House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Siagne is a three storey, plus 'cave' (cellar), roomy property which is so close to the village centre you can fetch the croissants and return to the house before the coffee is brewed. You can then breakfast on the south facing upper terrace which overlooks the gorge and forest and in the distance, the Bay of St. Tropez. The lower terrace of approximately 10 square metres with the same views and accessed via the cave is partly shaded and adjoins a small pebbled garden of approximately 40 square metres containing a raised planted border and two orange trees, it is perfect for private sunbathing and BBQs.
Accommodation is on three floors with good beds and furniture, (no sofa beds or futons) and the one single, one double and one triple bedroom are all en suite with modern bathroom fittings and heated towel rails. The largest bedroom easily accommodates a double and single bed and the ensuite bathroom has a modern bath with a shower over, basin and toilet. The other en suites have showers, basins and toilets and there is a fourh basin and toilet in the utility room on the ground floor. Excellent high water pressure means the showers have power shower force.
The sociable living area which opens up through double French doors onto the upper terrace is well equipped, furnished and decorated which together with the open plan dining area and kitchen makes the house suitable for anyone living there permanently, it is much more than just a holiday home.
As winter daytime temperatures can be mild, winter holidays and breaks are possible as La Siagne is centrally heated and double glazed. In the evening you can settle down to a nice meal, a glass of wine and a good book or dvd if you do not want to go out, although the village bars and restaurants are so close you can be ' home' within five minutes of paying the bill.
If you would like to see more photographs of the house and area, or need additional information please send an e-mail via the 'contact owner' section of this website and I will gladly oblige by return.
This holiday letting is registered with the Mairie and Tourist Office in St Cezaire.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cannes 31 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 55 km, Nearest railway: Grasse 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, 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, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Books, including guide books, maps, games, CDs, DVDs, and videos are all provided for your use. The television receives English radio and television programmes and also French television. A cot and high chair are also available. Free wireless internet.
|Further details outdoors|
A BBQ and garden furniture comprising of loungers, mattresses, chairs, garden tables, umbrellas etc. are all available. There is on street parking or in the nearby large free car park. The property is totally secure.
ACCESSIBILITY:The main living area and the upper terrace are at street level , there is one step up into the house from the street and access to the lower terrace and garden is via the cellar which is down a flight of stairs with a handrail. Both the double and triple bedrooms are on the top floor of the house and therefore the stairs, although wide and with a handrail, may be a problem if you are less than able, the single bedroom on the first floor is reached by a short flight of stairs. The village centre is only 50mtrs. from the front door.
La Siagne is looked after locally by an English speaking lady who lives in the village. She takes a great pride in ensuring the house is well prepared for guests as well as being on hand to deal with emergencies for which there may be an additional charge.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
Possibly only six or seven hours by air from your own front door but probably a million miles away from what you have left behind, allowing you to experience the background hum of French life providing you with a sense of wellbeing and maybe a little smugness at having discovered such a great location. Hot summers and warm daytime winter temperatures are partly why this area of France remains such a popular destination. But whether you visit for the climate, the relaxed way of living, the food and wine, the historic hill villages, the art galleries and museums, the chic St. Tropez and Cannes or just that the budget airlines can fly you here quickly and cheaply, you will not be disappointed. A few words here are insufficient to capture everything there is to see and do and it is more interesting to explore for oneself, you will not be disappointed.
If you love France as much as the owners of this village house and other visitors for the past five years we know you will not be disappointed with La Siagne, the name of our house located behind the large 1720 Church which is the centrepiece of the village. As well as being on the Route Napoleon, St Cezaire is one of the gateway villages to the new regional park of the Alps d'Azur where there are numerous recreational activities available. It is also only 35 - 40 minutes inland from the beaches and restaurants of Cannes although the difference between the coastal towns and the village is incomparable. This ancient village is situated 300 metres above the river Siagne winding between steep cliffs and old terraced olive groves over which the back of the house looks. A 12th century chapel a short walk from the house is said to have been a storage place for the harvest for Caeser during his reign and the Grottes de St. Cezaire are a network of caves which were discovered at the beginning of the 20th century and are the best known in the region.
Numerous activities, fetes, festivals, markets and other celebrations take place in the village belying its comparatively small population. There is a tennis club, horse riding and of course the mandatory boules pitches found everywhere in France. Bars and restaurants, a pharmacy, two butchers, a grengrocers, three bakers, a post office, newsagents, gift shop, antique shop, a bank and a tourist office are all within two to three minutes walk of our front door. St Cezaire sur Siagne is small, well kept, traditional and non touristy with a superb Saturday morning market, evening craft markets in the summer and other frequent celebratory events.
Contradictorally, walking and relaxing are two of the best pursuits to follow although a trip to Cannes or the more inland mountainous areas with other attractive hill villages is certainly worth while, time permitting. Grasse, which is a 20 minute drive away is famed for its perfumeries, free tours are available and the 'old town' is well worth a visit, Italy is a two hour drive, Monaco ninety minutes, St Tropez one hour and skiing at Greolieres forty five minutes. Hikers or for the less fit, walkers can enjoy the many trails which pass through the village and beyond although a gentle stroll round the village is also very pleasurable. The village tourist office www.saintcezairesursiagne.fr; email firstname.lastname@example.org - telephone 0033 4 93 60 84 30 has English speaking staff who are extremely helpful, their web site also provides further information about the village and region. Lac de Saint Cassien which is 20 minutes from the village is noted for its superb carp and pike fishing and during the summer, the various leisure activities including boating, swimming, picnics and walking through the oaks and pines on its shores. Mountain Biking using a qualified guide who lives in St. Cezaire is available and he will also rent you a mountain bike.
The annual week long Jazz Festival takes place in August and has now been running for several years. It gains in popularity each year and is a must for any Jazz fans.
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3 Sep 2013
"An excellent house in a fantastic village."
This is a lovely house beautifully situated right in the centre of a fairly large village perched on the edge of the Siagne gorge. The house was very well equipped with everything we needed for a family of five. The owner provided excellent information before we went, and the (English) woman who looks after the house was incredibly helpful when we had a problem with our hired car. Although you can't park outside the house, the large village car park is a very short walk. The village itself is exceptional. Four restaurants and two bars (both of which also serve food, two bakers, a butcher, a bank, a post office, and a good sized supermarket. Everything is a very short walk from the house. The beaches of the Cote d'Azur are about an hour's drive away, but there are lots og good places to visit and things to do locally.
My only criticism is that the lower outside area of the house was not quite what we expected. What was described as a small garden is in fact a small area of gravel. However, it was adequate, and the views are lovely. The stairs in the house are wide and safe, but there are lots of them and each step is high - possibly a problem for the very old and young.
Another 5 star review is very welcome, thank you. It is great that we were able to help out with the problem with the rental car for which I have absorbed the cost of my local agent doing so. Your 'critical' comments are noted although I have to say that the website information already refers to the garden being small and I have gone to some length to describe the internal layout including access, a mention of the stairs and that the house may be unsuitable for certain people.
I have now made an amendment to say that the garden is about 40 square metres, pebbled (we sweated buckets laying them) and with a planted border and two orange trees. The lower terrace leading onto the garden is about 10 square metres which I trust clarifies matters. Once more thanks for taking the trouble to write a review and for staying at La Siagne.
26 Aug 2013
"Great house and marvellous views"
Traditional well equiped terraced house in small town with great views from the terrace across the valley and beyond. Very central location. Several bakeries, cafes and a medium sized supermarket a couple of minutes away. Very relaxing week.
I am pleased the house and area met and hopefully exceeded your expectations. Thanks for yet another maximum rating which means there is no room for complacency as there is a continuing requirement and wish to ensure that standards are maintained and value for money is delivered. As the end of the main summer rental season draws close I look forward to the autumn, winter and next spring seasons when the weather can remain very good and lunch on the terrace in shirt sleeves, even in January, can be a possibility. Many thanks for staying at La Siagne.
4 Jul 2013
"Country French Perfection"
Let us just say from the beginning of this review that our vacation at La Siagne was everything we imagined and hoped for. My wife and I, along with another couple, from the time we got there until the time we left, felt like we were really experiencing French culture and the villa felt like our home-away-from-home. The village of St. Cezaire was so picturesque and quaint and the people extremely helpful and accommodating. Every morning we would walk just a few steps up the street to a local patisserie for the most delicious croissants, quiche and a variety of sweet pastries to get our day off to a great, leisurely start. Oh, those croissants! The village was so well situated for getting the very most out of our week there. We were able to easily visit well known and lesser known cities and not have to be packing and unpacking every day. We went to Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco/Monte Carlo, St. Paul de Vence and Grasse. Each place had it's own appeal. The local village itself also had things to offer, other than that great bakery. We took a downhill hike to the La Siagne River and were rewarded with it's beautiful waterfall when we finally made it to the river. The trek took about an hour each way, give or take, but was well worth the effort. The owner, Bryan Lecoche, was a perfect host. Even though we never met him, it felt like we have known him for years. The information Bryan provided via email prior to our arrival and the information in a notebook in the villa about the villa and the village were incredibly detailed and most helpful. The village has a street market on Tuesdays and a larger one on Saturdays. We purchased some fresh fish there (salmon and sea bass) which was expertly fileted on the spot and enjoyed for dinner that night after having cooked it on the grill at the villa. Local restaurants were also very good to excellent. Definitely recommend the duck at the relatively new restaurant in the village, la Table des Gones. I almost forgot to mention the views from the deck. As the kids say, "OMG!!" Simply breathtakingly beautiful . You can see for miles in every direction. Be sure to have the camera ready for the sunsets!
Could go on and on (I guess I have a little), but suffice it to say we highly recommend La Siagne for an incredible French experience! You will not be disappointed.
Wow top that for a review. Your comments are very generous as were your entries in the guest book. Of all the good reviews received for La Siagne this must be the best ever. I enjoyed our exchange of emails whilst you were there and trust you will recommend La Siagne to others if you are able to do so. We were there only last week and echo your comments about the new restaurant, very good, let's hope it remains that way. I am running out of original responses with which to reply to reviews but as ever thank you for taking the time to write. They are important to me but as, if not more important to potential guests to whom they hopefully provide reassurance. Bryan
23 Jun 2013
La Siagne was the perfect place to relax, it's a peaceful location with stunning views from the balcony. We went for two weeks for our honeymoon & couldn't have asked for anything more. We h… More
Thanks for your excellent review Nicki. I am happy that I was able to contribute to your great honeymoon and what I hope is a great married life together.
6 Dec 2012
"Very comfortable quiet town house with magnificant views and excellent accomodations."
La Siagne is perched on the edge of the gorge of the Siagne River, just a half block from the town square and church, near several bakeries and convenient provision shops. The house has been nicely r… More
I never get tired of reading good reviews, the only trouble with which is that I cannot afford to let standards slip as guests understandably arrive with high expectations. Sandra and I, together with Jacquie who looks after the house for us, will continue to try ensure all guests are not disappointed with what they find when they arrive in St Cezaire for their stay. Many thanks. Bryan
29 Nov 2012
"Lovely traditional French townhouse in delightful location"
La Siagne is a superbly equipped, comfortable village town house with breathtaking views from the rear across the La Siagne river gorge to the mountains and, ultimately to the sea.
The house is very comfortably furnished and provides en suite bathroom accommodation for every room as well as satellite TV, excellent washing facilities and just about every other piece of equipment you could imagine.Loads of information is also provided to ensure one's stay is enoyed to the full
The owners are supremely helpful and accommodating and ensured our two month stay was brilliant.
The lovely medieval village in which the house is located provides a terrific blend of traditional romantic French village lief with all the modern conveniences such as shops, new supermarket and large pharmacy. Its location within the area means that the hotspots of Nice, Cannes and Antibes are only a short distance but one is delightfully detached from them by a few hundred feet of clean mountain air.
We get some great reviews for the house and for us as well. It makes me wonder whether we should have gone into the hospitality business full time many years ago. La Siagne remains our holiday home in France and to be able to share it and the village with others is almost as pleasurable as the rental income. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. Bryan
18 Sep 2012
"Wonderful find, peaceful and relaxing"
Great house with all things required to make it a good holiday (inluding beach umbrellas and cooler). Lovely location, good base to explore rest of Provence from. Landlord very acommodating and helpful, and we really felt like we were guests rather than tenants.
And the views are definitely out of this world. The only hang up was that the washing machine did work, but I believe it was fixed as we were leaving.
Not only does the washing machine work, it is an all singing and dancing, brand spanking new one which is so hi-tech I could never possibly work it. And all without an increase in rental charges. The money helps run the house but the icing on the cake is a great review. Thanks for taking the trouble to do so and apologies for not responding sooner. Bryan
9 Aug 2012
"Beautiful location and great service"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Siagne and the owner could not have been more helpful. The instructions we were provided with when booking were extremely thorough and covered everything we needed to know (and more). Further guide books and brochures are also provided within the house. Everything was very clean and tidy when we arrived and the house is well equipped. Sky television and wi-fi is provided for those who may struggle without their gadgets (yes, we took a teenager). The views from the back of the house are stunning and there are good facilities for al-fresco dining, including BBQ equipment. Payment was straightforward and the damage deposit returned promptly.
The property is situated in a very pretty little village called St-Cezaire-sur-Siagne, near to the well-known town of Grasse. All of the local shop-keepers were very friendly and there is a great little pizzeria just a minute's walk from the front door. Restaurant Lou San Feriou is very good. We would strongly recommend a visit to the 'Point de Vue' on the Place du 8 Mai 1945.
It is a good location for exploring the coast if you so desire, with plenty of good beach spots nearby. Antibes, Cannes and Nice are within easy reach and we even managed to make a trip to Monaco. On the other hand, it would not be difficult to spend a few days without leaving the village if you simply wanted a quiet and relaxing retreat. There are plenty of walking opportunities and a visit to the local 'Lac St Cassien' is recommended.
All in all, a very pleasant holiday let and we will strongly consider returning.
Out of ten independent reviews so far, I have eight 'greats' and two 'goods' which is very pleasing and puts La Siagne close to the gold medal position.
18 Jun 2012
"Wonderful house in breathtaking location"
The booking process, help, advice, and key pick-up, drop-off, etc were all faultless. The house itself was great - exactly as described and ideal for a family with children whose ages ranged between 6 and 10 and who wanted to experience France away from the hoards of tourists that you get on the Cote D'Azur. The views from the property and surrounding area are breathtaking and there are great public beaches within a 30 to 40 minute drive, so that you can get the best of both worlds.
A wonderful 'home-from-home' where pretty much everything has been thought of, including easily accessed Wi-Fi. To top it all, caring and thoughtful customer service from the owner!
Good reviews are the icing on the cake. In dealing with guests enquiries and reservations I try to imagine their expectations based on what my own would be, and then attempt to meet them.
3 Jun 2012
"First class property with all home from home comforts"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this first class house. The house is situated in a charming village but still close enough to visit all tourist attractions and beaches. It is very homely and comfortable. I would not hesitate in recommending this property to anybody.
Many thanks, it is always nerve racking when asking for a review as you never know whether you have done enough to meet guest's expectations.
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