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Villa with Private Pool in Small Quiet Hamlet 6 km to nearest Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vineyard, mountain views

Close to the ´Massif des Maures´ you will find the authentic and picturesque hamlet Valdegilly and our villa La Ruine which is only 5 kilometers away from the medieval village of Grimaud, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Port Grimaud, adored by boat lovers, is situated on the Mediterranean in the Gulf of St Tropez well-known for its beautiful beaches and other entertainments. Valdegilly, with only 35 houses (most of them restored original hamlet houses) is situated only 6 km from the nearest beach.The hamlet is extremely quiet, no shops, no church, no restaurants, not even a pub, therefore it is an oasis of tranquillity with hardly any traffic and is surrounded by hills, woods and vineyards. 10 minutes drive away you also have the town of Cogolin, where you will find supermarkets, all kinds of stores and many fine restaurants. Sporting possibilities are unlimited for biking, trekking, horse riding, sailing, diving, quad bikes for rent and many very attractive 18 holes golf course.

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Sylvia Riechelmann
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2018

About Sylvia Riechelmann

´La Ruine´ was rebuilt in 1999 on the foundations of an old farm by Sylvia and Matthew Riechelmann.

After their careers in international advertising and in publishing they decided to move from Amsterdam to Valdegilly where they enjoy a new life. They speak French, English and German and are eager to assist their guests with practical information.

Sylvia Riechelmann purchased this villa in 2000

Why Sylvia Riechelmann chose Grimaud

We have built La Ruine in 2000, it is our 17 years anniversary! Families are so happy here it's near St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Aix en Provence and Marseille, but you are really in a small and beautiful hamlet near vineyards and important it's safe for you and your children.

What makes this villa unique

Come and see and you will always return to Valdegilly.

The road or rather the path, passes a row of provencal houses that are huddled together. Further along, a lizard climbs up the coloured shutters that have faded with time. Come spring time, the hamlet is adorned with several different sunlit flowers, like in a picture postcard and all this in an atmosphere of peace, calm and serenity. Valdegilly is distant from urban districts and the inhabitants have been striving to protect this heritage which is almost unique in the region. However nothing has stood still and the surrounding vineyards have spread far afield, enhancing vine growing activity backed since years by many generations of passionate farmers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

La Ruine has received guests from all over the world during the last 14 years.

Several families are coming back since the beginning, we have seen little children become teenagers, puppies into dogs.
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Grimaud in Var

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with shower. One bathroom with bath/shower. Two separate toilets (one toilet on the first floor, one toilet ground floor). Hairdryers in every bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin bed (160 x 200) Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds (80 x 200), clicking to one possible Babycots available (including bedlinen) Bedroom 3 with twin bed (160 x 200)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Air conditioning unit available on request. Child Safety: The villa has a gate with a latch and lockable door, separating the house/garden and pool/garden areas, which gives added security especially for young kids. Pets are accepted but only after consultation. For guests of La Ruine the studio is also available per day (€ 75,- for 2 persons). For last minutes deals: please contact us per email. Outside: A spacious garden (2.000 sq.m) and private saltwater pool (10 m x 4 m, depth 1,65m). Near the swimming pool you find a studio (30 sq.m) for 2 persons. The pool is cleaned twice a week and can be heated in spring if necessary. Beautiful big stone table near the house, several terraces with beautiful trees and enough outdoor furniture on the terraces and around the swimming pool. In the garden you will find beautiful old Olive and Mulberry trees. The terrace of La Ruine is shaded by Wisteria and grapes. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included Towels and linen can be changed on request (€ 30 per person). In between cleaning on request. Other: Dining area (part of living) near kitchen and terrace. Table sits 8. Beautiful terraces for breakfast, lunch and diner.


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Villa with Private Pool in Small Quiet Hamlet 6 km to nearest Beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Top! Near St. Tropez and beaches in a small hamlet.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, beautiful in the middle of nature.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful homely environment with Sylvia and Matthew close by and extremely welcoming and helpful!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in La Ruine for a week. the villa was very well equipped and Sylvia and Matthew could not have been more attentive or welcoming...they were wonderful!

We found the villa very warm at night and the mosquitos left their mark so pack lots of repellent but otherwise a wonderful and relaxing holiday in a stunning part of France.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
49 Kilometres
Toulon, Hyères Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
St. Tropez
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Sainte Maxime
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
Gare Le Luc, Le Cannet
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Grimaud, Cogolin
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Valdegilly is an ideal base for walking in the unspoiled woods and hills around the hamlet.


The nearest beach you can find is 10 km from Valdegilly (Port Grimaud) the other beaches (Pampelonne St. Tropez) at 16 km. The Port Grimaud beach has only one restaurant and a large beach, you can see the boats going in to the harbor of Port Grimaud and Port Cogolin. The beaches of Pampelonne are famous for their beachclubs/restaurants (f.i. Club 55, Tahiti, etc) each with their own atmosphere.


You need a car during your holiday in Valdegilly as there is no public transport to the hamlet

Nearest airport is Toulon (45 minutes from Valdegilly) or Nice (90 minutes from Valdegilly) or Marseille (110 minutes from Valdegilly). Nearest trainstations are in St-Rafael and Les Arcs Busconnection in Grimaud and Cogolin


Nearest village is Grimaud (5 km), Cogolin (6 km) and St. Tropez (14 km). In Grimaud you can do your shopping (bakery, tabac, butcher and a small grocery shop) galleries and restaurants). In Cogolin you will find big supermarkets and everything else you may need. A lovely little town.

Further Details:

Golf, sailing, boat renting, sailing schools, surfing, restaurants in Grimaud, Cogolin and St. Tropez and walking in the hills of the "massive des Maures" next to your doorstep.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £153.26
Pet Fee £13.14

Booking Notes:
50% within 7 days to confirm your booking.
50% + guarantee 6 weeks before arrival.
Deposit € 500,- for La Ruine, € 250,- for studio.

Changeover Day:
During high season (July/August) on Saturday. During mid and low season it is often possible to arrive on another day.
Arrival time: 16.00 hrs, departure time 10.00 hrs

Notes on prices:
Including: water & electricity, tourist tax, WiFi, bedlinen & towels.
Excluding: end cleaning € 175,-, dog € 15,- per week, pool heating during spring and fall € 75,- per week, extra heating costs during low season € 75,- per week.
The published prices are for the house La Ruine (sleeps 6) please contact us for the price of La Ruine and the separate studio (sleeps 2).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.