Le Manoir de Flassans
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Newly built traditional Bastide style detached house with 6 bedrooms sleeps up to twelve people with all the amenities you would expect from a modern UK home (can also be used as 4 bed + independent 2 bed accommodation). The 4 bed section benefits from 2 en suite wet rooms plus a full size family bathroom (2 bed section benefits from a full size family bathroom also). The 4 bed section has a large south facing lounge with open plan kitchen extending onto a generous terrace area running the length of the property, leading to the bathing / pool area, and also contains a separate TV room, plus ground floor WC. The 2 bed section contains an open plan kitchen, diner, and south facing lounge (plus ground floor toilet), with direct access onto both the south facing terrace and the pools terrace area (ideal for late afternoon/early evening shade).
Both sections are joined and can be opened or separated through the use of connecting doors, are situated in a quarter acre site with adult (9m x 6m) and children's (2m x 6m) pool. Both properties can be rented as one or independently, and easily manage from 2 - 12 people, according to requirements. Located in a quiet/peaceful protected woodland setting but within easy reach of all Provence/Cote D'Azur has to offer including vinyards, hiking/climbing/walking, golfing (Barbaroux Golf course 5 km - quoted in the top twenty golf courses in France), horse riding, & cafe cultures, etc.
For the wine lover you have some of the finest vineyards in Provence right on your door step. The spectacular Cote D' Azur is just a short drive way, or visit some of the most picturesque villages, towns & cities all within easy driving distance (Grasse = 30 - 40 mins).
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||All Cote d' Azur 45 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulon 45 km, Nearest railway: Les Arc|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Built and furnished to a very high specification with all the modern conveniences one would expect from a luxury property. Particularly useful is the availability of 2 washers (eliminating the post holiday washing piles), microwaves, gas ovens, toasters/kettles, etc. also portable air cooling fans if needed but house does remain quite cool
|Further details outdoors|
The property is situated on a plot of 2500m2, comprising of a large terrace (220m2) and Patio (30m2) with outdoor kitchen, tables & chairs. The swimming pool comprises of two pools, 1 suitable for children (2m x 6m) and an adult pool adjacent (9m x 6m ). Sun loungers and shaded area available for usage.
Both swimming pools are open air pools and as such are subject to the elements. Therefore in an effort to maximise the pleasure of such ameneties, we recommend that at minimum the following activities be performed (but not limited to) on a daily basis: monitoring water levels, remove detrus on a daily basis before swimming, remove jewellery / metallic objects when swimming, shower before usage, notify our local agent of any accidental toilet mishaps, and generally help ensure the poolwater quality whilst in use.
Children should be supervised at all times whilst in or near the pool area.
Furnished to an extremely high standard and unlike most holiday homes, contains all mod cons.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
We are in the Var region of Provence which enjoys sunshine through out the summer months, and located within easy reach of the beautiful coastal resorts of St Tropez , Cannes, Nice, Antibes, Cassis, etc. whilst Monaco is only a short 2 hr drive. It is a short journey to the city of Aix en Provence with its wide boulevards and world class restaurants and individual shops. Or visit the many picturesque villages such as 'Tour' or take a drive to the Verdon cannon which has a rugged landscape with inland lake and beach. Also, situated in the midst of a traditional rose wine making region, many of the local domaines will gladly receive you for an adhoc / or pre-booked degustation. Some of the more popular domaine's within a 5 mile radius being: Gavoty, Peyrassol, Terrebonne (cracking 2006 red) - all Medialle D'Or winners in 2008 and years prior.
Here are some interesting facts about the history of the village:
1) Flassans located on one of the pilgrimage ways to St Jacques de Compostelle
2) From this rich history comes the feudal château of the PONTEVES family, the ruins of which dominate the surrounding countryside, and are currently (slowly) being rebuilt with the help of volunteers, as part of a renovation project.
3) There is some discussion whether Emile Zola lived in the village at some point but it is accepted that his novels "La Fortune des Rougons" (written in 1869) was actually based on the political revolt that occurred throughout Provence in 1851. Flassans (Plassans in the novels) features, as does Brignoles (Faverolles). A key fact being: there did exist a family called "Rougon", of which certain (legitimate) members of the family held the role of Mayor of Flassans between 1790 and 1875. One of which (Paul-Frederic) was mayor between 1873 and 1875, who attended the same school as (in Aix en provence), and knew Zola, which therefore lends credence to the possiblity that Zola was indeed aware of the political turbulence that occurred at that time.
Brignoles is the nearest large town which hosts a large weekly market, with restaurants, cafe's, and large supermarkets. You can easily relax in the main square with its marble paving & fountain, whiling the time away whilst watching the world go buy. Le Luc is a smaller but equally charming town (equidistant to Flassans), and contains similar facilities and is well worth a visit to the old town centre. Just outside the village is a large adventure park for children offering facilities such as go-carting ,horse riding, adventure woodland, tennis etc. If the private pools be to quiet for the children, then the largest water park on the Cote D'azur is within a 20 minute drive ( www.parc-aquatica.com ). For the golfer, there's plenty of very good courses close by (eg. Golfe de Barbaroux = 5 miles - http://www.barbaroux.com/accueil.asp ) . With the coast a half hour drive away, most water sports including scuba diving & sailing are also distinct possiblities.
Flassans village in itself is a small village steeped in history (Zola resided & wrote here at some point in his life), and retains much of the traditional french atmosphere. It has a food store, butchers, chemist, bakers, florist, hairdressers, post office with ATM , bar and a couple of places to eat (or have pizza delivery).
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6 Apr 2014
"Beautiful House - Wonderful position"
Over the last 3 years my wife and I have stayed in this house on 3 occassions, always in the smaller unit. Initially it is quite difficult to find but the route is easlily learned and you are rewarded… More
1 Jan 2014
"Nice house, shame about the rort"
Lovely house in a fabulous location. You do need a car and location is not well serviced by maps. But an excellent place for a large group to relax and to visit anywhere in Provence.Biggest negative w… More
Thank you for your positive feedback within the above comment, I am glad that you enjoyed the property and (aside from the bond issue) the experience was pleasurable. Regarding the unreturned bond I must admit I am confused, so in the interest of clarity perhaps the following will assist:
As per most standard rental contracts, there is an element of Rental (which is split into a 25% deposit to secure the booking, and 75% becomes due 6 weeks prior to the requested rental period), plus a goodwill bond of £500. The rental contract also states that the goodwill bond will be returned subject to successful completion of a departure inspection (the funds are typically returned within 7 - 14 days of a successful inspection,depending on whether it's an international transfer or not).
In this instance, the departure inspection was unsuccessful due to the state in which the property was found after checkout. Within 3 days of departure we first notified you of the excessive degree of cleaning required and that we were awaiting the full report before returning the bond. We received no response (or challenge) to this.
We again contacted you 2 weeks later (6/8/13) to advise that we had incurred an additional 150€ cost to resolve the issues described above and that we would be deducting £120 from the bond. The £380 bond return payment was made to a Barclays account (which I believe you paid from and belongs to your partner) on 8/8/13 under NatWest reference 44095228632720000N. Again, we have received no further communication from you in the 6 months since August 2013 to challenge this or notify us the funds hadn't arrived.
Taking the above details into account, would you be willing to double check the account and update me? If for any reason the funds have been lost in the ether then rest assured I will endeavour to locate them on your behalf now that I am aware there is a query.
I am confident this is a glitch which through communication we should be easily resolved but please don't hesitate to contact me through email if you believe this would be easier until the issue is resolved.
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