Mounto Davalo

Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var
+44 (0)7973 841041
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A three storey house and garden with sea glimpses in the 'vieux village' named for the Mimosa trees which flower in profusion in winter


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

The Experience

Just below a ruined medieval castle in the oldest part of the village, the house has 12th-century roots. It’s a family home with nooks for reading one of the many books in the library, or writing in the study and lots of steps, staircases and landings. The master bedroom on the first floor is spacious and airy with a great view, the others are a floor above and smaller with beams but there are sea views from all.

Meals in the terraced garden are under a riot of subtropical flowers and trees, with birdsong by day and cigales on summer evenings – no traffic noise. The kitchen is well equipped and on the first floor next to the dining area. Shops, bars, a weekly market, good restaurants (and tourists) are a 10-minute walk along narrow streets with vaulted arches.

Spend happy days at stunning sandy beaches (15 minutes by car) with a picnic, or wander round lively marinas spotting yachts.

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We think you'll love

  • The feeling of being in an ancient, authentic village
  • Glorious beaches just a short drive away
  • Wonderful walks in the hills around with spectacular views
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You should know

  • Hard to park your car in high season when it gets busy - you can drop off your luggage then take pot luck
  • The master bedroom has an en suite and the others share a shower, although there's an extra loo downstairs


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season, 3 nights in low season. Fireplace not currently in use.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £140
Weekly price
from £1000
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £1406 beds5 bedrooms


Perhaps I mostly enjoyed the fact that Mount Davolo is so obviously a much lived in and beloved family home. You walk right in and feel comfortable surrounded by many family photos, beautiful old prints of Bormes. It is not ostentatious and radiates a very warm atmosphere. The garden and terraces are enchanting.

Paddy, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Simon & Joanna McIntyre

  • 12th Century village house set in a hilltop village with views across The Mediterannean. Once owned by a renowned Artist and has been in our family for 25 yrs. Wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beaches, hiking, cycling and the lovely surroundings.
  • Beaches are approx 10 mins by car just down the hill to Le Lavandou, which is a much larger seaside town with all amenities and a large promenade. There are dozens of beautiful beaches along this coastline all with clear azure water and sandy beaches.
  • Bormes is well known for its wonderful gastronomic restaurants and local produce. Plenty of choices with lovely terraces, cafe culture and delicious cuisine. Art galleries, shops, historice buildings and churches, beautiful gardens and amazing views abound
  • A full Summer Cultural program with concerts at the Chateau, in the Churches and Squares, street fairs, street musicians, art exhibitions, the famous Mimosas Corso in Feb with flower-decked floats parading. A vibrant, friendly and active community.
  • A weekly market on Wednesday morning with a full range of local produce, delicious cheese, charcuterie, fruit & veg, alongside other delights. Tuesday 'night' market with Artisan and Artists stalls during the summer months. Local vineyards for wine tasting
  • Miles of hiking and mountain biking (hire in Le Lavandou) direct from the house. The wonderful wilderness of Massif des Maures stretches for miles behind the village providing beautiful trails to explore. Other activities sailing, diving, windsurfing.


Simon & Joanna McIntyre

Joanna inherited the house from her parents who spent many months a year there. They bought it from an artist/sculpture whose family had lived in it for three generations. Having renovated it, it has remained a family summer home and they let it out when they are not using it themselves.