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|
|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||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.
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7 Sep 2013
"What a beautiful place!"
Cap Benat is a truly wonderful haven with stunning little private coves set on a backdrop of untouched forested beauty, uniquely preserved along the otherwise developed provencal coastline. Santa Mari… More
2 Sep 2013
"What a pool!"
When looking for a villa to stay in France you dream for a large swimming pool, 2 minutes' walk to the sea and wall to wall sunshine. In Santa Maria we found this and have been lucky enough to vi… More
20 Aug 2013
"Rustic House, great views but house needs refurbishment and not great for toddlers."
We stayed at Santa Maria with 2 friends and our toddlers. The house has wonderful views and the outside of the house is beautiful and rustic, just what you want in the south of France. The upper part … More
22 Jul 2013
"one of the happiest places on earth where we have spent our family holidays for the past 9 years"
Santa Maria is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of southern France that I have ever been in.The house itself is comfortable and spacious.The garden and trees that envelop the villa provide… More
2 Jul 2013
"Wonderful location, delightful place"
We stayed at the Villa in September last year and loved it so much returned in April.The location is wonderful. A private penninsular with sandy beach away from the crowds. Near Bormes and Le Lavendo… More
2 Jul 2013
"Rustic house in a lovely location"
I stayed here with my girlfriend and her family for a week during September 2012.I loved the location of the property as there are many beaches located close to the property that were very quiet and w… More
29 Jun 2013
"Lovely area villa needs work"
Arrived villa unclean stayed in hotel for one night owner did pay for the night In the hotel,villa very tired furniture the same,swimming pool 45 steep steps so be careful children/elderly,heating kep… More
The comments made by the guest '22556677' are welcomed by the owners and the issues raised will be investigated and rectified where possible.
The website and other listings have been changed to reflect the accessibility issues and we appreciate that this may not have been made clear in the property description or photographs. We are planning to post clearer images of the walk to the private secluded pool as it is set 40 metres back from the main house into the provencal hillside. Railings on the garden path would not suit this type of botanical garden in this provençal property but we will review alternatives to provide better access for less abled persons.
The property sits in the exclusive gated community of Cap Benat and the security gates protecting this 2000 acre private estate are manned 24/7 by guards during the months from end of June to beginning of September. From September to June after 7pm entry codes are necessary for guests staying. The owners will look at the best way to provide them as a reassurance and back up.
The owners apologise the heating failed on this occasion and it is the first time that this has been raised as an issue as it is rarely used. This has since been rectified by our team of trusted personnel and the owners apologise for any inconvenience caused to the guests during this period.
As mentioned before, the property sits in the gated community of Cap Benat where a team of security personnel conduct regular security checks of the area. This is the first time that concerns have been raised regarding the security of the property and these will be investigated by the owners using the advice of the Cap Benat security team.
The owners can only apologise if the guests felt vulnerable during their time at the villa. The shutters shut securely and this is the first time this has been raised as a concern so they will be looked at and possible solutions investigated.
The owners have experienced issues in the past with damage to the property and as a result felt it was necessary to stress the importance of respecting the property whilst enjoying their stay there. The comments regarding the notices made by this guests are welcome and the management will change the notices where possible and will look at alternative wordings or options of conveying the message.
26 Jun 2013
"Disappointing. But..nothing that cannot be changed"
I stayed at this villa in May 2013 with my family which included my parents who are both over 60 and my partially disabled brother. The villa itself is situated in extremely private domain and does have lovely views out to sea. When we hired the villa, the advert said that it was OK for restricted mobility, but I have since contacted the owner who has changed the advert to reflect this. Please though, be aware that there are approx 20 steps up to the villa from the driveway and a further 44 extremely steep steps up to the pool. The steps to the pool are not even, do not have handles or any form of assistance for anyone with small children. The villa does not promote a welcoming feel. There are notices stuck throughout the villa saying "DO NOT TOUCH" and "If you break this it will cost YOU £500". I think this could all be changed with softer words. There is no welcome note telling you where things are or how to operate items in the house. Also, some of the doors do not lock properly or securely. There are four bedrooms, two upstairs in the main house and two downstairs. You need to go outside and down the main steps to get to the bottom two bedrooms, so only suitable for teenagers or adults or if you are going to bed the same time as your children. The whole villa can do with a general clean outside - the BBQ was filthy and was not possible to use ( I don't mind cleaning the odd grate or things like that, but this BBQ was at least a 4 hour job). Not something you want to do on holiday. One other comment I would like to make is the WIFI/Computer. There is WIFI which you can connect to with Ipads/phones etc and there is a computer at the villa, however, it has restricted ability due to add ons being disabled so you cannot access internet mail or login to airlines to print off boarding passes. You will need to do this before you arrive at the villa or at an internet store in town. You need codes to get through the gates and the security are not there after 6pm (although this was sometimes 7pm). There is a number to call if you need the code, but the people do not speak very good english so it may take a while to get them to understand what you want.
The comments made by the guest 'candice s' which are a family related to the other review are welcomed by the owners and the issues raised will be investigated and rectified where possible.
The website and other listings will be changed to reflect the accessibility issues and we appreciate that this may not have been made clear in the property description or photographs. We are planning to post clearer images of the walk to the private secluded pool as it is set into a hillside. Railings on the garden path would not suit this type of botanical garden in this provençal property but we will review alternatives to provide better access for less abled persons. The owners will review the property description and photographs to ensure that all guests understand that there is no internal staircase in this property.
The property sits in the exclusive 2000 acre gated community of Cap Benat and the security gates are manned 24/7 by guards during the months from June to September. Whilst codes should not be necessary for guests staying during this period the management will look at the best way to provide them as a reassurance and back up.
Wifi is available in the property for all use and the issues with the desktop computer access shall be investigated to ensure safe usage for all guests. The owners apologise the heating failed on this occasion and it is the first time that this has been raised as an issue as it is rarely used. This has since been rectified and the management apologise for any inconvenience for the guests during this period.
As mentioned before, the property sits in the gated community of Cap Benat where a team of security personnel conduct regular security checks of the area. This is the first time that concerns have been raised regarding the secutiry of the property and these will be investigated by the management using the advice of the Cap Benat security team.
The management have experienced issues in the past with damage to the property and as a result felt it was necessary to stress the importance of respecting the property whilst enjoying their stay there. The comments regarding the notices made by this guests are welcome and the management will change the notices where possible and will look at alternative wordings or options of conveying the message.
The cleaning of the property is carried out by local personnel who help to prepare the property between guests departing and arriving. It is regrettable that on this occasion the BBQ grill was not cleaned and this issue has been address with our cleaning team to ensure that this area is cleaned regularly.
There was an information folder in the property and the management now believe that this may have been misplaced. As a result the management will create a new information book and welcome pack that will be made available in the property and via email if required.
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