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Beautiful old stone villa with private pool & spectacular view, very peaceful

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Secluded location, 5 km from Seillans village, 4 bedrooms/ sleeps 7, 4 bathrooms

Le Rayol is a carefully renovated natural stone villa standing in 15 acres of terraced olive-groves, maritime pine trees and grass. The house faces south-east and the house-front and terraced patio (for 'al fresco' meals!) are covered by a beautiful old wisteria. Here you will find peace and quiet, summer breezes, carrying the scent of lavender, thyme, rosemary and pine, and a 'forever' view to die for.

In the white washed clear and simple decor of the house you will also find some family antiques. The windows have wooden shutters on the inside and out. There is a 12x6 m outdoor private swimming-pool and a breathtaking open view over the hills towards the sea. Easy winter-living: you will find central heating and a fire place for the cooler months of the year. The house also adjusts well for 2 people. There are no immediate neighbours. Shaded parking. Outdoor furniture provided. Please note that the last 800 metres or so of road to the property is not tarred and its condition varies depending on the weather. After many weeks of heavy rain (very rare during the main season) one has to drive carefully to avoid small rock protrusions. No need for 4x4 vehicles.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

Why Sebastian chose Seillans

Der Spiegel Oktober 2013: Herbst an der Côte d'Azur: Endlich Nebensaison

What makes this villa unique

Very private; amazing, unobstructed view; peaceful and extraordinarily relaxing

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 4 weeks at 'Le Rayol' were fantastic. It was a real pleasure to live there for such long holidays and we enjoyed every minute of it. It is a beautiful estate and all was perfect. We felt blessed by the complete seclusion of Le Rayol thanks to the substantial land surrounding it. The beauty of the nature, the animals and the privacy were really enjoyed by us when we made our walks through the environnement almost every day. Also we benefitted from the almost permanent cloudless skies to do a lot of 'star gazing' at night. You have developped a beautifully landscaped garden with numerous terraces and lovely olive trees.

Just to say how very much we all enjoyed our week at Le Rayol. It really is the most wonderful place - the beautifully furnished house, the superb pool with its breathtaking views and the magical gardens. We loved Seillans and enjoyed exploring many of the surrounding villages. Thank you again for letting us use your fantastic house.
May 2012
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Seillans Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Gallery - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa Bed
    Bedroom nr. Kitchen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 1 suite with twin beds, bath and shower, wc extra. 1 bedroom with twin beds, 1 bedroom with double bed, each with en-suite shower and wc. 1 bedroom on gallery with sofa-bed, en-suite bathroom, bidet and wc.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cleaning lady on request once a week (15 € per hour), guests staying-on longer than 1 week are obliged to have our cleaning lady in on a weekly basis on Saturdays for 3-4 hours (depending on how many people are staying for € 15 per hour). She will change the bed-linen and towels and clean the house. Swimming pool not enclosed. Twice weekly professional swimming pool maintenance during the main season. Outside store-room for garden furniture. Track towards the house not tarred for the last 800m or so, drive carefully if small rocks protruding. No need for 4x4 vehicle.


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Beautiful old stone villa with private pool & spectacular view, very peaceful
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 34 reviews

Ein wundervoller Platz der Ruhe und Schönheit!

  • 5 of 5

Das Anwesen besteht aus einem geräumigen provencalischen Landhaus (mit wunderschönen Möbeln und Badezimmern), einer großen Gartenanlage mit Oleander und Olivenbäumen sowie einem großzügigen Pool. Bemerkenswert ist die absolute Ruhe an diesem Platz. Es ist uns sehr schwer gefallen, wieder wegzufahren.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Gem

  • 5 of 5

This our second visit to this villa, which is unprecedented for us. If you like rural and quiet, but the luxury of a well appointed house and wonderful pool with lovely views, then this is it. The only disturbance you will get will be the very discrete pool cleaner once per week, the drifting gliders and the occasional sound of various friendly wildlife.

You can walk into Seillans (typical hill top town), which takes about 40 minutes, so you are not completely cut off from civilisation. There is a Michelin star restaurant there, which is very good (and not too expensive). The walk is through the ancient trees that surround the villa for miles and is well worth doing. You are in easy reach of Monte Carlo, Antibes, Nice etc and you have all the amenities that you would need within a relatively short drive. The 'road' to the villa is a hoot, so best leave the Lamborghini at home.... the little Peugeot that we had coped admirably.

Importantly Sebastian is the perfect owner and gentleman - always responds to emails and is extremely helpful.

We will be going back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful secluded villa with pool

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent two weeks at Le Rayol. It has been fabulous. The house is great and just as described. The location is very private and is perfect to allow you to relax and soak up the sun.

Whilst the house is out of the way it is Only a 10 mins drive to the local village of Seillans. The village is small but it has a couple of very good restaurants serving excellent French god. It also has a local supermarket and pizza place. Most of all we enjoyed having coffee in one of the town squares.

We would really recommend Le Rayol, you could spend the whole time in the villa but if you want to explore then this is a great base. Sebastian was a very responsive host and made everything easy.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully secluded and private villa yet 15 minutes from civilisation

  • 5 of 5

Spent 2 beautiful weeks enjoying the peace and quiet of this lovely villa. Fantastic pool and views and no sounds other than birds and crickets. The villa is spacious and well furnished with all the facilities we needed including wi-fi for the children

Seillans has 3 very good restaurants, a small supermarket, bars, boulangerie and a pizza take-away. Slightly further afield Fayence and Bargemon offer more restaurants, bars and facilities and very easy to get everything you could possibly need. Plenty of sights to visit on days out and we would thoroughly recommend the villa and the area for a memorable French holiday.

The owner was extremely helpful and easy to deal with and everything went very smoothly.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Erholung schon nach wenigen Stunden.

  • 5 of 5

Es ist hier oben doch einige Grad kälter als am Meer. Cannes liegt nur eine 3/4 Std. mit dem Auto entfernt von Seillans. Hier ist alles sehr malerisch, sauber und einladend. Gesäumt von Villen wurde der Weg immer schmaler, der Wald dichter. Wir wähnten uns bereits auf dem falschen Pfad, jetzt nur noch im Schritttempo fahrend, als vor uns auf einer Lichtung dieses verträumte Kleinod auftauchte. So schön gelegen, mit diesem nach der Enge des Waldes so befreiendem Weitblick auf die angrenzenden Hügel. Wir bereisten bereits viele Ecken der Provence und hatten uns in wirklich noblen Herbergen niedergelassen, hier aber waren wir sofort zu Hause. Dieses unbeschreibliche warme Gefühl, das einen komplett vergessen lässt eine Reise gegen Geld gebucht zu haben. Es setzte sich im Inneren des Hauses fort. Wir finden nicht die stylische Immobilie vor, die nur seelenlose Geldanlage des Besitzers darstellt, die den Gästen nur designbehaftete Mainstream Modernität suggeriert. Dieses Haus lebt, es erzählt Geschichten und wird ohne Zweifel vom Hausherren geliebt und gepflegt, in einer Sauberkeit, die man oft vergeblich in Frankreich sucht. Nicole, gute Seele , kümmert sich aufopfernd um die Belange der Gäste vor Ort. Sie versorgt das Anwesen mit der gleichen Sorgfalt und Hingabe wie der Hausherr persönlich. Ohne jemals aufdringlich zu sein werden alle Belange in einer Weise bearbeitet als wären es die Eigenen, mit der gleichen Sorgfalt und der gleichen Hingabe, die der Hausherr seit Beginn an uns hat zu Teil werden lassen. Service ? - vielleicht, wenn dann aber meisterhaft. Hell sind alle Räume und vermitteln eine Großzügigkeit, die das Haus noch lichter erscheinen lässt. Die hohen weißen Decken lassen die Räume atmen. Besonders schön der Blick von der Empore in den darunterlegenden Salon mit stattlichem Kamin. Von hier hat man einen schönen Blick auf das dahinter liegende Grundstück mit Pool. Die vielen Bücher ,umgeben von den antiken Möbeln,verlangen gelesen zu werden.Für die News aus aller Welt bedienten wir uns des Internets, morgens bei einem Rosé am Pool in absoluter Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit.Die sehr gut ausgestattet Küche verlangt nach ausgedehnten Koch-Sessions. Die vielen Tische und Nischen draußen wollen bedient werden. Der terrassierte Grund mit seinen vielen Olivenbäumen und im Schutz der umsäumenden Nadelbäumen, auch für unseren Hund der Himmel mit seinen grandiosen Aussichten. Es gibt also nichts was einer haltbaren Beanstandung wert wäre. Wir kommen wieder.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Le Rayol and it was just as perfect as the first. The house has all the comforts you need and is perfectly placed for trips out if you ever tire of the swimming pool or the views from the house. We love the absence of cars and neighbours, it's so peaceful, just the odd glider flying overhead. There are many tracks leading from the house into the forest that are good for walking or cycling. A beautiful property in a wonderful location.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
St. Raphael/Frejus
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Les Adrets
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
St. Raphael
Car: necessary

Le Rayol is situated on a hill side facing south-east towards the sea. It is surrounded by green hills and pine woods. The air is crystal clear. The next village is Seillans, a picturesque medieval place, classified as 'one of France's most beautiful villages', where the famous artist Max Ernst chose to spend the last years of his life. Seillans, with fountains, winding cobbled streets, shaded squares, with restaurants and cafés inviting you to sit outside and let village life go by. It has 2 boulangeries, a small supermarket, a chemist and a 'tabac'. Within a radius of 10 km, you can reach other medieval villages (villages perchés), also with weekly markets, antique shops, restaurants and cafes.

Nearby attractions:

Fayence, with supermarkets and all else you will need, 12km.

Bargemon (summer homes of Sir Elton John and David Beckham OBE), 10km.

Grasse, perfume centre of the world, 30km.

XII century Abbey Le Thoronet, 50km.

Canyon of the Verdon River (the largest in Europe),65km

Other Activities: soaring


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,239.92
Pet Fee $37.2
Stay tax $1.09 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Council tax of 0,66 €/person/night
Security deposit, refunded if no damage: 1000€
For rental periods of 3 weeks or more, a discount of € 200/week applies from the third week onwards; additional weekly cleaning services at € 15/hour
WiFi internet included
Heating according to usage (at cost)
For longer winter lets: apply for rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.