Villa Fontane

La Garde Freinet, Var
Bed & Breakfast


A classic Provençal villa in shades of sand and eau de nil, set between the coast and Var mountains with wooded gardens and a warm welcome

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Inside is unpretentious: three sweet and simple en-suite bedrooms, a lounge to relax in with books, a dining room with help-yourself drinks. Jane and Alban usher you in with rosé and tapenade, inviting you to explore the beautiful grounds. There are grand plans afoot to redesign the entrance and add a petanque court to accompany the pretty pool and barbecue area.

Breakfast on Provence-sourced deliciousness: cakes and crunchy baguettes, fresh fruit, flakey croissants and organic jam, homemade yogurt. Ask for a picnic; enjoy it in the garden under the shade of cork oaks and mulberry trees to the sound of tweeting birds and the occasional rumble of a tractor.

In spring the park is filled with wildflowers.The valley of St Clement is more Tuscan than Provençal, noted for its microclimate and shielded from the Mistral. You’re close to Med beaches and St Tropez is a 20-minute drive, though longer in the full flush of summer.

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We think you'll love

  • Slipping down a few gears in the Tuscan-style countryside
  • The pin-drop quiet
  • Jane and Alban’s homely hospitality
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Home truths

  • The road from the village is very bendy
  • There’s no night life locally

Essentials

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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
Closed
1 January - 1 March.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Restaurants within walking distance.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €87
2 Twin/doubles
From €87
1 Double
From €87

Reviews

Jane and Alban are welcoming, approachable, knowledgeable and discreet hosts. The Villa Fontane is unpretentious and reasonable value for perfect break away from the stress of modern life. The St Clement valley is heavenly, an undiscovered gem, more Tuscan, than Provençal.

Paddy, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

The villa is around 20 minutes from the A8 autoroute, but after a long drive the last leg of twisting mountain road will keep you on your toes.There’s little here to disturb: a small country road betweeena vineyard and rows of olive trees, a single hilltop house in the near distance separated by a grassy hollow;a quaint stone chapel with its annual Fête Provençal. You can walk to the village of La Garde Freinet in 20 minutes (or drive in five) where there are small shops and restaurants, plus a towering fort with glorious views. It’s peaceful, picturesque and close to the coast, but far removed from the pace of St Tropez.

Local points of interest from Jane Roy

  • You'll enjoy relaxing by the pool in the quiet of our sunny garden after experiencing the glamour and hustle of St Tropez on market days.
  • Ten hiking trails, leading into the massive Maures hills, start in La Garde Freinet village - suitable for a pleasurable Sunday stroll or a demanding athlete's challenge.
  • Provence is famous for its hill-top villages - try the aioli at Clem's in Grimaud on a Friday and any day is right for a sunset pastis in Gassin.
  • Go on a vineyard tour to taste the light rosé wines produced in the surrounding hills. Locally grown olives provide the perfect match at a musical evening in one of the properties nearby.
  • Cyclists dare to ride the winding forest roads at a thrilling speed. Golfers find themselves spoilt for choice with ten spectacular courses within a 25 mile radius. Kayaking down the Verdon Gorge is another treat not to be missed.
  • Artists have long been attracted to the glistening light of the St Tropez Gulf and many now live in La Garde Freinet as it's a village that real people live in all year round. The butcher's, the baker's and the artis'st studio are always open!

Introducing

Jane Roy

After raising a family of three in Brittany, Jane and Alban decamped to Provence in early 2018 to run their own B&B. They’ve holidayed here in years past so know the area well, happy to recommend things to do and welcoming with coffee and cakes. They live in a separate wing of the house with their stripy grey cat, who is equally friendly.