Presented over 2 floors, reached by the original stone spiral staircase, Numero 9 provides a rock-cooled haven from the bright sun of the South of France only a minute on foot from the village market square.
Over 500 years old and newly refurbished in traditional style, yet with all modern conveniences, this quirky house would be perfect for families or couples seeking a relaxed base for exploring the magnificent countryside, multi Medaille d'Or winning vineyards & chateaux and related outdoor pursuits including kayaking, horse riding, climbing & wine tasting.
COMPLEMENTARY BOTTLE OF LOCAL WINE CHILLED READY FOR YOUR ARRIVAL!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ste. Maxime/Frejus/St Raphael 27 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice Airport 78 km, Nearest railway: Les Arcs/Draguignan SNCF 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Access||Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The main living area on the first floor maintains its rustic cool with local terracotta floor tiles and original shutters opening on to the well equipped kitchen.
It is essentially open plan with one bedroom off the lounge area and at the centre in the french style, a sturdy solid wood dining table to seat 6.
The second floor fully comprises of the main double bedroom containing a grand iron bedstead and own washbasin, with large window with which to welcome the morning sun!
Bi-lingual speakers on hand to assist
Due to nature of the property, it may not be suitable for children under 5 or those who have trouble with stairs.
Despite appearing far from the high octane whirl of the Mediterranean coast, Les Arcs is a mere 30 minutes through the impressively wild green hills of the Massif des Maures to Ste. Maxime on the St. Tropez bay, and Frejus/St. Raphael, with their wide range of water sports – from the Yellow Submarine underwater walks through surfing and windsurfing to full blown yacht hire.
The area is world renowned for its varied cuisine, rose wine, warm welcome and brilliant sunshine, as captured by the Impressionists and enjoyed by generations of visitors.
Since 1010, the fortified village of Les Arcs has stood sentinel over the wild hills of the Var. Even now, as you spy the blood and gold colours of Provence flying proudly over the 13th century chateau, you could be transported back to the time of the powerful Villeneuve barons and marauding Saracens.
The oldest part of the town is known as the 'Parage' and it is here that you can lose yourself between the clock tower gate and the Place du Chateau, amongst the restored stone passageways and pedestrianised medieval streets. This part of the village is tightly wound around a steep rocky outcrop culminating in the impressive square tower of the castle, which gives panoramic views over the modern town, the russet-glowing Roquebrune rock and the ubiquitous Cotes de Provence vineyards.
No matter how many times you wander through the snickleways you will always find another quiet corner of contemplation or gushing fountain – many of which are still in use as an essential water source or impromptu laundrette for the matriarchs who line the lower streets, babbling greetings in the local Provencal dialect.
Throughout the town, you will find many excellent and reasonably priced restaurants serving local and international cuisine, served with a pride that is sometimes lost closer to the bustle of the coast - from the Relais buffet at the station with its inexpensive daily changing set menu to the 4* Logis du Guetteur with its speciality truffles, based in the dungeon of the ancient citadel.
There are also several 'centres de degustation' - or tasting centres - for the award winning Cotes de Provence wines as well as the local vinicoles providing table wines from their petrol-style pumps and their own specialities such as the tapenades and grape seed oils wasting none of the precious produce of the vine.
The Chapelle de Sainte Roseline, based in the grounds of the 10th century abbey ten minutes outside the town, not only produces the exclusive Cru Classe wines of all colours from 11 varieties of grape but is also the setting for elaborate weddings and other gala receptions within the plane-shaded cloisters.
Throughout the year there are open-air exhibitions in and around the village, ranging from local band concerts to the Bastille Day parades and the 'Jours Medievales' – when the whole village is transported back to the reign of the Templars with the traditional aioli dish of the area as a centrepiece of the celebrations.
Les Arcs is also the venue for many national and international canoeing competitions on the River Argens and the nearby dammed Lake of Ste. Croix boasts pedalo hire, trout, pike and carp fishing as well as bungee jumping from the cloud-teasing Pont de L'Artuby between the steep rockfaces of the Gorges du Verdon.
Opportunities for mountain biking, orienteering, climbing and gliding are also in abundance in the area.