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Historic Village House w Fabulous Views: New Rate

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Our medieval village home was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by Christian Richer, a local architect known for his ability to retain the character and charm of these fine old structures. Renters tell us that our home is also quite modern and very comfortable. Contemporary kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white plaster walls, large windows, and medieval details. Both the main house and guest house are compact and vertical in nature. Rooms are bright and open but not large by US standards. And be prepared to go up and down the narrow spiral staircase. The front hall at #12 includes a coat closet and utility room and on rainy days some say there is a slight smell of horse (likely a phantom ...Our medieval village home was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by Christian Richer, a local architect known for his ability to retain the character and charm of these fine old structures. Renters tell us that our home is also quite modern and very comfortable. Contemporary kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white plaster walls, large windows, and medieval details. Both the main house and guest house are compact and vertical in nature. Rooms are bright and open but not large by US standards. And be prepared to go up and down the narrow spiral staircase. The front hall at #12 includes a coat closet and utility room and on rainy days some say there is a slight smell of horse (likely a phantom from earlier times when animals were kept down below). Up the curving staircase takes you to a guest bedroom with built-in desk, twin beds, good closet space and a separate tiled bath with combined shower/tub and a built-in clothes washer/dryer. Another short flight up and you are in the heart of our home, a living area with windows that overlook the tiled rooftops of Seillans. Here you will find a pillowed banquette, comfortable 19th century chairs, settee, working fireplace (not used in summer), dining area, and a modest yet well provisioned kitchen where you can create fabulous meals made from local provisions. Large windows open wide to let in the sunlight and the cool hillside breezes. Just a few steps off the main room is the master bedroom suite with an inviting double bed, built-in closets, and a quiet sitting area with an antique desk and bookcases filled with hundreds of books and maps. The bedroom also includes a pumpkin-and-white ceramic-tiled bath with fluffy white towels, a skylight, and a large shower. A pocket door provides additional privacy between the master bedroom and the main living area.To top it off, the roof terrace is reached via a set of handcrafted mahogany stair/steps. These are very steep but surprisingly easy to adjust to. Up here above the village you will discover a breathtaking view of the countryside below and the Esterel mountain range along the coast. The terrace includes a tiled table from Saint Tropez, bistro chairs, sun umbrella, and a Provencal kitchen with BBQ grill, sink with running water, dishes, and pots of flowers. Seillans is a small, quiet medieval village. You go there to get away. There are no streets inside the village. And no vehicles. Cobblestone footpaths, each stone protected by the historic trust, wind through the 300-house village. Here you decrease your carbon footprint because you can easily walk, not drive, from our house to local businesses and cafes. And you walk the 100 yards/meters from the parking areas (provided along the village perimeter) to our house A 2-minute walk down La rue de la Boucherie brings you to the 'busiest' part of Seillans where there is a small grocery store, flower shop, pizzeria, gift shop, salon/spa, bakery, post office, ATM machine, and a newspaper/tabac shop. There are outdoor tables in the square at Placette de la Route. Or you can walk back up to Place du Thouron for a memorable meal at La Gloire du Mon Pere, owned by our friend Eric Brunel. Seillans may be quiet (at least when the church bells are not ringing) but it is far from isolated. Day trips can be planned along the Cote d'Azur, into the heart of Provence, or up into the Haut Var to intriguing perched villages where you can spend an afternoon visiting mills that produce extra-virgin olive oils, watching local artisans create stunning hand-blown glassware (Biot), shopping for fresh foods and antiques at the outdoor markets, or driving from vineyard to vineyard for degustation, sampling the local Cote Provence wines. There are two wineries right in Seillans: Chateau Selves and Val d'Iris. Other destinations within an hour's drive (depending on traffic conditions of course) range from an ancient abbey at Thoronet to the Mediterranean beaches, like those at Frejus, Cannes, Saint Tropez, and Nice. And then, you get to drive back to the peace and quiet of our private home in Seillans, just in time for dinner on the terrace.Our property includes the main house (sleeps 4 adults) and our private guest house right next door (sleeps 2 adults). Either home can be rented separately or you can rent them both for up to 6 people. The two-floor guest house has a private entry, balcony, full (small) kitchen, living area with fireplace (and a digital pipe organ if you play), one bedroom (two twin beds), washer, and a ceramic tile bathroom w shower. It is in the same style as the main house but it is a separate home, reached by a private entry. There is free wifi access and phone (France) service in both houses. Email us for availability of the guest house as it does not show up on the rental calendar. And be sure to read all the reviews from those who have stayed in our home to decide if this is exactly what you are looking for. More
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Mark J
Languages spoken:German, English, French, Danish
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2010
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Reviewed 22 September 2014

My wife and I stayed at this beautiful place last week. Other reviews do not exaggerate its qualities --- this place is terrific. Seillans was quiet this time of year, and we saw very few people except at restaurants. The recommendations of the Jespersens were...More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank William H
Reviewed 7 July 2014

This little house way up high in Seillans is a little gem... It is the lovely home of. Mark and Kim and it FEELS like a home and welcomes you the minute you walk in. I felt its peace straight away. It is charmingly done...More

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank fionamw20
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Jackson, Michigan
Reviewed 26 June 2014

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Date of stay: May 2014
Reviewed 24 September 2013

My sister and I rented the guest house at the beginning of September 2013. What a wonderful place to stay. Mark provided a wealth of information on the area prior to our visit. If there is a bump in the road on the way, Mark...More

Date of stay: September 2013
Thank Bonnbon
Management response:Responded 23 September 2013

Thanks Bonny!

Reviewed 2 September 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. You do need to be a good walker and unafraid of a traditional spiral staircase or two. The house is beautifully restored and stocked with books and charming artefacts. Enjoy the roof terrace. You will have the opportunity to feel...More

Date of stay: August 2013
Thank TheatreProfessional
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
Water Park Nearby
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Telephone
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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Medieval village of Seillans (pronounced say-ah), perched in the foothills of the Var in southern France, about 40 minutes due north of St Tropez and a 45 minute drive from the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport. Quiet medieval village with local shops, good restaurants and easy driving to many local attractions and other destinations. There are several well-marked hiking trails through the foothills that begin in Seillans. No cars are allowed in the center of the village so you park in one of the little public parking lots around the perimeter of the village. Walk in to the house is about 100 meters over cobblestones and some inclines. Wear sensible shoes and pack a medium suitcase.
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Rental car is a must though there is a local bus line that can get you to Cannes or Nice.
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