Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice Airport 78 km, Nearest railway: Les Arcs/Draguignan SNCF 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6|
|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.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
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.
Les Arcs sur Argens
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.
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5 Jun 2014
Beautiful villa in a lovely neighborhood! We completely enjoyed our two week stay and the wonderful village! Great neighbors as well. Lovely open air market on Thursdays with delicious local fresh fru… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about numero 9! We are so pleased you loved it and are always delighted to welcome guests from USA. Do come back and stay again!
26 Aug 2013
"Charming holiday house in an authentic local setting!"
We had a fantastic stay at Numero 9 in beautiful Les Arcs. On our arrival the small town was buzzing with festive activities on the town square - perfect for observing local culture and the best way t… More
We are delighted you enjoyed numero 9 and Les Arcs! It is a great place to explore the many different aspects of Provence and the Cote d'Azur. There is always something different to see and experience. We would love to welcome you back again!
16 Oct 2012
"Fabulous place, amzing location and wonderul hosts - perfect!"
Having been to the South of France a few times before, my partner and I decided that we would try out Ste Maxime (it having been recommended to us by friends of the family). After doing a fair bit of … More
Thank you for your lovely review :)
However, I think it may be for L'Escalinade in Ste Maxime rather than Numero 9!
Look forward to seeing you next summer!
14 Oct 2012
"Pure escapism, a beautiful property in a beautiful setting"
A stunning traditional French town house in the equally beautiful medieval town of Les Arcs. The home is so idyllic in keeping with the area with its delightful rustic charm that enables the guest to feel truly at home and living as if a local. The house remains cool with it's stone walls even in the mid day heat and it is the perfect get away retreat if you want to escape from the stresses of modern life and wander around the ancient town or use it as a base to travel to Ste Maxime and ST Tropez in the Cote d'Asur. I had a lovely week there with my three friends and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
8 Oct 2012
"Wonderful house in a wonderful village."
We stayed at Número 9 in July, it was a brilliant trip from the moment we arrived. Les Arcs is a beautiful historic town; it's full of character with a great town square. The sense of character … More
9 Sep 2012
Generally unhappy with the rental. Less expensive than similar properties but with good reason. Very tired furnishings and not as clean as we would have expected. Limited facilities and (initially) a … More
We are sorry you were disappointed and wish you had drawn our attention to these points during your stay and we would have done our best to rectify them. We live very close by and really want our guests to enjoy our house. That is why we welcome everyone personally and show them round so that any issues can be raised. We give extensive directions to the house and are always on hand to help. We will bring the cleanliness issue to the attention of our local cleaner though we havent had any other complaints. The extra cost for bedding(many guests prefer to bring their own)was explained early in booking process and a final clean was not requested. This is available for a small fee paid locally. There is ample free parking within a few minutes walk and we provide a free local parking permit. Our furnishings are mainly French Provencal antiques to compliment the 500 year old house. We will, however, be replacing/renewing some this winter so that it is perfect for 2013. The inclusive(gas,elec,taxes,water) price of £350 per week(2012) worked out at £12.50 per night per person,based on 4 sharing, and we even leave chilled local rose wine in the fridge! The deposit of 200 euros can be paid in cash on arrival or by bank transfer. The village is typical of Provence with a medieval castle perched above the narrow streets and is the centre for wine making in the Var! In summer there are so many local fetes to which our guests of all ages are warmly welcomed.
5 Aug 2011
"Perfect romantic retreat in Medieval town"
We had a week relaxing in the lovely quiet Medieval town of Les Arcs sur Argens in this stone townhouse set into the cliff under the castle - so it is cool even on the hottest of days. We went on day trips to Aix-en-Provence (an hour ish away), St Tropez and Ste. Maxime, the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, to local markets, perfumeries in Grasse and little local wine producers. The food and drink in the area is excellent and the Bastille day celebration fireworks spectacular. Can't recommend this highly enough!
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