Seillans Village House: Quiet. Character. History. Views.
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Seillans house description
Rent the main house (4 adults) or add the guest house next door (2 adults) to accommodate up to 6 adults. This ancient village house with a private guest house was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by Christian Richer, a well-known local architect. Relax and enjoy your time in Provence by staying in a private home with great character and comfortable furnishings. Modern kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white stucco walls, large windows and medieval details.
Each of the four floors in the main house is furnished with colorful French and Native American fabrics matched with a mix of antiques. As is typical with village houses, ours is very compact and vertical in nature. Rooms are bright and open but not large by US standards. Be prepared to go up and down the narrow, circular staircase several times each day.
The front hall includes a coat closet and utility room. Up the narrow curving staircase takes you to a guest bedroom with built-in desk, twin beds, good closet space and a separate tiled bath with combined shower/tub and a built-in clothes washer/dryer.
Up another short flight of curving steps brings you to the living area, one side of which has windows that overlook the tiled rooftops of Seillans and beyond to L'Esterel mountains.
This area includes a pillowed banquette, antique chairs, settee, a working fireplace, dining area and a modest yet well provisioned kitchen. Large windows open wide to let in the sunlight and cool hillside breezes.
Just a few steps off the main room is the master bedroom suite with a double bed, built-in closets, and a sitting area with a desk and bookcases filled with books and guides. The bedroom also includes a pumpkin-and-white ceramic-tiled bath with fluffy white towels, a skylight, and a large shower. A pocket door provides additional privacy between the master bedroom and the main living area.
The roof terrace is reached via a set of handcrafted mahogany stair/steps. These are very steep but surprisingly easy to adjust to. Up top you will discover a breathtaking view of the countryside below with l’Estérel mountain range in the distance, swallows overhead and tiled rooftops below. The terrace includes a table, chairs, sun umbrella and Provencal kitchen with BBQ grill, sink with running water, dishes, and pots of flowers.
Seillans is a small, quiet medieval village. You go there to get away. There are no streets inside the village. And so there are no vehicles. Cobblestone footpaths, protected by the historic trust, traverse the 300-house village. Here you can decrease your carbon footprint while on vacation because you can easily walk, not drive, from our house to local businesses and cafes. And you walk to our house from the parking areas provided along the village perimeter.
A short walk down La Rue de la Boucherie brings you to the busiest part of the village where there is a small grocery store, flower shop, pizzeria, gift shop, day spa, bakery, post office, ATM machine, beauty salon and a newspaper/tabac shop. There are outdoor tables in the square at Placette de la Route where you can order food and drink from the cafe/bar Charlot.
Or you can walk back up to Place du Thouron, find a table by the fountain and enjoy a more substantial meal at La Gloire du Mon Pere.
And while Seillans has 4-5 restaurants, a few shops, interesting art galleries (like The Orange Tree), and a small but quite charming hotel, it is not a major tourist destination. There are no crowds here to impede a stroll to the boule grounds where you can order a glass of rose from the little bar for one Euro, sit a moment, or take a look at Le Génie de la Bastille, a sculpture created by Max Ernst when he lived in Seillans with his wife, Dorothea Tanning. You can also order an aperitif under the plane trees shading the Hotel des Deux Rocs, enjoying the view of the Chateau, the 12th century Saracen's Gate, and Font d'Amont.
Seillans may be quiet (at least when the church bells are not ringing) but it is far from isolated. Day trips can be planned along the Cote d'Azur, into the heart of Provence, or up into the Haut Var, the region just above Seillans. And then there are all those other intriguing perched villages where you can spend an afternoon visiting local mills that produce extra-virgin olive oils, watch as local artisans create stunning hand-blown glassware, shop for fresh foods and antiques at outdoor Marches, or spend time driving from vineyard to vineyard, for degustation, sampling the local Cote Provence wines right in Seillans at Chateau Selves or Val d’Iris.
Other destinations within an hour's drive (depending on traffic conditions of course) range from an ancient abbey at Thoronet to the Mediterranean beaches, like those at Frejus, Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice. And then, just think, you get to drive back to the peace and quiet of our private home in Seillans, just in time for dinner on the terrace.
Rent one or both houses!
Our property in Seillans includes the main house and a self-contained guest house right next door. Either home can be rented separately or rent them both as one package for larger groups. The two-floor guest house has a private balcony, full (small) kitchen, living area with fireplace, one bedroom (two twin beds), and one bath w shower. The guest house is attached to, and designed in the same style as the main house, but reached by a separate private entry. When rented together, the two houses comfortably accommodate six+ people. The rate for the main house and guest house TOGETHER is an additional 700 Euro / $850 USD (approx) per week over the main house rental. Or rent just the guest house. It's an inexpensive way to stay in the village of Seillans. Email for availability as the guest house rentals are not shown on the calendar.
Keywords: Seillans, Rental, House, Historic, Maison de Village. Renovated 14th-Century House & Guest House
- Vacation Rental
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
- Double Beds (1) Master bedroom includes individual reading lights in headboard., Twin or Single Beds (2) The spare room in the main house and the bedroom in the guest house each have two twin beds., Child Beds (1) This spare bed folds up and is kept in the guest house closet., Baby Cribs (1) Cribs can be made available on request....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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Parking Off Street:
Because Seillans does not allow vehicles into the heart of the village, there are several public parking areas just outside the perimeter. Most of these are a short walk from the property (300 feet) and it is not difficult to find a place....moreless
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- Music Library:
- CD Player
There is a house phone for free calls throughout France. Prepaid phone cards can be used for long distance, or you can use Skype for very inexpensive calls via our wifi internet ADSL access line....moreless
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Deck / Patio:
Outstanding views over the village and beyond. Perfect for private evening meals while watching swallows circle above. Terrace also has sink with running water, potted plants, sunshade umbrella, tables and chairs....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Hunting Small Game
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Network of marked hiking trails criss-cross the area; Tennis on Seillans' 2 Courts (more courts in Fayence 5 kms distant); Seillans has a small Pool; Olympic Pool in Fayence; Sailing & Windsurfing on Lake St Cassien 20 minutes away; world class sailplane center at Fayence; Hang Gliding & Paragliding at Moustiers & Lachens Mountains; Horseback riding; Boule (or Petanque)Seillans' Boule Ground is just a 5-minute walk away. But if little white balls are more your style, there are two 18-hole golf courses nearby at the Four Seasons Terre Blanche just outside Fayence: www.terreblancegolfclub.com...moreless
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We absolutely loved returning to Seillans each evening after touring Provence and the Côte d'Azur each day. The cottage has everything you need to have a pleasant relaxing stay. The peace and quiet of staying in a hilltop village is not to be missed.
- Guest Ann (husband Doug) C.
- Date of stay 10/02/13
- Review Submitted 10/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
We had a fantastic time in SeillanGuest comment entered by owner
We had a fantastic time in Seillan
Such a beautiful place and your home was perfect for us. We loved the roof-top terrace and the view. Your house keeper was very, very helpful as well. We ended up not being able to hire a car at the airport so we had to catch a taxi from the airport. But your house keeper ended up offering to take us back to the airport for half the price that of the taxi, so we were pretty happy with that. We had dinner at the restaurant around the corner from your place, ( the one with all the lovely big trees, not the one attached to the hotel) the night before the wedding. Think most of the people that attended the wedding also came to dinner so there was about 60 people at dinner. They did a lovely 3 course set menu for us. Thanks again for letting us stay in your beautiful home. Unfortunately its a bit further away for us to travel over from New Zealand, but would def recommend it to people if they were heading over that way. Oh and thanks for the bottle of wine, it was lovely =)
- Guest Fiona
- Date of stay 09/07/12
- Review Submitted 11/14/12
The Perfect Spot for Our First Visit to France
The Perfect Spot for Our First Visit to France
Mark's friendly and informative emails prior to our visit were just the beginning of a truly wonderful experience at his and Kim's lovely home. It was clear that they had anticipated every question that first-time visitors to the area might have, and had thoughtfully provided the answers. The furnishings and bedding were comfortable, the decor was charming, the kitchen was well-equipped, and everything was clean and inviting - the pictures truly don't do it justice. And the rooftop terrace was amazing - we sat at the little table with a glass of wine, gazing out at the hills and thought, "It just doesn't get any better than this." The village of Seillans is delightful, with a couple of good restaurants (La Gloire de mon Pere and Chez Hugo), a little boulangerie, an artists' workshop, a boule court, an olive mill, an outdoor cafe, fountains, plane trees, gardens and the famous chats de Seillans, who allow you to admire them as they sleep in the sun. It's also the perfect jumping-off point for visiting some of the other villages perched on nearby hillsides. After a day exploring gorges, 9th-century ruins or eating lunch at one of so many terrific restaurants (including one with a Michelin star), it was a real pleasure to return to our "snug harbor" in the village and relax while we planned the next day's adventures. We can't recommend Mark and Kim's home highly enough, especially if you have not been to the area before. You will be glad you chose it for your stay, but, we have to warn you - you won't EVER want to leave.
- Guest Nancy & Ed (Thomaston, Maine)
- Date of stay 09/29/12
- Review Submitted 10/09/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks for your review. You are too kind.
Guest house and main house guests 11-2011Guest comment entered by owner
Guest house and main house guests 11-2011
Get away from it all in a French village Left on 11/29/2011 for a stay in November 2011 We stayed in both the main house and the guest house for a week in November. Having visited France several times before, we were ready for a different experience from the usual hotel in the middle of town--we wanted to experience a taste of village life. The directions provided from the Nice airport were very very very clear! There was no way to get lost. Both houses had lots of specifics provided about the amenities, wireless, telephone service, emergency numbers, etc, and were very comfortable. They were sparkling clean with spacious, modern bathrooms. Wish there had been an actual coffee maker, but we figured out how to use the French press pretty quickly. Wireless worked great in both houses. We loved the guitar and played almost every night, or played music on our Ipod. Stairs in the houses are steep and the streets of the town are rocky and uneven, so this is definitely not a place for tiny children or anyone with mobility issues. We loved the authenticity, gorgeous surroundings, and slow pace, but it would not be good for someone looking for lots of "action" (at least not in the late fall). There were one or two restaurants open and serving for a couple of hours on most days, and a big grocery store about a 15-minute drive away in Tourette. We took a couple of great daytrips to Nice/Antibes/Cannes which are easy drives, and there are some great local wineries that are worth a visit. On Saturdays most everything is open, and there are wonderful craftspeople selling handmade jewelry, clay tiles, and other local products. I would recommend this rental to a friend who is looking for this sort of experience. It's not for everyone, since it's very much an authentic French village and not a tourist haven. For us it was perfect!
- Guest Karen
- Date of stay 11/18/11
- Review Submitted 11/30/11
25th Wedding AnniversaryGuest comment entered by owner
25th Wedding Anniversary
From a couple who stayed for a week in September 2011: "We were just talking about your home tonight over what was the most fabulous dinner at La Gloire de mon Pere. The home you have here is lovely and we are enjoying ourselves immensely. The problem is we should have added an extra week since we have such a hard time leaving the comfort of the place. We are not early risers, so by the time we get up, have breakfast on the roof, read the papers (over the Internet) in the sun, do some business, it is late morning! Than we just sit a little longer because we can. But, we have managed to visit some lovely places. But, we don't like to stray to far. For the record, the information you left is fabulous and it made our stay so much easier. Any questions we might have had have were all addressed in your notebook. So, in short, this was the best 25th wedding anniversary we could have had! We will be very sad when we turn the door key, twice, for the last time."
- Guest Pam
- Date of stay 09/20/11
- Review Submitted 10/22/11
Guest comment entered by owner
"We had a wonderful stay at this house in Seillans! From the moment I picked up the phone to make the booking everything was perfect. From the meticulous details that the owners sent me, including driving directions and things to do in the area, to the wonderful condition of the house. The highlight for me was the roof terrace, the view is spectacular and we spent several evenings up there having a bbq and playing cards and enjoying a few drinks. The village itself is charming, there is plenty to explore and several restaurants to eat out in. 5 stars and highly recommended."
- Guest Guests from London
- Date of stay 06/06/11
- Review Submitted 06/14/11
Guest comment entered by owner
"Going Back in Time but Having Modern Comforts" Our stay was wonderful here. It was my husband and me and our three young children, ages 9, 9, and 7. My kids loved it and pretended they were the characters from Harry Potter and it was number 12 Gimauld Place. I loved it because it felt like we had gone back in time but had all the comforts we needed. It was well supplied and perfectly clean. One night we had a huge rain storm and the rain filled the pathways with flowing streams. It was magical as my whole family went out to splash in the puddles and get drenched! And the church bells, I loved them! They would ring a few times a day and were beautiful to hear and watch from right outside our door. If up on the terrace, you could see them. We spent most meals on the beautiful terrace in order to soak in the view while feeling the sun or breeze on our faces. When we first booked this little place I was wondering how the walk from the car was going to be, especially with three kids, knowing that it was a little distance away. It was awesome! I loved walking into the village, especially at night! I would say that I preferred it. Being able to experience the village before you get to the house just made it that much more awesome. There was a little kitten that would greet the kids any time we were outside our door. The process of booking and arriving was made very easy with all the information that the owners provided! I highly recommend this for any vacation to Provence.
- Guest Review from recent guests
- Date of stay 05/02/11
- Review Submitted 05/14/11
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My husband and a very good friend spent 8 days at the village home of Mark and Kim Jespersen. My husband is French and the both of us had spent some time already in the south of France, but had never stayed in a village. Mark and Kim provide a great preview of what to expect upon arriving, giving detailed information from leaving the Nice airport to instructions on how to operate anything in the house. This is all extremely helpful in helping to make a vacation stress free. The village of Seillans is about an hour from the coast. It was so relaxing to get back to the house after a day of sightseeing, sit on the terrace with a glass of rose and watch the sun go down. Seillan in april is relatively quiet, not heavily touristy. Not too far away are more lively towns - I was very happy to have Seillans to return to each night. The house in in the very middle of the village. The house itself is a typical village home with a narrow circular staircase separating the two bedrooms in the main house. The master is off of the main living are and there is a small staircase leading to the terrace behind the chimney - almost like a companionway on a boat. It's absolutely charming! It's the perfect getaway. The southern views from the kitchen/living area and from the terrace are spectacular, and the kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and more... We all had such a great time in this location. My girlfriend and I ran each morning and my husband did the croissant run...then we hit the road and explored the Gorges du Verdon, Mons, Nice, Cannes, St.Tropez, Valbonne, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Bargemon, Antibes...nearby vineyards, the list goes on.
- Guest Unedited review from three recent guests
- Date of stay 04/05/10
- Review Submitted 05/09/11
Guest comment entered by owner
My sister and I stayed for a week in Seillans. The town is charming and a great jumping off point for visits to other villages. It is remarkably easy to get anywhere. The house is equipped with everything one could need(no big tv, but who needs that?). the Jespersen's have a wonderful library of maps and guidebooks for the area. We loved having morning coffee on the balcony and relaxing there in the early evenings after a day of travel. The beds are comfortable, kitchen well equipped. The living/dining area isn't large by american standards, but again , if you are out and about, or up on the balcony, it's all one needs. Great spot, great location and very well cared for the owners!
- Guest Professional Chef and Sister
- Date of stay 04/15/11
- Review Submitted 05/03/11
Guest comment entered by owner
These comments were submitted to our other rental site but we wanted to include them here as well: We found the house and location exceeded our expectations. It was comfortable and well-equipped but most importantly it gave us the chance to stay in a beautiful and historic village. June 2010 We have rented many homes in France and their efforts to provide background information and the way in which their home is decorated and maintained was much better than most we've rented. June 2010 This was the perfect place to spend our vacation with our daughters. The place was comfortable with plenty of space, and we enjoyed many dinners on the rooftop deck as we admired the beautiful view. May 2010 Honestly I would not change anything about your house, everything was perfect. May 2010
- Guest From four recent guests June-July 2010
- Date of stay 07/01/10
- Review Submitted 07/24/10
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7 night min stay
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7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
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Local farmer's market in nearby Callian, about 10 km from Seillans. Always open Sat mornings and many other days depending on season. Fifteen farmers of the township offer their specialties at this intersection at the foot of the village near Grasse-Draguignan road, not far from the Domaine de Terre Blanche. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, poultry Farm of B�ou� Seren Les Arcs, foie gras, duck breast ... Farm Allexandre Callian, wines of the Domaine de Ramatuelle Bruno Latil (3 to 4.70 euros), honey, jams ... Ample parking....MoreCollapse
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: We decided that a 700-year-old village house in Seillans was much more interesting to own than stocks & bonds. Come see for yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet of life in a medieval village with wonderful restaurants, small shops, and art galleries all within the confines of this car-free perched village. Surrounded by forests and nestled on a hillside in the Var region, Seillans is a wonderful place to relax. This area of France is a wonderful combination of lovely beaches, red rock mountains, the ocean, inland lakes, the Alps, canyons, fascinating cities, medieval villages, and great food wherever you go. And these are just some of the reasons why we enjoy life here in the Var. We are fairly quiet so the atmosphere in Seillans is just perfect for us. It can get a little boisterous in August, but it will still seem quiet to those who come from larger cities.
Why the Owner Chose Seillans:
Beyond the holiday crowds in the heart of Provence, or along the Côte d'Azur, the historic perched villages of Seillans, Fayence, Mons, Bargemon, Callian and many others offer visitors a relaxed pace where you can unwind and enjoy life ... once you are off the French roads of course. These are just more reasons why we chose this place for our home away from home. And we enjoy sharing the experiences of those who come to rent our home each year, as they discover life in the south of France for themselves.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Have you ever wanted to experience life in a renovated 700-year-old home? High up in a medieval perched village? Our home in Seillans has a long history of occupants ranging from farm animals to generations of families long gone. So if you enjoy being a part of history as much as we do, then learning more about the perfumerie up the hill, the artists Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning, the old silk worm building, the Chateau, and the 11th century church around the corner (L'Eglise Saint Leger) then you might also enjoy staying in the village of Seillans and in the Var. There are wonderful hiking trails beginning in Seillans. You can swim in freshwater Lac St Cassein. There is even a brand new sports center for those who skateboard or mountain bike. And Seillans has a public swimming pool and tennis courts. Local art galleries dot the village and surrounding area which has been a haven for artists over the years. The light here is brilliant and you can see works from the masters in many places from the Picasso museum in Antibes to the Maeght Foundation in St Paul Vence. And if you like antiques as much as we do, there are weekly markets throughout the area ... from flea markets to serious antique events. But nothing surpasses the food. Much of it locally grown and sold in weekly markets, farmer's markets, and in local grocery stores. Add the local olive oils, wines, honey and bread to die for and you may want to get a house here yourself one day. If you prefer night life and the bustle of the city, you may want to rent closer to the coast in Cannes, Antibes or Nice. But you can always go there from our place, it's only a 45 minute drive.
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Seillans: Arrow points to our home's roof terrace w umbrella. Photo by Gary
Beautiful spiral stairs.There are four levels so you will get a lot of exercise.
Sunset after a rare rainstorm. Terrace views private and stunning.
Pillowed banquet & fire place where you can read, relax and enjoy a quiet meal.
Small, charming kitchen. Mix of new and old things for memorable meals.
Master bedroom also has a private bathroom with shower, desk and free wifi.
The guest house next door overlooks roses and historic Placette Font-Jordany.
Guest house can be rented separately or combined with main house rental.
Seillans: One of the most beautiful villages in France & historically protected.
Terrace view from the main house. Enjoy sunny Provence year round.
Roof terrace kitchen w Weber BBQ and sink for dining outdoors in style.
Kitchen & dining area, perfect for breakfast or dinner with locally-grown food.
Master bedroom includes a double bed, windows and lots of closet space.
Second bedroom in main house has a private bathroom w washer/dryer.
Guest house has 2 single beds, private bathroom w shower and washing machine.
We can't promise you a rainbow, but this is one seen from our terrace last year.
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