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La Maison du Faïencier

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Place de la Libération, 83670 Varages, Var
Provence - Alps - Riviera, France

A real village house, with delicate ironwork, majestic staircase and dreamy pool. Potter in the village, kayak down the Verdon Gorge - bliss

Step in from the village square and be catapulted into the early 17th century. This captivating house has belonged to three master potters; ateliers still exist in the village. The living area is a cool sweep of the palest terracotta and the kitchen has a La Canche (the Rolls-Royce of gas cookers). Beneath a vaulted ceiling, a majestic staircase transports you to big bedrooms that bring instant seduction: sisal floors, pale timbers, delicate ironwork, generous wicker. Some have slanting skylight windows, others overlook the garden. Stonework has been left exposed where possible, old walls stand at jaunty angles, hand basins have been crafted to fit into uneven walls and showers have 'sunflower' heads. Ron, whose office and suite are downstairs, has kept the soul of the place intact but introduced a contemporary feel, and a smattering of colour in textiles and tiles. Stone martins nest in the courtyard, the garden is sweet with lilacs, apricots and figs, the pool resembles a Roman bath and peaceful Varages comes with market, shops, restaurants and bars. Head for the deep Verdon Gorges and watery adventures!

Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Pets allowed in bedrooms (not on the bed).
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from
Ron Alldridge:

  • Gorges du Verdon. Just north is the famous ‘Gorges du Verdon’. Often referred to as Europe’s Grand Canyon it’s rivers and lakes stretch for 25 kilometres and are up to 700 meters deep.
  • Village markets. In the hills of Provence the village market still takes centre stage and provides a life-line of fresh local produce. On a Monday morning you’ll even find live chickens for sale right outside my front door!
  • Lavender fields. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and listen for the ‘hum’ of busy bees - the heady scent of lavender is strongest in the heart of the summer when the purple/blue prairies stretch as far as the eye can see.
  • Aix en Provence. This must be the most beautiful city in the world ; it’s history is endless, architecture stunning and vast and varied market a delight … you just want to sit in a café and watch the world go by.
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Booking enquiries: Ron Alldridge
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01 (landline)
+33 (0)6 49 37 57 88(mobile)

  • 1 House for 10
Price:(i) 2450 to3450 per week

End-of-stay cleaning €185.

Special Offer: La Maison du Faiencier - Benefit from a 20% discount on weekly bookings from 3rd May to 28th June and enjoy the wonderful spring-time sights (e.g. the fields of poppies and sun flowers) and early summer sunshine of Provence

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


5 January - 28 February.


Place de la Libération, 83670 Varages, Var

Self-catering La Maison du Faïencier (self-catering)
House ~ 5 twins/doubles; 1 bathroom, 4 shower rooms. Extra beds.
Price: (i) 2450 to 3450 per week
Booking enquiries: Ron Alldridge
+33 (0)4 94 77 81 01 (landline)
+33 (0)6 49 37 57 88(mobile)