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Villa With Private Pool, Ping-pong Table, Panorama Towards Village And Forests

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Minimum Stay
7 - 14 nights

About the property

Villa in Claviers, Var, Provence-Alpes-Cote DAzur, France - Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk To Village, On Small Rural Dead-end Lane On Hillside

This is a typical olive-grove Provencal property, so the property is on terraces with olive trees. The road that goes past our driveway is a dead-end lane leading to the fields and woods, so the very little traffic consists only of local residents. At the top of the our road is the village bakery, where village information is exchanged and much gossip takes place. There are weekly village markets. Various supermarkets are to be found nearby. Claviers is an old medieval hill-top village with typical, narrow, windy, streets and alleyways, adorned by pots of geraniums, French cookery smells and, again typically, washing that dries in the hot weather! Visit local vineyards, street markets, museums, forest walks, Verdon rafting, St. Cassien windsurfing. Or watch Southwest panoramic views over village. Or walk in five minutes to village centre with restaurant, post office, bar, church, bakery, shop. 1+ hour drive from Nice airport past lake and supermarkets. Many of our guests, who appreciate calm and rural peace and seclusion and local Provencal small-village charm, return year after year to our house. In the village centre are also a restaurant/bar on the village square by the church, another typical bar/café, a "terrain de boules" that is much used by locals, and a village shop.

Ian Birksted
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Norwegian
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2017

About Ian Birksted

We are a professional and academic couple. The house has some interesting posters from local exhibitions of artists associated with the area (several Surrealists lived in Seillans), a collection of books left by visitors over the last dozen years (good novels and 'trash' novels!)... Several visitors have remarked that the house is more like a family home than a rental cottage. Indeed, it is our holiday house!

Ian Birksted purchased this villa in 1980

Why Ian Birksted chose Draguignan region

We have owned our house in Claviers for about 30 years. What we particularly enjoy about it, as do many of the visitors who often return year after year, is the charm of the small hill-top village that forms part of our panorama with the distant sound of church bells, the rural peace and quiet, while yet being within a short walking distance to the village with its bakery, shop, twice weekly markets, restaurant on the square in front of the church, and its terrain de boules (much used by the locals and even visitors)...

What makes this villa unique

What we enjoy is the relative seclusion and peaceful rural location; yet, when our children were small, there are plenty of activities in the area and some spectacular sites (Les Gorges du Verdon; Le Lac de Saint Cassien; the huge and popular Saturday street market in Le Muy; many museums along the coast; etc.).

There are wonderful walks in the forests around, including the hillside forests at the top of the hills above and behind our house, with the old Chapelle de Sainte Anne at its very top, overlooking our village...

A favourite activity is watching sunsets from above neighbouring Bargemon or from Bargeme...

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Just a quick line to let you know that we had a delightful time at your villa in Claviers. We loved the scenery, found some nice restaurants and enjoyed the homely comforts. It’s not often that a holiday outstrips our expectations as this one did. Hopefully we will be able to repeat the experience some time in the future.”

“We had a very memorable holiday in Claviers, and felt thoroughly at home in your house. We shall not hesitate to recommend it to any of our friends.”

“We really loved your house and its absolutely beautiful setting - so lovely we could hardly bear to leave! We had all our meals outside and we swam everyday as it was really hot. I never imagined such an exquisite view from the pool - it was such a clever idea to paint it green so it blends in with the landscape. My husband really appreciated the Bach and Handel, I found the book about the Artists and their Museums on the Riviera fascinating (we made it to the Matisse Chapel, the Maeght Foundation and the Matis
Feb 2014
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5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! We stayed here (two adults, two older teenagers) for two weeks end of August/beginning of September. We had a very comfortable stay, the house being just as described. Everything worked, the kitchen was well equipped, there was a constant supply of hot water - all those little things you take for granted that can take the shine off a holiday if they're missing, were all there. Add to that a medieval village within very easy walking distance which has a shop, a couple of restaurants and bars, a bakery; other similar villages within easy driving distance; fantastic countryside for walking and exploring; the list goes on. It really is a perfect spot. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Oct 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
April to May
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May to June
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June to July
24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July to August
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August to September
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September to October
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October to November
21 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
After the 30% deposit, the remaining fee is paid one month before the start of the rental. At all stages, we send standard letters of acknowledgement. We can be contacted by email and phone for questions or problems at any time. (We live in London.)
There is also a standing cleaning (110 Euro per rental) and linen charge (bed linen, towels; 15 Euro per person), paid directly to our property manager, Biddy, who receives guests and gives them the keys before leaving them in peace.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is always on Saturdays, with people leaving in the morning and people arriving in the afternoon. (Cleaning, washing and ironing, pool cleaning, etc., takes place between.) Visitors communicate with Biddy by phone or text to confirm their arrival time. If they are going to be very late, Biddy leaves the keys for them. If visitors come before cleaning is finished at 4 pm, they can always 'chill out' by the pool while Biddy and her team finish the house cleaning.

Visitors pay a 30% deposit when booking. The balance is paid a month before the start of the rental. Some visitors pay by cheque, but nowadays most settle by internet bank transfer which is so much easier.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Claviers in Var

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , WC on its own.
    Toilet 2 - Toilet , Bidet , WC, bidet, handwash basin, mirrored bathroom cupboard.
  • Bathroom with bath/shower, bidet, hand-wash basin and washing machine. One separate WC near bedrooms. A second separate WC with hand-wash basin at the other end of the house, off the kitchen/dining room, close to the swimming pool.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Wardrobe. Bookshelves. View unto property and valley...
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Wardrobe. Bedsite tables. Lamps. View unto property.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms; and also a sleeping sofa) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with double bed, shelves and cupboard. (An additional Provencal-style single bed in the double bedroom can be used for a child.) Twin bedroom with two single beds, shelves and cupboard. Double sleeping sofa in sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
Some visitors love toddling up to the village and chatting to the locals in the village café! One of the really pleasant aspects of our house is that all the rooms face the panorama over the valley with its forests and towards the hill-top village of Claviers, facing the afternoon and evening sun with wonderful sunsets... A couple of steps, running along the front of the villa with its French doors are used by many people for evening drinks in the late afternoon and evening sun. A very curious thing is that sometimes, in the early evening, one of our local friendly 'sangliers' (wild boars), known as Francine, ambles down the hillside from the woods, past the property and into the village for its evening meal. Some guest have even been able to photograph Francine as she lazily ambles past... And when people sometimes hear gentle snorts in the middle of the night, it's Francine digging up some of our wild orchids as a midnight snack, on her way back from Claviers and on her way home up the hill... The private pool (approx. 14 m x 5 m) has a shallow end and a deeper end, and it is definitely not a diving pool as the maximum depth is about 2 m. From the pool there is a lovely panorama towards the village of Claviers. Outdoors dining table and chairs. Sun beds. Built-in BBQ. Terraces with olive trees. Ping-Pong table. Utility Room: Outside built-in BBQ. Outdoors large dining table and chairs. Sun beds. Ping-Pong table with racquets and Ping-Pong balls. Ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: In addition to our basic rental, there is a standing cleaning charge (110 Euro per rental) and a standing linen charge (bed linen, towels; 15 Euro per person), which are paid directly to the property manager, Biddy, who receives guests to give them keys.

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