaches nearby. It is looked after by a very friendly french couple who speak fluent english. We would definitely recommend this villa and hope to return for future holidays.
- Guest Piu (Bath, UK)
- Date of stay 05/24/08
- Review Submitted 06/03/08
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We look forward to your next visit! Thanks.
Rates include gas, electricity (except if pool heating is used), water, linen and bath towels (changed per two weeks). An end of stay clean is also included. A reservation is confirmed once a contract is signed and a deposit (20% total cost) is received. The balance is due 8 weeks before the arrival date. A security deposit is due at the time of the balance payment. Payment to be made in Sterling or Euros. Out of season bookings (start day, duration) can be tailored to the customers needs. Check-in time is arranged according to your expected arrival time. Check-out time: no later than 10 a.m.
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- Nearest Airport: Marseilles at 60 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Bandol at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: La Cadiere / Le Beausset at 6 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Les Lesques / Saint Cyr at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Le Beausset at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Le Fregate at 9 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Le Beausset at 2 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: I am CEO of a software company, a high-tech and challenging business that is slowly changing the way that complex software is developed. Married to Marion, we have two daughters, ages 17 & 10. I'm pretty active and enjoying cycling & sailing when we stay in France.
Why the Owner Chose Le Beausset:
One of our children was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2001. Once she had completed her initial chemotherapy we faced another 2 years of constant treatment followed by years of recovery. We bought L'Ecrignole in 2001 as a safe base for holidays, with medical support provided by a local clinic. L'Ecrignole has been a fantastic retreat for us. A place for the kids to play and swim and for us to rest in incredibly beautiful and peaceful surroundings, with plenty of lovely local wine on tap. The fact that the house is not overlooked meant (and continues to mean) complete privacy, something which we value highly. As the kids have grown older, so our horizons have expanded to include days on the beach, walks along the cliffs, sailing in Bandol and Saint Cyr. L'Ecrignole is also an ideal base for longer range exploration and so we have been on day trips to places such the Roman amphitheatre in Nimes and a nearby Falconry. Marineland in Cannes remains a popular destination, out of high season! In years gone by we have driven into the southern Alps, following the Lavender route for example. But in the process we discovered that one of the kids gets car sick from the mountain passes, which rather took the enjoyment out of these trips. One thing still left on our to do list is some skiing trips. In principle a 2 hour drive will bring you to a good ski region. So a day or two skiing is entirely feasible.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
They say that one should chose a property based on three things: Location, Location and Location. The location of L'Ecrignole is in many ways perfect. We first fell in love with the view and then, later, with the peace and privacy. After more than 10 years owning L'Ecrignole we have never become tired of the view. Summer or Winter, you can find us sat outside taking in the vista and the peace. Our favourite time of the year is late spring or late summer, when the temperature is a little cooler and the region a little quieter. Warm enough to spend all day outside, cool enough to be active during the day, quiet enough to avoid the coastal tourists of July & August. But you can also find us snoozing in the afternoon sun/shade in August or sitting outside in a ski-jacket, wrapped in a blanket in Mid-Winter.
- Primary: +44 771 0193951 UK Mobile Phone
- Secondary: +31 653 306094 NL Mobile Phone
L'Ecrignole occupies a unique location with a panoramic vista to the Med
New 2013: dramatically improved view to the South, direction of Bandol/Sanary
Kitchen with full facilities
Lounge with Sky HD TV, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Airplay Hifi & Wifi
Double Bedroom Upstairs
Downstairs Double Bedroom
New 2013: 150 metre concrete driveway greatly improving access.
Magnificent vista across vineyards to the sea
In the heart of the Bandol wine region
Hot sun, warm pool, chilled wine
Hummingbird hawkmoth in the garden
12 x 5 metre salt water swimming pool with (optional) heating.
View to the West, direction of La Ciotat
Lounge and Dining Room with wood burning stoves
Master Bedroom with Four Poster Bed
Two Single Beds Upstairs
Maximum privacy (& difficult to photograph!)
Aerial photograph of villa and pool (2003)
Midnight swimming in a heated pool
Playing monopoly on the terrace as the sun sets
Spectacular sunsets every evening
Summer butterflies in the garden
And for wine lovers
4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
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