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La Tortue

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La Garde-Freinet | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8

Rates: from £2,912 per week

La Tortue is a true Provencal gem, which nestles on a peaceful wooded hillside with views across the valley to one of the regions most celebrated villages, La Garde Freinet, which is just 800m away (about a 20 minute walk).  This delightful old French Mas is just a short drive from the beaches of St Maxime and St Tropez, and has been renovated to provide stylish, welcoming accommodation in a tranquil location away from the hustle and bustle of the coast.

During its extensive restoration the villa has been fully-modernised to provide a high level of accommodation whilst cleverly retaining many of the original Provençal features, from the old stone façade and pale blue shutters, to the pale oak beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, which combine to provide an authentic and charming feel to the whole house. Another delightful feature which only adds to the magic are the ceramic tiles, each with a different turtle (or tortue) which are found in every room and dotted throughout the villa, which are what has given the property it's name. The tasteful open-plan living areas are spacious and light, have Wi-Fi internet access and satellite TV, and open directly onto the outdoor terrace, from where views extend across the valley. A fully equipped kitchen and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms make up the accommodation on the ground floor, whilst on the first, two spacious bedrooms, both potentially considered a 'master' room, have private bathrooms and terrace. All bedrooms are very comfortable and offer air-conditioning, which is a great benefit on hot Summer days. Outdoors, a variety of terraces are well positioned to either soak up, or shade from, the southern sun, with plenty of space for rest, relaxation or play. Grounds are made up of a variety of flora, including Mediterranean oak and olive trees, amongst which a well-positioned, 9m swimming pool, makes the most of the southerly aspect and splendid country views. This lovely house really is the perfect Provencal hideaway, yet well located for access to the coast.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor

  • Open plan living and dining area with fireplace, TV, DVD player & music system. Dining table seating 6 guests. Access to the terrace.
  • Well-equipped kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and access to the terrace for al-fresco dining.
  • Bedroom 1: Twin beds (90cm each). En-suite bathroom with bath & shower. A/C. Access to the terrace and garden views.
  • Bedroom 2: Queen sized bed (160cm). En-suite shower room. A/C. Access to the terrace.

First Floor

  • Bedroom 3: Queen-size bed (160cm) with en-suite shower room and access to terrace with village views
  • Bedroom 4: Queen-size bed (160cm) with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower as well as access to terrace and path leading down to the pool

Notes: Young children need constant supervision when being outside as there are some unprotected drops on the grounds.

  • Little Maio

Discover the traditional dancing festival in honour of Little Maïo. The folk group Lei Magnoti honour each May 1 a little girl elected as Queen for one year, all dressed in white, a sign of innocence and purity, the symbol of youth "Little Maïo". Crowned with flowers and dressed in silk, she elects the coach who will seek to lead the church, sitting alongside her knight, to attend Mass, accompanied by the procession formed of a folk group singing and dancing.

  • Harley Davidson Euro Festival

Harley Davidson Euro Festival in Saint-Tropez Bay! A trip to Saint-Tropez and a parade on the Port for thousands of beautiful American motorbikes. Perched on their customized machines, modern time knights, dressed in their most spectacular attire, will bring cheer to the streets and squares.

  • Traditional village celebration

Religious and military celebration of the Patron Saint of the town. A traditional and meaningful moment of contemplation for the town's inhabitants, barely troubled by detonations of blunderbuss guns. The Patron Saint and the town's military past are celebrated during ceremonies and processions. Three days of devotion take place according to a set plan for more than 450 years.

  • Bastille day

Bastille Day is celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. Various activities are held across the region on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 10-11pm. Celebrations are also generally free of charge.

  • Les Voiles de St Tropez

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is the major sailing event, an unmissable highlight of the race calendar that is masterfully orchestrated by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez for a selection of the finest traditional and modern yachts in the world, combining a subtle mix of latest generation yachts and those dating back over a hundred years, as well as bankable names and new additions to the fleet. A number of top-flight skippers and racers, from the offshore racing scene to the America’s Cup, will be competing in Saint-Tropez. Among the many stars will be Sébastien Josse, Philippe Monnet, Marc Pajot, Bruno Peyron, Lionel Péan and Marie Tabarly, to name but a few, all competing aboard traditional or modern yachts. The "Village des Voiles" is open to racers and to public every day from 9 am to 9 pm.

Things to see in St Tropez Area

  • Coastal walk:

A splendid alternative to sitting around doing nothing is the seven-mile walk round the headlands to the Pampelonne beaches. The track – called “le Sentier du Littoral” is quite wild in places, but well maintained and clearly signposted. At reasonable walking speed, it will take about three and a half hours, depending how far along Pampelonne beach you want to end up. En route, you’ll have stirring scenery, interesting coastal flora and the maritime cemetery where the film director Roger Vadim now rests. Brigitte Bardot’s modest place is also nearby, as are charming little beaches such as Plage Graniers, Plage des Canebiers, Plage de la Moutte and Plage des Salins, where the likes of Bruce Willis and Naomi Campbell will never make an appearance.

  • The old town of St Tropez:

The Old Town of Saint-Tropez, known as "La Ponche" borders the Vieux Port harbor basin and is below the citadel. La Ponche is the historic center of the fishing village and is the most picturesque area of Saint Tropez. Part of it has been laid out as a pedestrian zone of narrow alleyways and quaint cobblestone lanes abounding with small shops, upscale boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Tourists can begin exploring this lively quarter at the Rue de la Citadelle that leads into the center of the Old Town. Turn left on the Rue du Portail-Neuf until reaching the 18th-century Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (26 Rue Gambetta). With its beautiful Italian Baroque bell tower, this church punctuates the Saint-Tropez skyline. Inside visitors can admire the bust of Saint Tropez, the town's patron saint, and the delicately crafted wood carvings. At Christmas time, there is a fine Provençal nativity crib. By continuing northwest of the Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption near the harbor and passing by the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), visitors will stumble upon the Palais des Bailli Pierre-André de Suffren who was the Bailiff of the Order of Malta and one of the most important admirals of the French navy fleet in the 1700s.

  • Port Grimaud:

About eight kilometers from Saint-Tropez, this attractive holiday resort is at the southwestern corner of the Bay of Saint-Tropez at the foot of the Massif des Maures, surrounded by the plains of the Garde and Giscle Rivers. With its maze of channels, Port-Grimaud is a waterside town reminiscent of a Venetian fishing village and lagoon settlement. The resort was developed with a lovely townscape typical of the region. Designed for pedestrians, the entire town is traffic-free with pleasant waterside restaurants, walking paths, and footbridges; parking lots are outside of the resort area. Charming houses are painted in bright colors with pastel shutters, and most apartments along the canals have their own mooring places outside their front doors. Visitors can make use of motorboats available for self-drive hire, to explore the picturesque canals. The town bustles with activity and has many boutiques, shops, and restaurants. A traditional Provençal market is held regularly in the main square. Facing the sea stands the ecumenical Eglise Saint-François d'Assisi, designed in the Romanesque style. Tourists may visit the church tower to take in the exceptional panorama of the little town, the lagoons, and the mountainous hinterland.

  • La Garde Freinet:

The beautiful village of La Garde-Freinet is nestled in the heart of the Maures Mountains with spectacular views. Visitors arrive by traveling inland from Port-Grimaud (about 16 kilometers away) through a gorgeous landscape. The approach to La Garde-Freinet winds through the wild, natural scenery with its distinctive Mediterranean shrubbery and lush forests. This old Provençal village has preserved its authentic character and boasts a fascinating history. The village was founded as a Roman military post and was later a stronghold of the Saracens. La Garde-Freinet has an interesting tourist attraction: the ruins of the former Saracen fortress with its expansive panorama of the surrounding countryside. The fortress is on a hill about a 30-minute walk from the center of the village.

  • Le Massif des Maures:

One of the top tourist attractions near Saint-Tropez, the Massif des Maures extends for 60 kilometers along the coastline between Hyères and Fréjus, about 20 kilometers from Saint Tropez. The Massif des Maures is one of the wildest areas of Provence. In the Provençal dialect, the Massif des Maures is called "Leï Mauro," meaning "Black Mountain," because of its austere dark rock and deep green forests. (The area is also known for its sweet chestnuts.) The mountain range encompasses 334,000 acres and is a fragment of the vast continent that formerly included Corsica and Sardinia. The Iles d'Or (Golden Islands) off Hyères are actually summits of this mountain range that emerge from the Mediterranean Sea. Within the Massif des Maures, are 26 ancient villages. The township of Bormes-les-Mimosas has a beautiful 16th-century chapel and gorgeous views from a terrace near the village's castle ruins. The village of Collobrières is famous for its "marrons glacés," a regional specialty of sugar-glazed chestnuts. One of the most spectacular natural highlights of the Massif des Maures is the Corniche des Maures, an area between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez. The Corniche des Maures boasts exceptional scenery with many lovely bays and dramatic cliffs.

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

French

Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather

Due to its favourable climate and geography Côte d'Azur has an average of 300 sunny days, an average temperature of 16°C and short but periodical rain-showers. During summer it can be very hot with average temperature of 27ºC and about 11 hours of sun a day. The average water temperature in the summer months is about 20ºC. In autumn and spring you can rely on warm weather as well. With around 8 hours of sun per day, these seasons are quite mild as well. By the Mediterranean climate the winters are pleasant.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity

Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving InfoRMATION

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
  • Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

LOCATION

  • Train station: Saint-Raphaël (42km)
  • Airport: Toulon-Hyères (56km)/Nice (106km)/Marseille (123km)
  • Villages:
    La Garde-Freinet (800m)
    Le Plan-de-la-Tour (11km)
    Grimaud (9km)
  • City: Sainte-Maxime (13km)
  • Beach:
    Saint-Tropez (20km)/Sainte-Maxime (13km)
    Port Cogolin (15km)
  • Golf: Golf de Beauvallon (17km)

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

 Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K Concierge services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service three hours per week (on Wednesday).
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Central Heating.
  • Air-conditioning in all four bedrooms.
  • Private swimming pool (8.2mx3.5m).
  • Pool alarm (on request only).
  • Wi-Fi broadband internet.

Extra Services

  • Extra Maid service available on request at € 25/hour.
  • Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 30/hour plus the cost of the groceries.
  • Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 300/day for lunch or dinner plus the cost of the groceries. A full chef service including breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from EUR 400/day.
  • Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
  • Transfers from Nice Airport to the Villa (one way): Mercedes E class (for two or three passengers) available from EUR 336 or Mercedes Viano (for eight passengers) available from EUR 420.
    (Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Concierge offering.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, bike rental, tennis or golf courses, yacht charter or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • In case of cancellation, please note that all services confirmed in advance are non refundable.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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