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Le Mas Paisible

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La Garde-Freinet | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £6,370 per week

This charming country retreat is set in the wooded hills around the quaint town of La Garde-Freinet, boasting 5 en-suite bedrooms, a heated pool, private tennis court and incredible views over the rolling hills of the South of France. Le Mas Paisible is peacefully secluded while only 30 minutes away from the lively and prestigious St Tropez as well as a short drive or 20 minutes' walk from the center of La Garde-Freinet, with its local shops and restaurants.

This beautiful property is traditionally and comfortably furnished lending to its rustic and homey feel. On the ground floor there is a well-equipped country style kitchen as well as a large family living room with fireplace and TV with Satellite Channels and DVD. From both the living room and kitchen, doors lead out to the garden terrace where one can enjoy 'al fresco' dining or laze and read for hours. The heated 12x5m swimming pool with infinity edge is right next to the property, making it perfect for summer living, and dipping in and out of the pool. Two of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor, while the first floor is home to the remaining three bedrooms. All bedrooms are elegantly decorated and luxuriously appointed with private bathroom. From the master bedroom on the first floor you can enjoy great view out over the Massif des Maures hills and the castle of Grimaud. For your entertainment, Le Mas Paisible features a boules court, private tennis court and table tennis, as well as a beautiful terrace for outside dining. Watch the sunset over the hilltops, a glass of wine in hand and a barbecue at the large dining table. Whether you feel like sunbathing by the private pool, shopping in St Tropez, which is only a 30 minutes' drive away or strolling along the famous Pampelonne beach, this property is perfect for you! La Mas Paisible is a good location for visiting the Maures, either by the twisty little roads or the hiking trails that go off through the forested hills. The close-by village of La Garde Freinet has history going back to the 11th century and a lively center buzzing both day and night with cafes, shops, art galleries and restaurants.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION



Ground Floor

  • Well-equipped Provençale kitchen with fireplace, breakfast table and access to the terrace for al-fresco dining
  • Living room with fireplace, Sat TV access to the terrace and pool views
  • Bedroom 1: Queen sized bed (160cm) with Italian shower, opening onto the grounds
  • Bedroom 2: Four poster double bed (160cm), small office area and private bathroom across the hall with bathtub and shower attachment
  • Laundry and storage
  • Guest WC



First Floor

  • Bedroom 3: Master bedroom with king size bed (180cm), en-suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, beautiful views to the pool and Grimaud castle
  • Bedroom 4: Queen sized bed (160cm) with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 5: Queen sized bed (160cm) with en-suite shower room



Kindly Note:

  • 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 (45km)
  • Airport: Toulon-Hyères (73km) / Nice (108km) / Marseille (126km)
  • Villages:
    La Garde-Freinet (1.7km – 4min drive or 20-25min walk)
    Grimaud (7.5km)
    Le Plan-de-la-Tour (12km)
    Sainte Maxime (19km)
    Saint Tropez (19km)
  • City: Cannes (90km)/ Nice (108km)
  • Beach:
    Grimaud (13km)
    Ste Maxime (19km)
  • Golf: Golf de Beauvallon (16km)/ Golf Blue Green Ste Maxime (25km)

 

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

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Availability Information

This property is normally rented on a Friday to Friday 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.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Maid service of 2hrs per day, 5 days a week.
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Central Heating.
  • Private swimming pool (12mx5.2m) with pool alarm.
  • Pool Heating (Heat exchange pump, temperature max. 24 degrees, no cover for the night time).
  • Private tennis court.
  • Wi-Fi broadband internet.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request.
  • 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 78/person for lunch or dinner including 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/hour (subject to availability).
  • Transfers from Nice Airport to the Villa (one way): Mercedes E class (for two or three passengers) available from EUR 375 or Mercedes Viano (for eight passengers) available from EUR 437.
    (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.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Broadband)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Heated)
  • Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • TV
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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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