|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
In 1989, this ancient village house was beautifully restored in the Provencal manner by Christian Richer, a well-known local architect. Relax and enjoy your time in Provence by staying in a private home with great character and comfortable furnishings. Modern kitchen and bath fixtures have been carefully matched with raised-panel woodwork, wrought-iron hardware, terracotta tiles, white stucco walls, large windows and medieval architectural details. NOTE THAT THE MAIN HOUSE SLEEPS 4 AND THE ADJACENT GUEST HOUSE SLEEPS 2. THEY CAN BE RENTED SEPARATELY OR TOGETHER TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR NEEDS.
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Seillans: Historic Village House w Fabulous View
Seillans, Provence, France
Additional Location Information
Medieval village of Seillans (pronounced say-ah), perched in the foothills of the Var in southern France, about 40 minutes due north of St Tropez and a 45 minute drive from the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport. Quiet village with local shops, good restaurants and easy driving to many local attractions and other destinations. There are many well-marked hiking trails through the foothills that begin in Seillans. No cars allowed in the center of the village so you park in one of many little public parking lots around the perimeter of the village. Walk in to the house is about 100 meters over cobblestones and some inclines. Wear sensible shoes and pack a medium suitcase.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$110 - $188||$181||$776 - $1,294||$0||7 nights|
|Nov. 1 2012 - Jun. 1 2013
Guest House Weekly Off Season
|Nov. 1 2012 - Jun. 1 2013
Main House Weekly Off Season
|Jun. 1 2013 - Sep. 14 2013
Guest House Weekly High Season
|Jun. 1 2013 - Sep. 14 2013
Main House Weekly High Season
|All Other Dates||$181||$181||$1,294||-||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Cleaning fee - $65 / stay - Other
Additional notes from owner
Discounts for early bookings and longer stays. Rates may change when exchange rates fluctuate by more than 10%, USD to Euros. Contact owners to discuss your needs and plans. Happy to be flexible whenever possible to accommodate your needs.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Nancy & Ed
The Perfect Spot for our First Visit to France
Mark's friendly and informative emails prior to our visit were just the beginning of a truly wonderful experience at his and Kim's lovely home. It was clear that they had anticipated every question that first-time visitors to the area might have, and had thoughtfully provided the answers. The furnishings and bedding were comfortable, the decor was charming, the kitchen was well-equipped, and everything was clean and inviting - the pictures truly don't do it justice. And the rooftop terrace was amazing - we sat at the little table with a glass of wine, gazing out at the hills and thought, "It just doesn't get any better than this."
The village of Seillans is delightful, with a couple of good restaurants (La Gloire de mon Pere and Chez Hugo), a little boulangerie, an artists' workshop, a boule court, an olive mill, an outdoor cafe, fountains, plane trees, gardens and the famous chats de Seillans, who allow you to admire them as they sleep in the sun. It's also the perfect jumping-off point for visiting some of the other villages perched on nearby hillsides. After a day exploring gorges, 9th-century ruins or eating lunch at one of so many terrific restaurants (including one with a Michelin star), it was a real pleasure to return to our "snug harbor" in the village and relax while we planned the next day's adventures.
We can't recommend Mark and Kim's home highly enough, especially if you have not been to the area before. You will be glad you chose it for your stay, but, we have to warn you - you won't ever want to leave.
Get away from it all in a French village
We stayed in both the main house and the guest house for a week in November. Having visited France several times before, we were ready for a different experience from the usual hotel in the middle of town--we wanted to experience a taste of village life.
The directions provided from the Nice airport were very very very clear! There was no way to get lost. Both houses had lots of specifics provided about the amenities, wireless, telephone service, emergency numbers, etc, and were very comfortable. They were sparkling clean with spacious, modern bathrooms. Wish there had been an actual coffee maker, but we figured out how to use the French press pretty quickly. Wireless worked great in both houses. We loved the guitar and played almost every night, or played music on our Ipod. Stairs in the houses are steep and the streets of the town are rocky and uneven, so this is definitely not a place for tiny children or anyone with mobility issues. We loved the authenticity, gorgeous surroundings, and slow pace, but it would not be good for someone looking for lots of "action" (at least not in the late fall). There were one or two restaurants open and serving for a couple of hours on most days, and a big grocery store about a 15-minute drive away in Tourette. We took a couple of great daytrips to Nice/Antibes/Cannes which are easy drives, and there are some great local wineries that are worth a visit. On Saturdays most everything is open, and there are wonderful craftspeople selling handmade jewelry, clay tiles, and other local products. I would recommend this rental to a friend who is looking for this sort of experience. It's not for everyone, since it's very much an authentic French village and not a tourist haven. For us it was perfect!
Perfect from the moment I called to make the booking
We had a wonderful stay at this house in Seillans! From the moment I picked up the phone to make the booking everything was perfect. From the meticulous details that the owners sent me, including driving directions and things to do in the area, to the wonderful condition of the house. The highlight for me was the roof terrace, the view is spectacular and we spent several evenings up there having a bbq and playing cards and enjoying a few drinks. The village itself is charming, there is plenty to explore and several restaurants to eat out in. 5 stars and highly recommended.
Going Back in Time but Having Modern Comforts
Our stay was wonderful here. It was my husband and me and our three young children, ages 9, 9, and 7. My kids loved it and pretended they were the characters from Harry Potter and it was number 12 Gimauld Place. I loved it because it felt like we had gone back in time but had all the comforts we needed. It was well supplied and perfectly clean.
One night we had a huge rain storm and the rain filled the pathways with flowing streams. It was magical as my whole family went out to splash in the puddles and get drenched!
And the church bells, I loved them! They would ring a few times a day and were beautiful to hear and watch from right outside our door. If up on the terrace, you could see them.
We spent most meals on the beautiful terrace in order to soak in the view while feeling the sun or breeze on our faces.
When we first booked this little place I was wondering how the walk from the car was going to be, especially with three kids, knowing that it was a little distance away. It was awesome! I loved walking into the village, especially at night! I would say that I preferred it. Being able to experience the village before you get to the house just made it that much more awesome. There was a little kitten that would greet the kids any time we were outside our door.
The process of booking and arriving was made very easy with all the information that the owners provided! I highly recommend this for any vacation to Provence.
Lovely Stay in Lovely House
We spent one week in Mark & Kim Jespersen house in Seillans. The house is lovely, with all the comforts of home and all the local color and ambience you could want. The house is very accurately described, and we were very happy! Seillans is charming and we had a great time. Thanks!
Martha, Frederic, and Donna
Superb vacation in Seillans
My husband and a very good friend spent 8 days at the village home of Mark and Kim Jespersen. My husband is French and the both of us had spent some time already in the south of France, but had never stayed in a village.
Mark and Kim provide a great preview of what to expect upon arriving, giving detailed information from leaving the Nice airport to instructions on how to operate anything in the house. This is all extremely helpful in helping to make a vacation stress free.
The village of Seillans is about an hour from the coast. It was so relaxing to get back to the house after a day of sightseeing, sit on the terrace with a glass of rose and watch the sun go down. Seillan in april is relatively quiet, not heavily touristy. Not too far away are more lively towns - I was very happy to have Seillans to return to each night.
The house in in the very middle of the village. The house itself is a typical village home with a narrow circular staircase separating the two bedrooms in the main house. The master is off of the main living are and there is a small staircase leading to the terrace behind the chimney - almost like a companionway on a boat. It's absolutely charming! It's the perfect getaway.
The southern views from the kitchen/living area and from the terrace are spectacular, and the kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and more...
We all had such a great time in this location. My girlfriend and I ran each morning and my husband did the croissant run...then we hit the road and explored the Gorges du Verdon, Mons, Nice, Cannes, St.Tropez, Valbonne, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Bargemon, Antibes...nearby vineyards, the list goes on.
Charm, Comfort and Fabulous Location
My sister and I stayed for a week in Seillans. The town is charming and a great jumping off point for visits to other villages. It is remarkably easy to get anywhere.
The house is equipped with everything one could need(no big tv, but who needs that?). the Jespersen's have a wonderful library of maps and guidebooks for the area. We loved having morning coffee on the balcony and relaxing there in the early evenings after a day of travel. The beds are comfortable, kitchen well equipped. The living/dining area isn't large by american standards, but again , if you are out and about, or up on the balcony, it's all one needs.
Great spot, great location and very well cared for the owners!
A unique place to stay -
We found the house and location exceeded our expectations. It was comfortable and well-equipped but most importantlygave us the chance to stay in a beautiful and historic village.
There was plenty of useful information and recommendations for exploring the locality., a beautiful part of France.
Enjoy a Charming ProvenÃ§al Village & Efficiently Desi
We spent a week in Seillans, a charming Provençal village, and rented a delightfully restored home from Kim and Mark Jespersen. This restoration is very clever, taking advantage of vertical space and including a wonderful rooftop terrace from which one can enjoy a fabulous view, the Provençal sky and the sights and sounds of birds swooping down at twilight. The space was perfect for my husband and me and our soon to be 15 year old granddaughter. She had her own bedroom and bath and the availability of WiFi kept her connected to her many friends back home. Although homes here are narrow and adjacent, things are quiet at night in this lovely village and there is just enough commerce to make one's stay comfortable. In addition, the location allows for day trips to the more "active" areas of the Côte d'Azur as well as other "inland" pleasures like the beautiful Gorges du Verdon and the L'Abbaye du Thoronet. The Jespersens provided excellent information to us in advance of our trip (regarding the functionality of their home's appliances, suggestions for places to eat and things to do, and excellent directions). We have rented many homes in France and their efforts to provide background information and the way in which their home is decorated and maintained was much better than most we've rented. Potential renters should understand that this is a village dating to pre-Roman times and streets are narrow and the home is spread over several floors with narrow stairs. Anyone with limited mobility might have an issue with accessibility. Otherwise, this is a wonderful place to enjoy life "a la Française"!
Courtney and Jason
wonderful place for a family with young children
This was the perfect place to spend our vacation with our 3 year old and 5 year old daughters. The place was comfortable with plenty of space, and we enjoyed many dinners on the rooftop deck as we admired the beautiful view. The owners were extremely helpful in providing information about the surrounding area, and having a dishwasher and washer/dryer is a definite plus. It is easy to take many day trips while using Seillans as a home base. The town itself is gorgeous and not overrun by tourists. The townspeople were extremely friendly. Overall, we felt very much at home there.
Charming Guest House
I stayed for 10 days in the guest cottage, greeted by a nice bottle of wine and a thoughtful arrangement of flowers. The downstairs has a small, well-appointed kitchen and a living room area with a balcony entwined with roses. The upstairs has a bedroom with very ample closet space and a bathroom with a great shower. It is all beautifully decorated. It is a comfortable respite from a day of wondering around the steep, medieval villages of this part of France. The location is perfect for exploring both the Alps Maritimes and the Mediterranean. Had fun going to the local flea markets. Recommend the market in Faience for both local specialties (honey, nougat, goat cheese, olive oil, all kinds of interesting looking sausages....) as well as scarves, clothes and handbags. Also recommend going to the Aerodome for lunch -- a real local hangout where gliders are launched. Sip the local rose and enjoy the day. The village of Seillans has a really good bakery and several fine restaurants. You will work off the morning croissant going up and down the steep stone walkways. This is not for people who are not used to walking or going up steep stairs. The cottage is perfect for 1 -2 people and makes a romantic getaway for a couple or for two friends who want to explore the area.
A shame it had to end
With Mr. Jespersen's very thorough packet in hand, a service we have not
received on other rentals, we were able to enjoy our vacation from the
minute we arrived. He supplied us with not just directions and directions on
how the appliances worked but helpful restaurant reviews, when the market
days are and much more.
The home was well outfitted with extra linens and fully applianced including
wifi, which was a life saver since we were there when the Icelandic volcano
blew. In addition the home was spotless.
The town is rated by the French as being one of the most beautiful and
rightly so. It was also very convenient for visits to other towns and sights in
the area. Trigance, the Gorges of Verdon, Frejus were some of the places we
visited and plan on going back to.
The roof deck was a great way to either start the day on or finish it up on.
And the 11th century church bells were beautiful. They didn't ring past 8PM
by the way.
We highly recommend this property and the owners. They couldn't do
Pauline from Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
A bit of heaven
That's what our stay was last fall in Seillans. What a delightful medieval town perched on top of a hill, cobblestone walkways, friendly people, the church bells chiming the hours (and nicely quiting at 8 p.m. before starting up again at 8 a.m.) We spent three weeks driving around the area, visiting other "perched" villages, shopping at open air markets, visiting museums, and the coastal beach towns. Our home in Seillans was perfect -- a well stocked kitchen (where we made our own dinner every night), comfy beds, nice clean bathrooms -- even a fireplace and a rooftop terrace with a great view. Just be sure you can handle the stairs and the hilly towns. We are not young, but managed very well.