La Peirégoué was originally a "cabanon" where villagers rested after tending their orchard and vegetable garden. The house was progressively enlarged to its present size but it has retained its bucolic charm. We bought it 35 years ago mainly for the beauty of its old terraced garden on a fairly steep incline. It features an olive orchard, fig and cherry trees, a magnificent secluded swimming-pool, a pétanque strip, fountains and plenty of tree-shaded areas to escape, rest and read. The house is on 3 levels with direct access to the main level including a large living-room with dining area, log fireplace, the spacious eat-in kitchen and a bathroom. In summer, meals are enjoyed in a sheltered area on the main courtyard shaded by acacia trees. The upper level consists of 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a large terrace overlooking the valley. At pool level, there is a separate flat with a double bedroom, a single bedroom , each with arched French windows giving onto the garden, and a bathroom with a stand-up shower and toilet. This is a family home, very personal, with memorabilia, art and a warm, cosy atmosphere. 10mn walk away, Bargemon is a lovely and lively village, actually the liveliest in the area, offering all facilities (doctor, pharmacy, post-office, supermarket, property agencies, shops, museums, municipal tennis court and swimming pool, ATM) and seven restaurants. The village has several squares each with its fountain and shaded by tall plane trees. The main square, place Chauvier, is where villagers and tourists congregate the whole day long around a glass of wine or pastis to see everyone else and hear the latest gossips. Bargemon is ideally located between the sea and the first ski slopes, 50 minutes drive away. The Grand Canyon of the Verdon is close by as well as an infinite variety of spectacular landscapes, mountain lakes and hilltop villages. The area is famous for cycling , trekking, hang-gliding and sports two beautiful golf courses 30mn drive away. Côte de Provence vineyards and wineries are in close proximity. In summer Bargemon and the neighbouring villages organise cultural events and music festivals. The art museums in St Tropez, Antibes, St Paul de Vence and the like are only 1 hour drive away. Draguignan, the closest town, has a beautiful open market and a great Provencal arts and traditions museum.
Villa in Bargemon, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France - Charming Country House With Superb Views, 10 Mn Walk To Village. Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms)
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About Jean-François Schmitt
I was a banker, posted abroad at the time we bought our house, and Bargemon remained for a long time our peaceful oasis in an otherwise rather tumultuous journey. I love gardening and my wife, Jane, was a talented painter and a lady of exceptional taste. La Peirégoué is today a reflection of who we are. It is an unpretentious and genuine home, simple yet comfortable and cosy. Jane is no longer with us and our children are grown adults. So, I wished to share it with others who, like us, enjoy nature and the simple pleasures of life..
Jean-François Schmitt purchased this Villa in 1970
Why Jean-François Schmitt chose Bargemon
We were looking for a house cum garden between the coast and the mountains within walking distance from a village. The Var was our destination of choice since this Département is less built-up than the rest of the French Southeast. Bargemon is ideally located equidistant from sailing and skiing. It is also an active village where people live and work contrary to many others that have become tourist traps. The hinterland is wild and wonderful to explore with canyons streams and high plateaux. Even in the high season the village remains pleasant and relaxed even though its population doubles.
What makes this Villa unique
Contrary to many houses in Provence, our house is bright and sunny thanks to spacious rooms (notably the living-room) and large windows. In winter the sun streams in, which is a blessing. Another distinctive feature is that it is surrounded by greenery, providing shade and a cool breeze even in the middle of summer. Our trees are an exception in Bargemon. We built our pool at a distance from the house to provide privacy and deaden the noise inevitably caused by screaming children in the water. In the same vein, the garden is large enough to include secluded corners to escape from the invasive family.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Stunning house and garden for a fabulous family holiday
We shared the most wonderful family holiday in this gorgeously positioned and well appointed house. It all just went far too quickly. A perfect base to explore the surrounding area, for us highlights included, playing in the Gorges Du Verdon, relaxing on the beaches near to Sainte Maxime and exploring the many hill top villages.
For us, it was hard to get our party motivated to leave the house; there was too much fun to be had playing in the pool with its incredible views, going on adventures around the huge grounds or just chilling in one of the many terraces. The boules pitch was also very well used with a week long inter family tournament, ending on our last day with a two hour tension filled show down.
The ability to take a stunning walk into Bargemon to collect the morning baguettes and croissants was fantastic. We also shared many coffee's and drinks in the town square where you can enjoy people, bike and car watching.
As a keen cyclist I also managed to sneak out in the mornings and nights for some top cycling and explored the immediate area-with a category 2 climb, the Col De Belle-Homme right outside the house, i really was in heaven.
Jean-François is fantastic to deal with and was extremely helpful and kind in all aspects of our experience. Thank you very much from all of us.
We had a wonderful holiday with life long memories.
Nick, I am so glad your holiday went so well. Many , many thanks for writing such a praising review. You and your family were perfect guests.
Wonderful stay, lovely house, gardens and pool, great location
We stayed as a small family in July 2017. In my case this was a return, as I had stayed at the house with my parents on a previous occasion 25 years ago. The house, gardens and pool are as lovely as ever. The house is secluded but easy walking distance (with push chair) to the lovely hill town of Bargemon (we walked it at least once a day every day during our stay). It sits at the end of a quiet lane behind a pedestrian entrance gate, behind which lie substantial and very secluded grounds - an olive grove on multiple terraces interspersed with mature cypress trees, figs, lavender and other interesting plants. There is a nice patio outside the front door for meals outside. The main lounge is large, nicely furnished and has lofty views over the valley. The kitchen is homely and well stocked. The bedrooms upstairs are small but attractive and open onto a big roof terrace, ideal for a nightcap and star-gazing at the end of the day. The pool is on a lovely terrace with views down the valley to the next village of Claviers. There are lots of things to do, nice restaurants and amenities (butcher, baker etc.) in Bargemon and in the surrounding area (esp. the Lac du St Croix and Grand Canyon to the north, beaux villages (Tourtour, Chateaudouble) to the west and vineyards and coast to the south, all a short drive from the house. The owner, Jean-Francois, is kind and extremely courteous and was at the end of the phone if we had any queries. We will return.
Very cosy and relaxed feel. Lived in & well loved
Fantastic location - easy walking down into the village - and we loved the house, and its rather quirkycharacter. The same was true of the garden. Pool kept the sun all day long, and view was very pleasing on the eye. Bargemon felt alive and had good restaurants, as did several of the other little local villages. We had fabulous weather - very hot all week: the upstairs bedrooms remained very hot by night - if, like me, you don't feel you can open shutters, for breeze, without screens. Total break from TV was very welcome. I hope we will be able to return one day: it was just lovely! Diana
If you are searching for 'the real France' then this is the house for you.
The house, with its family owned memorabilia and beautiful provencale colour palette epitomises the soul of Provence. Don't come here if you want high tech mod cons, but if you appreciate sun dappled terraces and pathways flanked with lavender and rosemary, shady spots to read, and unparalleled views of the landscape and stars from the roof terrace then book now! The pool is one of the villa's loveliest features. You look up through tall pines to a clear blue sky. We would not hesitate to return.
My wife and I had a wonderful stay in mid October. This lovely and secluded house is at the end of a street above Bargemon. Views from the house and its terraces extend over the rooftops of the village and across the valley. The main floor contains the kitchen, large living/dining room, and a large bathroom with sink, toilet, tub, and the washer. Upstairs are one large and two quite small bedrooms, and a bathroom with sink and toilet. Two of the bedrooms open onto the roof terrace, ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the view. The ground floor (accessed from outdoors) contains two large bedrooms and a bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The situation is suitable for two couples or two small families. This obviously much-loved house is decorated with many antiques and mementos. The Parisian owner was most gracious and attentive to our needs.
The very private terraced and landscaped grounds, the pool, and several outdoor sitting and dining areas all look over the valley. Even on breezy days, one can find a sheltered spot for outdoor dining or reading. Ten minutes walk down the hill is the village with its bakery, butcher, grocery, weekly market, and several restaurants. Bargemon is an unusually charming, well-maintained, functioning village with no surrounding sprawl. We have returned to it often. Beyond the house a track leads to hiking/running trails through the forest above and west of Bargemon, to Montferrat or to Callas.
Memorable holiday house
I would recommend this holiday home for a family wanting to have a vacation filled with great memories. My family plus sisters and father arrived for a week staying at Jean- Francois home. We spent everyday in their beautiful pool, with perfect evenings outside around the big family table for BBQS. Bargemon town was close enough for a gentle stroll to and had everything you need in it ( supermarket, boulangerie, wine shop, pharmacies) and some great places to stop for a drink and food. We had day trips to medieval towns on hilltops, wineries and of course the beach which was a good days adventure. The house itself was nice and cool for the hot summer days and there were plenty of areas to get away from the others for some quiet time ;)
Communication with Jean- Francois was easy as was check in and they have even offered to send back some shoes we accidentally left in the house- which was greatly appreciated.
45 km to the beaches of Sainte-Maxime and the Gulf of St Tropez
60 km to St Tropez
49 km to Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Grand Canyon of the Verdon
Aéroport de Nice Côte d'Azur: 76 km - 1h30
Aéroport de Toulon-Hyères: 109 km - 1h30
Aéroport de Parseille Provence: 150 km - 1h50
19 km W to Draguignan
20 km E to Fayence
40 km N to the Grand Canyon of the Verdon
45 km N to Castellane
67 km E to Antibes (Picasso Museum)
78 km E to Saint Paul de Vence (Fondation Maegh)
126 km W to Aix-en-Provence
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: A 25% non-returnable deposit is required on booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before the start of the Holiday. We also ask for an additional 25% refundable deposit to be paid before arrival. There are charges for electric heating in the colder months Changeover Day: Changeover day is normally Saturday. We can be flexible particularly off- season, depending on other bookings Notes on prices: Rentals for long periods are negotiable, particularly off-season