“Idyllic rural getaway - complete antidote to anyone suffering from the rat race and 21st century stress.” We have been holidaying in France with our son (now a teenager) for the last 5 or 6 years, always a private villa in the rural south and with swimming pool as the main critiera, and this was definitely the best by quite a long way.
Booking direct with the owners was great - all our questions answered really openly (and quickly) and honestly. The caretakers meet you in the local village and take you to the property which is excellent as it would be hard to find down the tiny lanes and they are cheerful and friendly - even brought their daughter as translator - maybe anticpated just how poor my French is.
The location is superb if you are looking for absolute rural tranquility without feeling isolated. Although well off the beaten track and without being overlooked at all there are other properties nearby, Callas the local village is 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes (steep) walk and there are many restaurants within a short distance including some Michelin stars. We basically stayed put - one supermarket shop plus forays to Callas for fresh bread and fruit and veg at the market saw us through two weeks with the general feeling being why would we want to leave such a lovely place if we didnt have to?
We loved the views, the boules court, the badminton nets, the table tennis and the big oak tree with its welcome all day shade and the hammock for lazy afternoons but the highlight was the pool - great size, heated if you need it, day long sunshine, really clean and looking out over the valley and hills. Perfect.
The main area of the house is spacious and open plan and although there were only three of us there is plenty of room for larger parties with two sitting areas and a large dining table. The bedrooms are comfortable and if you keep the shutters closed still cool without aircon. Kitchen had everything you need and plenty of work space - two fridges also ideal. Lots of good outdoor seating and always a choice of sun or shade.
Can't really think of anything we didnt like - best thing is the pool, the peace and the views - best combination is swimming in the warm pool at dawn watching the sun come up into the valley in absolute quiet apart from early bird song. Heaven.
Its not for anyone looking for nightlife but there is lots to entertain a family of kids (including nearby attractions) as long as you like the great outdoors, perfect I would think for a group of friends who enjoy their own company and good food (and wine) and also for stressed business execs who need to unwind but can still stay in touch with the excellent WiFi connection.
If it needs any more recommendation - we're booking already for next year so we don't miss out!
Stayed here with a load of biker mates and wives. Had a marvellous stay with a friendly and welcoming host. Excellent base to come back to after a good days ride out to relax in the jacuzzi or have a … More
“Amazing views - great holiday”
Reviewed 13 Jun 2011
The location was great. No info on how to get in. Had to phone to find out where key was- but did get in eventually. With previous holiday houses there was always someone there to meet and greet. Sitt… More
Meet and greet is now available upon request.
We now have a detailed information book with details on how to operate all facilities, including hot-tub, heated swimming pool, all kitchen equipment including the Rangemaster cooker, the commercial coffee machine, the log-burners, the two stereos, TV, Satellite receiver and DVD player.
Rulebooks and instructions are also there for a range of board games and we have laminated rules and instructions for petanque - 6 sets available for use.
If you do need to phone us or our local management company then we are happy for you to use the house phone.
Its free to call all local French and UK landlines.