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Quiet village home (just a 400m walk to buy bread), great views, private pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious, innovative, comfortable, light and airy, an instant holiday atmosphere

The house is architect-designed, built in a provencal style, with traditional beams throughout. Ceramic tiles and light fittings are used extensively, all specially made for the house. The two main bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house, an ideal set-up for two couples who do not want to disturb each other, or for parents who don't want to hear their children. It has a large sitting/dining room, three bedrooms (sleeping 7, although the bunk-bedded room is really small), two bathrooms, kitchen, terrace with barbecue, and a garden with a 5m x 12m pool. Access to the house is via a narrow lane. The property is completely fenced, with parking for 2 cars within the gates. Whether you enjoy walking the miles of footpaths, visiting modern art museums, sitting at cafés in pretty villages, admiring dramatic scenery, wind-surfing and sailing, or relaxing with a chilled glass of local rosé, this is the holiday for you.

Sarah Brock
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Sarah Brock

I live in England near Cambridge, but have spent holidays every year in France all my life. I have a husband and 3 grown-up children. I am a committed Christian and am involved in my local church. I also work for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Sarah Brock purchased this house in 1960

Why Sarah Brock chose Ampus

My parents owned this house before me - they (and I) love the area for its beauty, the laid-back lifestyle, the climate, the fact the village of Ampus is not spoilt and "touristy", the local fruit, vegetables and wine, and the views from the house.

I was delighted by this recent Sunday Times article on the area which even recommends one of our favourite restaurants. Here is the link:

What makes this house unique

We love visiting this house whenever we can. It is such a treat to have freshly baked bread for breakfast, sitting on the terrace admiring the view. Something about the atmosphere of the place forces you to calm down and take life at a gentler pace. It is a great antidote to 21st century English life.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ampus in Var

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom (next to bedroom 1) has a bath, bidet and shower cubicle. It has a separate wc. Shower room (next to bedroom 2) also has a separate wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , These are bunk beds, but full-size single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , A travel cot is available which can put up in this room too.
  • Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a king-size double bed and doors opening on to its own terrace. Bedroom 2 with a double bed and a single bed. Bedroom 3 off the sitting room - a small room with 2 bunk beds
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is space in the garden to play boules (a set is provided) or badminton (net provided). A Utility Room houses the washing machine, large fridge/freezer, iron, ironing board, butler's sink, and cleaning materials Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen including pool towels are provided. The property will be clean when you arrive and will be cleaned when you leave. Other: You will probably eat most meals on the terrace (which has a barbecue) admiring the view. There is plenty of storage space for suitcases throughout the house, as well as wardrobes and chests of drawers.


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Quiet village home (just a 400m walk to buy bread), great views, private pool
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Amazing vacation in a confortable house

  • 5 of 5

The house is very confortable you have everything you need to spend a nice holiday (dockchair, cooking stuff etc...)

The Best part is definitely the huge pool very clean very beautiful where kids can play for Hours

We really appreciated les Gorges du Verdon where we did many activities (canyoning, rando aquatique)

We will definitely come back

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you enjoyed the house, the pool and that area of Provence. Thank you for this review and please do come back!
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Excellent property, great location

  • 5 of 5

Les Cantalus is a spacious, clean, very well maintained property in a quiet village, but in a great location for touring to Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo, also the Verdon Gorge and Sainte-Croix lake area. The pool is large and the pool area is well equipped. The views are excellent from the extensive garden, all rooms are well-equipped, as is the kitchen- and the BBQ/patio area is large enough to spend time as the sun sets. The owners were very welcoming and helpful prior to our stay.

A thoroughly recommended property.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you had an enjoyable holiday and visited so much of the region. Please come again - there is more to see! Thank you for your lovely review - much appreciated.
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Perfect for outdoor living!

  • 4 of 5

Location of property is fabulous - such a lovely village and so quiet, with easy access to a host of other areas. House is very well appointed with a delightful aspect which compels you to relax! The pool was great and perfect for all ages to enjoy! Lovely stay - thank you very much!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for your review.
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Charming holiday home in a picturesque village.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a glorious sunny afternoon and were delighted to find Les Cantalus ready and waiting for us to enjoy. The house is charming and comfortable with many homely features but the view when stepping onto the terrace brought a frisson of joy at the sight of the valley in the distance.

A peaceful, tranquil atmosphere meant that we soon settled in for a very relaxing break; swimming, reading, cloud watching and seeing the light in the sky changing as the day progressed were highlights of the visit.

Ampus village has a good variety of shops and we visited the bakery, shop, café, restaurant as well as buying vegetables from the market square. The local honey and olive oil are delicious. The 'water walk' and stations of the cross provided culture and history right on the doorstep.

The property has everything one could possibly need and Sarah rang to check that all was in order for our stay. There is so much to do in the area and the coast is so accessible that we hope to return - October would be a good time of year to go hiking.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. I am delighted you enjoyed your holiday.
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Pure relaxation

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful location and very tranquil. Owners were extremely helpful and always at hand if there were any issues. The grounds were very beautiful and the pool was so good to swim in or just sit beside and relax.

We will be very happy to return again.

Irvine family.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Please do come again!
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Hiker, cyclist, lounger-by-the-pool's paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit and we loved the house with its excellent amenities (including a very well equipped kitchen) and glorious hill-top views (a fabulous night sky and sunrises!) Lying by the pool, a myriad of cycle adventures, hikes in the nearby Gorges de Verdon or eating outside on the large private terrace all added to the sense of complete relaxation. Charming village and tranquil setting. Highly recommended and worth travelling all the way from New Zealand to stay there.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. Come and stay again!
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Walk the "Chemin D'Eau" and marvel at the 500-year-old water distribution system, at the sam...
Stunning Provencal View - Tourtour
Restaurant La Tour
Delicious local cuisine, especially the mushrooms and truffles in the autumn which the chef ...
Les Gorges du Verdon
Drive round the gorge starting at the Lac de Ste Croix.
Moustiers Sainte-Marie
Very touristy but fun. Wander the little boutiques, eat out, walk up to the high chapel abo...
Nearest Airport
96 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
48 Kilometres
Sainte Maxime to St Tropez
Nearest Golf
37 Kilometres
St Endreol near La Motte
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Les Arcs Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
29 Kilometres
A8 Le Muy junction 36
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Auberge des Braconniers
Nearest Beach
48 Kilometres
Sainte Maxime
Car: necessary

Draguignan (20 minutes drive downhill) is the nearest large town with all the usual shops, supermarkets, garages, and a classic market in the old part of the town on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Half an hour away is the Lac de Ste Croix and the Gorges de Verdon. These are spectacular for sightseeing, walking, canoeing, hiring a pedalo, swimming, sailing. Ampus is surrounded by many other pretty provencal villages, usually with cafés and restaurants of their own, such as Tourtour (known locally as "the village in the sky"), Bargemon and Callas. Many of these villages host classical music concerts in the summer - enjoy a truly magical evening. Food and wine are important elements of life in the region and you will be spoilt for choice by the restaurants. Further afield but accessible for day trips are Monaco (Grand Prix and the Casino), Grasse (perfume and Napoleon), Antibes (the Vieux Port and Picasso), St Tropez (yachts and the Anonciade), a number of golf courses nearer the coast.


Ampus is about 12 hours' driving from Calais. However, it is also easy to fly to Nice and hire a car. The drive from Nice to Ampus takes about 1 hour 20 minutes along the A8 motorway westwards. (Flying to Toulon - 100 km - or Marseilles - 150 km - are also possibilities. They are much smaller airports than Nice.) There is a TGV (high speed train) station at Les Arcs (called Les Arcs Draguignan) which is about 30 minutes from the house. A car is needed for the holiday.


Ampus village centre 500 m, Tourtour 8 km, Chateaudouble 8 km, Draguignan 15 km, Lac de Ste-Croix 27 km, St-Tropez 62 km, Grasse 66 km, Monaco 110 km


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ampus, Var

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Medium season
26 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Rental period is Saturday to Saturday in high season.

Booking Notes:
Once the availablity of the holiday is confirmed, you need to secure it by a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the holiday cost. The balance will be payable 8 weeks before arrival, at which time a deposit of £200.00 per week of stay is also payable, against damage or breakage. On receipt of the balance you will be sent details of how to find the house.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day, although this is very flexible in the low and mid season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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