House in Cotignac, Var, Provence - Quiet Location yet just 5 mins walk to village centre
This charming south facing house overlooks one of the most enchanting villages in Provence with wonderful views to the distant Massif des Maures hills, a beautiful sight especially at sunset. The swimming-pool is set in a large terracotta-tiled terrace shaded by an ancient tamarisk, a judas-tree and a pear tree, with roses, jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender and rosemary, herbs and plants in terracotta pots and a small fountain. Glass doors from the sitting room and the kitchen lead onto the terrace, the outdoor eating area and barbecue. Outdoor lighting provides a romantic ambiance for late dining. The house is just 5 minutes walk to the centre of historic Cotignac with its restaurants, bars, stylish shops and weekly market, one of the most colourful in the area. This is the true ‘Provence Profonde’. The property is not suitable for wheelchairs.
About the Owner
I was a producer of TV commercials in London in the Mad Men days and my wife a film set designer. In the late 80s we decided to live in southern France. Two of my family of actors and writers lived in southern Europe so it must be in our genes.This unspoilt area was hardly known outside France, but a friend said it is special, so we flew out and bought a property. Just like that. We founded a cooking holiday, much copied since, so this house enjoys the legacy of lots of kitchen equipment and cookery books. Cotignac is arguably the most beautiful and enchanting village in Provence. These days it's known to travellers from many countries, but it remains friendly and unspoilt while having plenty of bars, restaurants, outdoor concerts and the most colourful market for miles around. It's a gem.
Guestbook comments from the manager
‘"Thank you for a wonderful holiday...the house, pool and location were perfect"
"My family completely fell in love with your home and Cotignac itself. It truly was all that we hoped for"
"We wish we could wrap up the view and take it with us"
‘We have had a glorious holiday... the house is truly lovely and lives up to your description, as does the village."
"We would have no hesitation in recommending your house"
From the Owner
“You could not find a more perfect position for a village. Cotignac is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Europe, with forests, vineyards and olive groves, yet it is within easy reach of some of the world's most elegant, historic and sophisticated cities. Antibes, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, St Tropez are all just over an hour's drive. The A8 autoroute is 25 minutes away, the TGV high-speed train station 45 minutes, and three international airports at Marseille, Nice and Toulon an hour and a quarter. The climate is one of the most agreeable in the world with sunshine and blue skies for most of the year. Cotignac itself is a perfect size with 2000 inhabitants, enough to support good restaurants and shops, and is active all year round.”
Activity and Interests
St Tropez and Sainte Maxime with their beaches and seaside activities are about 45 km to the south. For lovely swimming in clean water, the beautiful unspoilt Lac de Ste Croix is 40 minutes to the north, where you can hire a boat or a pedalo, picnic on one of the beaches or lunch at a waterside restaurant. This huge lake is near the dramatic Grand Canyon du Verdon, an important pre-history site inspiring the spectacular Pre-History Museum designed by Norman Foster at Quinson.
25 minutes from Autoroute A8. Nice and Marseille airports each 80 mins with many international flights. Toulon-Hyeres, 80 mins drive, has flights from London City, Bournemouth, Amsterdam and Paris. Nearest train stations are Draguignan/Les Arcs, 50 mins, and Aix-en-Provence, 75 mins, with TGV high-speed trains. London St Pancras International station to Aix-en-Provence TGV train station takes 6 and a half hours. Car hire is available at all these destinations except Les Arcs train station.
Lac de Ste Croix 25km. St Tropez 45km. Brignoles 20km. Draguignan 30km. Toulon 70km. Aix-en-Provence 75km. Marseille 85km. Cannes 95km. Nice airport 120km. Ferries to the beautiful island of Porquerolles from Toulon and Marseille.
Provence is the land of good food and wine. Fresh vegetables, salad, fruit, cheeses, fish and meat from markets and shops are part of the Provencal healthy way of life - perhaps why so many locals thrive into ripe old age! Restaurants offer tasty food from simple menus to gourmet feasts. Provence is one of France's largest wine-making areas with its many vineyards producing excellent quality wines, mainly red and rose, but also some very special whites. Local wine-makers are happy to offer you free tastings at their vineyards, which are often in gorgeous settings. In summer especially, there is a feast of jazz, classical and rock concerts in Cotignac and neighbouring areas. Venues include churches, town-halls, vineyards and village squares. There are also many local fetes with feasting and dancing, antique/brocante markets, art shows, firework displays and other events. Provencal people know how to party!! Cotignac is one of the most beautiful and interesting villages in Provence with a history dating back to the Roman occupation. While retaining its original charm, it now has five restaurants, six bars, three bakers and patisseries, a butcher, a fishmonger, a hardware shop, post office, an ATM, two hairdressers, a beauty salon, a newsagent (with same-day English and European newspapers), a kilim carpet shop and others offering stylish clothing and Provencal specialities - fabrics, cosmetics, local honey, olive oil, wine, terracotta pots and decorative objects. A retail paradise! There are three doctors, a dentist and an excellent pharmacy. The Tuesday morning market is not to be missed. The village is surrounded by pine-covered hills, olive groves, and vineyards with other attractive villages like Aups, Carces, Entrecasteaux, Lorgues, Salernes,Villecroze and Tourtour just a short drive away. There is a beautiful walk from the house along the valley behind with a dramatic waterfall and many other wonderful walks in the area through unspoilt countryside. Cotignac Tourist Office can advise on the best routes.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
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|Refundable Damage Deposit||£500|
35% non-refundable deposit required to secure booking with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before the start of tenancy together with a damage deposit of £500. The damage deposit will be refunded within 8 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy less any deductions for damage to the property or its contents. Breakages or damage should be notified to the house manager and/or the owner. This system is in lieu of an inventory and relies on mutual trust.
Saturday to Saturday in peak season. Flexible out of peak season. Check in: after 5pm. Check out: before 10 am.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Minimum 2 weeks rental in high season. Rentals are normally from Saturday to Saturday. Arrival from 5pm (not earlier), departure by 10 am. Different changeover days can be arranged in low and off season.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The position of the property is very special. Although only 300 metres from the village centre, it is quiet with a superb view over the tiled rooftops to the Massif des Maures hills to the south. "We wish we could wrap up the view and take it with us" as one tenant put it. Another claimed that the house has "the best view in France." Behind the house is a beautiful cliff covered in sub-tropical plants. Our little road ends in a cul-de-sac so there's no through traffic. The house is comfortable and stylish. White walls, terracotta tiled floors with Kilim rugs, high quality bathroom and kitchen fittings, masses of books, CDs, and DVDs, everything you need for a perfectly relaxing holiday. The terrace with private swimming-pool, barbecue and dining area has lovely views all round but is not overlooked. Sunsets are simply amazing.”
- Away From It All
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Refrigerator ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Music Library ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- Ground floor: Bathroom 1 with large bath, a tiled walk-in shower, single basin and wc. First floor: Bathroom 2 with large bath, tiled shower, double basin and wc. Separate downstairs cloakroom with wc and basin.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with kingsize bed, south-facing French doors opening to terrace and pool. Bedroom 2 with kingsize bed, beamed ceiling and superb view to the south. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, beamed ceiling and view to the south.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: Wi-Fi Broadband Internet access in the house. Electricity and gas are included in the rental with an extra charge for central heating in the winter. This being the owner's home, there is a very wide range of books, DVDs and CDs. No smoking in the bedrooms and bathrooms please. Outside: Private pool 7m x 4m cleaned every week. 6 sun loungers, 2 Lafuma reclining sun chairs, a dining area with seating for 8 shaded by a large umbrella and an ancient tamarisk tree. Weber barbecue. Beautiful walks very near the house. To the south spectacular views over Cotignac to the Massif des Maures hills towards St Tropez and dramatic rocky cliffs covered in plants and trees to the north. Utility Room: Bosch washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, steam iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned before each rental. On arrival, renters are required to pay in cash to the house manager 120 Euros for the cleaning service plus a charge of 20 Euros per person for the hire and laundry of bed linen and towels. Other: Sitting room has a high beamed ceiling, sliding glass doors on two sides, 3 sofas, and a desk. Satellite TV, DVD player, HiFi with 4 speakers, CD player, WiFi Broadband access