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Enchanting Patrician Villa W Large Pool 45 Min Fr Nice Airport

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An excentric villa built by Italian nobility 200 years ago for lengthy holidays

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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Spoil your family and friends: book this historic, unique villa (petit chateau) built by Italian aristrocats 200 years ago for their luxury stay's in Provence.

This Italian style four storey grand old lady (restored and modernised without loosing its charm) is set in an enchanting garden with park dimensions, sports a huge swimming pool, a long driveway flanked by Lebanese cedar trees and overlooks medieval mountain villages.

The proximity to Nice Airport (45 min), Cannes festivals, Mediterranean beaches and vineyards makes Villa Cambaras the perfect choice for everyone in the extended family and group of friends. We dare say the villa, located in the midst of just about everything Provence and the Riviera has to offer, appeals to all tastes and interests.

The main building, facing the Chateau de Puy (Tourrettes castle) built by a Napoleonic General), is decorated with a mix of beautiful antiques, colonial rattan and modern furniture.

The lay-out of this 10 bed villa:

Ground floor (basement) - Bedroom next to a fountain court yard with en suite bathroom and a private lounge.

First floor - Library/dining room with ceiling frescoes, old school well equipped kitchen with a five burner Godin gas stove, conservatory/drawing room.

Second floor - Master bedroom with ceiling frescoes, delightful light from windows in three directions, large romantic en suite bathroom also with frescoes and balcony with uninterrupted view over the valley and the hilltop villages of Fayence and Tourrettes castle.

Third floor - 1 bedroom with breathtaking uninterrupted view of the hilltop villages, 1 bedroom w two single beds, bathroom

The stone barn/garden studio: Generous light and dimensions with double bed, pentry and bathroom formerly used by a resident artist.

The main entry gate to the property is followed by a tree-lined (with nearly three hundred year old Lebanese cedars) narrow driveway which leads up to the main building.

The garden, with parklike dimensions (1.5 acres) is spread across four terraces. A Roman staircase leads to a generous pool, large enough for serious exercise swimming.

Cambaras has - although in the midst of a lively valley with easy access to shopping and activities like golf, tennis, fishing and a glider academy - a country feel to it. There is a sheep farm right below, a vineyard and horse stable on the other side of the hill.

Walking- and cycling distance to the medieval hilltop villages of Fayence - lively with excellent restaurants, bars and festivals - and Tourrettes - more artistic, quaint and peaceful.

Conveniently near are also the picturesque villages of Callian, Sellians and Mons.

Village life makes itself constantly reminded with the chimes of the church bells ringing in the distance. The villages alternate with offering street markets and summer concerts. During the winter months the Southern alp ski resorts are only an hour away.

The size of the property gives enough space for families sharing and makes Cambaras suitable for weddings and anniversaries - of which we have quite a few every season.

Originally purpose built for entertainment this property has actually enchanted guests for two centuries. The same family has owned Villa Cambaras for five years.

Feel welcome to call for more info.

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, portuguese, swedish, danish, norwegian, Anglais
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/27/2016

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 240 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    We have quite a large library of classic, contemporary novels, poetry, fact and coffee table books....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Chess, Scrabble, Boule, Monopoly, ...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Use music files or e g Spotify through your own computer or Iphone....moreless

  • Stereo:

    The B&O hifi connects to the wifi and can be controlled through your Iphone....moreless

  • Television:

    Apple TV...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:

    Through the Wii console you can access the internet incl Youtube...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Wii sports game...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The balcony in the master bedroom overlooks the terrace, the field below and the mountain villages....moreless

  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    1 racing bike, 1 ladies bike, 1 mountain bike...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    A number of major golf courses in the area, including Terre Blanche 5 km away....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    There is some skiing equipment for guests to use during the winter season....moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    The pool is large and deep, excellent for excersising....moreless

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autumn
Sep 12 - Dec 16, 2016
4 night min stay
$500
$3,100
Christmas
Dec 17 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

Winter-Spring
Jan 7 - May 12, 2017
4 night min stay

$3,360

Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer low
May 13 - Jun 16, 2017
4 night min stay

$2,330

Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer high
Jun 17 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,695

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$4,000

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • OfflineRDD $1,100
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Security deposit is 50 % of the full price and is paid at the time of booking. Security deposit is non-refundable. The outstanding amount is paid at the latest 8 weeks before arrival.

A refundable property and content deposit, 1500 euros, is paid together with the last instalment, and is repaid within 10 days after departure.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

58 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Nice
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Fayence
33 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
St Raphael-Frejus
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Terre Blanche
33 Kilometres
Nearest Train
St Raphael-Frejus
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A8
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Tourrettes
51 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Greolieres Les Neiges
31 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Theole-sur-mer

Car: Recommended

Villa Cambaras is easy to reach, 45 minutes from Nice International Airport. Take the A8 motorway towards Cannes and Frejus, look out for exit 39 towards Fayence. Cambaras is 10 min passed a popular lake, Lac St Cassian.

Our part of Provence is right in the midst of the vineyards, the olive plantations, the Southern Alps, the Cote d’Azur beaches, medevial villages and hamlets.

The Domaine Grand Bastide, a fine producer of red, white and rosé wines, is our next door neighbour. Walk through the park to the right and the wine shop is around the corner.

There are a number of restaurants with Michelin mentions, e g Le Castelleras, Le France and Le Huit, a brisk walk or cycle up the hill to, plus many bars and up there in the lively village of Fayence.

Far from the madding crowds you can still discover fine sandy beaches tucked away in the Esterel nature reserve, just 30 minutes from Cambaras.

Lac St. Cassien offers water-sport and is a top fresh water angling spot. There are walks from Fayence through the oak forests of Mons, the Saignole Gorge and the cliff of St Cezaire.

If you want to do sailing, you can rent different size boats and there are also sailing schools al the year around in Mandelieu-la-Napoule and in St Raphael.

Fayence is the European Mecca for gliding and its possible to both do gliding courses and to get up in a glider for a birds eye view over valley.

Golf: Terre Blanche has two of Europe's most exclusive, scenic golf courses. There are many other golfing opportunities in other nearby villages, such as Bergamo, as well.

The nearest large ski resort is less then 1 hour away: Greolieres Les Neiges has 22 slopes, 30 km of skiing. There are many more slopes also for the more advanced skiers in the South Alps.

Our part of Provence is right in the midst of the vineyards, the olive plantations, the Southern Alps, the Cote d’Azur beaches, medevial villages and hamlets.

The Domaine Grand Bastide, a fine producer of red, white and rosé wines, is our next door neighbour. Walk through the park to the right and the wine shop is around the corner.

There are a number of restaurants with Michelin mentions, e g Le Castelleras, Le France and Le Huit, a brisk walk or cycle up the hill to, plus many bars and up there in the lively village of Fayence.

Far from the madding crowds you can still discover fine sandy beaches tucked away in the Esterel nature reserve, just 30 minutes from Cambaras.

Lac St. Cassien offers water-sport and is a top fresh water angling spot. There are walks from Fayence through the oak forests of Mons, the Saignole Gorge and the cliff of St Cezaire.

If you want to do sailing, you can rent different size boats and there are also sailing schools al the year around in Mandelieu-la-Napoule and in St Raphael.

Fayence is the European Mecca for gliding and its possible to both do gliding courses and to get up in a glider for a birds eye view over valley.

Golf: Terre Blanche has two of Europe's most exclusive, scenic golf courses. There are many other golfing opportunities in other nearby villages, such as Bergemon, as well.

The nearest large ski resort is less then 1 hour away: Greolieres Les Neiges has 22 slopes, 30 km of skiing. There are many more slopes also for the more advanced skiers in the South Alps.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Myself and my wife - Swedish and Irish - are former foreign correspondents. Villa Cambaras has become the meeting point where family and friends are coming together. The photo: Christmas in Fayence

Why the Owner Chose Tourrettes, France:
We bought this Provence/Rivera dream home to be nearer our children - we are posted in New York at the moment. We fell in love with this romantic villa - completely enchanted, obsessed even, - immediately. The ambiance of the property - built in a Italian petit chateau style and at the time catering for nobles of the time - and their hunting and pleasure needs - was some how built in to the walls, ceilings (sensual frescoes in the ceilings, vaults, lavender blue Provençal shutters, trompe l'oeil facade and entertainment terrace. We could envisage how Italian aristocrats and after them Napoleon's General Fabre, who built Chateau du Puy in the Tourrettes hilltop (our bedroom view), used Cambaras as a hideout, and how men and mistresses entertained themselves royally here less than 200 years ago. Nothing we had seen until then in Provence came anywhere near Villa Cambaras. Most of the homes were nice holiday homes but most of the time without the soul and purpose we were searching for. The other important criteria was that our children, 17 and 22 at the time, would warm to it. They would never go for an isolated house in the middle of 'nowhere'. They wanted to be able to walk to the action, restaurants, bars and village 'fetes'. Then the property is large enough for as and for our children to invite lots of friends and be able to entertain.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Cambaras is a stunning, historic property built for old ambience entertaining. You have easy access to all the pleasures in Provence and the Riviera - 45 minutes from Nice airport. There is almost too much to do, often guests are so pleased to stay put so they can just relax and catch up with family and friends. There are always festivals worth visiting, large ones in Cannes of course, and smaller ones in nearby villages. It goes without saying that there is an abundance of restaurants (some with Michelin mention) and bars in all 'our' villages. Golf players have Terre Blanche 10 minutes away - adjacent to the Four Season hotel in our commune. The splendid Gorge du Verdon is 1.20 minutes away. Wonderful walks in Europe's largest canyon. The Riviera beaches need no introduction, the nearest one from Cambaras is in Theole sur Meer - which offers small little beaches with soft sand - surrounded by steep cliffs. Closer to home, 10 minutes away, we have a large lake - Lac St Cassien - which offers fishing and pedallo rentals. A glider academy near Cambaras offers a unique opportunity to see the stunning beauty of the region from above, in the splendid silence of a glider plane. Within 20-60 min drive you reach perfume factories in Grasse, the glitzy yacht life style of St. Tropez, the film and festivals in Cannes/Juan les Pain, the Picasso museum in Antibes, the old town in Nice, Monaco and even Italy.


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Speaks: english, french, portuguese, swedish, danish, norwegian, Anglais
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/27/2016

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  • An excentric villa built by Italian nobility 200 years ago for lengthy holidays

    An excentric villa built by Italian nobility 200 years ago for lengthy holidays

  • The kitchen is well equipped with a large Godin gas stove.

    The kitchen is well equipped with a large Godin gas stove.

  • The Villa Cambaras driveway with its Lebanese cedar tree alley

    The Villa Cambaras driveway with its Lebanese cedar tree alley

  • Spring time photo: A 15 metre pool makes swimming a real pleasure

    Spring time photo: A 15 metre pool makes swimming a real pleasure

  • Th fountain courtyard on ground floor level

    Th fountain courtyard on ground floor level

  • Bedroom with a view

    Bedroom with a view

  • Wine and dine in outstanding Provence ambience - view from the kitchen

    Wine and dine in outstanding Provence ambience - view from the kitchen

  • The drawing room/conservatory

    The drawing room/conservatory

  • View onto the hilltop village Fayence from the garden studio

    View onto the hilltop village Fayence from the garden studio

  • The pool in the evening

    The pool in the evening

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