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Provence Testimonials

“I just wanted to say how much we loved your villa in Provence. It ticked all the right boxes for us and fulfilled all our expectations. It’s great to have found somewhere like this.”

The Stevens

“We had a lovely stay. Villa Charmante 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 at the Villa. 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.”

Joel & Nadia

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the villa in Claviers, Provence and hope we can return there again in the near future.”


“We had a fantastic week at the Villa. 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.”

Harry & Penny

"The Villa, 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 holiday 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.

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 this charming Provençale Villa."