Arrival at the house has all the hallmarks of a classic trip through rural France, passing through vineyards and sleepy back lanes of the pretty Var region to emerge at a fully-equipped villa, with wide ocean views taking in the enchanting Porquerolles island.
Far less busy than the sometimes crowded coastline of the eastern Côte d'Azur and St Tropez, this stretch of shoreline with its rocky outcrops and sandy coves, is a rare tranquil retreat. The village of Borme-les-Mimosas sits nearby, noted for its abundance of flowers which line its narrow medieval streets.
Contemporary in style and features, including full air-conditioning, the coastal villa has charm none-the-less: from a lovely country kitchen, leading to a breakfast terrace with sea views, to a grand open fireplace in the main living area. Bedrooms are divided between the ground and lower-ground floor and are comfortable, cool, and have smart en-suite bathrooms.
Both floors take maximum advantage of the view, with broad, French windows opening onto terraces. Grounds are beautifully maintained, with a lovely lavender-filled entrance and immaculate lawn areas surrounding the house. Further terraces can be found dotted around the grounds, whilst the pool area has a sea view and shaded day bed for those wanting to retreat from the southern sun. A pathway leads from the grounds to the beach below, where a beach restaurant serves simple snack meals during the summer months.
- Bedroom 1 with queen-size bed and en suite bathroom, bath and hand-held shower
- Bedroom 2 with queen-size bed with en suite bathroom, bath and separate shower
- Bedroom 3 with queen-size bed with en suite bathroom, bath and hand-held shower
- Bedroom 4 with double-size bed (small) with en suite bathroom, shower only
- Bedroom 5 with queen-size bed with en suite bathroom, bath and hand-held shower
- Bedroom 6 with queen-size bed with shower in room
The Gardens: Extremely well-maintained gardens, consisting of lawns with neatly-kept borders, have plenty of shady corners for relaxing and taking in the splendid ocean views. Lines of lavender provide a warm Provencal welcome while vineyards line the surrounding countryside.
The Views: Ocean views from the gardens, dining terrace and pool area, are magnificent, calming and atmospheric, taking in both the Fort de Brégançon and the Ile de Porquerolles.
Why we like it: Direct access to a good, sandy beach is in reality a rarity in the south of France, which makes Cabasson such a great find.