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

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Terrace view from the main house. Enjoy sunny Provence year round.

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Last updated: 05/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Detached Unit/Guest House: 2 twin/ single

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  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots of great books to read....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Music Library:

    There are several FM radios in the house and we have a stereo system where you can plug in your 3.5cm jack to listen to your iPod or other MP3 player....moreless

  • Stereo

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Panoramic views over the ancient tiled village rooftops to Fayence, St Paul en Foret and beyond to the ancient l'Esterel mountain range along the Mediterranean coast. Beautiful sunrises, swallows, and the church bells all add to the enjoyment of life up on the terrace....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    No, just big windows and electric fans....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    The house has wifi via Orange LiveBox service or you can connect to your computer via the ethernet cable provided....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Only the main house has a dryer. There is also a clothes line in the main house and guest house....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Yes but not to be used during the summer months....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Fluffy cotton sheets and towels in both houses....moreless

  • Parking:

    Free parking throughout the village...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Because Seillans does not allow vehicles into the heart of the village, there are several public parking areas just outside the perimeter. Most of these are a short walk from the property (300 feet) and it is not difficult to find a place....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a house phone for free calls throughout France. Prepaid phone cards can be used for long distance, or you can use Skype for very inexpensive calls via our wifi internet ADSL access line....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Large American fluffy towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    There is a washer in both the main house and guest house....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi, pronounced Wee Fee in France, is available to our guests....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    The main house and the guest house each have a wood burning fireplace and there is a third fireplace w Weber grill up on the roof terrace for outdoor cooking....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    An interesting collection of culinary tools for cooking your favorite recipes....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Only in the main house kitchen....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    There is a full kitchen in both the main house and the guest house. Basic kitchen staples are provided and additional items will be there at your request....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Always some basics available...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Small refrigerator w freezer in kitchen....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The guest house has a lovely balcony overlooking roses, hiacynth and bouganvillea with a view down to the ancient stones of the Placette Font Jordany....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outstanding views over the village and beyond. Perfect for private evening meals while watching swallows circle above. Terrace also has sink with running water, potted plants, sunshade umbrella, tables and chairs....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Seillans has a public pool by the tennis courts....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
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Off Season
Oct 15 - Nov 26, 2016
7 night min stay

$850

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,000

Changeover Day: Saturday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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.


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Location

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    Rue du Presbytere View on map

    When you are standing in front of the church, coming out their front doors, our "street" can be located by walking to your right and taking the first lane on the left.

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    Three great restaurants a short walk away View on map

    La Gloire de mon Pere: our favorite www.lagloiredemonpere.fr/accueil/ Owner Eric Brunel and his mother manage this well-known local landmark just a 2-minute walk from our home.

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    Val d'Iris Winery View on map

    http://www.valdiris.com/ Val d’Iris 341 Chemin de la Combe 83440 Seillans e-mail : info@valdiris.com

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    Chateau des Selves Winery View on map

    CHATEAU DES SELVES 83440 SEILLANS Tel 04.94.76.84.61 s@wanadoo.fr www.chateaudesselves.com

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    Le Mas des Combes Longues View on map

    http://www.combeslongues.com Local farm way up in the foothills that produces a fine goat cheese as well as savon au lait de chevre and a mellow olive oil. You can stay overnight or reserv a meal.

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    Marche Paysanne View on map

    Local farmer's market in nearby Callian, about 10 km from Seillans. Always open Sat mornings and many other days depending on season. Fifteen farmers of the township offer their specialties at this intersection at the foot of the village near Grasse-Draguignan road, not far from the Domaine de Terre Blanche. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, poultry Farm of B�ou� Seren Les Arcs, foie gras, duck breast ... Farm Allexandre Callian, wines of the Domaine de Ramatuelle Bruno Latil (3 to 4.70 euros), honey, jams ... Ample parking.

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    Orange Tree Gallery View on map

    Artist in residence, Tessa Peskit, displays her luminous paintings along with several other artists in this local gallery run by husband, Nigel Cox and Giotto the Cat. www.theorangetreegalerie.com

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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

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Seillans, France:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Photos

  • Terrace view from the main house. Enjoy sunny Provence year round.

    Terrace view from the main house. Enjoy sunny Provence year round.

  • Seillans: Arrow points to our home's roof terrace w umbrella.  Photo by Gary

    Seillans: Arrow points to our home's roof terrace w umbrella. Photo by Gary

  • Beautiful spiral stairs.There are four levels so you will get a lot of exercise.

    Beautiful spiral stairs.There are four levels so you will get a lot of exercise.

  • Roof terrace kitchen w Weber BBQ and sink for dining outdoors in style.

    Roof terrace kitchen w Weber BBQ and sink for dining outdoors in style.

  • Kitchen & dining area, perfect for breakfast or dinner with locally-grown food.

    Kitchen & dining area, perfect for breakfast or dinner with locally-grown food.

  • Master bedroom includes a double bed, windows and lots of closet space.

    Master bedroom includes a double bed, windows and lots of closet space.

  • Second bedroom in main house has a private bathroom w washer/dryer.

    Second bedroom in main house has a private bathroom w washer/dryer.

  • Guest house has 2 single beds, private bathroom w shower and washing machine.

    Guest house has 2 single beds, private bathroom w shower and washing machine.

  • We can't promise you a rainbow, but this is one seen from our terrace last year.

    We can't promise you a rainbow, but this is one seen from our terrace last year.

  • The perched village of Callian nearby.

    The perched village of Callian nearby.

  • Looking at Seillans from the walk along the Route du Mons.

    Looking at Seillans from the walk along the Route du Mons.

  • Life is at the table.

    Life is at the table.

  • Seillans.

    Seillans.

  • Seillans: One of the most beautiful villages in France & historically protected.

    Seillans: One of the most beautiful villages in France & historically protected.

  • Sunset after a rare rainstorm. Terrace views private and stunning.

    Sunset after a rare rainstorm. Terrace views private and stunning.

  • Pillowed banquet & fire place where you can read, relax and enjoy a quiet meal.

    Pillowed banquet & fire place where you can read, relax and enjoy a quiet meal.

  • Small, charming kitchen. Mix of new and old things for memorable meals.

    Small, charming kitchen. Mix of new and old things for memorable meals.

  • Master bedroom also has a private bathroom with shower, desk and free wifi.

    Master bedroom also has a private bathroom with shower, desk and free wifi.

  • The guest house next door overlooks roses and historic Placette Font-Jordany.

    The guest house next door overlooks roses and historic Placette Font-Jordany.

  • Guest house can be rented separately or combined with main house rental.

    Guest house can be rented separately or combined with main house rental.

  • Down on the coast.

    Down on the coast.

  • Lunch in Seillans.

    Lunch in Seillans.

  • Another view of the living room and salon.

    Another view of the living room and salon.

  • Nestled in the foothills of the Var, the village of Seillans.

    Nestled in the foothills of the Var, the village of Seillans.

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This listing was first published here in 2001.

Date last modified - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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