|Limani||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||4||There is a camp bed plus 2 folding cushion beds|
The house is a recently built, comfortable Provencal home. Set in just over half an acre (2,200 square metres) of enclosed garden, 'Limani' has 4 bedrooms, open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. Although new, the property is filled with character. Beams in the lounge, numerous items of period furniture and various pieces collected worldwide by the owners add to the warm feel of this house. The heated (12m by 4m) saltwater pool is a pleasure to swim in and also has a shallow "plage" area at one end where toddlers can paddle & adults can chill, enjoying the views over the vines and up to the surrounding hills.
The pool has a powered rolling cover for insulation and adding security for children.
The garden is securely fenced making it safer for small children and dogs.
Salernes is close by and as you are not close to the coast and its chaotic traffic it is easy to visit the other interesting villages and sites in the surrounding area. The area is a delight for those interested in outdoor activities. There are wonderful walks and cycle routes available as well as horse riding, canoeing, white water rafting, climbing and even bungee-jumping!
'Limani' is an ideal house for a family group, 2 families or for up to 4 couples. There are 2 bedrooms at each end of the house, 2 on the ground floor at the eastern end of the house and 2 upstairs at the western end of the house above the kitchen and utility room. This allows a great deal of privacy. A wonderful house to entertain in. With it's large, well equipped kitchen, open plan living areas, bbq and roomy terraced areas you are able to make the most of the wonderful local produce available in Provence.
Outside: The property in entered through electric security gates.The driveway is lined with lavender.
There are olive trees, almond trees, baby parasol pines, cypress trees, a fig tree and a 'mulberry' tree in the garden with honeysuckle, roses and jasmine on the terrace. The pool is a heated, saltwater pool of 12 metres by 4 metres with a shallow "plage" area at one end. It has an easily operated security cover which also keeps the pool cleaner and warmer. There is a shaded gazebo by the pool. There are eight sunbeds to use near the pool or on the terrace as well as other seats and loungers on the terrace. There are a number of sun umbrellas which can be used where needed. There is a large barbecue area. The terrace has a round table with four chairs and a larger table around which eight can easily be seated. The larger table is situated close to the kitchen under a cover which gives shade from the sun.
We have added another table under theshady mulberry tree, close to the barbecue.
There is ample parking area.
Utility Room: Large (some would say huge) utility room with washing machine, overhead drying racks, large American-style fridge-freezer, double sinks, storage cupboards, ironing board and iron. Direct access to barbecue area. Cleaning/towels/ linen/maid service: Towels and linen are provided.
As soon as you come through the front door into the hall you can sense the homely feel of the house and will notice the nautical background of the owners.
"Limani" is tastefully decorated and features items sourced from the owner's global voyages.
Limani has a large open kitchen with a breakfast bar with 4 stools. The large red worktop has a double sink and the windows look onto the large outside table,over the garden and pool to the tree-covered hillside beyond.
The kitchen is very well equipped with a 5 burner gas hob, 2 burner electric hob, 2 electric ovens, a microwave oven, coffee machine, electric kettle, larder fridge and dishwasher.
There is a dining table with 8 chairs close by.
The kitchen is very bright and airy and a pleasure to work in.
There is also an adjacent large utility room as previously mentioned with a much bigger fridge-freezer.
On the terrace, just outside the kitchen windows, is a large dining table under a cover to give a shaded dining area. The windows make a good serving hatch!
We also now have a table in the shade of the murier-plantaine tree beside the barbecue. The tree has now grown quite big and gives a pleasant, shady extra outside dining table.
The living room which is equipped with a red wood burning stove has 2 large sofas, an antique rocking chair and other occasional seating.
There is a wall mounted 46 inch screen and an extensive DVD library as well as a music system with a docking station.
Wi-fi is provided.
Large watercolours of Lefkas in Greece hang on one wall and again this another bright and airy space.
Two French windows lead onto the terrace and another windo in the oppisite wall looks onto the garden's olive trees and the hillside beyond.
There is a coffee table by the settees with boardgames, jigsaws and other games inside.
There are 2 double bedrooms downstairs both with plenty of wardrobe space.
One looks over the garden and olive trees and has an en suite with a bath and shower.
The other downstairs bedroom, with French windows, looks out over the garden and pool to the vineyard and hillside beyond. This bedroom also has an en suite bathroom, this time with a multi-function, hydro-massage shower with a seat.
Upstairs there is a double bedroom with 2 windows with superb views, again there is plenty of wardrobe space available.
Also upstairs there is another bedroom with 2 single beds and ample wardrobe space. Again this bedroom has 2 windows also with lovely views.
In addition to the 2 en suite downstairs bathrooms there is also a separate downstairs toilet with wc and wash-hand basin.
Upstairs there is another separate toilet again with wc and wash-hand basin and also a shower room.
The shower room has an extra large shower cabinet, ideal for mother and child, and a wash-hand basin.
The house has electric wall mounted heaters and the bathrooms have electric towel rails.
There is a wood burning stove in the living room.
We feel the individual, free-standing, oscillating fans which are in each bedroom are much more likely to be appreciated during the summer months than heaters.
As mentioned there is a large wall mounted flat-screen display and a large number of dvds in the living room.
The bedrrom with the french windows has a Bose Wave cd/radio unit.
There are a number of pool toys, balls and bats, boule sets and other outside toys and games.
Boardgames, jigsaws and cards in the living room.
The garden was a blank space when we moved into the house and we have planted almond trees, olive trees, cypress trees, an fig tree, a murier-plantaine and parasol pines...oh, nearly forgot we have a baby oak tree which at some time in the future is meant to produce truffles around it's roots.
We collect the olives and almonds, we now produce a little olive oil.
There is a gravel garden with a large variety of plants off the terrace, roses do well in this soil and there is also a bush producing pomegranate (very bitter ones so far).
There are tubs planted with herbs to use near the barbecue.
In winter we have a lot of birds in the garden, less so in summer.
There are a number of paths close to the house and the Mairie has produced a guide with marked walking routes. We often walk up to the chapel on the hilltop behind the house and then back down in a circular walk. Getting up there can be a bit tough but the view is wonderful.
There is a pergola to give a shaded area by the pool
There is plenty of parking space on the gravel for a number of cars, safely inside the automatic security gates.
The house has 2 bedrooms downstairs if visitors find stairs a bit difficult. The path down to the pool is on stepping stones and not too steep and the pool is easy to get in and out of at the end beside the pergola.
The garden is securely fenced and when the gates are closed and the pool covered makes a great play area for children (and dogs).
We work as yacht crew and are always happy to come back to Limani after being away sailing in the summer.<br/>Limani is available for holiday lets as we are rarely able to use the house ourselves in Summer and so far we have had a large number of guests who have been very happy to spend their holiday here at Limani.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||We were looking for a property in this area as we felt we had outgrown our village house in Grimaud (which is also available for holiday rentals through Holiday France Direct). An old friend who is a builder suggested that we buy a plot of land and build a new house as in this way you end up with exactly what you are looking for. This was really good advice and we enjoyed the whole process from finding a plot which suited, producing an outline plan, then working with an architect and then a great builing company and we are delighted with our home.
Salernes is close by and has Provencal markets on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as a broquante on Fridays.
The main square has bars and restaurants and there are supermarkets as well as a number of smaller shops in Salernes, plus a surprising number of bakeries.
There are many other attractive villages and towns close by, Tour Tour, Villecroze, Aups, Cotignac and Lorgues to mention a only few.
|Unique benefits of property||For us the best thing about the house is the situation with a vineyard at the bottom of the garden (when we first saw the plot it was still part of the vineyard) and amazing views onto lovely countryside. Yet it's only five minutes in the car to Salernes.
The house has bedrooms in two seperate areas so that two families can holiday together but still have their own space.
The house is very bright and light, yet there are shady areas in the garden and by the pool when the sun gets too much.
As the house is a modern building the insulation qualities are very good which helps to keep things cool inside in summer.
The garden has a number of shady spots where you can sit quietly if you feel like spending a bit of time on your own.
The saltwater pool is heated which makes early and late season dips a lot more pleasant and there is a shallow wide step at one end, ideal for toddlers to splash around in with their parents. A floating pool cover helps with insulation and safety.
We often make a trip to Aups on a Saturday morning to visit the market and then after a scenic drive to Tour Tour enjoy a drink outside one of the bars in the village square.
We are lucky to have a number of good places to enjoy a meal out at in the area.
In Salernes itself the Cafe de Vignes on the square is good as is Pepe Thomas, on the square as well. We have also enjoyed Food'Amour and Le Bistro Gourmand in Salernes.
There is an excellent small restaurant in Entrecasteaux, Chez Ellie, with some good Asian dishes on the menu.
Further afield Le Grande Chene at Sillanes Le Cascade is always good, you can work up an appetite with a walk to see the waterfall before visiting the restaurant.
For a treat La Table de Fanette, close to Fox-Amphoux, is really good as is Brunos at Lorgues.
A trip out to the lavender fields on the Plateau de Lavensole is an interesting outing as is a drive to the Gorge du Verdon. In that area you can try rafting, kayaking or even bungee jumping should you feel the need!
If you can deal with the traffic a trip to Saint Tropez is worthwhile and Aix en Provence is a lovely place to visit with some interesting sights and museums.
Many thanks to letting agency Chez Domaine for looking after us so well before and during our week in Salernes around a family wedding. The house was perfect for the six of us plus two toddlers and a new baby - very well equipped , very clean and comfortable, with the pool beautifully located and we particularly liked its easy access for the small children. The living areas were generously sized, internally and externally, and we could not have had a better week. The thoughtful owners suggest good local eating places and walks and we look forward to a return, next time perhaps also to play golf as the welcoming Salernes club on the other side of the vineyard in front of the house is expanding from four holes to six!