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Le Mas Du Philosophe, Large Traditional Villa in Provence.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 180 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

This 5 bedroomed traditional Provençal house is with open beams, traditional fireplaces and terracotta floors. It has a large sitting room, a Provençal kitchen and is situated in a totally secluded area on 7 acres of hillside land with stunning views of the Chaine de l’Etoile national park and the famous Pilon du Roy. There is a large mature, secluded garden with surrounding pine forest and olive and almond grove. The house has its own beautiful tiled swimming pool surrounded by pine trees.

The village of Simiane (1,5 km) offers 2 traditional boulangeries, 2 pharmacies, 2 grocery shops, a butcher and the not to be missed pétanque area where the villagers play every day under the plain trees.

Take away pizza is available every evening on the main square.

The village of Mimet (4 Km.) is a small picturesque village on the top of a hill with a good restaurant with excellent views (the highest village in Provence) on the Mountain Sainte Victoire, painted hundred times by Cézanne.

2 International schools within 15 mn drive and International Lycée (public). Ideal base for a family gap year. Public transport (bus) and train (10 Mn to Aix en Provence, 14 mn to Marseille).

Keywords: Le Mas du Philosophe is a beautiful large traditional villa which lies between Simiane Collongue and Mimet. Surrounded by fertile, colourful countryside, the house provides an ideal base for families wishing to explore the region. Whilst the house lies in beautiful peaceful countryside, it is close to all amenities and within just under 10 minutes you are on the highways which take you to the beach, Marseille, Aix, the Camargue, the Lubéron or the Côte d’Azur.

This 4 bedroomed traditional Provençal house is with open beams, traditional fireplaces and terracotta floors. It has a large sitting room, a Provençal kitchen and is situated in a totally secluded area on 7 acres of hillside land with stunning views of the Chaine de l’Etoile national park and the famous Pilon du Roy. There is a large mature, secluded garden with surrounding pine forest and olive and almond grove. The house has its own beautiful tiled swimming pool surrounded by pine trees.

More Details

Owner
Françoise Brown
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2017

About Françoise Brown

British and French mixed couple, in love with Provence, sun, sea and good hiking areas. Lived in Italy and East Africa for many years we finally found our home sweet home !

Françoise Brown purchased this villa in 2005

Why Françoise Brown chose Simiane-Collongue

Perfectly located between the fabulous seaside and the mountains, we enjoy also the cultural aspect and of course the French cuisine.

What makes this villa unique

Very well situated near highway access, airport (20 mn) and Aix TGV station (fast train: 3 hours to reach Paris). Great local market 3 times a week in the nearby village. Absolute silence and privacy. Refreshing pool and tree house for fun. Concerts and festivals with international artists and the not to be missed Aix Festival (classic). Original language movies in many cinemas around. Welcome to Provence !

Amenities

Simiane-Collongue Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Le Mas Du Philosophe, Large Traditional Villa in Provence.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Friedrichsdorf, Germany
5

Beautiful base for a summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful holiday in this traditional provencal house. It has lots of luxuries to make your stay special. The location is perfect for relaxing days at home with a pool, vast grounds and a cosy fireplace. At the same time it is ideally situated for touring the region with towns like Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Cassis as well as the Côte d'Azur at close hand. We really enjoyed our time at the "Mas du Philosophe" and will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind note, we will be happy to welcome you again in Provence any time. Kind regards to the family.
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5

What an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Excellent. we had a fantastic time

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we hope to see you again next summer.
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Bologna Italy
5

A return to tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Another great stay in this wonderful house.  It’s an island of tranquility surrounded

by Nature, with a beautiful view over the tree tops. Never tire of its charming mixture

of tradition and comfort. Everything needed to get away from it all while being able to dip back into the world outside whenever you want. Well-equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, nice

big fire - it's got all we need really. Nicely off the beaten track but within easy, rapid reach of the main Provence towns. Always feel we have our own private little clearing in a majestic wood!

 

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Returning visitors are our best ad, thank you ! Super guests like you are most welcome at le Mas du Philosophe.
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5

Great location & totally relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 foodies stayed there over the summer and had an AMAZING time. The house itself is quite spacious and the grounds feel like you're in your own private forest. The orchard, the pool, the patio and the house itself made us really not want to leave!

The location is great: convenient to the coast but also to other parts of Provence. We made quite a few day trips to the lavender fields, as well as local vineyards.

We hoped to cook frequently and were very pleased by the very well appointed kitchen. The Sunday market in Gardanne was incredible, and on other days the Carrefour and bakery, fruit stand and butcher shop in Gardanne was only 10-15 mins away.

Francoise was an incredible host – providing lots of tips and suggestions even before we arrived. There was a minor issue with the circuit breaker tripping a couple of evenings but they fixed this very rapidly and it didn’t take away from the trip.

We look forward to returning soon to Philosophe!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time and thanks for your kind words. You know you are always welcome. Now that we know your tastes we can maybe fix up a few special visits to wineries next time you come. We are counting on you to add to our collection of local corks to which you so kindly and abundantly donated on your last visit. All the best from sunny Provence !
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Bologna Italy
5

Wonderful stay in Provence

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd stay at this property. What I imagine is a typical Provence country house. Spacious and full of character, traditional yet with all mod cons. Off the beaten track - when you're on the veranda you feel like you're sitting next to your own private wood so quiet moments and evenings watching the sunset in the distance or calm silence broken only by cheeping birds in the morning when you're trying to wake up. But close enough to whatever type of action you may fancy, as long as you've got a car. A series of picturesque villages on the way into Aix-en-Provence which is only about 15 kilometres away, as is Marseilles with its nightlife and wonderful port. Great to be able to feel so out of the hustle and bustle of things but to be able to dive into it when you want. Another plus point's the pool, which is great in the summer though the weather just after Christmas this time was warm enough to use it too (much to our surprise).

  • Submitted: May 29, 2012
  • Stayed: January 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and welcome back to Provence, we are always happy to see you here and host your wonderful family.
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Calanques Marseille-Cassis
"So pretty, so unique ! Do not forget to drive up to Cap Canaille and enjoy a breathless view..."
Vieux-Port
"Fish market every morning, only 20 mn drive from the house. Excellent location for evening c..."
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
Chateau d'If
Le Panier
Abbaye Saint-Victor
Atelier Paul Cézanne
"Not to be missed !"
Plage des Catalans
Cite radieuse Le Corbusier
"Amazing architecture, and a great restaurant "Le Ventre de L'Architecte". Unique experience ..."
Iles du Frioul
"Ideal for a day trip, beach, sun, easy for families."
Plage de la Pointe Rouge
"Many friendly bars to enjoy a day on the beach. Fabulous seaside."
Foundation Vasarely
"Now an official Historical Monument, for art lovers."
La Rotonde | Restaurant ‧ Caffe ‧ Lounge
"The historical place in Aix en Provence, for its beauty and traffic jams ... Lovely at night..."
L'Estaque
"Hidden beach with stones or sand, the one we love to go because it is only 20 mn from home a..."
Au Petit Nice
"3 Stars Michelin restaurant ... the BEST bouillabaisse in the world in a wonderful setting. ..."
Mimet
"Highest village of Provence, amazing views of Ste Victoire Mountain."
IBS OF PROVENCE
"International Bilingual School of Provence"
S V I S - Sainte Victoire International School
"International school in the golf park with wonderful views of Mountain Ste Victoire."
CIPEC
"Excellent for non french speaking children, friendly environment, lovely teachers."
Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Marseille Provence
Nearest Ferry
24 Kilometres
Marseille
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Simiane Collongue
Nearest Beach
19 Kilometres
Estaque
Car: necessary

Jazz and World Music festivals within 30 mn drive. Outdoor activities and sport center within 15 mn drive. Horseback riding 5 mn. Supermarket 2km. Beach 19 km.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $589.55

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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