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Apartment With Private Pool And Garden



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Peaceful gite in rural location with pool

The apartment is situated in a rural area of Provence with pine covered hills, vineyards and olive groves near the medieval village of Le Val which has bakery and restaurants, and close to charming old Cotignac with many more restaurants and markets. It is a 1 mile walk along a quiet country lane from the gite to the village of Le Val. There are many other picturesque villages with markets close by. Its central ,location in Provence , 4 miles from the motorway, makes it

ideal for visiting both the coast and the Haute Provence. The gite is attached to the English owner's villa and is completely self contained with private garden and shady trees. There is a secure parking place next to the gite. In addition there is a large garden of 2600 sqm and a 33ft x 16ft swimming pool (sometimes used by the owners). The gite is well equipped and has one double bedroom. The pool is surrounded by a terrace with plenty of pool side furniture. There is also a boules pitch to enjoy this popular French game.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have lived in France for 10 years since taking early retirement, and we have a wonderful life here. We chose this house because it is very private and not overlooked at all, has a large garden and pool and is in a lovely location surrounded by pine covered hills, with vineyards and olive groves. It is not isolated, only 10 mins from the motorway and 45 mins to the nearest airport, and within 50 minutes we can be on the beach, or beside the beautiful Lac de St Croix. We have enjoyed letting the adjoining apartment as we have met so many nice people, many of whom have become friends as they return every year.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a great week in your gite The weather has been amazing and a welcome change to the UK.. All of your advice has been gratefully received, especially your recommendation on beaches We have only been ablt to fit in a fraction of the sights as a week is not long enough.
Jun 2016
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Relaxation guaranteed!

  • 5 of 5

In spite of late arrival, very warm welcome from Bill with food in the fridge ready for the weary traveller.

Excellent accommodation,well equipped and exactly as it looks in the pictures.....2 corkscrews!

Bill and Pauline could not have done more to ensure our stay was everything we hoped. Very good suggestions as to where to eat, where to visit, where the best markets were and the 'hot spot' tourist areas to avoid and avery good supply of books to while away the hours in the sun.

Highlight was a meal at the local 'La Cremaillerie' restaurant in Le Val - do not miss this one and you will need to book(or ask Bill to phone).

Thoroughly recommend this property for the quality of both hospitality and the property itself.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for exploring

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here under glorious blue skies and 30 degree temperatures. Bill and Pauline were excellent hosts with expert information and advice on where to visit, including an excellent beach recommendation! The welcome pack of food was gratefully received after a long drive and the gite is well equipped with home comforts of WiFi and TV. The gite is located perfectly for visiting a range of places. We had trips out to St Tropez, Aix, Gorges du Version and several beaches. All accessible in around an hour. If you don't want to journey out though, you can sit around the delightful pool in the lovely gardens.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Inexpensive homely Gite in Southern France

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience of staying in a Gite and it certainly did not disappoint. Arriving late, for a two week stay, after a hectic days travel from Oxford we were warmly welcomed by Bill and Pauline under twinkling blue tree lights. Our fridge was stocked with cheese, wine, pate, milk and water plus French bread - enough to get us through the night. Awoke to a lovely sunny day (every day was the same) and had breakfast in the well stocked and colourful private garden everyday. First impressions were that description matched exactly and remained so. Very tidy and clean we always looked forward to coming 'home' after our jaunts into the countryside. Le Val close to Brignoles was a very nice little village with communal washing facilities still in use. Our trips out included south to Hyeres on the coast to Lac-du-Sainte-Croix to the north. West to Bras and east to Monte Carlo. And as many places we could in between. The lavender fields on the way to saint-Croix-du-Verdon and Quinson were a couple of our favourites but Monte Carlo and Monaco was not. Cotignac is lovely and can recommend the Le Terrasse Restaurant. Bill and Pauline made our holiday memorable with advise and helpfulness. Very sad to leave and a fortnight ended all too soon. We will certainly stay here again if we do not run out of time!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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A real find

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Lou Paradis on several occasions and each time it gets better. The gite is comfortable, clean and very homely. The large pool area is so peaceful and is surrounded by a very pretty and well kept garden. Bill and Pauline the owners are perfect hosts, so friendly and helpful and happy to share their local knowledge. Each time we have stayed they have either found another place of interest for us to visit or another restaurant to try. They really do ensure their guests are well looked after which is why most of them return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Added to our list of favourites

  • 4 of 5

Another fabulous spring holiday in Provence and this time we chose the Gite at Lou Paradise. This was a good base from which to visit all the surrounding villages and towns. The accommodation was excellent, beautifully clean, well thought out with great attention to detail thus providing all the little things to make it feel like a home from home. Together with a fabulous pool and our hosts Pauline and Bill, who did their utmost to make us comfortable, it really did feel like paradise. We definitely hope to visit again.

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  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pure Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This location was our introduction to Provence and we were "hooked". We have now returned from our third (and definitely not last) visit. The gite is perfectly equipped (nothing is left to chance) and wonderfully clean and comfy. An ideal getaway for mature Provence lovers with very interesting coastal sightseeing opportunites a short drive away. Also offers many local possibilities for hikers and nature lovers. Local restaurants and markets cater for both the gourmet as well as fans of more convenient dining. Both Pauline and Bill are wonderful hosts - always helpful and welcoming with great interest in the guests well-being. I would highly recommend this gite and we will return.

p.s. forgot to mention the delicious local wine!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Marseille at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le Val at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf Barbaroux at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aix-en-Provence at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A8 Brignoles at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Val at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Londe at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary


The Motorway is only 4 miles away, making access to the coast easy. The nearest resorts, about 50 minutes by car, are Lalonde, Hyeres Plage, Carqueranne and Ste Maxime. Port Grimaud and San Tropez are about an hours drive.


Car hire is recommended. The area is well served with airports, Nice airport is approx. 1 hour, Marseille Marignane is 50 mins and Toulon Hyeres is 40mins. Aix-en-Provence TGV station is 50K with trains running direct to Paris.


The gite is situated in rural Provence, five minutes from the medieval village of Le Val, 10 minutes away is the old town of Brignoles with supermarkets and charming Cotignac is 15 mins with many restaurants. There are lovely walks from the gite in the hills opposite, and nearby vineyards to taste the local wine. The gite is centrally situated, and only 4k from the motorway junction, making it ideal for visiting the coast, Aix-en-Provence (45mins) and Arles.

Further Details:

We provide a welcome pack, which includes a bottle of wine, milk, bread, pate and cheese and tomatoes, sufficient for a light meal. There are plenty of books, plus some games.

There is also a lot of information for guests, including recommended restaurants, guide books and maps, and recommended outings.

Le Val is a pretty village with narrow cobbled streets. It's an easy walk 20 min walk into the village.

There is a bakers and a small shop, plus a couple of restaurants and a take-away, and a van selling pizzas. Brignoles is a 10 min drive and has plenty of supermarkets and shops, the centre of the town is very old and quant. There are many very pretty villages close by with plenty of restaurants.

There are many lovely walks in the area, and as well as visiting the coast, the spectacular Grand Canyon du Verdon is an hours drive. Closer by is the Gorge du Verdon with boat hire available to travel along the length of the gorge to Lake Esparon. Lake Carces and the Abbey du Thoronet are nearby. There are several rivers locally where it is possible to hire canoes and of course many water sports are available on the coast, such as deep sea diving.

If you like horse-riding, there is an excellent stable almost next door to our property.

The beautiful old city of Aix-en-Provence is a 45 min drive, and in approx one hour you can visit Marseille, Arles and the Camargue, Beaux de Provence and St Remy.

There are many domains and caves close by where you can sample the local wines.

Of course you can do absolutely nothing except lie by the pool, soaking up the sun and sipping the local wine.


Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £80

Booking Notes:
On booking, we require a deposit of 25% plus an £80 damages deposit which is returned to you on departure. The balance is due one month before your arrival. Payment can be made by bank transfer in sterling. In the event of cancellation, if we are able to re-let the apartment, we will return your deposit.

PHONE 0033 494864377 to speak to us and verify that this is a genuine letting.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests should not arrive prior to 4.00pm, and should arrange to depart no later than 11.00am, to allow for cleaning of the gite.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 36 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is one bathroom with a large tiled shower cubicle with sliding glass door, a washbasin with cupboard under, and a WC. The bathroom is newly refurbished. There is a hair dryer in the bathroom.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom is a good size and has one double bed with two bedside tables with lamps, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The Gite has its own private garden with shady trees. There is a BBQ, a table and 4 chairs and umbrella, plus sun beds. The swimming pool is 33 x 16 and is deep enough for diving (the pool is used occasionally by the owners). It is surrounded by a terrace, with several sun beds. There is also another table and 4 chairs, and there are several sun umbrellas. The terrace is surrounded with a large garden with lots of trees and flowering shrubs, plus a boules court. Boules are provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included (but not swimming towels). Linen and towels are changed weekly. The apartment is cleaned thoroughly ready for each new guest. A welcome pack is provided

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