|La Closerie||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
The Villa is set in gated/fenced, wooded and landscaped grounds of approx half an acre, the villa benefits from a heated, salt water swimming pool and a separate pool house. The pool house can be used as a self-contained gite as it has a fully fitted and equipped kitchenette, shower room and double bed-settee.
A very pretty fully fitted and equipped Provençal kitchen.
A master ground floor bedroom suite with French doors opening onto a small balcony, together with a large en suite dressing/bathroom with corner bath, shower and double vanity unit.
Ground floor cloakroom.
Large semi open plan dining area with frenchdoors opening onto a large covered sitting/dining area which in turn has steps down to the paved poolside area. Broadband/wi-fi/telephone are located in the dining area, as is the ground floor reversible air conditioning unit.
Large semi open plan lounge area with French doors leading to a smaller covered sitting area, again with steps leading down to the garden/poolside area. The feature seating arrangement converts quickly into a good sized double bed if required. Television and dvd player are located in the lounge area.
The dining area and lounge are split level, both with aspects to the 3 sided, glass enclosed wood burning feature fireplace/chimney breast.
Open plan stairway leads up from the entrance hall to the first floor which comprises:
Good sized double bedroom with frenchdoors leading out to a large partly covered balcony which has the benefit of motorised awning and table and chairs (best place for sunset watchers!).
Good sized twin bedded room with frenchdoors, no balcony, but with the benefit of a portable air cooling unit.
Family bathroom and separate wc.
We have fitted decorative wrought iron protection to the stairs and upper corridor.
Integral garage/store – has the benefit on an additional small fridge and a washing machine
Fully fitted kitchen
Tv, dvd player, wi-fi, telephone
1 - Master
2 - Double
3 - Twin
4 - Sofabed in pool House
1 - En Suite to Master
2 - Family
3 - Shower in Pool House
Tv - Sky - Dvd Player
Not suitable for wheelchairs
My name is John Foster and I purchased La Closerie as a family holiday villa in 2008, but have since bought another in the area, but didn't want to part with such a beautiful house and also wanted to share it with others so that they can enjoy a beautiful part of France.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||Such a lot to do and not far from so many other beautiful places|
|Unique benefits of property||Private pool and garden|
Local area and attractions
There are many nice towns and villages close to Vidauban and the Cote d’Azur (including st. Maxime, st. Tropez etc) is only 25 kilometres drive south. Les Arcs is a short drive away, with a beautiful medieval old quarter. Also here is the main train station, a great and economical way to get about during the busy summer months.
Most towns and villages have a market on at least one morning each week. Vidauban’s main market is on Sunday, and like all french markets is well worth a visit.
During summer months in particular there are many events, concerts, fetes etc in Vidauban (usually in the main town square) and surrounding towns and villages (check out the tourist information centre in Vidauban and local paper ‘var-matin’).
The largest large close town (in fact the capital of the ‘Var’) is Draguinan, all major amenities, good shopping, two hospitals etc.
If you turn left out of our lane, a very scenic route through the mountains takes you to St. Maxime and the coast, via Plan de la Tour.
If you turn right out of our lane then left at next junction the road (again twisty and scenic) will take you into the mountains and the pretty village of ‘la Garde Freinet’ (good little bar/restaurant opposite the covered area in the small old square – Le Carnozet). Then onwards to Grimaud, (another lovely old town, very picturesque and good restaurants), Port Grimaud (the venice of france, a must visit!), St Tropez etc.
Roads north of Vidauban, via Lorgues (beautiful old town, great market every Tuesday and some good restaurants (table du moulin near lower carpark below large old church, and la table de pol a short way down main street on right); or Draguinan will take you to the stunning ‘Lac de St. Croix’ and the ‘Gorges de Verdon’ (the grand canyon of Europe). There is wonderful scenery and great swimming, boating or kayaking in the lake and into the gorge itself. A little village built to commemorate the ‘drowned’ villages, Salles de Verdon, has great views, nice restaurants and some shops.
From Vidauban on the RN7 towards Frejus, if you turn right at ‘mercedes garage’ roundabout you will head towards Roquebrune sur Argens, a pretty town with quaint old centre off to the right. Just before the town you will see to your right the fantastic walking/climbing Rocher de Roquebrune. At the foot of this is the lake which has a great restaurant and water sports facilities. If you continue through Roquebrune towards the coast you will eventually come to a roundabout. Turn right towards St Tropez and you will arrive on the coast at Les Issambres, a lovely area. Turn left on coast road towards st Aygulf (fantastic beaches) and in a few minutes you come to an area with a splendid beach opposite a great bistro/restaurant/hotel, (hotel le provencal rest, les muriers). The beach is safe, life guarded, good snorkelling, showers, toilets etc. The bistro I can thoroughly recommend, family run, great food and great views over the bay of st tropez.
At this same afore mentioned roundabout if you turn left to Frejus you will arrive on the coast at st Aygulf, busy but fantastic beaches as you head east towards Frejus and st Raphael.
The Lac de st Cassien is a great venue for picnics, restaurants, swimming, and water sports. Accessible from the A8 motorway or RN7 towards Nice or, if you like twisty roads and great scenery via, le Muy, la Motte and Bagnols le Foret (great restaurant on main road in old centre, la Taverne).
As Vidauban is ‘rural’ rather than a tourist attraction, very few local people speak english, so at the very least you will need to keep a phrase book handy.
There are two small supermarkets in Vidauban, both of which have been mentioned before. Both have comprehensive stocks of almost everything you may need. There is a much larger, new ‘hypermarket’ approx 5 kilometres to the west of Vidauban just off the RN7 towards Draguinan.
The local wine co-op the ‘vidaubanaise’ near the station sells some great wines, if you prefer white, then go for the ‘aubade’.
Vidauban has a reasonable choice of shops, bars, bakeries, restaurants, chemists, hairdressers, doctors, dentists, police station etc, together with a municipal swimming pool, tennis courts etc. The café de paris in the main square does excellent food at reasonable prices.
There are many ways to explore the river Argens, mostly from little tracks from picnic areas etc close to bridges, or from the base nautique?
A walk up to the chapel on the hill overlooking Vidauban will reward you with great views.
The photographs on the website do not do this villa justice. It really is a lovely villa, set in large gardens - far larger and more private than we expected.
The property was tidy, well maintained and had been thoroughly cleaned prior to our arrival.
The overall décor of the house is very provencal and tastefully decorated. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, cutlery, glassware, pans etc and has all the facilities you would expect (large fridge/freezer, hob, oven, microwave, dish washer)
The indoor seating area is spacious (large dining table and separate comfortable seating area with large satellite TV)
A lovely outdoor seating area (for 4) alongside an outside dining area (seats around 6). Perfect for al fresco dining.
The pool is secure, warm and a good size - well maintained (cleaned twice weekly) and is deep enough to dive. Perfect for children and adults. There are a number of sun beds etc
The lounge area has air-con available which is a massive benefit and the house does maintain the cool well after it is switched off. The upstairs bedrooms were very warm but understand that air-con will be installed in upper rooms in due course. There was plenty of cupboard space and many nice touches around the villa which were very welcoming
Vidauban is charming. There is a market on a Sunday which is worth a visit. There is now a fantastic water park (slides / inflatables) that will appeal to families. Very well priced (€30 for a day),
We had spend a wonderful week in villa La Closerie with a family and friends. The house is well equipped, plenty of room for two families. Pool is a good size and kept clean.
We would highly recommend visiting here. A big Thank You for advice on places to visit. Gorges de Verdon are must!
Hello Ingrida, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back next year.