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Live in an Unspoiled Village in Provence

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Our charmingly renovated and furnished 200-year-old village house is perfect for self-catering holidays in non-peak seasons. Out the front door: the conveniences and vitality of a working French village -- including tractors down the main street(!); out the back, an unobstructed view of the countryside from the terrace, plus the sound of a waterfall.

Four bedrooms sleep eight comfortably and privately, yet just two will feel cozy, as well. With its small pool and garden with lavender and grapevines, the holiday house, villa, vacation rental, ferienhaus or somerhaus--depending on your language--is an ideal gathering place for friends or family or an idyllic retreat for writers, artists, or academics on sabbatical. Three toilets and shower-rooms/bathrooms (one on each level); sinks in two bedrooms, ceiling fans, fuel-fired central heat (important for off-season holidays!).

The land behind the villa and its enclosed pool includes a small cottage garden. A communal path alongside the potager leads to the river's edge and a nearby waterfall. You will pass through the bountiful gardens maintained by villagers to the edge of the river.

The surrounding French countryside is filled with vineyards.... great biking, kayaking, walking, etc., are within steps. Listen to the waterfall when enjoying meals on the terrace. A local tennis club is available on a per-hour or membership basis to visitors, and horseback riding is available nearby.

You will be living in working village in rural France, not a tourist-crowded monument. Within steps are boulangeries, small shops, cafes, small markets, pharmacies, butchers, banks, post office, five wineries (in town), a traditional Saturday market, and a charming village of around 2500 people who actually like having visitors in town.

You can be as isolated as you wish yet still stroll to the Presse to pick up the day's paper, then across the street to the boulangerie for a croissant, then to the next door café for coffee. Daily fresh bread, of course, is right around the corner. Two small groceries and two fresh vegetable stores are steps away. On the outskirts of town is a larger supermarket if you feel the need for a stock-up. Even larger stores are in Brignoles, about 20 minutes away.

Carcès and other picturesque villages nearby offer lively, engaging cultural activities on a regular basis: music concerts in medieval buildings, art openings, flea markets in village squares, market days that have occurred in the same villages on the same days for hundreds of years. Within a few minutes' drive, you will find half a dozen restaurants ranging from local specialties to the highly recommended cuisine that makes the south of France so appealing.

Where in the world is Carcès? Carcès is an unspoiled village in the rosé-producing region of Provence. Located in the south of France, half-way between Nice and Marseille just north of the A8 auto route, the village is about an hour and a half from Nice, Marseille, Arles, Avignon; an hour from St. Tropez and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, to Toulon or Hyeres to the south, an hour from the dramatic Gorges du Verdon to the north.

In just 45 minutes, drive west to Aix-en-Provence to walk in the footsteps of Cezanne. Drive just two hours east for lunch in Italy. Or, stay 'home.' Fishing out the back door; horseback riding down the road; biking in vineyards and through picturesque villages nearby; the Lac de Carcès is within hiking or biking distance. A great location and an ideal accommodation.

Keywords: Provençal Winemaker's House

More Details

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About The Owner

Ken & Betsy live in San Francisco & Carcès.

Ken is a tenured professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Betsy has been a freelance writer, editor and publication designer but now is COE (Chief of EVERYTHING) at Lightscoop point com (see below).

Ken is the author of the textbook "Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach" and inventor of Professor Kobré's Lightscoop®. The Lightscoop solves UGLY flash problems for most 35mm SLR cameras that have a pop-up flash. Ken also publishes KobreGuide point com, a curated website guide to the Web's best videojournalism.

Betsy is the photojournalism book's designer and editor, plus COE (Chief of EVERYTHING) for Lightscoop point com. Betsy is a pro bono director of HandUp Congo (handupcongo point org). Betsy also is an enthusiastic member of the Fisherman's Wharf Rotary Club in San Francisco. Rotary is an amazing humanitarian organization.

Ken and Betsy also are co-authors of the 7th and 8th editions of another textbook, "Photography," which was based on the original Time/Life series of photography books.

Ken is 65. Betsy is, well, 4 years younger.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Carcès

We fell in love with Provence during several home exchanges in the area. When we decided to look for our own place, we both wanted a village house, where we could be part of daily life. Neither of us wanted a renovation (no good at that in the States... sure couldn't imagine it in France). Betsy wanted a garden. The intersection of all these desires turned out to be in Carcès.

What makes this house unique

We love living here because we're so well situated, both in the village and in the region. In addition to our Saturday market in Carcès, we're regulars at the Salernes Sunday market & the Tuesday market in Lorgues or Cotignac. We can be in Nice, Marseille, or even Arles in around 90 minutes. Aix-en-Provence is 45 minutes away. The Cote d'Azur is an hour away. Another of the great things is that there are art and entertainment opportunities occurring close by, as well... from jazz to contemporary art. We're out and about a LOT. We love the climate... even in the hottest weather, the stone walls in our house keep us cool... and in winter, the heat stays inside for the same reason. Amazing.


Carcès House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fuel-fired central heat, ceiling fans, full kitchen (including dishwasher, convection oven, food processor, dishware, beaucoup de cooking utensils), linens, iron, ironing board. Please limit smoking to the outside, as we are allergic non-smokers


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The Cote d'Azur, Petanque (Boules), Concerts, Sightseeing at Ancient Historical and Religious Sites, Art Openings, We can put you in touch with teachers for private French lessons, private French cooking lessons, You might even be interested in arriving to a home-cooked meal prepared fresh from ingredients purchased at the town's traditional market


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning + Linens $150
Property Damage Protection $99

Cancellation policy: Once received, payments are 100% refundable IF we can rebook your cancellation. Truly, we will make every effort to rebook our home. The earlier the notice, of course, the more we are likely to succeed. In that case, you will receive a refund less our expenses if we incur any. For your ultimate protection, we STRONGLY recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. We are just a nice couple sharing our home with people like you -- and not a professional agency.

Please recognize that you will be guests in our home -- not a hotel, resort, or professional property. We do everything that every responsible and loving homeowner does to maintain a healthy, happy, safe, secure, and functional home to share with our guests, friends, and families, but we cannot accept liability for accidents, death, loss or damage to persons or personal effects, however caused.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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