Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The villa is located in what is known in French as a "domaine", a gated community that can only be entered by residents. It is five minutes drive from five beautiful sand or pebble private beaches, only accessible to residents of the domaine. This is one of the villa's greatest attractions, as the domaine comprises of between three and four miles of private coast, backing on to 1000 acres of forested headland. Santa Maria shares the domaine with less than 200 other substantial properties and benefits from 24-hour security at the gate house that also operate regular patrols. Domaine du Cap Benat is one of France’s most famous Domaines.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Private 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulon 30 km, Nearest railway: Toulon 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Built in the 1950s, Santa Maria is a classic Provencal villa, painted in the traditional colours of cream with pale blue shutters. There are four bedrooms, each with twin beds allowing up to eight people to sleep comfortably. Inside, the villa is decorated in a simple and clean vintage beach house style. The house is on two levels, both of which, in part at least, are on the ground floor. They are separated into the main level where the kitchen, living room and two of the bedrooms are along with shower room and toilet, and the lower level where the second two other bedrooms are found complete with shower room and loo. The two levels are separate in that there is no internal staircase but the lower floor can be accessed through the French doors as is typical of villas in this area. The log fire and central heating are available for use for the winter months.
|Further details outdoors||
Forget the daily hassles...
It's hard not to forget about the world back at home when you are in the middle of a miniature botanical garden. The everyday hubbub of traffic has been replaced by crickets; the constant ringing phone is replaced by the swash of water in the pool and the school run has simply become a walk up the garden path with your children through the secure and lockable gates that prevent them from straying too far. If the sun gets too hot, you can recover in the tree house, in the shade of pine trees, with a window of a view to the sea just 150 metres away.
If you're feeling more active...
If you feel slightly more active, there's a floodlight "boules" area in the garden to practise the famous local sport. Alternatively, have a game of tennis at the tennis club which is a four minutes walk away. If you enjoy sailing or windsurfing boats or windsurfs can be rented at the port or in Le Lavandou, where you can also take up water skiing. Lessons are also available for children. If you're in the mood for something more adventurous, quad biking and paint balling is on offer 15 minutes drive away. And if you really can't keep away from the cosmopolitan life, Saint Tropez is a 20 minute drive away. Finally for the more romantic, take your lover to the two person swing and gaze up at the stars.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
The azure coast is just that - France's southern seaside lapped by the turquoise waters of the warm Mediterranean. The brash bustle of the tourist centres doesn't float everyone's luxury boat, but a more relaxed French holiday can easily be had.
Bormes les Mimosas
Less well known than St Tropez and St Raphael, or nearby Bormes les Mimosas, Le Lavandou has been gaining in popularity in recent years as a more chilled out resort than its neighbours to the east. It is very popular with families and those seeking a more low-key kind of place. However, with 12km (7 miles) of coastline, some good diving, a pleasant town centre, an international marina and sport fishing port, Le Lavandou is a resort that offers something for everyone. It gets busy in summer, but March is also a good time to visit, when the famous Corso Fleuri takes to the streets and the town centre turns into a big street party.