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Luxury family-friendly, 5 bed stone villa with large heated pool in Provence

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Villa in Figanieres, Provence Cote D'Azur, France - Peaceful location near to swimming lakes and 50 mins from the Cote d'Azur, beautiful beds and baths

An imposing stone house in a peaceful countryside location, renovated to a very high standard with a large, saltwater 11x5m heated pool (new for 2015!) and spectacular views over open countryside, vineyards and hills.

Perfect for large groups or families who wish to get away from it all but still want the luxuries of home. Owned and designed by a family with small children and so plenty of baby facilities to hand. We also have a vetted, local childminder who can help you have a rest in the day or babysit in the evenings.

Laze by the heated pool, which is fenced and safety-gated, or watch the children splash in the gently sloping beach area. Take shade under the large pergola on the top terrace with a book, catch the summer breeze from the hammock or enjoy a game of boules or table tennis if you're feeling energetic! A 12 seater American oak table makes outside dining a real pleasure, especially straight from the large gas BBQ!

Inside, large comfy sofas, books and games mean you can relax indoors as well as out. Not to mention the free standing bathtub, drench showers, kingsize beds, crisp sheets and fluffy bath sheets.

Should you wish to return to the outside world, the lovely medieval towns of Figanieres, Lorgues and Tourtour are all close by, not to mention incredible restaurants and some of the best Provencal markets in the Var. Wonderful walking, pedalos and rafting in the spectacular Gorges de Verdon. Perfect for nature lovers or someone who want a bit of adventure.

You can cook up a storm on the large gas BBQ or in the wonderfully appointed kitchen - or ask our caterer to do that for you! We can even leave welcome meals in the fridge on your arrival or prepare picnics for sunny days out.

In the evening, enjoy a cocktail in the last of the sun on the lower terrace lounging area by the pool which is lit at night before you head inside for supper. The world is your oyster!

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Helen Bush
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
3 February, 2017

About Helen Bush

We are a young family with 2 children under 2 and a large extended family of all ages, so we understand the needs of families travelling abroad. I hail from Yorkshire but now live in London ...and we spend as much time at the house as we can!

Helen Bush purchased this villa in 2012

Why Helen Bush chose Draguignan region

We have a strong connection with France having lived here for some time and many good friends also live in the area. We had searched for some time for the perfect place and a friend sent us the property details. We were married in Taradeau, fell in love with the house and bought it on our honeymoon!

What makes this villa unique

The house itself is stunning and the views are outstanding. We loved the story of the building, the relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful stone floors. The pool we think is incredible and having travelled extensively, is one of the best we have swum in. We have worked hard to provide things to ensure our guests can make the most of their time with us, including babysitting, "drop off dinners" for when you arrive and plenty of baby gear to take the weight off you (and your suitcases!)

My favourite thing after a day in the pool is to enjoy a large glass of the local rose on the huge pergola sofa, usually followed by a game or 3 of petanque!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you Helen for a truly 'splendide' holiday! A quiet, picturesque (and friendly!) village. House is very spacious, perfect for families. Wonderful views of the region. Garden very well equipped for adults and children - particularly enjoyed the table tennis. Swimming pool was just perfect for the kids, to the extent that our daughter cracked learning to swim! We ate outside every evening and very much enjoyed how the garden is set up to do this. House itself is amazing: spacious, tasteful, clean, very well equipped. All bedrooms a good size and the en-suites are a real bonus. Beautiful furnishings. We had a ball..and we are booked for next year!!

S. Wykes and family 2013

"Helen has created a wonderful home in which to relax and see the real Provence. We visited so many incredible places with her guidance and had such a relaxing (and sunny!) time for our first visit to the area - we hope to be back soon."

C. Rutter 2013

"What a lovely holiday. Just perfect." M&L Dixon 2013
Nov 2013
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(9 traveller reviews)


Perfect Family Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Bastide des Esperels fulfilled all our expectations and more!

It is a beautiful house which is superbly equipped to cater for all different ages. The youngest members of our party who are 3 and 3 months did not leave the house the entire week, they were completely content there (as were their parents!).

We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fabulous holiday for everyone

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of five families, celebrating a 40th birthday, with three children, three babies and two bumps. The holiday was wonderful because there was something for everyone. Our son was in heaven swimming all day, playing table tennis, pétanque and jumping on the trampoline! We had BBQs outside, chose wine at the local vineyards (which really beats the supermarket) and explored the region. I cannot wait to come back. I've told so many people about it that now I'm worried it will be permanently booked up!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Counting down the days until we can come back!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this beautiful place highly enough - in fact, I am starting to regret every other holiday I’ve ever had…! The thought and care that has gone into this home to make it perfect for families and friends is evident at every turn; a gated heated pool, a pagoda overlooking the stunning view, a fully equipped kitchen (with a whole fridge that can be dedicated to wine, thankfully), huge indoor and outdoor dining areas for entertaining in all weathers, comfy, stylish and quiet rooms (the baby monitors reached as far as the patio!) and literally everything a small person could ever need – check out the inventory on the website if you don’t believe me! Thank you thank you xxx

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Provençale Perfection

  • 5 of 5

A totally fabulous holiday, thank you Helen. We stayed in the villa for a week with 4 other couples, all with children aged from 0 to 5 years. The villa is spacious, beautiful and peaceful (toddlers aside), with glorious views. It is totally geared towards a successful family/group holiday with a wide range of baby equipment, toys, and of course the fabulous pool, ping pong, pétanque and trampoline - there was never a dull moment. I turned 40 while we were there, and Helen recommended a brilliant English speaking caterer who came to the house and cooked us a fabulous 5 course birthday meal complete with waitress service. The surrounding area is gorgeous, and we enjoyed a range of day trips to historic villages, vineyards, and the beach. A very happy and memorable holiday - we will definitely be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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A wonderful holiday villa!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful holiday at Bastide des Esperels. There were 5 families in our group, including 6 children ranging from 0-5, and there was more than enough space for all of us. The villa is absolutely stunning - just the right combination of modern and traditional, and the attention to detail is excellent. This villa is perfectly set up for children, with toys, highchairs, stairgates and baby monitors all available, as well as things for older kids such as a ping pong table and a trampoline. The outside space is amazing - the pool was huge and clean, lots of sun loungers, 2 huge seating areas...I cannot sing the praises of this villa enough and I am already in discussions with my family about when we can return. The are is stunning - every afternoon we went to a different town or village for a walk and coffee/ice cream, and each one was more beautiful than the next. There are lots of day trips you can do - we went to Moustiers, Tourtour and St Paul de Vence, all of which I recommend. There are also zoos/water parks/wine tasting in the region, none of which we had time to do hence the need to return! Highly recommended. Thanks for a wonderful stay Helen and Clayton.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Superb Property

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well-equipped house,which is ideally suited for babies and children of all ages -lots to keep them occupied! All the rooms are spacious and well-appointed and like the rest of the property extremely clean. We enjoyed our stay enormously and Claire the House Manager was very helpful pointing out places of interest, local restaurants etc. Brilliant holiday home!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 1 2017
4 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 1 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2 2017
8 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner.

Changeover Day:
Rental is Saturday to Saturday June to Sept. Check out is 10am, check in 4pm to allow full cleaning to take place. In low season (Oct-Jan, March-May) changeover day may be flexible and part-week rentals may be available so please contact us for details.

Notes on prices:
Part-week bookings may be available outside summer months and UK school holidays. Please contact us for details.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Figanières in Var

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • All new. En-suite drench shower rooms to Patchwork + Green rooms Family bathroom - stand alone bath w/shower attachment, separate double drench shower cubicle, washstand, WC Further, separate WC Ground floor WC adj to Lavender bedroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Patchwork room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , en-suite shower room + separate door to balcony
    Green room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Superking bed, cot (can fit in any room) ensuite shower room
    Rose room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Largest room, suitable for child bed + cot
    Blue room - 2 Single Bed
    Lavender room (ground floor) - 1 Large Double Bed , Adjacent to downstairs WC
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Patchwork room - Kingsize, en-suite shower room, balcony to rear. Door to own vestibule. Green - Super kingsize, en-suite shower room + cot Rose - Twin beds + child's daybed + cot Blue - Twin beds Lavender - Ground floor, Kingsize, double doors to garden
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The beautiful stone and lintels used to build the property and the antique tiles throughout the house were reclaimed from the farmhouses and monastery of Sainte Croix village before it was flooded to form nearby Lac Sainte Croix. It faces directly south, meaning from each room guests can open the olive green shutters to the wonderful views across to the red rock mountains of RoqueBrun and it basks in the best of the Provencal sunshine. There is no passing traffic and it's a perfect house for families or groups of individuals. The BBQ and large table provide a perfect way to enjoy the views. The private pool is in the garden and near to the house, It is fenced with a safety gate to stop unsupervised small children gaining access. The beach area is also ideal for supervised splashing with very small children. Or for those who don't like to get their hair wet! It has spectacular views over the valley and is wonderful at sunset. Outside: The heated pool is 11mx5m and new for 2015!! It is fenced and conforms to French safety regulations for children with fencing and safety gate. Includes a 2x2m sq 'beach' area and large patio. The house sits on a hillside providing a wonderful elevated position from which to enjoy the views of the vineyards below and the mountains beyond. Outside there is plenty of space to sit and relax. There are 10 sun loungers ensuring everyone can doze off at the same time! A large, American oak table shaded by a large parasol seats 10 comfortably for outside dining. There is a large 5 burner gas barbecue on the lower patio, which is just outside the double French doors to the kitchen making outdoor cooking a pleasure. An outdoor table tennis table is above on the top terrace along with a trampoline and there are boules, badminton and some games for children including an inflatable pool for babies. To the side of the house is a large gravelled area which provides plenty of parking for cars. Utility Room: Microwave, enormous 13 kg capacity washing machine, blender, food processor, clothes drier, storage cupboards, shelving, wine rack, high chair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels incl. luxury bath towels, pool towels and crisp white bed linen included. Professional clean between rentals included. Extra mid-holiday clean available at cost. Please bring own cot sheets.

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