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L'Ecrignole occupies a unique location with a panoramic vista to the Med

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Villa
  • 240 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            We prefer to keep the villa a smoke free zone....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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          • Bedrooms 1 - 3 are upstairs, bedroom 4 is downstairs. Bedrooms 1 and 4 are at the front of the house. Bedrooms 1 and 4 have an ensuite bathrooms...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

            En-suite Bedroom 1...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Obergeschoss...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: combination tub/shower

            Direkt zugänglich von Schlafzimmer 4...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet

            Erdgeschoss...moreless

          • The bathrooms are decorated in typical Provence style, with tiles from the local area....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library:

                Limited selection of music available. Connect your iDevice to the Hifi to play back your own music....moreless

              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Full Sky HD installation. We also have a French TV box....moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television:

                Flat screen, LCD....moreless

              • Video Game Console:

                XBOX 360...moreless

              • Video Games:

                We have some games, but better bring your own!...moreless

              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Family
              • Luxury

              Attractions

              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Marina
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

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

              Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Paragliding
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Computer Available
              • Fireplace
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Local Maps
              • PC
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Security System
              • Telephone
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove
              • Fax

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen
              • Kitchenette
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Balcony:

                Solarium accessed from master bedroom...moreless

              • Barbecue
              • Deck / Patio:

                The terrace is large and faces the south west to take in the best of the vista. Plenty of sun beds and garden chairs are provided, along with a large garden table to maximise outdoor living....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill:

                Gas barbecue / grill is available. Must be used close to the house in accordance with fire regulations....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Terrace

              Pool / Spa

              • Heated Pool
              • Outdoor Pool
              • Private Pool:

                Salt water pool. 12mx5m. Heated (on request at extra cost)...moreless

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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  October
                  Sep 28 - Nov 1, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  £250
                  £1,650

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit £150
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  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 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.

                  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.


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                  Location

                  60 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Marseilles
                  2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Le Beausset
                  9 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf
                  Le Fregate
                  10 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Bandol
                  6 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  La Cadiere / Le Beausset
                  2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Le Beausset
                  10 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Les Lesques / Saint Cyr

                  Car: Necessary

                  L’Ecrignole is situated on a quiet, unspoilt hilltop to the south of Le Beausset, and is within easy reach of the shops, markets, beaches and restaurants. The views from the villa are of the Mediterranean at La Ciotat and the medieval hilltop town La Cadiere to the West and vineyards and foothills to the bay of Bandol to the South. Sunsets are often spectacular and nights clear enough to see the planets and stars.

                  Le Beausset is still a relatively unspoilt Provençal town with a variety of shops, including two supermarkets, an excellent street market and various cafes and restaurants. The coast is about 10km away at Bandol, a fishing port with various sandy beaches. It is a pleasant town retaining a more French atmosphere than many other Mediterranean holiday towns. The very pretty resorts of Sanary and Cassis are also nearby, and the cliff-top walks west of Bandol (near Port d’Alon) are particularly beautiful. For the more adventurous there is the mountain hiking area of Sainte Baume, 45 mins away by car.

                  The best beaches are to be found at Les Lesques and Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, also about 10 km away from the villa. The shopping centre and historical harbour of Marseilles is about 45 mins away by car.

                  Within a radius of about 80-160 km there is a wealth of site seeing.

                   

                  Owner info

                  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.


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                  Speaks: english, dutch

                   

                  Photos

                  • L'Ecrignole occupies a unique location with a panoramic vista to the Med

                    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

                    New 2013: dramatically improved view to the South, direction of Bandol/Sanary

                  • Kitchen with full facilities

                    Kitchen with full facilities

                  • Lounge with Sky HD TV, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Airplay Hifi & Wifi

                    Lounge with Sky HD TV, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Airplay Hifi & Wifi

                  • Double Bedroom Upstairs

                    Double Bedroom Upstairs

                  • Downstairs Double Bedroom

                    Downstairs Double Bedroom

                  • New 2013: 150 metre concrete driveway greatly improving access.

                    New 2013: 150 metre concrete driveway greatly improving access.

                  • Magnificent vista across vineyards to the sea

                    Magnificent vista across vineyards to the sea

                  • In the heart of the Bandol wine region

                    In the heart of the Bandol wine region

                  • Hot sun, warm pool, chilled wine

                    Hot sun, warm pool, chilled wine

                  • Hummingbird hawkmoth in the garden

                    Hummingbird hawkmoth in the garden

                  • 12 x 5 metre salt water swimming pool with (optional) heating.

                    12 x 5 metre salt water swimming pool with (optional) heating.

                  • View to the West, direction of La Ciotat

                    View to the West, direction of La Ciotat

                  • Lounge and Dining Room with wood burning stoves

                    Lounge and Dining Room with wood burning stoves

                  • Master Bedroom with Four Poster Bed

                    Master Bedroom with Four Poster Bed

                  • Two Single Beds Upstairs

                    Two Single Beds Upstairs

                  • Maximum privacy (& difficult to photograph!)

                    Maximum privacy (& difficult to photograph!)

                  • Aerial photograph of villa and pool (2003)

                    Aerial photograph of villa and pool (2003)

                  • Midnight swimming in a heated pool

                    Midnight swimming in a heated pool

                  • Playing monopoly on the terrace as the sun sets

                    Playing monopoly on the terrace as the sun sets

                  • Spectacular sunsets every evening

                    Spectacular sunsets every evening

                  • Summer butterflies in the garden

                    Summer butterflies in the garden

                  • And for wine lovers

                    And for wine lovers

                  £250 per night (GBP)
                  5

                  4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                  Speaks: english, dutch
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