La Canal is a beautiful large bastide, built in 1760. Its thick walls keep the house cool during the hot summer months. The house has been restored to a high standard, by its designer owner, to give great comfort and space for 12 people. There is a huge terrace in front of the house, shaded by ancient mulberry trees, from which one has splendid views to the distant Maures. You can walk through the mature walled 2 1/2 acre garden and wild flower meadow straight into the village, no driving to all those lovely restaurants! The magnificent 14 metre salt water pool is tucked away in a secluded part of the garden. Ample secure parking is provided with electric gates at the entrance.
This designers family home comfortably sleeps 12 in 6 spacious double bedrooms.
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 31, 2018
Pool / Spa
Fantastic Family Holiday & Great Location
Our family, a group of 6 adults and 4 children stayed at La Canal in mid August 2018 and had a wonderful holiday. The house is very spacious and well appointed, with a charming and relaxed French farm house feel, surrounded by a huge 2 acre garden that creates a real sense of space and privacy. There is a large pool which the kids loved, and kept them occupied most days as they spent hours splashing around in it ! In the evening there is a lovely graveled courtyard area in front of the house that is shrouded by mulberry trees which makes it a great place to sit outside for family BBQ's, relax and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine ! The house is in a great location relative to the town, and you are 5 mins walk from the heart of the town, where there are plenty of places to eat, drink and pick up fresh bread and groceries. While we were there the town held 2 markets (food and arts/crafts), and on Friday night had a live cover band playing in the main street where families of all ages danced and enjoyed the evening. The house is also well positioned to do some local sightseeing, and we spent a day down in St Tropez (35 miles), and an afternoon swimming in lake near the stunning Gorges du Verdon (20 miles). Nicola, thank you for being a wonderful host and for letting us share this beautiful house for a week - we had a fabulous holiday and would highly recommend it !!
Idyllic house in beautiful village!
Our family of 3 generations aged 9 to 70 spent 2 weeks in this beautiful property. The characterful house was immaculately clean and well equipped with enough space for all 12 of us to spend time together and retreat to our separate spaces. The children loved playing in the private, enclosed grounds and enormous swimming pool and we had lovely evenings eating our dinner under the Mulberry trees and playing boules. The village of Lorgues is situated right outside the gate to the property and has several cafes and restaurants, 2 supermarkets, a cinema and a fabulous weekly market! The best market that we have found in France! While we could have happily spent the entire 2 weeks in the house and village, having travelled all the way from Australia we felt compelled to explore the region. Our favourite day trips from the house included the Verdon Gorge where we swam and kayaked in the picturesque lake, a ferry ride from St.Maxime to St. Tropez, a boat trip from Cassis to swim in the amazing Calanques, a day trip to Monaco to visit the fantastic Musee Oceanographic and a lovely day trip to the quaint Italian village of Dolceaqua.
Nicola was a lovely host who was incredibly helpful without being intrusive and her local knowledge was indispensable. Thank you Nicola,we have many wonderful memories from our stay and hope to return soon!
Thank you so much Jo. It was a real pleasure having you all to stay in my home and I sincerely hope you will have the opportunity to return another day, you were the most fantastic guests, it would be lovely to see you all again. Nicola
Beautiful villa on the outskirts of Lourdes
Thank you Nicola for a really wonderful stay with you in your beautiful house on the edge of Lorgues.
We were a group of 16 with 8 adults and 8 children ranging in age from 1 - 7years. When we arrived there had been a confusion over the numbers in our group and we were more than expected. Nicola was really good in dealing with that and quickly set up some extra beds for the children. The house has an unusual lay-out so that some bedrooms can only be accessed by passing through others on each floor. We did not find this a problem however and the rooms themselves were all spacious and full of beautiful things collected during travels over the years which really made the house feel homely.
The pool area is stunning and our kids loved spending hours each day playing in the water. We all loved eating under the mulberry trees and watching meteor showers at night. The house is tricky to find at first but once you know it, it is very convenient and lovely to be able to stroll into town to buy croissants or for an evening meal.
Nicola was a great host, living on site in a separate wing of the house - there to answer any questions and help if needed but never intrusive. She took care to suggest great days out, places to eat, help with anything, and was really welcoming to so many kids about the place!
Super spot for our multi-generation holiday
This traditional bastide was an ideal holiday location for our multi-generation family. It is based in extensive and completely secure gardens with plenty of parking space and just a short walk into the centre of bustling Lorgues. Patisseries, ice-cream shops, cafes, pharmacists and clothes shops are all accessible on foot and it is just a short car trip for a supermarket shop if required.
The salt water swimming pool is large and there are plenty of sun loungers, mattresses, umbrellas and olive trees for shade. Swimming towels are provided for all in addition to bath towels which is really helpful. A full size table-tennis table, together with a set of boules, plenty of children's videos and a stack of holiday reads kept us all busy. If you are a keen cook you won't be disappointed. Not only is there a massive collection of cook books but, unusually, there is a very comprehensive set of kitchen tools, gorgeous pottery serving dishes and copious amounts of dishwasher friendly crockery. There are two full size fridges with freezers and a gas bbq.
The bastide itself is a handsome building. All the rooms are spacious with fully functioning shutters. There are fans in all the bedrooms. Decoration is simple with tiled floors and eye-catching textiles and pictures throughout. The kitchen was too small for 8 of us to eat in but this was not an issue as the main table outside had seating for 12. At lunchtimes we ate under the shade of ancient mulberry trees and in the evening we moved the table so that we could watch the striking starry skies and views out to the mountains. As well as the main table there were three other tables and sets of chairs, so we were spoilt for choice for drinking areas.
Running through the property features omits the key ingredient for our wonderful holiday and that was Nicola herself. Right from the start, she was helpful, informative and utterly charming. Nothing was too much trouble. All our queries were addressed fully and promptly. Her extensive regional knowledge makes her a wonderful source of information and she is generous with her time and ideas. A very big thank you from us all - we have had the most wonderful stay.
This is a lovely setting but overpriced for the lack of upkeep. The drainage left a lot to be desired resulting in Smelly sinks and toilets. We had to run the showers and taps for 15-20 minutes before any warm water came through in most bathrooms. I had one warm, one tepid shower during the week and the rest were cold. I did not want to waste precision water and neither did the others. There are loose tiles on the floors. Having said that eating out under the mulberry bushes was lovely and the pool is great too. The village is mediaevil, quaint and interesting. The patio area is appealing.
I am so sorry that you werent happy with your stay at La Canal as I take it very seriously when there is discontent, however I believe your dissatisfaction wasnt shared by everyone in your group as I had a very warm message from one couple thanking me for sharing my lovely home with them.
I agree that there was one shower with a periodic smell. We tried to remedy this without realising that the kitchen sink which your group had blocked on the 5th day of your stay had exacerbated the problem.
I appreciate your concern for saving precious water, but one member of your party left an outside tap turned on and the hose it was attached to burst with the water pressure, and it was some time before it was discovered.
I had explained to someone in your group that because of the distance from the boiler to the end of the house, hot water can take some time to reach the far end. I am sorry if you weren’t able always to have hot showers when you wanted them, but the day you complained to me I believe there were more than 12 people staying in the house, without my authority.
You also failed to mention in your review, that a member of your party had set fire to the large exterior dining teak table and destroyed it, a massive inconvenience for me given incoming guests requiring a large table at which to eat.
I provided your group with a venue, for no additional charge, for a large birthday party and I was told that you all had a wonderful time, the neighbours are still talking about the loud music you had until the early hours of the morning. I was really shocked to see that all the tables had been decorated with flowers from my garden. Imagine also my surprise on returning the morning after, to find so many cars parked on the property and wondering where everyone had spent the night.
Perfect Provencal Villa! Private yet near all!
We spent a week at Nicola's and had an ideal Provencal vacation. Completely private, set within gorgeously landscaped grounds, and yet town (bakeries, markets, restaurants) is right outside the wall. The villa itself is lovely and the bedrooms comfortable and tastefully decorated. We loved having dinner outside under the mulberry trees and lounging by the pretty pool after a morning trip. Lorgues is nicely situated to get to something fantastic in any direction (coast, lavender, gorge) while surrounded by lovely picturesque villages nearby. Nicola couldn't have been a better host - there, if needed, to help make reservations, give advice, or loan maps and market baskets! We stayed a week and are eager to return.
La Canal is situated in the village of Lorgues, walk to our wonderful weekly market and all our local shops, restaurants and bars. The coast of St Tropez and Cannes is an hour away. Aix en Provence less than an hour.The spectacular Gorge de Verdon just over an hours drive. For walkers and cyclists there are dozens of marked trails and routes, some starting from the house. Visit our numerous vineyards where you will find award winning wines which are now drunk all over the world.
Rates & Availability
These rates are for an occupancy of up to 12, a maximum of 2 extra guests can be accommodated for an additional charge of £200 per person per week. The house is available to rent for up to 8 guests for a reduced tarif, please contact me for the prices. For cooler periods, when central heating is required, there will be a fuel surcharge. Winter rentals are for a maximum of 6 people in 3 double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms We have a minimum end of rental cleaning charge of €150