Historic and Charming Village House with View(18 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Please note: in July and August only there is no weekend check in, check out.
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!
Member since: 2014
- 950 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable:
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
New kitchen well equipped for those who like to cook. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine (bring your favourite pods! - a few will be supplied to get you started), and microwave....moreless
- Pantry Items
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Basic Cleaning & laundry $105.81
- Pet Fee $52.90
- Refundable Damage Deposit $264.52
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 for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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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!
Year Purchased: 2014
About: 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.
Why La Garde-Freinet, 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?
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Sun trap for morning coffee
Table expands to seat six
Here is the refrigerator - freezer is underneath
New washer and condensation dryer
...and a single bed, as well
...or relax and have an aperitif :-)
There is some parking in Place de l'Amour around the corner
There are some fun fêtes in the village!
January hike above the village - that's the sea in the distance!
Cozy sitting room
Compact but efficient open-plan kitchen/sitting room
...and the dishwasher.
Double bed in top floor bedroom...
The terrace is just outside - with clothes line...
Spring sunset from the terrace
Shops and bars are 3 minutes' walk away
And there is amazing picnic food
This is 15 minutes away...enjoy!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, February 25, 2017
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