Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 8 9.7/10
|The Nut House||Self Catering||Flexible||1||6||1||2 person comfy sofabed|
If you love France, food, wine, the sun and sea you will love to holiday in our house in Provence Cote d’Azur close to the wonderful beaches of the Bay of St Tropez and all the Glitz and Glamour that goes with it.
An 18th-century village house full of character that has been respectfully modernised while still retaining all of the features which bring the realisation you are in a French village, not some soulless holiday complex.
The village itself - around 1700 inhabitants in the height of the summer - still retains its local feel whilst offering over a dozen places to eat and drink, and provides good local shops and trades.
Nestled at the top of the Massif des Maures, it benefits from very hot days and cooler evenings. A short 15 minute (16km) drive takes you to the nearest beach and the hustle of St Tropez; just over an hour will take you to Monaco, Marseille, the Verdon Gorges and anywhere in between.
The Nut House as it has become known is a 300-year-old stone village house probably built to house workers at the cork factories when production exploded in the 18th century. The house is our home - not a bare holiday let - and most things needed for your stay are included.
Having walls nearly 3 feet thick in places, the house is cool in summer and warm in winter, and now benefits from electric heating in all rooms as well as a cosy antique logburner in the lounge.
Wanting to preserve its character, we have retained the stone staircase and flooring which in places is uneven, so it may not be suitable for persons with impaired mobility. The stairs however are fitted with doors or gates on all floors for the safety of young children.
The staircase leads to the kitchen/dining area with an extending table seating up to 8, an oven, hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee-maker and washing machine along with plenty of crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils.
The cosy lounge with its wooden ceiling, beams and stone floor is entered directly from the street. It has comfortable seating for 5-6 people and includes a double sofabed, an antique Godin stove for those late autumn and spring evenings, and a selection of books, boardgames and children’s toys. This is also where you will find toys, beds, parasols and towels for the beach!
On the top floor is the bedroom with 2 double beds and plenty of storage.
In total we can sleep 6 adults in 2 double beds and the sofabed which is in the lounge. We supply a travelcot for babies.
Off the bedroom is the bathroom with toilet, shower and washbasin.
The entire house is heated by electric but this is rarely needed between April and November, also in the lounge you will find a cosy antique wood burning stove.
Tv (with over 200 Orange tv channels in many languages), dvd player, radio/cd player.
Being a village house we have no outside space but people enjoy sitting outside in the street and meeting the local people as they pass by, alternatively walk to the top of the road and there is a small square to sit in the shade of the trees by the fountain or the bottom end of the road where the pedestrian are has over 10 establishments to eat, drink and people watch.
Being a small one way street you cannot park outside the house but there is plenty of free parking within a few minutes walk.
Having steeps stairs and stone floors The Nut House is not suitable for persons with restricted mobility.
We include bedding and towels for all beds (small laundry fee for this), chargers for mobile phones, a hair dryer, ironing board and iron, TV (with over 200 Orange TV channels in many languages), dvd player, radio/cd player.
Feel free to bring your laptop, iPads etc and leads to connect to the tv to watch via the internet with our free wifi.
We operate a policy where basic toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid etc are supplied; we just ask that you replace what you use! This means there is no need to bring anything with you if flying, to help reduce your luggage. We also aim to keep a stock of basic kitchen supplies, sauces and condiments for you when you arrive.
The same applies to the wine rack and beer in the fridge. Feel free to drink - just replace what you use.
For visitors with young children, we provide a travel cot, highchair, buggy, toys, games and books to keep them happy!
A full on Francophoile
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||We love all of France but most of all we love the weather, food wine and people of the Provence and Cote d"Azur|
|Unique benefits of property||The Nut House is a real home, not a bland holiday let on a domain with thousands of similar properties. We are located in a real French village where you will experience everything good about France.|
Being just 16km from the Bay of St Tropez all the beaches are within easy reach, you choose wether you want the Glitz and Glamour of Pampelonne or the quietness and beauty of Gigaro
A 5 minute stroll through the old village takes you into the forests of the Massive du Maures where you can explore miles of footpaths, tracks and mountains.
From Monaco to Marseille, we are within 90 minutes drive of all the glitz and glamour of the Cote d'Azur
We have just returned from spending 12 days at The Nut House, located in the beautiful small village of Le Garde Freinet. The location is perfectly situated a short distance inland from St Tropez, and for day trips to see the sights of the Cote d'Azur.
The house is quaint, quiet, very well equipped and central to shops (cafes, bakery, pastry, butchers, two supermarkets art gallery and a handful of restaurants) within a minute walk. Also plenty of areas to walk the dog up to The Cross and Old Fort, practically daily occurrence with its magical views. It was just idyllic for us, and we settled in very quickly. Would love the opportunity to return to this friendly village, just to spend even more time being a local.
The owner of this property was very kind, efficient and extremely helpful with local information and information regarding the Cote d'Azur. Very comprehensive welcome pack on the property, which was really useful. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending this property.
The house was absolutely perfect for us and exactly as described - very quirky and characterful,but all the facilities you needed,even down to umbrellas and bags for the supermarket.The customer service from James was second to none,we were given detailed information about the property,access and payments - the security deposit was refunded within a couple of days of our return,even down to contacting us once we had arrived to check that we had everything we needed.Le Garde Freinet is a beautiful village in an idyllic settings,more than enough restaurants,bars and shops,but retains its character and peacefulness.The house is ideally situated for travelling to all sorts of places - we spent a day in the Camargue which is only 2 hours away,but lots of places to visit closer,even if some of the roads are a bit hairy! We would definitely recommend the house and the village to anyone who just wants to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and tranquility.
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