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Seillans Village House: Quiet. Character. History. Views.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Medieval Stone House w 2 Baths Sleeps 4 + Guest House w 1 Bath Sleeps 2

Rent the main house (4 adults) or add the private guest house next door (2 adults) to accommodate up to 6 adults. This ancient village house was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by the architect, Christian Richer. Relax and enjoy your time in Provence by staying in a private home with great character and comfortable furnishings. Modern kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white stucco walls, large windows and medieval details.

Each of the four floors in the main house is furnished with colorful French and Native American fabrics matched with a mix of antiques. As is typical with village houses, ours is very compact and vertical in nature. Rooms are bright and open but not large by US standards. Be prepared to go up and down the narrow, circular staircase several times each day.

The front hall includes a coat closet and utility room. Up the narrow curving staircase takes you to a guest bedroom with built-in desk, twin beds, good closet space and a separate tiled bath with combined shower/tub and a built-in clothes washer/dryer.

Up another short flight of curving steps brings you to the living area, one side of which has windows that overlook the tiled rooftops of Seillans and beyond to L'Esterel mountains.

This area includes a pillowed banquette, antique chairs, settee, dining area and a modest yet well provisioned kitchen. Large windows open wide to let in the sunlight and cool hillside breezes.

Just a few steps off the main room is the master bedroom suite with a double bed, built-in closets, and a sitting area with a desk and bookcases filled with books and guides. The bedroom also includes a pumpkin-and-white ceramic-tiled bath with fluffy white towels, a skylight, and a large shower. A pocket door provides additional privacy between the master bedroom and the main living area.

The roof terrace is reached via a set of handcrafted mahogany stair/steps. These are very steep but surprisingly easy to adjust to. Up top you will discover a breathtaking view of the countryside below, swallows overhead, and tiled rooftops of the village. The terrace includes a table, chairs, sun umbrella and Provencal kitchen with BBQ grill, sink with running water, dishes, and pots of flowers.

Seillans is a small, quiet medieval village. You go there to get away. There are no streets inside the village. And so there are no vehicles. Cobblestone footpaths, protected by the historic trust, traverse the 300-house village. Here you can decrease your carbon footprint while on vacation because you can easily walk, not drive, from our house to local businesses and cafes. And you walk to our house from the parking areas provided along the village perimeter. About 100 yards/meters each way.

A short walk down La Rue de la Boucherie brings you to the busiest part of the village where there is a small grocery store, flower shop, pizzeria, gift shop, day spa, bakery, post office, ATM machine, beauty salon and a newspaper/tabac shop. There are outdoor tables in the square at Placette de la Route where you can order food and drink from the cafe/bar Charlot, when it is open!

Or you can walk back up to Place du Thouron, find a table by the fountain and enjoy a more substantial meal at La Gloire du Mon Pere.

And while Seillans has 4-5 restaurants, a few shops, interesting art galleries (like The Orange Tree), and a small charming hotel, it is not a major tourist destination. There are no crowds here to impede a stroll to the boule grounds where you can order a glass of rose from the little bar for one Euro, sit a moment, or take a look at Le Génie de la Bastille, a sculpture created by Max Ernst when he lived in Seillans with his wife, Dorothea Tanning. You can also order an aperitif under the plane trees shading the Hotel des Deux Rocs, enjoying the view of the Chateau, the 12th century Saracen's Gate, and Font d'Amont.

Seillans may be quiet (at least when the church bells are not ringing) but it is far from isolated. Day trips can be planned along the Cote d'Azur, into the heart of Provence, or up into the Haut Var, the region just above Seillans. And then there are all those other intriguing perched villages where you can spend an afternoon visiting local mills that produce extra-virgin olive oils, watch as local artisans create stunning hand-blown glassware, shop for fresh foods and antiques at outdoor Marches, or spend time driving from vineyard to vineyard, for degustation, sampling the local Cote Provence wines right in Seillans at Chateau Selves or Val d’Iris.

Other destinations within an hour's drive (depending on traffic conditions of course) range from an ancient abbey at Thoronet to the Mediterranean beaches, like those at Frejus, Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice. And then, just think, you get to drive back to the peace and quiet of our private home in Seillans, just in time for dinner on the terrace.

Rent one or both houses!

Our property in Seillans includes the main house and a self-contained guest house right next door. Either home can be rented separately or rent them both as one package for larger groups. The two-floor guest house has a private balcony, full (small) kitchen, living area with fireplace, one bedroom (two twin beds), and one bath w shower. The guest house is attached to, and designed in the same style as the main house, but reached by a separate private entry. When rented together, the two houses comfortably accommodate six people. The rate for the main house and guest house TOGETHER is an additional 700 Euro / $850 USD (approx) per week over the main house rental. Or rent just the guest house. It's an inexpensive way to stay in the village of Seillans. Email for availability as the guest house rentals are not shown on the calendar.

Keywords: Seillans, Rental, House, Historic, Maison de Village. Renovated 14th-Century House & Guest House

More Details

Owner
Mark Jespersen
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
77%
Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2017

About Mark Jespersen

We decided that a 700-year-old village house in Seillans was much more interesting to own than stocks & bonds. Come see for yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet of life in a medieval village with wonderful restaurants, small shops, and art galleries all within the confines of this car-free perched village. Surrounded by forests and nestled on a hillside in the Var region, Seillans is a wonderful place to relax. This area of France is a wonderful combination of lovely beaches, red rock mountains, the ocean, inland lakes, the Alps, canyons, fascinating cities, medieval villages, and great food wherever you go. And these are just some of the reasons why we enjoy life here in the Var. We are fairly quiet so the atmosphere in Seillans is just perfect for us. It can get a little boisterous in August, but it will still seem quiet to those who come from larger cities.

Mark Jespersen purchased this house in 2009

Why Mark Jespersen chose Seillans

Beyond the holiday crowds in the heart of Provence, or along the Côte d'Azur, the historic perched villages of Seillans, Fayence, Mons, Bargemon, Callian and many others offer visitors a relaxed pace where you can unwind and enjoy life ... once you are off the French roads of course. These are just more reasons why we chose this place for our home away from home. And we enjoy sharing the experiences of those who come to rent our home each year, as they discover life in the south of France for themselves.

What makes this house unique

Have you ever wanted to experience life in a renovated 700-year-old home? High up in a medieval perched village? Our home in Seillans has a long history of occupants ranging from farm animals to generations of families long gone. So if you enjoy being a part of history as much as we do, then learning more about the perfumerie up the hill, the artists Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning, the old silk worm building, the Chateau, and the 11th century church around the corner (L'Eglise Saint Leger) then you might also enjoy staying in the village of Seillans and in the Var. There are wonderful hiking trails beginning in Seillans. You can swim in freshwater Lac St Cassein. There is even a brand new sports center for those who skateboard or mountain bike. And Seillans has a public swimming pool and tennis courts. Local art galleries dot the village and surrounding area which has been a haven for artists over the years. The light here is brilliant and you can see works from the masters in many places from the Picasso museum in Antibes to the Maeght Foundation in St Paul Vence. And if you like antiques as much as we do, there are weekly markets throughout the area ... from flea markets to serious antique events. But nothing surpasses the food. Much of it locally grown and sold in weekly markets, farmer's markets, and in local grocery stores. Add the local olive oils, wines, honey and bread to die for and you may want to get a house here yourself one day.

If you prefer night life and the bustle of the city, you may want to rent closer to the coast in Cannes, Antibes or Nice. But you can always go there from our place, it's only a 45 minute drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Kim & Mark



We had a lovely holiday in Seillans and enjoyed every day in your wonderful place. Especially the view from the rooftop, where we started and ended all days. Even if we were home late, we just had to sit up there to look on stars, lights etc.



Thank you for the good wine you gave us, which we also found at a very good local winery (and tried to visit on our way home).



We will tell our friends and family about your place, and hope also that we can come back to Seillans some day.
Jul 2017
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Rue du Presbytere
Nearest Point of Interest
Three great restaurants a short walk away
Nearest Point of Interest
Val d'Iris Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau des Selves Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Le Mas des Combes Longues
Nearest Point of Interest
Marche Paysanne
Nearest Point of Interest
Orange Tree Gallery
Car: recommended

Network of marked hiking trails criss-cross the area; Tennis on Seillans' 2 Courts (more courts in Fayence 5 kms distant); Seillans has a small Pool; Olympic Pool in Fayence; Sailing & Windsurfing on Lake St Cassien 20 minutes away; world class sailplane center at Fayence; Hang Gliding & Paragliding at Moustiers & Lachens Mountains; Horseback riding; Boule (or Petanque)Seillans' Boule Ground is just a 5-minute walk away. But if little white balls are more your style, there are two 18-hole golf courses nearby at the Four Seasons Terre Blanche just outside Fayence

Amenities

Seillans House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , And automatic washer and dryer
    Bathroom Guest House - toilet , shower , And a small washing machine
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Detached Unit/Guest House - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master bedroom ensuite toilet and shower.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Guest bedroom w private toilet, tub, shower.
  • Double Beds (1) Master bedroom in main house includes a double bed with individual reading lights in headboard. Twin or Single Beds (2) are in the spare room in the main house. The bedroom in the guest house has two twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hair dryer, French soap, iron and ironing board (in both houses), antiques, cookbooks, novels, travel books, maps, beach towels/picnic blankets, studio-size digital pipe organ in guest house, guitar in main house, small pets can be considered.

Reviews

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Seillans Village House: Quiet. Character. History. Views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Vida, Oregon
5

Away from the maddening crowd.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful hilltop village with many ancient cobblestone paths, pleasant walks without the car traffic. The property is on one such secluded path, yet just a couple minutes walk (in different directions) takes you to 3 wonderful restaurants. Also a minute's walk from the property is the wonderful village square beneath huge plane trees, where we went every morning for cappuccinos and croissants. And when we were ready to explore more famous sights, Nice and St Tropes were not a long drive. For good advice on local wine and a great selection, be sure to go to La Cave de Fayence, in the next village just a short drive away.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect place to experience the real France

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time here - going back to France 20 years after living there as an exchange student, I wanted my family to experience French life. This was the perfect place to do it. So beautiful and so peaceful. My little girl and I would wander down the cobbled lane ways each morning to buy bread and drink coffee in the square. There were 2 lovely restaurants within walking distance. We had a great week driving to the little villages in the the area. We had a lovely day at the markets in Aix en Provence and another wonderful day driving along the Grande Corniche to Italy. The actual house is so well-designed and so lovely - more than you could wish for. I can't recommend it highly enough!!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alex - Thanks for taking the time to submit a review for our home in Seillans. Mark and Kim
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5

FAIRYTALE COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved returning to Seillans each evening after touring Provence and the Côte d'Azur each day. The cottage has everything you need to have a pleasant relaxing stay. The peace and quiet of staying in a hilltop village is not to be missed.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thomaston, Maine
5

The Perfect Spot for Our First Visit to France

  • 5 of 5

Mark's friendly and informative emails prior to our visit were just the beginning of a truly wonderful experience at his and Kim's lovely home. It was clear that they had anticipated every question that first-time visitors to the area might have, and had thoughtfully provided the answers. The furnishings and bedding were comfortable, the decor was charming, the kitchen was well-equipped, and everything was clean and inviting - the pictures truly don't do it justice. And the rooftop terrace was amazing - we sat at the little table with a glass of wine, gazing out at the hills and thought, "It just doesn't get any better than this."

The village of Seillans is delightful, with a couple of good restaurants (La Gloire de mon Pere and Chez Hugo), a little boulangerie, an artists' workshop, a boule court, an olive mill, an outdoor cafe, fountains, plane trees, gardens and the famous chats de Seillans, who allow you to admire them as they sleep in the sun. It's also the perfect jumping-off point for visiting some of the other villages perched on nearby hillsides. After a day exploring gorges, 9th-century ruins or eating lunch at one of so many terrific restaurants (including one with a Michelin star), it was a real pleasure to return to our "snug harbor" in the village and relax while we planned the next day's adventures.

We can't recommend Mark and Kim's home highly enough, especially if you have not been to the area before. You will be glad you chose it for your stay, but, we have to warn you - you won't EVER want to leave.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. You are too kind.
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Langdon, NH, USA
5

And a great time was had by all

  • 5 of 5

We recently (April 15-22) returned from spending a week in this truly beautiful home. We started our days on the roof deck watching the morning mist burn off the valley and ended our days as well up there watching the sun set.The house was very well fitted with up to date appliances and even had wi-fi which really came in handy.

The welcome packet prepared by the owners was an immense help. It included everything you needed to know from how to operate the washing machine to local restaurant reviews.

Seillans is consdired to be one of the most beautiful villages in France and justifiably so. And not just in architecture or flowers. The people there are great. We went to a choral performance around the corner from the house in the village 11th century church that was spectacular. We found everyone there friendly and helpful. It also made a great base to explore the other surrounding villages and sights not to mention the proximity to the coast where there happens to be a newly built theater in Frejus with amazing proformances.

The village tourist office has an incredible collection of Max Ernst work and the staff there are knowledgable and very friendly. They recommended the marche in Muy, the largest in the region and should not be missed.

We highly recommend this home to anyone looking to enjoy this beautiful region of France. The home was spotless, had every amenity we needed and with the owners packet, really a huge bonus, we had a memorable vacation that we hope to repeat in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2010
  • Stayed: April 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For people who are considering our property as a future rental, we are very interested in working with you to make sure our home is exactly what you need and has everything you think it should when you arrive. A 700-year-old village house in Seillans is not for everyone, but if it is, your trip will be quite memorable.
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Damariscotta, Maine
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Seillans Village House

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this village house for 10 days in February and March and found it as delightful as the owners describe. The property is exceptionally clean and well-maintained. It is nice to have a private salle de bain for each bedroom. The view from the rooftop terrace is breathtaking and it was a charming place to have a coffee in the morning (after a quick walk to the boulangerie for a croissant). The terrace gets lovely sunlight. The area has an abundance of markets for local wine, cheese, and produce and returning to this pied-a-terre in Seillans is the perfect place for a leisurely meal after a day of exploring the area. The owners have thoughtfully prepared a binder with suggestions for restaurants and sight-seeing.

It was a nice touch to find a hottle of wine from the Chateau Selves upon arrival. Thank-you!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are several wineries in the immediate area, and even little Seillans has a Provencal Marche every Wednesday morning though it hardly compares to the Saturday market in nearby Fayence. And we have just added several other local restaurants to our suggested list. We try to find the best value matched to really outstanding food and service. There are many to choose from both in the village and a short drive away. We did install new shower heads this month, as the old ones were just not up to our standards. We also just installed a digital pipe organ, studio size, in the guest house, in case that appeals to any new potential renters.
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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Rates subject to change. Summer/fall season rates based on 1000 euros per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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