Sleeps: 5 to 7
Stylish Provençale villa sleeping 5-7 overlooking the medieval village of Claviers
Sleeps: 5 to 7
Stylish Provençale villa sleeping 5-7 overlooking the medieval village of Claviers
Villa Charmante and the village of Claviers are set in the heart of the Provence hills, just like a scene from Jean de Florette or Manon des Sources. These two famous French novels by Marcel Pagnol have elegantly encapsulated French rural life in the same hilltop medieval villages, which are scattered delicately through the arboreal greenery that drapes the sunbathed slopes. With its dry Mediterranean climate and 300 sunny days a year, Provence will gladly greet you with warm weather and the scents of summer lavender infused in the air. Renowned for its wine, you will not find yourself short of nearby vineyards proudly proffering drop in degustation. Take a scenic drive through the hills and stop for lunch in one of the villages nearby before passing a local vineyard on your way home. Indeed, if you don’t feel like driving, lounge by the swimming pool in the day then stroll down to Claviers for dinner at L’Oliviers, a traditional French restaurant, or enjoy a pizza in the square. Claviers also has a post office, playground, boulangerie, grocery store, bar and tourist office as well as a beautiful 1000 year old church!
Villa Charmante itself has a striking, modern layout. When you open the front door, you will stunned by the spacious, open plan interior of the villa. The entire living area unravels elegantly before your eyes and is spread over two floors. The whole villa is tiled, providing a cool, airy interior that perfectly contrasts the long summer days to be experienced outdoors. With amazing acoustics, you can relax in the evenings with music and a chilled glass of wine. The kitchen is situated on the same level as the dining area, pool and barbeque area, so you can easily walk outside and prepare dinner while keeping the rest of the family company by the pool. The dining area and spacious lounge are split level with a half flight of stairs leading from the dining area up to the lounge. The large living area has two sections, as there is a comfortable snug to the side. The snug can be curtained off to form a third bedroom with a double sofa bed that pulls out. There is also a fireplace in the snug and supply of wood for a chilly evening in early spring or late autumn.
The master bedroom with ensuite bathroom is accessed from the lounge area and has French doors which lead to a terrace and an outside seating area, which looks out onto Claviers village and the surrounding hills. The triple bedroom enjoys equally beautiful views, from the same aspect, yet from the floor above. This bedroom has an adjacent bathroom too, with a shower cubicle, basin and toilet. There is also a cloakroom toilet with basin next to the lounge. All windows have wooden shutters, which can be kept closed at night or during the day, if you venture out and about, so that the villa stays cool for when you come home.
Claviers village is a scenic 45 minute drive from the closest beach on the Cote d’Azur so there is easy access to the famous French Riviera with its celebrated beaches and towns, including Cannes, St Tropez, Frejus, St Maxime, Nice and Monaco (to name just a few!), you can enjoy bathing in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and even head to a different beach each day should you choose to do so. While you are there, browse the fine array of boutique shops that congregate along the cobbled streets of these iconic coastal towns and soak up their history, which can date back to Roman times!
Not only near such fabulous sandy beaches, we are also surrounded by infinite other geographical and architectural wonders. Have a look in our Provence Gallery (LINK) to see photos of some of the spectacular sights to be seen around here. For example, take a trip to Lac du Croix and swim or kayak all the way up the Gorges du Verdon to where the water is an enchanting emerald green. The Gorges du Verdon have been labelled ‘France’s Grand Canyon’, so don’t miss out on this mind-blowing masterpiece carved out by Mother Nature.
Indeed, you will be equally impressed by the architecture of the area, which dates back to Roman and medieval times. Please see our ‘Things to See and Do’ page or take a look at the Villa House Book when you arrive for endless information on these and many other interesting attractions. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here is a brief overview of one of our favourite sites, the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct. This formidable feature of the Roman world is the highest of all Roman aqueducts, reaching 48.8m high. It spans 275m across the width of the Gordon River and was part of the 50km system built to carry water from a spring at Uzes to the former colony of Nemausus, now the town of Nimes. Such a magnificent architectural feat would be hard for our modern world to surmount - over its entire length, the aqueduct descends by only 17m, with a gradient of 1 in 3000, the epitome of Roman precision! Each day, it would have been used to carry an estimated 200,000m³ of water to the citizens of Nimes. It is a World Heritage Site and definitely worth a visit, make sure you allow time to digest the facts!
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“We had a wonderful holiday in such a stunning location. The house, set amongst olive groves, was truly charming with spectacular views from the terrace overlooking the village and in our case providing us with first rate views of the firework display commemorating the end of the village fete. The caretakers Claude and Juliette were very helpful and kind. The house was clean and well stocked. The restaurant L'Olivier was a real gem, great French food and a welcoming atmosphere. We arrived very stressed and left relaxed, the sign of a good holiday.”
“I just wanted to say how much we loved Villa Charmante. It ticked all the right boxes for us and fulfilled all our expectations. It’s great to have found somewhere like this.”
“We had a lovely stay. The villa was exactly as promised and everything ran very smoothly. Juliette was most friendly and helpful. We will definitely recommend the villa to others and we loved the region.”
"We really enjoyed our holiday in Villa Charmante. The villa is charming and wonderfully situated. We enjoyed the views over Claviers and surrounding beautiful countryside. Claviers itself is delightful and such a treat to be able to wander down to the boulangerie to buy the breakfast. We are feeling rather sad to be back but have some very happy memories of the holiday.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Claviers and hope we can return there again in the near future.”
“We had a fantastic week at Villa Charmante. Thanks for such a wonderful place. Please pass on our thanks and warmest regards to your delightful caretakers, Claude and Juliette, they are truly a pair of gems.”
"The 'Villa Charmante', an idyllic, terraced, hillside retreat, is set in beautiful olive groves, luxuriant with lavender and humming with cicadas, overlooking the picturesque medieval village of Claviers, perched on its pine-clad ridge of rock across the valley. The villa more than lived up to its name. The spacious rooms and lounges descended the hillside on three levels, and opened onto a variety of lavender scented terraces where the swimming pool (frequently and discreetly serviced), outdoor barbecue and dining areas were beautifully located. The sunsets over the mountains were magically memorable. The house itself was elegantly furnished with everything you could need, and the charming, friendly and efficient concierge and her handyman husband were always available from the village only minutes away; indeed, they had left welcoming food and drink for our arrival - a characteristically generous gesture from Greg Poole of 'Select Cottages'. We dined splendidly, at reasonable prices, in several local villages and, of course, made the most of this area, poised within easy reach of the beauties of the Cote d'Azur to the South and the spectacular mountains and Gorges of Verdun to the North. Both the villa and our holiday there were uniquely enchanting. We certainly hope to return one day."
"We had an excellent week's holiday at the end of May 2011 at the aptly named Villa Charmante. The location is superb tucked away on the hillside among the olive groves a short stroll from the village of Claviers. The views from the pool and terrace down onto the village are superb and it's very hard not to relax when you have surroundings like that. Although not really remote there are no properties very close to the villa so it feels very private and peaceful. We stayed with another couple and found the villa spacious and well appointed. We are keen cooks and found the kitchen equipped with everything we needed and the outdoor barbeque area by the pool was great. The location is good being not too far from many places of interest - if you can drag yourself away from the villa that is! The village of Claviers is quiet with only a few small shops (the essentials of bakers, grocers are there) and a couple of cafes and restaurants. Larger stores and amenities are within 20-30 mins away. We ate at the Restaurant L'Oliver twice (I think that says everything!) and it was a lovely friendly and welcoming place with excellent food. We really hope to return again because a week simply wasn't long enough to explore all the area has to offer and when we do it will almost definitively be back to Villa Charmante."