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4 Bed-4 Bath Provencal Hillside Villa Near Medieval Village w/ Heated Pool

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Villa in Seillans near Fayence, Var, Provence, France - Full of charm having belonged to a Parisian artist and florist, it benefits from a tropical garden

This delightful villa complete with stuccoed walls and pantile roof is set in the hillside within easy walking distance of the medieval village of Seillans, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

The house is south-facing with views across miles of pine woodland towards the coast and is not overlooked by any other property. It is located in a tranquil spot off a small road with easy access to the village but without the noise of being in the centre of the village.

The house has around 350 square metres of living space. Arranged as a main house and almost adjoining annex it has two double bedrooms and a bathroom and shower room in each building. Two bedrooms have kingsize beds, one a double bed and one twin beds. The living room has a mezzanine level which provides a sense of space, light and airiness.

The kitchen and 3 of the bathrooms have all been updated in the last 12 years and the house has had a new gas boiler installed in 2013 for reliable hot water. A new electric pool heater was installed in 2015 and various improvements to the outdoor space including a large decked area outside the open plan living area. Outside terraces including a dining area are flanked by mature tropical planting with yucca trees, oleander, a fine mulberry tree, fig trees, a pomegranate tree and cactuses looking down onto an azure heated swimming pool.

The villa is within easy reach of Frejus and Cannes on the Cote D’Azur, the Lac St Cassien, a variety of golf courses and the breathtaking Verdon Gorge.

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Diana Dyer Bartlett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
4 February, 2017

About Diana Dyer Bartlett

We are an English family of five. My husband and I are both finance directors of small companies. We have two daughters in their early twenties and a teenage son.

My husband and I both speak fluent German and a good standard of French.

We have owned this house since 2000 and have spent many happy family holidays here. We originally bought the house with another family but when they wanted to sell up early in 2014, our kids encouraged us to buy them out.

Since then we have embarked on improvements including a pool heater, new iron gates to the drive, a boules pitch and extending one of our patio areas with some decking. The latter is a wonderful addition to the outdoor space and provides characterful sunbathing space and shade over the stone table in the garden making an alternative dining spot.

Diana Dyer Bartlett purchased this villa in 2000

Why Diana Dyer Bartlett chose Esterel - Fayence

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Seillans is an extraordinarily attractive village with immense character and charm. The main village is a maze of narrow cobbled allies and doorways. The painter and sculptor, Max Ernst, lived here and one of his sculptures can still be seen in the Place de la Republic.

Seillans is close enough to the coast to provide easy access but far enough away to avoid the worst of the crowds. Being up a hill, the evenings are very slightly cooler than the coast which can be an immense relief.

The villa's views across the woodland below are unspoilt and the scent of nearby spruce trees and the sound of the local goats give it a very rural feel, even though it is close to the village.

What makes this villa unique

The house and gardens were laid out with great panache by a Parisian artist and florist. There are many characterful features such as the corner fireplace, oak beams throughout and the mezzanine area above the sitting room. The latter gives the property a feeling of airiness and light. These features make it unlike most other properties in the area.

The main bedroom in the annex has stone walls and a romantic sunken bath which is great fun for both kids' and adults' baths!

The villa is in close proximity to the village which has three very good restaurants. This makes for very relaxing lunches with only a short distance to stagger back to the house!


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


Stunning holiday home in spectacular location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family has just had the most glorious holiday in this beautiful villa. The location is just outside the stunning village of Seillans and is easily reached in a few minutes. The walk back is a little challenging, but as we live in hilly Cornwall we were fine. We all fell in love with Seillans and felt so at home there. We had a fabulous meal to celebrate my 65th birthday at La Gloire de mon Pere and even though we were out of season we found a couple of bars open. I can't describe the beauty of the area and the view from the decked area is sublime. The villa had everything we all needed. It was nice for me and my husband to have the separate annexe away from the 'younger ones'. We were all blown away with the houses and the way they were decorated and furnished. Just our type of property. The only downside for us was that we only had a week there and it was quite upsetting to leave. Diana, If you ever need a couple of caretakers/ maintenance people for the house, we're here!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay in this house - so much to do but also lovely to just sit on the decking and appreciate the amazing view.

The house is lovely and secluded but also a short walk into the local hilltop town for the morning croissant run!

Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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April to May 2017
4 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017
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28 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
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25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £641

Booking Notes:
30% booking deposit with balance to be paid at least 8 weeks before arrival. At the time that the balance is paid, a 750 euro security deposit will also be payable which will be refunded normally within a month after the holiday assuming there is no damage to the property.

Changeover Day:
Saturday generally. Arrival times would normally be after 4pm. Departure times will normally be 10am.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Seillans in Var

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Main: Bedroom one has an en-suite with shower. The common bathroom has a bath with a shower mixer tap. Annex bedroom includes a large circular sunken bath, twin basins and separate wc while the further twin bedroom has an adjoining shower room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Kingsize bed in annex
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Annex
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite and dressing area. French doors. Double bedroom with bathroom adjacent. Annex: Kingsize bedroom with open plan bath area and separate wc. Twin bedroom with shower room adjacent. Both have french doors onto garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: This property, like many villas in the local hills, is on several levels. However, the bedrooms are all on the ground floor. The double bedroom is same level as the bathroom and living room/ kitchen and there is a slope from the car park to the swimming pool area. Outside: 11m by 5m HEATED pool with underwater lighting and pool alarm, with extensive terraced areas and loungers. BBQ area and pizza oven in garden. Table tennis table. New decking balcony area extending over a stone table area to provide alternative shady dining and relaxing space. Waterproof sofa and two arm chairs with coffee table on patio for afternoon tea. Exercise machine. The garden has many yucca trees, cactuses, oleander, bamboo, mulberry tree, fig tree, cypressa, olive and pine trees and many different types of palm which are sculpturally interesting and provide a variety of striking vegetation. There are many different corners to the garden which is separated by beautiful local stone walls. Utility Room: The utility cupboard has a washing machine and tumble dryer. Ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included. Cleaning can be arranged mid-rental at 25 euros per hour. Other: Mezzanine area with six beds above the living room with a desk and access to small balcony with views. Consult owner re additional bed cost.

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