2 king, 2 twin bedrooms, 1 queen, 1 double with child bed, 3 en-suite bathrooms, 2 shower rooms, 1 outdoor shower
Location: The Var
Friday to Friday weekly rental
Bar, restaurant, shops and tennis in Correns, 5 mins.
Supermarkets and all services in Cotignac 20 min. or Brignoles 1/2 hr
Tasting at famous wineries in 25 min
Hiking at Gorges du Verdon 50 km
Riviera resorts of Saint Tropez and Saint Raphael, 1 hr
Aix-en-Provence or Les Arcs, 1 hr
Airports in Nice and Marseille 1 1/2 hr.
This is a large comfortable villa for 12 with a swimming pool at its heart and plenty of spaces for outdoor eating. Close to Correns and Cotignac, it is perfectly placed to explore the region.
Large and generous, it lies in the forested hills south of Cotignac set within the stunning Provencal landscape, in nine acres of unspoilt nature with an abundance of lavender, pines and olive trees and with great views over the hills. Like an ancient Roman Villa it is wrapped around a central courtyard, which here houses a swimming pool, surrounded by the rhythm of a covered arcade, thus creating a secluded and unique ambiance. Many of the rooms open directly on to this area, which creates a wonderful social environment and makes this an eminently livable and permeable house. Owned by an ex-hotelier, it is equipped for comfort and family living, making it an ideal house for family reunions, with a great kitchen inside and a gas barbecue outside. The central courtyard is used like an extra room, perfect for relaxing around the pool during the day and for alfresco dining in the evening, the umbrella pines covering the hillside a wonderful backdrop.
The approach to the property is via a sweeping driveway leading to an ample parking area. An impressive stone staircase leads you to the front entrance accessing a hallway with guest WC and leading to a spacious living/dining area, beautifully designed with high ceilings, exposed beams, traditional terracotta floors and French doors opening out to the pool area. While this area also has a convenient laundry room, the heart of this house is definitely the kitchen, where character and colour abound, a great place to enjoy an aperitif whilst at the breakfast bar. Accessed from the living room is a large master suite whose French doors lead out to the pool area. The bedroom has a sunken bath and a shower in the room as well as a separate WC and dressing room.
A further four bedrooms on this level form the second wing of the property. The first bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, while two other bedrooms that share a bathroom, one with a mezzanine area, both benefit from French doors out to the pool area. The fourth bedroom, with an ensuite shower room, also has French doors to the pool.
Upstairs another spacious suite with plenty of character and designed to make the most out of the beautiful vaulted ceiling, also includes a sitting area and a shower room.
The third wing of the courtyard, which includes the summer kitchen with pizza oven, BBQ area, and a shower room creates an extremely sociable area with many places to relax and enjoy this beautiful setting. The garden set within the courtyard and surrounding the pool has manicured lawn and terraces with an abundance of flower-draped pots. A terrace directly outside the main kitchen with an electronic sunblind provides a welcome shaded area to sit and relax. All bedrooms poolside are protected from the midday sun by the stunning stone arches that surround the inner courtyard.
Correns in the heart of green Provence is an enchanting Provencal village with a refreshingly slow pace of life. This charming village prides itself on being France's first organic village. Sheltered by the Massif Du Bressillon mountain range, it is nestled into the banks of the river Agens, which meanders through the village. It is an ideal setting for family and cultural tourism, steeped in history, troglodyte dwellings, Neolithic caves and a place with a wealth of outdoor pursuits such as hiking , canoeing, climbing and fishing. The village itself has a good Boulangerie, small supermarket and bar and the L'auberge du Parc Gastronomic Restaurant, which offers a Menu du Marche most days using a selection of fresh produce bought from the area and often seen in the bustling Friday market.
Nearby, the chateau Miravel, a former 13th century monastery, is now an actors-owned recording studio where Pink Floyd recorded parts of 'The Wall' album. Also in the vicinity are many famous abbeys including Abbaye de Thoronet and the Grotte de St Madelaine, a 950 m. cave where Mary Magdalene is said to have spent the last 30 years of her life.
We had a wonderful time. It was perfect for what we wanted, dog walks/runs, (breathtaking in the early morning)plenty of space, decent pool to swim, comfortable ambience.
A few highlights were walking boulangerie to get croissant then going to the bar in the square for breakfast.
The children went down to the river to feed the fish on the way back. Ripley learnt to swim with gusto! Once we threw some sticks. He had a marvellous time!
Cotignac was charming in the morning evening whether on market day or not. I wanted to buy a painting but was told to wait till our building works are complete. A good reason among many others to return- which we very much hope we will.
Thank you so much for all your guidance.
Peter and Margeret were very helpful when we arrived and keen to be in touch by text. When we had a puncture, Peter was prompt to response and advise us with a number of options allowing us to successfully resolve it .
This July we had an extended family stay in Maison Romaine, with ages going from early 80s to only just 3. It's a great house for a family reunion, with the central courtyard and pool acting as the focus for all the days activities. Breakfast starts under the shade just outside the kitchen and dining room, lunch, if we weren't out exploring, was in the dining room and just about every single evening meal was cooked on the gigantic and efficient barbecue on the other side of the courtyard, and eaten on the large table beside it.
Sitting outside in the evening watching the stars twinkle away was easy as most bedrooms open onto the courtyard so we could hear if any of the little ones stirred. We also explored, trying out the excellent restaurant in Correns and visiting the market in Cotignac. We went canoeing in the river Argens, close enough to walk to from the house, we went cycling through the woods and even tried climbing - the area has lots of excellent bolted cliffs, including a 'nursery' cliff on the edge of the village. A little further north, towards to Gorge of Verdon, there's also an excellent prehistoric museum and village.