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Villa Rayol

Le Rayol, 8 Bedrooms - Sleeps 16

The stretch of coastline between La Croix Valmer and Bormes les Mimosas is possibly one of the best kept secrets in the south of France. Just 15 miles west of the hubbub of St Tropez, this pretty stretch of coastline is a much more serene affair, festooned with cobalt bays and former fishing villages, where the Massif de Maures mountains cascade in to the Mediterranean.

Of course it is no secret to the French. The great and the good have taken second homes in the area for some time, including Monsieur Le Président himself, whose official summer retreat, Le Fort de Brégancon, overlooks Cabasson beach. The beach at Cavalière was recently voted the best in France, and a series of restaurants, from Les Couleurs Jardins in La Croix Valmer to Raymond Blanc's favourite restaurant, Le Club de Cavalière, place the area firmly on the gastronomic map.

See below for details or contact Adam Coats to check availability on +44 (0)1242 787 810.

Despite its headland position, the Villa Rayol is not immediately evident from the coastal road below that weaves its way from St Tropez to Toulon. Yet for all its reticence, the Villa Rayol is one of the leading villas in the Cote d'Azur. Neat, symmetrical gardens, bordered with white roses and lavender provide spectacular views across the Mediterranean, including the serene bay of Rayol-Canadel and the islands of Port Cros - a view at first glance more Pacific than Mediterranean.

The pool, which can be heated, is well furnished with Italian sun beds, and a long dining table which runs the length of the summer house, and flickers with candles on warm, scented evenings. Here, meals can be prepared pool-side by the chef, from casual lunches to dinner parties under the stars. There is a bar and extensive wine-list, music system, Satellite TV and games.

Accommodation consists of four large and comfortable bedrooms in the main house, with a further four bedrooms, equally well-presented, in a guest wing. Rooms have a state-of-the-art under-floor cooling system and bathrooms come with rain showers and Occitane products. A drawing room, formal dining room and kitchen all open onto south-facing terraces, with 180 degree sea views, and an inner courtyard, surrounded with scented climbing jasmine, provides a perfect spot for pre-dinner canapés and cocktails.

Within walking distance, the Tropicana Beach Club has sun beds on the beach and simple light lunches during the day, and music late into the evening. Along the coast, several additional excellent sandy beaches are available, including Cavalière and Cabasson - as well as a number of reputed restaurants: Le Tamarin, Le Club de Cavalière and the Couleurs Jardins to name a few. For the sporty, a cycle path runs the length of the coast, from Toulon to St Tropez, water sports are available at various points along the coast and the backdrop of the Massif des Maures National Park provides a network of mountain bike paths and hiking trails.

Compared to some of the more celebrated towns of the Riviera, Le Rayol may be considered relatively unknown. But with house prices on the up and an increasingly celebrity list of visitors, what is certain is that this splendid stretch of the southern coast will not remain a secret for long. 

ACCOMMODATION

MAIN HOUSE

GROUND

  • Two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms opening onto terraces
  • Cinema room

FIRST

  • Kitchen with breakfast terrace
  • Living area
  • Formal dining room
  • Summer terrace

SECOND

  • Two Master bedrooms with private en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms

GUEST HOUSE

Accessed via an internal courtyard, the guest house is a separate and wholly independent wing of the villa.

FIRST

  • Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

SECOND

  • Further two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

VILLA FEATURES

  • Under-floor cooling system
  • Pool house
  • WiFi
  • Home cinema

OUTDOOR FEATURES

  • Pool heating available (extra)
  • Sea views
  • Beautifully presented gardens
  • Walking distance to beach

STAFF

  • Daily housekeeping included
  • Full time cook included
  • Villa manager
Luxury Villas on the Cote d'Azur, Villa Rayol, Terrace
 

For first-hand information on Villa Rayol and to check availability, please contact Adam Coats on +44 (0)1242 787810. If you are calling from the USA, please call 1 855 468 5555.

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