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Les Arcs sur Argens three level village maison in Provence

This small, three-storey terrace house in the medieval village of Les Arcs sur Argens, a town frequently featured in books on Provence, is an ideal base for holidays in the picturesque Var region. The area is dotted with small hilltop villages among vineyards and olive groves, yet it is only 30 minutes from the beaches along the Cote d’Azur at St Tropez and Frejus.

The house is situated in a narrow street leading to the arched entrance to the 12C village guarded by a wrought iron clock tower, typical of this region. The tower and chateau – now a top class restaurant – overlook the town. Take time to wander through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets and appreciate its beauty and history. You can explore the alleyways, hidden gardens and fountains, then from the summit enjoy magnificent views towards Les Maures mountains and the stunning red rock at Roquebrune with the Esterel mountains in the distance.

This one-bedroom three level Maison de Village is set in a quiet residential street. The exterior is painted in the traditional ochre of southern France and inside it has the original tomette terracotta floor tiles and whitewashed walls. The house is located midway between the town centre of Les Arcs sur Argens and its original medieval village where the chateau and tower dominate the town.

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The street opens off a small village square with free parking area, where you will find a boulangerie only 40 metres from the front door for your early morning croissant or baguette. A gift shop and restaurants can also be found in the square.  The adjoining town square, filled with plane trees, is surrounded by cafe bars, restaurants, newsagent (English language papers are available at the station – a 20-minute walk), small supermarket, post office and tourist office.

Market day is every Thursday when the town square becomes a hive of activity selling everything from fresh produce to clothes, table linen, breads, olives, cheeses, honey and plants. Les Arcs sur Argens is renowned for its biennial medieval festival (held in July on odd-numbered years) when the market, shops, restaurants and residents return to medieval times with shows, exhibitions and animations, including a son et lumière and tournament. The town has a long musical tradition with regular concerts in the town square, at the Chapelle Saint-Pierre and the Oiseaux Lyre theatre.

Plane trees in Place Generale de Gaulle by entrance to medieval village by over town from Le Parage by

Les Arcs sur Argens is the centre for Côtes de Provence wines and the Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence, 2.5km south of the village, selects 16 different wines for tasting each week. It also contains an upmarket restaurant where you can enjoy the ideal dish with each wine. There are other small wineries surrounding the village and across the region. At the Cellier des Archers near the crossroads to the station, you can taste and buy a range of wines from local vineyards.

Les Arcs sur Argens is five minutes from the A8 (Paris-Nice autoroute) interchange at Le Muy for easy access to beaches and airports (Nice 90 mins and Marseilles 120 mins). The railway station, Les Arcs-Draguignan, is a 20-minute walk from the house (taxis available). The TGV high speed train stops here and provides direct links to Paris, Marseilles, Nice and Italy. There are also regular local trains. A car is desirable to explore the region, but not essential. The nearest major town is Draguignan (11km) with a bus service to and from Les Arcs every 30 minutes.  You can access major car hire firms in Draguignan and also hire bicycles or take organised tours through the region.

Steps lead up to the front door of the house which opens into a dining room and fully-equipped kitchen with facilities for six. Upstairs is the salon with French doors to a wrought iron balcony. This room has a sofa which can be converted to a double bed. A small bathroom is also located on this floor.

A steep staircase takes you to the main bedroom on the third floor with stunning views across the town. On this floor there is also a roof terrace equipped with table and chairs where you can sit out and enjoy the ambience of life in a Provencal town.

There is a small washing machine on the second floor landing and a laundromat in town if required. All rooms are fitted with electric heaters. Free-standing fans are available for summer. Other facilities include an iron and small table ironing board, vacuum cleaner and radio/CD player as well as wireless internet.

Changeover day: Friday unless pre-arranged. Arrival time: After 3pm. Departure time: 11am.

Price: $800 AUD per week based on 2 people, extra $100 pp. Deposit to secure booking $200. Security deposit $250.




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