Villa in Claviers, Var, Provence-Alpes-Cote DAzur, France - Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk To Village, On Small Rural Dead-end Lane On Hillside
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About Ian Birksted
We are a professional and academic couple. The house has some interesting posters from local exhibitions of artists associated with the area (several Surrealists lived in Seillans), a collection of books left by visitors over the last dozen years (good novels and 'trash' novels!)... Several visitors have remarked that the house is more like a family home than a rental cottage. Indeed, it is our holiday house!
Ian Birksted purchased this Villa in 1980
Why Ian Birksted chose Claviers
We have owned our house in Claviers for about 30 years. What we particularly enjoy about it, as do many of the visitors who often return year after year, is the charm of the small hill-top village that forms part of our panorama with the distant sound of church bells, the rural peace and quiet, while yet being within a short walking distance to the village with its bakery, shop, twice weekly markets, restaurant on the square in front of the church, and its terrain de boules (much used by the locals and even visitors)...
What makes this Villa unique
What we enjoy is the relative seclusion and peaceful rural location; yet, when our children were small, there are plenty of activities in the area and some spectacular sites (Les Gorges du Verdon; Le Lac de Saint Cassien; the huge and popular Saturday street market in Le Muy; many museums along the coast; etc.). There are wonderful walks in the forests around, including the hillside forests at the top of the hills above and behind our house, with the old Chapelle de Sainte Anne at its very top, overlooking our village... A favourite activity is watching sunsets from above neighbouring Bargemon or from Bargeme...
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Location, location, location!
What a gem! We stayed here (two adults, two older teenagers) for two weeks end of August/beginning of September. We had a very comfortable stay, the house being just as described. Everything worked, the kitchen was well equipped, there was a constant supply of hot water - all those little things you take for granted that can take the shine off a holiday if they're missing, were all there. Add to that a medieval village within very easy walking distance which has a shop, a couple of restaurants and bars, a bakery; other similar villages within easy driving distance; fantastic countryside for walking and exploring; the list goes on. It really is a perfect spot. Highly recommended.
The nearest sea-side beaches are at Frejus St. Raphael, which has one long beach, and at St. Aygulf, which has many small sea-side coves.
There are also water sports at the Lac de Saint-Cassien.
Use of car is essential to get to Claviers, though shopping can be done by foot to the village shop and bakery and the weekly markets.
The nearest airport is Nice.
If travelling down the motorway (AutoRoute du Soleil) from Calais, the AutoRoute exit is at Le Muy.
The nearest bank is in the next hill-top village at the other end of our valley, Bargemon. Both Claviers and Bargemon have post offices. Bargemon is bigger with lots of restaurants and a small supermarket and several shops.
Each village has its own doctor. There is a chemist shop in Bargemon too. There is a vet in Callas, which is another neighbouring hill-top village.
Museums and scenic sites are everywhere (Les Gorges du Verdon, La Fondation Maeght, museums in Nice and along the coast, Le Lac de St. Cassien, Chagall and Leger museums, etc.)
Vineyards are close by for visiting, tasting and buying.
Claviers itself, within a very short walking distance along our dead-end road, is a small and very friendly village with its small village square with its church, restaurants and cafés, shops, pizzeria, bakery, small playground, were people greet each other in the street and stop for chats. A meeting place for locals is of course the "terrain de boules" in the centre of the village. Claviers is surrounded by forests with many walks. At the same time, Claviers is also surrounded by other hilltop village such as Fayence, Seillans, Bargemon.
But despite these very many activities and sights (also, by the way, are the many concerts that are held in local churches during the summer season), visitors to our house seem to particularly enjoy the restful, peaceful and rural nature of our house with its views across the valley and over Claviers and Bargemon, with our really nice pool. Every hour you will hear the distant church bells from Claviers, and, if the wind is in the right direction, Bargemon. The village is a few minutes walk away along a quiet country dead-end road (it ends at the entrance to the forest) with the occasional car.
Our house is on our one-acre terraced olive grove, so it has a real Provencal quality to it.
Our house has old family knickknacks and children's games, so we do appreciate people treating it with respect. Also our Danish house-keeper, Biddy, who lives locally, is a (typically Scandinavian) house-proud person who takes pride in the cleanliness and tidiness and presentation of our house, so it is much appreciated if visitors leave our house not too messy. Our kitchen, by the way, is well equipped.