Le Mas des Oliviers
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Situated in a peaceful valley in the wine growing area half-way between St Tropez and the hills of the Upper Var, only 5 minutes drive from the Provencal village of Vidauban, 'Le Mas des Oliviers' is a self-contained Studio Apartment set within an acre of private gardens with olive trees, figs, cherries, almonds, cypresses, oaks and Provencal pines.
The mosaic-tiled swimming pool is surrounded by a secluded walled garden with lavender beds, trees and shady terraces with tables, chairs, parasols and sunbeds – to relax in peace and privacy, eat al fresco or Swim. The pool is unheated and has a salt-water system with no chemicals which is kinder to the skin and eco-friendly. The Studio is on the ground floor of a private villa and is completely self-contained with its own entrance and terrace. The apartment has a comfortable super-king size bed, which can also be divided into two large singles if preferred and is furnished with all the necessities for your comfort and convenience including free Wi-Fi internet and satellite TV with UK & international channels, DVD player, hair-dryer, iron etc.. The kitchenette and dining area is fully equipped with electric oven, microwave, fridge, kettle, crockery, cutlery, utensils, table and chairs. The ensuite shower room is fully tiled and features a spacious large walk-in shower with handrail and sliding glass doors , a WC, wash basin and large vanity mirror with spotlights plus 2 storage units with 6 large drawers for toiletries etc.
The windows in the bedroom and shower room are both fitted with anti-insect screens ensuring you can sleep comfortably with the windows open night or day. As the studio is ground floor with no stairs it is also suitable for anyone with mobility or walking difficulties and guests can conveniently park right outside their own door.
Vidauban is 3km ( 5 minutes by car ) and has every facility including excellent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, supermarket, 12 local vineyards and a Provencal market every Sunday morning selling fresh local produce with all the ingredients for a delicious Sunday lunch round the pool ! There are a host of historical medieval villages within 10-15 minutes drive eg. Lorgues, Les Arcs, Le Thoronet, Taradeau, Le Luc, Flayosc, Salernes etc. St Tropez and the beaches are just 35-40 minutes drive to the south as is Cannes to the East and Aix-en Provence to the west. Or why not take a day trip drive to Monaco or Italy in the East or the Camargue nature reserve in the west, you can be there in time for lunch and back in time for dinner. This is an excellent base from which to explore the entire south of France and to make the most of your stay. As the garden is very peaceful you can spend your time here as quietly and relaxed as possible or venture out and enjoy all that is on offer so close to hand. See more information below about the Vidauban area for details of the many interesting and beautiful places you can visit within a short drive, half a day or a day. If required, the resident English owners, though discreetly in the background, are always available to assist with any problems and to ensure you have a very pleasant stay. They are also happy to advise you on the best places to visit and if you are on a property hunting trip can give you the benefit of their extensive local knowledge. EXTRA SEPARATE ENSUITE BEDROOM: please note that we sometimes have an extra studio bedroom available with an ensuite shower room and toilet, a double sofa-bed, fridge, kettle, cooking facilities, own entrance etc.. The extra separate bedroom is ideal if there are 3-4 friends in the group, or for a teenager travelling with parents. Please enquire to see if this is available if required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sainte-Maxime, St Tropez 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulon and Nice 60 km, Nearest railway: Les Arcs /Draguignan 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
A mosaic tiled swimming pool surrounded by a walled garden with lavender, trees and shaded terraces.
Easy parking outside your own door in secure grounds.
Wi-Fi in the apartment and grounds including by the pool and on the terraces.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
This beautiful region at the south-east corner of France stretches from the Italian border in the East to Marseille in the West and from the French Alps in the north down to the Mediterranean sea. It offers a diverse landscape of beautiful countryside, vine covered hills, forests, medieval villages, historic sites, lakes, mountains, spectacular scenery and famous beach resorts. Some of the most well-known places in this region, which can all be reached for a day out are:-
Nice, Antibes, St Paul de Vence, Cannes, Monaco, Italy, Grasse, Aix en Provence, St Tropez, Le lavandou, Cassis, Arles, Nimes, The Camargue, Marseille etc. At the heart of this region is The Var, which starts near Grasse and stretches almost to Aix en Provence. It is known as one of the sunniest regions and the greenest departement in France with thousands of hectares of beautiful countryside, olive groves, wooded hills and 300km of shoreline on the Mediterranean sea.
The Var’s coastal villages and towns include Port Grimaud, Ste Maxime, St Tropez, Le Lavandou, and the Isles d’Hyeres. The Var is also a wine-making region with approx. 90,000 acres of vineyards producing the light and delicious Rose wine for which this area is famous. The Var is full of charming historic villages, unspoilt countryside, lakes and mountains but also lively coastal towns offering every form of entertainment. The Corniche des Maures, thought by many to be the most beautiful and unspoiled coastline on the Cote d’Azur starts just west of St Tropez along the Var coast from Le Rayol-Canadel to Le Lavandou.. Further west along the coast is the pretty coastal town of Cassis, with stunning sea views from the mountain road above, an unforgettable spot for a picnic, after which you can take the winding coast road to Marseille and visit its famous port.
Further Inland, the stunning Gorges de Verdon, the largest Grand Canyon in Europe, is a great day out, you can drive around it enjoying spectacular scenery along the way or stop to take a canoe trip down the canyon or on the lakes. The mountains of Haut Provence and the lower Alps are just over an hour’s drive, again with spectacular scenery in spring, summer, autumn or winter.
Vidauban dates from Roman times and is today a wine-making town surrounded by 12 local vineyards, all of whom offer wine tastings and sell ‘ en vrac’. Situated 35 minutes inland from the sea, 40 minutes south of the mountains, and 50 minutes from Nice airport, it is literally in the centre of the Var making it a perfect base from which to explore and visit everywhere of interest.
The village has a large range of local shops and every facility you might need, including english-speaking doctor and dentist. The main square is still the centre of village life with its open air cafe’s and restaurants, shops and summer concerts and dances in the pedestrianised centre. Larger supermarkets are also available within 10-15 minutes drive at Les Arcs, Le Luc, Trans en Provence and Draguignan. Vidauban is bordered to the south by the beautiful Plaine des Maures, a national nature reserve , the perfect place to go for long quiet walks to discover the rare flora, fauna and birdlife and to take a picnic. Drive through the Plaine des Maures and its acres of vines to the hilltop village of La Garde Freinet, then from there down towards the sea at the Bay of St Tropez. This is the ‘quiet’ route to the sea, through the vineyards, even in the tourist season when the main roads are busy!
Due to its central location Vidauban is the perfect base from which to enjoy your holiday.
Some of the places you might want to visit are listed here :-
• Lorgues, Les Arcs, Le Thoronet, Tourtour, Flayosc, Salernes, Cotignac : all within 10 – 20 minutes drive.
• Grasse, 40 minutes, visit the perfume centres and the flower fields
• Aix en Provence : 45 minutes, lunch on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix or to see the spectacular Mont Ste Victoire, Strong walkers might like to hike to the top ( 1.5 hrs up and an hour down ) !
• Cannes : 40 minutes, La Croisette and the old port of Cannes.
• Nice : 50 minutes : explore the old town of Nice, the flower market or restaurants.
• Grimaud, Port Grimaud and Sainte-Maxime : – 35 minutes drive.
• St Tropez – 40 minutes drive to the south taking the quieter route through the vineyards down to the sea.
• Gorges de Verdon, 45 minutes - the largest ‘ Grand Canyon’ in Europe, a spectacular day out with stunning scenery.
• Monaco : 1 hour 30 minutes.
• Italy. 1 hour 40 minutes go for lunch and be back by dinner.
• La Camargue : 2 hrs drive to the west : Visit the famous Camargue plaine with the flamingoes, white horses, bird life and the ancient towns of Arles and Nimes.
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16 Aug 2014
"Complete relaxation in pure luxury"
Everything was there to give us all we needed for a good rest: very nice and yet discreet hosts, a good and very clean studio with a large shower room, comfortable beds, a very small but complete kitc… More
10 Jun 2014
"Superb place to stay, as always"
We stayed at 'Le Mas des Oliviers' studio apartment last year and had such a beautiful time that we decided there was only one thing to do: go back there! So we booked a week in May, which w… More
13 Oct 2013
"Perfect base for a relaxing holiday"
We had a super stay at Le Mas des Oliviers, Carole and Edwin were perfect hosts, friendly and helpful. The self contained studio apartment is on the ground floor of Carole and Edwin's home. It i… More
25 Sep 2013
"A wonderful tranquil setting"
We had a fantastic lazy time at Le Mas de Oliviers. Carole and Edwin, the owners made us extremely welcome with wonderful attention to detail and comfort and their local knowledge was outstanding with fabulous ideas for excursions, if you could drag yourself away! The close proximity of Monaco, Nice and even Italy, with it's lovely markets, is a real bonus. We loved Vidauban and of course the wonderful rosé wine that we bought from the local vineyards and enjoyed immensely! There's some lovely cafés and restaurants in the pretty village square and the Sunday market was a great Provençal experience. Having said all that, we were always drawn back to the beautifully kept pool, terrace and gardens!
14 Jul 2013
"Simply the Best!!!"
We stayed here in June 2013 and had a really wonderful time. The owners are very welcoming and helpful and we felt at home from the moment we arrived.
Firstly, the studio itself is very clean, there's lots and lots of storage space so you can really unpack everything and forget your suitcase which is often not the case. The bathroom is a good size with an enormous shower and again lots of storage space for all your lotions and potions. The kitchen is very well equipped and not only is there an oven and hob, but a full size fridge and a small freezer plus a microwave, kettle, plenty of plates, glasses, cutlery, cooking untensils etc. We used the Plancha/Grill most evenings though and cooked outside or by the pool. The pool itself is really beautiful and clean with mosaic tiles and is so lovely when lit up at night too.....the gardens are full of colourful shrubs and flowers, it's so picturesque....a lovely calm, peaceful and tranquil place. We loved it so much at the studio it was difficult to go out in fact!! However, it is ideally situated for travelling down to the coast or exploring the wonderful provencale villages in the vicinity....the motorway is just a few minutes away too. We were very sad to leave and can't wait to go back. And we loved the plancha so much we have bought one ourselves. Very highly recommended!!
14 Jul 2013
"Everything we wanted it to be"
The owners Carole and Edwin are wonderful hosts with a beautiful property. It is very well placed for exploring the many beautiful villages and sights of the Var region of Provence. Immaculate accom… More
7 Jul 2013
"A Haven of Peace and Tranquility"
We were greeted warmly by the hosts who were always available for help and advice about the local area and made us feel really at home and welcome. There is an information file in the studio to help y… More
25 May 2013
"Wonderful in every way!"
We had such a wonderful time, the accommodation was exactly as described. It was clean and homely! The pool was so well looked after, beautiful to sit beside and extremely clean. Carole and Edwin are such lovely people, they made us feel so welcome and were so helpful with knowledge of the area too. We will be going back for a return visit, we loved it so much.
20 Feb 2013
"Great value for money & a private swimming pool"
We stayed here for 10 days in May and will definitely go back again.Great location, very peaceful but only 5 minutes from the lively village with everything you need. The beautiful apartment was well … More
1 Feb 2013
We stayed in this studio for a week at the end of September 2012 at the recommendation of friends who'd waxed lyrical about it. And boy, were they right. This beautifully maintained mas sits in very pretty grounds and is situated in a lovely, quiet valley just outside Vidauban. The excellent boulangerie and the nearest cafe are still only two minutes away, though! The hosts are a lovely couple who leave you to yourself, and they could not be more pleasant and warm when you need anything or want advice on where the best food and wine is to be had, or simply want a little chat. The studio is beautifully done, with plenty of storage space for your clothes and sufficient kitchen space as well. The bathroom is lovely. You have your own little terrace right outside the French doors, and there you can sit of an evening with your glass of wine listening to the cigales. Heavenly. The pool is beautiful and large enough to actually swim in. None of your oversized bathtubs here.
Peace and quiet reign in this slice of utter heaven. We'll definitely go back this year!
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