Magnificent, Luxury Village House (Built 1609) with Walled Garden & Private Pool(1 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
5 Bedrooms, 5 en-suite shower rooms. Exceptional accommodation for 10
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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Member since: 2003
- 300 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- 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
- 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
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Nude Beach
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Activities Guide
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
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking On Street
- Toilet Paper
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
This is a large kitchen of 25m2 with 14 linear meters of work surface. It has two stone sinks, solid brass taps, two fridges, microwave, & a 'Lacanche' semi-professional 'piano' 5 burner gas cooker. ...moreless
- Mini Refrigerator
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 7 - Feb 24, 2017
7 night min stay
Feb 25 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 2 - Dec 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $32.04
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,067.95
- End-of-stay cleaning $197.57
There is a security deposit of €1000. It is paid at the same time as the balance of the rental is paid i.e. 60 days before the holiday begins.
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 (bath towel, hand towel and face cloth) are available at €10 per person per week. These are not for use outside the house e.g. for the pool.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
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 Varages, France:
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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Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - The official web site of the property
- CLICK HERE - Twelve video interviews with previous international clients
- CLICK HERE - A photo collection of the stunning 'Gorges du Verdon' (Europe's Grand Canyon) 30 minutes drive from the property.
- CLICK HERE - A guide to Provence and the Riviera
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View of courtyard and rear of house from garden.
Entrance hall looking through to the courtyard.
Kitchen (25m2) with 'piano' style gas cooker
Living / dining room
Private pool (7mx3m) in the walled garden (350m2).
Second terrace ... great for breakfast!
Hall with exposed wood ceiling
Bedroom with 4 windows and en-suite bathroom
One of the five large (22-36m2) en-suite bedrooms.
Fresh figs from the garden for breakfast!
The house of the master potter.
Front of the house on the main 'Place' of the village.
Kitchen has solid brass fittings & two stone sinks
Part of the garden viewed from the courtyard
The 350 sq meter walled garden
Hall with vaulted ceiling
Hallway has a white plaster handrail & metal lamps
Solid brass shower fittings
Bathroom with rolltop bath & solid brass fittings
Solid brass shower room fittings
Plaque found in the wall confirming date of build
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