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Historic and Charming Village House with View

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Please note: in July and August only there is no weekend check in, check out.

This lovely, historic house in the oldest, quaintest section of La Garde Freinet, built in 1850 and recently lovingly updated, will make your stay in this unique village very special.

The sunny main floor consists of a new open plan kitchen - where you can cook and socialize with your family or guests - a dining table which will seat 6 people, and a cozy sitting area with flat screen TV, French cable and Wifi for your comfort and entertainment. English speakers will enjoy the IPTV box with a vast array of English TV channels. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances: fridge, stove, electric stove top, dishwasher, microwave, and Nespresso coffee machine.

The second floor houses a large, airy master bedroom with king bed, armoire, dresser, mirrors and extra hanging rack. There is lots of room for stowing your bags and belongings. The iron and ironing board are kept here. There is also a sparkling clean, good sized bathroom on this level, with bathtub and shower, shiny new fittings, lots of towel racks and storage space. There is a hair dryer stowed under the sink, and linens and towels are provided. The washer and dryer are also here.

On the top floor, there is another bright bedroom with two windows for that lovely mountain breeze. You will sleep so well! This bedroom has a double bed and another single bed, which can also be used as a sofa for napping or reading.

From the second floor stairway window, there is a view of the ancient fort from which La Garde Freinet gets its name, and from the upstairs bedroom skylight windows, you can see La Croix (the cross that watches over our village from the crest above). And there are lovely views from the terrace across the rooftops to the mountains in the distance.

Just outside this bedroom door is the door to the rooftop terrace, or 'terrasse tropezienne.' This roomy terrace has a pretty vintage metal table with 6 chairs

for lunches or dinners, and there are chaise longues for your use for very private sun-tanning.

Back on the main floor now, outside the east-facing front door, which catches the warm morning sun, there is a little café table with chairs, where you can enjoy morning coffee and croissants amongst the potted geraniums and lauriers. You can plan your days of sightseeing or marketing in the neighboring villages, hiking the many very scenic trails around La Garde Freinet, or touring the glorious beaches of the Cote d'Azur just 20 to 30 minutes drive from your door.

This house has been furnished as a home as opposed to a rental unit, with all of the comforts and amenities the owner needs to feel at home here: including a well-equipped kitchen, and clean, new furnishings and creature comforts.

The history of the house and neighbourhood is an interesting one. Constructed in the mid 1800s, probably to cater to the men working in the cork industry that was booming then. It is said that the reason the tiny street and square attached were named Rue and Place de l'Amour is because the houses were bordellos servicing the cork workers.

This house may have been a 'house of love' at one time, but it was also home for many years to one of France's most decorated army generals.

The village of La Garde Freinet has a fascinating history - worth delving into - and now is home to an eclectic group of people living in and around it, who make it a very cool and fun place to be. Enjoy evenings of people watching as you dine outdoors on the cute, quaint main street - just steps from the house. Market days are Sundays and Wednesdays, always a festive vibe those mornings; join the locals having coffee at the Bar du Soleil after your browse through the stalls.

Be sure to hike up to the Roches Blanches, the glimmering quartz precipice above the village, overlooking the Golfe of St Tropez. You can see the Mediterranean shimmering in the distance, and the vast view of the plains that made the Saracens carve out their cave-like dwellings here, that gave the village its start a thousand years ago.

It's a 'merveilleux' place to rest and restore - fabulous food, great wine, exercise in the fresh mountain air, swim in the sea. What could be better?

Come and see for yourselves why the owner and many, many others are drawn to this special village and surrounding area. Come see!

More Details

Property Manager
Judith Boyce
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Judith Boyce

Hi! I'm an active professional woman, living and working in Bermuda. Canadian by birth, I'm grateful to be able to live in paradise, to be able to run, bike, swim and play golf all year around, and to enjoy the social aspects of life in a small, friendly country.

Judith Boyce purchased this house in 2014

Why Judith Boyce chose France

I fell in love with La Garde Freinet at my first visit there. The people, the food, the wine, the hiking and biking, the air, those sparkly rocks and peaks! The energy - it's amazing. The house has a special history - as does this neighbourhood of the old part of La Garde Freinet - I was drawn to it. What more can I say?

What makes this house unique

Quaint. Provençal. Recently renovated, cleaned, painted, updated - but many historic features have been preserved. Convenient - walk to restaurants, shops, or hike from the front door. Drive to St Tropez and the Mediterranean in 20 minutes. Quiet. Lovely neighbours - French, German, Swedish - so cosmopolitan - yet very private.


La Garde-Freinet House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(25 traveler reviews)

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Historic and Charming Village House with View
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Judy's house is amazing, as is La Garde Freinet!! The minute we walked through the doors of her house we felt at home. It's clean, comfortable, stylish and so so French! A pleasure to return to after a day of sight seeing. We had everything we needed. Eating in was just as much fun as going to out for a meal in the village. We loved having an aperitif at "Le Bar Du Solieil", our favourite restaurant was "Le Carnotzet" (where there was live music on Thursdays) and we adored meandering through the cobbled streets. The church bell, which chimes ever hour on the hour, was enchanting . Market days (Wednesday and Sunday) were perfect; bustling but not overly crowded and good for people watching!! La Garde Freinet is a fantastic base. You definitely need a car for exploring. We drove to the beach nearly every day (about 40 minute drive), visited hill top villages, St Tropez, Hyeres and Abbey Thoronet and much much more. We had a wonderful 2 week holiday but there is still so much left for us to do, so we will definitely return. Julie & Clive (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Julie and Clive! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the house and our wonderful village and surrounds. You really made the most of your trip! Do come back soon :-)
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Longmont, CO

A fairy tale apt in a charming French village

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming apartment located in an even more charming French village. It had everything we needed, was very clean and beautifully appointed. It's location was perfect, allowing us to take a day trip to either the beaches or the mountains. This is a wonderful property and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to relax and enjoy life in a Provencal village.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Judith's property for 7 nights, the property has all you need and more, it is beautiful, clean, comfortable and very well situated, Judith was very helpful when booking the property and the lady that looks after the rental was always contactable and to hand should we need anything whilst there. We completely fell in love with the area and we shall most certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Hayley. I am delighted you found everything you needed in the house, and that you loved our village and area. You are welcome back any time!
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Charming well-appointed village home

  • 5 of 5

We carefully chose this house for our five day stay in a hilltop village in Provence. La Garde Freinet is nestled in the green hills above the Bay of St. Tropez. It is authentic and quiet and offers church bells, cobblestone streets with a surprise around every corner, a town square which bustles on market days every Wednesday and Sunday mornings, nice restaurants where you can have breakfast, a glass of wine, a beer, a lunch or a dinner. Also in town are two small well-stocked groceries for the stay-at-home cook. Three Rue de l'Amour has been lovingly made very comfortable. The house is on three stories with a not-narrow tile staircase leading to the large master king-size bedroom and large bathroom (including a washer and dryer) on the first floor up. There is a lovely sleeping arrangement for three on the top floor. Also on the top floor is a charming terrace with views over rooftops, teak seating and a dining table for up to six people. The owner has recently installed screens thoughout the house--unusual for France! I recommend this attractively decorated and cozy house for the discerning traveller looking for "the real thing"!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place. Charming

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and great location. Very clean and bright. Loved the rooftop patio

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Wendy!
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Stuart, Florida

What a fantastic month Couldn't have asked for more comfort

  • 5 of 5

Truly a wonderful stay. This was like staying in our own home. Comfortable surroundings, great kichen, bathroom with washer and dryer. Parking close to front door. And the best of all, all the English speaking channels on the tv you could ever want. So sorry when our month was over. Judy, the owner went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, including looking after my medical needs. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy her hospitality.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you! So happy to know you were comfortable, had everything you needed and enjoyed your stay.
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Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Port Grimaud to St. Tropez
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Les Arcs-Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Port Grimaud
Car: necessary

Bonjour! Wineries and wonderful hikes and walks are just minutes from La Garde Freinet! St Tropez and Pampelonne Beach are 21 km or about 20 min drive. There are wonderful markets and wineries all along the coast. Enjoy!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $119.5
Pet Fee $59.75
Damage Deposit $298.76

No smoking please.
Fireplaces are non-functional - do not set fires in them. Decoration only.
Booklet of information is in the house.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.