This place is amazing! Five acres of forest with five dwellings/ gites dotted about, with a beautiful pool, surrounded by cyprus trees and a very gorgeous mulberry tree which provided daily pickings! Apparently the owners’ parents bought the land 40 years ago (mum was an architect) and over time designed and built a house for each of their children. They have created somewhere truly special and we feel lucky to have experienced it. We have had such a wonderful holiday here. My husband and I arrived with two small children, feeling very stressed; and leave feeling relaxed and happy with so many wonderful memories…. opening the shutters each morning to beautiful sunshine and stunning forest views; early morning swims with the sun peeping through the trees; gorgeous family mealtimes at the large outdoor table with far too much (delicious) rose, the kids off exploring in the forest, happy and free. Les Lavendes is a one bed cottage but cleverly designed so that you can use the living room as a second bedroom; and you can still get to the main bedroom, bathroom and kitchen without disturbing sleeping children in the lounge. The gites are rustic French (delightfully so)… quite basic but very comfortable, with lovely art on the walls, and everything you need. Being in the middle of the forest you have to be ok with the odd creepy crawly sharing your holiday but this certainly wasn’t a problem for us. The lovely town of Le Beausset is just a couple of minutes away in the car with a typical French town square and great market. There are also some lovely beaches nearby. We definitely want to return and would possibly look to come back with friends or family and rent Laurier and Cabanon as well as Lavendes.
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Les Lavandes offers the perfect rustic escape from a noisy, hectic lifestyle. Without traffic and irritating technology(should you choose), you can relax by the pool with just the sound of the rustling breeze and chirruping crickets, the sun warming your skin and the scent of pine, sipping one of the excellent local wines..... my idea of heaven.
We enjoyed staying at Les Lavandes so much we stayed once in the summer and again in the late autumn. Les Lavandes is one of a small number of cottages surrounded by lovely terraced woodland and sharing a good-sized pool. The interior is cosy, comfortable and has some nice extras like a bidet and well-placed mirrors. Note there is no TV but we did not miss it because we had our laptops and Netflix etc. Les Lavandes has a south-facing patio and is the closest of cottages to the pool. But another great benefit is that Le Beausset is within very easy reach of the coast so we made regular trips to Bandol and Cassis when we fancied some seafood and shopping. We have visited the South of France for many years and have tended to stay inland because we could not get the comfort near the sea at the price we were prepared to pay. Les Lavandes is the perfect compromise-rural, affordable yet not far from the coast. We really liked it and will probably stay there a third time.